Paul Dano as the young Brian Wilson in 'Love and Mercy'

Brian Wilson, as he himself has sung, wasn't made for these times. Or any others, for that matter, which is part of the reason his music has remained so timeless through all of his breakups, breakdowns and breakthroughs.

Summer theater blossoms on Door County stages

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 05 June 2015 08:58

Door County is known as a summer destination, a place to get away and embrace tranquility. But for theater lovers — and other vacationers looking to try something new — driving up to the northeastern woods doesn’t mean you’re cutting yourself off from a world of dramatic culture.

MMoCA’s Rooftop Cinema features ‘best of the best’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:28

It will be another summer of movies under the stars — or at least under city lights and in the shadow of the state Capitol — as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts celebrates the 10th season of its popular Rooftop Cinema program. 

Jason Alexander prepares to sing ‘the music of Larry David’

Written by MARK KENNEDY,
AP Drama Writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 09:18

When Larry David was showing his old “Seinfeld” pal Jason Alexander the quirks of his Broadway dressing room, the discussion naturally went to the toilet.

“You know what he said? ‘It’s a two or three flusher,’” said Alexander. “He said, ‘Don’t assume.’ I said, ‘Really? OK, I won’t assume.’”

The Sets List:
Maritime, Imagine Dragons, Barenaked Ladies & Violent Femmes

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 05 June 2015 13:16

Maritime. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Originally formed with members of two of the more underrated acts of the ‘90s in their respective genres (The Promise Ring, an emo band with a cult following, and The Dismemberment Plan, considered a precursor to the dance-punk movement of the ‘00s), it’s too bad Maritime has to be called underrated as well.

Tigernite set to glam rock out at PrideFest

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:11

According to Molly Roberts, the lead vocalist of Milwaukee band Tigernite, one of the Midwest’s biggest exports to the rest of the nation is rock music.

If so, consider the band a shipping magnate in the making. Since forming in June 2013, the quartet has shot to the forefront of the Milwaukee music scene and has been building a solid reputation for themselves and the city nationwide.

American Players grows, with new leadership and broader artistic goals

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:23

American Players Theatre, known for its outdoor theater Up the Hill is under new management in 2015.
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The stage has been set in Spring Green for another bravura season from American Players Theatre. Now in its 36th year, APT long ago took Shakespeare out into the sticks and proved that if you produce it — and do so exceptionally well — they will come. 

Author Vendela Vida and the art of pretending

AP National Writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:28

Answering questions in a Casablanca police station, hoping to retrieve a missing backpack, author Vendela Vida was overcome by her feelings of good fortune.

“Halfway through the interview it just occurred to me that this was the entree into the novel,” says Vida, whose new book, “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty,” begins with a stolen backpack in Casablanca.

Music Reviews:
Twenty One Pilots, Zedd, Olivia Chaney, Willie and Merle

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 05 June 2015 11:11

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, together again.

Since Tyler Joseph and some college buddies formed Twenty One Pilots in 2009 in Ohio, the band has been one of the most adventurous to emerge from alt pop and rock circles. For their fourth album, Blurryface, they’ve added hip-hop, electronica and even reggae vibes.

Lex Allen: ‘Music needs to carry a message of worth’

Written by Maddy Hughes,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:55

Lex Allen says the positive vibes in his music are sincere. He’s had personal struggles, and his work in overcoming them accounts for his need to empower his audience, as well as himself, he says.

We talked about how he got to this point, the meaning of his career and his desire to be a focal point of the Milwaukee LGBT community.

Jennifer Morales writes about Milwaukee’s characters

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:11

Jennifer Morales’ fiction debut, Meet Me Halfway, tells nine interconnected stories that depict Milwaukee’s diversity and its challenges.
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Meet Me Halfway (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), the fiction debut by Jennifer Morales, is subtitled Milwaukee Stories for good reason. Milwaukee is as much a character in the novel as any of Morales’ others: high school students Johnquell and Taquan, Johnquell’s mother Gloria and his aunt Bee-Bee, the elderly Frances and Mrs. Czernicki, and dedicated teacher Mrs. Charles. 

Kenosha native Tom Goss makes his first appearance at PrideFest

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
contributing writer
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:47

Tom Goss is the kind of artist who likes to keep his fans guessing, shifting genres from acoustic pop to more club-ready jams as the mood takes him. The Kenosha native will visit his home state's Pride festival for the first time this year, on June 5.