Fox series ‘Empire’ challenges homophobia in the black community

Written by David Bauder,
AP Television writer
Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:40

Terrence Howard stars as the patriarch of a music empire in Fox’s ‘Empire,’ created by out gay director Lee Daniels, who’s best known for his films “Precious” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” -PHOTO: Courtesy

The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap Empire said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Are you reading what Mark Zuckerberg's reading? Pinker's 'The Better Angels'

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:20

Mark Zuckerberg has made his next book club pick, a release he considers especially timely after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Facebook CEO announced earlier this week he would take on Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” a widely discussed and occasionally criticized 2011 book that contends violence has decreased in modern times and the world has become more humane. Zuckerberg posted the news on his Facebook page and on a community page he set up for his club, A Year of Books.

Game on: Where to cheer for the Packers on Sunday

Written by Travel Wisconsin Friday, 16 January 2015 18:47

The Green Bay Packers are heading to Seattle this Sunday. And where are Packer fans headed to watch the game?

Travel Wisconsin has some ideas. The state boasts some of the largest and liveliest sports bars in the country. And whatever part of the state you find yourself in this Sunday, you can bet the Packers game will be on, the fans will be cheering and the bloody marys and beer will be flowing.

Welles centennial celebrated in Madison, Kenosha

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 04:17

Orson Welles. — Photo: UW-Madison Cinematheque

A century ago, on May 6, 1915, Kenosha found itself the birthplace of one of the greatest film directors of all time: Orson Welles.

'Good People'? More like 'Great People'

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Saturday, 24 January 2015 10:55
Laura Gordon (center, in pink) plays Margie, a Southie at the end of her rope looking for a break. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Laura Gordon leads a talented cast and crew in the Milwaukee Rep's Good People, a complex play about a working mother forced to go to extremes when she comes up short for this month's rent.

Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Eva Longoria projects part of NBC’s slate

Written by The AP Monday, 19 January 2015 11:22

Stevie Wonder is on board for an NBC miniseries set against the 19th-century Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find freedom.

Wonder, who will serve as executive producer for the project, also may be involved in a musical adaptation of the miniseries that is aimed at Broadway, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said.

Making clothing to warm cold pets

Written by Jennifer Forker,
AP writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 13:58

It’s that time of year when many dogs need a little extra protection against the weather — a coat or a sweater. 

Kohler Co. launches new, locally focused foodie event

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 03:35

Kohler presents Wisconsin Food Favorites. — Photo: Kohler Co.

When Wisconsin’s needle-sharp winds start to pierce the parka, it’s time for a midwinter getaway. But if you’re a foodie, don’t head south this January — try looking in a more northerly direction, toward a new culinary event in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Tender trend
As prices drop, home cooks get immersed in sous vide cooking

Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:32

Call it the tender trend. Sous vide cooking, once strictly the province of professionals, is spreading to home kitchens as cheaper equipment puts the once avant-garde technique within reach.

Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, is a so-called modernist method of cooking in which food is sealed in plastic bags (often vacuum sealed, though that’s not mandatory) and submerged in hot (but not boiling) water for long, slow cooking. The result is juicer food because no moisture is lost and cooking temperatures can be maintained within tenths of a degree.

Death Blues re-meditates on mortality at Alverno

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 17 January 2015 13:12

Percussionist Jon Mueller. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Jon Mueller and William Ryan Fritch used to be complete strangers. 

Urban wood becomes an aesthetic treasure at Lynden

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 12:23

Dan Barsch’s Tea Ceremony.

City dwellers may not be lucky enough to have a full forest in their backyard, but it’s likely they don’t have to wander far from their front door to encounter a tree. Trees beautify the urban landscape, lending a soft organic grace to the concrete, angular environment surrounding them even as they serve as crucial parts of the ecosystem.

New music: Meghan Trainor, Mark Ronson, Jukebox the Ghost

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 02:56

The cover of Meghan Trainor’s album Title. — PHOTO: Epic Records

Meghan Trainor :: ‘Title’