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  • Wisconsin uncorks Beaujolais Nouveau season

    Mark your calendars and ready your palates. At one minute past midnight on Nov. 15, the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau will begin making its way to thirsty wine lovers around the world. The third Thursday of each November is set aside for the ceremonial release...
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  • The great pumpkin ales are out, get the spirits

    It might not feel like fall yet, but now is the time to fill your jack-o’-lantern with ice and brews. The popularity of pumpkin beer is increasing, as witnessed in both selection and consumption. The Wall Street Journal Market Watch predicts the season...
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  • Everything’s coming up roses for local grower

    When Milwaukee native William Radler was a boy in the late 1940s, he was expected to be seen and not heard. That gave the youngster little to do when visiting grandparents other than page through their rose catalogues, marvel at the colorful photos and ho...
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  • Buckingham still compelling

    Lindsey Buckingham, the former partner (both romantic and creative) of Stevie Nicks, did something significant for the British blues band Fleetwood Mac when he and Nicks joined the group in the mid-1970s. He made them popular. By bringing his unique pop f...
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  • Regional hospitals score mixed results on Health Equality Index

    Two Wisconsin hospitals participated in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Health Equality Index survey, but both have a way to go before achieving the organization’s status of “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.” The survey is in its third year. ...
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  • Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is as monumental as it gets

    The task of encapsulating the essence of Abraham Lincoln in a single film took Steven Spielberg roughly three times as long as it took the 16th president to win the Civil War, abolish slavery and put the country on the course to recovery. Creating such a...
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  • Braise offers new way of looking at dining

    When Milwaukee’s Braise was named one of America’s 50 best new restaurants in the September issue of “Bon Appetit,” it came as little surprise to those familiar with the Walkers Point eatery. The magazine’s brief mention of its only Wisconsin en...
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  • Ryan Gosling’s leading-man roles question masculine stereotypes

    What’s Ryan Gosling’s secret to his on-screen poise, his ability to disarm and provoke merely by his laconic presence? “Just try not to blink,” he says with a self-deprecating smile. ...
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  • Disney takes viewers on a return trip to Oz

    Returning to the mystical land of “The Wizard of Oz” took more than 70 years and several hundred millions dollars. Disney released its highly anticipated prequel to the 1939 movie classic on March 8. Directed by Sam Raimi, “Oz the Great and Powerfu...
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  • Wisconsin’s PFLAG chapters thrive amid adversity

    The Madison chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays was told that its members could march in a May 14 parade in Stoughton – but only if they removed the words “lesbian” and “gay” from their banner. Karen Baker, PFLAG Madis...
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  • Aimee Mann brings her unique charm to Milwaukee

    We met Aimee Mann, crowned with spiky, bleached blond hair and braided tail, belting “hush, hush, voices carry” in the video for the song “Voices Carry” by the Boston band ’Til Tuesday. Mann’s charismatic performance and songwriting skills wer...
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  • ‘Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender’

    Rhys Thomas’ doc “Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender” captures the essence of the late Queen front man and music legend Freddie Mercury. An honorable portrait of a talented man who died too soon, the film is packed with a vast array of footage, ra...
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  • Shorewood resident Miranda Levy a standout on TV’s ‘Project Runway’

    Miranda Levy, a self-taught Milwaukee-based fashion designer, has wowed audiences at local fashion events, including shows at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Pritzlaff Building, Flying Car MKE and numerous gala and charity events. She’s held positions as ...
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  • GOP blasts Thompson as too liberal

    Former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson filed papers on Sept. 19 that allow him to begin fundraising for a U.S. Senate bid in 2012. Thompson, along with a growing list of Republicans, is eyeing the seat being vacated by longtime Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. The onl...
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  • 'Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston’

    If you can overlook writer/director Whitney Sudler-Smith’s unnecessary and self-indulgent intrusiveness, his doc “Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston” is informative, enjoyable and respectful of its topic. Smith’s search includes marvelous period fil...
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  • 'Cabaret' is still powerful, relevant

    The Oscar-winning film “Cabaret” is finally out on Blu-ray. A multitude of memorable lines and songs from “Cabaret” have left their mark on gay culture. The film is based on the book “Goodbye to Berlin” by gay writer Christopher Isherwood (...
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  • Pastor had sex with teens to cure their homosexuality

    A former youth pastor in Council Bluffs, Iowa, says he had sex with teenage boys because it was his pastoral duty “to help (the teen) with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with him.” But law enforcement has a different view of ...
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  • James Franco to receive ally award at Miami LGBT film fest

    The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will honor actor-author-director James Franco with an ally award on April 27 at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami. The festival runs April 26-May 5. ...
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  • 'Pitch Perfect' is a bit off key

    The comedy “Pitch Perfect” is ideally suited for anyone who was disappointed by “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” and longs for more a cappella. Based on the book by gay writer Mickey Rapkin, “Pitch Perfect” follows Beca (Anna Kendrick, who’s an ...
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  • Hail to the chef
    An Obama-Romney cookoff

    President Barack Obama and contender Mitt Romney are going hammer and tongs in their race for chief executive of the United States. The heat, as they say, is on. As food writers we felt it also was time to turn up the temperature in the First Kitchen. It...
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