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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Sat, 1 Oct 2016 04:16:01 CDT


Calling all Pokémon fans!

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:06:00 CDT

Pokémon enthusiasts of all ages will flock to the Riverside Theater on Friday night to check out "Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions," a video game concert featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

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Comedian Adam Conover talks about ruining everything

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:16:00 CDT

Weddings. Cars. Giving to food drives. Sex. Purebred dogs. Yes, if it's a thing you like, Adam Conover has likely ruined it. And he's bringing that raucously entertaining (and informative) ruin to Milwaukee's Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday night.

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First look: 14 photos of China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:49:00 CDT

As of October 1, illuminated dragons, lotus flowers, peacocks, pandas, cranes, lanterns, zebras and more will be in "bloom" at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, as part of the stunning China Lights, a traveling celebration of Asian culture featuring 40 massive lantern displays.

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The Hill Has Eyes frightens, freaks out and electrocutes horror fans

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:19:00 CDT

If experiencing a 60-minute state of "sheer terror" sounds enticing, The Hill Has Eyes at the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin should make your short list of pre-Halloween adventures. Warning: very graphic photos accompany this story.

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"Man of La Mancha" magic created by corps of artists behind the scenes

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:03:00 CDT

They don't get much credit or recognition, but the artists who operate behind the scenes are critical to the success of any play. The artists who helped create "Man of La Mancha" at The Rep are all at the very top of their game.

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Rep's "Man of La Mancha" tells a moving and spectacular tale of honor and love

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:56:00 CDT

Don Quixote, a man with a twisted sword and a broken lance, is living proof of the nobility of love, duty, honor and passion. And that's all on magnificent display in "Man of La Mancha," which opened to spectacular applause at the Rep Saturday night.

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"A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" is an unbridled joy at Chamber Theatre

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:03:00 CDT

"A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" is one of the less frequently produced Tennessee Williams plays, but the character portraits are familiar to anyone who knows Williams. And thanks to a perfect production from the Chamber Theatre, it feels valuable and vital.

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Off the Wall's "Passage to India" sparks search for a passage out of the theater

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:16:00 CDT

Off the Wall Theatre opened Dale Gutzman's version of "A Passage to India" Thursday night, and though Gutzman both wrote and directed this production, the whole thing fails to reach the high level of work Off the Wall normally delivers.

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Behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil's "Toruk"

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:09:00 CDT

The "Avatar"-inspired Cirque du Soleil called "Toruk: The First Flight" opens tonight in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and runs through Sunday. Here are 10 sneak peek photos.

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WaterStone Bank announced as title sponsor for Air and Water Show return

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:56:00 CDT

WaterStone Bank announced today that it is signing on as the title sponsor of the 2017 Milwaukee Air and Water Show, bringing Wisconsin's largest free event back to Milwaukee's waterfront after a year-long hiatus.

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Community members deem new mural a racist stereotype; artist apologizes

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:40:00 CDT

This weekend, after months of preparation and a seven-day installation process, Black Cat Alley officially opened to the public. One of the murals, a larger-than-life painting of an African-American man wearing an orange prison suit, has inspired passionate critique on social media.

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Florentine Opera prepares a world premiere with "Sister Carrie"

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:16:00 CDT

Having struck artistic and critical gold once before, the Florentine Opera is preparing another world premiere with the same team that won two Grammys - except this time they are trading Sinclair Lewis for Theodore Dreiser.

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Return to Pandora: "Toruk" reunites audiences with the world of "Avatar"

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:36:00 CDT

There's no denying the impact of "Avatar" and its ability to tell a universal story in a revolutionary way years ago. Now, it's up to Cirque du Soleil to bring that immersive world and universal message from the screen to the stage with "Toruk - The First Flight."

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A unique First Stage production, and Edo says "adieu" to MKE Symphony

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:03:00 CDT

First Stage is taking another step with Fineghan Kruckemeyer and developing a play around themes suggested by Milwaukee kids. First Stage has co-commissioned Kruckemeyer to craft a new play inspired by conversations with area young people and their parents.

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Despite great music, too many tales dim Rep's "Lady Day"

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:56:00 CDT

Few performers ever live up to their legend, but Billie Holiday, the singer and sinner who died tragically over 50 years ago, was one who absolutely did. All of it is on parade at "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill," at the Stackner Cabaret.

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Blyth Meier gallery says good morning to "a city of discoveries"

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 19:56:00 CDT

It all began with a single photo: an image of Ivan Mestrovic's "Immigrant Woman" in Cathedral Square Park. More than 1,100 photos later, Meier continues to greet the day with a "Good morning, Milwaukee" and a black-and-white image of some part of the city.

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Dijkstra visits Milwaukee to kick off two new exhibitions at MAM

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:50:00 CDT

Yesterday, respected Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra was here to talk about two new shows that feature her work. The main focus was on "Rehearsals," a video installations that opens Friday, Sept. 9. The two works in the installation make their museum debuts here.

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"The Wild Party" promises sex and heat, but delivers just a cold mess

Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:03:00 CDT

There's absolutely nothing like sex, music and good drugs, especially when rolled into "The Wild Party," the Andrew Lippa musical that opened for All-In Productions Friday night at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee's Third Ward.

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Rad Milwaukee Woman: Teri Sullivan from Arts @ Large

Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:20:00 CDT

Arts @ Large founder Teri Sullivan is one of 15 women who will be honored for her radness at "The Rad Women Celebration: Being Rad for Social Change." The event is hosted by the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20.

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"Faces of a Fish Empire" offers unique glimpse into blue collar Milwaukee

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:01:00 CDT

"The story of my father's first photography exhibit begins at his funeral," writes Joe Kutchera of the serendipitous events that will culminate in a curated display of his father's work at The Portrait Society Gallery later this week.

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Journeyman Hotel connects with community through local creations

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:12:00 CDT

Every room at the Journeyman Hotel features a hint of Milwaukee, from framed vintage Summerfest posters to more subtle nods by local artists. Here are eight photos of creations made by local artists that add a Miltown flair.

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New York Times review glows about Milwaukee author Julie Tarney's new book

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Julie Tarney has just published a book, "My Son Wears Heels: One Mom's Journey from Clueless to Kickass," one that the New York Times Book Review called an "exceptional job of tracing the zigzagging line of Harry's self-identity."

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Talking with T.J. Miller about "Deadpool," Spielberg and why he loves Appleton

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:26:00 CDT

OnMilwaukee caught up with comedian and "Silicon Valley" star T.J. Miller - while he was in a cornfield, natch - before his upcoming Milwaukee set to chat about working with Steven Spielberg, dying painfully (in movies) and why he loves Appleton.

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24 exciting events in the 2016-17 MKE theater season

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:16:00 CDT

The Milwaukee theater season is underway and I've been looking through the schedule. I've found 24 productions I'm really anticipating. There are going to be others, and surprises, but my 24 are the productions I can't wait to see and experience.

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Takach book traces Milwaukee's LGBT history

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:02:00 CDT

Recently, national gay magazine The Advocate posted a glowing blurb and slideshow of images from "Images of America: LGBT Milwaukee," a new book by OnMilwaukee contributor Michail Takach. The book is now available, and we asked Takach about it.

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IndiaFest: Aug. 20

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:04:00 CDT

Come celebrate Indian culture, history and heritage!

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11 questions for Priscilla Presley

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:20:00 CDT

This Saturday, Priscilla Presley - actress, activist and, perhaps most notably, widow of Elvis - is coming to Milwaukee for "Elvis and Me," an open conversation at The Pabst Theater about the life and experiences of the original First Lady of rock 'n' roll.

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All In Productions' youngsters making a mark in Milwaukee theater

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:03:00 CDT

All In Productions has a history that can be measured in months, but it has already staged some wonderful plays. It has produced five so far, and the next one is directed by artistic director Robby McGhee, who knows where this company wants to go.

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Misery with laughs on the menu as Chamber Theatre opens season

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:03:00 CDT

Under the feathery touch of director Marcella Kearns, Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" takes isolation, desolation and disappointment and stands them on their ear, filling the Cabot Theatre with chuckles, laughters and outright roars of fun

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Sweltering night provides apt setting for Off The Wall's "No Exit" from hell

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:23:00 CDT

A sweltering hot August night was the perfect atmosphere for the opening night of "No Exit," Jean Paul Sartre's trip through his particular and peculiar vision of hell. The Dale Gutzman-directed production is a searing journey through the existential mind.

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Relax or rip it at Tosa Skatepark

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:01:00 CDT

Last year, Tosa Skateboarders United launched Tosa Skatepark, an open space at Hart Park where anyone can skate or bike in a fun and safe environment. We decided to drop by and check out what the skatepark has to offer.

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MKE-born actor brings meat to beefcake role in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:06:00 CDT

The first stage on which actor JJ Phillips stood and spoke Shakespeare was the Cabot Theater. About two decades later, Phillips is returning to that exact stage - except more as barely clothed bro than Bard in Chamber's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

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Remarkable Walker's Point mural mixes art, history and community

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:04:00 CDT

Recently, Chacho Lopez and a crew of seven artists painted a 65-foot mural on the side of La Michoacana, 717 S. 2nd St. The mural's vibrancy reflects the neighborhood culture. The Spanish language is an important nod to the past and present Latino presence.

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Winning Riverwest neighborhood sign revealed at Center Street Daze

Sat, 6 Aug 2016 11:36:00 CDT

The Riverwest Neighborhood Association (RNA) is set to release the winner of its neighborhood sign redesign competition at Center Street Daze at 11:30 a.m. The final three designs were submitted by David Arnevik, Helene Feider and Allison Waller.

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Renaissance, Chamber will need new homes after Skylight sells building

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:03:00 CDT

The sale of the office building at the Broadway Theatre Center seems inevitable and the action will force two local companies, Chamber Theatre and Renaissance Theaterworks to find new office space, as well as new performance venues.

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Louis C.K. returns to his angry self at his BMO Harris Bradley Center show

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:16:00 CDT

When he returned to Milwaukee Monday night comedian extraordinaire Louis C.K. was angry again at his 90-minute set at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. But the packed audience in the Milwaukee arena couldn't have been happier.

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DanceMKE competition debuts in Milwaukee

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:02:00 CDT

For the first time ever, Cream City will host a unique dance competition featuring talented dancers of all styles from all over Milwaukee. Thanks to, Marcus Center of Performing Arts and Danceworks, you will get your dance fix this summer for four weeks.

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MAM will move library to Jason Downer mansion

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 09:24:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Art Museum today announced plans to move its art library, archives and related programs to the historic Judge Jason Downer mansion on Prospect Avenue in close proximity to the museum. The 1874 home was designed by architect Edward Townsend Mix.

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Skylight considers selling Third Ward building to end recurring fiscal woe

Mon, 1 Aug 2016 06:45:00 CDT

In an attempt to fix recurring and long-lasting difficulties, the Skylight Music Theatre is examining the possible sale of its Broadway Theatre Center, one of the buildings that was a catalyst for the development of the Historic Third Ward.

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Tips, tricks and a beginner's guide to Pokémon Go

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:56:00 CDT

Trying to catch 'em all in Pokémon Go, the new reality-based mobile game making the globe travel around to catch little critters? Here's a small overview of what Pokémon Go is - and some small tips and tricks to help you be the best like no one ever was.

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Optimist Theatre stages unique "Julius Caesar" under the stars at Kadish Park

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:26:00 CDT

Summer theater in Wisconsin usually means Spring Green or Door County. But there are several summer productions that look interesting and that range from the classical to the experimental, both indoors and under the stars of Milwaukee.

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Riverside hosts Pokemon MSO show, complete with Pokemon Go, on Sept. 30

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:00:00 CDT

For those of you out there hunting around the city for Pokémon, the Riverside Theater just announced your next big event. On Friday, Sept. 30, the Riverside will host Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions, a live video game concert event - with an exclusive Pokémon Go meet-up.

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Internationally recognized street artist MTO adds art to Oriental's wall

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:04:00 CDT

European graffiti and street artist MTO is known for portraits of American music, movies and pop icons. He is bringing his grayscale paints to Milwaukee to help raise funds for The Black Cat Alley via a massive mural on the Oriental Theatre.

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Milwaukee Public Museum hosts first ever adult sleepover on Sept. 23

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:56:00 CDT

On Friday, Sept. 23, the Milwaukee Public Museum will host its first ever adult sleepover. Exclusively for adults 21 and older, the sleepover will feature tours, curator chats, Dome Theater films and exhibit-based programming.

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Pierluissi presents 52 poppy pantings

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:30:00 CDT

Adrienne Pierluissi, who owns The Sugar Maple in Bay View, will display 52 paintings at Lakeshore State Park on Sunday, July 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. It is the fourth and final installation of the show.

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Rep announces amazing training program for young actors

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:03:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Rep has announced a unique training program for teenage actors in the city, as part of the company's commitment to stimulating dialogue and creating engagement opportunities revolving around social issues facing the city.

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Foundation's Nohl Fund grants $338,000 toward area arts programs

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:35:00 CDT

Twenty visual arts and arts education programs in the community were recently awarded $338,000 in funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund.

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The Big Apple? Windy City? How about Milwaukee: City of Art?

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:01:00 CDT

All of the arts enable us to see things, especially in ourselves, we might otherwise miss. I have an idea, and it's something that could help brand Milwaukee better than any flag, slogan or video. Let's make Milwaukee the epicenter of the world for public art.

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DeVita scales new heights with first adult book, "A Winsome Murder"

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:03:00 CDT

It's easy for the normal person to wonder what mountains there are left to climb for James DeVita, who may well be the finest actor ever to grace the stages in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. A mystery, "A Winsome Murder," is his first novel for adult readers.

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Wilder's wild and weird "Skin of Our Teeth" resonates with some crazed fun

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:03:00 CDT

"The Skin of Our Teeth" is about as unusual as it gets, and the production at Off The Wall has just about everything that I don't like in a theatrical production. The curious thing is that I loved all of it and found myself riveted at the end.

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