UW-Madison alumna Jill Soloway says her Sundance Award-winning debut film is a tribute to sisterhood

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 06 September 2013 11:22

Juno Temple and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from “Afternoon Delight.” -Photo: Courtesy

“Afternoon Delight,” UW-Madison alumna Jill Soloway’s feature film debut, is a delight any time of day. The film, which earned her the best director award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows a successful career as a theatrical producer and writer/producer for such television hits as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Six Feet Under” and “The United States of Tara.”

New Broadway season has something for everyone

Written by MARK KENNEDY,
AP writer
Thursday, 05 September 2013 07:03

There’s Denzel Washington and Billy Crystal, plenty of Shakespeare and a nice dash of Harold Pinter. There’s even a musical of the boxing classic “Rocky” and the much anticipated return of Neil Patrick Harris and “Les Mis.”

This upcoming season on Broadway seems to have something for everyone.

Beethoven goes Bollywood

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:30

This scene “The Merchants of Bollywood” reflects Indian musical cinema.

Take Ludwig van Beethoven’s classic opera about love, freedom and a political prisoner wrongly convicted. Dress it up in colorful, spangled costumes from the Indian cinema’s golden age. Then present the composer’s magnificent melodies with a primarily dancing cast that fills a highly stylized stage with robust athleticism. Finally, add a dash of the latest in interactive technology for good measure.

Kady Z follows in famous mom’s footsteps

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:36

Kady Z.

You may not know Kady Z’s name yet, but you will. The daughter of diminutive showbiz legend Pia Zadora, Kady was named for the character her mother played in the campy cult movie “Butterfly.”

Milwaukee Public Museum hosts show by local 'Project Runway' contestant

Written by Brandon Miller,
Contributing writer
Friday, 06 September 2013 10:21

Ever since Heidi Klum told him auf wiedersehen, former “Project Runway” contestant Timothy Westbrook has been in his Milwaukee studio preparing for his comeback fall fashion show. Titled “Paleontology of a Woman,” the show opens Sept. 21 at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Westbrook, whose aesthetic vision draws inspiration from nature, says he considers himself a fiber artist more than a fashion designer – and an environmental artist first and foremost. He’s notorious for using repurposed and untraditional material – some of it might even be considered garbage – in creating his garments. This tendency will be prominently on display in “Paleontology of a Woman,” he says.

New Skylight artistic director traveled unusual career path

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:15

Viswa Subbaraman always knew that music would be a part of his life, but he wasn’t always aware that it would become his career.

The new artistic director of Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre originally planned to become a physician, like his father and grandfather. Subbaraman was a sophomore at Duke University enrolled in pre-med studies when a trip to Vienna with the Duke Wind Ensemble dramatically altered his life’s course.

Dora Diamond raises money for Milwaukee Gay Arts Center

Written by Brandon Miller,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:38

Dora Diamond. - PHOTO: Courtesy

When John Dormady first put on his mother’s dress at age 4, he felt curiously comfortable. He spun around in his room, music blaring, imagining himself as the singers he heard.

Wineries – and now breweries – make Door County a spirited destination

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:35

Travel to Door County to sample the wines.

Wisconsin’s Door County isn’t Napa Valley, but seven wineries dot the 483-square-mile peninsula. Two of the wineries also brew beer and one of the two produces distilled spirits. There is a third brewery just starting out and a hard cider operation on the peninsula’s northern end.

Jillette Johnson headed to Madison to promote first full-length album

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 06 September 2013 09:44

“Water in a Whale,” Jillette Johnson’s full-length debut album, is the kind of disc that fans of female singer-songwriters anxiously anticipate and will likely embrace eagerly. Johnson, an assured and mature songwriter and performer at 23, sets the tone with the single “Cameron,” one of the most powerful statements made by a straight performer to the LGBT community since Patty Griffin’s “Tony.” About a trans kid, “Cameron” is insightful, uplifting and deserves to be a hit.

Johnson wisely keeps the music on the disc varied, from the explosive opener “Torpedo” and the stormy “Last Bus Out” to the sexually provocative “Pauvre Couer.” There also is a “stripped” version of “Cameron” and a pair of B-sides (“17” and “Box of Crayons”) to provide listeners with the full scope of Johnson’s abilities.

Growing ideas. A review of urban farmer Will Allen's 'The Good Food Revolution'

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:42

This is a good time for sowing grains, winter wheat, oats and rye, says FarmersAlmanac.com. And it’s a favorable time for planting root crops, vine crops and plants.


Memoir longs for unconventionality of queer life

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:39

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

The year 2013 is shaping up to be an important one when it comes to queer memoirs, with books by Barrie Jean Borich, Rigoberto González and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore at the forefront. Sycamore’s non-traditional memoir, “The End of San Francisco” (City Lights Books, 2013), flows stylistically from stream of consciousness to rant to stage dialogue. 

Shorewood resident Miranda Levy a standout on TV’s ‘Project Runway’

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:21

Miranda Levy. – PHOTO: Courtesy

Miranda Levy, a self-taught Milwaukee-based fashion designer, has wowed audiences at local fashion events, including shows at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Pritzlaff Building, Flying Car MKE and numerous gala and charity events. She’s held positions as curator for Tenth Street Gallery, adjunct professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and color specialist for Kohl’s. As a prominent member of Milwaukee’s fashion community, Levy’s work has been showcased on the cover of M Magazine and Info Magazine, among others.