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Film
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

The Dude Achieves Big Time

Not everyone fell in love with The Big Lebowski the first time they saw it. That includes Will Russell, co-creator of Lebowski Fest, the traveling annual festival celebrating the Dude in all his Dudeness. He admits to “feeling almost indifferent to it.” And yet, something kept drawing him back
Film
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

No-budget film stars Milwaukee musical legend

 Richard LaValliere was a remarkable figure from Milwaukee’s ’70s punk scene. As bassist and songwriter, he brought unusual wit to The Haskels and redrew boundaries with his no-guitar follow-up, The Oil Tasters. LaValliere left for New York in the ’80s and continued to make cliché-busting music
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
 The book was better, but in his best moments, director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) evokes the birth of the Beats as a quest for experience through literature and liquor (and other drugs), in sex and wild flights of jazz, and the pursuit of adventure on the open road—before
Dining Out
Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

Short Orders

 The Family Table (6598 W. Brown Deer Road) has the Greek family restaurant formula down to an exact science. The pleasantly light-filled venue offers a menu expansive enough to serve as a pup tent. Included are
Dining Out
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Around the world at Buckley’s

In Downtown Milwaukee, outdoor dining often means tables on the sidewalk precariously close to pedestrians and a curbstone’s distance from passing cars. Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar offers a pleasant alternative. Located on the
Film
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Woody Allen’s Bicoastal Drama

 Although Woody Allen became a belated world traveler in recent years, setting films in Barcelona, London, Paris and Rome, he returns to familiar ground for much of Blue Jasmine. Half of the film unwinds in the tonier districts
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 Perhaps the hand of executive producer Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) is discernable in the future-is-now backdrop for this British crime drama. Many cool visual moments—London in glass and steel and a man chasing motorbikes on foot—dress up an ordinary action tale with impossible violence