Most people have never seen a scorpion fish outside an aquarium – unless they dine at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C., where they can find the spiny, venomous creature on the plate.
Max Garland discovered that he’d been named Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate for 2013–14 while sharing a beer and cheese curds with a friend at a rural Wisconsin tavern. The setting couldn’t have been more appropriate for the former western Kentucky native and current University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire literature professor.
When it comes to classical music, summer is a time generally given over to lighter programmatic fare, from witty Gilbert and Sullivan ditties to thumping “1812 Overture” cannonades.
Out singer/songwriter Mike Maimone, of the band Mutts, began studying piano as a child. But as he got older he “got away from the lessons” and became “kind of a meathead jock in high school,” he says.
Skylar Grey is making the most of her second chance. In 2006, Grey made her first stab as a recording artist as Holly Brook (she was born Holly Brook Hafermann). Her timing was off, however, and “Like Blood Like Honey,” her album of Sarah McLachlan-style songs, didn’t fare well.
What is it about female comedians and their gays? There’s comedy godmother Joan Rivers and queer comic Margaret Cho, both of whom make a point of speaking directly to their beloved and adoring gay audiences. And then there’s comedy diva Kathy Griffin. Combining her love for the gays (hello, Anderson Cooper) and gossip, Griffin has created a brand of comedy that is both an homage to Rivers and outrageously original. She’s easily the most irreverent comic onstage, male or female.
Formed 20 years ago in San Francisco, The Kinsey Sicks, a “dragapella beauty shop quartet,” has traveled the globe presenting political satire set to music. In addition to releasing eight albums since 1997 and performing off-Broadway, Winnie (Irwin Keller), Rachel (Ben Schatz), Trixie (Jeff Manabat) and Trampolina (Spencer Brown) are the subject of a documentary (“The Kinsey Sicks: Almost Infamous”) and stars of the feature film “Kinsey Sicks: I Wanna Be a Republican.”
A piece of art can be as expensive as the marketplace allows, but is it worth the price of a friendship? That question drives Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning play “Art,” which opens Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 2013-14 season.
In an intimate section of the Milwaukee Art Museum, you’ll find an exhibit that resembles a local tattoo parlor. Its walls are covered with “flash art” – designs typically displayed on tattoo parlor walls to give customers ideas for their own tattoos. But you won’t hear the trademark parlor buzz of a tattoo gun.