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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:16:01 CDT


"Pippin," "Hairspray" highlight Skylight Music Theatre's 2018-19 season

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:16:00 CDT

On Tuesday night, the Skylight Music Theatre announced its lineup of shows for the upcoming 2018-19 season, one the company calls a collection of "firsts," emphasizing beloved Broadway blockbusters making their maiden appearances on the Skylight stage.

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Obama portrait artist has Wisconsin connections, including a work at MAM

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:16:00 CDT

Brooklyn-based artist Kehinde Wiley unveiled his unconventional portrait of President Barack Obama a week ago and folks are still talking about it. Did you know the artist has some Wisconsin connections?

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Rep announces 2018-19 season

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:45:00 CDT

For the 2018-19 season just over 75 percent of the productions will be created by women and ethnically diverse voices, and more than 60 percent of the actors on stage will represent the ethnic diversity of the Milwaukee community.

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MPM's Maya exhibition draws on new scholarship to reveal hidden worlds

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee Public Museum just opened its latest traveling exhibition this week and it covers some familiar ground. "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" is the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. You can see it here until May.

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En pointe: Milwaukee Ballet announces season with 5 murals

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:05:00 CDT

In celebration of its approaching 50th, the Milwaukee Ballet announces the 2018-19 season with classic-and-contemporary selections and a creative collaboration with the ballet's neighbor, the Walker's Point Creative Collective.

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Northwestern Mutual's "Giving Gallery" show unites artists and nonprofits

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 09:02:00 CDT

On Feb. 15, Northwestern Mutual Foundation will open what it calls a "first-of-its-kind art exhibit" - free and open to the public - at the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, 808 E. Mason St. "Giving Gallery: Community in Process" brings together artists and area nonprofits.

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Venue on Water planned for former Riverview Antique's space

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:43:00 CDT

If all goes according to plan, Venue on Water will open in April as a space for corporate events and weddings with a capacity of around 300 people.

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Next Act's "Equivocation" leaves the audience with just words, words, words

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 18:46:00 CDT

Part history lesson, part story behind the story and part portrait of a tired dramatist, "Equivocation" is jam packed with ideas, conflicts and fractured relationships. But despite the efforts of a very talented cast, these elements don't coalesce.

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We welcome our silly alien overlords from Skylight's "Zombies from the Beyond"

Sun, 4 Feb 2018 09:56:00 CDT

Skylight Music Theatre is starting 2018 with the unmistakable sounds of a Theremin, in its big, silly, spot-on satire of 1950s space adventures, "Zombies from the Beyond," opening this weekend in the Third Ward.

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Eat, Play, Applaud: Game night with Safe House and "The Price is Right Live"

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:01:00 CDT

Someone up there likes me and heard my wish for a playful and lively evening, as this night out in the Brew City will be both literally and figurate filled with fun and games from start to finish thanks to Safe House and the Riverside Theater.

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Invasion! Skylight blasts to the past with "Zombies From the Beyond"

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:56:00 CDT

Aliens have landed in Milwaukee - and they do not come in peace. No, they come singing, dancing and zipping around in flying saucers in James Valcq's sci-fi musical spoof "Zombies From the Beyond," returning to town this weekend.

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PopSugar lists local writer as a female travel blogger of color to follow

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:30:00 CDT

PopSugar, a giant global media / technology company and lifestyle online publisher, produced a list of "13 Female Travel Bloggers of Color You Should Be Following in 2018" and Milwaukee's Sojourner White made the cut.

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Take a trip down "The Open Road" photography exhibition at MAM

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

A new photography exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum, "The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip," follows the route of the road trip through more than 100 works by about 20 photographers, including a number of Europeans who offer us an outsider's look at this phenomenon.

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Kevin Hart to bring his Irresponsible comedy tour to new Bucks arena

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:21:00 CDT

The new Bucks arena added another major name to its growing first-year lineup: comedian and movie star Kevin Hart, who will bring his "Irresponsible" comedy tour to the new arena on Thursday, Sept. 13.

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On your mark: Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon set for Saturday

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:17:00 CDT

During this annual event and fundraiser, hundreds of poets, writers and lovers of the arts - including OnMilwaukee writers - will perform a five-minute set, one after the other, for 15 hours. Spectators of all ages are welcome.

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Eat, Play, Applaud: Beat the winter blues with red-hot romance this weekend

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:16:00 CDT

The winter blues are officially here, but I'm not going to take them lying down this year. How do I choose to combat them? Putting a little more romance in my life, with the help of Third Coast Provisions and the Florentine Opera.

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The Rep's "Black Pearl Sings!" stays in tune, thanks to its soulful songs

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:01:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Rep's "Black Pearl Sings!" has a disjointed and repetitive storyline, but the show and its tuneful performances hit harmonious highs when it comes to the show's main event: the soulful, spirit-rich music.

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Comedian Dennis Miller returns to the Riverside Theater on May 19

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:36:00 CDT

Are you ready for some ranting? A Saturday night party? Because comedian, TV and radio personality and author Dennis Miller will return to the Riverside Theater on Saturday, May 19.

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Get to Renaissance's riveting "Russian Transport" as fast as you can

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:31:00 CDT

Like the traditional matrroshka doll, there are many, many nuanced layers to Renaissance's riveting drama "Russian Transport," focusing on the compromises each person makes in pursuit of success and the American dream.

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First Stage's "Edward Tulane" is a tale stuffed with soul

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:16:00 CDT

Far from standard treacly kids fare, First Stage's "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" is a soulful and courageous story about the power of giving and receiving love, even under the most difficult circumstances.

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The Rep's "Animal Farm" is bleak and brutal - exactly as it should be

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:56:00 CDT

"Animal Farm" is not subtle. Fittingly, the Milwaukee Rep's version of the classic George Orwell tale is stark, pointed and brutal - but it is also beautifully conceived and performed by a tight ensemble.

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Checking in with former theater critic and reporter Damien Jaques

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:03:00 CDT

Journal Sentinel / OnMilwaukee writer Damien Jaques retired five years ago, so we tracked him down to find out what he's been doing. Quite a bit, it turns out.

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"Hamilton" is officially coming to Milwaukee in 2019 ... or 2020

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:46:00 CDT

In mid-2017, Milwaukee musical enthusiasts learned "Hamilton" was coming; we just didn't know when. Today, the Marcus Center made another announcement with a tad more info.

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Criss Angel brings rare, raw illusion show to Riverside

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 19:02:00 CDT

Magician and illusionist Criss Angel performs 400 live shows a year in Las Vegas and so it's rare that his rigorous schedule allows him to break away for a tour. However, Angel is on the road for two weeks, taking "Criss Angel Raw - The Mindfreak Unplugged" to nine cities, including Milwaukee.

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Marcus Center's "Waitress" serves up an exceptional slice of sweet romance

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 18:56:00 CDT

"Sugar. Butter. Flour." Those are just a few of the key ingredients to the sweet touring production of the musical "Waitress," which opened at the Marcus Center Tuesday night.

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Follow the yellow brick road far away from the derivative "Wizard of Oz"

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:06:00 CDT

Will Oz fans be satisfied by the Miller High Life Theatre's production of "The Wizard of Oz"? Likely, but my advice would be to stay inside and watch the movie. After all, it's true what they say: There's no place like home.

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"The Wizard of Oz" heads over the rainbow and onto the stage this weekend

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:56:00 CDT

There's no place like home ... but the Miller High Life Theatre will come in a solid second place this weekend, as the classic story of Dorothy, Toto and some killer footwear moves from the big screen to the stage with a new rendition of "The Wizard of Oz."

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"It's a Wonderful Life: Live" puts a nostalgic spin on a holiday favorite

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 11:56:00 CDT

"It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre" takes on the personal journey of George Bailey, honoring what you love about the story while encouraging your imagination to take a starring role.

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The best of the 2017 Milwaukee theater season

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:56:00 CDT

As a devoted theater patron and unabashed fan of the medium, I'd like to recognize the following Milwaukee-area productions for providing extraordinary moments of artistry and storytelling over the past year.

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Eat, Play, Applaud: A nutty new tradition with AJ Bombers and "The Nutcracker"

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:01:00 CDT

Despite my intense love of the holiday season and all of the family customs that come with it, one Christmas tradition that never made it to our household? A live performance of "The Nutcracker." But first, peanuts at AJ Bombers.

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What happened to Richie's brother "Chuck" from "Happy Days?"

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Fans of the show "Happy Days" might remember the oldest brother, "Chuck," from the first season who went off to college and was never mentioned on the show again. We tracked down the actor, Gavan O'Herlihy, who played the part.

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In Tandem's "Scrooge in Rouge" puts a hilarious twist on a holiday tradition

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 13:16:00 CDT

In Tandem's "Scrooge in Rouge" really earns its laughs, thanks to fantastic performances by the entire cast - all three of them - and a script that puts a fun and funny spin on material that is certainly familiar to audiences this time of year.

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Greene's astonishing journals take us to Wisconsin at the dawn of the 1900s

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Even without the Milwaukee connections, "Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene 1906-1916," would be worthy of attention. Read on to find out why.

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Director's Notes: Karin Simonson Kopischke talks dressing icons, MKE vs. Chicago

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:29:00 CDT

Costumer designer Karin Simonson Kopischke makes a long-overdue return to the Milwaukee Rep with "Holmes and Watson." We chatted about finding joy in the work and the artistic communities of Milwaukee and Chicago. It's a small world.

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New space elevates local artist from depths of depression

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:59:00 CDT

Eight weeks ago, artist Clive Promhows was lying on his couch in his Walker's Point studio called Live Artists Studio thoroughly depressed and miserable and wondering where he was going and what he was doing. By this weekend, he was elated.

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MCT's "Miracle on South Division Street" is spirited but stale with stereotypes

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:46:00 CDT

It turns out the truth hidden in Chamber's "Miracle on South Division Street" is much more interesting than the fiction that has grown up around it - or the reactions of those affected by it.

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"School of Rock" is just as fun onstage as it is onscreen

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:01:00 CDT

Class is in session as Broadway's "School of Rock" makes the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts its temporary classroom. And trust me, the syllabus is something students of all ages will enjoy.

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Eat, Play Applaud: An tribute to dad at Merriment Social and "The Secret Mask"

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:56:00 CDT

There are few relationships in life as impactful as the relationship between a father and his children - and the combination of Merriment Social and Next Act's "The Secret Mask" pay perfect tribute to it.

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At the Skylight's "Annie," the timeless redhead shows no risk of going grey

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:56:00 CDT

There's something about that perky little redhead that audiences can't get enough of. And now "Annie" is onstage as Skylight Music Theatre's holiday offering, still serving up the heartwarming story of an 11-year-old girl made of pure moxy and optimism.

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Rep's new Sherlock Holmes story stumped by elementary exposition, dear Watson

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:01:00 CDT

In the Milwaukee Rep's "Holmes and Watson," one of literature's greatest sidekicks has a mystery to solve. Unfortunately the best direction, most gifted acting and exceptional scenery doesn't save it from being a terrible bore.

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Pfister Narrator reflects on the joy of the job

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:11:00 CDT

Earlier this year, Nicole Mattke was chosen as the 10th Pfister Narrator and almost halfway through the year she describes it as her "dream job."

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Meet Lexie Dorsett Sharp, the uptight principal in "School of Rock"

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:03:00 CDT

OnMilwaukee chatted with Lexie Dorsett Sharp earlier this week about the show, Joan Cusack, the importance of music education and why she could never play the part of "Annie." The live musical comes to the Marcus Center next week.

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Two killer performances make The Rep's "Murder for Two" a bloody good time

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:01:00 CDT

Something funny is afoot at the Stackner Cabaret. It's Milwaukee Rep's "Murder for Two," a farcical whodunit full of shady suspects, frenetic character shifts, multiple murder weapons, plot twists and death-defying piano playing.

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A fetching conversation with Matt Daniels, the man behind First Stage's Snoopy

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:16:00 CDT

It isn't often that someone gets to interview one of their idols - but recently, I was lucky enough to talk to the man (OK, fine, dog), the myth and the legend himself: Snoopy. Or at least the man who plays him in First Stage's "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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Lewis Black on comedy, drinking and relaxing during year one of President Trump

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:56:00 CDT

Before he hits The Pabst Theater stage this weekend, we chatted with comedian Lewis Black about today's exhausting politics, Wisconsin's impressive obsession with alcohol and artery-clogging foods, and his insane way of staying sane through it all.

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Controversial mural gets vandalized

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 12:34:00 CDT

A mural in Black Cat Alley on Milwaukee's East Side was vandalized last night, according to Kristin Godfrey, executive director of the East Side Business Business Improvement District.

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MAM's "Degas to Picasso" show captures the wild spirit of French modernism

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:36:00 CDT

How in 2017 can an art museum make a show about 19th and early 20th century French painters interesting? Milwaukee Art Museum does it in "Degas to Picasso" by tracing the evolution of painting during an era when almost no artist seemed content with respecting the staid rules.

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New diversity mural painted on Var Gallery in Walker's Point

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 16:04:00 CDT

Yet another mural adorns a Walker's Point building, this time it's a large, colorful mural celebrating diversity on the north exterior wall of Var Gallery and Studios, 643 S 2nd St.

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4 reasons you need to be at the Milwaukee Ballet's "La Boheme"

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 15:16:00 CDT

"La Boheme" is a classic opera tale - but by no means dusty, thanks to artistic director Michael Pink and his team of terrific dancers. Need proof? Here's four reasons why you need to live la vie Boheme with the Milwaukee Ballet this weekend.

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Urban Spelunking: Patrick Cudahy Building and Arts @ Large's new home

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

There are few things more satisfying to me than seeing a beautiful old - and vacant - building get an overhaul and a new life with a new owner. When that new owner is a Milwaukee nonprofit that works every day to improve the lives of MPS students? Double bonus. Welcome to Arts @ Large's new home.

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