Jerry Grillo and all that jazz

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:38

Vocalist Jerry Grillo. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Jazz probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you think of Milwaukee. But many nights you can catch jazz artists performing in a variety of venues, including the Jazz Estate and Caroline’s Jazz Club. Of course, in the summer there are seasonal venues, such as the popular Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square Park.

Stylish cocktails for your New Year’s Eve celebration

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:14

Cheers to 2014. - PHOTO: Courtesy

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, you will probably be toasting friends and loved ones with a flute of Champagne in honor of another year survived and the prospects that lay ahead.

Gay rights activist Signorile working on new book

Written by The AP Saturday, 30 November 2013 13:21

Gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile, also a SiriusXM host and author, is working on a book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that contends homophobia remains as strong as ever despite such recent victories as the Supreme Court striking down a 1996 federal law that banned recognition of same-sex marriages.

The publisher announced that Signorile’s new book has the working title “Beyond Tolerance” and is scheduled to be published in 2015.

Wine service 101: planning your party

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:56

You’re throwing a holiday gathering for a few friends. You want the vibe to be upbeat and upscale, but you don’t want to break the bank with beverage costs. What do you serve?

WiG Gift Guide: Unwrapping gift books

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:15

Some books are for a quick, entertaining read. Others are the kind you want to keep around on your coffee table to share with guests or keep handy for reference from time to time. The following list contains some of both, while leaning toward titles with special interest for LGBT readers.

2013’s best books to get you thinking about food

Written by J.M. Hirsch,
AP writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 05:52

L.A. Son My Life My City My Food by Roy Choi. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Let’s all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks — heck, even write cookbooks ourselves — don’t actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we tell others we do.

15 gift-worthy coffee table books for the holidays

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 29 November 2013 11:31


The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They're easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You've done your job with your pricey treat.

Wisconsin holiday stages sparkle with tradition

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:16

Valerie Harmon in The Nutcracker. Photo: Jessica Kaminski

It’s time to celebrate the season onstage, and Wisconsin offers a theatrical Christmas stocking full of choices to get you in the holiday mood.

The path to prosperity in the new year is through your stomach

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:09

Eat well on New Year's for prosperity in 2014? - PHOTO: Courtesy

In keeping with what’s considered a good-luck tradition in northern Europe, Kim Wall will toast the new year with pickled herring, marinated either in wine sauce or with sour cream and chives. Wall owns Baensch Food Products Co. in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, which has produced Ma Baensch’s Marinated Herring since 1932. 

Lady Gaga to headline Milwaukee's Summerfest

Written by WiG Tuesday, 10 December 2013 06:41

Lady Gaga will headline Milwaukee's Summerfest. Tickets for the show at the Marcus Amphitheater on June 26 go on sale Dec. 16 at noon at the Summerfest Box office and ticketmaster.com.

Lady Gaga’s ‘ArtPop’ is short on art, fails to pop

Written by Nekesa Mumbi Moody,
AP writer
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:05

The mission of some art, particularly the modern kind, is to provoke — to present outlandish concepts, explore untraditional ideas, challenge traditional norms — and leave you with many questions, searching for answers.

WiG Holiday Gift Guide: Tinsel Tunes

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:11

Susan Boyle sings with the King?

The reissue of the Cotillion Records compilation Funky Christmas gets off to a fabulously funky start with “May Christmas Bring You Happiness” by a quintet called Luther. Led by the late Luther Vandross (shortly before his disco breakthroughs with Bionic Boogie and Change, and his subsequently soaring solo career), both of Luther’s tracks (including the other Vandross original “At Christmas Time”) are the main reasons to unwrap this disc. Margie Joseph’s “Christmas Gift” and “Feeling Like Christmas” also rank high on the list.