Review: Bullock entertains as a ruthless campaign operative

AP National Writer
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:53

They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing.

New online site BroadwayHD offers to stream live theater

AP Drama Writer
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:40

A new online streaming service launches this week that hopes to one day become the Netflix of Broadway, offering high-definition broadcasts of top theatrical events to computers and phones.

BroadwayHD currently has a modest list of plays and musicals ready to stream but hopes to eventually be the place where theater fans and educators turn for their live event fix.

'Emmett Till' a tragic tale, told with skill by Renaissance Theaterworks

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Sunday, 25 October 2015 17:03

The Ballad of Emmett Till, opening Renaissance Theaterworks’ 2015 season, does not shy away from telling the harsh story of how a black Chicago teen was murdered in 1955 Mississippi. But neither does it define Till’s life by his tragic, brutal death.

MisterWives return for their third Milwaukee show in a whirlwind year

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 23 October 2015 17:45

Five-piece indie band MisterWives will play a third Milwaukee show this year on Oct. 28.

The origin story of Brooklyn-based alternative pop band MisterWives reads almost like a fairy tale. The band came together near the end of 2012 when solo singer Mandy Lee went looking for a group to provide backing onstage. She met drummer Etienne Bowler and bass player Will Hehir. 

Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for role in 'Happy Days,' dead at 96

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:04

Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for his roles as Murray the cop on The Odd Couple and malt shop owner Al Delvecchio on Happy Days, died Friday at age 96.

Actress Charlotte Rae tells ‘The Facts of My Life’ in memoir

Written by LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:29

In “The Facts of Life,” Charlotte Rae played the unflappable Mrs. Garrett, a girls’ school housemother who smoothly guided her charges through crises and comedy.

Rae says she implored the TV show’s producers to let her character “lose her temper, yell at the kids. Let her be a human being.”

‘New Hanji’ joins modern craft with Korean tradition

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing write
Saturday, 24 October 2015 07:50

“Paper changed everything,” notes Chelsea Holton, co-curator of New Hanji: A Korean Paper Tradition Re-Imagined, the latest exhibition at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. The invention of paper around the year 100 A.D. in China opened a new world for documentation, as well as for art. 

The Sets List: Andrew McMahon & New Politics, Umphrey’s McGhee, more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 23 October 2015 12:42

Andrew McMahon (of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin fame) and New Politics don’t objectively sound that much alike. But this music veteran gone solo and group of Danish newcomers share one important trait: They’re infusing their respective pop and rock genres with a healthy dose of electronic instrumentation. That’ll make them a perfect duo for the dance-friendly Rave. Australian band The Griswolds and soulful singer-songwriter Lolo will amp up the crowd as opening acts.

Review: Collection of Capote's early stories for his fans

Written by The AP Thursday, 29 October 2015 07:15

"The Early Stories of Truman Capote" collects 14 short fiction pieces by the writer, including some that were published in his high school newspaper in Greenwich, Connecticut, when he was a teenager. 

Rethink brats on a bun with this easy baked pasta

Written by J.M. Hirsch,
AP food editor
Monday, 26 October 2015 08:08

Ready to bring Oktoberfest home? 

We start with that most ubiquitous of German sausages: the bratwurst. Here in the United States, we tend to think of brats as having a singular taste, although Wisconsin does offer some variations. But in Germany, bratwursts can vary widely in flavor (peppery to mild), meats (pork, veal and beef are common), even size (foot-long, spiraled and squat are just the start).

‘Silent Sky’ sheds light on forgotten female astronomers

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 23 October 2015 22:02

Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky kicks off a strong season for Madison’s only equity theater troupe, all performed at the Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison.
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Most people would recognize the name Hubble, as in the Hubble Space Telescope and its namesake, American astronomer Edwin Hubble. Fewer know of the debt he owes to Henrietta Leavitt, one of many female astronomers operating in relative obscurity at the Harvard College Observatory in the early 20th century.

Review: Carrie Underwood a little more personal on new album

Written by MICHAEL McCALL,
Associated Press
Friday, 23 October 2015 12:42

“Storyteller” is Carrie Underwood’s first album in three years — and her first since becoming a mother. That life-changing event rises most overtly on the touching “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted,” a beautiful song that delves into the life-altering changes new parents undergo.