JK Rowling tells a new Potter story on her website

Written by The AP Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:13

Eight years after writing the last of her “Harry Potter” novels, J.K. Rowling is still adding to the boy wizard’s story.

—PHOTO: Courtesy

Nick Hawk is a counter-punch to the concept of Midwest bland. The Madison, Wisconsin, native has a freewheeling, risk-driven personal life along with a thriving and diverse career that includes starring in the Showtime series Gigolos. Add to that his roles as a media personality, fitness model, personal coach, businessman, recording artist, entrepreneur, author, Air Force marksman and 2014 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, and you have a very busy man.

Wine and tapas? Taco Bell to test new menu in Chicago

Written by The AP Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:10

Taco Bell will open a new restaurant in Chicago next week.

Yo quiero a glass of wine and tapas?

Entertainment briefs
Sam Smith to sing next Bond theme

Written by AP reports Friday, 11 September 2015 08:42

British singer Sam Smith confirmed this month that he has co-written and recorded the theme song for the next James Bond film, Spectre. Smith’s track, “Writing’s on the Wall,” was recorded earlier this year and will be released on Sept. 24, as part of the lead-up to the film’s release later this fall.

What's cooking: Waste-free kitchen handbook

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 September 2015 07:32

U.S. consumers are collectively responsible for more wasted food than farmers, grocery stores or any other part of the food-supply chain—a problem that costs the average family an average of about $1,500 every year — but a new book out later this month seeks to help change that, one meal at a time.

The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook — out Sept. 29 from Chronicle Books — will offer simple consumer tips and tools to saving money and food, from the grocery store to the kitchen.

MoMA: 1st US exhibition of Picasso sculptures in 50 years

Written by By ULA ILNYTZKY
Associated Press
Thursday, 17 September 2015 12:22

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is devoting an entire floor to the sculptures of Pablo Picasso in the first major U.S. museum survey of his three-dimensional work in nearly 50 years.

From his earliest piece, a tiny terra cotta of a seated woman created in 1902, to a head of a woman made in 1964, “Picasso Sculpture” features more than 140 works on loan from private and public collections that showcase the scope, range and variety of his sculptures. They include his bronze “She-Goat” from 1950 and sheet metal and wire “Guitar” from 1914 from MoMA’s own collection.

A can't-put-down novel: 'The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen'

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 15 September 2015 07:58

To call Katherine Howe's latest novel a ghost story would be an unfair oversimplification.

Yes, there's a ghost. And, yes, it's a can't-put-down story. But it's much more than a young adult novel.

The Sets List: Fantasia, Zola Jesus, Corey Hart, more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 11 September 2015 04:48

Sure, American Idol is fighting for relevancy in a TV environment glutted with competitors, but think back to the ‘00s, when winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood became pop superstars practically overnight. And then think back to Fantasia Barrino, the Season 3 winner who’s been boxed out of that same category despite releasing four acclaimed studio albums, starring on Broadway in productions of The Color Purple and musical revue After Midnight, and winning a Grammy — the only Idol winner other than the aforementioned to do so, by the way. So revise that unfair opinion you’re harboring and check out her gig in town, with R&B singers Raheem DeVaughn and El DeBarge opening.

‘Sicario’ lures Benicio del Toro back into the drug wars

Written by JAKE COYLE
AP Film Writer
Friday, 18 September 2015 08:15

No other actor has covered all angles of the war on drugs — its tragedies, its violence, its farces — more than Benicio del Toro.

It’s a story that has followed the Puerto Rico-born actor from the start: One of his first credits was the 1990 NBC miniseries “Drug Wars: The Camarena Story.”

Johnny Depp amused by reactions to his so-called ‘comeback’ in gangster film ‘Black Mass’

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Thursday, 17 September 2015 06:43

Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass.' —PHOTO: Courtesy

There’s no surer way to make Johnny Depp chuckle than to cite those who call his icy performance as the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass a return to form for the actor.

Off the Wall opens season with Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 11 September 2015 09:58

David Flores (left) and Randall T. Anderson star as Tartuffe and his target Orgon.
—Photo: Off the Wall Theatre

Vice that masquerades as virtue is the stuff of which comedies and revolutions are made — one usually funnier than the other.

Polka making a comeback? It was never gone.

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 September 2015 22:55

Rick March and Dick Blau explore the Midwest’s love affair with the polka in their new book.
—Photo: Wisconsin Historical Society

Website Urban Dictionary calls it the “new dance craze that’s sweeping the underground nation. So old school it’s cool.” So it must be true, right?