Art Gaze: Milwaukee — Argentinian collective Artistas en Cooperativa

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:16

Noella Farias, ”A la espra (Waiting),“ 2012. — PHOTO: Courtesy Dean Jensen Gallery


‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells answers the question: What Would Mary Ann Do?

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:00

The book is out this month.

As the title suggests, What Would Mary Ann Do?, by Dawn Wells with Steve Stinson, is a book of advice. Wells, who played the wholesome, naïve Mary Ann in the classic 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, subtitled the book A Good Girl’s Guide To Life, and it’s a subtitle that refers to both Wells and Mary Ann. Wells offers suggestions for living through the eyes of the actress as well as the character. The book also is full of photos from Wells’ acting career.

Single prop unpacks the program of ‘Suitcase Dreams’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:36

Theatre LILA’s production of The Suitcase Dreams runs Sept. 18–28.

Artists are often at their best when challenged by the limitations of a single idea, entity or concept. Such may prove to be the case with The Suitcase Dreams, a new and unusual collaborative performance work by Madison-based Theatre LILA.

Hear (and watch) women roar on new fall TV shows

AP TV writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:55

"The Good Wife," "Homeland," "Scandal," "Nurse Jackie" and, well, "Girls" are just a few current shows that put women front and center.

And this fall, even more women are stepping up.

Madison joins Any Given Child youth arts program

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:10

— Photo: Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison students will find more art in the schools this year — lots of it, in all forms.

Boulevard’s first itinerant production is concert reading of ‘Pal Joey’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:53

Souvenir program from Pal Joey’s 1952 Broadway revival. — Photo: bayles-yeager

Cannabis cuisine rises in wake of legalization

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:39

There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb.

Yes, we're talking cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world but one that is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream.

A look at the new books offered this fall, fiction, non-fiction and in-between

AP writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:55

So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways.

Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” in which Harris steps back into the second person to allow you to imagine yourself onstage, on television, or, in November 2006, on edge as you prepare to tell the world you’re gay. 

‘Doyle & Debbie Show’ an affectionate country music burlesque

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:05

JC Clementz. — PHOTO: Courtesy Milwaukee Rep

There’s only one musical with the audacity to make a honky-tonk pun out of a German artistic movement, and the “‘strum’ and drang” musical in question is on its way to the Stackner Cabaret.

StageQ’s ‘Standards of Care’ spotlights transgender issues

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:42

Transgender issues take center stage at Madison’s StageQ this month. The company opens its 2014–15 season with Standards of Care, a play about a therapist specializing in transgender issues whose professional and private lives collide.

On Broadway: Season features Sting, Mirren, Jackman and Peter Pan

Written by Mark Kennedy,
AP drama writer
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:20

The coming Broadway season has something for everyone - a musical by Sting, a magician-filled SUV, the incomparable Hugh Jackman, the equally regal Helen Mirren, a musical set in a funeral parlor and not one, but two Gyllenhaals. Here's a look at some highlights of the 2014-15 season:


Jason Yi goes BIG with installation in Madison’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:32

Artist Jason S. Yi. — PHOTO: Courtesy Jason S. Yi

Pedestrians passing by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s State Street Gallery last month saw what might have looked like a construction zone. Instead, they were witnessing the birth of art.