‘Powder Her Face’ considers the fate of women of celebrity

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:48

Consider Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, the Kim Kardashian of yesteryear. 

Fans plan a monument to Divine at the Baltimore site where famous ‘Pink Flamingos’ scene was filmed

Written by Chris Kaletnbach,
The Baltimore Sun via AP
Saturday, 23 January 2016 12:38

A group of Divine fans are looking to put a monument to the late actor, drag queen, singer and counterculture figure near the Tyson Street site where his most notorious movie scene — the one at the end of John Waters’ 1972 Pink Flamingos — was filmed.

Criticized book on George Washington and slaves pulled

AP National Writer
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:17

Scholastic is pulling a new picture book about George Washington and his slaves amid objections it sentimentalizes a brutal part of American history.

“A Birthday Cake for George Washington” was released Jan. 5 and had been strongly criticized for its upbeat images and story of Washington’s cook, the slave Hercules and his daughter, Delia. Its withdrawal was announced earlier this week.

Perfect Harmony carries on 20-year musical mission

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:41

When Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus performs at the Stoughton Opera House on Feb. 6, it will be one more chance for the Madison-based, LGBT and LGBT-friendly choral group to carry on its musical missionary work in Wisconsin.

“We’ve been successful in bringing these programs to small towns and communities that don’t have a visible LGBT presence,” says artistic director Ken Forney, who also leads Milwaukee’s City of Festivals Men’s Chorus. “Success depends on who is on the ground in the community helping us, something other LGBT choruses in other parts of the country also have experienced.”

'Agnes of God' is a glorious triumph for Renaissance Theaterworks

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 13:49

The setup of Agnes of God looks like your typical “angel on one shoulder, devil on the other” story. The play opens with a Mother Superior introducing herself to a psychiatrist. Each is prepared to wrestle for the soul of a young nun accused of murdering the baby she secretly carried and gave birth to, and each seems primed to unveil the other as an enemy in disguise. 

Scully, Mulder, paranoia return in ‘The X-Files’ reboot

Written by LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
Friday, 22 January 2016 13:48

“The X-Files” creator Chris Carter is pleased to update the original template with his 21st-century unease. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are glad to be playing opposite each other again as Scully and Mulder.

And admirers likely will do a happy dance to the Fox TV drama’s eerie theme music as it returns with a six-episode limited run.

KRASS joins Bartell Theatre groups

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 17 January 2016 14:20

The performance companies sharing Madison’s Bartell Theatre have a new companion set to join them in 2016: Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre, a formerly itinerant company that will likely use its new home to enhance its reputation in Madison’s theater community.

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble grapples with loss in ‘The Mojo and the Sayso’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Staff writer
Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:36

A husband and wife (Gavin Lawrence and Marvette Knight) struggle with the loss of their 10-year-old son to a police shooting in The Mojo and the Sayso.
—Photo: Ross Zentner

An African-American family mourns the death of their 10-year-old son at the hands of a police officer, searching for a talisman of faith and the inner strength of family ties to keep them from being torn apart by the grief.

Gorgeous ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a shattering masterwork

AP Film Writer
Monday, 25 January 2016 13:25

No one shows the landscape of human grief and trauma quite like Kenneth Lonergan.

It sometimes seems like the playwright turned director of both “You Can Count On Me” and “Margaret” knows us better than we know ourselves. His movies look and feel like life — it’s no wonder our souls can only handle one every few years. 

Art Institute of Chicago to host 'Van Gogh's Bedrooms'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 22 January 2016 07:51

Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles is arguably the most famous chambre in the history of art. It also held special significance for the artist, who created three distinct paintings of this intimate space from 1888 to 1889. An exhibition opening in February at the Art Institute of Chicago brings together all three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America, offering a pioneering and in-depth study of their making and meaning to Van Gogh in his relentless quest for home.

Neon glows bright at Electric Eye

Written by Rachele Krivichi,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 17 January 2016 14:08

There’s a glowing house in Bay View, a house lighted by shimmering neon. 

It’s the home and studio of Jeff Kelley and Marj Inman, owners of Electric Eye Neon. If Electric Eye sounds like a niche business, that’s because it is. Kelley and Inman pride themselves on being among the few makers of neon art in the area.