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Monday, April 21, 2008

Bringing history to life

Housed in the P.H. Dye House in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, VP Gallery specializes in the extensive works of esteemed photographers Margaret Bourke-White and Alfred Eisenstaedt. Look in any direction and you’ll likely spot a flawless print of an indelible image made famous by LIFE Magazine.
Classical Music and Dance
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Armitage is back

Karole Armitage will bring her Armitage Gone! Dance Company to Alverno College for an evening of performance that will include Ligeti Essays and Time Is the Echo of an Axe Within a Wood, two works created by the estimable choreographer for inclusion in a current spring tour. Formerly referred to as the “Punk Ballerina,” Armitage has been a notable personality in the dance world since her first choreographed piece in 1978. She has found success not only in ballet and interpretive dance realms
Classical Music and Dance
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dance Preview

The Milwaukee Ballet will ring in April with a mixed repertory program as part of its annual “Milwaukee Ballet at the Pabst” series. Consisting of three movements from a trio of young, vibrant, talented choreographers, each section of the 90minute program will feature a different thematic purpose with each commissioned to showcase his or her unique vision. After capturing first prize at the 2nd Genesis International Choreographic Competition held by Milwaukee Ballet in 2007, French-born choreographer Nelly van Bommel has been asked to create another work for the company. “The piece is loosely based on the history of nomadic people or what people more commonly refer to as Gypsies . . .
Music Feature
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Music Feature

Mike Doughty had one main goal while creating Golden Delicious, his latest release. “I really went in there with the intention of making it more pared down, to make good songs and make the happy, happy sound,” the former Soul Coughing frontman says wryly. This simple rhyme of an answer displays his sardonic wit and quirky lyricism, the defining traits of his music. Since Soul Coughing split in 2000, Doughty has refined his distinct, syncopated vocal delivery through his solo work, most notably on 2005’s Haughty Melodic, which yielded a radio hit in “Looking at the World From the Bottom of a Well.” The album was Doughty’s first with a backing band after a series of sparse, self-released acoustic efforts.
Classical Music and Dance
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Dance Preview

Guest choreographer Bruce Wells’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Milwaukee Ballet couldn’t come at a better time. With thoughts of post-snow warmer weather routinely tantalizing the mind of each Milwaukeean, this fanciful retelling of the Shakespeare play will surely be a welcome treat for those seeking escape in the arts. Facing the challenge of bringing a fresh perspective to a well-known story, Wells relishes finding new ways to engage audiences already familiar with the classic tale
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 7, 2008

According to the venerable David Byrne, the better a singer’s voice, the more difficult it is to believe what the singer is saying. By that logic, Daniel Johnston may be the most truthful performer to ever grace a stage. He is the rare performer who is so genuine that he seems to believe every word that comes out of his mouth. At Turner Hall Ballroom last Thursday, for the third date of a relatively extensive tour . . .

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