entertainment

Learning to dance like James Brown

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:20

Photo: D. Stevens/Universal Pictures Chadwick Boseman, as James Brown in the new film Get on Up, a biopic based on the life of the Godfather of Soul.

Choreographer Aakomon “AJ” Jones was given 30 days to teach actor Chadwick Boseman to dance like the inimitable James Brown. The task would have been less challenging if Boseman had ever danced professionally.

Tomayto, tomahto: Either way it’s a nutritious summer treat

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:08

Let’s make one thing clear. A tomato, despite its uses, is botanically a fruit — specifically an ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant.

In tune online: Live Nation, Yahoo stream a concert a day

Written by The AP Monday, 04 August 2014 09:13

Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free, high-quality concert footage in a way that helps the companies providing it, since selling ads is more profitable than concert promotion.

The deal opens up a new revenue stream for Live Nation, which reported second quarter earnings Thursday that fell short on profit but beat Wall Street's revenue expectations. And for Yahoo, premium video ad prices could be a cure for its plunging display ad rates.

WiG Words: Harkness completes All Souls trilogy

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 18:51

Deborah Harkness has spun the final thread in the "All Souls" trilogy. The intricately crafted, epic adventure of a witch and a vampire concludes in The Book of Life.

Historian Diana Bishop, the witch, and scientist Matthew Clairmont, the vampire, continue their search for a magical manuscript, "The Book of Life," encountering old enemies and new crisis in their quest.

Robin Hood, through the eyes of Marian’s ‘Lady in Waiting’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:13

Liz Shipe (seen here as Maid Marian) wrote A Lady in Waiting. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Whether portrayed by a swashbuckling Errol Flynn or a conflicted Kevin Costner, Robin Hood has always been interpreted more as myth than man. Theater RED, a relatively new Milwaukee theater company, reverses the equation. In its latest world premiere, A Lady in Waiting, the troupe adopts a female point of view that presents the legendary male outlaw on a human scale.

WiGWords: Isherwood reissued

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:04

Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man.

“Waking up begins with saying am and now.” This is the first line of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, a novel that, when it first appeared in 1964, shocked many with its frank, sympathetic and moving portrayal of a gay man. 

Milwaukee Comedy Festival returns, bigger than ever

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:07
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Festival mascot Jimbo, allegedly not an alter ego for founder Matt Kemple.

What’s the funniest event in Milwaukee? Most comedy aficionados would say that’s an easy question to answer: the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, running Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Sunday, Aug. 10, at Next Act Theatre.

Sailing adventure: Learning to harness the wind

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:55

Sailboats, Inc., on Lake Superior’s southern shore, has been instructing would-be mariners since 1980.

In sailing, the wind is both friend and foe. Its absence can leave you adrift in the doldrums, while too much of it can send you places you never wanted to go. 

7 sassy chardonnays to brighten your summer

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:11

The adaptable chardonnay grape has flourished in cooler as well as warmer places.

We all know that summer and chilled white wines go together. And few whites are more reliable than chardonnay, one of the country’s top white choices.

WIGWIRED: Out and Active

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:42

Train for more than a game with the free Mountain Athletics app.

Extreme Selfie. The prestigious Tillywig Award for “best toy” has gone to Lexibook’s Wi-Fi Move Cam, a sports camera made for action and adventure — pedaling down a mountain bike trail, hiking around the bend, snorkeling on the lake’s bottom and swimming out to the float.

'Sharknado 2' a hilarious must-see treat

Written by By FRAZIER MOORE,
AP television writer
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:24

Don’t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I’ll be ready.

You might as well batten down the hatches, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. EDT).

Mile of Music brings Americana artists back to Appleton

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 03:36

Hugh Bob and the Hustle. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Appleton becomes Americana Central during the weekend of Aug. 7–10, when the Wisconsin city hosts the second Mile of Music Festival.