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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:16:01 CDT


A Santa's bag full of fascinating productions to fill Milwaukee stages

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:02:00 CDT

In the world of theater in Milwaukee, the holiday offerings typically start in early November and run through the new year. This year there is a Santa bag full of interesting productions scheduled for the holidays. There are some wonderful productions in store.

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Renaissance's "The Drowning Girls" tells an impeccable tale of dangerous love

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:56:00 CDT

Three women, all dressed in bridal gowns, each tell a tale of how that turn-of-the-century bathtub, filled with water, became a dastardly end for the brides shortly after their magical weddings. That's "The Drowning Girls" at Renaissance Theaterworks.

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Psychological horrors hit MAM's halls with "Haunted Screens"

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:56:00 CDT

If one really wants to venture into the depths of cinema's shadowy creeps and nightmarish creations this Halloween, your best bet wouldn't be a movie theater this year. It's be the Milwaukee Art Museum's new exhibit, "Haunted Screens," opening today.

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Opening act steals thunder from feature in Ballet's strong start to season

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:26:00 CDT

"Scheherazade" was the feature when Milwaukee Ballet opened its season Thursday night, but it was the opening act - "Angels in the Architecture" by Mark Godden - that stole the show, proving how exciting and thrilling this company can be.

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Jerry Seinfeld will perform stand-up set at the Riverside on March 10

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:02:00 CDT

This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that iconic comedian Jerry Seinfeld will bring his stand-up set to Milwaukee on Friday, March 10.

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Von Milwaukee exhibits work from the legendary, controversial Bob Watt

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:35:00 CDT

"The Last of the Bohemians," a new show at Grove Gallery in Walker's Point, will feature 10 of the late Bob Watt's paintings. Artist and writer Jimmy Von Milwaukee owns all of the paintings and curated the show.

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First annual "My Milwaukee" student art exhibition opens tonight

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:36:00 CDT

The Milwaukee County Historical Society will host "My Milwaukee," an art exhibition created by student artists around the Milwaukee area, beginning tonight at the Historical Center Museum, 910 N. Old World Third St.

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First Stage's formula for excellence and a "Book of Mormon" ticket lottery

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:07:00 CDT

Sometimes it can be difficult to fully understand how magnificent First Stage is in the theatrical firmament, not just in Milwaukee, but across the country as well. Take a look at "Goosebumps," which opened over the weekend, to see how they do it every time.

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Local artist Kpolly chats about his fascination with faces and butts

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:56:00 CDT

Fans of Milwaukee Film certainly know Kristopher Pollard, the organization's affable membership manager. But this weekend, they'll be able to get to know Kpolly, the artist, thanks to his upcoming "Slap Fights" gallery, opening Friday night at Hot Pop.

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First Stage's "Goosebumps" conjures a fabulously frightful night for families

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:16:00 CDT

It's not always the case that a play lives up to either its title or its billing, but First Stage, as you might expect, does just that with "Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium: The Musical," which opened over the weekend.

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MAM chief curator takes director position at Florida museum

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:56:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Art Museum announced today that its chief curator, Brady Roberts, is leaving to become the executive director/CEO of the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Vero Beach, Florida. His last day at the museum is Oct. 21.

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Contrasting one-acts on tap for season opener from Milwaukee Ballet

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:03:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Ballet opens its season Oct. 20 with two one-act programs that are as different as night and day. "Angels in the Architecture" is about the Shaker religion, while "Scheherazade" is filled with romance, intrigue and spectacular costumes.

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3 tips for visiting China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:01:00 CDT

The China Lights exhibit at Boerner Botanical Gardens has seen record crowds in its opening phase. Here are three tips to help you have a great experience this weekend when visiting.

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Hilarious tale of twisted Disney princesses enchants at Marcus Center

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:16:00 CDT

Disney princesses are revered in the world of storybook tales, films, books and theme parks. "Disenchanted," the musical review running at the Marcus Center, turns those princesses around with a musical of riotous humor about how ridiculous they can be.

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I made a mistake in a review of "Dracula vs. the Nazis" and I was called on it

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:03:00 CDT

I made a mistake and I'm sorry. In my review of "Dracula vs. the Nazis," which opened Friday night at In Tandem Theatre, I identified a couple that slept through much of the show. Naming the couple who invited them was out of bounds.

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"Jackass" star Steve-O chats about taking on the terrifying stunt of stand-up

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:06:00 CDT

Steve-O is bringing his one-man show of physical anarchy and personal anecdotes to Turner Hall. But before he hits the stage - possibly literally - we chatted with the "Jackass" star about meshing stunts with stand-up and the insane exploit that even he passed on.

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Jim Gaffigan adds fourth Pabst show, all ticket sales to go to local food pantry

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:00:00 CDT

This morning, comedian Jim Gaffigan announced he is adding a fourth show at The Pabst Theater, with 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to Milwaukee's Riverwest Food Pantry. The show will be hosted Friday, Dec. 30 at 10 p.m.

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Rep program gives teens a chance to take to stage as paid performers

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 15:26:00 CDT

Seventeen teens have been chosen out of 200 contestants to participate in the Professional Training Institute (PTI) at The Milwaukee Rep, where they will perform on the stage and be paid as professionals, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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"Dracula vs. the Nazis" is the most unfunny comedy on MKE stages in years

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:03:00 CDT

How bad was it? This bad. A couple who were the invited guests of the couple that sponsored the play, slept through giant chunks of the play. That's the low point of "Dracula vs. the Nazis" that opened at In Tandem Theatre Friday night.

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Milwaukee Public Museum reveals new "Hidden Wisconsin" exhibit

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:06:00 CDT

The MPM will unveil some of Wisconsin's best kept secrets in its new temporary exhibition, "Hidden Wisconsin," on Thursday, Oct. 6. The exhibit, spanning MPM's collections in both natural and cultural history, is made up of nearly 50 objects and artifacts that are rarely on display.

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Local man masterminds Mussel Madness board game

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 19:05:00 CDT

Michael Timm wanted to convey the seriousness of the Great Lakes mussel invasion in a fun way to adults and children alike. Eventually, he created a board game called Mussel Madness. You can pre-order one now.

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Skylight's "Violet" never gets out of first gear

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 15:03:00 CDT

For a play that takes place largely on a cross-country trip on a Greyhound bus, "Violet" never really gets out of first gear. The story of the disfigured young girl from North Carolina opened at Skylight, kicking off the company's 58th season.

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Alchemist's "A Life in the Theatre" is so much more than a tale of two actors

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:03:00 CDT

David Mamet wrote "A Life in the Theatre" almost 40 years ago, a penetrating look at what it means to be on stage. The production that opened at The Alchemist Theatre, however, is much more than just a play about life in the theater.

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Next Act's "The Taming" is a perfectly timed political blast

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 13:03:00 CDT

`Tis the season of weird politics in America, with two presidential candidates whom nobody seems to love and a country divided into red and blue with almost no white to be found. And with perfect timing comes Next Act's production of "The Taming."

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"The Royale" at The Rep is a royal treat full of drama and deep passion

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:06:00 CDT

There is a special place in this world for the athlete who soars above all others, and we always wonder what it is that makes them so unique. That single minded drive is at the heart of "The Royale" which opened at The Rep Friday night.

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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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