Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton appeared on the season opener of Saturday Night Live as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton (played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon).
For all its musical beauty and complexity, classical opera lives by some fairly simple rules: Love causes conflict and dramatic tension between characters. Beauty manifests in tragedy, usually the death of the lead soprano. And the hero is always a tenor, leaving the villain to rumble in his thunderous bass baritone.
Fans of Janet Jackson have had a rough decade, suffering through three lackluster albums since 2004’s Damita Jo. It has been seven years since her last album but her reunion with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on Unbreakable is a triumph. The title song is an easy, soulful callback to past successes, as is the intimate “After You Fall.” Jackson explores new territory in the gentle country bounce of “Lessons Learned,” about abusive relationships, and heads to the dance floor with Missy Elliott on “Burnitup!” Perhaps best of all, she closes with the upbeat spirit of Sly and the Family Stone on her shoulder for the eminently funky “Gon’ B Alright.”
If you’ve ever attended a Melissa Etheridge concert, you know that she is a consummate entertainer. Her casual and playful stage banter results in a relaxed and friendly rapport with the audience.
The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary and festival director Carl Bogner is looking forward to the biggest program in recent memory. Over 11 days, he and UWM’s Peck School of the Arts will bring more than 30 feature films and shorts programs to the city, all centering around LGBT themes — but many not defined exclusively by those themes.
When you speak to Jodi Berg, you find yourself hoping she’ll channel a little bit of Dan Aykroyd.
After all, she’s the fourth generation to head her family’s Vitamix company, maker of those super powered blenders prized by home cooks and professional chefs alike for their ability to grind and puree nearly anything into smoothie goodness. Because that’s the same blender that inspired the now iconic 1976 “Saturday Night Live” skit in which Aykroyd proselytized infomercial-style about the wonders of something called a Bass-O-Matic.
Before there were Food Network icons and cultish produce, before farm-to-table was a philosophy and cake decorating became a competitive sport, there was Emeril Lagasse.
And his is a life story best told by the kitchens that formed and informed him. There was the Portuguese bakery where he washed dishes as a youngster, the pizzeria where he stretched dough in high school, the Asian restaurants where he learned the secrets of Chinese sauces, and of course the grand kitchen of New Orleans’ iconic Commander’s Palace, where he became head chef at 23.
Most people write their autobiographies in the final years of their lives. But what if a young man prematurely has gone through so many of life’s hurts and joys that he can write an interesting and full autobiography well before his 40th birthday?
Call it coincidence, or credit dark forces dancing in the human psyche. Either way, Wisconsin’s two premier ballet companies are opening their seasons with productions of a story that ballet fans will really be able to sink their teeth into: Dracula.
George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp are among the A-list contenders nominated for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Blondie, Gloria Estefan, the Isley Brothers, Sly Stone and Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards are also up for the top honor. Winners will be inducted next June in New York City.