entertainment

Review: Lovely visuals, smart writing in ‘Dragon’

Written by JOCELYN NOVECK,
AP National Writer
Monday, 16 June 2014 09:48

You thought it was tricky to train a dragon?

It’s even trickier to take a much-admired animated film and make a sequel that feels satisfying and worthwhile. And it’s harder still to balance the competing needs of stretching the story in new directions but retaining the guiding spirit of the original enough to make fans happy.

The Manhattan Transfer looks back at 45 years of four-part magic

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:28

The Manhattan Transfer

By all accounts, Tim Hauser is a lucky man, and luck has helped propel The Manhattan Transfer, the group he founded in 1969, on an impressive career trajectory as the country’s best-known jazz vocal group.

The Guilty Wanted graduates to headliner status at this year’s Summerfest

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:46

Five years ago, singer and guitar player Rebecca Hoffman was helping run her family’s pig farm in Friesland, Wisconsin. She hailed from a musical family and played music for most of her life, but she had never explored performing as part of a band. 

New ways of seeing art through Milwaukee's current exhibitions

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:24
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“Yellow-Red-Blue” by Wassily Kandinsky, 1925. Oil on canvas. 

This week’s Art Gaze selections prompt new ways of seeing through an extraordinary array of paintings, prints and photographs, and whimsical sculptural installations.

Hep girls who can hit still face discrimination

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:59

Kim Thompson, the drummer for Fred Armisen’s band, which plays on TV’s Late Night With Seth Meyers. - Photo: Zildjian.com

More than 70 years ago, woman drummer Viola Smith rattled the music establishment when she wrote an editorial for the jazz magazine Down Beat declaring that “hep girls” could hold their own in any jam session. The piece, title “Give Girl Musicians a Break!,” expressed the frustration that she faced as a woman playing instruments that society believed women were not capable of playing as well as men.

Ivy Spokes to headline Summerfest’s KNE New Music Stage on opening night

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:58

-Photo: Yvonne Lopez

Milwaukee band Ivy Spokes first came together in 2011 and released a debut EP titled Chaos to Cosmos. The band describes its sound as dance rock, but that doesn’t fully honor the wide range of sounds that are woven into an Ivy Spokes show.

Interesting current art exhibits in Madison

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:38
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Don Baum, “The Apparition,” 1988. Canvas board and wood.. -Photo: MMOCA

Summer weather usually means a seasonal slowdown for indoor activities, but the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art continues to offer new exhibits, even as it gears up for Art Fair on the Square July 12–13.

Wanna whole gelato love?

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:16
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The display case of gelato flavors was overwhelming in its variety and volume. But it still wasn’t sufficient to prepare me for my first taste at the La Coppa Artisan Gelato stand in the food court at Madison’s West Towne Mall.

Hudson plans to ‘Jenniferize’ Chicago Pride Festival audience

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:42

Jennifer Hudson’s story is the stuff of legends. The Chicago native’s meteoric rise from American Idol competitor to Oscar-winning actress is a once-in-a-generation story. We knew she could sing, but when she stole the movieDreamgirls from Beyoncé, she entered the stratosphere. Personal tragedies (the murder of family members) and triumphs (remarkable weight loss) followed. Hudson has persevered through whatever life has thrown her way and continued to turn out memorable work and performances. Her third album Driven, soon to be released, is expected to show yet another side of the star.

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society is creative explosion

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:51
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-Photo: Dick Ainsworth

Anyone who thinks chamber music is stately, stodgy and, in some cases, somnolent has never seen the seasonal performances offered by Madison’s Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. 

Madison's State Street to get new work of public art

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:31

Madison's Library Mall

The campus end of Madison’s State Street looks like the scene of an explosion right now, due to roadwork. But by the time autumn leaves fall, it will feature a new sculptural work of public art.

Drink the rainbow: Colorful cocktails

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 13:07
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Time to get your Pride on! To help you celebrate Pride Month, we’ve researched a number of rainbow cocktails suitable for June — or all summer long. These quenchers have been designed to refresh — and their bright color bars will remind you and your guests of all that we have to celebrate.