entertainment

Putting banned books on the reading list

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:10
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Banned Books Week 2014 provides the material for another chapter in the campaign against censorship.

Our progressive, alternative guide to the Milwaukee Film Festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:49

Freedom Summer. — PHOTO: Courtesy Milwaukee Film

There’s no film festival guide WiG could produce that’d be more comprehensive than the catalog provided by the festival team itself. So instead, we’ve burrowed down through that comprehensive list of films and found a selection of Gazette favorites.

Meditation on time, existence at Haggerty Museum of Art

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:32

Nadav Kander's “Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic).

Three exhibitions at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art offer a powerful meditation on time and existence. Works by Alfred Leslie are built upon multiple layers of perception, and the echoes of memory in the present. The photographs of Nadav Kander ask if the cosmetics of new bridges and buildings are capable of destroying history. Collectively, the work of these artists draws up the edges of personal and cultural history with aesthetic persuasion. 

Mike Watt: The musical sailor on bass

Written by James Preston Allen,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:05
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Mike Watt, former frontman for the Minutemen. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The workday had ended and the nightlife at the San Pedro, California, art walk was just gearing up. Lumbering down in his white econo-van, Mike Watt, 56, looked more like an old sailor than punk legend and frontman of the pacesetting group Minutemen. His van has probably tallied more road years touring than members of younger bands have been alive.

‘Wines by northwest’ pour excellence

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:55

Wines by NxNW Winery. — Photo: NxNW Winery

California gets all the attention when it comes to wine produced in the United States. With wineries concentrated mostly in regions such as Napa and Sonoma, the state produces almost 90 percent of  the wine made in the nation.

UWM presents 11-day LGBT film festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:46

Blackbird opens the LGBT Film/Video Festival. — PHOTO: Courtesy

For the past four years, organizers of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival have given audiences an embarrassment of riches, packing a daunting number of films into a single weekend in October.

Major ceramics exhibit at Madison’s Chazen Museum

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:29
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Michael Lucero’s “Untitled (Devil),”1977. — PHOTO: Courtesy Stephen and Pamela Hootkin

Iannone’s Amanda latest venture into Williams’ canon

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:56

Angela Iannone as Maggie the Cat in 1983. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Fresh from her role as opera diva Maria Callas in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Master Class, Milwaukee actor and playwright Angela Iannone is ready to try something different. And nothing could be more different than the role of Amanda Wingfield, the abandoned wife and faded Southern belle of The Glass Menagerie.

Milwaukee Film ‘experiments’ with sixth annual festival

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:52

A scene from Stray Dog. — Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee Film

Presenting 275 movies over 15 days, the sixth annual Milwaukee Film Festival is certainly ambitious in its cinematic scope.

MMoCA launches expanded fall film series

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:36

Venus in Fur, screening Oct. 15 in Madison. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Spotlight Cinema series returns at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall with the Madison premieres of eight acclaimed documentary and narrative features.

‘Purple’ the color of hope in The Rep’s season opener

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:15

Bethany Thomas. — Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee Rep

The Color Purple has made waves from day one. Alice Walker’s 1982 novel takes an unflinching look at the hardships faced by women of color in the rural South of the early 20th century. Praised for its honesty and criticized for its brutality, Walker’s novel won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for fiction in 1983, yet is number 17 on the American Library Association’s list of 100 most frequently challenged books.

In Skylight’s ‘Cinderella,’ couture makes the character

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:53

Sketches of costumes for the stepsisters. — Photo: Courtesy Skylight

Fashion takes center stage in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella).