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Milwaukee Ballet’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is true to sources

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 16:09

David Hovhannisyan and Luz San Miguel star in Milwaukee Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. -PHOTO: Jessica Kaminski

Romeo and Juliet live happily ever after? Fortunately, that’s not how Michael Pink sees it.

Madison Opera brings the fiery ‘Tosca’ to Overture Center

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:03

Murder, mayhem and a few leitmotifs come together in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, which opens Madison Opera’s 2013–14 season at the city’s Overture Center for the Arts. 

Madison art project stretches the boundaries of performance

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:41

Photo: Courtesy PERFORMING TABLETOP: Artists create original tabletop performances for individuals or groups -Photo: Courtesy

Hot off the press: ‘Perv’

Written by WiG Saturday, 12 October 2013 18:28

With the colorful and bold word  “Perv” printed on the book cover above the photograph of a sheep, readers of Jesse Bering’s newest book might choose to peruse it on a tablet, behind a faux cover or in private.

But “Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us” is about reclaiming the word and getting past condemning what we don’t understand or find disgusting. By chapter two, “Damn Dirty Apes,” a reader might feel free to be seen reading the book on the bus ride from work or at a Colectivo Coffee shop.

Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ takes novel approach

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 16:03

Alberto Velazquez and Mahalia Ward star in next spring’s unconventional staging of Romeo and Juliet at Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet. -Photo: Christopher Duggan

Take Romeo and Juliet, imagine them traveling in a time machine set for three distinctly different stops in the 20th century, and you’ll have some idea how Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet will bring the star-crossed lovers to the stage next spring.

Trick or seed: Jack-o-lantern’s toasty snack

Written by Sarah Moulton,
AP writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:55
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New York City has a zillion charms, but it may not be the ideal place to celebrate Halloween. Here’s the problem — where do you display your jack-o’-lantern if you live in an apartment building with no porch?

Recent releases by LGBT performers demonstrate range of musical styles

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:19

The subject of Lily Keber’s fascinating documentary Bayou Maharaj: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, the late, queer New Orleans piano legend James Booker was a gifted performer with a serious substance abuse problem. He died at 43 in 1983. Booker was so unpredictable that he was able to make only a few studio albums. To coincide with the release of the documentary film about him, Classified, considered his masterwork, has been reissued as Classified: Remixed and Expanded. It’s an exceptional 22-track crash course in Booker. Almost half of the songs were previously unreleased, including the extraordinary Booker original “I’m Not Sayin’,” which says plenty about his talent.

Number of LGBT characters declines on TV

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 12 October 2013 04:26

Fewer LGBT characters are part of the new broadcast TV season following a record-setting year, while cable depictions continued to increase, according to a new study from a media advocacy group.

GLAAD's 18th annual "Where We Are on TV" report released on Oct. 11 says 3.3 percent of 796 regularly appearing characters on prime-time broadcast dramas and comedies are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Sally Struthers says hello to Milwaukee in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ gig

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:23

For baby boomers, Sally Struthers’ name conjures a host of memories from the groundbreaking 1970s television series All in the Family. Struthers played Gloria Stivic, the wholesome, idealistic wife of “meathead” Mike (Rob Reiner) and the daughter of armchair bigot Archie (Carroll O’Connor) and dingbat Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton). Caught between a sitcom marriage and the emerging feminism of her day, Struthers gave the nation its first liberated version of Miss American Pie, cheerfully speaking out against sexism, racism and homophobia as she helped set the dinner table. 

Spooky Halloween cocktails

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 October 2013 13:49

Planning a haunting Halloween party? Nothing captures the proper spirit quite like the proper spirits. Here are some ghostly libations to raise your party from the grave.

A killer who finds prey through lonely hearts ads. Book review

Written by ANN LEVIN,
The AP
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 06:25

"Quiet Dell" (Scribner), by Jayne Anne Phillips

In the 1930s, a man who called himself Cornelius O. Pierson began to correspond with a 45-year-old widow struggling to raise three young children in suburban Chicago. She had written to a matrimonial bureau - the Depression-era version of online dating - seeking someone with whom she might find "true friendship, fidelity and matrimony."

The Rep’s ‘Venus in Fur’ is a sexy, dazzling delight

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 11 October 2013 13:06

Reese Madigan and Greta Wohlrabe in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Venus in Fur, playing through through Nov. 3 at the Stiemke Studio. –Photo: Michael Brosilow

Reese Madigan and Greta Wohlrabe in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Venus in Fur, playing through through Nov. 3 at the Stiemke Studio. –Photo: Michael Brosilow