Host Neil Patrick Harris welcomes a Kanye moment at the Oscars

Written by SANDY COHEN,
AP Entertainment Writer
Friday, 20 February 2015 09:31

Neil Patrick Harris might use his job as Oscar host as a way to meet his favorite stars.

“I have, essentially, an all-access pass to the theater,” Harris said during a recent interview. “So I love being able to stand there and say hello to people I’ve never met before. I’m very easily star struck, so it’ll be very exciting to shake hands with celebrities.”

Have it your way with a mix and match take on mac and cheese

Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:10

Do you love macaroni and cheese? Stupid question, right? OK, so let’s try this one: How could you love macaroni and cheese even more?

Now we’re talking. Because there are all sorts of simple ways to doctor an already awesome pan of basic mac and cheese to take our love of this dish to a whole new level. But let’s start with the basics — our classic take on macaroni and cheese. Since everyone is pressed for time, we kept it simple with a stovetop version that will have you ready to eat in about 20 minutes.

Film highlights art from Works Progress Administration

Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:44

Eighty years after the federal Works Progress Administration put unemployed artists to work creating sculptures and murals for post offices and courthouses comes this reminder from film maker Michael Maglaras: Look around.

Much of the art is still there and has as much meaning now as it did during the Great Depression, says Maglaras, whose documentary “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” will be released May 15.

'The Amish Project' is a brilliant meditation on radical kindness

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 16 February 2015 13:13

Deborah Staples in 'The Amish Project.' -PHOTO: Michael Brosilow

In 2006, a delusional gunman entered a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home of an Old Order Amish community, with the intention of acting out his obsessive fantasy of molesting Amish girls. Although thwarted by the unexpected arrival of police, he shot 10 girls, ages 6 to 13, execution-style before killing himself. Five of the girls died.

Oscar spotlight shines attention on diversity issue in Hollywood

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film write
Friday, 20 February 2015 06:23

Lupita Nyong’o at last year’s Oscars. —Photo: flickeringmyth.com

It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong’o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called “dark beauty.”

What makes an Oscarcast click? Will it click this year?

AP Television Writer
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:18

The Academy Awards show is on Feb. 22 on ABC. — Oscar.com

What are TV viewers seeking from their annual Oscar fix? The same thing they want from movies: drama, comedy, sex, slapstick, glamour and romance.

Milwaukee Rep's '15-'16 season features 'Dreamgirls,' recent Akhtar play

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:23

The Milwaukee Rep's 2015-16 season will include a play by Milwaukee native and Pulitzer-winner Ayad Akhtar, three world premieres, the return of Guys on Ice and their sixth musical, Dreamgirls.

Fifty shades of disappointed

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP film writer
Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:28

Curious? The posters for Fifty Shades of Grey coyly ask.

Music Review: Drake silences the jokes with cold, dark album

Written by MELANIE J. SIMS,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:40

For as long as Drake’s been around, almost everything about him — his Mr. Sensitive image, his sweater collection, his cheesy photos with various professional athletes — has been the subject of a never-ending stream of Internet memes.

Still, Drake and his talent are no joke, and the Grammy winner’s surprise album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” dares critics to say otherwise. Released six years to the day that Drake debuted his super successful “So Far Gone” mixtape, the Toronto native’s latest set finds him in a serious space, not asking for respect, but demanding it.

Death of the bake sale: New rules mean healthier fundraisers

Associated Press
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:04

When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. Fun runs, auctions and sales of healthier treats are in.

Government rules requiring schools to hold more nutritious fundraisers, along with a trend toward healthier eating in schools, could mean trouble for the long-beloved bake sale. In response, schools are selling everything from fruit to kid-friendly shoe laces.

Leslie Gore, who topped the 1960s charts with 'It's My Party,' dies at 68

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 16 February 2015 17:46

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” died today in New York of lung cancer. She was 68.

‘Bubbler’ brings hands-on art-making experiences to Madison Public Library

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 15:11

Artist-in-residence and “head bubblerarian” Craig Grabhorn.
— Photo: MPL

Thanks to a $457,627 grant, Madison Public Library now houses a program that fosters creativity in visitors of all ages through hands-on art, design and technology workshops.