Watrous Gallery highlights local artists

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:32

The works of two more local artists will be highlighted beginning July 11 by the James Watrous Gallery, located inside Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.

Madison sculptor Graham Yaeger and Sun Prairie photographer Tyler Robbins will share the gallery’s display space through Aug. 24 with two one-man shows.

WigWIRED: Add an app

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:36

Popular portraiture apps for smartphones and tablets:

• CamMe: Take photos using hand gestures. Can take several photos sequentially, like the old photo booths. Enhance photos with cutouts. Easy sharing options. 

Entertainment briefs: Mamet, Boulevard Theatre, Via Downer news

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:42

Cancel Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’

After only one performance, the Alchemist Theatre was forced to cancel its production of David Mamet’s student-teacher drama Oleanna. The playwright’s representatives sent the theater a cease-and-desist letter stating it broke its contract by casting the play’s female role with a male actor. In a statement, Alchemist owners Aaron Kopec and Erica Case said they sought to cast the best talent, not the best talent within a gender. They also maintained that they “stayed true to each of David Mamet’s powerful words and did not change the character of Carol but allowed the reality of gender and relationship fluidity to add to the impact of the story.” Director Erin Eggers added that she had not previously revealed the identity of actors David Shapiro and Ben Parman to avoid making the production just about the casting. The Alchemist is offering full refunds and free seats for a future show.

‘American Buffalo’ shows ugly side of American Dream

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:08

Brian Mani and James Ridge in American Players Theatre’s production of American Buffalo. — Photo: Zane Williams

According to the tenets of the American Dream, people are free to pursue the lives they want.

Ain’t no pour like the summertime brews

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:15

Dine’s skull art heads Chazen’s summer schedule and more…

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:23

“Ancient Fishing” by Jim Dine, 1989, bronze with patina and pigment. — Photo: Courtesy of the artist

This summer, enjoy Milwaukee’s flourishing art scene

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:34

Leo Saul Berk, “Clinkers,” 2011, courtesy of the artist. — PHOTO: Haggerty Museum of Art

During the summer, Milwaukee spills out onto the streets, filling sidewalks with bistro tables and hanging flowerpots, bringing biergartens and outdoor concerts to parks. But there’s plenty of activity in the area’s art scene to pull you indoors for a break from the sun’s rays. 

About LGBT books for teens…

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 24 June 2014 05:49

Writer David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his "Boy Meets Boy," a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn how to dance.

And there was Paul, who meets Noah.

Gay comedian Gabe Liedman plays a gay comedian in BFF Jenny Slate’s breakout film

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:57

Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy in Obvious Child, currently in national release. Check your local movie listings. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The quirky abortion rom-com Obvious Child is about a single stand-up comedian named Donna (the amazing Jenny Slate), who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Max (Jake Lacy) and decides to have an abortion — on Valentine’s Day.

You go, grill: Tips for firing up the grill

Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:19

Time to fire up the Weber.

With the harsh winter behind us, it’s time to get outside, fire up the Weber and enjoy the primitive allure of cooking and dining in the fresh air. Tender cuts of meats, savory fish and crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables taste better grilled al fresco, whether over gas or charcoal.

Latino, Latina artists sought

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:27

For the second consecutive year, Latino and Latina artists are being sought to participate in a special exhibit at the Madison Public Library designed to launch Hispanic Heritage Month.

The exhibit, scheduled to be unveiled on Sept. 10, will launch the month celebrating Hispanic heritage, which runs Sept. 15–Oct. 15. The exhibit, designed to celebrate the richness of Dane County’s Hispanic culture, is sponsored by the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Madison Public Library, Centro Hispano and the Latino Professional Association.

Review: Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' catchy but uneven

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National write
Sunday, 22 June 2014 07:21

You don’t have to be middle-aged, or even an adult, to know songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” Sure, they’re ’60s-era hits by The Four Seasons, but they’ve become such pop culture fixtures that even youngsters who’ve never heard the name Frankie Valli could surely croon a few bars in his signature falsetto.