Skylight’s ‘El Cimarrón’ is gay composer’s take on true story of runaway Cuban slave

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:42

Hans Werner Henze based his 1970 work El Cimarrón on this book.

More than a play and less than an opera, Skylight Music Theatre’s production of El Cimarrón is an entertainment that almost defies categorization. It kicks off the Skylight’s New Year on Jan. 3 in the Studio Theatre at Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.

Ha, ha, ha: Comedy CDs and the gift of laughter

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:31

The latest from Paula Poundstone. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Comedy albums, which peaked in popularity during the 1960s through the 1980s, are making a comeback. Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon won a Grammy for (and bared his butt on the cover of) his comedy CD Blow Your Pants Off. A talented mimic and musician, in addition to being a genuinely funny guy, Fallon packed his Pants with his trademark parodies of popular songs and his spot-on imitations of singers such as Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. The disc features numerous guest artists, including Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Stephen Colbert. On “Slow Jam the News,” featuring newscaster Brian Williams, Fallon asserts that the “President goes both ways on some issues.”

Stylish cocktails for your New Year’s Eve celebration

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 06:14

Cheers to 2014. - PHOTO: Courtesy

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, you will probably be toasting friends and loved ones with a flute of Champagne in honor of another year survived and the prospects that lay ahead.

Lady Gaga to headline Milwaukee's Summerfest

Written by WiG Tuesday, 10 December 2013 06:41

Lady Gaga will headline Milwaukee's Summerfest. Tickets for the show at the Marcus Amphitheater on June 26 go on sale Dec. 16 at noon at the Summerfest Box office and ticketmaster.com.

Jerry Grillo and all that jazz

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:38

Vocalist Jerry Grillo. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Jazz probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you think of Milwaukee. But many nights you can catch jazz artists performing in a variety of venues, including the Jazz Estate and Caroline’s Jazz Club. Of course, in the summer there are seasonal venues, such as the popular Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square Park.

WiG Gift Guide: Unwrapping gift books

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:15

Some books are for a quick, entertaining read. Others are the kind you want to keep around on your coffee table to share with guests or keep handy for reference from time to time. The following list contains some of both, while leaning toward titles with special interest for LGBT readers.

2013’s best books to get you thinking about food

Written by J.M. Hirsch,
AP writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 05:52

L.A. Son My Life My City My Food by Roy Choi. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Let’s all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks — heck, even write cookbooks ourselves — don’t actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we tell others we do.

Rainbow of color headed down slopes this ski season

AP Fashion Writer
Monday, 09 December 2013 20:44

Bright is the new black when it comes to colors and styles for snow bunnies to look their best on the slopes.

The move to color in winter-sport outerwear follows a trend seen in clothing for other active pursuits, such as running, rock climbing and cycling.

WiG Gift Guide: Sexy gifts

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:35

Sexy gifts for the holiday. A WiG guide.

“Clinically confirmed” to be the only lubricant with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties, Simply Slick is manufactured on Paul Ryan’s home turf — Janesville, Wis. It also is the only condom-safe oil-based lube.

The path to prosperity in the new year is through your stomach

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:09

Eat well on New Year's for prosperity in 2014? - PHOTO: Courtesy

In keeping with what’s considered a good-luck tradition in northern Europe, Kim Wall will toast the new year with pickled herring, marinated either in wine sauce or with sour cream and chives. Wall owns Baensch Food Products Co. in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, which has produced Ma Baensch’s Marinated Herring since 1932. 

'Gravity,' 'Her,' tie for L.A. Film Critics' top honor

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 10 December 2013 08:23

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association split between the space odyssey "Gravity" and the futuristic romance "Her," lending no more certainty to an awards season that's so far been full of contenders.

The two films shared best picture in the awards announced this week by the L.A. critics, but "Gravity" was the top award-winner. The innovatively made, lost-in-space drama won for best director (Alfonso Cuaron), best editing (Cuaron and Mark Sanger) and best cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).

Gay rights activist Signorile working on new book

Written by The AP Saturday, 30 November 2013 13:21

Gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile, also a SiriusXM host and author, is working on a book for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that contends homophobia remains as strong as ever despite such recent victories as the Supreme Court striking down a 1996 federal law that banned recognition of same-sex marriages.

The publisher announced that Signorile’s new book has the working title “Beyond Tolerance” and is scheduled to be published in 2015.