entertainment

On Broadway: Season features Sting, Mirren, Jackman and Peter Pan

Written by Mark Kennedy,
AP drama writer
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:20

The coming Broadway season has something for everyone - a musical by Sting, a magician-filled SUV, the incomparable Hugh Jackman, the equally regal Helen Mirren, a musical set in a funeral parlor and not one, but two Gyllenhaals. Here's a look at some highlights of the 2014-15 season:

STARS, STARS, STARS

Jason Yi goes BIG with installation in Madison’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:32

Artist Jason S. Yi. — PHOTO: Courtesy Jason S. Yi

Pedestrians passing by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s State Street Gallery last month saw what might have looked like a construction zone. Instead, they were witnessing the birth of art.

Public art project gives voice to historic Mitchell Street

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:41

Milwaukee’s Mitchell Street. — Photo: Kat Murrell

A few years ago, visual artist Sonja Thomson and storyteller Adam Carr teamed up for a temporary public art piece called Here, Mothers Are, which relayed in words and installations the stories of families in the neighborhood around 24th and Locust streets. The project was a precursor to their latest endeavor, Listening to Mitchell. This time, they recount the memories and testimonials of historic Mitchell Street.

Vancouver’s foodie scene flourishes

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:20

The Vancouver skyline. — PHOTO: Duncan Rawlinson - Flickr

Vancouver, B.C., is Canada’s westernmost major metro area and one of the nation’s most popular foodie destinations. Vancouver restaurants combine the best culinary influences the province has to offer, including ethnic diversity, creative innovation and a commitment to environmental sustainability. The dining scene is defined but not constrained by tradition and West Coast style.

Hear (and watch) women roar on new fall TV shows

Written by FRAZIER MOORE,
AP TV writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:55

"The Good Wife," "Homeland," "Scandal," "Nurse Jackie" and, well, "Girls" are just a few current shows that put women front and center.

And this fall, even more women are stepping up.

Following the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:29

Disembarking from our Holland America cruise ship in Skagway, Alaska, we didn’t realize that our upcoming detour through the Yukon Territory would follow the trail of the most important U.S. event to occur on Canadian soil since the War of 1812.

Neither did we realize that the stunning scenery and wildlife were just a preview to the natural wonders ahead in Denali National Park.

New management approach will keep Bartell Theatre’s drama on center stage, not backstage

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:34

Bartell Theatre. — PHOTO: Jay Rath

The Bartell Community Theatre is not only changing management, it’s changing its entire approach to management.

Entertainment briefs: Woo-hoo, The Simpsons marathon and more …

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:10

The Simspsons marathon begins. - PHOTO: Fox

FXX celebrates Simpsons syndication with 12-day binge-watch marathon

A look at the new books offered this fall, fiction, non-fiction and in-between

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:55

So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways.

Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” in which Harris steps back into the second person to allow you to imagine yourself onstage, on television, or, in November 2006, on edge as you prepare to tell the world you’re gay. 

Dawson City, Gold Rush Central

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:11

Downtown Dawson City. — PHOTO: WikiCommons

A valley cut by a river creates a large V between mountain ranges; one cut by a glacier is more U-shaped — and much wider.

Portuguese wines an excellent, overlooked value

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:30

In this issue of Dish it Out!

It pours light, bright and floral, with clean transparency, tropical fruit notes and a slight effervescence as subtle as it is necessary.

Bay View's Artbeat in the Heat celebrates five years of art and music

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:53

Artbeat in the Heat is centered around Hide House.

Bay View residents and visitors don’t have to wait until September’s Bay View Bash for a colorful street festival. The artists at Milwaukee Artbeat, a Bay View collective, present the fifth annual Artbeat in the Heat this weekend.