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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:16:02 CDT


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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Like its characters, Renaissance's "Sex with Strangers" fails to connect

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:56:00 CDT

The distance between an online profile and the person standing in front of you is explored and exploded in Laura Eason's play, "Sex with Strangers," which opened Renaissance Theaterworks's 25th season last night.

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6 questions for Manitowoc Minute's Charlie Berens

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:16:00 CDT

Before his set of shows at Turner Hall Ballroom next month, we chatted with the up-and-coming comedian about the origins of the Manitowoc Minute and how he's handling Aaron Rodgers' heartbreaking broken collarbone.

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Hey, look: Matt Cook wrote another book!

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:30:00 CDT

Unlike the headline of this story, Matt Cook's latest book of poetry, "Irksome Particulars," does not include a single rhyme. Phew.

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New Bucks arena books Jim Gaffigan as its first comedy show

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:56:00 CDT

Today, the new Downtown arena began filling out its inaugural schedule by announcing one of its first non-sports acts: comedian Jim Gaffigan, who will perform the building's first comedy show on Saturday, Sept. 22 next year.

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Eat, Play, Applaud: A journey to Japan with Kanpai and "The Hot Mikado"

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:06:00 CDT

Welcome to Eat, Play Applaud, a new OnMilwaukee series where we serve up a perfect pairing of dinner and a show - tied together by a common thread. For out first, we journey to Japan with a perfect blend of sushi, saki and an extravagant show.

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First Stage's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is an imaginative delight for all ages

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:01:00 CDT

Caitlin Elftman had the privilege of indulging in another trip to a more innocent state of mind this past Sunday afternoon during First Stage's outstanding production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which runs through Nov. 5.

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"All the Great Books (Abridged)" litters In Tandem stage with laughs, literature

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 14:16:00 CDT

Anyone who has ever crammed for an English lit exam knows that if you've waited until the night before the test, there's no possible way you're going to finish some of literature's most epic novels. Enter In Tandem's "All the Great Books (Abridged)."

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New MPM exhibit looks at the complicated history of weaponry

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:17:00 CDT

Via nearly 200 objects - most from the museums own collections - Milwaukee Public Museum's new exhibition, "Weapons: Beyond the Blade," explores the history, meanings and innovation of weapons across human history. The show runs through Jan. 1, 2018.

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Stellar stars help Next Act's "Silent Sky" soar to success

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:01:00 CDT

Thanks to the stellar cast and the deep emotional connections between its characters, "Silent Sky" celebrates Henri Leavitt's life and accomplishments, which, like a supernova, burned very brightly for a short time and left an indelible legacy.

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"The Hot Mikado" opens the Skylight season with a mix of old and new

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 14:16:00 CDT

It's a year of both new and old for the Skylight Music Theatre - so what better way to open a season of both change and familiarity than "The Hot Mikado," the raucous update of Gilbert and Sullivan's century-old opera which opened last weekend.

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Director's Notes: Two MKE acting vets talk getting intimate onstage

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:06:00 CDT

This fall, local actresses Marcella Kearns and Marti Gobel tackle some of the most difficult roles of their eclectic careers onstage. We discussed how these plays resonate with 2017 audiences, building intimacy onstage and the importance of hygiene.

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"Rent" delivers a good night of theater but falls short of glory

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:56:00 CDT

In a volatile time like ours, watching this "year in the life of friends" can still teach profound lessons that stay with us long after we leave the theater - even if, like the Marcus Center's current run, it comes up short.

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The Rep's "The Who and The What" is a comedy about complicated questions

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 09:06:00 CDT

Underneath the comedy, Ayad Akhtar's "The Who and the What" at the Milwaukee Rep explores deeply painful riffs between loved ones and lovers, as well as provocative questions about the modern Muslim experience.

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A joyful chat with Angel from "Rent"

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:55:00 CDT

"Rent" comes to the Marcus Center next week and Aaron Alcaraz, who plays "Angel," talks music, love, joy and compassion.

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The Rep's "Guys and Dolls" can't stand the test of time without chemistry

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:16:00 CDT

There is some fun to be had in the Broadway fairy tale "Guys and Dolls," featuring colorful characters that inhabit a clean and quaint, mid-century New York City with a vocabulary all their own, but the chemistry can't save its outdated story.

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Chamber's "Frankie and Johnny" finds sensitive souls under the sheets

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:06:00 CDT

The sex may grab all the attention. But instead of focusing on how the two get into each other's pants, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's "Frankie and Johnny" focuses on how the two try to get into each other's shattered lives.

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Christmas comes early with discounted "Christmas Carol" tickets from The Rep

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Christmas may still be months away, but 'tis the season for saving some cash on tickets to one of Milwaukee's most heartwarming holiday traditions: "A Christmas Carol" at the Milwaukee Rep.

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Tula Erskine works identified!

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:02:00 CDT

This morning I received a note from Nancy Aten, who was scanning works by Milwaukee artist Gertrude Kundman Erskine to be included in Erskine's archive, when she came upon 8x10 photographs of a series of six works that especially caught her attention. Do you recognize them?

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Fruin's variegated water tower hoisted onto Coakley's Walker's Point HQ

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:31:00 CDT

Milwaukee has been buzzing about artist Tom Fruin's multicolored "water tower" sculpture that Coakley Brothers announced a couple weeks ago would be installed in the moving, storage and business interiors company's Walker's Point headquarters. This morning it was installed.

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Black Cat Alley debuts new murals and an urban garden during Doors Open MKE

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:01:00 CDT

Visitors during Doors Open Milwaukee 2017 will enjoy a beautiful new urban garden executed by Sam Alford, a brand-new mural by local illustrator and artist David Zimmerman, and the live installation of another mural by Chicago artist Goosenek. All on Milwaukee's East Side.

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Two more murals emerge in Milwaukee

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:04:00 CDT

Murals are hot and Milwaukee is home to many - including the latest which were unveiled today.

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(PARK)ing Day turns Downtown parking spaces into temporary recreation places

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:01:00 CDT

Encouraging city slickers to enjoy their public spaces, the (PARK)ing Day event turns many Downtown parking spots into fun lunch break destinations.

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5 reasons why sometimes the best date is yourself

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:06:00 CDT

If you ever see someone eating alone in a restaurant, or unaccompanied in a movie theater, your first reaction may be to feel sorry for them. But what if that person you see isn't lonely or upset. What if they are alone because they want to be alone?

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The Rep's "Souvenir" hits all the wrong notes in all the right ways

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:16:00 CDT

You know that eccentric aunt who insists on leading carols around the piano at Christmastime, singing a bit too loudly and a little off-key? That's the story of New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins - and the story of Milwaukee Rep's "Souvenir."

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Your guide to Milwaukee music at Rock the Green 2017

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 07:36:00 CDT

Rock the Green's third installment - after a three-year hiatus - was especially Milwaukee-centric, and 2017's lineup is continuing the Milwaukee music tradition. So, who are the local musicians playing the eco-friendly festival this weekend?

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Have you noticed the South Side Minion?

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 11:12:00 CDT

You might have spotted The Minion while driving on 1-43 South. Here's the touching backstory of the Milwaukee Minion.

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Meet Ex Fabula's Kennita Hickman

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 14:05:00 CDT

A few months ago, Kennita Hickman had never heard of Ex Fabula, a Milwaukee-based storytelling organization committed to strengthening communities. Now she serves as the group's second full-time employee and she can't wait to ... listen.

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It's a date: Gibraltar and the MSO team up for a night of live chamber music

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:30:00 CDT

In less than a year, Gibraltar has quickly and quietly assembled an impressive repertoire of themed music nights. And one of their coolest Date Night events - teaming up with the MSO for nights of live classical music - is returning this month.

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VIDEO: Marquette grad / professional boxer Luis Feliciano

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:08:00 CDT

Milwaukee's Luis Feliciano is a five-time national champion, and he's 3-0 after becoming a professional boxer earlier this year.

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Retired MPD detective uses Milwaukee as backdrop for first crime novel

Sat, 2 Sep 2017 13:06:00 CDT

Larry Powalisz was an MPD officer from 1973 to 2001. Even though he now lives in Houston, Milwaukee was a natural setting for his first crime novel, "Circle of Terror," which weaves local history and fiction - often in such a vivid way that it's hard to tell what's real and what's invented for the reader.

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Tiny stages, big talent: 8 smaller theater groups to support

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:56:00 CDT

The grand giants only tell part of the story about Milwaukee's theater scene; to get the full picture, you need to venture to the smaller companies, scraping by with limited resources but an unlimited amount of talent, vision and love for live performance.

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8 upcoming musicals for people who don't like musicals

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:56:00 CDT

For some, the idea of sitting through a musical is a nightmare. But this upcoming theater season has some intriguing musical options that might just open your eyes and ears to what the genre can do - or at least offer a good time at the theater.

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VIDEO: Check out the Walker's Point Creative Collective

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:07:00 CDT

Jeremy Baccash, who serves as the creative director for a start-up called Social Candy, recently made a video about the Walker's Point Creative Collective, 536 W. National Ave.

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Older faces bring new perspective to "A Chorus Line"

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:06:00 CDT

What happens when you're 40 and still going to cattle calls? What if success is hard to measure, or fame is fleeting? How long do you keep trying? These questions are given an interesting spin in an unorthodox production of "A Chorus Line."

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Robert W. Baird and Artists Working in Education present Carnival of AWE

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:32:00 CDT

Carnival of AWE is set to take place this Saturday, Aug. 26, to help benefit the youth of Milwaukee with art enrichment programs.

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5 reasons why millennials should give opera a whirl

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:06:00 CDT

Millennials are open minded, self-expressive and, above all, passionate - and if that doesn't describe opera, than I don't know what does. Here are a few reasons why going to the opera can be an exciting and meaningful experience for a millennial.

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In Tandem Theatre Co. gets "All Keyed Up" for its pianists before the season

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:06:00 CDT

Despite its sponsor funding coming to a close, the lights haven't officially come down on the lobby piano performances before and after In Tandem Theatre's shows - at least, if the company's upcoming fundraiser recital has anything to say about it.

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Silverspot Cinema to open their first Wisconsin location in Brookfield

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Silverspot Cinema will bring its luxury theater experience to Wisconsin in Brookfield's new luxury shopping mall, The Corners.

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Research turns up Tula Erskine's Joan of Arc paintings at Washington High

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee artist Tula Erskine said she'd painted a 12-foot mural of Joan of Arc for a Washington High School hallway, but no such work hangs there. Research has led to the rediscovery of the work.

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Chamber's "Deathtrap" gets caught in its own trap of twists and turns

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:06:00 CDT

In Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's production of Ira Levin's meta comedy/thriller "Deathtrap," the strong actors at the center of show will make you jump, even if the story itself doesn't keep you white-knuckled at the edge of your seat for the whole night.

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