Dawson City, Gold Rush Central

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:11

Downtown Dawson City. — PHOTO: WikiCommons

A valley cut by a river creates a large V between mountain ranges; one cut by a glacier is more U-shaped — and much wider.

Portuguese wines an excellent, overlooked value

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:30

In this issue of Dish it Out!

It pours light, bright and floral, with clean transparency, tropical fruit notes and a slight effervescence as subtle as it is necessary.

Bay View's Artbeat in the Heat celebrates five years of art and music

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:53

Artbeat in the Heat is centered around Hide House.

Bay View residents and visitors don’t have to wait until September’s Bay View Bash for a colorful street festival. The artists at Milwaukee Artbeat, a Bay View collective, present the fifth annual Artbeat in the Heat this weekend.

Artful Wright house right for art

The Oregonian
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:56

People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House as a piece of art. Wright, however, envisioned the two-story residence as a place for art.

The Gordon House in Silverton, Oregon, the only Wright building in Oregon and the only one of his residences open to the public in the Pacific Northwest, has towering walls and plenty of clean-lined spaces that serve as perfect backgrounds for captivating contemporary art.

Public art project gives voice to historic Mitchell Street

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:41

Milwaukee’s Mitchell Street. — Photo: Kat Murrell

A few years ago, visual artist Sonja Thomson and storyteller Adam Carr teamed up for a temporary public art piece called Here, Mothers Are, which relayed in words and installations the stories of families in the neighborhood around 24th and Locust streets. The project was a precursor to their latest endeavor, Listening to Mitchell. This time, they recount the memories and testimonials of historic Mitchell Street.

Vancouver’s foodie scene flourishes

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:20

The Vancouver skyline. — PHOTO: Duncan Rawlinson - Flickr

Vancouver, B.C., is Canada’s westernmost major metro area and one of the nation’s most popular foodie destinations. Vancouver restaurants combine the best culinary influences the province has to offer, including ethnic diversity, creative innovation and a commitment to environmental sustainability. The dining scene is defined but not constrained by tradition and West Coast style.

Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Figgyhobbin and the arts

Written by HELEN O’NEILL,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 15 August 2014 19:44

The tiny town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists’ galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets.

Whimsical free libraries — handcrafted miniature houses that look like birdhouses filled with books — are tucked into street corners.  A thriving arts center draws people from around the country to study everything from blacksmithing and bent twig furniture to the Cornish language. There is an outdoor theater carved into a limestone quarry and a beautifully restored Opera House dating to 1914.

APT’s “The Seagull” soars above a stormy sea of characters

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Monday, 11 August 2014 05:01

Colleen Madden and Robert Spencer in APT's production of The Seagull.

Nineteenth-century Russian playwright Anton Chekov explored some of the deepest themes of the human condition through characters trapped in scenarios that he considered comedies — at least in an Aristotelian sense. But the narratives often concluded with decidedly less-than-funny results.

New management approach will keep Bartell Theatre’s drama on center stage, not backstage

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:34

Bartell Theatre. — PHOTO: Jay Rath

The Bartell Community Theatre is not only changing management, it’s changing its entire approach to management.

Entertainment briefs: Woo-hoo, The Simpsons marathon and more …

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:10

The Simspsons marathon begins. - PHOTO: Fox

FXX celebrates Simpsons syndication with 12-day binge-watch marathon

Review: Petty’s rock ‘n’ roll triumph

Written by DAVID BAUDER,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:37

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hypnotic Eye” (Reprise)

Tom Petty isn’t singing about himself on his new tune, “Forgotten Man,” but he can’t be blamed for thinking like that.

Milwaukee Chamber's 'Master Class' easily earns a 'brava'

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Saturday, 09 August 2014 11:16

Master Class, featuring Angela Iannone (L) and Alicia Berneche, is a powerful exploration of sacrifice for art.

Before you commit to reading this review of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class, a disclaimer: There may not be enough superlatives in my vocabulary to properly explain why Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class can't be missed.