entertainment

WiGWIRED: Five great features that the Amazon smartphone is expected to offer

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 April 2014 04:13
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A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Michelle Visage does drag, Yiddish and motherhood

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:47

Michelle Visage

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race know Michelle Visage as the mama hen at the judges’ table. She dispenses wisdom like a buxom, dolled-up Pez dispenser — and you’d better listen, because this woman knows what she’s talking about. Her career began as one-third of the 1980s girl group Seduction (“Two to Make It Right”), which became her entré into world of drag balls and club culture. A dear friend of RuPaul, Visage took her rightful place at the Drag Race judge’s table during the program’s third season.

Out on video
'Carrie' remake explodes without bombing

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:03

Why do filmmakers insist on remaking good movies when there are so many more bad movies worthy of their attention?

Local composer creates original work for Skylight

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:09

Daron Hagen

Three theatrical friends past their prime reunite to audition for the revival of I Hear America Singing, a Broadway musical that blends traditional ballads with new melodies featuring lyrics from the poetry of William Blake, A.E. Houseman, Gertrude Stein and others. The friends share stories, relive memories and experience epiphanies that composer Daron Hagen, a New Berlin native, describes as “a revolution of the heart.”

Michael Pink’s original ballet ‘Mirror, Mirror’ probes the underlying themes of Snow White

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:26

A wicked stepmother, a poisoned apple, a demon-filled magic mirror and haute couture. What more could you ask for in the balletic retelling of a classic folk tale?

MAM’s ‘Uncommon Folk’ showcases vast holding of folk art and works by self-taught artists

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:30

Young Girl With A Cat, oil on canvas by Drossos P. Skyllas (ca. 1955). –Photo: MAM

You don’t have to wander far into the Milwaukee Art Museum to realize it’s not merely a world-class architectural gem, but it also houses a spectacular trove of art of all genres.

New on video
'Chastity Bites' is all bark

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:57

Chastity Bites is low-budget camp horror/slasher flick for the Mean Girls generation.

TJ  Hoban is a straight man playing gay in a new Here TV series about a straight man playing gay

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:01

TJ Hoban

Almost everything about the new gay sitcom From Here On Out is designed to make you laugh. From the clever title (Here TV + Out Magazine are owned by the same conglomerate = From Here On Out, get it?) to the kooky sexual situations in which the characters find themselves. When you’re not laughing, you can gaze dreamily at eight-packed straight (but not narrow), lead actor TJ Hoban. A flawless fitness model, Hoban’s graced the covers of countless muscle mags as well as the International Male and Undergear catalogs.

Public radio host Ira Glass puts on his dancing shoes for Riverside Theater appearance

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:10

Ira Glass with dancers Monia Bill Barnes and Anna Bass during a recent show. –Photo: Courtesy

Public radio personality Ira Glass said he never thought a stage show combining radio and modern dance would work. Despite success to the contrary, he still questions the concept.

Expect an energetic, upbeat show from Fitz and the Tantrums

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:17

Fitz and the Tantrums may take their name in part from group leader Michael Fitzpatrick. But fans who’ve seen the band live know his energetic counterpart Noelle Scaggs on vocals and tambourine is indispensable. 

Now on video
Film explores Joni Mitchell’s heart and music

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:46

Joni Mitchell

Girls Like Us, the biopic about Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King is in development, with Taylor Swift cast as Joni (could you die?). At the same time  Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  is currently running on Broadway. So what could be a better time for the SD Blu-ray release of Joni Mitchell’s Woman of Heart and Mind + Painting With Words and Music. Combining the 2003 PBS American Masters doc  Woman of Heart and Mind  with the 1998 CBC-produced concert film Painting With Words and Music on one Blu-ray would be inspired any time.

Hard-boiled: Making the most of leftover Easter eggs

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:55

Planning to hide brightly colored hard-boiled eggs around the house for Easter Sunday? Make sure to remember where you hid them. Otherwise, come June they’ll emit not-so-gentle reminders.