Jada Pinkett Smith is the 'lioness' who tames the men of 'Magic Mike XXL'

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP Film writer
Saturday, 27 June 2015 08:53

When Jada Pinkett Smith got the call from her agent about the Magic Mike sequel script, there was something she needed to know: Her part as Rome, the owner of a male strip club, was written for a man.

The delicious love child of potato salad and deviled eggs

Written by Alison Ladman,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:56

This recipe is what would happen if your favorite deviled eggs hooked up with a sinfully delicious potato salad. Rich, creamy, tangy, eggy and starchy, this is everything you want in a July Fourth side salad.

Ciders give America’s favorite fruits a chance to sparkle

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:45

If you hail from the Midwest, fresh-pressed apple cider makes you think of autumn — the season where a bountiful harvest results in something a little out of the ordinary that puts one of America’s favorite fruits in a glass. 

‘Fairy Queen Fantasy’ enchants via song and dance

Written by Maddy Hughes,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:20

Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Danceworks Performance Company know the magical possibilities that come from artistic collaboration. They will prove it in their upcoming show: Fairy Queen Fantasy, a romp through Milwaukee’s Lynden Sculpture Garden built around 17th century composer Henry Purcell’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

Hepburn’s son recalls mom’s life — and kitchen — in new book

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP writer
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:07

Think of Audrey Hepburn, and your mind will likely conjure up an extraordinarily elegant woman in a boat-necked black dress, huge sunglasses, gloves to the elbow, and a chic updo.

It’s doubtful you’ll picture a woman in jeans and T-shirt settling down in front of the TV with a plate of penne and — gasp! — ketchup.

America’s favorite snack bursting with options

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:54

It can be light and fluffy, or crisp and nutty. Cover it with butter and salt or liberally dose it with caramel, cheese or other popular seasonings. Nothing delivers flavor with a crunch quite like popcorn.

Our progressive, alternative guide to Summerfest

Written by Compiled by
Maddy Hughes,
Bill Lamb
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:35

When they call Summerfest “the Big Gig,” boy, do they mean it. The 11-day event is the world’s largest music festival, bringing in more than 800 acts from across the globe.

American Players’ Jim DeVita reconquers ‘An Iliad’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:16

What is a teacher if not a storyteller? And what is an actor if not the embodiment of that story? 

Let others worry about the burgers. You focus on the sangria

Written by J.M. Hirsch,
AP food writer
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:15

Want to be the hero of your July Fourth gathering? Leave the burgers and dogs to somebody else. Ditto for the potato and pasta salads. What you want to bring is the sangria. Because it’s hard to go wrong at an outdoor summer party when you’re the one toting the pitcher cocktail.

Still, I’m not a big believer in working hard for my cocktail. So this recipe is a breeze to assemble. Just dump and stir in the morning, then let it chill for a few hours before serving. Whatever you do, don’t add ice until it’s in the glass, and even then keep it to one or two cubes at most. Nobody wants a watered down cocktail.

A date-pistachio treat perfect for breaking a Ramadan fast

Written by Aarti Sequeira,
Associated Press
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:51

I still remember the anticipation of watching the sun sink closer and closer to the horizon. It was Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. My childhood hometown of Dubai held its breath as the fiery ball dipped lower, lower and then finally into oblivion.

Music reviews: Adam Lambert, James Taylor, more

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:29

Adam Lambert. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Adam Lambert :: ‘The Original High’

Summer Art Starts

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:06

Along with the simultaneous opening of these exhibitions at the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Lakefront Festival of Art is taking place June 19-21 on the MAM grounds. This annual event was established in 1963 and this year’s roster of 170 artists promises for a rich array of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, wearable art and much more.