Shirley Jones offers naked truth in new book

Written by LYNN ELBER,
AP writer
Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:56

Shirley Jones opens the door to her house and appears every inch the ladylike Marian the librarian or sweet farm girl Laurey or cheerfully steady Mrs. Partridge, offering a warm smile and handshake.

Her elegant, modestly high-necked jacket is black, her makeup is discreet and her silver hair tidy. Jones’ living room has the sort of traditional furniture and knickknacks (exception: a prominent Academy Award) that would fit any suburban house.

APT’s ‘Hamlet’ catches the conscience of the Dane but not the Bard’s brilliance

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:03

DIGGING THE PAST: As Hamlet, Matt Schwader shares an iconic moment with the skull of Yorick in American Players Theatre’s production of “Hamlet,” playing in repertory through Oct. 4. -Photo: Carissa Dixon

Author Gustave Flaubert once said that God’s three greatest creations were the ocean, Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” Can Wisconsin’s finest repertory theater company fulfill the expectations that come with staging such a lauded work?

An app launches for Provincetown travelers

Written by WiG Thursday, 11 July 2013 07:48

A smartphone app to help visitors to Provincetown, Mass., has debuted. And it isn't an ordinary travel app – 'Useful Information' depicts Ernestine, the Lily Tomlin's telephone operator who made "one, ringy, dingy" a classic skit.

Provincetown went digital with the iPtown app to help visitors and locals find services, food and lodging, shopping, special events and happenings around town.

Packing a picnic for the 4th? $6 per person

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 04 July 2013 06:57

How much does it cost to pack a picnic this Fourth of July? That'll be $6 per person.

That's according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, which launched an informal price survey this year looking at the cost of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and other Independence Day fare.

Paradise Found
Levi Kreis finally does an album his way

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:22

Levi Kreis performs at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 10, at Madison’s Center For Conscious Living, 849 E. Washington Ave., Madison 53703

You’ll find musical paradise on “Imagine Paradise,” the soulful new album by Tony Award-winning gay singer/songwriter Levi Kreis. The fan-funded recording features a dozen Kreis compositions written for individual supporters who contributed at specific levels. The remaining donors are given their due on the album’s front and back covers.

Way cool wine coolers
The coolers of the '80s have gone the way of the shoulderpad

Written by Michelle Lock,
AP writer
Thursday, 11 July 2013 19:56

The wine cooler has a bit of an identity problem. Is it a wine spritzer? A wine cocktail? Sangria? And what about that wild child moment in the ’80s when it was the hottest thing on the party scene?

Steve Grand

He's a musician without a record label, a card holder without any remaining credit. And the gig that supplies what he calls "food money" may now be in jeopardy.

Summer menswear in Paris a relaxed affair

Written by Thomas Adamson,
AP Fashion writer
Monday, 01 July 2013 19:06

Menswear season in Paris brought the lofty catwalks back to the people, with a series of shows that twinned the glamor and energy of high fashion with genuine wearability.

Loose shorts, rolled-up sleeves, jackets with the arms lopped off, and high-waisted loose pants in highly enviable colors added a distinctly relaxed feel to the normally frenetic spring-summer 47 shows, and countless off-calendar events.

Koi story
Milwaukee’s ubiquitous street artist reveals himself

Written by By Brandon Miller,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 11 July 2013 20:16

Milwaukee has been invaded by koi. Images of the colorfully patterned fish have been spray-painted throughout the East Side, Riverwest and Third Ward neighborhoods, adorning busy sidewalks.

NomadicLIMBS dances into Milwaukee’s summer

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 July 2013 19:47

PLANNING THE NEXT MOVE: NomadicLIMBS founder Thom Dancy intends to expand the troupe’s programs and reach.

Summer in Milwaukee means few performance opportunities for dancers. The absence of activity perfectly suits out dancer and choreographer Thom Dancy, whose NomadicLIMBS troupe is again filling the void, and the dancers have been busier than ever.

Miss SC pageant gets its 1st openly lesbian contestant

AP writer
Monday, 08 July 2013 10:43

Analouisa Valencia came to the door in a bright blue facial mask and sweatpants, surprised anyone was coming to see her.

“I’m sorry. I got mixed up and didn’t know you were coming today,” she told the reporter at the door. “Miss South Carolina contestants aren’t supposed to let people see them like this.”


Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 30 June 2013 09:10

In these hyper-connected, over-shared times dwell two kinds of people: those preoccupied with taking and uploading photos of themselves and those who have never heard of the selfie.

The raunchy, goofy, poignant, sexy or drunken self-portrait has been a common sight since phone camera met social media. Now, nearly a decade since the arm-extended or in-the-mirror photos became a mainstay of MySpace - duck face or otherwise - selfies are a pastime across generations and cultures.