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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:16:02 CDT


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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Sing along with several Broadway classics at Gibraltar's 5 Musicals Masquerade

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:56:00 CDT

On Saturday, Aug. 26, Gibraltar will host a celebration of five iconic productions - "Rent," "Grease," "Les Miserables," "Hamilton" and, the event's namesake, "The Phantom of the Opera" - by playing each in their entirety.

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Hi Hat Lounge celebrates two decades in business with a block party

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:03:00 CDT

Hi Hat Lounge is celebrating 20 years of business by hosting a block party on Saturday, Sept. 2.

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MKEfest Block Party for the Arts celebrates Aug. 12 at Drink Wisconsinbly

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:09:00 CDT

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the MKEfest Block Party for the Arts at Drink Wisconsinbly Pub will celebrate local art, music and culture while raising awareness for local art education programs.

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Milwaukee's Niedecken co-stars in MAM's Frank Lloyd Wright show

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Celebrated Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born June 8, 1867 and to celebrate the sesquicentennial of that momentous occasion, Milwaukee Art Museum has created an exhibition in Wright's honor.

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The Milverine sees his emoji and thinks it's neat

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:04:00 CDT

OnMilwaukee Creative Director Jason McDowell created a Milverine emoji. Earlier this week, McDowell saw the shirtless strutter cruising down KK and got to show him the emoji, which he was unaware of.

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Milwaukee Talks: Marcus Marketing Director Cassy Scrima

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:05:00 CDT

Cassy Scrima, area director of marketing at Marcus Hotels and Resorts, talks hotels, dogs and Downtown.

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3 bands at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour that really loved Milwaukee

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:19:00 CDT

Here are three quick concert reviews for three bands who professed their love for Milwaukee during shows at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.

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Mural of Selena pops up in Walker's Point

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:03:00 CDT

This past weekend, artist Mauricio Ramirez and the Walker's Point neighborhood honored the life and career of Selena with the installation of a new conceptual mural "Anything for Selena."

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Meet Mauricio Ramirez, the artist behind the Wisconsin Avenue utility box murals

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:46:00 CDT

Mauricio Ramirez is the visual artist behind the Wisconsin Avenue utility box murals. Hear what he has to say about the inspiration to some of the murals.

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Rashid Johnson goes big for MAM show

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:16:00 CDT

There is not a large number of works in Milwaukee Art Museum's Rashid Johnson show, called "Hail We Now Sing Joy," but all the works in the show, which runs through Sept. 17 in the museum's Baker/Rowland Galleries, are large ... and engaging for a variety of reasons.

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5 photos from the TROG exhibit at the Harley-Davidson Museum

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:03:00 CDT

"The Race of Gentlemen" (known as "TROG"), is the latest traveling exhibit at the Harley-Davidson Museum and combines hotrods, motorcycles, carnivals and nostalgia. It runs through Labor Day weekend.

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Wisconsin Avenue becomes even more artful with utility box murals

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:05:00 CDT

Wisconsin Avenue is already home to a major tour of art sculptures this summer, but now you can add a series of painted utility boxes along the main drag as well, contributing to Downtown's colorful makeover.

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