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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Artistic Sense: Bucketworks, “the world's first health club for the brain,” celebrated its 10th anniversary with nonstop creative goings-on in its amazing 27,000-square-foot space on South Fifth. While showing off the historic multiple-building complex, Bucketworks founder James Carlson and Director Tim Syth described the organization's multitudinous activities.

The party featured a performance by Milwaukee Ballet's Thom Dancy, artistic director of the NomadicLIMBS dance collective, and Alexandre Ferreira, plus a display by Milwaukee Makerspace showing off their creation of a high-tech entryway security system and other interesting gizmos. President Royce Pipkins and members Ron Bean and Brant Holeman were on hand to discuss their organization.


Simultaneously, Gretchen Mahkorn, artistic director of World's Stage Theatre, rehearsed with Mara McGhee, Wyatt Engl and Jessi Miller for their upcoming performance Desire Is Death—Sonnet 147 at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Upstairs, Samantha Hawley and Leslie Peterson of the Playful Magpie showed off some of their creative programs. The psychedelic/mind-blowing visuals in D'nardo Colucci's Elumenati dome theater were a highlight.


The party concluded in the wee hours on the outside deck. Carte Blanche Studios' Adam White spun discs as hip-hopper Sebastian Fuentes from Brown's Crew revved the revelers. After eight hours of painting, muralist Dinky Donalds completed his rooftop masterpiece at 1:30 a.m.


Enjoying the Bucketworks activities were Mark Huber, Bill Sell, Sharon and David Lerman, artists Shirah Apple and Jose Chavez, new-to-town Terry Murphy, eager to start her new art management job, and Great Lakes Water Institute researcher Deb Dila.


Walk on Water:
The premiere of Waterwalk, a film largely set in Wisconsin, attracted numerous fans to the Oriental Theatre. Many on-screen Milwaukee performers attended, including co-star Mary MacDonald Kerr; John McGivern, who portrayed a sleazy shyster; Lee Ernst; Jacque Troy as an inebriated turtle hunter; April Paul; Torrey Hanson getting chuckles as “Father John”; Lori Woodall; Sidd Valicharla; and casting director Sandy Ernst. Jonathan Wainwright was there to see wife Laura Gray on the big screen as “Mrs. Wilson.”

A pre-film performance by Shayne Steliga and Tom Koehn replicated their rendition of “Passage,” an original song inspired by the film. Along with producer/writer Roger Rapoport, film bigwigs flew in from California. Among them were former Milwaukeean Richard Riehle, director and lead Bob Cicchini, and actor Chase Maser, as well as cinematographer Bruce Schermer. In the audience were Kelly Hoglund and Tim Turton; plus Levi Johnson and Elke Sommers, who met Cicchini on a film set in Greece 25 years ago. The ensemble après-partied at Hooligan's.


Cheers:
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) celebrated its annual “Cheers to Chamber” in the beautifully refurbished, industrial-chic Warehouse No. 1. The co-chairs were Keith and Paula Anderson and Julia and Patrick Fennelly; the latter sang an amazing rendition of “Unforgettable.” Present Music's Terry Smirl Trio also performed, as did MCT artists Thomas Kindler, Tom Klubertanz, Beth Mulkerron and Jonathan West, who are all in the theater's A Thousand Clowns next season.

Board President David Paris presented the Montgomery Davis Award to supporters John Holland and Konrad Kuchenbach. Kirsten Mulvey stood in for an ill C. Michael Wright. Enjoying the space, auction and entertainment were Sara and Chris Meadows, the latter on the MCT board with actor Dan Mooney and Kevin Schuele, there with Carol Grief; plus Robert Spencer and Tami Workentin; Dan Schley and Barbara Haig; Mickey and Casey Ripp and their son, Jess, an actor; Paula Suozzi, glowing after meeting Bill Clinton that afternoon; and actor Marcy Kearns.


Bucolic Bliss:
While 7,200 cyclists worked up a sweat at the UPAF Ride for the Arts, others enjoyed a picture-perfect afternoon at the exquisite Lynden Sculpture Garden. Celebrating its second anniversary, the facility's fete included outdoor yoga, with instructor Heather Eiden leading Lisa Nohl, Douglas and Janet Wile and Larry Kraft.

Meditative music by Painted Caves' Ali Lubbad and Mike Kashou back-dropped for plein-air painters Heidi Lawell; Carol Gengler, Interior Garden Art Studio owner; and Luma Lubbad, Ali's daughter. UW-Extension's Sharon Morrisey and Davey Tree's Jason Housworth hosted a “tree walk.” Inside the center, visitors admired an installation by Santiago Cucullu, who also dropped in.


Strolling the shaded grounds were off-duty singer Holly Haebig Wake with her daughters Ladi and Livi Wake; Richard Taylor and Lynn Lucius; sculptor Kevin Giese; and violinist Bernard Zinck and UW-Milwaukee French professor Anita Alkhas. Volunteer Betsy Bromley manned a WUWM booth. The garden is gearing up for a family fun fundraiser on Aug. 16.


Apocalypse:
The end of the world isn't typically funny, except for some of the antics in Pink Banana Theatre's “One-Act Festival: The End of the World” at the Next Act Theatre space. Seven short plays, six directors and numerous performers constructed a fun evening out of doom. Some of the cast from Sunset Playhouse's Six Degrees of Separation came on their night off: Greg Ryan, Joan End, Nate Press and Mark Turner. Kellee Selden-Huston, whose husband, Jim Huston, performed, and Adrian Feliciano were also in the crowd.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the June 28 issue of the
Shepherd.
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