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Books
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Local photographer brings perspective to the landmark

 If Milwaukee photographer Paul Bialas chose a characteristic Milwaukee subject for his book of photos, he shows it from surprising angles. A handsomely designed volume (complete with a CD of recollections from former Schlitz employees), Schlitz Brewing Art is no mere scrapbook but a
Books
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

From rock to jazz, books for music fans

 Everyone knows of The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, but less attention has been paid to Epstein’s partner, Joe Flannery. Flannery hopes to redress that in his autobiography. The danger of growing up gay with artistic inclinations in rough, working-class Liverpool is at the center of his
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Along with Tiki lounges came “exotica,” a 1950s genre whose easy listening, high-fidelity distillation of Polynesian and other ethnic music greeted the dawn of the stereo age. In many ways, Mr. Ho represents a further distillation, filtering out any suggestion of kitsch and nudging those lush sounds
Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
 In reputation, Boz Scaggs’ career trajectory seems an odd evolution from gritty bluesman to urbane R&B performer. But hearing the early tracks on Scaggs’ two-disc career overview proves that it all makes sense. Scaggs’ 1969 debut album for Columbia was a soul review setup, with intimations
Film
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan on a journey to America

 When the adolescent Philomena encountered a handsome boy in the funhouse of a traveling circus, she barely knew the meaning of sex. Soon enough, she learned the consequences in small-town 1950s Ireland. Brought before a grim, inquisitorial board of nuns
Books
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
 By now, many people don’t realize Rube Goldberg was a real person, a cartoonist, not just some kind of crazy cartoon machine. Along with page after page of his drawings, The Art of Rube Goldberg includes illuminating essays by The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik and others that describe the
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Contemporary choral music featured at annual concert

Between the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus singing Handel’s Messiah, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s staging of A Christmas Carol and the Milwaukee Ballet’s Nutcracker, our city has no lack of favorites in the performing arts for Christmas. And this was not only slightly annoying to
Dining Out
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
 The enticing aroma of spices is still evident from the sidewalk. Maharajah (1550 N. Farwell Ave.) has gone through some changes lately, with its menu slimmed down and nightly specials added, including chicken makhni on Tuesdays and mixed vegetables Wednesdays, plus beer, wine and