entertainment

Pot-dining in Colorado pits chefs against law

Written by Kristen Wyatt,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 12 December 2014 17:49

Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with marijuana. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy. How to pair marijuana with fine foods. How to make marijuana’s skunky tang work for a dish, not ruin it.

Take art home for the holidays

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 22:08

Tiny Art at Tiny Prices at Art Bar. — Photo: Kat Murrell

Shopping for the people who are special in our lives can be a pleasure. When you’re shopping for the person who seems to have everything, it can also be excruciatingly difficult. 

Billy Gilman adds his voice to gay country artists’ ranks

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:38

Singer Billy Gilman. — PHOTO: Courtesy

National Coming Out Day is in October, but two country music artists waited until late November to share their good news. Ty Herndon was the first one out of the gate on Nov. 20, followed shortly thereafter on the same day by Billy Gilman, who cited Herndon’s announcement as an inspiration to him.

‘Guys on Ice’ is quintessential Wisconsin theater

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:20

Steve Koehler, left, Lee Becker and Doug Mancheski in 2011. — Photo: Len Villano

If you’ve ever cheered the Green Bay Packers, sipped a cold one — or a cold six-pack — in subzero temperatures or worn a Styrofoam cheese wedge on your head, then Guys on Ice is the holiday show for you.

MMoCA, Chazen offer gift of art

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:11

Narayan Mahon’s Store, Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh. — Photo: Courtesy

If the weather outside is frightful, the art inside is delightful. So if you’ve no place to go, two of Madison’s best art venues have a show, and a show, and another show.

French vs. American wines? Vive la différence!

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 21:52

In 1976, a handful of California winemakers entered a wine competition in Paris hoping to gain attention from the elites who governed the European wine trade. No one was more shocked than the French judges themselves when the series of blind tastings resulted in overwhelming wins for American viticulture.

Flashback 2014: Top albums of the year

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:32

The cover of Songs of Innocence. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Pop Album of the Year 

Broadway for the holidays: Critic’s choices

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:15

Kinky Boots is on Broadway. — Photo: Sean Williams

The lights of Broadway glow brighter during the holiday season. For proof, look no further than the third week in November: It was the highest-grossing and best-attended Thanksgiving week in Broadway history. Ticket buyers shelled out $34.1 million.

The Get Down brings New Year’s grooves back to Turner Hall Ballroom

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 23:24

The Get Down on New Year's Eve. — PHOTO: Courtesy

On New Year’s Eve, Milwaukee musician Andy Noble will be doing what he loves best: introducing fans old and new to his collection of classic soul and funk 45 rpm records at The Get Down, Turner Hall Ballroom’s traditional end-of-the-year dance party.

Ty Herndon ‘extremely happy’ to finally live an authentic life

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:42

Ty Herndon. — PHOTO: Courtesy

National Coming Out Day is in October, but two country music artists waited until late November to share their good news. Ty Herndon was the first one out of the gate on Nov. 20, followed shortly thereafter on the same day by Billy Gilman, who cited Herndon’s announcement as an inspiration to him.

Say ‘cheese’ when holiday entertaining

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:57

In Wisconsin, cheese isn’t merely a food — it’s part of the lifestyle. As such, a well-considered cheese platter should be a staple of your holiday entertaining.

Hugh Jackman talks fish, blood and his new show

Written by MARK KENNEDY,
AP Drama Writer
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 19:24

Before Hugh Jackman could appear in his current Broadway play, “The River,” he had to learn his lines, dig deep into his character and do something he’s never done before: gut a fish.

His character is a fisherman who in one scene pulls out a real 3-pound sea trout, cuts it open with a fearsome-looking knife, removes the internal organs, chops a fennel bulb, slips lemon slices into the skin and seasons the flesh before popping the dish in a fake oven.