Grill, not roast, your veggies this summer
And a recipe to do just that

Written by Sara Moulton,
Associated Press
Friday, 03 July 2015 09:38

I love grilling vegetables because doing so concentrates their natural sugars and amps up their flavor. During the summer, the usual suspects are zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers and corn. They’re all delicious this way and they all become tender in an agreeably short amount of time.

But it recently occurred to me that a number of the veggies I love roasting in the oven — broccoli, cauliflower and carrots — might also shine if cooked on the grill. Turns out, they do!

The Sets List:
Blitzen Trapper, New Pornographers, Rickie Lee Jones, more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 06:19

Blitzen Trapper. — PHOTO: Courtesy

With Blitzen Trapper in town, it really will be a fantastic holiday weekend for Madisonians. The experimental country/folk act got its start in Portland, Oregon, and stayed there for a while, but when their self-released album Wild Mountain Nation went big in 2007, they found themselves sharing their gifts with the world and picking up influences from it too. New album VII carries on the tradition, with bluesy motifs lifted from their travels throughout the country.

Milwaukee, Portland artists unite at Inova

Written by Kat Minerath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:40

Pacific Midwest 2.0 showcases works by photographers from Portland and Milwaukee, including locals Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman’s “Processed Views” series.

There’s a museum inside UW-Milwaukee’s Inova museum, temporarily. The “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum” celebrates both the largest city in Wisconsin and a suburb of Portland, Oregon, which share similar names. The space, organized by the photographic collective Milwaukee Comma, achieved mini-fame even before the main exhibition opened, with Mayor Tom Barrett issuing a proclamation marking June 26 as “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum Day.”

Lotsa grinding, little plot in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:07

There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.

Mike Lane, played by the well nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he saws, measures and sands, the beat of the music he’s listening to starts to transport him.  He can’t stop himself: he begins to dance, all around the shop, over and under the tools, a guy who just can’t keep those limbs from moving.

‘Print Tsunami’ illustrates Japanese influences on European art movements

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 09:23

Japanese prints like Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Two Horse Mackerel and Two Shrimp” inspired European prints like Charles-Louis-M. Houdard’s “Shrimp.”
— PHOTO: Chazen Museum of art

Life imitates art, as Oscar Wilde so famously said.

New music:Kacey Musgraves, Neil Young, Leon Bridges, Miguel

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:14

Kacey Musgraves’ unexpected Grammys last year for best country album and best country song were no fluke, and this album proves it. Ignoring contemporary standards for commercial country music, Pageant Material is a beautiful follow-up that will soothe with its melodies and delight with its simple, direct lyrics. Lead single “Biscuits” offers a tongue-and-cheek chorus line, “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”

Eaux Claires an ‘artist-driven’ festival

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:34

Eaux Claires co-founders Aaron Dessner (left) of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver want to build a whole new kind of festival in western Wisconsin.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Why does the Eaux Claires Festival exist?

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:55

Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet, was named a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on June 30 — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s 75-year history.

The company announced the promotion six days after Copeland made her New York debut in the role of Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” one of the most important roles in a ballerina’s repertoire. The emotional performance ended with Copeland being greeted onstage by trailblazing black ballerinas of earlier generations.

Celebrity is the villain in new Amy Winehouse film

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:19

Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked.

First seen as a bright-eyed 14-year-old girl singing a knockout “Happy Birthday,” Winehouse gradually recedes from our view as her renown grows, obscured by a blizzard of flashes and a deadening haze of celebrity. Fame arrives like fate: a destiny foreshadowed by Winehouse’s self-evident talent and her own ominous misgivings. “I would go mad,” she says of fame before its tidal-wave arrival. 

Rickie Lee Jones examines 'Desire' on new album

Written by Maddy Hughes,
contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:51

After a decade without writing a song, beat icon Rickie Lee Jones has returned with The Other Side of Desire, a brand-new album that takes its inspiration from her life of music and her new home city of New Orleans. She'll play at the Pabst Theatre July 16.

Lakefront goes organic with Growing Power

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:25

Business partnerships are nothing new, but some grow more “organically” than others.

Grateful Again: The Dead perform first of final shows

Written by LISA LEFF
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 06:00

The songs still ran long. To the uninitiated, the communal rituals of the faithful fans probably looked strange. Was it trippy? Well, this was a Grateful Dead show, after all, the first in a handful over the next week that are said to be the last.

The four surviving members of the Dead, joined by a trio of well-versed companions, launched their “Fare Thee Well” mini-tour on June 27 in Northern California, where the legendary jam band got its start 50 years ago and almost two decades after the death of beloved lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.