entertainment

Death Blues re-meditates on mortality at Alverno

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 17 January 2015 13:12

Percussionist Jon Mueller. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Jon Mueller and William Ryan Fritch used to be complete strangers. 

Kohler Co. launches new, locally focused foodie event

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 03:35

Kohler presents Wisconsin Food Favorites. — Photo: Kohler Co.

When Wisconsin’s needle-sharp winds start to pierce the parka, it’s time for a midwinter getaway. But if you’re a foodie, don’t head south this January — try looking in a more northerly direction, toward a new culinary event in Kohler, Wisconsin.

‘Ghost Hunters’ will haunt Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:22

From Ghost Hunters. — PHOTO: Courtesy

When Steve Gonsalves first saw Ghostbusters, the 1984 Bill Murray comedy about four hapless souls who chase paranormal specters and save New York City from the powers of darkness and a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, his life’s course became clear.

Soulstice Theatre stages a ladies’ ‘Macbeth’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:27

Starring in Soulstice Theatre's Macbeth.

Of all Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth is among the most gendered, its characters struggling with the ways their society expects them to act like men or women.

Urban wood becomes an aesthetic treasure at Lynden

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 12:23

Dan Barsch’s Tea Ceremony.

City dwellers may not be lucky enough to have a full forest in their backyard, but it’s likely they don’t have to wander far from their front door to encounter a tree. Trees beautify the urban landscape, lending a soft organic grace to the concrete, angular environment surrounding them even as they serve as crucial parts of the ecosystem.

New music: Meghan Trainor, Mark Ronson, Jukebox the Ghost

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 02:56

The cover of Meghan Trainor’s album Title. — PHOTO: Epic Records

Meghan Trainor :: ‘Title’

Breweries big and small go gluten-free

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 16:38

Greenview’s Alt Brew label makes gluten-free beer. — Photo: Greenview Brewing

In Madison, as elsewhere, the craft beer movement is booming, and Trevor Easton is one more veteran homebrewer who’s decided to go commercial.

Gallery Night and Day guide

Written by Kat Murrell ,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:55

From Lois Bielefeld: Androgyny. — PHOTO: Courtesy

It’s time to brave the winter chill and check out exciting new exhibitions around town. Here are a few highlights to see on this Gallery Night and Day, Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. 

Welles centennial celebrated in Madison, Kenosha

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 04:17

Orson Welles. — Photo: UW-Madison Cinematheque

A century ago, on May 6, 1915, Kenosha found itself the birthplace of one of the greatest film directors of all time: Orson Welles.

‘Kreutzer Sonata’ a duet of lust and obsession

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 22:51

— Photo: Courtesy

A performance of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata requires two artists: one on violin, one on piano. A performance of Nancy Harris’ Kreutzer Sonata, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name, requires a third: a gifted actor who can stand within the gaps of that sonata and tell a tale of a man driven to obsession by the passions such a work of art can evoke in its performers and listeners.

The Sets List, Jan. 15-Jan. 28

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:03

Jukebox the Ghost. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Jukebox the Ghost 

Katy Perry: Female anthems make me ideal Super Bowl performer

Written by RYAN PEARSON,
AP Entertainment Writer
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:11

Katy Perry says her female empowerment anthems make her the ideal Super Bowl halftime performer after an NFL season shadowed by highly publicized domestic violence cases involving players.

Perry was in discussions with the league last year as it faced scrutiny over its handling of incidents including Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s elevator assault of his then-fiancee.

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