Out singer Steve Grand, who created a sensation with the viral YouTube video of his song “American Boy,” has released the video for his new song
"Stay with Me." The sexy, upbeat video about a gay summer love affair, shot along Chicago’s lakefront, has received more than 32,000 hits since its Friday release.
The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre kicks off its fall season with its largest-ever production, the musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s American epic “Ragtime.” And Rep artistic director Mark Clements, who is directing the show, doesn’t mind telling you he’s both enthralled and exhausted by the process.
Two gay men begin a phone-sex relationship against the terrifying backdrop of the emerging AIDS epidemic. Although their physical contact is limited to sound waves, the couple’s erotic talk sessions lead to a deeper connection.
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.
Just like creating a beautiful garden, bringing a new art festival to life requires a lot of patience and nurturing, according to the organizers of Plein Air Shorewood, a three-day event that will bring more than 50 professional artists to the village beginning Sept. 19.
“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.
After he applied for the position of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s managing director, Chad Bauman proceeded to check out the company’s reputation in the national theater community. His caution was understandable.
Mike Amidzich figures that he made more than 10,700 people happy when he reopened Pizza Man, the iconic Milwaukee restaurant that burned to the ground in early 2010.
“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.”
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.