WiGWords: Isherwood reissued

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:04

Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man.

“Waking up begins with saying am and now.” This is the first line of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, a novel that, when it first appeared in 1964, shocked many with its frank, sympathetic and moving portrayal of a gay man. 

Milwaukee Comedy Festival returns, bigger than ever

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:07

Festival mascot Jimbo, allegedly not an alter ego for founder Matt Kemple.

What’s the funniest event in Milwaukee? Most comedy aficionados would say that’s an easy question to answer: the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, running Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 10, at Next Act Theatre.

Sailing adventure: Learning to harness the wind

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:55

Sailboats, Inc., on Lake Superior’s southern shore, has been instructing would-be mariners since 1980.

In sailing, the wind is both friend and foe. Its absence can leave you adrift in the doldrums, while too much of it can send you places you never wanted to go. 

Art Gaze Madison: Botanical displays take over State Street

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:47

There’s plenty of outdoor art to enjoy in Madison during the summer — for example, the botanical displays on State Street.

“Many of the same principles of creating artwork go into creating a composition with plants,” says Jeff Epping, director of horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which provides the labor as well as many of the decorative streetscape plants. Olbrich staff designs the displays, which include colorful assortments of such seasonal favorites as zinnias, petunias, canna, sweet potato vines and lantana. Interns help maintain them.

WIGWIRED: Out and Active

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:42

Train for more than a game with the free Mountain Athletics app.

Extreme Selfie. The prestigious Tillywig Award for “best toy” has gone to Lexibook’s Wi-Fi Move Cam, a sports camera made for action and adventure — pedaling down a mountain bike trail, hiking around the bend, snorkeling on the lake’s bottom and swimming out to the float.

'Sharknado 2' a hilarious must-see treat

Written by By FRAZIER MOORE,
AP television writer
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:24

Don’t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I’ll be ready.

You might as well batten down the hatches, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. EDT).

Mile of Music brings Americana artists back to Appleton

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 03:36

Hugh Bob and the Hustle. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Appleton becomes Americana Central during the weekend of Aug. 7–10, when the Wisconsin city hosts the second Mile of Music Festival.

New 'Phantom' more than just shiny new tech

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Saturday, 26 July 2014 12:15

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine. -PHOTO: Matthew Murphy

Much of the marketing for the new tour of The Phantom of the Opera has heavily promoted its technologically advanced staging. But to justify the ticket price, Phantom needs more than a new way of breaking the chandelier. It needs a cast with the vocal power and acting chops to live up to the gorgeous world they’re performing in. And boy, do they have that. The show, which arrived in Milwaukee this week for a 12-night engagement ending Aug. 3, is at once both opulent and gritty, with sets sliding in and out o seamlessly that you hardly notice. Increased pyrotechnics and lighting trickery add an extra level of danger.

In tune online: Live Nation, Yahoo stream a concert a day

Written by The AP Monday, 04 August 2014 09:13

Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality concert footage in a way that helps the companies providing it, since selling ads is more profitable than concert promotion.

The deal opens up a new revenue stream for Live Nation, which reported second quarter earnings Thursday that fell short on profit but beat Wall Street's revenue expectations. And for Yahoo, premium video ad prices could be a cure for its plunging display ad rates.

WiG Words: Harkness completes All Souls trilogy

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 18:51

Deborah Harkness has spun the final thread in the "All Souls" trilogy. The intricately crafted, epic adventure of a witch and a vampire concludes in The Book of Life.

Historian Diana Bishop, the witch, and scientist Matthew Clairmont, the vampire, continue their search for a magical manuscript, "The Book of Life," encountering old enemies and new crisis in their quest.

‘Downton Abbey’ back on Jan. 4 for season 5

Written by The AP Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:24

“Downton Abbey” will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, “Sherlock,” is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said.

“We will have to wait to know when it’s finished and available,” Kerger said of the mystery starring Benedict Cumberbatch. “Whenever it comes, we’ll put it in a wonderful place.”

Review: Woody Allen's sweet, sugary 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 25 July 2014 22:51

Woody Allen’s late period has been defined by a quality you wouldn’t have expected from the man who produced the inspired chaos of “Bananas” or the Fellini-esque carnival of “Stardust Memories”: tidiness.

For years now, Allen’s films have been light farces (“Midnight in Paris,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) or neatly structured parables (“Match Point,” “Blue Jasmine”). They breeze in innocuously in the summer, promising pleasant entertainment and not much more.