American Players’ Jim DeVita reconquers ‘An Iliad’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:16

What is a teacher if not a storyteller? And what is an actor if not the embodiment of that story? 

WiG's progressive, alternative guide to Summerfest

Written by Maddy Hughes, Bill Lamb
and Matthew Reddin,
contributing writers
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 16:19

Summerfest is the world's largest music festival, bringing in more than 800 acts from across the globe. So how do you figure out what to see? This year, we're offering our help, with a guide to the artists big and small who we recommend you check out at this year's event, running June 24 to July 5.

In the garden: Show explores Frida Kahlo's work from new angle

Associated Press writer
Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:52

In a sprawling, multi-disciplinary show, The New York Botanical Garden focuses on a long-overlooked side of artist Frida Kahlo: her deep connection to Mexico’s plants and flowers, and how they inspired her art.

Strange brews bring unique flavors to the beer world

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 07 June 2015 22:52

Rogue’s new Sriracha Hot Stout Beer.
— Photo: Rogue Brewing

Craft brewers apparently come equipped with vivid imaginations, creating a vast variety of uniquely flavored, exciting beers. In that regard, they may have created a whole new industry, or at least breathed new life and fresh ideas into a world awash in yellow factory suds.

Summer Art Starts

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:06

Along with the simultaneous opening of these exhibitions at the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Lakefront Festival of Art is taking place June 19-21 on the MAM grounds. This annual event was established in 1963 and this year’s roster of 170 artists promises for a rich array of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, wearable art and much more. 

Chris Pratt: from 'monkeyboy' to hunky action hero

Written by Piers Manning,
The Interview Feed
Friday, 12 June 2015 14:38

Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World,' now in theaters

Google his name and two search items appear: “workout” and “before and after." It’s an arguable breakdown of Chris Pratt’s career.

Melissa Rivers is funny and affectionate in ‘Book of Joan’

AP Television Writer
Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:33

Melissa Rivers wanted to laugh — and she wants her readers to do the same.

Consider it mission accomplished on both counts, thanks to her best-selling memoir, “The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation” (Crown Archetype). It’s a touching, revealing and above all funny paean to her mother, Joan Rivers, who died last September at 81 after complications from minor throat surgery.

All In Productions hopes to inspire inclusive theater

Written by Maddy Hughes,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 06 June 2015 12:56

All In Productions is the newest theater company in Milwaukee, and they’ve already made a splash in their first season with productions of The Last Five Years and The Shape of Things. In their next production, Little Shop of Horrors, founders Mara McGhee, Robby McGhee and Alex Scheurell again will find an opportunity to pursue the company mission their name suggests: to produce plays with inclusiveness, respect and kindness. 

Rebels with a cause
Summer art exhibitions feature innovators past and present

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:59

Let the movie theaters have their big-name actors and action movies filled with explosions. This summer, two of the major Milwaukee museums are hosting what could be described as blockbusters of their own. 

'Jurassic World' bites into modern blockbuster

Written by JAKE COYLE,
Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:05

Along the scaly spine of the Tyrannosaurus Rex runs the evolution of Hollywood blockbustering.

Twenty-two years ago, Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" set the standard for the kind of movie the industry has, ever since, bred like test-tube dinos. Their genes are genetically modified for the requisite computer-generated effects, merchandising tie-ins and theme park-style attractions.

Jon Stewart talks about moving on from ‘The Daily Show’

Written by Piers Manning,
The Interview Feed
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 08:51

Aug. 6 will be a dark day for many. Jon Stewart, the irreverent host of The Daily Show, the satirical news program that a proportionately large audience considers more newsworthy than the actual news, will finally step down as the show’s host after 16 years.

RedLine examines the life of artist Paul Mandracchia

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 06 June 2015 10:07

“Because I’ve talked to so many parents since I’ve been putting this together, I’m asking the question, ‘Do you keep your kid’s work?’ That is incredibly important because you don’t know when people are going to find their artistic expression,” explains Gary Hollander.