‘Vaginal Knitting’ raises a number of feminist issues

Written by By Brandon Miller ,
Contributing writer
Friday, 21 February 2014 10:09

KNIT YOUR REVOLT: “Craftivist” Casey Jenkins is the founder and director of femiNEST and the radical craft group Craft Cartel, which aims to subvert and honor art techniques often dismissed as women’s crafts. -PHOTO: YouTube

Melbourne-based feminist artist Casey Jenkins says she had no idea that a video clip showing her “vaginal knitting” performance art project would go viral, attracting more than 4 million viewers after it was featured on SBS, an Australian news publication. 

Pink Martini continues to surprise audiences

Written by By Matthew Reddin Contributing writer Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:00

Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes. -Photo: Holly Andres

With the name “Pink Martini,” a band has to be a little bit out of the box. And Pink Martini doesn’t disappoint. The self-proclaimed “little orchestra” is one of the most eclectic musical groups touring, dipping into classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop while at the same time drawing inspiration from the world music scene.

McConaughey’s red-carpet year

Written by Susan Griffi,
The Interview People
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:59

Matthew McCounaghey as Ron Woodruff in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

It might only be February, but it’s already shaping up to be Matthew McConaughey’s year. There’s been his scene-stealing cameo in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, as well as a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar nomination for his role as a homophobic AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. He’s the odds-on favorite to take home the gold.

MSO presents 'Valentine Romance' program

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 14 February 2014 13:50

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

“When you get booked for a Pops concert in the middle of February,” John Morris Russell says, “the theme seems a little obvious.”

Bette Midler will sing at Oscars for first time

Written by AP Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:05

 Better Midler will perform at the Academy Awards for the first time.

So many characters but only one actor make ‘Chesapeake’ a challenge

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:39

Matt Daniels in

Lee Blessing’s play Chesapeake presents a stable of colorful characters. The challenge to presenting them all? There’s only one actor.

Making Mardi Gras taste a little more like home

Associated Press writer
Thursday, 20 February 2014 08:39

The sad fact of the matter is, most of us won't make it to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But that's no reason to forsake some of the city's classic cuisine.

This year, honor Mardi Gras by making jambalaya at home. It's the perfect dish for out-of-towners; it's easy, it's weeknight- and kid-friendly, and it's extremely versatile. Because while there are several basic approaches to jambalaya — Creole and Cajun among them — there really are endless variations on this dish of rice, meat and seafood.

'It Gets Better' brings message of hope to Marcus Center

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:30

The cast on stage for

The simplest message often strikes the most profound chord and rings with the greatest truth. Out author and columnist Dan Savage came upon such a message in 2010 and found a way to spread the word that “it gets better” around the world.

How the von Trapps got together with Pink Martini

Written by By Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:42

The von Trapps, who are heard on Pink Martini’s latest album Dream a Little Dream, are joining the group on its current tour, which comes to Wisconsin in early March. -PHOTO: Chris Hornbecker

Where else but on a Pink Martini album such as Dream a Little Dream would you be able to hear Abba’s “Fernando” sung in the original Swedish? Not only that, it’s sung by the von Trapps (Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August), the great grandchildren of Maria and Georg. Yes, that Maria and Georg. 

Cate Blanchett strives to balance family and career

Written by Cezar Greif,
The Interview People
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:42

Cate Blanchett

On a late morning at a Paris luxury hotel, a production team with Turkish photographer Koray Birand had been busy since the break of dawn. But no one was complaining about the early wake-up time, mainly because of one thing — Cate Blanchett was about to arrive.

Pollstar: Top 20 concert tours in North America

Written by The AP Friday, 14 February 2014 15:13

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Dishcrawl returns to Milwaukee

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:39

Tired of the same old restaurants and dining companions? How would you like to visit four different restaurants in one night with as many as 30 new friends?