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City Guide 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It's not just Hollywood producers combing the shelves of comic book stores these days. Although big-box McMedia outlets and the ease of Internet commerce have forced the shuttering of several locally owned bookstores, the comic shop has heretofore managed to thrive in Milwaukee. It's all in the experience. Pointing and clicking at the icon for the latest Jonah Hex serial or any of the No Fear Shakespeare graphic novels bleeds all joy out of the comic-buying experience, which is a treat for the senses-the smell of fresh (and old) ink, the visual nuance of a perfectly colored cityscape at dusk...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dance Preview

For better or for worse, big-budget arts groups like the Milwaukee Rep and the Milwaukee Ballet are obligated to offer an annual repertoire of standards like A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker, respectively. The guaranteed box-office returns enable them to finance the production of riskier pieces outside of the audience's comfort zone that...
Classical Music/Dance
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dance Preview

Few things are as unsettling as falling: the sudden loss of balance, the awkward microsecond of trying desperately to right the ship, the icy rush of vertigo as you go ass-over-teakettle toward the pavement, hoping to God that your insurance premiums are paid up. The universality of this event is the basis for Danceworks Performance Company's The Wide Sky is Falling...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, March 23, 2009

Dance Preview

One can only hope that Milwaukee Ballet hired a film crew to document the production of its latest offering, Genesis. It is not difficult to imagine the dramatic potential in taking a performance piece from sketchbook to stage in just three weeks, yet such was the gauntlet thrown down by Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink. From 30 submissions proposed by artists across...
Dance
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dance Preview

One would be hard-pressed to conjure up a name more closely associated with the Milwaukee dance scene than Ed Burgess. Burgess, currently marking his 20th year on the UW-Milwaukee dance faculty, has directed, choreographed or performed with just about every arts group in town, including the Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Wild Space Dance...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, Feb. 23, 2009

Dance Preview

If your idea of interactive dance involves a two-drink minimum and a stack of singles, then read no further and proceed to the ads in the back of this publication. Milwaukee's more enlightened dance aficionados, however, are abuzz over the coming...
Theater
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

Theater Review

Love. Betrayal. The societal mores of butt-sniffing. The Milwaukee Rep's production of Dogpark: The Musical wags a tale of four canines searching for romance, dignity and a missing owner in a Seattle area play-field. Propelled by an energetic cast that is more than equal to the clever material, Dogpark is an enjoyable 90-minute romp of laughs and creatively choreographed numbers. A world-premiere written by...
News Features
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

The city offers financial aid

Milwaukee lost an important historical and community resource on July 31, when America’s Black Holocaust Museum closed its doors for good, citing financial difficulties. But the museum may get a lifeline from the city now that the Milwaukee Common Council has approved a committee’s recommendation to...
Cover Story
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

The Shepherd's guide to gift-giving in recessionary times

There are wants, and then there are needs. We’d all like to give expensive gifts to our friends and family, but across-the-board belt-tightening will force most of us to cut back on our holiday largesse. So why not give your loved ones what they truly need? Back in 1943, an American psychologist by the name of Abraham...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

Dance Preview

Forget the weatherman. Those seeking an accurate predictor of the year's first snowstorm need only to check the performance schedule of the Wild Space Dance Company, whose December shows are unfailingly met by unfortunate winter maelstroms. The pattern has become so unflinchingly reliable that Artistic Director Debra Loewen decided to embrace the gods of winter this year with Snow, a new performance that acknowledges our unavoidable link with the cruelest season...

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