Alec Soth finds the extraordinary in the ordinary

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:01

Charles, Vasa, Minnesota. — PHOTO: Courtesy Alec Soth

Alec Soth has a rare gift for transforming glimpses of ordinary life into extraordinary images — and now we have a chance to see some of his finest work.

‘Next Fall’ examines faith with an even hand and a dose of humor

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:48

Faith is a hard subject to tackle onstage without exposing a bias either for it or against it. But with its opening play of the season, Next Fall, Theatrical Tendencies believes it’s found a show that evenhandedly explores faith by approaching it through love — the love shared by friends and family as well as the lovers at the center of the script.

Aretha Franklin CD of diva classics due Oct. 21

AP Music Writer
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:52

Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.

“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” will include songs such as Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Barbra Streisand’s “People” and Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman.”

Next Act's 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter' works to exorcise traumas of war

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Sunday, 21 September 2014 16:24
In 'Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,' the title character must cope with traumas from her time in Iraq. Photo by Alex Clark.

More than anything else — and more than we’d like to admit — traumas shape our lives. "Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" follows one woman's journey to overcome the horrors she faced in the Iraq War in order to find internal peace.

Rachel Sage’s ‘Blue Roses’ blends the old and the new

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:56

Through a connection made via Facebook, New York-based singer-songwriter Rachael Sage is collaborating with a visual artist from Jordan. Young art student Majd Alomari sent samples of her work to the singer, who was so impressed by the anime and graphic novel influences in the art that she invited Alomari to create pieces inspired by the song “Happiness.”

What are we reading? The Publishers Weekly best-seller list

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:57


1. “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett (Dutton Adult)

Waters' 'Paying Guests' filled with romance, sex

Written by KIM CURTIS,
AP writer
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:24

Fans of Sarah Waters will feel cloaked in comfy familiarity when they sink into her new novel, "The Paying Guests."

The setting is London, 1922. The post-war economy forces upper-class Frances, a single woman in her late 20s, and her mother to begrudgingly take in lodgers. The book opens with the arrival of newlyweds Len and Lilian Barber, who are solidly middle-class.

Putting banned books on the reading list

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:10

Banned Books Week 2014 provides the material for another chapter in the campaign against censorship.

Milwaukee Rep keeps mum about its ‘unforgivable’ world premiere

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:52

A. Rey Pamatmat. — PHOTO: Courtesy

A. Rey Pamatmat doesn’t want to tell me anything about his new play, after all the terrible things I do.

‘Carrie’ throws a blood-red light on bullying’s horrors

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:14

Whether in reference to Stephen King’s 1974 novel or either of the two film versions, the name “Carrie” instantly conjures images of a homely high school outcast covered in pig’s blood terrorizing her tormentors with telekinetic powers. Soon fans will be able to add singing and dancing to that visceral image.

Theatre Unchained’s production of Carrie: The Musical opens Oct. 10, just in time for the Halloween season’s horror binge. But the musical also offers a strong anti-bullying message, according to director Thomas Jacobsen.

'The Good Father' is a great evening of intimate theater

Written by By Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 22 September 2014 12:17

Jonathan Wainwright as Tim and Laura Gray as Jane in

In The Good Father, Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly tosses together two disparate — and dispirited — people at a New Year’s Eve party. Their chance encounter shakes up their lives and tests their divergent belief systems.

‘Wines by northwest’ pour excellence

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:55

Wines by NxNW Winery. — Photo: NxNW Winery

California gets all the attention when it comes to wine produced in the United States. With wineries concentrated mostly in regions such as Napa and Sonoma, the state produces almost 90 percent of  the wine made in the nation.