1st camping trip? It’s gotten easier

Written by Katherine Roth,
AP writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:34

Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, as well as anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.

Fear not. For those more accustomed to navigating highways than wooded trails, a wealth of online resources, a new generation of camping equipment and a national network of user-friendly campsites make reserving a place to pitch a tent easier than getting around highway construction closings.

Stephen King, Donna Tartt among those backing anti-Amazon letter

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:37

Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group.

The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff(at)amazon.com and “tell him what you think.” Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.

Big shakeup at 'The View' to bring new hosts, new direction

Written by The AP Sunday, 29 June 2014 19:47

The only remaining host on 'The View' is Whoopi Goldberg

Sherri Shepherd is leaving The View after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she’s right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters’ retirement from on-camera duties.

The other side of Summerfest: Interesting acts that might get lost beneath the headliners

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:49

Naima Adedapo. — Photo: Courtesy

As a Summerfest-goer since 1968, I have seen my share of legendary acts and a sizable slice of contemporary music history on Milwaukee’s lakefront. 

Screaming Tuna offers sustainable seafood

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:46

Sushi from Screaming Tuna. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Neither bluefin tuna, a sushi staple, nor the popular hamachi, a Japanese variety of amberjack, is on the menu at Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro, 106 W. Seeboth St., in Milwaukee. Their absence is part of the restaurant owners’ effort to keep the two species, which have been severely overfished, from extinction.

Review: 'Tammy' misses the funny bone

Written by The AP Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:35

Meet Tammy. Boy, is she a mess. Angry, profane and aggressive, then suddenly shy and sweet. Sometimes she's funny, sometimes totally not. She can't figure out what she wants to do or be, or where to go. She has loads of people around her, yet can't figure out what to do with them. This one's in desperate need of outside help.

And you thought we were talking about Tammy, the character — played by lovable Melissa McCarthy in her first venture as producer, star and co-writer with husband Ben Falcone. Well, sure. But really we're talking about "Tammy" the movie, about which all of the above descriptions are also true.

Eerie HBO drama 'The Leftovers' probes a post-rapture world

Written by Frazier Moore,
AP writer
Saturday, 28 June 2014 07:46

Justin Theroux in 'The Leftovers'

Not long ago, 2 per cent of the world’s population vanished. Quietly, instantly, with no provocation.

Watrous Gallery highlights local artists

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:32

The works of two more local artists will be highlighted beginning July 11 by the James Watrous Gallery, located inside Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.

Madison sculptor Graham Yaeger and Sun Prairie photographer Tyler Robbins will share the gallery’s display space through Aug. 24 with two one-man shows.

‘Magical Thinking’ is author Joan Didion’s study of grief

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:37

Sarah Day in APT’s production of The Year of Magical Thinking. The production continues in repertory at the Touchstone Theatre through Oct. 4. — Photo: APT

Anyone who has lost a spouse understands there is no bottom to the well of grief. At best, one can only hope to come to terms with the loss and manage the emotional wreckage.

Ho, ho, ho: Hallmark TV celebrates Christmas in July

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 03 July 2014 06:22

The Hallmark TV channels are beginning a week's worth of holiday programming on the Fourth of July - but think ornaments and egg nog instead of fireworks and hot dogs.

The stunt on the Hallmark and Hallmark Movie channels begins Friday afternoon and continues into the early morning hours of July 15. Mostly, it will be repeats of the holiday movies that Hallmark traditionally airs during the last two months of the year.

Labor Department celebrates great works in LGBT literature for Pride

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 27 June 2014 10:12

From George Chauncey’s “Gay New York” to Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” work-related LGBT literature and authors whose books focus on work are being highlighted for LGBT Pride Month as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Books that Shaped Work in America.

The Web-based project, http://www.dol.gov/books, aims to engage the public about the Labor Department’s mission and America’s history as a nation of workers as portrayed through published works. It serves as an online resource library where people from all walks of life can share books that informed them about occupations and careers, molded their views about work and helped elevate the discourse about work, workers and workplaces.

Ain’t no pour like the summertime brews

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:15