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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:16:02 CDT


UPAF support crucial to Renaissance's mission to increase work for women

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:03:00 CDT

For more than two decades, Renaissance Theaterworks has produced some of the most memorable shows I've seen in Milwaukee. And the health of this group was made possible, in large part, by support from the United Performing Arts Fund.

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A new twist on a tale as old as time: Behind Skylight's "Beauty and the Beast"

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:56:00 CDT

In a case of impressive timing, the same weekend the Emma Watson-led live action adaptation hits cinemas, the Skylight Music Theatre opens its rendition of "Beauty and the Beast," a new take on the tale as old as time - complete with a puppet.

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Gigantic puppet beast creates havoc in Skylight's "Beauty and the Beast"

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It's an old saying that applies in any number of situations: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should."That's the phrase tor the production of "Beauty and the Beast" that opened a limited run Friday night at Skylight Music Theatre.

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This is opera? With MOT's zany "Mikado" on stage, of course it is

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:16:00 CDT

Kind of like the Marx Brothers, the tandem of Gilbert and Sullivan were pretty funny all by themselves and their opera, "The Mikado," has been one of their funniest for more than a century. But nothing can match the riot created by Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

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It's Opera Week with the opening of three different productions

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:03:00 CDT

It's Opera Week in Milwaukee, with three vastly different performances opening over the same weekend, ranging from the most traditional to an opera with a puppet as a star, to a production of a light opera with the oddest collection of instruments.

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Former Buck Desmond Mason leads UPAF Ride for the Arts honorary co-chair trio

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:06:00 CDT

An old Bucks fan favorite will grace Milwaukee yet again, as UPAF today announced that dunk-tastic former Buck Desmond Mason will serve as one of the three co-chairs for this year's UPAF Ride for the Arts.

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"TXT U L8R" is a fun and mysterious romp through the world of smartphones

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It was only a matter of time before someone wrote an honest play about the smartphone and texting. Leave it to First Stage and prolific playwright Eric Coble to come up with "TXT U L8R," which manages to walk right down the middle of the debate.

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An aggressive and unadorned production drives The Rep's "Glass Menagerie"

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:03:00 CDT

When you decide to stage one of the most iconic and widely produced American dramas there are traps awaiting around every corner. In The Rep's production of "The Glass Menagerie" that opened Friday night avoids traps and delivers an evening of exciting theater.

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New MAM exhibit brings private collectors' treasures into public eye

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Art museums cultivate relationships with collectors, whose passions museums can help share with the larger community. Milwaukee Art Museum explores and celebrates those relationships in its new exhibition, "Milwaukee Collects," which opens today.

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Noisemakers and voices create a unique "Mikado" at Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Start with a ukelele, some slide whistles, drums, two toy pianos and a washboard. Add in a bunch of other noisemakers, including what might be a toy accordion. Toss in some terrific singers and a couple of great comedians. This show opens next week at Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

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"Rent," "School of Rock" and more highlight Marcus Center's 2017-18 season

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:26:00 CDT

A mix of familiar classics ("Rent," "Les Miserables") and new favorites ("Waitress") comprises the Marcus Center's newly announced 2017-18 touring Broadway musical theatrical season.

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The Rep meets incredible demand with summer run of "McGuire"

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:03:00 CDT

If you are one of the hundreds of fans who couldn't get a ticket to see "McGuire," reach for your wallets because The Rep announced today that the show is coming back in June for a limited run in the Stackner Cabaret.

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Two Elizabets and the future looks bright for Milwaukee theater

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CDT

They couldn't be more different, but it's almost as if they have the same beating heart. Jennie Babisch is 16 and in high school. Anna Fitzsimmons is 14 and in eighth grade. But they are both actors, playing the same role in First Stage's "Robin Hood."

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The most inventive theater in Milwaukee is happening at a grade school

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:56:00 CDT

When Highland Community School - the school behind a Jim Jarmusch-inspired children's play and a David Lynch-influenced detective story - says its latest show is its most experimental yet, you better pay attention.

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Miserable people make for great plays on a fantastic Milwaukee theater weekend

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:16:00 CDT

I saw three plays over the weekend and when I was done I looked for the nearest bottle of Wild Turkey to give a little bit of drowning to the sorrows that came from them. Not that they were bad; in fact, they were outstanding. But the characters were miserable.

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Hear "La La Land" live at the Riverside with the MSO

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:36:00 CDT

Fans stuck whistling the earwormy tunes of "La La Land" will be able to hear them live, as the Riverside Theater announced today that it will bring the movie to the stage with the help of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for two shows.

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Chamber Theatre gives "The Few" a solid, sensitive treatment

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:36:00 CDT

Stanley D. Hunter's brilliant "The Few" provides a resting - or restless - home for three hearts that have been dragged through the mud of life and hung out to dry in a constantly crackling wind. It's getting a great production at Chamber Theatre.

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In Tandem's "Time Stands Still" travels the tough road of relationships in flux

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:16:00 CDT

With four bravura performances in four complex roles, In Tandem's "Time Stands Still" is a modern day retelling reminiscent of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," watching two couples, their compromises and the way their lives gradually shred into nothing.

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The Rep's "Grounded" soars with a tale of a pilot who loses her wings

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:03:00 CDT

War is hell. It was General William Tecumseh Sherman who said this famed phrase during the Civil War, and his words were never more eloquently or pointedly dramatized than in "Grounded," the George Brant play that opened at The Rep's Stiemke Studio.

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Guerrilla Girls take over MIAD

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:03:00 CDT

The Guerrilla Girls - a group of feminist activist artists - will join the MIAD Creativity Series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at MIAD on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The show is free and open to the public.

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Chamber Theatre and Pabst have fascination and rock royalty on tap

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:03:00 CDT

"The Few," a play by the intriguing Stanley D. Hunter, debuts at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre this week with a killer cast, including James Ridge and Mary MacDonald Kerr. Also, The Pabst Theater welcomes The Four Tops, part of rock and roll royalty.

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NEWaukee Night Market announces 2017 dates

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:56:00 CDT

In case the refreshingly gorgeous weather this past weekend wasn't enough to get you eyeing the upcoming summer months, here's some more good news to put you in the mood: Today, NEWaukee announced the dates for its fourth annual Night Market.

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Gibraltar Jazz Club hosts evening of flamenco

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:09:00 CDT

A unique musical opportunity will take place this week in Milwaukee's newest jazz club, Gibraltar. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, La Tiranta will take the stage with singer Patrica Nunez, guitarist Ricardo Diaz and dancer Lily Sie for a Flamenco show.

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First Stage's brand new version of "Robin Hood" inspires a cascade of laughs

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Sometimes all you really need to do is laugh. Let me recommend the world premiere of "Robin Hood" currently underway at First Stage. Oh, there are messages in the show But what there is in abundance is good action and great laughs.

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2,000-year-old "Women of Troy" views war through the eyes of weeping women

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:03:00 CDT

The men are off to war; the women are left to weep. It has always been thus - unless you happen to be among the "Women of Troy," the translation of the 2,000-year-old play getting a new life under Dale Gutzman's direction at Off the Wall Theatre.

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"Robin Hood" stage fighter cuts to the point of art form

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:03:00 CDT

While on the job, Joe Foust has been stabbed, cut and had his teeth knocked out. Who knew being an actor, playwright and fight choreographer was such dicey work? See his work in First Stage's upcoming performance of "Robin Hood."

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Dancers, choreographers create magic for the Genesis 2017 competition

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:16:00 CDT

It is altogether fitting and proper that Genesis 2017 was unveiled in the breathtaking beauty of the venerable Pabst Theater, as the 120-year-old structure hosted three brilliant young choreographers heralding a healthy future for the ballet world.

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Birds soar, snow falls, cards fly and your mind gets read at "The Illusionists"

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:03:00 CDT

The answer is ... I don't know! The question is ... how did he do that? There are not enough superlatives to describe "The Illusionists," hit that opened a week-long run in Milwaukee at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday night.

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Local artist and skater designs roller derby coloring books

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:04:00 CDT

Recently, Milwaukee-based artist and member of the Brew City Bruisers roller derby team Stacey Williams-Ng created a couple of derby-themed coloring books.

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3 choreographers set to unveil ballet programs developed in just three weeks

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:03:00 CDT

Take three choreographers, add a company of unknown dancers, toss in some music and give all of them just three weeks to create a full ballet. It all culminates Thursday night as the Genesis Competition hosted by the Milwaukee Ballet gets underway.

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Rep announces new season and contract extensions for Clements, Bauman

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:03:00 CDT

A couple of really old chestnuts, a couple of new things and contract extensions for the leadership of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater were announced in a ceremony at the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex on Monday night.

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10,000-plus geeks expected to attend Anime Milwaukee

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Anime Milwaukee - the largest anime convention in Wisconsin - celebrates its 10-year anniversary this weekend at the Wisconsin Center. Geeks, gamers and those interested in animation and Japanese culture are welcome to this fun, safe space.

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The Inventor Kevin James conjures magic to Milwaukee with "The Illusionists"

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:56:00 CDT

Before he hits the Marcus Center stage as a part of "The Illusionists" tour, we chatted with magician Kevin James - aka The Inventor - about his Midwestern origins and the process behind making a great magic trick really tick.

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3 reasons to check out "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" this weekend

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:56:00 CDT

The theater party "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" is returning to Milwaukee for a week-long, eight-show stay at Turner Hall Ballroom - just in time for Valentine's Day. Here is a trio of reasons why you should RSVP 'yes' for a spot at one of Turner Hall's tables.

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"Richard III" gets fascinating treatment from young theater company

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:03:00 CDT

"Now is the winter of our discontent." It's Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who utters the phrase, proving just how discontented he is in "Richard III," the classic play being given a unique and interesting treatment by Voices Found Rep, at the Underground Collaborative.

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Sinbad talks about "Shazaam," that weird genie movie he definitely never made

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 14:06:00 CDT

Before his show Thursday night at the Northern Lights Theater, we chatted with comedian Sinbad about his upcoming set, some of the films he made throughout his career - and the one he famously did not: "Shazaam."

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Milwaukee Talks: 88Nine's Tarik Moody

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:05:00 CDT

Last month, Tarik Moody, who serves as the digital director and music host for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, celebrated 10 years at the station and as a Milwaukeean. On Feb. 17, he'll mark the decade with a variety of bands and DJs at Company Brewing.

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FoxTales storytelling event slinks into Gibraltar

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:03:00 CDT

Dasha Kelly started FoxTales as a storytelling birthday event in 2014, and the party never stopped. The series continues tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Gibraltar, 538 W. National Ave.

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Three choreographers get down to work for MKE Ballet's Genesis competition

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:16:00 CDT

The three choreographers in Milwaukee for the approaching Genesis competition sponsored by the Milwaukee Ballet are fully immersed in their creative process, working with the company of dancers and preparing for the opening night of the show.

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New York City people watching - at Milwaukee Art Museum

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 10:25:00 CDT

You can take the boy out of New York but you can't take New York out of the boy. Long after I left the Big Apple, I still visit often, read tons of books about the city and its history and, as I was reminded last week during a visit to Milwaukee Art Museum, I can stand and stare at images of the city for a really, really long time.

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Skylight delivers perfection with "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"

Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Skylight Music Theatre is staging a production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," and the show is an example of perfection in acting, staging, singing and dancing. It's a confectionary treat full of laughs, a few emotional tugs and a lot of fun.

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The truth gets a workout in Next Act's marvelous "The Other Place"

Sat, 4 Feb 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Sometimes it's the empty space that is most crowded, the silence that screams the loudest and the darkness that shines the brightest. Those contradictions are at the heart of "The Other Place," which is getting a great staging at Next Act Theatre.

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Feigin and Bucks have learned lessons on new Downtown entertainment district

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 17:06:00 CDT

More than 10 years ago, Kansas City wanted to replace the Kemper Arena, the more than 30-year-old venue and former home to the NBA's Kansas City Kings. They built an entertainment district - and the Milwaukee Bucks have learned from those efforts.

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Mark Speltz shares the most powerful images from his "North of Dixie" book

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:03:00 CDT

As Wisconsin historian Mark Speltz prepares to return to town for an event on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Milwaukee Public Library's Washington Park branch, we asked him to select his favorite images from "North of Dixie" and tell us what about them moves him most.

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Wisconsin skater glides Mickey, Minnie and Disney on Ice into Milwaukee

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 16:03:00 CDT

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse - as well as one of Wisconsin's very own skaters - will invade Milwaukee Thursday for seven performances of the famous Disney on Ice spectacular that tours the country almost continuously.

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Women in four films deliver sparkling and memorable performances

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Over the last week, I have seen four films in which the performances by the female actors absolutely knocked my socks off. All four of the films were stories about men, but the impact of the women in them was immense.

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Pitch Project fair celebrates the art of the book

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:02:00 CDT

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Pitch Project will host an artists' book fair, with books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and `zines from more than two dozen indie presses, artists, universities and collectives from 10 cities, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Kavon Cortez Jones builds his adult life, one poetry book at a time

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:06:00 CDT

Twenty-two-year-old Kavon Cortez Jones sold 250 copies of his poetry book, "Club Noir," and - along with other jobs - was able to buy himself a phone and move out of his mom's Harambee home.

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Dancer draft first step in development of Genesis competition for MKE ballet

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:03:00 CDT

It didn't rank up there with the National Football league draft, but the Genesis draft was just as exciting if you are a fan of ballet.Genesis is the choreography competition staged by Michael Pink and his Milwaukee Ballet Company.

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The Rep's "McGuire" takes the mask off a legendary Milwaukee hero

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:03:00 CDT

The wit and wisdom of one of the unforgettable icons in the world of sports is on full display in "McGuire," written by Al McGuire's longtime broadcast partner Dick Enberg and getting a run at the Stackner Cabaret at The Rep.

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