The Weepies turn a year of struggle into a powerful return to form

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:15

Married duo Steve Tannen and Deb Talan will kick off their new tour in Madison.
— PHOTO: Robert Sebree

Celebrated folk-pop duo The Weepies, composed of married couple Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, will kick off their latest concert tour May 29 at Madison’s historic Majestic Theatre. It’s a tour in support of "Sirens," their first new full-length studio album in five years. And it’s been a hectic five years. 

Order up!
For National Hamburger Day!

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:59

Fire up the grill and uncork the condiments. May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Hamburger Day, a time when even the healthiest among us honor the great American tradition of meat and bread and a whole stack of condiments between them.

New Broom Street musical aims for emotional impact

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:16

Meghan Rose (left) and Kelly Maxwell are collaborators on Broom Street’s Held.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Madison’s Broom Street Theater is celebrating the end of its 45th season with an original musical by two veteran Madison artists taking their first few steps into theater. 

The fine art of the simple tossed salad

Written by SARA MOULTON,
Associated Press
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:45

Summer time is salad time. When it's hot out and the garden is bountiful, everyone's in the mood for a light and refreshing entree salad.

And what could be easier? You just toss together a bunch of lettuce with some cooked protein, add an excellent dressing, and boom! You're done. Or not. Turns out that if you pay a little more attention to the components of the salad, you won't need to rely quite so much on the dressing to provide all the flavor. In fact, it's easy to make something wonderful.

Rhinelander arts workshops build community

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:11

The Rhinelander School of the Arts has been teaching students for half a century.
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One of Wisconsin’s oldest arts education programs, the Rhinelander School of the Arts, soon will begin its 52nd year. The July 17-19 weekend will feature workshops in visual, culinary, writing and performing arts.

New Music: Brandon Flowers, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Paul Weller and more

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:29

Brandon Flowers is best known as lead vocalist for The Killers, but he’s gone solo before, on 2010’s "Flamingo." For his second effort, he enlisted producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who worked with Vampire Weekend on "Modern Vampires of the City." "The Desired Effect" is an album of big pop-rock anthems about questions of morality and ambition.

Skylight journeys ‘Into the Woods’ to end its season

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:06

For an entire season, Skylight Music Theatre has been building a strong foundation of fairy tales, where Cinderellas and Dorothys can set out on an adventure with pure hearts and return having unequivocally vanquished the evil in their midst.

Major works by Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein brought in over $88 million at a Sotheby's auction of contemporary art.

Rothko's "Untitled (Yellow and Blue)'' sold for $46.4 million. The 8-foot-tall abstract painting of large yellow and blue planes hung at the National Gallery in Washington for 10 years while it was owned by the late Rachel "Bunny'' Mellon. She acquired it directly from Rothko's estate shortly after his death in 1970.

‘Wisconsin Pastorale’ depicts a regional artist’s earliest successes

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:04

Lois Ireland’s “The Homestead” is a prime example of her regional art style, with its detailed yet simplistic depiction of life in the American countryside.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Even standing at the back of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the viewer can’t help but be drawn to “The Homestead,” an oil painting by Wisconsin regional artist Lois Ireland. The work lacks the inner luminescence of Ireland’s other works, but the clarity of the objects against the pallid landscape draws the eye for that exact reason.

The Sets List:
Lake Street Drive, John Mellencamp, The Mowgli's and more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 08:25

If you love the Beatles as much as Motown but your musical skills run more to jazz, you might be in Lake Street Dive. This quartet has been performing together off and on for more than a decade, but it’s only in the last few years that they’ve prioritized this work over their other bands. It’s paying off: They’ve learned to put together a heck of a live show, backed by enviably groovy tunes. The Congress, another rock and roll act known for strong live shows, will open.

'The Lobster' makes big splash at Cannes

Written by JILL LAWLESS,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 22:41

Yorgos Lanthimos has people in Cannes imagining themselves as animals.

The Greek director has set the Croisette abuzz with his film "The Lobster," which puts Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a couples-dominated world where single people are given 45 days to find a mate, or be turned into the animal of their choice. Farrell's sad-sack central character chooses a lobster, in part because the crustaceans mate for life.

Harper Lee prize: Finalists named for best legal fiction

Written by The AP Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:19

Three books have been named as finalists for the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. 

The trio was announced earlier this month by the University of Alabama School of Law and the American Bar Association's magazine ABA Journal.