'Children of Giant': New documentary eyes story of Latino extras in 1956 ‘Giant’

Associated Press writer
Friday, 17 April 2015 13:19

A new documentary seeks to tell the story of Mexican-American child actors who appeared in the 1956 blockbuster movie “Giant” but later could only view it in segregated theaters.

“Children of Giant” goes to the West Texas town where director George Stevens and his Hollywood crew set up shop to shoot one of the first, major films to openly tackle racism.

Walker’s death changed ‘Furious 7’— and Vin Diesel’s life

Written by Phil Thompson,
The Interview Feed
Saturday, 11 April 2015 16:53

Vin Diesel says action sequel Furious 7 is worthy of an Academy Award for best picture.
—PHOTO: Courtesy

Vin Diesel says that the latest "Fast & Furious" film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it’s an action flick and it’s a sequel. The 47-year-old actor has appeared in virtually all of the "Fast & Furious" films, whose plots are built around fast cars.

Robin Jebavy turns glassware into expansive still lifes

Written by Kat Murrell ,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 11 April 2015 05:57

Robin Jebavy’s monochromatic still lifes, including Green Still Life, are powerful points of entry to her work, with harmonious compositional elements.
— PHOTO: Kat Murrell

Imagine an antique shop in the afternoon. Sunlight diffuses through shelves of colorful glass vases and goblets, compotes and all sorts of glittering vessels arranged carefully by hue. Each piece is distinguished by its particularities, its sinuous contours and decorative flourishes, but when seen as a whole arrangement they join and multiply. They overlap and refract, not so much as a kaleidoscope but more like a dream recorded in echoing waves of paint and time. 

‘Ten Questions’ asks us to balance science and faith

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 11:41

Shawn Douglass will direct Stephen Massicote’s world premiere about a teen who challenges his teacher on evolution.
— Photo: Courtesy

It’s been almost a century since the Scopes “Monkey” Trial so famously fictionalized in "Inherit the Wind," yet the battle over teaching evolution and/or creationism in schools still rages on. But while the central question may have remained the same, the cultural landscape has changed since the 1925 trial that challenged a state law against the teaching of evolution, or that 1955 play that revived its themes and conflicts.

"Nightmares and Lullabies" more than just sweet fairytales

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 17 April 2015 09:02

With its tongue-twisting title, Nightmares and Lullabies: The Darker Side of Peter Pan sounds like a spoof. But the new work presented by Cooperative Performance Milwaukee in conjunction with Pink Banana Theatre Co. is far from a comedy.

Recommended reading, Earth Day the beginnings

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Saturday, 11 April 2015 13:37

Adam Rome’s "The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation" tells the story of how the first Earth Day in 1970 proved a transformative, monumental event.

And Wisconsin figures prominently in the story.

Local beer weeks bring out the best of the brews

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 16:29

Whether you like to tipple a tallboy, quaff a cold one or just generally soak up the suds, upcoming weeklong beer celebrations in both Milwaukee and Madison will give drinkers the opportunity to get up close and personal with brands they haven’t before tried, all in the name of beer “education.”

As MCT’s Jeeves, Matt Daniels takes a final ‘Bow’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 10:35

Few characters in 20th-century literature have quite as much intellectual and comic clout as Reginald Jeeves, better known as the personal valet, or “gentleman’s gentleman,” to hapless, dim-witted Bertram Wilberforce “Bertie” Wooster. As one of the last of the idle rich in England’s post-Edwardian era, Wooster has little to do other than get himself into trouble and then rely on Jeeves to get him out of it again.

Nickolas Butler brings literary success stories back to Wisconsin

Written by Maddy Hughes,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 12 April 2015 06:48

Nickolas Butler was inspired to write Shotgun Lovesongswhile homesick for his family in Wisconsin.
— PHOTO: Olive Juice Studios

"Shotgun Lovesongs," Wisconsin native Nickolas Butler’s debut novel, has become a breakout success for the author since its publication in March. The book tells the story of five friends who came of age in a tiny Wisconsin town. They reunite for a wedding and must confront each other’s adult selves.

Hubbard Street Dance embraces the ‘original’ art form

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 11 April 2015 06:45

Hubbard Street Dance Company will perform at Overture Center, a much-loved touring destination.
— PHOTO: Todd Rosenberg

Think of humanity’s earliest forms of art, and the average expert may point to the Paleolithic painting of a dun horse in the Lascaux Caves in southwestern France as a prominent example. Glenn Edgerton, artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, suggests we look elsewhere.

Zymbiotics revives the art of fermented food

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 13:32

Zymbiotics uses age-old fermentation processes to maximize nutritional content.
— Photo: Jeff Ziebelman

Everything old is new again, and one of the latest waves in healthy eating dates back to a time when people depended on fermentation to preserve their food.