‘Age of Ultron’ is an Avengers overdose

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Monday, 04 May 2015 10:45

It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director’s filmography that in between Joss Whedon’s two “Avengers” films there reads “Much Ado About Nothing”: a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made.

'Peter and the Starcatcher' takes flight at the Milwaukee Rep

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:33

'Peter and the Starcatcher' tracks Peter Pan's adventures before becoming The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

Peter and the Starcatcher is an adventurous, outlandish and occasionally revisionist tale of Peter Pan that just happens to take place before he’s properly Peter Pan. True, sometimes the Milwaukee Rep’s storytellers get excited and rush ahead of themselves, and the tomfoolery can get a bit out of hand too. But that’s just how kids are — and as tales of Peter Pan have always taught us, there’s a magic in childhood that should be cherished, not squashed.

Florentine raises a glass to season-ending ‘Elixir’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 April 2015 04:49

When William Florescu, general director of Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, raises a glass on the opening night of Gaetano Donizetti’s "The Elixir of Love," he’ll toast the opera with the Florentine’s own wine.

The Florentine Reserve, produced by The Wine Foundry in Napa, California, is a classic Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petite verdot, says marketing and communications director Richard Clark.

Live Nation wants music lovers to add National Concert Day to their calendars.

The live-events company announced plans to declare May 5 as National Concert Day and revealed a special event to mark the occasion.

‘Shifting Gears’ exhibits Wisconsin’s love affair with biking

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 26 April 2015 04:34

Wisconsin’s love affair with biking is the subject of a new exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison:"Shifting Gears."

Splinter Group revives Jim Farrell’s inner artist

Written by By Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 April 2015 04:29

Jim Farrell (left), Splinter Group’s founder and artistic director, will play a father who has a complicated relationship with his cloned sons (Joe Picchetti) in A Number.
— PHOTO: Ross Zentner

When it comes to theater — or any art form — there’s a big difference between an artist and an arts administrator. 

Stephen King wins mystery award

Written by The AP Friday, 01 May 2015 09:48

Stephen King isn't only a master of horror. He's also a man of mystery.

King and Gillian Flynn were among the winners this week at the 69th annual Edgar Awards, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. King's crime story "Mr. Mercedes" received the best novel prize at the ceremony in midtown Manhattan. King has been an Edgar "Grand Master" since 2007 and his novel "Joyland" was a finalist last year for paperback original. 

Villa Terrace exposes the usable and beautiful past

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 April 2015 12:00

The present continually folds itself over, layer upon layer, as it forms a historical past. Art and artifacts are material traces with uncertain immortality. They can last far beyond the lifetime of their makers and the environment for which they were made. 

"Private Spaces Public Authority," on view at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, asks what should be done with this usable past. Ceramic tiles, stained glass, doors, fireplace decorations and more are displayed as orphaned beauties, gleaned from two Milwaukee mansions: the Henry Uihlein Mansion and the Elizabeth Plankinton Mansion. 

Noel Gallagher looks forward with ‘Chasing Yesterday’

Written by Colin Turner,
The Interview Feed
Friday, 24 April 2015 04:57

Noel Gallagher’s second solo album since leaving Oasis was released on March 2.— Photo: Lawrence Watson

In the ‘90s, Noel Gallagher was a name that meant only one thing: Oasis. The Britpop band, fronted by Noel and his brother Liam Gallagher, became the defining rock band of the era.

Do you know the mushroom man?

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 23 April 2015 23:18

Jaime Ramsay grows a wide variety of fungi, including shiitake mushrooms.
— PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

When the Dane County Farmers’ Market opened for the season at 6 a.m. on April 18, vendor Jaime Ramsay was in the same stall he and his wife Diane have occupied since 1992, right where Wisconsin Avenue intersects with Mifflin Street on the Capitol Square. With him, as always: his mushrooms.