Overnight sensation Steve Grand to play PrideFest

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 16:08

I first spoke with gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand in July 2013, when he burst on the scene with his YouTube video “All-American Boy.” The song, a sweet, catchy, country-influenced number, quickly logged more than 1.5 million views. Grand, who has the body and looks of a Men’s Fitness cover model, sang the heck out of it.

Famed harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performs C.P.E. Bach in Milwaukee on May 10

Written by By Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 15:19

Jory Vinikour at his harpsichord.

It may not have been love at first sound, but Jory Vinikour admits he was attracted to the harpsichord from the first moment he heard it played.

Beer here!
A guide to Wisconsin's craft-brewing festivals

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 13:09

Russ Klisch, co-owner of Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery, the state's second largest craft-brewing company. -PHOTO: Courtesy

With Milwaukee Beer Week (isn’t that every week?) winding to a close on May 3 and Madison Craft Beer Week firing up on May 2, one thing is perfectly clear: Beer season is upon us.

‘Chicago’ burns with talent

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:24

When Kander & Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical Chicago finally hit the big screen in 2002 after a few failed attempts (including proposed versions rumored to star Liza Minnelli and Goldie Hawn), it was a massive success. The winner of six Oscars, including best picture, Chicago seemed to signal the return of the big-screen movie musical. 

Neon Trees are more pop than psychology

Written by By Bill Lamb. Contributing writer Friday, 02 May 2014 15:57

Neon Trees appears appears in Madison at Wisconsin’s Majestic Theatre on June 24, then hits the Summerfest stage in Milwaukee on June 26.. Lead singer Tyler Glenn recently came out as gay. -PHOTO: Ryan Russell

On their just released new album Pop Psychology, Utah’s Neon Trees explore angst in relationships from a number of points of view, ranging from teenage lust to friends. Rarely has it all sounded so catchy and fun.

Theatre Gigante retells ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Written by By Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 15:12

Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson, of Theatre Gigante, have taken the Shakespearean classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream and turned it completely upside down to see what shakes out of it. Milwaukee audiences can see too, when the artistic duo’s new adaptation opens May 9.

‘Four’ lacks authenticity

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:35

Four, the full-length feature film debut by writer/director Joshua Sanchez, is an adaptation of award-winning gay playwright Christopher Shinn’s first play. An intimate portrait of four characters’ lives intersecting on the fourth of July, the film features solid performances, but the film as a whole comes off as self-conscious.

Operatic super power returns to Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:06

There’s only one superhero-slash-opera singer out there, and her origin story is set in Milwaukee. 

Against Me! brings ‘Transgender Dysphoria’ live to Milwaukee

Written by By Bill Lamb,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 15:46

Against Me! -PHOTO: Andrew Zaeh

After a childhood of dealing with gender dysphoria, Laura Jane Grace grew up to be the leader of a successful punk band. That band — Against Me! — appears live in Milwaukee at The Rave on May 14.

Tours, museum recreate Derby Day excitement

Written by By Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 13:50

Although you might not be able to attend the Kentucky Derby this year, you can experience Churchill Downs excitement year-round. Within its gates there’s a fascinating museum that’s certain to awe racing enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. 

Straight and gay, uncensored

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 12:31

Butch Cordora, host of the gay Philadelphia TV talk show In Bed With Butch, is the main subject of the 2010 documentary Straight and Butch. The program airs on Here TV beginning May 30 and continuing through June, which is Gay Pride Month.

Neil Patrick Harris crushes it in new production of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Written by Mark Kennedy,
AP writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:41

Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig. -PHOTO: Courtesy

It’s obvious from the first moments of the new Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch that star Neil Patrick Harris is doing something special. And it’s not just trying on a new role.