Worldwide pride
A schedule of events

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:40

An estimated 500,000 spectators line the route down Market Street for the annual Pride Celebration and Parade held on the final weekend in June in San Francisco. -PHOTO: SanFrancisco Travel Association/Scott Chernis

The rainbow flags are flying to commemorate LGBT Pride in dozens of cities in 2013, with many of the celebrations taking place in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969.

Door County takes pride in its artists

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 31 May 2013 11:03

For some artists, it’s the rustic solitude that has drawn them to Door County. For others, it’s the vibrant tourist trade that keeps them in business.

For out artist Ed Fenendael, it’s both – along with a lifelong love of the scenery.

Lesbian romance wins top honor at Cannes Film Festival

Written by The AP Monday, 27 May 2013 09:08

The tender, sensual lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele" won the hearts of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking its top honor, the Palme d'Or.

The jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the Palme not just to Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film's two stars: Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The three clutched each other as they accepted the award, one of cinema's greatest honors.

Bill Theisen leaving Skylight, joining Univ. of Iowa opera program

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:20

At one point in his life, Bill Theisen thought he might become a priest. But the universe had other plans for him. 

The Milwaukee native and Milwaukee Technical High School graduate was pursuing a career as a metallurgist when he saw a newspaper notice announcing an audition for “Man of La Mancha.” He tried out, got the part and soon left his other career aspirations behind.

Here comes the sun
Summer's festival lineup

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 31 May 2013 11:25

Photo: www.visitmilwaukee.org/visit

The skies are bluer. The grass is greener. And the mercury is rising. It’s festival season, and Wisconsin takes pride in providing an outdoor offering for just about every day of summer. A look at the lineup and some highlights in bold.

Diners, drive-ins and dives – the Wisconsin edition

Written by Wisconsin Department of Tourism Friday, 31 May 2013 10:47

The rise in popularity of diners, drive-ins and dives can be attributed at least partially to the Food Network’s popular television show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” But in Wisconsin, these earthy, quirky establishments have always enjoyed broad appeal. The state has dozens of eclectic and fun local eateries, some of which have actually been featured on the TV show.

Emily Saliers is psyched about PrideFest

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:31

Amy Ray, left, and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.

Since bursting onto the music scene more than 20 years ago, the Indigo Girls have inspired many imitators. But few of them have achieved the songwriting success or harmonic perfection of lesbian duo Emily Saliers and Amy Ray. Individually and collectively, the two lifelong friends have created some of American folk rock’s most unforgettable tunes. Their signature classics, including “Closer to Fine,” “Galileo,” “Power of Two” and “Get Out the Map,” still have devoted followers singing along, swaying in their seats and dancing in the grass.

Skylight presents the original 'Porgy and Bess'

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:15

Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre closes its current season with a production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” but artistic director Bill Theisen wants the city to know this isn’t the version that caused a stir on Broadway last year.

Madison company combines humor with classical music

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 31 May 2013 11:12

The founders of Madison’s Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society see their role of bringing classical chamber music to the masses as, ahem, an annual mission of mirth-y. Their sense of playfulness extends to the name that Jeffrey Sykes and Stephanie Jutt chose for their 22nd series of summer concerts: “Deuces Are Wild.”

“Studies have shown that people moved to laugh are also open to more fully experiencing other emotions,” says Sykes, a pianist who serves on the music faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, and California State University, East Bay. “When our audiences laugh at something we do or say, we feel their energy and engagement change for the better, and that engagement often remains in place when we’ve moved on to some serious music.”

Liberace movie is HBO’s biggest since 2004

Written by The AP Friday, 31 May 2013 09:51

A healthy number of HBO subscribers were curious about Michael Douglas’ performance as Liberace in the TV movie “Behind the Candelabra.”

The Nielsen company said the 2.4 million people who tuned in to the movie’s premiere over the Memorial Day weekend represented the network’s biggest audience for one of its original movies since “Something the Lord Made” in 2004. Another 1.1 million people saw a repeat of the Liberace movie that began right after the first airing.

Kasana brings culinary vision to Third Ward

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:24

Food is an art form to Ana Docta, president of the Kasana Group, a collection of culinary enterprises promoting a rich mélange of fine, nutritious and sustainable dining for Milwaukee foodies. Docta hopes to make Kasana’s adjoining bistro, gallery and commercial kitchen at 241 N. Broadway into the city’s premier gastro-hub and culinary incubator for budding chefs.

Docta has a strong culinary background on which to base her ambitions. A native of Argentina, she formerly served as a corporate food and beverage consultant and owned a restaurant in Porto Allegre, Brazil, before moving to the United States. In addition to Latin American influences, Docta’s food exhibits a strong commitment to health and nutrition, an appreciation gained during her formal training as a ballet dancer.

‘Spider Woman’ takes web of music and intrigue to Milwaukee’s Off the Wall Theatre

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:33

Life lived out of balance is difficult at best, but a life lacking purpose is destined to end quickly.

That’s the sort of existential message at the heart of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” says Dale Gutzman, whose Off the Wall Theatre is mounting a production of the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical this month. The plot follows the unlikely love that blossoms between two men sharing the horrors of an Argentine prison.