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Books
Thursday, June 19, 2014
 Western civilization felt exhausted in the years before World War I; Russian culture was welcomed as a source of new color, texture and rhythm. Nowhere was Russian influence felt as strikingly as in ballet and no one was a brighter star in the Ballets Russes than Vaslav Nijinsky. Lucy Moore’s
Album Reviews
Thursday, June 19, 2014
 It’s not just hyperbole: If Igor Stravinsky was young and alive today he might lead a band similar to Volga. Some of the savage Slavic polyrhythms actually conjure the spirit of The Rite of Spring in a setting of serrated
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Nicolas Cage was among his generation’s most promising actors, but he’s spent most of his career playing dumb. Joe, his best film in a decade, is a Southern story of redneck violence, rural poverty and warped family ties. Cage plays the title role, a hard-working ex-con who falls in with a
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
 Vegan activist Terry Hope Romero is tired of salads she describes as “morose piles of leaves.” Like her, most of us have gotten past iceberg lettuce (except for trendy restaurants peddling over-priced “wedge salads”), but few of us have discovered as many ways as Romero of transforming salads
Film
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Clint Eastwood and The Four Seasons

 A Broadway musical based on a string of hits by a singing group popular with Baby Boomers is a bankable idea. But who would have wagered that a production driven by the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons would win four Tonys and launch one of this century’s longest theatrical
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Thursday, July 3 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.

 When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis killed himself just before embarking on what would have been their first American tour (1980), the band decided to hang together. Breaking with expectations, they not only replaced Curtis on vocals (guitarist Bernard Sumner stepped up) but also changed their
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday, July 6 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.

 Cheap Trick came out of Rockford, Ill., in the mid ’70s but played so often in Milwaukee clubs that they felt like a local band. They were hometown heroes here and throughout the Upper Midwest from Champaign-Urbana through LaCrosse. Their self-titled debut LP (1977) was greeted with
Off the Cuff
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Off the Cuff with Milwaukee’s Mr. Entertainment

  “I love entertaining,” says Michael Drake. No one who ever saw him in person would argue the point. A prolific recording artist with nearly a dozen albums to his credit, Drake began as a jazz trumpeter but branched out into Latin and Caribbean-flavored “island music” along with children’s