Streisand to perform at Oscars

Written by Associated Press Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:29

Barbra Streisand will perform at the Oscars next month, the first time she’s performed during an Academy Awards broadcast in 36 years.

Streisand won the Academy Award for best original song for “Evergreen” in 1977. She also sang the theme from “A Star Is Born” that night.

‘Cabaret’ celebrates 41st birthday with a party

Written by MARK KENNEDY,
AP writer
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:21

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome – to middle age.

The landmark film “Cabaret” – starring Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York – has turned 41, but that’s not going to stop a party: All three actors will be attending an anniversary celebration screening planned Thursday at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where the movie premiered in 1972.

Whitney Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, told Oprah Winfrey that she would not have accepted her daughter if she had come out to her as a lesbian.

Cissy Houston made the statement during an interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that aired Jan. 28. Her appearance was timed to coincide with the release of her new memoir “Remembering Whitney,” which arrives close to the anniversary of the fabled singer’s death.

Beatles’ ‘Magical mystery tour’ makes for a pleasant day’s night

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:40

The Beatles’ 1967 made-for-television  “Magical Mystery Tour,” now on DVD, takes the camp and silliness of the group’s previous feature films to a vivid new level. Directed by all four Beatles along with Bernard Knowles, “Magical Mystery Tour” plays out like a series of scenes woven together as an excuse to have a goofy, good time – and, of course, to hear Beatles’ songs, including “Fool On the Hill,” “I Am the Walrus” and “Your Mother Should Know.”

Romantic libations to kindle hearts on Valentine's Day

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:23

On Valentine’s Day, nothing can help the proceedings with your significant other better than a shared cocktail. 

Bettering Broadway topic of TED conference

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:35

A conference on how to make the Broadway experience better for theatergoers has come up with some prescriptions: Be brave in the stories that are told onstage and embrace youth and technology.

“Broadway, I don’t think, has boldly gone where it needs to,” said openly gay “Star Trek” actor George Takei, riffing off his old TV show’s motto. “I have a sense that Broadway hasn’t entered into the 21st century.”

Should his and her Oscars be done away with?

Written by LYNN ELBER,
AP writer
Saturday, 26 January 2013 07:12

Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren need affirmative action to snare one of Hollywood’s favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?

In a society tilting steadily toward gender neutrality, the separate-but-equal awards that divide actors into one camp and actresses into another have the whiff of a moldy anachronism.

Streisand tribute uneven, disappointing

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:37

The Blu-ray “A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand” should have been monumental, but it’s uneven, dull and disappointing. As the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year, Streisand was feted at a gala affair in Los Angeles. This Blu-ray captures more than a dozen of that evening’s performances.

MAM explores 20th century color photography

Written by AP Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:28

An exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum will look at the evolution of color photography in the 20th century.

It will explore the historical developments from 1907 to 1981 that led to color photography becoming the norm in popular culture and fine art.

American Library Association’s ‘rainbow’ list of youth books

Written by WiG Wednesday, 30 January 2013 05:57

The American Library Association’s LGBT roundtable – the Rainbow Project – has published its annual Rainbow List of 150 books for youth.

The jury included Francesca Burgess, Jane L. Cothron, Christie L. R. Gibrich (incoming chair, 2014), Christine Jenkins, Adela Peskorz, Victor Lynn Schill and Anna C. White.

Conference asks: What is the best Broadway can be?

Written by MARK KENNEDY,
AP writer
Friday, 25 January 2013 18:07

Before long plane flights, Thomas Schumacher likes to download talks from some of the world’s brightest and creative minds speaking at TED conferences, watching them on his iPad while thousands of feet in the air. 

“I marvel at the range of stuff. I like the passion of the speakers and love the content,” says the president of the Disney Theatrical Group about the various conferences dedicated to technology, entertainment and design. “I am a giant TED freak.”

Singer/songwriter Erin Boheme has deep Wisconsin roots

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:23

Like many people from Oshkosh, singer/songwriter Erin Boheme doesn’t take phone calls during a Packers game. Her Wisconsin roots are that deep.