Interested in savoring a little Georges Bizet with your favorite brew? Some Humperdinck with your hamburger?
Then you’ll enjoy Opera on Tap, a new ensemble devoted to lowering the cultural highbrow with a little Miller High Life, bringing musical classics to the masses.
Ask Milwaukee actor Norman Moses about his current role as Julius “Groucho” Marx in Next Act Theatre’s newly opened production of Groucho: A Life in Revue, and he is likely to wax comedic.
In a year when some of rap’s heavyweights pushed their craft either creatively (in the case of Kanye West’s innovative Yeezus), or by breaking new marketing ground (such as Jay Z’s Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail), the smaller ambitions of Eminem seem quaint. Eminem is frequently criticized for rarely exiting his comfort zone, constantly returning to familiar subject matter. The autobiographical and celebrity-baiting of his past few albums felt stale and juvenile.
When Mark Clements signed a new, four-year contract with Milwaukee Repertory Theater earlier this year, civic leaders should have breathed a sigh of relief. Like the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Calatrava addition, Clements has done wonders for the city’s cultural profile.
Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain’s most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush that he uses to swipe across a touch screen to create vibrant landscapes, colorful forests and richly layered scenes.
“It’s a very new medium,” said Hockney. So new, in fact, he wasn’t sure what he was creating until he began printing his digital images a few years ago. “I was pretty amazed by them actually,” he said, laughing. “I’m still amazed.”
Opera has never excelled on the merits of plot, but composer Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata benefits more than most from the timeless, tragic tale at its heart.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of popular gay mystery writer Mark Zubro’s award-winning first book — A Simple Suburban Murder. Since that time, the prolific author has written more than two dozen books, mostly in the mystery genre. This year, however, he’s expanded his repertoire to include science fiction. He describes his new novel Alien Quest as “23 years in the making” and the first in a new series.
If you think that you’re not familiar with the work of 19th century portrait artist Thomas Sully, just open your wallet: A reproduction of Sully’s 1845 portrait of President Andrew Jackson adorns the $20 bill.
The secretive street artist Banksy ended his self-announced monthlong residency in New York City with a final piece of graffiti, a $615,000 painting donated to charity and a debate: Is he a jerk or a genius?
Banksy, who created a new picture, video or prank every day of October somewhere in the city, spent his last day like thousands of graffiti artists before him: He tagged a building near a highway with his name in giant bubble letters. The twist was that these letters were actual bubbles: balloon-like inflatables stuck to a wall near the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
Out singer/songwriter Patty Larkin is approaching her 30th year as a recording artist. Her latest disc is the radiant and raw Still Green (Signature Sounds). An extraordinary guitarist, Larkin stretches the bounds of traditional folk, incorporating influences ranging from jazz to rock — with the occasional bit of programming thrown in.