“Everyone has to do their own bit. Not sit back and wait for other people to do it. Get up off your ass and do it yourself, you’re an artist for f**k’s sake. Get creative.”
So says Clive Promhows, owner of Milwaukee’s Live Artists Studio, one of several galleries in the city’s artist community. It’s advice that illuminates the energy of that community, unified by tenacity and passion.
Even standing at the back of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the viewer can’t help but be drawn to “The Homestead,” an oil painting by Wisconsin regional artist Lois Ireland. The work lacks the inner luminescence of Ireland’s other works, but the clarity of the objects against the pallid landscape draws the eye for that exact reason.
If you love the Beatles as much as Motown but your musical skills run more to jazz, you might be in Lake Street Dive. This quartet has been performing together off and on for more than a decade, but it’s only in the last few years that they’ve prioritized this work over their other bands. It’s paying off: They’ve learned to put together a heck of a live show, backed by enviably groovy tunes. The Congress, another rock and roll act known for strong live shows, will open.
Yorgos Lanthimos has people in Cannes imagining themselves as animals.
The Greek director has set the Croisette abuzz with his film "The Lobster," which puts Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in a couples-dominated world where single people are given 45 days to find a mate, or be turned into the animal of their choice. Farrell's sad-sack central character chooses a lobster, in part because the crustaceans mate for life.
Celebrated folk-pop duo The Weepies, composed of married couple Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, will kick off their latest concert tour May 29 at Madison’s historic Majestic Theatre. It’s a tour in support of "Sirens," their first new full-length studio album in five years. And it’s been a hectic five years.
Madison’s Broom Street Theater is celebrating the end of its 45th season with an original musical by two veteran Madison artists taking their first few steps into theater.
Summer time is salad time. When it's hot out and the garden is bountiful, everyone's in the mood for a light and refreshing entree salad.
And what could be easier? You just toss together a bunch of lettuce with some cooked protein, add an excellent dressing, and boom! You're done. Or not. Turns out that if you pay a little more attention to the components of the salad, you won't need to rely quite so much on the dressing to provide all the flavor. In fact, it's easy to make something wonderful.
One of Wisconsin’s oldest arts education programs, the Rhinelander School of the Arts, soon will begin its 52nd year. The July 17-19 weekend will feature workshops in visual, culinary, writing and performing arts.
Brandon Flowers is best known as lead vocalist for The Killers, but he’s gone solo before, on 2010’s "Flamingo." For his second effort, he enlisted producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who worked with Vampire Weekend on "Modern Vampires of the City." "The Desired Effect" is an album of big pop-rock anthems about questions of morality and ambition.
For an entire season, Skylight Music Theatre has been building a strong foundation of fairy tales, where Cinderellas and Dorothys can set out on an adventure with pure hearts and return having unequivocally vanquished the evil in their midst.
Major works by Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein brought in over $88 million at a Sotheby's auction of contemporary art.
Rothko's "Untitled (Yellow and Blue)'' sold for $46.4 million. The 8-foot-tall abstract painting of large yellow and blue planes hung at the National Gallery in Washington for 10 years while it was owned by the late Rachel "Bunny'' Mellon. She acquired it directly from Rothko's estate shortly after his death in 1970.