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Bos makes mead modern, not medieval

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:24

Bos Meadery produces four varieties of mead at its Washington Avenue location.
—Photo: Jason Hendricks

Is the next big trend in craft beer not a beer at all?

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee to have second novel published — 50 years later

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 07:35

Harper Lee in the 1950s. -PHOTO: enWikipedia

To Kill a Mockingbird will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.

Florentine Opera sings to the heart for Valentine’s Day

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 09:34

Florentine Studio Artists. — Photo: Danielle Chaviano

From a little light music to A Little Night Music, Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera will once again celebrate Valentine’s Day by offering a selection of songs that speak directly to the heart.

Music reviews: Fall Out Boy, Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 05:09

The latest from Fall Out Boy. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Fall Out Boy :: ‘American Beauty / American Psycho’

Milwaukee Ballet spurs 'Genesis' of three fascinating new works

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Friday, 06 February 2015 11:18
GenesisImage

There are no bad performances when Milwaukee Ballet stages a Genesis concert. This year's choreographers are at the top of their game, and it shows.

UWM French film festival prompts cultural dialogue

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:50

Director Jean-Pierre Thorn. — Photo: Courtesy Fabienne Bullot

Fabienne Bullot knew she had found a city of kindred spirits when she left the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival screening of Earth. The visiting assistant professor of French at UWM had been pleased, shortly after her arrival in Milwaukee, to learn Milwaukee Film would be screening Ukrainian film director Alexander Dovzhenko’s silent Soviet-era film about the process of collectivism, with live musical accompaniment by postrock band Group of the Altos. But she was more pleased when the film received a thunderous standing ovation.

A birthday party fit for a Stradivarius, at Frankly Music

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 09:12

Frank Almond, with his Lipiński Stradivarius.
—Photo: Frank Almond

From roughly 1700 until his death in 1737, Italian luthier and crafter Antonio Stradivari produced more than 1,000 instruments, considered to be “bold and innovative” even in his lifetime. To call a Stradivarius bold and innovative today is an understatement. The nearly 450 violins that have survived are considered some of the finest ever produced, and many of them are considered museum-quality pieces, on display at major cultural institutions across the world.

The Sets List: Death Blues, Fleetwood Mac, Riff Raff and more

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 03:14

Death Blues. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Jon Mueller’s Death Blues 

Dunham, Kohan, Wiig, Kaling talk 'women in Hollywood'

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:22

Lena Dunham dreams of the day when a man might say, "It's impossible to get into Hollywood. It's an old women's network."

The creative force behind HBO's "Girls" shared the stage with "The Mindy Project" creator Mindy Kaling, "Bridesmaids" star and co-writer Kristen Wiig and "Orange Is the New Black" show-runner Jenji Kohan for a discussion on women in Hollywood this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

MSO performs Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Age of Anxiety’

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 11:28

Pianist William Wolfram. — Photo: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra veteran guest William Wolfram returns to Milwaukee on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 to perform one of the best Leonard Bernstein pieces you may have never heard.

Madison’s Kanopy Dance channels Martha Graham

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 07:08

As a student of noted choreographer Martha Graham, Lisa Thurrell learned early the power and grace found in her mentor’s works. Now, as the co-artistic director of her own company, Kanopy Dance, Thurrell will recreate that power and grace in Madison.

Bundle up for a good cause, great tunes at Mitten Fest

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 03:05

Mitten Fest 2014. — Photo: Burnhearts

Why wait until the temperatures warm to enjoy an outdoor music festival? On Feb. 7, Bay View bar Burnhearts will present its third annual Mitten Fest — a free, one-day music festival benefiting the Hunger Task Force.

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