Elton John, Lady Gaga, Netflix nominees for GLAAD awards

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 31 January 2014 07:25

Elton John, Lady Gaga and the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" are among the nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD.

The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards honor outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in areas including music, movies, TV and journalism.

DiCaprio condemns Wall Street’s reckless greed and hedonism

Written by Fracesco Orsini,
The Interview People
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:47

Margot Robbie as Naomi and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in 'Wolf of Wall Street.' -Photo: Mary Cybulski/Paramount

The role that recently won Leonardo DiCaprio a Golden Globe Award and his fourth Oscar nomination is easily the most outrageous in the celebrated actor’s career. In Wolf of Wall Street, the once-innocuous boy who boarded the Titanic delves into the shocking excesses of wealth, greed, sex and drugs that tanked (temporarily) the life of real-life mega stockbroker Jordan Belfort. Fortunately, the 39-year-old actor is much too serious and sober to bask in such extremes in his own life. Although the Oscar-nominated film has been criticized for glamorizing the reckless hedonism of Wall Street while ignoring its victims, DiCaprio condemns the financial power mongers, the “almighty dollar” and the need for altruism.

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'Woody Sez' brings Guthrie's iconic folk music to life with authenticity

Written by Tom Strini,
Friday, 24 January 2014 13:04

David Finch, left, Leenya Rideout, Helen Jean Russell and David M. Lutken in Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie. -PHOTO: Roger Mastroianni

Music direct to your ears from the singers’ lips and from plucked strings — without electrical intervention — is crucial to the aura of naturalness that permeates Woody Sez. Amplification, if there is any for this Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret revue, is so subtle as to be undetectable.

Playwright Peter Quilter finds the pot of gold at the end of Garland's gay rainbow

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:14

Hollis Resnik as Judy Garland and Thomas J. Cox as Anthony in The Rep’s production of 'End of the Rainbow.' –PHOTO: Michael Brosilow

In 1975, I had dinner with Judy Garland’s fourth husband Mark Herron at the sagging Hollywood bungalow he shared with his partner — veteran character actor Henry Brandon. The invitation came via my boyfriend du jour, who’d appeared with Herron in a summer stock production.

Simple, complicated Pete Seeger changed American music

Written by TED ANTHONY,
AP National Writer
Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:50

Pete Seeger was a complicated man with a simple message: Make the world better, and be kind while doing it.

To accomplish these goals, he harnessed hundreds of years of musical tradition into a single banjo and a single, unyielding human voice.

‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ is Mamet at his very best

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:38

HOLLYWOOD’S VERSION: Alec Baldwin was typecast as the smug, smarmy sales manager in the film version of playwright David Mamet’s 'Glengarry Glen Ross.' Milwaukee’s Off the Wall Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning play on which the 1992 movie was based.

Milwaukee theatergoers have the rare opportunity to see two plays by one of America’s foremost living playwrights in February, including one local premiere. On Jan. 30, Next Act Theatre presents the Milwaukee premiere of David Mamet’s Race (click here to read preview).

Local bands appearing at Shank Hall to benefit Community Shares

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:48

Burgundy Ties -PHOTO: Onie Pardell

Determining which nonprofit to support isn’t easy, especially when you have limited financial capabilities.

'Better Nate Than Never' author is at Art Bar for Cocktails with Cream City

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 09:55

Author Tim Federle

Tim Federle has something for readers of all ages. In his two young adult novels, Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate (both from Simon & Schuster), Federle has created one of the more endearing fictional characters in recent memory. The titular character Nate will keep you in stitches as he navigates his way from his dull, dead-end hometown to a Broadway stage and toward his first kiss. For somewhat older readers, Federle serves up Tequila Mockingbird (Running Press), which features cocktails with literary themes, such as Gin Eyre and The Last of the Mojitos.

Outdoor gear expo has luxury for people and dogs

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 January 2014 19:28

Wilderness gear is going soft, and not just for people. Dogs are getting their own luxury outdoor items.

A trend at the world’s largest outdoor-gear trade show is equipment and apparel that’s also fashionable, easy to use or comfortable — from roomy spoon-shaped sleeping bags and pillow-top air mattresses to espresso makers and camp stoves that do double duty boiling water and charging electronic devices. Other vendors offer rugged leashes, life vests and even energy bars just for dogs.

Next Act takes on race relations with Mamet’s ‘Race’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:26

Lee Palmer in Next Act Theater's production of David Mamet's 'Race'

Next Act Theatre doesn’t normally shy away from controversial subject matter, but staging a play about race relations that’s literally titled Race is a bit blunt, even for this group.

Madison Ballet stretches its legs with 'Spring Repertory'

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:33

Madison Ballet’s Rachelle Butler. –PHOTO: J. Laaser

In spring, the young dancer’s fancy turns to repertory performances, at least at the Madison Ballet. The company, now in the midst of its 30th season, will explore new themes and showcase its skills during Spring Repertory, a two-part program of choreographic talent to be presented at Madison’s Bartell Theatre.

Chinese emigrants celebrate New Year with culinary fusions

Written by Michele Kayal,
AP writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 09:26

Chinese New Year shopping in Chengdu. PHOTO: © Hupeng | Dreamstime.com

Chinese New Year, celebrated this year on Jan. 31, involves a litany of symbolic foods. Noodles are eaten for long life. Clams, because they look like coins, are eaten for wealth. Fish, which sounds similar to the Chinese word for “abundance,” symbolizes prosperity.