Art at a bug’s eye view

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Friday, 30 January 2015 02:55

Bugs are worldly critters in Jennifer Angus’ Tell Me A Story.
Photo: Kat Murrell

We are all just creatures here — you, me, and the art in Tell Me A Story at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. 

‘Once On This Island’s’ story pits love vs. death

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:45

Kanova Johnson in Skylight’s Once on this Island.
— Photo: Mark Frohna

Former artistic director Bill Theisen is back at the Skylight, and boy, does he have a story to tell.

Fox series ‘Empire’ challenges homophobia in the black community

Written by David Bauder,
AP Television writer
Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:40

Terrence Howard stars as the patriarch of a music empire in Fox’s ‘Empire,’ created by out gay director Lee Daniels, who’s best known for his films “Precious” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” -PHOTO: Courtesy

The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap Empire said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Are you reading what Mark Zuckerberg's reading? Pinker's 'The Better Angels'

AP National Writer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:20

Mark Zuckerberg has made his next book club pick, a release he considers especially timely after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Facebook CEO announced earlier this week he would take on Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” a widely discussed and occasionally criticized 2011 book that contends violence has decreased in modern times and the world has become more humane. Zuckerberg posted the news on his Facebook page and on a community page he set up for his club, A Year of Books.

Madison Opera’s John DeMain: ‘Sweeney Todd’ cuts to the quick

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:38

Madison Opera conductor John DeMain. — Photo: Prasad Photography

When Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opened on Broadway in 1979, its murderous themes caught the attention of audiences and critics alike and helped them sharpen their appreciation for less cheery musicals. 

Salvatore’s brings tomato pies to Madison

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:30

One of Salvatore's Pies. — PHOTO: Danielle Chaviano

A young Bob Dylan, passing through Madison in the late 1960s, is rumored to have said that the best things about Wisconsin’s capital city were its pizza and its Quaaludes.

'Good People'? More like 'Great People'

Written by Matthew Reddin,
staff writer
Saturday, 24 January 2015 10:55

The Rep's Good People is at the Quadracci Powerhouse.
— Photo: Michael Brosilow

There’s a funny contrast at the heart of Good People. Its heroine is Margie, a South Boston mother working paycheck to paycheck who runs out of paychecks. She earns our sympathy almost immediately, with a can-do spirit and relentless drive. But most of us in the audience aren’t Margies.

Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Eva Longoria projects part of NBC’s slate

Written by The AP Monday, 19 January 2015 11:22

Stevie Wonder is on board for an NBC miniseries set against the 19th-century Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find freedom.

Wonder, who will serve as executive producer for the project, also may be involved in a musical adaptation of the miniseries that is aimed at Broadway, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said.

Art Gaze, January 29, 2015

Written by Kat Murrell
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:59

‘In the Realm of Innocents: An Exhibition of Mysticism and Lore’ 

Walkers Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. Fifth St.

New documentary a powerful portrait of Nina Simone

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 26 January 2015 09:43

Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again — still enigmatic but more easily understood — in the new documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

A classically trained pianist, accidental singer, passionate activist and often-lost soul, Nina Simone's many facets are illuminated in the film by director Liz Garbus, whose first film played at Sundance 16 years ago.

Tender trend
As prices drop, home cooks get immersed in sous vide cooking

Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:32

Call it the tender trend. Sous vide cooking, once strictly the province of professionals, is spreading to home kitchens as cheaper equipment puts the once avant-garde technique within reach.

Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, is a so-called modernist method of cooking in which food is sealed in plastic bags (often vacuum sealed, though that’s not mandatory) and submerged in hot (but not boiling) water for long, slow cooking. The result is juicer food because no moisture is lost and cooking temperatures can be maintained within tenths of a degree.

Death Blues re-meditates on mortality at Alverno

Written by Julie Steinbach,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 17 January 2015 13:12

Percussionist Jon Mueller. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Jon Mueller and William Ryan Fritch used to be complete strangers.