‘Purple’ the color of hope in The Rep’s season opener

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:15

Bethany Thomas. — Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee Rep

The Color Purple has made waves from day one. Alice Walker’s 1982 novel takes an unflinching look at the hardships faced by women of color in the rural South of the early 20th century. Praised for its honesty and criticized for its brutality, Walker’s novel won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for fiction in 1983, yet is number 17 on the American Library Association’s list of 100 most frequently challenged books.

In Skylight’s ‘Cinderella,’ couture makes the character

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:53

Sketches of costumes for the stepsisters. — Photo: Courtesy Skylight

Fashion takes center stage in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella).

WigWords: ‘Mathematician’s Shiva’ a wryly funny 1st novel

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 12 September 2014 04:09

Stuart Rojstaczer celebrated the publication of his debut novel in the city where he debuted, so to speak.

Rojstaczer, who was born in Milwaukee, returned to Milwaukee on Sept. 10 to talk about The Mathematician’s Shiva, his wryly funny first novel about middle-age, family, genius and the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience after World War II.

Go For the Food: Bourbon in Louisville

AP writer
Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:00

In Kentucky’s bourbon country, the classic American whiskey isn’t just for sipping anymore.

Restaurants stretching along the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville are creating bourbon-inspired sauces and glazes to jazz up main courses, side dishes and desserts. The 6-year-old bourbon cocktail and culinary experience has grown to 34 establishments, adding more zest to the city’s nightlife.

Mike Watt: The musical sailor on bass

Written by James Preston Allen,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:05

Mike Watt, former frontman for the Minutemen. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The workday had ended and the nightlife at the San Pedro, California, art walk was just gearing up. Lumbering down in his white econo-van, Mike Watt, 56, looked more like an old sailor than punk legend and frontman of the pacesetting group Minutemen. His van has probably tallied more road years touring than members of younger bands have been alive.

Milwaukee, Madison companies embrace Cinderella’s feminine journey this season

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:49

The Madison Ballet is restaging its version of Cinderella in 2015. — Photo: Andrew Weeks

Filmmaker Walt Disney was fond of rewriting literary history, making it more palatable for a post-World War II, white-bread America. The 1950 animated film version of Cinderella may have been his most questionable revision.

WiGWired: Cach-ing in at state parks

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 12 September 2014 02:00

With the sport of geocaching continuing to grow, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Geocaching Association placed “official” caches in 47 state park properties.

Jeans feeling the blues as consumers turn to yoga pants

Written by Anne D’Innocenzio,
AP Retail writer
Saturday, 06 September 2014 18:30

Levi's slim fit indigo blue jeans.

Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin.

Iannone’s Amanda latest venture into Williams’ canon

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:56

Angela Iannone as Maggie the Cat in 1983. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Fresh from her role as opera diva Maria Callas in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Master Class, Milwaukee actor and playwright Angela Iannone is ready to try something different. And nothing could be more different than the role of Amanda Wingfield, the abandoned wife and faded Southern belle of The Glass Menagerie.

Live at the Hollywood Bowl: The Simpsons celebrate 25 years

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 15 September 2014 11:18

Doh! did you miss it? Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggum and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from Kwik-E-Mart came to the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 25 years of "The Simpsons."

Those characters are performed by three actors — Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria — who hosted the world premiere of "The Simpsons Take the Bowl"at the legendary concert venue on Sept. 12. The program featured music, stars and reminiscences from TV's longest-running scripted show.

New cars: What’s ahead in 2015

Written by TOM KRISHER
AP Auto Writers
Friday, 12 September 2014 01:50

Sales of small crossover SUVs are booming in the U.S., and automakers are responding quickly with new entries in the 2015 model year.

Ten brands — Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes and Tesla — are rolling out new vehicles to cash in on the buying binge.

'Long Way Home' tops Nielsen's bestseller list

Written by AP Saturday, 06 September 2014 06:43

Best-selling books for the week ending Aug. 31, as tracked by Nielsen Bookscan. Listings include hardcover fiction and non-fiction as well as mass market and trade paperbacks.