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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:16:02 CDT


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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Two powerful local plays cast different portrayals of organized religion

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Over the weekend, I saw two powerful plays that both used organized religion as a centerpiece, which raised some questions for me about how theater reflects the world of faith. The portrayals of two faiths were very different, and not always accurate.

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First Stage's "Luvabye Dragon" offers the perfect introduction to live theater

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:03:00 CDT

In case anyone wonders about the ability of live theater to create an almost mystical connection with an audience, I invite you to "Luvabye Dragon," an hour-long production that's part of the First Steps program at First Stage.

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Genesis competition at MKE Ballet brings young stars to The Pabst Theater

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

The national and international reputation that Michael Pink has built with the Milwaukee Ballet gets yet another punch when the biennial Genesis International Choreographic Competition comes to The Pabst Theatre. It starts Feb. 18.

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Heartbreak and hope fill a painful void in Renaissance's "Luna Gale"

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:03:00 CDT

There may be nothing so painful and heartbreaking as watching the soul of a woman tortured by demons that she can't or won't face. That's what you get in the biting and powerful production of "Luna Gale" that opened at Renaissance Theaterworks over the weekend.

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Complexities of hate and humanity lie at the heart of The Rep's "Disgraced"

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

"Disgraced" by Ayad Akhtar opened at The Rep Friday night to a rapt audience enthralled by one of the most powerful plays of this or any other season. It's a play designed to engender deep, and perhaps troubling, thought, and it succeeds with punch.

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Vote for Pfister's new Artist-in-Residence at Gallery Night and beyond

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:22:00 CDT

Starting tonight, the public will be able to vote for the six finalists in the 2017-18 Pfister Hotel Artist-in-Residence program.

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A "Taming of the Shrew" unlike any you have ever seen before

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:26:00 CDT

Most of the actors had only a nodding acquaintance with the unique sound of Shakespeare's language, sight gags ranged from risque bumping and grinding to pratfalls, and the entire scenery budget was $65 but this production of "The Taming of the Shrew" was plenty funny,

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Trump and "Disgraced" open on the same day

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It could hardly be more appropriate to our times that The Milwaukee Rep unveils a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Muslims in America the very week that we are getting a new president who has made Muslims a target of his vitriolic political campaign.

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Cartoonist Sanders brings his biting commentary back to Milwaukee

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:03:00 CDT

What comes around goes around and that's perhaps even more true in Smallwaukee. I was reminded of this when veteran editorial cartoonist Bill Sanders re-appeared on the scene, contributing his biting work to OnMilwaukee. Sanders' art is on view this week during Gallery Night.

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A real "Snowpocalypse" is coming to Milwaukee

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:36:00 CDT

It may be getting chilly outside, but the buzz about Snowpocalypse 2017 hitting Downtown Milwaukee is starting to heat up. The storm of celebration is said to last four days - complete with chilly temperatures. Find out where and when!

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"Welcome to Bronzeville" gets a half-baked treatment at First Stage

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

"Welcome to Bronzeville" is a world premiere at First Stage about the vibrant and exciting neighborhood that existed in Milwaukee. The play can't capture that vibrancy and delivers a performance that is without any excitement.

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Couple's promise to MAM: 500 French posters and a new assistant curator

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:45:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Art Museum has announced that by Milwaukeeans Susee and James Wiechmann have promised a gift to the museum of more than 500 posters by French graphic artist Jules Chéret, boosting the MAM's already extensive collection of works on paper.

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Should small theater companies get financial help to avoid constant struggle?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

It's clear that the Milwaukee theater community faces challenges of young artists leaving town in order to find work. How to keep them here is a question that deserves attention and consideration of a variety of ideas that could step that tide.

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The Pfister Hotel announces Artist-in-Residence finalists

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:45:00 CDT

The Pfister Hotel has announced the six finalists for its 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence program.

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"The Sound of Music" moves into a new world with Marcus production

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:56:00 CDT

"Sexual chemistry" is not a phrase normally associated with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," but the production at the Marcus Center creates a fully realized Maria, a woman perplexed by her feelings of love.

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Soulstice Theatre closing would eliminate opportunities for young actors

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:03:00 CDT

There has been no formal announcement yet, but it appears as if another theater company that provides work for young actors and directors in Milwaukee, is about to fold its tent. Soulstice Theatre looks like it's shutting down after 15 years.

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Funding increases headline wish list for performing arts companies in 2017

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

The new year is a time for thanks for the past and a time for hopes and wishes for the brand new time in our life and nowhere is it more profound than in the world of the performing arts. The new year is also a time for wishes for a number of different arts groups.

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The top 20 plays of the 2016 Milwaukee theater season

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:03:00 CDT

Trying to pick the top 20 plays of the year in Milwaukee is kind of like trying to choose which of your triplets you love the most. But here are 20 shows that were special to Dave Begel and prove what a rich theatrical tapestry Milwaukee has.

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Richardson sees art as "powerful way to bring people together"

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:56:00 CDT

Tia Richardson calls herself an "integrative community artist," working on visual arts projects with young people and adults in the city and serving as an artist-in-residence for schools, nonprofits and more, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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