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Today in Milwaukee
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Sometimes a familiar last name can get in the way, but Grammy winners The Wallflowers hit its own stride despite leader Jakob Dylan’s famous father. Still, there are definitely familiar overtones to some of the Los Angeles’ bands songs, combining a certain lyricism with more contemporary and definitive rhythms, which should appeal to fans...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Rumor has it that members of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild (MHTG) working this year's Great Taste of the Midwest will wear kilts. The very idea makes club member and homebrewer Fred Swanson laugh. "I think you'll see a number of members in kilts," says Swanson, the Great Taste's brewery coordinator and a teacher at Madison's West High School who does community...
Theater
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Theater Review

Angularity, austerity and pauses so pregnant with meaning that the suppressed emotion nearly puddles at the actors' feet: Such is the stuff of which Harold Pinter's plays are made. American Players Theatre's production of Pinter's Old Times, which opened at the Spring Green company's new Touchstone Theatre this month, follows the same pattern, bringing a new dimension to the APT experience...
Music Feature
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Steve Earle honors his muse and mentor

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it also can be the deadliest. Rampant substance abuse finally caught up with Texas songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt on New Year's Day, 1997, when the accumulation of drugs and drinks ended his life at age 52. Musician Steve Earle, long considered Van Zandt's leading acolyte, dodged that bullet, kicking his own heroin habit while jailed in the mid-1990s...
Album Reviews
Monday, July 20, 2009

Townes (New West)

It was never a matter of if, only of when, Steve Earle would get around to honoring mentor Townes Van Zandt with a tribute album. Earle's latest release embraces that role with both simplicity and finesse. As one of Van Zandt's best-known acolytes, Earle adds his characteristic rasp to simple arrangements that highlight the songs' impressionistic...
Theater
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Theater Review

"Most of the characters I play are taller than me," quipped actor James DeVita during his one-man performance, In Acting Shakespeare. The show opened American Players Theatre's new, intimate Touchstone Theatre on July 10 in Spring Green. DeVita's confession, part of an evening of personal revelations mixed with "Shakespeare's greatest hits," brought gales of laughter from the capacity crowd...
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
American Players Theatre in Spring Green will inaugurate the Touchstone Theatre, its new indoor venue, on July 10 with In Acting Shakespeare, a one-man show adapted by and starring Jim DeVita. The intimate 200-seat space will bring the audience closer to the drama, and this...
Today in Milwaukee
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tonight @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino Rock Stage, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

Music has always been a family affair for Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza, the Tejano rockers better known as Los Lonely Boys. For the trio from San Angelo, Texas, it’s always been as much a matter of familia as it has been of music. Guitarist Henry, bassist Jojo and drummer Ringo inherited their love of rough rhythm and blues from their father, Ringo Garza Sr., who with his own brothers formed The Falcones, which played Spanish conjunto music throughout...
Today in Milwaukee
Monday, June 29, 2009

Tonight @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino Rock Stage, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

Credit the House of God Church in Orange, N.J., for teaching Robert Randolph to play the pedal steel guitar and providing him with both musical and religious inspiration. And credit the late Stevie Ray Vaughn for providing inspiration of another, less religious sort.
Today in Milwaukee
Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tonight @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

Blues Traveler has spent more than two decades learning the ropes of their blues-rock role. The current iteration of those lessons can be seen tonight at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, but frontman and harmonica virtuoso John Popper wants his fans to know that Blues Traveler is still very much a work in process. The band, formed in 1987 in Princeton, N.J., may be best known for its improvisational shows and ongoing segues from song to song, a characteristic remaining from its jam-band beginnings. They’ve also gained a radio following...

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