entertainment

‘Dead Man Walking‘ inspires calendar of events

Written by By Michael Muckian Contributing writer Friday, 21 March 2014 10:56

Sr. Helen Prejean

Some 20 events are planned to explore the themes raised by Madison Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking on April 25 and April 27. There will be panel discussions on criminal justice and art exhibits as social commentary, along with film showings and opera previews at area libraries.

Florentine follows Baroque casting in ‘Julius Caesar’

Written by Michael Muckian Contributing writer Friday, 21 March 2014 09:39

Deanne Meek sings the title role in Florentine Opera’s production of 'Julius Caesar.' -Photo: Walter Kurtz

Opera buffs know that “high Baroque” opera is a different beast than the Puccini potboilers that attract casual operagoers. With its upcoming production of George Frideric Handel’s Julius Caesar, Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera will recreate the 1724 production with painful accuracy. Almost.

‘Spring Series’ offers pure dance — without a narrative

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:00

For aficionados of ballet, nothing is more evocative of its possibilities than narrative-free, abstract dance pieces like those showcased in the Milwaukee Ballet’s upcoming Spring Series.

The work of three guest choreographers is to be featured during the April 3–6 performance at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts’ Uihlein Hall. Two of the three half-hour works are world premieres. 


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Skylight's fundraiser is a tasty Third Ward event

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:57

Guests enjoy wine tastings at last year’s inaugural event of 'Taste of the Ward.' -Photo: Courtesy

The performances at Skylight Music Theater are aimed at audiences’ hearts and minds. When it comes to fundraisers, however, Skylight aims to hit donors in the stomach.

‘Or,’ is Restoration comedy written for modern times

Written by By Michael Muckian Contributing writer Friday, 21 March 2014 10:38

Liz Duffy Addams

Seventeenth-century playwright Aphra Behn is not a household name, even among theatergoers.

‘Born Naked’ a born winner

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:17

RuPaul is 53, and it has been more than 20 years since “Supermodel (You Better Work)” brought him tantalizingly close to the pop top 40. He has seen many pop-culture icons come and go since, but as the standard bearer of drag, he’s not only still standing but also flourishing.


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Plucky vocalists bring innovative strings to Stoughton

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:53

Real Vocal String Quartet. -Photo: COURTESY

Violinist Irene Sazar has ambitious goals. Through her San Francisco-based performance group Real Vocal String Quartet, she aims to engage a new generation of listeners and broaden their musical horizons.

Top apps for the iPhone, iPad

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:33

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Sleep Cycle alarm clock, Northcube AB

All-Handel weekend augments Florentine’s ‘Julius Caesar’

Written by WiG report Friday, 21 March 2014 09:55

Georg Friderick Handel

Between productions of Florentine Opera’s Julius Caesar, by Georg Frideric Handel, Ensemble Musical Offering presents an all-Handel weekend on March 28–30. The Hallmarks of Handel concert is designed to give fans of the timeless German composer the chance to enjoy some of his best-loved chamber music.

Stage Q cooks up a zesty quiche of a play

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:10

Whether real men eat quiche might still be an open question, but apparently real women do. The women in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche make an especially zesty meal of it in the upcoming production by Madison’s Stage Q.

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ recreates the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance

Written by Tom Strini,
striniwritesblogspot.com
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:23

Erin Willis, Christopher James Culberson, Kenney M. Green, Britney Coleman, and Bethany Thomas. -PHOTO: Michael Brasilow

The vastly accomplished cast of the Milwaukee Rep’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ sings, dances and acts. Among the five of them, they play piano, drums, bass, banjo-uke, violin, saxophone, trumpet and tuba. On opening night, they moved from task to task and location to location with nonchalant joy.

Game developers take up social issues at S.F. conference

Written by The AP Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:37

The video game industry is taking itself more seriously.

Besides the usual talk of polygons, virtual worlds and artificial intelligence at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, there are discussions led by game makers about such socially conscious topics as designing for gamers with disabilities, battling depression at game studios and tackling hate speech in online game communities.