Honey honey, how you thrill us

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:39

It’s succulent and sweet, dripping golden from the spoon. Its viscosity causes it to move in slow motion and its natural colors sparkle in the sun. It both brightens the palate and strengthens the body.

Olbrich gardens set to 'gleam'

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:23

Call it Art Nouveau for the high-tech age: landscape, light and sculpture merge in a cutting-edge exhibit at Madison’s Olbrich Botanical Gardens this fall.

“The projects are diverse and very exciting,” says David Wells, artistic director of GLEAM: Art in a New Light, which opens Sept. 2. “They’ll invigorate viewing. They will provide counterpoints to nature yet be engaged with the nature of the gardens themselves.”

Present Music celebrates Mozart’s modern successors

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:09

Milwaukee’s Present Music ensemble helps kick off another year of fine arts, with a season-opening concert that will bring together the largest ensemble Present Music has ever hosted. It’ll also be bringing together the company’s love for chamber music’s classical roots and its passion for contemporary works.

Mika stops hiding with ‘No Place in Heaven’

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:55

Mika is one of pop music’s most uniquely talented artists. The Anglo-Lebanese singer burst into the spotlight with his superb debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, which has sold nearly 6 million copies since its release in 2007. 

Central Wis. breweries have winning beers on tap

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:35

Many of O’So’s beers are more extreme offerings.
— Photo: O’so Brewing Co.

Beer is central to many Wisconsinites, but many of them don’t think of central Wisconsin as a hub for it. That’s a misconception worth changing. The heart of our state features a variety of breweries new and old, some highly acclaimed and others little known outside their communities. 

American Players offers a searing ‘Othello’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:19

James Ridge (left) and Chiké Johnson star as Iago and Othello in a powerful production of the Shakespearean tragedy at American Players Theatre.
—Photo: Carissa Dixon

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so, William Shakespeare famously wrote in Hamlet. That same ethos is even better demonstrated in his later work Othello, where the Bard weaves a tale of evil intent, with all the expected consequences.

Natasha Nicholson’s studio, recreated at MMoCA, is a work of art in itself

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:05

The Artist in Her Museum recreates Natasha Nicholson’s studio with various eclectic rooms.
— Photo: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Natasha Nicholson stands in the middle of “Studiolo,” an immense room filled with hundreds of arranged artifacts and found objects that replicates part of the Madison artist’s home studio. She looks around to make sure every piece of her collection is where it needs to be — to foster the artistic environment she considers critical to her work.

3rd time charms again for Testa Rosa

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:48

Testa Rosa. — PHOTO: Courtesy

“Pretty” is not an adjective that tends to apply to the Milwaukee music scene, but it’s one that has been leveled at — and embraced by — pop rock band Testa Rosa more than once. Betty Blexud-Strigens and Damian Strigens, the couple who lead the band, haven’t lost any of that shine as they gear up for the release of their third album. But the appropriately titled Testa Rosa III is tempered by a deeper, darker and denser sound than Testa Rosa has dabbled with in the past.

Comedian Jen Kirkman is feeling fine. Promise.

Written by Colton Dunham,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:29

Jen Kirkman. — PHOTO: Courtesy

In the opening of her Netflix special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), comedian, author and podcaster Jen Kirkman tells a story about overhearing someone ordering a drink and slowly realizing that person cannot tell the difference between a lemon and a lime. It’s like she’s a dear friend venting her frustrations with the world already, and it’s only been a few minutes. 

Mojo Dojo’s improv aims to build long-form community

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:15

More than anything else, Milwaukee’s improv scene has been dominated by ComedySportz, the now-national troupe that specializes in short-form improv — quick “games” where performers riff on audience suggestions in short bits before erasing everything and starting from scratch. 

But that approach to improv is not the only one. In many cities, short-form companies coexist with an alternative style: long-form improv. Neither is inherently better than the other, and many improvisers and comedians do both. But Milwaukee only having a training center and performance space for short-form has skewed popular opinion here as to what improv can be.

RedLine Milwaukee’s diverse ‘Timeline’

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:01

Miles Buss’ deliberately naive paintings are charming fun and just one of the 11 collections of work in Timeline.
— Photo: Kat Minerath

From across the room, Jody Emery’s “Universe” catches light like a cosmos of stars twinkling in the night. Enamel paint glistens in a cloudy crush of three-dimensional texture that builds from the artwork’s surface. Approach more closely and see that this murky constellation is built from metal detritus of various chains, tool bits and other tough implements. 

The Sets List: Meat Puppets, Dirty Heads, Jeremy Messersmith and more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 06:43

Meat Puppets. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Is there a better way to celebrate the end of summer than by listening to some “face-melting” rock ’n’ roll by the Meat Puppets?