Barbara Walters looks back at past ‘American Scandals’

Written by Frazier Moore,
AP television writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 14:56

Though the fog of time may have clouded certain details, a parade of past scandals that each seized the public’s attention ring familiar to this day.

There’s Lyle and Erik Menendez, privileged sons who offed their parents in their Beverly Hills, California, home in 1989. Jean Harris, the girls’ school headmistress whose lover, celebrity diet doctor Herman Tarnower, was found shot dead after she visited him in 1980, landing her in prison with a murder conviction. Televangelist Jim Bakker and wife Tammy Faye, who built a faith-based empire before sexual and financial misdeeds wrecked their PTL Club money-machine and put him in the slammer.

Kanopy Dance opens its season with compelling, contradictory works

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:58

Kanopy Dance will open its season with Juxtaposition, a program of diverse works including the social commentary “Lynchtown” and the Steinbeckian “Promise.”
—PHOTO: Kanopy Dance

Dance is often considered the ultimate art form, one that uses the original instrument — the human body — as the medium for its message. When that artistic message also involves social commentary, dance can have a profound impact on its audience.

No place like home: Larry Sultan’s MAM retrospective

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:50

Larry Sultan’s Pictures from Home series depicts images of his mother and father in their California suburban home. In many, including My Mother Posing For Me, Sultan stages his subjects in positions that appear to be casual, actual events.
—PHOTO: Milwaukee Art Museum / Estate of Larry Sultan

Is a photograph truth? Whose truth? To what degree? 

Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for role in 'Happy Days,' dead at 96

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 31 October 2015 06:04

Kenosha native Al Molinaro, best known for his roles as Murray the cop on The Odd Couple and malt shop owner Al Delvecchio on Happy Days, died Friday at age 96.

Pop artist JoJo is more than ready for a reintroduction

Written by Colton Dunham,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 13:10

Kept out of the industry for years, JoJo is re-introducing herself in a new tour.
—PHOTO: Ohrangutang

The last time pop artist JoJo was a household name — thanks to hits like “Baby It’s You” and “Leave (Get Out) — the music industry was a lot different. But the now-24-year-old star is more than ready to embrace the changes in distribution and marketing brought on in the digital age. 

‘Handle With Care’ captures a humorous and moving struggle to communicate

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:56

Boulevard Theatre’s production of Handle With Care runs Nov. 7-29 at Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets range from $10 to $25 and can be ordered at boulevardtheatre.com.
—PHOTO: Courtesy

For 30 years, Boulevard Ensemble has delighted audiences by presenting lesser-known works with emerging Milwaukee area actors — and the opening work of their new season continues that tradition. Jason Odell Williams’ romantic comedy Handle With Care launches this anniversary season with a story that mixes humor and pathos with disarming effect. 

‘Guys on Ice’ warms up the heart in its return to the Stackner Cabaret

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:43

Steve Koehler (left) and Doug Mancheski have been teaming up to play Lloyd and Marvin off and on since 2003. Mancheski is an original Guys on Ice cast member.
— PHOTO: Jay Westhauser

The concept of Guys on Ice is pretty simple. Two guys. Ice fishing. For one day. Add some music and the show is complete.

Review: Collection of Capote's early stories for his fans

Written by The AP Thursday, 29 October 2015 07:15

"The Early Stories of Truman Capote" collects 14 short fiction pieces by the writer, including some that were published in his high school newspaper in Greenwich, Connecticut, when he was a teenager. 

StageQ revives a death-row play about remaining human

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:01

In Finding Human, playwright Dan Myers explores the last days of a priest-killer on death row (Bob Moore) and those around him, including fellow inmate Bill Shaw (Donnovan Moen).
—PHOTO: Dan Myers / Lumi Photo

It’s practically unheard of for a new play to open at one theater and be remounted by another less than a year later, especially in Madison. 

Why you should actually eat your Brussels sprouts

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:54

When done right, there is nothing about Brussels sprouts not to like.
—PHOTO: Courtesy

My mother always encouraged me to eat my Brussels sprouts. As an incentive, she would boil the little cabbage heads to within an inch of their soggy lives, slather them with cheap oleo margarine and liberally salt and pepper them.

Review: Bullock entertains as a ruthless campaign operative

AP National Writer
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:53

They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing.

New online site BroadwayHD offers to stream live theater

AP Drama Writer
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 09:40

A new online streaming service launches this week that hopes to one day become the Netflix of Broadway, offering high-definition broadcasts of top theatrical events to computers and phones.

BroadwayHD currently has a modest list of plays and musicals ready to stream but hopes to eventually be the place where theater fans and educators turn for their live event fix.