David Hyde Pierce: ‘This just didn’t seem like America’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:17

Actor David Hyde Pierce, right, and husband Brian Hargrove attend the Broadway opening of Evita, starring Ricky Martin, in 2012. — Photo: AP/Starpix, Amanda Schwab

Actor David Hyde Pierce first came out as gay in 2007 after winning a “best actor” Tony Award for the musical Curtains. During his acceptance speech, Hyde Pierce thanked Brian Hargrove, his partner of 24 years and a television writer, producer and director. 

Milwaukee Art Gaze: Art Shay: Working, Jews Who Rock, Gesture

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:02

Jody dePew McLeane’s “Chorus Dancers,” on view at Katie Gingrass Gallery. - PHOTO: Courtesy

‘Art Shay: Working’ 

Screaming Tuna offers sustainable seafood

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:46

Sushi from Screaming Tuna. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Neither bluefin tuna, a sushi staple, nor the popular hamachi, a Japanese variety of amberjack, is on the menu at Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro, 106 W. Seeboth St., in Milwaukee. Their absence is part of the restaurant owners’ effort to keep the two species, which have been severely overfished, from extinction.

Review: 'Tammy' misses the funny bone

Written by The AP Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:35

Meet Tammy. Boy, is she a mess. Angry, profane and aggressive, then suddenly shy and sweet. Sometimes she's funny, sometimes totally not. She can't figure out what she wants to do or be, or where to go. She has loads of people around her, yet can't figure out what to do with them. This one's in desperate need of outside help.

And you thought we were talking about Tammy, the character — played by lovable Melissa McCarthy in her first venture as producer, star and co-writer with husband Ben Falcone. Well, sure. But really we're talking about "Tammy" the movie, about which all of the above descriptions are also true.

Natalie Merchant coming to Pabst to support her first album in 13 years

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:11

Natalie Merchant. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Nearly 13 years ago, Natalie Merchant released Motherland, her last album of all-new material until this May. Motherland was released in the wake of 9/11, and, although recorded before the attacks, it was dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks that day. Merchant’s latest album, simply titled Natalie Merchant, is a sequel of sorts.

Off the Wall Theatre takes on homoerotic aspects of the classic thriller ‘Rope’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:54

The strangulation that begins Off the Wall Theatre’s production of Rope. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Gay-themed erotic thrillers are rare enough in 2014, so audiences in 1929 must have been shocked at the premiere run of Patrick Hamilton’s play Rope, about two college-age male lovers who murder a fellow student in an attempt to commit the perfect crime.

‘Magical Thinking’ is author Joan Didion’s study of grief

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:37

Sarah Day in APT’s production of The Year of Magical Thinking. The production continues in repertory at the Touchstone Theatre through Oct. 4. — Photo: APT

Anyone who has lost a spouse understands there is no bottom to the well of grief. At best, one can only hope to come to terms with the loss and manage the emotional wreckage.

Ho, ho, ho: Hallmark TV celebrates Christmas in July

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 03 July 2014 06:22

The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week's worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July - but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs.

The stunt on the Hallmark and Hallmark Movie channels begins Friday afternoon and continues into the early morning hours of July 15. Mostly, it will be repeats of the holiday movies that Hallmark traditionally airs during the last two months of the year.

Madison Art Gaze: Madison art fairs on, and off, the Square

Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:08

The scene at Madison’s Art Fair on the Square, the single largest annual fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Madison’s Capitol Square and its environs play host the weekend of July 12 to the city’s two largest annual arts events. Both provide great opportunities for purchasing original art and supporting Wisconsin artists.

1st camping trip? It’s gotten easier

Written by Katherine Roth,
AP writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:34

Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, as well as anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.

Fear not. For those more accustomed to navigating highways than wooded trails, a wealth of online resources, a new generation of camping equipment and a national network of user-friendly campsites make reserving a place to pitch a tent easier than getting around highway construction closings.

Stephen King, Donna Tartt among those backing anti-Amazon letter

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:37

Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group.

The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff(at)amazon.com and “tell him what you think.” Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.

Big shakeup at 'The View' to bring new hosts, new direction

Written by The AP Sunday, 29 June 2014 19:47

The only remaining host on 'The View' is Whoopi Goldberg

Sherri Shepherd is leaving The View after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she’s right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters’ retirement from on-camera duties.