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Arab World Fest returns to Milwaukee’s lakefront

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:16

It’s been four years missing, and Milwaukee’s Arab World Fest is finally ready to make its triumphant return to the Summerfest grounds Aug. 8–10 with a cultural event festival that president Ihsan Atta says celebrates familial unity.

Summer Set Festival brings EDM north of the border

Written by Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:04

Bassnectar headlines the Summer Set Festival. — Photo: Amorphous Music

Only in its third year, Wisconsin’s Summer Set Music and Camping Festival has quickly become a top destination on the summer music scene. Spread across three days — Aug. 15–17 — the festival features music from the electronic and jam band genres.

Learning to dance like James Brown

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:20

Photo: D. Stevens/Universal Pictures Chadwick Boseman, as James Brown in the new film Get on Up, a biopic based on the life of the Godfather of Soul.

Choreographer Aakomon “AJ” Jones was given 30 days to teach actor Chadwick Boseman to dance like the inimitable James Brown. The task would have been less challenging if Boseman had ever danced professionally.

Tomayto, tomahto: Either way it’s a nutritious summer treat

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:08

Let’s make one thing clear. A tomato, despite its uses, is botanically a fruit — specifically an ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant.

Rest of the fests

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:10

Wisconsin is famous for its colorful array of summer festivals. Although, regrettably, the summer sun is waning, a surprisingly large number of interesting festivals are still to come in the next month.

Through a reflective lens: ‘Postcards from America’

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:00

MAM’s Postcards from America series includes the work of Susan Meiselas. — Photo: Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

Postcards from America, on view through Oct. 19 at the Milwaukee Art Museum, uses the idea of a postcard like a diving platform. The artists make the concept a jumping-off point for plunging into pools of local culture. Each diver makes a splash and interprets the idea in an individual style. There’s no imagining the postcard as a cutesy, trite image or the reduction of a place into a static symbol here — those stereotypes are firmly quashed by the varied interests of the exhibition’s 11 photographers. 

Robin Hood, through the eyes of Marian’s ‘Lady in Waiting’

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:13

Liz Shipe (seen here as Maid Marian) wrote A Lady in Waiting. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Whether portrayed by a swashbuckling Errol Flynn or a conflicted Kevin Costner, Robin Hood has always been interpreted more as myth than man. Theater RED, a relatively new Milwaukee theater company, reverses the equation. In its latest world premiere, A Lady in Waiting, the troupe adopts a female point of view that presents the legendary male outlaw on a human scale.

WiGWords: Isherwood reissued

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:04

Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man.

“Waking up begins with saying am and now.” This is the first line of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, a novel that, when it first appeared in 1964, shocked many with its frank, sympathetic and moving portrayal of a gay man. 

Couture meets countertop at AIDS fundraiser

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:07

Photos: Courtesy

A charity fashion show that combines high-end couture and high-end plumbing fixtures is bound to attract attention. When the beneficiary supports people living with HIV/AIDS, then it’s attention worth drawing.

New building planned for UW-Madison music school

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:30

The current Mosse Humanities Building. - PHOTO: Courtesy

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new School of Music is finally scheduled to break ground in 2015.

7 sassy chardonnays to brighten your summer

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:11

The adaptable chardonnay grape has flourished in cooler as well as warmer places.

We all know that summer and chilled white wines go together. And few whites are more reliable than chardonnay, one of the country’s top white choices.

WIGWIRED: Out and Active

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:42

Train for more than a game with the free Mountain Athletics app.

Extreme Selfie. The prestigious Tillywig Award for “best toy” has gone to Lexibook’s Wi-Fi Move Cam, a sports camera made for action and adventure — pedaling down a mountain bike trail, hiking around the bend, snorkeling on the lake’s bottom and swimming out to the float.