'Long Way Home' tops Nielsen's bestseller list

Written by AP Saturday, 06 September 2014 06:43

Best-selling books for the week ending Aug. 31, as tracked by Nielsen Bookscan. Listings include hardcover fiction and non-fiction as well as mass market and trade paperbacks.

Mellower with age, Bob Mould still plays fast and loud

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:28

Bob Mould. — PHOTO: Courtesy

When thinking of gay artists in popular music, the alternative rock genre rarely comes to mind. However, 53-year-old out artist Bob Mould can fairly lay claim to being an elder statesmen of alt rock. He was a co-founder of legendary punk band Hüsker Dü and, through his later band Sugar and a series of well-received solo albums, he’s been a guiding light in the alternative rock community for 25 years.

Madison joins Any Given Child youth arts program

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:10

— Photo: Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison students will find more art in the schools this year — lots of it, in all forms.

Boulevard’s first itinerant production is concert reading of ‘Pal Joey’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:53

Souvenir program from Pal Joey’s 1952 Broadway revival. — Photo: bayles-yeager

Milwaukee restaurant groups offer menu of choices

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:29

Milwaukee's basic food groups …

Milwaukee’s dining scene isn’t as well-known as Chicago’s or New York’s, but Brew City is far from starving for quality culinary options. The metro area hosts a feast of high-quality, creative food and drink options that cater to big spenders and average Joes alike.

‘Love Is Strange’ is an understated but tender film

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:23

Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in Love Is Strange. — PHOTO: Courtesy

A gay couple together for almost four decades are separated — at least physically — by factors beyond their control in Love Is Strange, the latest tender and meandering exploration of human relationships from indie darling Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue). 

‘Doyle & Debbie Show’ an affectionate country music burlesque

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:05

JC Clementz. — PHOTO: Courtesy Milwaukee Rep

There’s only one musical with the audacity to make a honky-tonk pun out of a German artistic movement, and the “‘strum’ and drang” musical in question is on its way to the Stackner Cabaret.

StageQ’s ‘Standards of Care’ spotlights transgender issues

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:42

Transgender issues take center stage at Madison’s StageQ this month. The company opens its 2014–15 season with Standards of Care, a play about a therapist specializing in transgender issues whose professional and private lives collide.

Oktoberfest begins September — are you ready to pour?

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:19

Octoberfest. It begins in September!

As you’re reading this, there’s probably enough time left to catch a flight to Munich for the annual opportunity to drink copious amounts of hearty German beer from 1-liter tankards with 6 million of your closest friends. Ach du lieber!

Art Gaze: Milwaukee — Argentinian collective Artistas en Cooperativa

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:16

Noella Farias, ”A la espra (Waiting),“ 2012. — PHOTO: Courtesy Dean Jensen Gallery


‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells answers the question: What Would Mary Ann Do?

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:00

The book is out this month.

As the title suggests, What Would Mary Ann Do?, by Dawn Wells with Steve Stinson, is a book of advice. Wells, who played the wholesome, naïve Mary Ann in the classic 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island, subtitled the book A Good Girl’s Guide To Life, and it’s a subtitle that refers to both Wells and Mary Ann. Wells offers suggestions for living through the eyes of the actress as well as the character. The book also is full of photos from Wells’ acting career.

Single prop unpacks the program of ‘Suitcase Dreams’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:36

Theatre LILA’s production of The Suitcase Dreams runs Sept. 18–28.

Artists are often at their best when challenged by the limitations of a single idea, entity or concept. Such may prove to be the case with The Suitcase Dreams, a new and unusual collaborative performance work by Madison-based Theatre LILA.