Cento adds another knockout punch to Food Fight’s legacy

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:37

On the menu at Cento. — PHOTO: Courtesy food fight

Patrik-Ian Polk flies in new directions with ‘Blackbird’

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:16

If you’ve ever seen any of director Patrik-Ian Polk’s work, you know one thing for certain: Polk is a master of the ensemble cast. Beginning with Punks and continuing through Noah’s Arc (both the movie and the TV series), as well as The Skinny, Polk has a knack for creating characters who are smart, sincere and sensitive.

Alec Soth finds the extraordinary in the ordinary

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:01

Charles, Vasa, Minnesota. — PHOTO: Courtesy Alec Soth

Alec Soth has a rare gift for transforming glimpses of ordinary life into extraordinary images — and now we have a chance to see some of his finest work.

‘Next Fall’ examines faith with an even hand and a dose of humor

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:48

Faith is a hard subject to tackle onstage without exposing a bias either for it or against it. But with its opening play of the season, Next Fall, Theatrical Tendencies believes it’s found a show that evenhandedly explores faith by approaching it through love — the love shared by friends and family as well as the lovers at the center of the script.

Good gourd almighty! Pumpkin beers proliferate

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:34

Autumn arrives with abundance — the fall harvest, colorful foliage and pumpkin beer, for instance. And with each passing season, the pumpkin beer patch continues to grow.

At Devil’s Lake, vintage rustic architecture adds to the autumn landscape

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:12

Members of the CCC, who built Devil’s Lake’s “parkitecture” in the 1930s. — Photo: Courtesy Devil’s Lake

This time of year, there’s no better public art than our autumn leaves, and one of the best places to see them in Wisconsin is Devil’s Lake State Park. That park’s packed with other sorts of art, too, albeit art that’s a little out of the ordinary. And some of it is at risk. 

Rachel Sage’s ‘Blue Roses’ blends the old and the new

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:56

Through a connection made via Facebook, New York-based singer-songwriter Rachael Sage is collaborating with a visual artist from Jordan. Young art student Majd Alomari sent samples of her work to the singer, who was so impressed by the anime and graphic novel influences in the art that she invited Alomari to create pieces inspired by the song “Happiness.”

What are we reading? The Publishers Weekly best-seller list

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:57


1. “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett (Dutton Adult)

At the Milwaukee LGBT Film Fest

Written by WiG Staff writers Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:23

From Out in the Night. — PHOTO: Courtesy

52 Tuesdays opens with a surprising discovery for its young protagonist: With the quick swing of a door, her mother reveals he is transgender and preparing to transition from female to male. But Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) could take this in stride were it not for the follow-up request — to move out and live with her father, in order to give her mother time to transition in her absence. The two will still see each other, but only on Tuesday afternoons.

Artists explore Lynden’s gardens, inside and out

Written by Kat Murrell ,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:09

The trees are starting to change, trading their lush summer green for the sparking colors of autumn. While the sun still provides warmth, it is an opportune time to enjoy nature and art during the waning weeks of the latest incarnation of the Inside/Outside project at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. 

Milwaukee Rep keeps mum about its ‘unforgivable’ world premiere

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:52

A. Rey Pamatmat. — PHOTO: Courtesy

A. Rey Pamatmat doesn’t want to tell me anything about his new play, after all the terrible things I do.

‘Carrie’ throws a blood-red light on bullying’s horrors

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:14

Whether in reference to Stephen King’s 1974 novel or either of the two film versions, the name “Carrie” instantly conjures images of a homely high school outcast covered in pig’s blood terrorizing her tormentors with telekinetic powers. Soon fans will be able to add singing and dancing to that visceral image.

Theatre Unchained’s production of Carrie: The Musical opens Oct. 10, just in time for the Halloween season’s horror binge. But the musical also offers a strong anti-bullying message, according to director Thomas Jacobsen.