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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
Dining Out
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
 One of Tosa’s treasures, Rocket Baby Bakery, has expanded its profile by opening an outlet in Bay View. The new venue (2452 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) is tucked into a glass, steel and cement storefront alongside Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar. The small setting lacks the charm of the Tosa
Film
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt take on alien invaders

 The specter of alien invasion has haunted the human imagination since H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Drawn from Japanese pulp fiction, Edge of Tomorrow restates Wells’ premise: beings advanced enough to cross interplanetary space have the know-how to give the armies of Earth a sound
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
 In this hilarious 2013 comedy, Steve Coogan plays a DJ in love with the sound of his own voice, a talk-show host juggling the banalities of contemporary life. Alan Partridge is a tale of white-collar anxiety as a profits-only corporation buys the radio station, spewing jargon about