It should be no surprise that cosmopolitan San Francisco is
a magnet for Latin American jazz musicians and provides them with a steady
audience. The second volume of Salsa de
la Bahia collects 15 Bay area bands on two discs. The pervasive salsa
grooves provide the backdrop for a dance
Few groups can shift gears from one musical tradition to
another with the grace of Grand Fatilla. Perhaps the many previous experiences
and multi-ethnic backgrounds of its members give the Boston group a unique
advantage. On its debut album, Global Shuffle,
the band moves convincingly
Philip Seymour Hoffman looks ravaged and disturbed, pale and
bloated, in God’s Pocket. Given his
death soon afterward, one wonders if he was acting or just not feeling well?
And yet, he dominates this shaggy dog, retro urban drama with his Marlon Brando
mumble and hunched shoulders
Oktoberfest has distinctly German (especially Bavarian) origins, but here in Milwaukee, it easily becomes an international celebration. This year, Milwaukee’s only Polish restaurant, Polonez (4016 S. Packard Ave.), reaches out to their German neighbors with a two Saturdays of Oktoberfest, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 4 and Oct. 11. The buffet dinner includes German dishes (beef goulash, pork shank) an...
Student loan debt has become the anchor holding down the lives of many college graduates. It might even be a break on America’s economy. Coupled with uncertainty in the job market, the high interest paid on those loans is making some young people wonder whether college—sold as the passport to the professions, the key to middle class life—is worth it. Director Andrew Rossi explores the topic...
In director Brian De Palma’s cinematically flashy 1974
satire of rock industry sleaze, a producer steals the music for a “rock
cantata” based on Faust and stages it for the opening of is palatial concert
hall. Inspired by Phantom of the Opera,
Phantom of the Paradise stars Muppet-haired
Door County is where Milwaukee goes to get away from problems, not find new ones. Murder seems almost unseemly in this land of forests, lined by beaches and filled with summer cabins and tourist resorts. That’s the hook for the murder-thriller Death Stalks Door County, whose protagonist, DNR ranger Dave Cubiak, is a former Chicago homicide detective who traded an urban for a rural beat (in a bid...