Chilling 'Godzilla' reboot upholds legacy

Written by Jessica Herndon,
AP Film writer
Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:06

No one can blame Gareth Edwards for admittedly feeling nervous when asked to helm a remake of the biggest monster movie of all time. Sure, the only other film he had directed happened to be 2010’s Monsters. But this time, it was Godzilla.

Amy Ray’s latest release is pure country, and it’s been a long time a-comin’

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:36

Amy Ray. – Photo: Ryan Russell

Indigo Girl Amy Ray’s fifth solo studio album Goodnight Tender is a country record through and through. The traditional sounds on Goodnight Tender have a history of surfacing on the Georgia native’s recordings, both her solos and those she’s made with fellow Indigo Girl Emily Saliers.

Macy Gray talks about her Grammy, her movie roles and her upcoming performance at PrideFest

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:25

Macy Gray. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Singer/songwriter and actress Macy Gray hit it big with her infectious hit single “I Try,” earning a Grammy Award for the track in 2000. Since then she’s released six more studio albums, including two in 2012 (Covered and Talking Book). 

Wines to flatter your grilled food

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:58

Red, white and grilled. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Does anything say summer dining more than grilled burgers and cold beer, with maybe a little potato salad on the side?

Let’s skip the drama and build the MAM addition

Written by Tom Strini,
Special to WiG
Friday, 16 May 2014 09:16

Jim Shields’ current design. Photo: Public

The Milwaukee Art Museum brass and architect Jim Shields have resolved their differences, and Shields is back as lead architect on the museum’s renovation/addition plans. On May 6, the museum released Shields’ revised plan, which would extend the 1975 Kahler annex eastward toward Lake Michigan.

‘Hair’ is just as groovy and socially relevant as it was in ‘67

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:43

Skylight Music Theatre is staging Hair. -Photo: Mark Frohna

In 1967, the Broadway musical world was rocked like never before by Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Nothing like it had been tried before, and it spawned an entirely new direction in musical theater.

Unrehearsed MKE brings musicians together for inspired improv

Written by Brandon Miller,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:22

On stagE Unrehearsed MKE happens every first Sunday of the month at the Jazz Estate starting at 7:30. The next program will be held on June 1. $2 cover.

Band members generally spend a great deal of time preparing for performances — warming up, reviewing play sets, polishing difficult stretches, honing introductions.

'The Immigrant' a somber masterpiece

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP writer
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:23

Floating in past a misty Statue of Liberty, James Gray's "The Immigrant" somberly gathers its majesty as a metaphor-rich story of passage and survival. It's an old tale told with rare precision, channeling grand themes into an intimate melodrama.

Ellis Island, a portal of hope and new beginning for films from Elia Kazan's "America, America" to Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part II," is here a more complicated rebirth.

Summer cinema sans superheroes

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:12

Keira Knightley and Adam Levin in Begin Again. – Photo: Courtesy

More exotic creatures thrive in the shadows of summer blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most anticipated indie films due this summer, nary a caped superhero or city-crushing monster among them.

Folk artist captured 19th-century Wisconsin rural life

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:31

Farmscape by Paul Seifert. - Photo: Courtesy

The color palette is bright or muted, depending on the type of paper used. The perspective isn’t always accurate. The bird’s-eye landscape views are better imagined than observed.

WigOUT entertainment roundup: Black Keys, Rep, Trout Museum, GB orchestra

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:06

Milwaukee will be one of five cities to receive an advance screening of HBO Films’ original movie The Normal Heart, based on the Tony Award-winning play by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis. Directed by Ryan Murphy of Glee andNip/Tuck fame, the movie features Kenosha native Mark Ruffalo, along with Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts. HBO is partnering for the screening with Milwaukee Film, which previously presented the North American premiere ofMea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God during the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival. The screening is at the Landmark Oriental Theater at 7 p.m. on May 21, and tickets are available to Milwaukee Film members and invited supporters. The Normal Heart debuts on HBO on May 25.

James Beard Foundation's cookbook of the year features old-English recipes

Written by J.M. Hirsch,
AP writer
Monday, 12 May 2014 12:38

Anyone with a hankering for hash of snails or powdered duck or a host of other centuries-old British cookery should be plenty pleased with this year's James Beard Foundation cookbook of the year.

But for the rest of us — by which I mean, virtually every last one of us — the selection of Heston Blumenthal's "Historic Heston," a $200, 431-page epic exploration of mostly antiquated recipes, will be a head-scratcher. It's one of those books so fabulously out of touch with any cook who doesn't have an army of sous chefs at his side, one has to ask for whom this book was written.