Carlos Santana wants to save the world with music

Written by By MESFIN FEKADU,
From the AP
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:15

Try to speak with Carlos Santana about his new album and he’ll want to talk about another topic: changing the world.

The veteran musician says he is planning a concert aimed at encouraging and motivating the development of young black and Latino men in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death and Donald Sterling’s racist comments. He wants to hold the event next year in Florida and is working with Harry Belafonte.

Dr. Beach: Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki tops 2014 beach ranking

Written by The AP Monday, 26 May 2014 10:31

A tourist-friendly beach named for a Hawaii surfing legend has been dubbed the best public beach in the United States in this year’s Dr. Beach ranking.

Duke Kahanamoku Beach, a well-groomed crescent of blond sand and palm trees near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, beat out more than 600 other beaches for the distinction.

Chilling 'Godzilla' reboot upholds legacy

Written by Jessica Herndon,
AP Film writer
Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:06

No one can blame Gareth Edwards for admittedly feeling nervous when asked to helm a remake of the biggest monster movie of all time. Sure, the only other film he had directed happened to be 2010’s Monsters. But this time, it was Godzilla.

Amy Ray’s latest release is pure country, and it’s been a long time a-comin’

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:36

Amy Ray. – Photo: Ryan Russell

Indigo Girl Amy Ray’s fifth solo studio album Goodnight Tender is a country record through and through. The traditional sounds on Goodnight Tender have a history of surfacing on the Georgia native’s recordings, both her solos and those she’s made with fellow Indigo Girl Emily Saliers.

Matthew Vaughn and a superb cast reinvigorated the franchise with cool retro style and globe-trotting intrigue in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class.” The series’ original director, Bryan Singer, continues that momentum in the vigorously entertaining “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” While it’s more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe. And it ups the stakes by threatening nothing less than the genocide of the mutant population, among them faces old and new.

Hardcore followers will have a geek field day dissecting the challenging pretzel logic of writer-producer Simon Kinberg’s screenplay, from a story by Jane Goldman, Kinberg and Vaughn, who had originally planned to direct. The central premise comes from the 1981 Uncanny X-Men comic “Days of Future Past,” in which Kitty Pryde (recently out Ellen Page) uses her consciousness transference powers to go back from a dystopian future and rewrite history.

Chicago vs. NYC foodie smackdown: Who eats better?

Written by J.M. HIRSCH,
AP writer
Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:03

The James Beard Foundation recently announced that its awards ceremony honoring the best chefs and restaurants is moving to Chicago after 24 years in New York City.

It's more proof that Chicago is home to one of the country's hottest restaurant scenes.

Let’s skip the drama and build the MAM addition

Written by Tom Strini,
Special to WiG
Friday, 16 May 2014 09:16

Jim Shields’ current design. Photo: Public

The Milwaukee Art Museum brass and architect Jim Shields have resolved their differences, and Shields is back as lead architect on the museum’s renovation/addition plans. On May 6, the museum released Shields’ revised plan, which would extend the 1975 Kahler annex eastward toward Lake Michigan.

‘Hair’ is just as groovy and socially relevant as it was in ‘67

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:43

Skylight Music Theatre is staging Hair. -Photo: Mark Frohna

In 1967, the Broadway musical world was rocked like never before by Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Nothing like it had been tried before, and it spawned an entirely new direction in musical theater.

The most buzzed-about performances at Cannes

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Monday, 26 May 2014 14:08

The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival featured a number of remarkable performances, many of them from big-name stars. These were among the actors that had Cannes buzzing:

• Steve Carell: It was an open question which star of Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” turned in the most impressive performance. There’s Channing Tatum as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, a physically potent but emotionally stunted man. And as his older sibling and mentor, Mark Ruffalo’s brotherly physicality is also essential. But Carell, with a prosthetic nose and grayed hair, was the one to cause the biggest stir at Cannes for his dramatic turn as the creepy multi-millionaire John du Pont who’s obsessed with the other two.

Unauthorized “Saint Laurent” shows YSL’s dark side

AP writer
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:05

His surviving gay lover Pierre Berge didn’t want this film to see the light of day.

But over the weekend, the controversial, no-holds-barred story of one of the 20th-century’s greatest fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008, screened in competition at Cannes.

Summer cinema sans superheroes

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:12

Keira Knightley and Adam Levin in Begin Again. – Photo: Courtesy

More exotic creatures thrive in the shadows of summer blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most anticipated indie films due this summer, nary a caped superhero or city-crushing monster among them.

Folk artist captured 19th-century Wisconsin rural life

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:31

Farmscape by Paul Seifert. - Photo: Courtesy

The color palette is bright or muted, depending on the type of paper used. The perspective isn’t always accurate. The bird’s-eye landscape views are better imagined than observed.