Leslie Gore, who topped the 1960s charts with 'It's My Party,' dies at 68

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 16 February 2015 17:46

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, “It’s My Party,” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” died today in New York of lung cancer. She was 68.

‘Bubbler’ brings hands-on art-making experiences to Madison Public Library

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 15:11

Artist-in-residence and “head bubblerarian” Craig Grabhorn.
— Photo: MPL

Thanks to a $457,627 grant, Madison Public Library now houses a program that fosters creativity in visitors of all ages through hands-on art, design and technology workshops.

MOWA sends Lois Bielefeld on a European adventure

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 05:14

Artist Lois Bielefeld. — Photo: Courtesy

Milwaukee native Lois Bielefeld has always been interested in portraits. Ever since she took up photography as a MIAD student and moved to New York to pursue it as a career, her artistic works have been what she calls “conceptual portraits” — works assembled in a series, centered around the habits and traits all people share.

‘Inspiring Beauty’ a powerful tribute to Ebony Fashion Fair

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:01

From Inspiring Beauty. — PHOTO: MAM

A plaid suit in red, yellow and purple sequins, worn over a black turtleneck and capped by a dapper, thin-brimmed fedora — from the hands of designer Guy Laroche, it is extraordinary. A voluminous silver silk and raffia gown, its tight diagonal texture softened by a spray of fringe cascading from the high neck, is the creation of Alexander McQueen. 

'The Amish Project' is a brilliant meditation on radical kindness

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Monday, 16 February 2015 13:13

Deborah Staples in 'The Amish Project.' -PHOTO: Michael Brosilow

In 2006, a delusional gunman entered a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home of an Old Order Amish community, with the intention of acting out his obsessive fantasy of molesting Amish girls. Although thwarted by the unexpected arrival of police, he shot 10 girls, ages 6 to 13, execution-style before killing himself. Five of the girls died.

Joshua Radin’s musical journey travels ‘Onward’

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 12:18

Joshua Radin. — Photo: Shore Fire Media

Most singer-songwriters start early, taking up instruments in their teens or early 20s and using them and their voices in tandem to forge their path in the music business.

The Sets List, Feb. 12, 2015

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 22:31

Overby pursues ‘Higher Ground’ of world music

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:43

Jonathan Overby hosts Higher Ground.
— Photo: WPR

It’s not unusual this time of year for Wisconsin residents to escape the state’s wintry weather for the Caribbean’s sunny climate. Milwaukee native Jonathan Overby is no different, but the ethnomusicologist is traveling with a purpose greater than mere tourism.

Fifty shades of disappointed

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP film writer
Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:28

Curious? The posters for Fifty Shades of Grey coyly ask.

Opera’s Kurt Ollmann returns for a Milwaukee cabaret

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 February 2015 11:07

Lyric baritone Kurt Ollmann. — Photo: Courtesy Wilson center

Singing the role of Riff in Leonard Bernstein’s “operatic” 1984 recording of iconic musical West Side Story is a highlight that pretty well sums up lyric baritone Kurt Ollmann’s career: a balance of musical theater and opera performances that adds up to quite the impressive legacy.

Music reviews: Dylan, Krall, Hozier, Ezra

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:23

Bob Dylan : ‘Shadows In the Night’: Casual listeners may see Bob Dylan recording an album of Sinatra songs as a shock. 

The art of tasting artisan chocolates

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:32

Madison Chocolate Co.'s chocolates.
— Photo: Megan Hile

Sweets for the sweet is a time-honored Valentine’s Day tradition, and no sweet is more beloved than chocolate. And when you’re buying for Feb. 14, there’s all the more incentive to buy the best.