Ask a Designer: tips for flea-market shoppers

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:35

The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.

Jaime Rummerfield, co-founder of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in Los Angeles, sometimes mixes flea-market finds with high-end new furnishings to decorate the homes of her celebrity clients.

Ava Pine's Cleopatra made the slog through Florentine's 'Julius Caesar' worth the effort

Written by Tom Strini,
Special to WiG
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:34

Ava Pine as Cleopatra. Photo: Kathy Wittman Ball Square Films for the Florentine Opera

Whenever Ava Pine, as Cleopatra, sang on March 28, we heard and saw the glory of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Otherwise, not so much.

Milwaukee Comedy’s growth proves Brew City has great sense of humor

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 09:57

When Matt Kemple started Milwaukee Comedy back in 2006, the goal was simple: to put together an annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival in August.

George Michael's voice soars on 'Symphonica'

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 16:46

The best news about George Michael’s first album of all-new recordings in 10 years is that his vocal talent and charisma have not dimmed with time. Unfortunately, Symphonica feels a bit snoozy. His long-term fans likely want something uptempo on the order of “Faith,” “Freedom ’90” or “Amazing” before the music winds up with the 1940s pop standard “You’ve Changed.” 

Asparagus: The most popular spring veggie

Written by By Michael Muckian Contributing writer Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:59

In our house, the two sure signs of spring are daffodils and asparagus. But this is a food article, and daffodils are not edible. In fact, they’re poisonous.

Sleeper Agent headed to Wis. in support of new album 'About Last Night'

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:27

Sleeper Agent, the self-described “overachieving little garage-pop act that could,” moved to a major label for its sophomore album About Last Night. The results? A number of the ragged, sharp edges got filed off, making the sound cleaner and more polished.

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is very Wes Anderson — whatever that is

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 05 April 2014 09:36

A new Wes Anderson film arrives like a magician’s latest illusion, greeted by questions of not just “how does he do it?” but “what is it, exactly?”

Fierce humor colors Next Act’s ‘Three Views of the Same Object’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 16:40

Real life does not offer any “do-overs” — the chance to see how things would have turned out if key decisions had been made differently. But in art, all things are possible. The characters in Next Act Theatre’s Milwaukee premiere of Three Views of the Same Object live out three different versions of the same life-and-death scenario.

The play, which was to open April 3, concerns the end-of-life decisions made by Poppy and Jesse, two aging academics who have had quite enough of worldly challenges and not enough of each other. In their younger days, they’d agreed that if one died first, the other would willingly follow. But now the time is drawing near, and each is having doubts.

Sauvignon blanc is a splash of sunshine

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:50

Sun-kissed with the flavor of tropical fruit, sauvignon blanc can also impart a hint of green peppers, gooseberries or essence of nettles — all crushed together with black currant leaves. 

Dan Kazemi hits all the right notes in directorial debut with The Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:08

Christopher James Culberson and Kenney M. Green (foreground) and  Erin Willis and Britney Coleman in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stacker Cabaret production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. -Photo: Michael Brosilow

As the last show of its Stackner Cabaret season, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre is staging Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical revue that celebrates the work of Harlem Renaissance icon Fats Waller.

Pharrell Williams’ promising 2014

Written by The Interview Feed Saturday, 05 April 2014 09:28

Pharrell Williams’ hits “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” defined pop music in 2013, but it seems already that this year offers even greater things to come for the eternally youthful 40-year-old. In January, he won four Grammys, including one for producer of the year. He performed his Oscar-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars, although it lost to “Let It Go.” His studio album GIRL dropped on March 3, and he’s adding yet another fashion collaboration — this time with Adidas Originals — to his growing number of partnerships.

‘Invulnerability’ dramatizes Superman’s Jewish roots

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 10:45

The History of Invulnerability, the final play of the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse season, could be seen simply as a memory play about Jerry Siegel, the man who created Superman, and his life before and after he sold the rights to his creation, then fought to win them back.