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Theater
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

John Mellencamp-Steven King comes to the Riverside

“Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow.” The image from 1985 shows John Mellencamp’s knack for literary horror, 15 years before he began writing a musical with horror writer Stephen King
Books
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
 Remember Antler’s acerbic epic “Factory”? He no longer rails, but his middle age still emits an eagle’s cry for vivid dreams and hope. The former Milwaukee poet laureate’s sly statistical research swirls into billowing “what ifs.” Then, “The Come-Cries of the Unborn Come” brilliantly marries birth
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Milwaukee jazz singer comes home

Few Milwaukee-born singers—Al Jarreau aside—have had as auspicious a career as Jackie Allen. But what is she? Ostensibly a jazz vocalist, Allen is sophistication and soul, a romancer and a restless stylistic roamer
Album Reviews
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Live at Blue Rock (In the Black)

 The Austin concert setting intensifies musical storyteller Mary Gauthier’s fine-grained witnessing and unaffected recitative. She finds equipoise between tough clarity and generous compassion: “Everybody says you look real good / Ah think you look stoned / Your sister cried / all the way
A&E Feature
Monday, July 1, 2013

Kenosha museum commemorates the Badger State’s role

During the Civil War, America bled as red as it ever did, and this nation was forever changed and haunted. This week is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s turning point, according to Doug Dammann, curator at the Civil
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare)

 The most beautiful sound in all the world…Maria's. So Leonard Bernstein might've commented on how our finest jazz orchestra composer attains comparable artistry with chamber orchestra. Setting two groups of poems, Schneider
Album Reviews
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

As the Sea (hatOLOGY)

 “Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?” So ends Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Trombonist Samuel Blaser is no longer the invisible man of jazz. This Swiss bandleader is among various low brass players