As a Summerfest-goer since 1968, I have seen my share of legendary acts and a sizable slice of contemporary music history on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
The quirky abortion rom-com Obvious Child is about a single stand-up comedian named Donna (the amazing Jenny Slate), who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Max (Jake Lacy) and decides to have an abortion — on Valentine’s Day.
With the harsh winter behind us, it’s time to get outside, fire up the Weber and enjoy the primitive allure of cooking and dining in the fresh air. Tender cuts of meats, savory fish and crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables taste better grilled al fresco, whether over gas or charcoal.
For the second consecutive year, Latino and Latina artists are being sought to participate in a special exhibit at the Madison Public Library designed to launch Hispanic Heritage Month.
The exhibit, scheduled to be unveiled on Sept. 10, will launch the month celebrating Hispanic heritage, which runs Sept. 15–Oct. 15. The exhibit, designed to celebrate the richness of Dane County’s Hispanic culture, is sponsored by the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Madison Public Library, Centro Hispano and the Latino Professional Association.
The works of two more local artists will be highlighted beginning July 11 by the James Watrous Gallery, located inside Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.
Madison sculptor Graham Yaeger and Sun Prairie photographer Tyler Robbins will share the gallery’s display space through Aug. 24 with two one-man shows.
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Cancel Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’
After only one performance, the Alchemist Theatre was forced to cancel its production of David Mamet’s student-teacher drama Oleanna. The playwright’s representatives sent the theater a cease-and-desist letter stating it broke its contract by casting the play’s female role with a male actor. In a statement, Alchemist owners Aaron Kopec and Erica Case said they sought to cast the best talent, not the best talent within a gender. They also maintained that they “stayed true to each of David Mamet’s powerful words and did not change the character of Carol but allowed the reality of gender and relationship fluidity to add to the impact of the story.” Director Erin Eggers added that she had not previously revealed the identity of actors David Shapiro and Ben Parman to avoid making the production just about the casting. The Alchemist is offering full refunds and free seats for a future show.
According to the tenets of the American Dream, people are free to pursue the lives they want.
During the summer, Milwaukee spills out onto the streets, filling sidewalks with bistro tables and hanging flowerpots, bringing biergartens and outdoor concerts to parks. But there’s plenty of activity in the area’s art scene to pull you indoors for a break from the sun’s rays.
Writer David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his "Boy Meets Boy," a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn how to dance.
And there was Paul, who meets Noah.