Shepherd Express - A&E Feature http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-330-1-ae-feature.html Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 Craig Ferguson on Life after ‘The Late Late Show’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25796-craig-ferguson-on-life-after-%25E2%2580%2598the-late-late-show%25E2%2580%2599.html Late-night talk shows are some of the most coveted gigs in all of television, and as anybody who followed the bruising “Tonight Show” succession wars knows, hosts will go to great lengths to hold onto them. Craig]]> Beethoven’s Fifth at the MSO - Milwaukee Symphony season finale http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25754-beethoven%25E2%2580%2599s-fifth-at-the-mso-milwaukee-symphony-season-finale.html Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is an angry work, heralded as a cry for freedom in the heroic mode. The unforgettable four-note beginning identifies what may well be the most famous symphony ever written]]> UWM’s Summerdances - ‘Spirits and Fugitives’ honors Martin Jack Rosenblum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25707-uwm%25E2%2580%2599s-summerdances-%25E2%2580%2598spirits-and-fugitives%25E2%2580%2599-honors-martin-jack-rosenblum.html Modern dance in Milwaukee is unthinkable without UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts dance department. The faculty includes leaders of every major modern dance company in town. The department conducts dance research and]]> ‘Cinderella’ Returns to Milwaukee Ballet - A classic with bravura clowning and realistic romance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25645-%25E2%2580%2598cinderella%25E2%2580%2599-returns-to-milwaukee-ballet-a-classic-with-bravura-clowning-and-realistic-romance.html Frilly skirts flying, the men playing Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters twirl their legs at lightning speed and hop in circles as they practice for the ball. Choreographer Michael Pink interrupts the scene every few moments]]> Chris Hardwick: Pop Culture Maverick http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25676-chris-hardwick-pop-culture-maverick.html Chris Hardwick has come a long way from his stint hosting the MTV dating show “Singled Out.” He’s now not only a comedian and television personality, but also]]> Shepherding in the Digital Age - Print media's adaptation to the new mediums http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25600-shepherding-in-the-digital-age-print-medias-adaptation-to-the-new-mediums.html ]]> Theatre Gigante Marries Dance, Theater and More - Milwaukee company explores new ground in ‘Terminus’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25557-theatre-gigante-marries-dance-theater-and-more-milwaukee-company-explores-new-ground-in-%25E2%2580%2598terminus%25E2%2580%2599.html By the time Isabelle Kralj founded Milwaukee Dance Theatre in 1987, “I already coupled dance with theater,” she says. “My love was always in the combination.” Meanwhile, Mark Anderson moved from]]> ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at the Milwaukee Rep - More than a prequel to the Peter Pan story http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25495-%25E2%2580%2598peter-and-the-starcatcher%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-milwaukee-rep-more-than-a-prequel-to-the-peter-pan-story.html A few trunks and lengths of rope have become exciting trademarks and imaginative tools of the Broadway hit, Peter and the Starcatcher. Like the ship that sweeps the story’s heroes off to their adventure of a lifetime, the show quickly trusses up an audience and throws them in the bilge]]> Escape Chambers Experience - Puzzles and elaborate plots at Shops of Grand Ave. http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25483-escape-chambers-experience-puzzles-and-elaborate-plots-at-shops-of-grand-ave.html ]]> Ha ha ha! Milwaukee’s Underground Comedy Gets Last Laugh With Do-it-Yourself Approach http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25455-ha-ha-ha_-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-underground-comedy-gets-last-laugh-with-do-it-yourself-approach.html “You guys, I was in the public restroom the other day and there was a line of urinals. One of them had a sign that said ‘out of order.’ And I was like…how the hell am I supposed to know, ya know? Like, in what order were they originally?” The audience erupts into laughter]]> Brewers 2015: A Finishing Touch? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25330-brewers-2015-a-finishing-touch.html A year ago, with the Brewers coming off two straight failures to repeat their 2011 playoff run, the Fairly Detached Observers asked whether 2014 would be a “year of redemption.” For five months it was, as the Brewers]]> ‘Crossroads of Civilization’ - Ancient Worlds of the Near East and Mediterranean http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25289-%25E2%2580%2598crossroads-of-civilization%25E2%2580%2599-ancient-worlds-of-the-near-east-and-mediterranean.html The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) opened its first new permanent exhibit in more than a decade on March 15. It’s a worthy addition to what is already the most popular museum in Wisconsin and among the]]> The Sculpture that Vanished from Downtown Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25283-the-sculpture-that-vanished-from-downtown-milwaukee.html ]]> New ‘Giselle’ at Milwaukee Ballet - Honoring the 10-year collaboration of Luz San Miguel and Michael Pink http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25246-new-%25E2%2580%2598giselle%25E2%2580%2599-at-milwaukee-ballet-honoring-the-10-year-collaboration-of-luz-san-miguel-and-michael-pink.html “Ever since I can remember, I was dancing,” says Milwaukee Ballet’s Luz San Miguel. “My parents owned a restaurant in Madrid. I danced on the tables. My mother would pull me back into the kitchen. There was]]> The Charming Satire of ‘The Mikado’ - Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s take on Gilbert & Sullivan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25174-the-charming-satire-of-%25E2%2580%2598the-mikado%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-opera-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-take-on-gilbert-sullivan.html In an era of cultural sensitivity, many classics of opera, theater and literature are under scrutiny, especially for their depiction of ethnicity. Some concerns are spurious: No one with a functioning brain should call Mark Twain racist for quoting everyday speech of his time. Other great texts]]> Revisiting ‘Elmer Gantry’ - Florentine Opera returns with the Grammy-winning production http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25138-revisiting-%25E2%2580%2598elmer-gantry%25E2%2580%2599-florentine-opera-returns-with-the-grammy-winning-production.html When the Florentine Opera’s General Director William Florescu saw the world premiere of Elmer Gantry, he immediately knew what he wanted to do. “I walked up to the composer after the show and said, ‘We’re]]> Riverwest Radio on the FM Dial - A step forward for community broadcasting http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25132-riverwest-radio-on-the-fm-dial-a-step-forward-for-community-broadcasting.html
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In Tandem Presents World Premiere of Neil Haven’s ‘Come Back’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25091-in-tandem-presents-world-premiere-of-neil-haven%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598come-back%25E2%2580%2599.html The Tenth Street Theatre, located beneath the Calvary Church on the corner of 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, is the cozy home of Milwaukee’s In Tandem Theatre. The company was founded in 1998 by the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Jane Flieller to share their love]]> Present Music ‘Connecting in the Chamber’ - ‘House’ music featuring Grammy-winning pianist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25042-present-music-%25E2%2580%2598connecting-in-the-chamber%25E2%2580%2599-%25E2%2580%2598house%25E2%2580%2599-music-featuring-grammy-winning-pianist.html ]]> Early Music Now’s Amorous French Concert - EMN presents Les Délices on Valentine’s Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24995-early-music-now%25E2%2580%2599s-amorous-french-concert-emn-presents-les-delices-on-valentine%25E2%2580%2599s-day.html ]]> Woman Up! at the Wisconsin State Fair Expo Center - Featuring more than 200 vendors and 12 stage presentations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24879-woman-up_-at-the-wisconsin-state-fair-expo-center-featuring-more-than-200-vendors-and-12-stage-presentations.html ]]> After the Packers - What Now for Green Bay (and, OK, the Super Bowl) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24782-after-the-packers-what-now-for-green-bay-%2528and-ok-the-super-bowl%2529.html
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‘Fashion is Freedom’ - Milwaukee Art Museum’s ‘50 Years of Ebony Fashion’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24741-%25E2%2580%2598fashion-is-freedom%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-art-museum%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%259850-years-of-ebony-fashion%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Ko-Thi Lives! - The Legacy and Future of Black Arts in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24702-ko-thi-lives_-the-legacy-and-future-of-black-arts-in-milwaukee.html ]]> Marriage Milwaukee Style: When Cream City was a destination for runaway couples http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24668-marriage-milwaukee-style-when-cream-city-was-a-destination-for-runaway-couples.html ]]> Florentine Opera to Record ‘Wuthering Heights’ - Live performance at the Wilson Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24645-florentine-opera-to-record-%25E2%2580%2598wuthering-heights%25E2%2580%2599-live-performance-at-the-wilson-center.html ]]> One Man’s Guide to Holiday Movies - Humbug, good cheer and quirky classics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24610-one-man%25E2%2580%2599s-guide-to-holiday-movies-humbug-good-cheer-and-quirky-classics.html ]]> Is ‘Vertigo’ the Greatest Film of the Last Century? - Thinking about Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24547-is-%25E2%2580%2598vertigo%25E2%2580%2599-the-greatest-film-of-the-last-century-thinking-about-alfred-hitchcock%25E2%2580%2599s-masterpiece.html ]]> Holiday Favorite Returns to Milwaukee Ballet - Michael Pink directs ‘The Nutcracker’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24507-holiday-favorite-returns-to-milwaukee-ballet-michael-pink-directs-%25E2%2580%2598the-nutcracker%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Before the Bucks - Troubled Seasons for the NBA’s Milwaukee Hawks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24474-before-the-bucks-troubled-seasons-for-the-nba%25E2%2580%2599s-milwaukee-hawks.html ]]> Cream City Cabaret Gets Its Footing - Burlesque returns to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24430-cream-city-cabaret-gets-its-footing-burlesque-returns-to-milwaukee.html ]]> Milwaukee’s Fashion Scene - Then and Now http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24384-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-fashion-scene-then-and-now.html ]]> Music, Comedy, Variety from Dance Revolution Milwaukee - You Never Know What’s Next At ‘MKE Follies’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24348-music-comedy-variety-from-dance-revolution-milwaukee-you-never-know-what%25E2%2580%2599s-next-at-%25E2%2580%2598mke-follies%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> Musical Pictures at the MSO - Mussorgsky, Schuller at Milwaukee Symphony concert http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24309-musical-pictures-at-the-mso-mussorgsky-schuller-at-milwaukee-symphony-concert.html ]]> ‘Fall Dance Festival’ - Milwaukee Ballet, Danceworks open their seasons this weekend http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24207-%25E2%2580%2598fall-dance-festival%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-ballet-danceworks-open-their-seasons-this-weekend.html ]]> The Florentine Opera’s ‘Flying Dutchman’ - The ocean is a protagonist in Wagner’s early opera http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24176-the-florentine-opera%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598flying-dutchman%25E2%2580%2599-the-ocean-is-a-protagonist-in-wagner%25E2%2580%2599s-early-opera.html
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Sherlock Holmes - The sleuth and the Baker Street kids at First Stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24125-sherlock-holmes-the-sleuth-and-the-baker-street-kids-at-first-stage.html ]]> Hollywood’s Classic Years? - Today’s films fall short of cinema’s golden age http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24098-hollywood%25E2%2580%2599s-classic-years-today%25E2%2580%2599s-films-fall-short-of-cinema%25E2%2580%2599s-golden-age.html ]]> Frank Almond is Frankly Music - The Stradivarius and the new concert season http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24042-frank-almond-is-frankly-music-the-stradivarius-and-the-new-concert-season.html ]]> 2014-15 Season Arts Guide Calendar http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24030-2014-15-season-arts-guide-calendar.html THEATRE   Acacia Theatre 414-744-5995 acaciatheatre.com Fish Eyes, Oct. 17-26 Peculiar People, Dec. 6 Great Expectations, March 20-29 Opal, July]]> ‘The Color Purple’ - A story for our time at Milwaukee Rep http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23997-%25E2%2580%2598the-color-purple%25E2%2580%2599-a-story-for-our-time-at-milwaukee-rep.html Celie, the protagonist of The Color Purple, has her second child at age fourteen. The baby daddy is her father. Her babies disappear; for all she knows, he’s killed them]]> Sustaining Jobs and Community - Can Cooperatives Save Milwaukee? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23988-sustaining-jobs-and-community-can-cooperatives-save-milwaukee.html Plein Air Shorewood Returns for Year Two http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23977-plein-air-shorewood-returns-for-year-two.html Though many artists will always prefer the climate-controlled convenience of the studio, a growing number of painters are taking their canvases outdoors. Credit the rising popularity of plein air painting in part to the old-fashioned allure of nature—there’s just something romantic about the notion of setting up an easel ]]> The Boulevard Theatre Opens ‘Pal Joey’ at the South Milwaukee PAC - Goodbye Bay View, hello Metro Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23943-the-boulevard-theatre-opens-%25E2%2580%2598pal-joey%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-south-milwaukee-pac-goodbye-bay-view-hello-metro-milwaukee.html In 18th-century Paris, the appellation boulevard theatre meant a formerly itinerant acting company who’d carved out year]]> All That Milwaukee Jazz - The Music Lives on in Our City http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23935-all-that-milwaukee-jazz-the-music-lives-on-in-our-city.html The Packers Drive for Five http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23907-the-packers-drive-for-five.html In February 2011 the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl for the fourth time, and 10 months later a 15-1 record had fans confident of a repeat. But the Packers got smacked down in that post-season and the next one. And last season, after fighting through major injuries to win the NFC North at 8-7-1, they had a]]> Planning a Racine Get-Away? - Whether by car, bike or on foot, Racine has much to offer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23933-planning-a-racine-get-away-whether-by-car-bike-or-on-foot-racine-has-much-to-offer.html For some Milwaukeeans, Racine is simply a name on a few road signs during the drive from Milwaukee to Chicago. But the little city of about 80,000 begs to be seen, and with the arrival of First Fridays and other events, now might be the perfect]]> Mondo Lucha Returns to Turner Hall - More Brawn, Beauties and Bands http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23898-mondo-lucha-returns-to-turner-hall-more-brawn-beauties-and-bands.html Dysfunction, one of Mondo Lucha’s villains, jumps the ropes of the ring, runs to a corner post and climbs]]> Milwaukee’s Grohmann Museum - Where the history of industry is reflected in art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23853-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-grohmann-museum-where-the-history-of-industry-is-reflected-in-art.html “I’m among family when I’m there.” This is how Milwaukee photographer Jim Brozek feels when he visits the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Grohmann Museum (1000 N. Broadway). Museum Director]]> All About Community - Puppets, parades and pageants for Milwaukee Public Theatre’s 40th anniversary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23848-all-about-community-puppets-parades-and-pageants-for-milwaukee-public-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-40th-anniversary.html Milwaukee Public Theatre calls its upcoming 40th birthday party “The Steampunk Circus of Metamorphosis.” “Steampunk” for its setting amid the Victorian trappings of]]> Retro Cool Things To Do Before Summer’s End http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23785-retro-cool-things-to-do-before-summer%25E2%2580%2599s-end.html Racetracks, burgers and a plane, and an old-school amusement park about as far away from Great America as you can get. Intrigued? Here are some awesome summer activities in the Milwaukee and surrounding areas that you can indulge
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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 40th Year - Opening the season with an old favorite, ‘Master Class’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23744-milwaukee-chamber-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-40th-year-opening-the-season-with-an-old-favorite-%25E2%2580%2598master-class%25E2%2580%2599.html

 “Don’t lose sight of the seeds but keep pushing forward,” says Artistic Director C. Michael Wright of his goals for Milwaukee Chamber

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Riverwest in 2014 - A community on a journey http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23706-riverwest-in-2014-a-community-on-a-journey.html

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Life is a journey, not a destination

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Visual Art: A View of Connoisseurship - A gallery owner’s thoughts on curating, educating and criticism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23676-visual-art-a-view-of-connoisseurship-a-gallery-owner%25E2%2580%2599s-thoughts-on-curating-educating-and-criticism.html My great grandfather]]> Can the Brewers Hang On? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23653-can-the-brewers-hang-on.html That was some three months the Brewers had. They ended June with an unexpected 51-33 record, a 6 1/2-game lead in]]> Bonjour Bastille Days - A weekend of France in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23604-bonjour-bastille-days-a-weekend-of-france-in-milwaukee.html

 There are many street festivals in Milwaukee

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A Bright Future for the Bucks? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23569-a-bright-future-for-the-bucks.html Almost everything went wrong for the 2013-’14 Milwaukee Bucks. Injuries forced coach Larry Drew to juggle lineups constantly. Center Larry Sanders, given a hefty new contract and projected as a team leader, wrecked a thumb in a bar fight, drew an NBA suspension for marijuana use and wound up playing only 23]]> Milwaukee On Two Wheels - Cyclists’ rights, responsibilities and safety http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23534-milwaukee-on-two-wheels-cyclists%25E2%2580%2599-rights-responsibilities-and-safety.html

 Bicycling is an environmentally friendly, healthful and enjoyable mode of transportation, and ridership has increased steeply over the last two decades. On a national level, the number of bicycle commuters has nearly doubled in the 70 largest cities, and Americans currently make more than 4 billion bike trips each

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Milwaukee’s Northwoods Collegiate Baseball Team - Lakeshore Chinooks play an exhausting summer schedule http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23460-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-northwoods-collegiate-baseball-team-lakeshore-chinooks-play-an-exhausting-summer-schedule.html

 Based out of Rochester, Minn., the Northwoods League is a summer collegiate

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Back to the (Sustainable) Future - Retro-chic meets clean technology in Downtown Kenosha’s electric streetcars http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23429-back-to-the-%2528sustainable%2529-future-retro-chic-meets-clean-technology-in-downtown-kenosha%25E2%2580%2599s-electric-streetcars.html You can climb aboard a shiny orange, maroon, green, red or yellow streetcar in Downtown Kenosha and, for just a dollar, take a trip back in time. But don’t be fooled: the city’s modest fleet of 63-year-old streetcars is more than a nostalgia novelty. They barely attract enough rail fans and]]> A Bigger PrideFest, A Momentous Year http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23391-a-bigger-pridefest-a-momentous-year.html At this stunning moment in America for LGBT people and everyone who believes in equal rights, the theme of PrideFest 2014: Make Your Moment is at once a call to celebration and action]]> Kandinsky at the Milwaukee Art Museum - The inner world of a great 20th-century modern artist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23352-kandinsky-at-the-milwaukee-art-museum-the-inner-world-of-a-great-20th-century-modern-artist.html

 “Kandinsky: A Retrospective,” a joint project of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Centre Pompidou in Paris, opens in Milwaukee on June 5. The exhibition features works by Wassily Kandinsky (1886-1944) and related artists from Munich’s Blaue Reiter group, the early 20th-century circle of modernist painters that

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Summer Guide 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23343-summer-guide-2014.html

 Milwaukee’s lakefront gets most of the attention, but it’s not the only body of water that helps make our city a great place to live. According to some authorities, Milwaukee means “meeting of the waters,” specifically, the

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Summer Festival Guide 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23344-summer-festival-guide-2014.html

 Milwaukee's comprehensive 2014 summer festival guide.

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Milwaukee’s Pinball Wizards - A retro game that found new fans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23311-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-pinball-wizards-a-retro-game-that-found-new-fans.html

 Ping! Ping! Ping ping ping! Flip flip!

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Big City Crime Movies - Favorite films from the rotten core of the Big Apple http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23273-big-city-crime-movies-favorite-films-from-the-rotten-core-of-the-big-apple.html

 In Chicago in1934, notorious mobster John Dillinger had just finished watching Manhattan Melodrama, an archetypal New York crime movie, before being gunned down by FBI agents near the Biograph Theater. Since then, many fine vintage films about wrongdoers and their pursuers

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'La Bohème' - Florentine Opera brings young love and tragedy to the stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23236-la-boh%25C3%25A8me-florentine-opera-brings-young-love-and-tragedy-to-the-stage.html

 Within a 10-year span, Giacomo Puccini composed three of the most popular operas ever written, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and the even

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A New Grandmother Thinks About Mother’s Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23249-a-new-grandmother-thinks-about-mother%25E2%2580%2599s-day.html This Mother’s Day will be my first as a grandmother. I will spend it in Milwaukee, but my only child Caitlin and my]]> The Last Man on Jones Island - When Milwaukee drove Captain Struck from his home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23194-the-last-man-on-jones-island-when-milwaukee-drove-captain-struck-from-his-home.html

 “They say a seagull gets homesick away from the water and can’t live,” the graying old captain told the Milwaukee Journal. “I’d be the same way. Take me

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Joyce Yang returns for all-Rachmaninoff Concert - DeWaart conducts the MSO this weekend http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23151-joyce-yang-returns-for-all-rachmaninoff-concert-dewaart-conducts-the-mso-this-weekend.html

 Few composers are popular enough for orchestras to want to schedule concerts devoted to their works. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is one of them. Dismissed as “old fashioned” by the avant-garde composers

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To Madtown with Love - A day trip to Madison (as the weather warms up) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23110-to-madtown-with-love-a-day-trip-to-madison-%2528as-the-weather-warms-up%2529.html

 Milwaukee, I will always crush on you. However, I do have a second love. (Gasp!) Oh, m’dear Madison! You are gorgeous and forward thinking and although I’ve already established some of my favorite

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Bridge Wars! - What our crooked bridges reveal about early Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23073-bridge-wars_-what-our-crooked-bridges-reveal-about-early-milwaukee.html

 When Byron Kilbourn first stood on the land west of the Milwaukee River in 1834, he predicted that the plot would one day become the greatest city in the American west.  East of the waterway, Frenchman Solomon Juneau had already established

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City Guide 2014: Milwaukee’s Off-The-Beaten-Path Partial Day Excursion Tour http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23011-city-guide-2014-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-off-the-beaten-path-partial-day-excursion-tour.html

 Sick of the same old tourist attractions filled with lines of people and high ticket prices? Most Milwaukeeans and tourists flock to the more popular places—those seen in a “Welcome to Milwaukee” brochure—like the Domes or Milwaukee Art Museum. But what about experiencing the actual

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City Guide 2014: Milwaukee Museum Guide - Fun places to learn about our city and the world http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23012-city-guide-2014-milwaukee-museum-guide-fun-places-to-learn-about-our-city-and-the-world.html Some still think of Milwaukee as a two-museum town. While it’s true that the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum remain the city’s largest institutions of their kind, they have been joined by

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City Guide 2014: Dining Guide http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23013-city-guide-2014-dining-guide.html

Whether you’re in the mood for burgers or sushi, you can find what you’re hungry for in the Shepherd Express’ City Guide dining guide

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Superman’s Final Flight? - Milwaukee Rep stages David Bar Katz’s ‘The History of Invulnerability’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23019-superman%25E2%2580%2599s-final-flight-milwaukee-rep-stages-david-bar-katz%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598the-history-of-invulnerability%25E2%2580%2599.html

 “I’ve never related to comics but I love the concept of selective memory,” Director Mark Clements said of The History Invulnerability, a fantasy biography by playwright

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Investing in the Future of the Ballet - Milwaukee Ballet’s season of premieres http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22952-investing-in-the-future-of-the-ballet-milwaukee-ballet%25E2%2580%2599s-season-of-premieres.html Milwaukee Ballet’s success can be attributed, says Artistic Director Michael Pink, to the fact that “since about 2008 the company has continually invested in the future of the art form.” Indeed, the debt-free]]> Beethoven's Musical Imagination - MSO programs three of the composer's symphonies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22850-beethovens-musical-imagination-mso-programs-three-of-the-composers-symphonies.html

 Praising the great symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven seems as redundant as extolling the significance of the Lincoln Memorial. Whereas the mighty edifice remains forever marooned in stationary glory, Beethoven’s wondrous third, seventh and ninth symphonies—scheduled for

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Where They Drink - DRINK 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22824-where-they-drink-drink-2014.html

 Kyle Cherek, host of “Wisconsin Foodie” on PBS, knows that good food and good drinks go hand in hand. He believes a skilled bartender can do wonders just like some of the best cooks. “My fiancée tends to follow

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Weekend Getaway to Kohler - Relax in affordable, accessible elegance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22796-weekend-getaway-to-kohler-relax-in-affordable-accessible-elegance.html Just about an hour north, straight up I-43, is the beautiful little Village of Kohler—a perfect place for a weekend getaway with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities available all year round. ]]> Up-and-Coming Craft Breweries Milwaukee - DRINK 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22781-up-and-coming-craft-breweries-milwaukee-drink-2014.html

 Milwaukee has been experiencing a craft brewery explosion lately. Despite challenges like failed Kickstarter campaigns or permit delays caused by the government

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Growlers: A New Twist on an Old Tradition - DRINK 2014 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22782-growlers-a-new-twist-on-an-old-tradition-drink-2014.html

 With so many craft breweries and brewpubs in our town you may be wondering if there is a way to bring that fresh draught taste home with you. Bottles are easy

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Milwaukee’s Battle over Daylight Saving Time http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22739-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-battle-over-daylight-saving-time.html When clocks spring forward this weekend, the hour’s sacrifice will hardly seem odd or controversial to most Milwaukeeans. But this practice, so widely accepted today, was a highly charged political issue when it debuted in the area more than 90 years ago. The backers of]]> Milwaukee’s Ace of Wedding Cakes? - Where to find sweets for that special day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22724-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-ace-of-wedding-cakes-where-to-find-sweets-for-that-special-day.html

 When planning a wedding there are few decisions that are as fun and tasty as choosing the right cake. Whether elaborate and multi-tiered or easy-to-eat cupcakes

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Present Music and Danceworks go contemporary with 'Temptation's Snare' - Reinventing Stravinsky http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22706-present-music-and-danceworks-go-contemporary-with-temptations-snare-reinventing-stravinsky.html

Present Music has a bit of a history with Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, an experimental work he wrote a few years after his famous Rite of Spring. It was performed at Present Music’s very first concert, and Artistic Director Kevin Stalheim has worked it into two programs since. This

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The Wreck of the S.S. Milwaukee - When Lake Michigan storms claimed the Cream City ship http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22663-the-wreck-of-the-ss-milwaukee-when-lake-michigan-storms-claimed-the-cream-city-ship.html The Milwaukee Journal called the wicked northerly gale that pounded Lake Michigan on Oct. 22 1929]]> 2014 Comprehensive Spring Arts Guide Calendar http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22661-2014-comprehensive-spring-arts-guide-calendar.html 2014 Spring Arts Guide http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22660-2014-spring-arts-guide.html With the coldest, quietest stretch of winter finally behind us, the 2014 arts calendar is now in full swing. The coming months bring with them a spate of gallery openings]]> A Cast of Hundreds and a Plethora of Puppets - Milwaukee Opera Theatre and the Peck School present Ravel’s ‘L’enfant et les http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22633-a-cast-of-hundreds-and-a-plethora-of-puppets-milwaukee-opera-theatre-and-the-peck-school-present-ravel%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598l%25E2%2580%2599enfant-et-les.html An angry child throws a tantrum and demolishes his room. Magically, his broken possessions come to life and castigate him for the way he’s treated them. He flees to the back yard where the trees, insects and small]]> Arts/Industry: A Winning Combination - Kohler Arts Center’s diverse offerings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22607-arts_industry-a-winning-combination-kohler-arts-center%25E2%2580%2599s-diverse-offerings.html What happens when a venerable Wisconsin manufacturing company and an art museum sustain a 40-year partnership? Visit the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) to find out. Opened in 1967, the Arts Center has been headed by Director Ruth]]> Milwaukee’s Feral Cats - What to do when the population explodes? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22555-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-feral-cats-what-to-do-when-the-population-explodes.html

 Decreasing the number of feral cats in the city increases the quality of life. Ferals can be a terrible nuisance, especially when in heat. At night, their yowling, yelling and

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Woman Up! - Event celebrates enrichment and empowerment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22561-woman-up_-event-celebrates-enrichment-and-empowerment.html

The Shepherd Express’ first annual celebration of women, Woman Up!, will be a day of enrichment and empowerment for women of all ages. Exhibitors and speakers will cover topics ranging from food and fitness to fashion and finance. Heather Pechacek, marketing coordinator for the

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New Dance from the Milwaukee Ballet - Performances at South Milwaukee PAC and the Pabst http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22521-new-dance-from-the-milwaukee-ballet-performances-at-south-milwaukee-pac-and-the-pabst.html Milwaukee Ballet is doing something new and wonderful. In addition to creating ballets with the company’s forward-looking Artistic Director Michael Pink and the]]> Happy Birthday, 'Neuromancer' - William Gibson's cyberpunk novel turns 30 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22473-happy-birthday-neuromancer-william-gibsons-cyberpunk-novel-turns-30.html William Gibson, one of the most innovative science fiction writers of the last 30 years, invented “cyberpunk” with the publication of his novel Neuromancer in 1984. Since then, cyberpunk has become a pervasive influence on rock music and films, impacting style and content. Musicians and filmmakers such as Sonic]]> Woman Up! - Milwaukee women's expo to be held at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Feb. 8 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22458-woman-up_-milwaukee-womens-expo-to-be-held-at-wisconsin-state-fair-park-feb-8.html

 The Shepherd Express is creating a unique event—one that will inspire, empower and enliven you. We invite you to Woman Up!

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'A Midnight Cry' Returns To First Stage - The Road To Freedom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22433-a-midnight-cry-returns-to-first-stage-the-road-to-freedom.html Driving past Johnson Park on Fond du Lac Avenue between 17th and 20th Streets, you wouldn’t guess it was the site in 1842 of Deacon Samuel Brown’s farm]]> Milwaukee's Grassroots Storytellers - Ex Fabula’s community-building 'Close Encounters' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22427-milwaukees-grassroots-storytellers-ex-fabula%25E2%2580%2599s-community-building-close-encounters.html Not so long ago in a restaurant not so far away, five inspired young men and women dined together on Indian food—and something extraordinary happened. Over Maharaja’s curries and masalas, they pledged to create an]]> Milwaukee's Polar Bear Plunge 2014 - Hundreds will take the frosty dip http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22387-milwaukees-polar-bear-plunge-2014-hundreds-will-take-the-frosty-dip.html A New Year’s resolution is often a well-intentioned, empty declaration made the morning after an evening of celebration of excess. And while some are content to accept this fact, others have been finding ways to punctuate New Year’s Day with appropriate action that involves just the]]> What’s Up With West Allis? - New business in the old industrial city http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22342-what%25E2%2580%2599s-up-with-west-allis-new-business-in-the-old-industrial-city.html

 Despite the successes of such summertime events as the Summer Music in the Park series at West Allis’ Veterans Memorial Park and the annual A La Carte street festival on Greenfield Avenue, many people continue to define

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New Money for Milwaukee Visual Artists - Big funding changes have infused the city with vitality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22306-new-money-for-milwaukee-visual-artists-big-funding-changes-have-infused-the-city-with-vitality.html The visual arts in Milwaukee are changing dramatically. In 2012, the Milwaukee Art Museum was the juggernaut. With 400,000 annual visitors, total assets of $129 million and operating expenses of more]]> MSO Faces Historic Challenges - Symphony reduces size, adds concerts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22300-mso-faces-historic-challenges-symphony-reduces-size-adds-concerts.html The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin’s largest cultural institution and one of America’s finest orchestras, is in dire financial trouble. On Dec. 5, the MSO announced a restructuring plan that will reduce the number of full-time musicians and]]> Holiday Gift Guide - Shopping suggestions for everyone in your life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22262-holiday-gift-guide-shopping-suggestions-for-everyone-in-your-life.html

 The holiday season is here. Festive lights are hanging, store hours have been extended and streets bustle with shoppers seeking the perfect gifts for friends and family. We know you’re raring to snatch up the holiday goodies, so we’ve put together a holiday gift guide to help you with those

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A Straight-Edge Fling - Shaving your face the old-school way http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22223-a-straight-edge-fling-shaving-your-face-the-old-school-way.html I wanted to shave with the straight razor in my twenties, but life got in the way and I started in my sixties. So it is never too late. All you need is a shave-ready straight razor and a strop, plus plenty of patience and perseverance, because there is a learning curve]]> Present Music Sings Out for Thanksgiving - Contemporary choral music featured at annual concert http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22181-present-music-sings-out-for-thanksgiving-contemporary-choral-music-featured-at-annual-concert.html Between the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus singing Handel’s Messiah, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s staging of A Christmas Carol and the Milwaukee Ballet’s Nutcracker, our city has no lack of favorites in the performing arts for Christmas. And this was not only slightly annoying to]]> Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana Returns to South Milwaukee PAC - What is Flamenco? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22134-flamenco-vivo_carlota-santana-returns-to-south-milwaukee-pac-what-is-flamenco.html

 Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana will perform “The Soul of Flamenco” Saturday evening, Nov. 16, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. A shorter, family-oriented program, “Fiesta Flamenco,” will be

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Florentine Opera stages Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ at the Marcus Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22081-florentine-opera-stages-verdi%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598la-traviata%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-marcus-center.html Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, one of the world’s most beloved operas, remains the unique crown jewel of his three middle-period transitional works, sharing honors with Il Trovatore and Rigoletto as the composer’s initial breakthrough to greatness. Nevertheless, La Traviata’s more
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Milwaukee actors perform in South Africa - UPROOTED Theatre’s Marti Gobel and friends dramatize discrimination on two continents http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22041-milwaukee-actors-perform-in-south-africa-uprooted-theatre%25E2%2580%2599s-marti-gobel-and-friends-dramatize-discrimination-on-two-continents.html “Incredible experience,” says Suzan Fete. “I saw monkey gland sauce on the menu!” Fete, of Renaissance Theaterworks, ran across the sauce in South Africa, while on tour with Renaissance’s Brandy Kline and Marti Gobel, the producing artistic director of UPROOTED Theatre]]> Romeo’s Rivals in Courage - Davit Hovhannisyan and Alexandre Ferreira in Milwaukee Ballet’s ‘Romeo And Juliet’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22004-romeo%25E2%2580%2599s-rivals-in-courage-davit-hovhannisyan-and-alexandre-ferreira-in-milwaukee-ballet%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598romeo-and-juliet%25E2%2580%2599.html Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet unfolds over six days. The teenage lovers meet on Monday and on Saturday they’re dead. “Many productions miss the pivotal moments]]> Haunted Milwaukee - The ghosts (and costumes) come out at Halloween http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21969-haunted-milwaukee-the-ghosts-%2528and-costumes%2529-come-out-at-halloween.html Looking for some spooky treats? Perhaps the typical haunted house or a friend’s annual Halloween shindig can’t send the same shivers they once did? Milwaukee has some wonderfully weird events to explore for the first]]> ‘The Missiles of October’ - Movies on the nuclear apocalypse (that never happened) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21925-%25E2%2580%2598the-missiles-of-october%25E2%2580%2599-movies-on-the-nuclear-apocalypse-%2528that-never-happened%2529.html Daunting international tension has been the subject of several movies in which the president of the United States had to bite the bullet to avoid nuclear war. Among the most notable are Fail Safe (1964) with Henry Fonda; World War III (1982) with Rock Hudson; By Dawn’s Early Light (1990) with Martin]]> Moving Summer Indoors - Winter is no barrier for mountain biking, rock climbing or golf http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21883-moving-summer-indoors-winter-is-no-barrier-for-mountain-biking-rock-climbing-or-golf.html

 Wisconsinites are well aware how precious and fleeting the warm months of the year can be. In the not-so-distant past, activities like mountain biking, rock climbing

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Round Two is Live! - 2013 Best of Milwaukee Readers' Choice Poll http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21894-round-two-is-live_-2013-best-of-milwaukee-readers-choice-poll.html

 Our readers have spoken—but not for the last time!

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Where They Drink - DRINK 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21864-where-they-drink-drink-2013.html

 The well-known Milwaukee choreographer enjoys drinking Spotted Cow at this popular Irish pub and restaurant close to the Danceworks Studio. The dancers go as a group after rehearsals or performances

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Beer: The Stein in the Dine - DRINK 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21865-beer-the-stein-in-the-dine-drink-2013.html

 Each fall, the Shepherd Express’ Drink section celebrates Milwaukee’s love of beer

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‘Music from the French Court’ - Milwaukee’s Ensemble Musical Offering goes Baroque http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21841-%25E2%2580%2598music-from-the-french-court%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-ensemble-musical-offering-goes-baroque.html Joan Parsley, artistic director of Milwaukee’s Ensemble Musical Offering, brims with a missionary zeal for early music. The depth of her scholarship and enthusiasm reveal how committed she is to the presentation of all things Baroque]]> Carl Sandburg and the City of Beer - How Milwaukee inspired one of America’s great poets http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21799-carl-sandburg-and-the-city-of-beer-how-milwaukee-inspired-one-of-america%25E2%2580%2599s-great-poets.html While you can say Carl Sandburg loved the city of Chicago, you can’t say he loved it exclusively. Long associated with Chicago Poems, the 1916 book of poetry that launched Sandburg’s career, the workingman’s poet has not been well known for his ties to Milwaukee]]> Going to the Dogs? - Milwaukee is a great place for dogs (and canine lovers) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21753-going-to-the-dogs-milwaukee-is-a-great-place-for-dogs-%2528and-canine-lovers%2529.html With access to dog parks and affordable
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‘Ragtime’ at the Rep - The meaning of America in a musical http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21741-%25E2%2580%2598ragtime%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-rep-the-meaning-of-america-in-a-musical.html

 Nothing in the nature of musical theater demands that it be superficial. Civilization’s first plays, the soul-expanding Greek tragedies, were musicals about nature, society and individual responsibility

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Harley-Davidson: 110 years on the open road http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21706-harley-davidson-110-years-on-the-open-road.html In 1903, a year of major revolution in transportation, Henry Ford started his motor company and the Wright Brothers got their first airplane off the ground. That year also saw childhood friends Arthur Davidson and]]> Jackie Allen’s Sophistication and Soul - Milwaukee jazz singer comes home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21681-jackie-allen%25E2%2580%2599s-sophistication-and-soul-milwaukee-jazz-singer-comes-home.html 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]]> All About Ireland - Irish Fest brings music, food and culture to Milwaukee’s lakefront http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21607-all-about-ireland-irish-fest-brings-music-food-and-culture-to-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-lakefront.html The seed of an idea called Irish Fest, planted more]]> The Comforts of Home - Bed and Breakfast in Southeast Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21572-the-comforts-of-home-bed-and-breakfast-in-southeast-wisconsin.html A stay at a bed and breakfast can inspire romance, encourage new friendships and engender a feeling of comfort. Typically, a B&B is a private residence with 10 or]]> Has Milwaukee become a Comedy Mecca? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21538-has-milwaukee-become-a-comedy-mecca.html “Shepherd Express? Is that a fast herd of sheep or something,” asks Dick Chudnow, who co-founded ComedySportz with Bob Orvis in 1984. Orvis recalls those early days: “We’d go out and people hadn’t even seen]]> Beer, Cheese and Awesome Music - The 2013 Brady Street Festival http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21485-beer-cheese-and-awesome-music-the-2013-brady-street-festival.html

 Once a bastion of 1960s counterculture and the focus of a revitalization effort in the early ’90s that following a period of gentrification, the eccentric nine-block stretch of homes, storefronts, bars and restaurants known as

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The One You Love to Hate - Is Jack Palance the best movie villain? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21461-the-one-you-love-to-hate-is-jack-palance-the-best-movie-villain.html Who are the all-time best movie villains—actors we love to hate on the big screen? This is a challenging question even for dedicated film aficionados. Quickly coming to my mind are Charles Laughton]]> Bastille Days - Milwaukee’s Little Piece of Paris http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21416-bastille-days-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-little-piece-of-paris.html

 Francophiles, wine-lovers and street festival fans will be in heaven July 11-14 as Bastille Days takes over Cathedral Square Park, and several surrounding blocks

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Welcome to Kenosha http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21399-welcome-to-kenosha.html

 You don’t have to travel to San Francisco to hear the ding-ding of the trolley. Kenosha Transit operates electric streetcars on tracks through the city’s downtown

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Civil War Wisconsin - Kenosha museum commemorates the Badger State’s role http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21384-civil-war-wisconsin-kenosha-museum-commemorates-the-badger-state%25E2%2580%2599s-role.html 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]]> Suicides at City Hall - Seven leaped to their death inside the Milwaukee landmark http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21347-suicides-at-city-hall-seven-leaped-to-their-death-inside-the-milwaukee-landmark.html

 On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1929, 36-year-old Frances Schurmeir climbed to the top of the brass railing of the fifth floor of Milwaukee’s City Hall overlooking

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You Can’t Say That at Summerfest: The City of Milwaukee v. George Carlin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21315-you-can%25E2%2580%2599t-say-that-at-summerfest-the-city-of-milwaukee-v-george-carlin.html These unmentionable seven words were]]> Finding Your Inner Thoreau - Wisconsin State Parks are a great place to connect with nature http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21235-finding-your-inner-thoreau-wisconsin-state-parks-are-a-great-place-to-connect-with-nature.html

 In the magic of the woods, there is a whisper of the wind through the tree leaves above and the feel of soft pine needles below your feet. There is the chirp "hello" from the various birds, the inquiring buzz of many an insect

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Celebrating Hemp History Week - Legalization slowly gains momentum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21138-celebrating-hemp-history-week-legalization-slowly-gains-momentum.html

 For centuries, hemp was grown on American soil. The viable, adaptable crop was essential to the growth of industry. Thomas Jefferson endorsed it, declaring, “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection

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Les Paul’s Homecoming - Honoring the guitar wizard at the Waukesha County Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21140-les-paul%25E2%2580%2599s-homecoming-honoring-the-guitar-wizard-at-the-waukesha-county-museum.html

 Les Paul predicted the iPod in 1954 when he proposed a device with no moving parts, small enough to fit into a pocket but able to hold “every song you ever wanted to hear.” Although he never got around to inventing

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On the Streets - Milwaukee’s food trucks’ fast, tasty options http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21100-on-the-streets-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-food-trucks%25E2%2580%2599-fast-tasty-options.html ]]> Jason Mewes on Animation, Clerks 3 and Why Jay and Silent Bob Could Go to Mars http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21083-jason-mewes-on-animation-clerks-3-and-why-jay-and-silent-bob-could-go-to-mars.html When Jason Mewes forged a friendship with Kevin Smith, he probably didn’t realize he was also entering into a career-defining partnership. The two have since collaborated in more than a dozen proj]]> Breaking the Barriers - Skylight presents ‘Porgy and Bess’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21049-breaking-the-barriers-skylight-presents-%25E2%2580%2598porgy-and-bess%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The 1935 New York premiere of Porgy and Bess was an epochal

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Connected to the Ancients - Theatre Gigante marks 25 years with a new Electra http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21012-connected-to-the-ancients-theatre-gigante-marks-25-years-with-a-new-electra.html

 "When you want to know what grief means, remember me," Electra tells the Chorus of Female Slaves in The Oresteia, the 2,500-year-old dramatization by the Greek playwright Aeschylus of King Agamemnon's bloody

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A Day of Madness, a Night of Glory - Comedy, intrigue and sadness in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20989-a-day-of-madness-a-night-of-glory-comedy-intrigue-and-sadness-in-%25E2%2580%2598the-marriage-of-figaro%25E2%2580%2599.html One way of viewing Mozart’s operatic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro is as a landmark embodying the final glories of 18th-century classicism—a gleaming summation of “ancient regime” European aristocracy. Set on the]]> Catering Your Wedding - From classic to shabby chic, Milwaukee offers a menu of options http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20975-catering-your-wedding-from-classic-to-shabby-chic-milwaukee-offers-a-menu-of-options.html

 When planning a wedding there are so many decisions to make. Dresses, flowers, photographer—the list goes on. One of the most important choices bridal couples need to make is about food. Sit-down dinner or buffet

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An Entertaining Façade - Danceworks, Milwaukee Opera and Chamber Orchestra collaborate on a modern classic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20939-an-entertaining-fa%25C3%25A7ade-danceworks-milwaukee-opera-and-chamber-orchestra-collaborate-on-a-modern-classic.html

 Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee Opera Theatre and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra join forces to bring Edith Sitwell and William Walton’s Façade to the stage. This is the second consecutive season of

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Earth Day 2013 Activities (BAD BACKEND) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20910-earth-day-2013-activities-%2528bad-backend%2529.html Join the Midwest Environmental Advocates on Thursday, April 18, for a meeting at the Clock Shadow Creamery at 5:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., Cedar Grove’s Master Cheesemaker Bob Wills will lead a building tour of the]]> Confronting the Sins of Omission - Ferne Caulker Bronson’s ‘Sweet Grass Project’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20909-confronting-the-sins-of-omission-ferne-caulker-bronson%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598sweet-grass-project%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The infectious sound of African drums guided me to the rehearsal room at UW-Milwaukee's Mitchell Hall. Ferne Caulker Bronson, the choreographer and artistic director of Ko-Thi Dance Company since its founding in 1969

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Milwaukee Day 2013 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20903-milwaukee-day-2013.html

 Contest winner Jim Lange rings the bell at Milwaukee City Hall Sunday morning to commence the city’s second (or depending on how your count, its third) annual Milwaukee Day celebration. The holiday’s creators were inspired by

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Every Day is Milwaukee Day, but April 14 is When We Celebrate Milwaukee Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20872-every-day-is-milwaukee-day-but-april-14-is-when-we-celebrate-milwaukee-day.html Several years ago a group of friends were discussing the date April 14 when one of them commented that the date (4/14) is the same as Milwaukee’s area code (414). From that casual observation, an]]> Mythical Battle of Midas - Present Music and Milwaukee Opera Theatre present a world premiere http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20862-mythical-battle-of-midas-present-music-and-milwaukee-opera-theatre-present-a-world-premiere.html

 Present Music, Milwaukee’s cutting-edge new music ensemble, joins with Milwaukee Opera Theatre in the debut of Judgment of Midas, an opera by Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince. Judgment of Midas is inspired by the

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Remembering Roger Ebert http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20855-remembering-roger-ebert.html

  The balcony has closed. Legendary Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert has died. He was 70 years old. 

Roger Ebert, the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, started as the newspaper's critic in 1967

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Let’s Be Broadminded - Laughing with Milwaukee’s all-female comedy troupe http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20835-let%25E2%2580%2599s-be-broadminded-laughing-with-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-all-female-comedy-troupe.html

 When one considers the personal and professional obligations of those involved, the time and effort required in the pursuit of such an endeavor and the daunting task of making complete strangers chuckle, the women

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Best of the West - Twenty great films featuring cowboys, outlaws and legends of an earlier America http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20788-best-of-the-west-twenty-great-films-featuring-cowboys-outlaws-and-legends-of-an-earlier-america.html

 Westerns are the most cherished American film genre, providing rip-roaring action and powerful drama. Some of the most provocative, often in black-and-white, probed the psychology beneath the gunplay. In my favorite

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Milwaukee’s Masters of Time - Clockwork in the digital age http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20772-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-masters-of-time-clockwork-in-the-digital-age.html

 It’s the top of the hour inside Hawkins Clock Center and the store erupts into a symphony of clockwork

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Stirring the Senses - Wild Space’s luscious, ecstatic dance concert http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20714-stirring-the-senses-wild-space%25E2%2580%2599s-luscious-ecstatic-dance-concert.html In Debra Loewen's brilliant Milwaukee 360 dance show last fall, the audience stood in the chill night air on top of the parking structure of the former Pabst Brewery and looked]]> Benjamin Britten’s Comic Masterpiece - Florentine Opera brings ‘Albert Herring’ to the stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20679-benjamin-britten%25E2%2580%2599s-comic-masterpiece-florentine-opera-brings-%25E2%2580%2598albert-herring%25E2%2580%2599-to-the-stage.html

 Always enterprising in its efforts to offer new and varied productions, the Florentine Opera, having won Grammy awards for its world premiere recording of Rio de Sangre and its brilliant CD of Elmer Gantry, offers another departure from standard operatic fare with Benjamin Britten’s

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Good Movie Remakes? - Against all odds, Hollywood has made a few http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20648-good-movie-remakes-against-all-odds-hollywood-has-made-a-few.html Over the years, most movie remakes have been woeful. Recent examples include The Manchurian Candidate (2004) a botched version of 1962’s black-and-white beauty; 3:10 to Yuma]]> ‘A Violin’s Life’ - Frankly Music’s CD preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20604-%25E2%2580%2598a-violin%25E2%2580%2599s-life%25E2%2580%2599-frankly-music%25E2%2580%2599s-cd-preview.html

 Frankly Music features Frank Almond and pianist William Wolfram in a program previewing their CD, A Violin’s Life, scheduled for release on Avie Records later this spring. All of the works on the CD have direct historical

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Chambers of Delight - Present Music’s intimate concert series http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20574-chambers-of-delight-present-music%25E2%2580%2599s-intimate-concert-series.html

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RedLine Milwaukee - Helping Artists Stay In Town http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20553-redline-milwaukee-helping-artists-stay-in-town.html

 RedLine Milwaukee is an art gallery and studio space as well as a mecca for artists and arts education in Milwaukee. It has a community print shop and computer room, a classroom and a meeting room, library, kitchen

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Milwaukee Dances - Danceworks teaches Milwaukee to move http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20517-milwaukee-dances-danceworks-teaches-milwaukee-to-move.html

 Serendipity” is the title of the new Danceworks Performance Company opening this weekend at their user-friendly studio on North Water Street. Happy accidents certainly occur in the development of artworks and institutions, but the success of Danceworks, now in its twentieth year

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MSO Performs Bruckner’s ‘Romantic’ Symphony http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20474-mso-performs-bruckner%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598romantic%25E2%2580%2599-symphony.html Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) wouldn’t win any beauty contests, but his music did. Though ungainly in appearance, he was a man of noble soul and high poetic sensitivity. He was regarded as awkward and unsophisticated by many]]> First Stage’s ‘To The Promised Land’ - Meaningful theater for young audiences http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20444-first-stage%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598to-the-promised-land%25E2%2580%2599-meaningful-theater-for-young-audiences.html Ruth, an African-American student at Milwaukee’s Fourth Street School, grieving her brother’s murder by police during the city’s battles for open housing, has gone truant. Forced back to school, she is assigned to give]]> Outpost Natural Foods - Milwaukee’s Organic Pioneer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20412-outpost-natural-foods-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-organic-pioneer.html Tired of politics and business as usual, a 22-year-old Steve Pincus became the first manager of the East Kane Street Food Co-op, the roots of the now-familiar Outpost Natural Foods. It was 1970 when Pincus, who now]]> Parkway Theatre - Forty Years Ago, Deep Throat Took Milwaukee All The Way http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20398-parkway-theatre-forty-years-ago-deep-throat-took-milwaukee-all-the-way.html When the words Deep Throat first appeared on the old iron marquee of the Parkway Theatre at 34th and Lisbon on Dec. 26, 1972, almost no one knew what it meant. It was just another dirty movie playing at one of the city’s]]> Big Screen Politics - Top 20 movies about American presidents http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20380-big-screen-politics-top-20-movies-about-american-presidents.html

 With the nasty, contentious, divisive 2012 presidential election now history—and a movie about Abraham Lincoln in theaters—here’s an intriguing question: Which actors, over the years, were most effective portraying

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So Long, 2012 - The Shepherd’s 2013 New Year’s Eve Guide http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20366-so-long-2012-the-shepherd%25E2%2580%2599s-2013-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-eve-guide.html

 2012 won’t necessarily be remembered as a great one. It’s almost certain to go down as the year the nation endured another bitter election cycle, stretches of unusual and frequently destructive weather patterns

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The 2012 Theater Year in Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20338-the-2012-theater-year-in-review.html This year was a remarkably diverse time for theater in Milwaukee. As new companies arose, others became more established and still others continued to define themselves in ways that kept things evolving in a refreshing way. ]]> Camelot or Spamalot? - Reflections on Milwaukee’s art scene http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20309-camelot-or-spamalot-reflections-on-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-art-scene.html Put “The” in front of “Milwaukee Art Scene” and it takes on a new glow, but what (and where) is this golden place? In the 1980s, was it in Walker’s Point, along with Art Muscle magazine and the new Walker’s Point]]> Endurance and Change - 12 performances, 12 hours on 12-12-12 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20282-endurance-and-change-12-performances-12-hours-on-12-12-12.html

 Pegi Christiansen has made performance art for 12 years. She has also sought out, chronicled and fostered efforts by other Milwaukee artists to create meaningful, memorable, even life changing live performances that don’t quite

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Milwaukee Ballet’s Holiday Tradition - Getting Comfortable with The Nutcracker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20243-milwaukee-ballet%25E2%2580%2599s-holiday-tradition-getting-comfortable-with-the-nutcracker.html In the darkness and cold of winter, we draw together for comfort. Holiday traditions help us find our lives again through the rituals we share. As a tuxedoed cabaret crooner, I return to the classic holiday standards every year]]> If It’s David Seebach, It Must Be Magic - Milwaukee illusionist explores the secrets of his trade http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20198-if-it%25E2%2580%2599s-david-seebach-it-must-be-magic-milwaukee-illusionist-explores-the-secrets-of-his-trade.html

 “What’s the secret of magic?” ponders David Seebach. “The secret of magic is the magician.” He would know. Seebach is arguably the most famous modern magician in the land of Houdini. He’s performed

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Why Art Thrives in Hartford - Schauer Arts & Activities Center hosts theater, dance and more http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20177-why-art-thrives-in-hartford-schauer-arts-activities-center-hosts-theater-dance-and-more.html Large cities naturally serve as a destination for the arts. Theaters, galleries, music and art classes can be found easily in Milwaukee or Chicago. But don’t count out smaller towns, like Hartford, Wis. Hartford, 40 minutes]]> Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Movie Theaters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20128-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-neighborhood-movie-theaters.html

 Remember the days when neighborhood movie houses were an integral part of many residential areas of the city? These mostly small theaters boasted a single screen and double features and attracted big crowds almost every

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Winter Weekend Getaways - Great Places to Go Without Going Far http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20089-winter-weekend-getaways-great-places-to-go-without-going-far.html The trees have lost their leaves and the nights are getting longer. Without a doubt, winter is on the way. Before cabin fever has you climbing the walls, give yourself something to look forward to and plan a weekend...]]> Ace Boxing Club and the Porter Legacy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20049-ace-boxing-club-and-the-porter-legacy.html

  “Do you see this?” coach Frank Porter says, pointing to a long shelf jammed with trophies. Porter, program director at Ace Boxing Club, is talking to his beginner...

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Official 2012 Best of Milwaukee Finalists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20034-official-2012-best-of-milwaukee-finalists.html


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Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ Still Dazzles - Florentine Opera brings the masterpiece to the stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20004-bizet%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598carmen%25E2%2580%2599-still-dazzles-florentine-opera-brings-the-masterpiece-to-the-stage.html

 “Carmen is a woman meant only for love and death.” These were the ominous words that Prosper Merimee used to describe the coarse Gypsy character he authored in his grungy 1845 novella. Yet Carmen’s name would soon...

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Milwaukee Ballet Premieres ‘La Boheme’ - Michael Pink presents Puccini without words http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19972-milwaukee-ballet-premieres-%25E2%2580%2598la-boheme%25E2%2580%2599-michael-pink-presents-puccini-without-words.html

 One thing Michael Pink didn’t consider in planning his 10th year as Milwaukee Ballet’s artistic director...

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Ensemble Caprice Brings ‘Salsa Baroque’ to Milwaukee - Early Music Now kicks off its 26th season http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19923-ensemble-caprice-brings-%25E2%2580%2598salsa-baroque%25E2%2580%2599-to-milwaukee-early-music-now-kicks-off-its-26th-season.html Early Music Now (EMN) begins its 26th season with the spicy dance rhythms of Ensemble Caprice’s “Salsa Baroque,” a program of music by Latin American and Spanish Baroque composers...]]> Me, You, Art and Trout - Mark Anderson’s new monologue opens Theatre Gigante’s 25th season http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19877-me-you-art-and-trout-mark-anderson%25E2%2580%2599s-new-monologue-opens-theatre-gigante%25E2%2580%2599s-25th-season.html
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The Capitol Steps’ Bipartisan Humor - Political comedy troupe mocks all sides http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19844-the-capitol-steps%25E2%2580%2599-bipartisan-humor-political-comedy-troupe-mocks-all-sides.html


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‘Black Radio’ Sends Its Signal to Milwaukee - Robert Glasper at the South Milwaukee PAC http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19806-%25E2%2580%2598black-radio%25E2%2580%2599-sends-its-signal-to-milwaukee-robert-glasper-at-the-south-milwaukee-pac.html
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Paula Poundstone's Obsessions http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19746-paula-poundstones-obsessions.html “I raise a house full of kids and animals, and it's fun to talk about on stage. I don't so much write as take notes.”]]> Return of the Jazz Gallery - Arts center as community resource in Riverwest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19676-return-of-the-jazz-gallery-arts-center-as-community-resource-in-riverwest.html The original Milwaukee Jazz Gallery transmitted a far-reaching beacon, a creative-freedom vibe even the Statue of Liberty might've caught and tapped her toe to. America's art of...]]> The Changing Face of Milwaukee - Homecoming leads to discovery of city's new look http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19636-the-changing-face-of-milwaukee-homecoming-leads-to-discovery-of-citys-new-look.html Let me be clear: Milwaukee is not my hometown. However, it often feels that way...]]> Calling for Public Art - Milwaukee needs administrator to develop guidelines, plans http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19574-calling-for-public-art-milwaukee-needs-administrator-to-develop-guidelines-plans.html Milwaukee County needs a professional public art administrator. Yes, County Executive...]]> Milwaukee Vice: Where the Action Was http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19512-milwaukee-vice-where-the-action-was.html “Where's the action in this town, man?” In a November 1972 cover story, the Milwaukee Sentinel...]]> African World Festival Picks Up Steam http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19450-african-world-festival-picks-up-steam.html It isn't every weekend that Milwaukee gets to experience African-American culture...]]> The Dog Days of Dining on Milwaukee Patios - Tips for local pet-friendly hot spots http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19370-the-dog-days-of-dining-on-milwaukee-patios-tips-for-local-pet-friendly-hot-spots.html Nothing beats lounging in the sun, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying decadent table scraps...]]> Milwaukee's Festa Italiana Turns 35 - Lakefront festival celebrates all things Italian http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19325-milwaukees-festa-italiana-turns-35-lakefront-festival-celebrates-all-things-italian.html Before Festa Italiana emerged as the largest Italian-American cultural celebration in the nation...]]> Milwaukee Storms the Bastille - Annual French festival returns to Cathedral Square http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19245-milwaukee-storms-the-bastille-annual-french-festival-returns-to-cathedral-square.html It was Paris, 1789. The impoverished and exploited masses, fed up with the...]]> Secrets of the Milwaukee Public Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19175-secrets-of-the-milwaukee-public-museum.html Lucky me! For this article, I get to see collections most visitors to the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM)...]]> Have You Seen Racine? - Day trips to Milwaukee's southern neighbor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19109-have-you-seen-racine-day-trips-to-milwaukees-southern-neighbor.html The next time you're zooming along I-94 between Milwaukee and Chicago, take the time to discover...]]> Flying Saucers Over Milwaukee! - UFO mania in the summer of 1947 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19028-flying-saucers-over-milwaukee_-ufo-mania-in-the-summer-of-1947.html Sixty-five years ago this summer, Americans looking to the night skies began to see fantastic things...]]> Lebowski Comes to Milwaukee - A festival honoring the Dude in all of us http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18958-lebowski-comes-to-milwaukee-a-festival-honoring-the-dude-in-all-of-us.html The Big Lebowski came and went without ringing much change at box offices during its theatrical...]]> Twenty-Five Years of Pride - Milwaukee PrideFest celebrates June 8-10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18898-twenty-five-years-of-pride-milwaukee-pridefest-celebrates-june-8-10.html PrideFest is 25 years old. To honor that, Milwaukee's LGBTQ celebration June 8-10 will...]]> Celebrating Hemp History Week - National effort aims to educate the public on once-lauded crop http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18837-celebrating-hemp-history-week-national-effort-aims-to-educate-the-public-on-once-lauded-crop.html Ten hours after Pearl Harbor burned and more than 2,000 Americans perished, the Japanese...]]> Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fifth in Uihlein Hall - MSO revives a neglected masterpiece http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18767-ralph-vaughan-williams-fifth-in-uihlein-hall-mso-revives-a-neglected-masterpiece.html Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) is one of the great composers not programmed enough...]]> Kohler Festival of Beer Kicks Off Its Fourth Year - Sheboygan's 3 Sheeps among featured breweries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18683-kohler-festival-of-beer-kicks-off-its-fourth-year-sheboygans-3-sheeps-among-featured-breweries.html For Grant Pauly, owner of and brewmaster for the new 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. in Sheboygan...]]> Mozart's Early Masterpiece - Florentine Opera presents 'Idomeneo' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18620-mozarts-early-masterpiece-florentine-opera-presents-idomeneo.html Regarded as Mozart's first great opera, Idomeneo was a remarkable breakthrough for the 24-year...]]> Milwaukee Ballet's 'Peter Pan' Returns 2 Years Older and Wiser http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18545-milwaukee-ballets-peter-pan-returns-2-years-older-and-wiser.html On opening night of the world premiere of Michael Pink's Peter Pan in 2010, a desperate fellow...]]> Creating the Wedding of Your Dreams - Find the perfect Milwaukee venue for you http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18546-creating-the-wedding-of-your-dreams-find-the-perfect-milwaukee-venue-for-you.html Choosing a venue for a wedding can be a tough decision. It has to be special in some way, whether it reflects the bride and groom's values and beliefs or just offers a great view. Many newly engaged couples find the process exhausting...]]> Danceworks: A Choreographic Laboratory - Milwaukee dance company embraces its identity in 'Want or Need' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18479-danceworks-a-choreographic-laboratory-milwaukee-dance-company-embraces-its-identity-in-want-or-need.html For decades, experiments in dance have opened possibilities for other forms of theater...]]> Gathering by the Waters - New Milwaukee festival celebrates three cultures http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18411-gathering-by-the-waters-new-milwaukee-festival-celebrates-three-cultures.html It makes for a strange mix, at first glance. What do Latino Americans, Polish Americans and American Indians...]]> Shaving the Old-School Way - Double-edge razor remains the king http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18336-shaving-the-old-school-way-double-edge-razor-remains-the-king.html Sometimes there's just no improving on the original. That's the case with the double-edge safety...]]> Remembering County Stadium - How the Menomonee Valley brought the big leagues to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18274-remembering-county-stadium-how-the-menomonee-valley-brought-the-big-leagues-to-milwaukee.html This Friday afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers' home park will be the site of the biggest party...]]> Nothing Beats a Great Spy Film - Looking back at the genre's best http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18156-nothing-beats-a-great-spy-film-looking-back-at-the-genres-best.html Taut tales of stealthy undercover agents from the Civil War through the Cold War have provided...]]> Milwaukee Ballet's Dancers for All Seasons http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18088-milwaukee-ballets-dancers-for-all-seasons.html As Milwaukee Ballet prepares to present its “Spring Series” of contemporary one-acts...]]> Partying on St. Patrick's Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18044-partying-on-st-patricks-day.html Where to go, where to go, on St. Drinking's Day… Patrick's Day? We definitely want to sham-rock it, as the holiday is up there with Halloween, New Year's and Mardi Gras as one of the top party days of the year. And so it goes in Milwaukee, one of the...]]> Door County Wineries - Life is just a glass of cherry wine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18045-door-county-wineries-life-is-just-a-glass-of-cherry-wine.html Wisconsin's Door County shares the same latitude with well-known wine regions in France and Italy, so it makes sense that much of our state's wine production takes place there. Unlike the European wine country, however, we experience a colder...]]> Milwaukee's Top 30 Bars http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18032-milwaukees-top-30-bars.html When we asked you, our readers, to vote for your favorite 30 bars as part of the Shepherd Express...]]> UWM's John Gleeson Speaks Up for Irish - Keeping alive a love of language http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18014-uwms-john-gleeson-speaks-up-for-irish-keeping-alive-a-love-of-language.html John Gleeson believes in the Irish language. “The language contains...]]> Sarah Vowell's Conversational History Lessons http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17946-sarah-vowells-conversational-history-lessons.html Sarah Vowell's droll humor, unmistakable voice and knack for simultaneously wry and poignant...]]> Milwaukee's King of Comix - The underground art of Jim Mitchell http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17845-milwaukees-king-of-comix-the-underground-art-of-jim-mitchell.html During the late 1960s and early '70s, young cartoonists working in the spirit of the era's...]]> Milwaukee's Cowboy Ways - Deep in the heart of the inner city http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17778-milwaukees-cowboy-ways-deep-in-the-heart-of-the-inner-city.html Of all the things one might expect to find in the Walnut Hill neighborhood, a narrow strip...]]> Pro Arte Quartet Celebrates 100 Years http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17696-pro-arte-quartet-celebrates-100-years.html When the Pro Arte Quartet (PAQ) shows up at Wauwatosa East High School...]]> Physics and Performance Art at Turner Hall Ballroom - Cedar Block tries to find the Higgs boson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17697-physics-and-performance-art-at-turner-hall-ballroom-cedar-block-tries-to-find-the-higgs-boson.html Alverno Presents, a dedicated importer of performances by groundbreaking artists from around the globe, is breaking ground itself with a commissioned performance by Milwaukee artists. Whatever transpires in the Turner Hall Ballroom on Feb. 18...]]> The Florentine Opera Gets Romantic - Valentine's Day show, Grammy nods continue company's ascent http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17637-the-florentine-opera-gets-romantic-valentines-day-show-grammy-nods-continue-companys-ascent.html For many years, the Florentine Opera, one of Milwaukee's longest-running cultural institutions...]]> Wild Space Delivers a Tasty Performance - 'Delicious' dance at Rep's Stiemke Studio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17576-wild-space-delivers-a-tasty-performance-delicious-dance-at-reps-stiemke-studio.html Tastes vary. How do we acquire them? When applied to the inedible, why do we call it taste?]]> The Unsettling Fate of Love and Loss - Ed Burgess remembered at UWM's 'Winterdances' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17447-the-unsettling-fate-of-love-and-loss-ed-burgess-remembered-at-uwms-winterdances.html “Serendipitous” was the word Simone Ferro found to describe the haunting coincidences behind...]]> Danceworks at 15 - Connecting creativity and community through movement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17388-danceworks-at-15-connecting-creativity-and-community-through-movement.html “It's like a monster eating the city!” jokes Artistic Director Dani Kuepper about the many-limbed...]]> Milwaukee Opera Theatre's Heroic Effort - 'Fortuna the Time Bender' premieres in Bay View http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17333-milwaukee-opera-theatres-heroic-effort-fortuna-the-time-bender-premieres-in-bay-view.html From 26, in which 26 unrelated opera arias were joined in an original...]]> Bob Watt Dies at 86 - ”Be who you are, where you are” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17320-bob-watt-dies-at-86-rdbe-who-you-are-where-you-arerd.html Bob Watt, whose roots as a Milwaukee legend stretched back to counter culture '60s, writing poetry for Milwaukee's underground paper Kaleidoscope and reading his poems at the Avante Garde coffeehouse. 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I never knew my grandmother...]]> Shaving With a Touch of Zen - Turning the mundane into an event http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16798-shaving-with-a-touch-of-zen-turning-the-mundane-into-an-event.html In the world of men's shaving, more isn't always better. A plastic multi-blade...]]> Milwaukee Artists Collaborate for 'Maria De Buenos Aires' - A pioneering, four-way labor of love http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16722-milwaukee-artists-collaborate-for-maria-de-buenos-aires-a-pioneering-four-way-labor-of-love.html “The public thinks artists can't work together,” says Richard Hynson, music director...]]> Alverno Presents Travels to the 'Underland' - Stephen Petronio Company dances to Nick Cave http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16608-alverno-presents-travels-to-the-underland-stephen-petronio-company-dances-to-nick-cave.html “This is a weeping song, a song in which to weep, but I won't be weeping long...]]> The Evocative Splendor of 'Turandot' - Puccini's masterpiece at Florentine Opera http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16534-the-evocative-splendor-of-turandot-puccinis-masterpiece-at-florentine-opera.html With Turandot, Puccini stepped boldly into the sexual psychology of the 20th century...]]> Teaching Children to Fly - Inspiring theater from Milwaukee's First Stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16471-teaching-children-to-fly-inspiring-theater-from-milwaukees-first-stage.html I vividly remember Rob Goodman 25 years ago, excited, nervous and even a bit sheepish...]]> 'The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt' Comes to Milwaukee - Public Museum hosts National Geographic Society's 'Cleopatra' exhibition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16396-the-search-for-the-last-queen-of-egypt-comes-to-milwaukee-public-museum-hosts-national-geographic-societys-cleopatra-exhibition.html The names of ancient monarchs are mostly dead letters in old books. They are powerless...]]> From Hollywood to Washington - 15 great films on politics and politicians http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16319-from-hollywood-to-washington-15-great-films-on-politics-and-politicians.html Although it's still 2011, the 2012 presidential campaign has already begun—and for political...]]> Gravity Defying Circus - Cirque Du Soleil at the Bradley Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16295-gravity-defying-circus-cirque-du-soleil-at-the-bradley-center.html Mention the name Cirque Du Soleil and a different meaning—and image—comes to mind...]]> Bucketworks, Then and Now - Milwaukee's lab for learning and performing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16241-bucketworks-then-and-now-milwaukees-lab-for-learning-and-performing.html When my job dissolved with Theatre X in 2004, Bucketworks rescued me. There was nothing like it...]]> '¡Adelante!' Moves Forward - Milwaukee Public Television highlights contributions of Latino community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16173-adelante_-moves-forward-milwaukee-public-television-highlights-contributions-of-latino-community.html “When I came to the United States, I thought that this was the place in the world where journalists...]]> Milwaukee's Historic Buildings on Display - Doors Open offers free tours of city's architectural treasures http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16104-milwaukees-historic-buildings-on-display-doors-open-offers-free-tours-of-citys-architectural-treasures.html One of Downtown Milwaukee's great charms is its dense stock of historic buildings, many of...]]> A Day at Ten Chimenys - Remembering Lunt and Fontanne http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16058-a-day-at-ten-chimenys-remembering-lunt-and-fontanne.html Indian Summer's Silver Anniversary - Festival marks 25 years at Milwaukee's lakefront http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16035-indian-summers-silver-anniversary-festival-marks-25-years-at-milwaukees-lakefront.html As an advocate for American-Indian civil rights, Butch Roberts, a member of the Oneida Tribe...]]> Banned in Cream City! - When the Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission censored films http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15937-banned-in-cream-city_-when-the-milwaukee-motion-picture-commission-censored-films.html Forty years ago this summer, the Milwaukee Motion Picture Commission (MMPC)...]]> Laughter on the Rise in Milwaukee - Improv, sketch comedy groups finding an audience http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15827-laughter-on-the-rise-in-milwaukee-improv-sketch-comedy-groups-finding-an-audience.html In recent years, Milwaukee's live comedy scene has grown from a faint pulse...]]> Road America, Chevrolet Tribute at Elkhart Lake - A salute to Corvettes, with apologies to Hondas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15772-road-america-chevrolet-tribute-at-elkhart-lake-a-salute-to-corvettes-with-apologies-to-hondas.html Owning a '94 Honda Accord probably taints one's take on the matter, but here goes...]]> Present Music's Gathering at the River - Imaginative Milwaukee ensemble opens season with 'Water' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15712-present-musics-gathering-at-the-river-imaginative-milwaukee-ensemble-opens-season-with-water.html “It was never a well-laid plan. It evolved in an organic way,” admits Kevin Stalheim...]]> Milwaukee Comedy Festival Turns 6 - Laughs provide best medicine for summer blahs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15643-milwaukee-comedy-festival-turns-6-laughs-provide-best-medicine-for-summer-blahs.html Six years ago Matt Kemple decided to perform a comedy experiment. There was a lot going on in Milwaukee's comedy scene, but few people seemed to know about it...]]> Theater of the Hood - The Challenge of Milwaukee's Black Performing Artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15561-theater-of-the-hood-the-challenge-of-milwaukees-black-performing-artists.html What difficulties do Milwaukee performing artists of African American descent face in a city that ranks with the most segregated in America and harbors neighborhoods...]]> Creativity Pops Up Around Milwaukee - Community Improvement Projects fill vacant lots with art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15504-creativity-pops-up-around-milwaukee-community-improvement-projects-fill-vacant-lots-with-art.html The “essential thing,” pop artist Claes Oldenburg once said, was to “look for beauty where it is not supposed to be found.” Oldenburg's idea echoed the philosophy of Jane Jacobs in her influential 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. She celebrated urban art and critiqued how modernist planning policies were destroying...]]> The Car-Chase Connection - Cinema's best high-speed scenes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15445-the-car-chase-connection-cinemas-best-high-speed-scenes.html When The French Connection burst onto screens in 1971, moviegoers were transfixed by its amazing car-chase sequence in New York City. To lovers of cops-and-robbers flicks, good guy/bad guy car chases are where it's at—and we've seen many, many over the years...]]> Time to Party Like It's 1599! - Bristol Renaissance Faire runs weekends July 9-Sept. 5 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15362-time-to-party-like-its-1599_-bristol-renaissance-faire-runs-weekends-july-9-sept-5.html The Bristol Renaissance Faire is a pleasant place to forget your 21st-century cares with 16th-century frivolity. This popular summer destination event is set in...]]> Meet William Rudolph, New Curator at Milwaukee Art Museum - Bringing a vision to MAM's American Collections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15291-meet-william-rudolph-new-curator-at-milwaukee-art-museum-bringing-a-vision-to-mams-american-collections.html Three months ago, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) welcomed William Rudolph as its curator of American Art and Decorative Arts. Rudolph's appointment acknowledges the museum's growing importance as a center for these arts. A recent interview provided him the opportunity to explore various aspects of his interest in coming to the MAM and his vision for the museum's American Collections. First: What is considered American art? In the past, some historians have held that American art should be limited to art of the United States and the visual art of the late 18th and 19th centuries. Many curators of American art today, Rudolph explains, take a broader view. They embrace, for example, works going back to the Colonial period as well as 19th-century German-American paintings, Chinese export porcelains...]]> Milwaukee's Musical Mother Lode - Cujé Collection's trove of recordings at Marquette University http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15213-milwaukees-musical-mother-lode-cuje-collections-trove-of-recordings-at-marquette-university.html The Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries house several special collections, including the papers of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Catholic Worker Movement. Perhaps more surprising is the archive of Milwaukee music. The Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection has amassed more than 2,000 CDs...]]> Indian Mounds: Wisconsin's Priceless Archaeological Treasures - Discovering history and beauty in and around Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15139-indian-mounds-wisconsins-priceless-archaeological-treasures-discovering-history-and-beauty-in-and-around-milwaukee.html All over Wisconsin, gentle swells of earth punctuate our landscape. Our state's American-Indian mounds—shaped like bears, birds, deer, men, rabbits, water-creatures or abstract geometric shapes—are priceless archaeological treasures. “Effigy” Indian mounds, in the form of animals, are not found anywhere...]]> Milwaukee Rep's Mark Clements Chooses Passion Over Politics http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14999-milwaukee-reps-mark-clements-chooses-passion-over-politics.html “I can't fake it. I'm not a politician,” says the Milwaukee Rep's Mark Clements, before adding that it might be better for his health and blood pressure if he were a politician. “One tries to be tactful and listen, and you have to be part of that. And I have to work hard at it sometimes...]]> Ex Fabula: Building a Storied Tradition - Bringing Milwaukee together through storytelling http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14933-ex-fabula-building-a-storied-tradition-bringing-milwaukee-together-through-storytelling.html Whether it's humorous, touching, instructive or entertaining, everybody has a story to tell. And communities have always come together around shared storytelling. Over time, strangers may become neighbors because of these common narratives. With that idea in mind, Ex Fabula, a Milwaukee group...]]> Milwaukee Ballet's Original, Traditional 'Coppélia' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14857-milwaukee-ballets-original-traditional-coppelia.html Luz San Miguel and Ryan Martin rehearse a pas de deux for Milwaukee Ballet's upcoming production of Coppélia, the slightly macabre comic ballet with music by Leo Delibes. They will dance the lead roles of Swanhilda and Franz in alternation with Julianne Kepley...]]> Can Milwaukee Follow Paris as a Laboratory for the Arts? - Theatre Gigante continues its work in that spirit with 'Isadora and Nijinsky' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14725-can-milwaukee-follow-paris-as-a-laboratory-for-the-arts-theatre-gigante-continues-its-work-in-that-spirit-with-isadora-and-nijinsky.html Can Milwaukee stand beside the Paris of 100 years ago as a laboratory for the art of a new century? Since Milwaukeeans are not given to self-aggrandizement, the question will likely be met with pained laughter. But we are an exceptionally creative city, despite the efforts of Republicans in Madison to...]]> Why Art Matters: Milwaukee's Performing Arts Groups Speak Out Against NEA Budget Cuts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14715-why-art-matters-milwaukees-performing-arts-groups-speak-out-against-nea-budget-cuts.html Dogs Find Room to Run in Milwaukee - County residents work hard to see dog parks on the rise http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14574-dogs-find-room-to-run-in-milwaukee-county-residents-work-hard-to-see-dog-parks-on-the-rise.html The service road leading to the entrance of Granville Dog Park (11718 W. Good Hope Place) is lined with cars on a surprisingly early spring evening, as dogs and dog owners select one of the two snow-covered paths leading into the park. Secluded in the...]]> Dancing 'From Here to There' - A Wild Space premiere at Stiemke Studio http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14482-dancing-from-here-to-there-a-wild-space-premiere-at-stiemke-studio.html Life is a constant process of getting from here (wherever) to there (what's next). Debra Loewen, Monica Rodero and Dan Schuchart of Wild Space Dance Company have been working out How to Get From Here to There, a new unified dance work that...]]> Memories 'Spreads it Around' - No Bull at Port Washington's Dinner Theater http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14388-memories-spreads-it-around-no-bull-at-port-washingtons-dinner-theater.html "Money! Like manure, you've got to spread it around to make things grow!" Does that sound like Washington D.C.'s philosophy for the past two or three years? Or decades for that matter?]]> Charles Allis Art Museum Enriches and Delights Milwaukee - Historic mansion celebrates a centennial http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14320-charles-allis-art-museum-enriches-and-delights-milwaukee-historic-mansion-celebrates-a-centennial.html The Pabst Mansion is a familiar local landmark from the era when Milwaukee was...]]> Milwaukee Ballet's Promotion of Talent - 'Three' provides opportunity to rising choreographers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14250-milwaukee-ballets-promotion-of-talent-three-provides-opportunity-to-rising-choreographers.html Florentine's Opera With a Flourish - Rossini's madcap 'L'Italiana in Algeri' bursts into Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14180-florentines-opera-with-a-flourish-rossinis-madcap-litaliana-in-algeri-bursts-into-milwaukee.html Beethoven said that Rossini would have been a great composer if his music teacher had turned him over his knee and spanked him. Then again, Beethoven's taciturn temperament is so far removed from...]]> Trinity Irish Dancers: Champions and Role Models - Milwaukee company builds on international success http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14111-trinity-irish-dancers-champions-and-role-models-milwaukee-company-builds-on-international-success.html Trinity Academy of Irish Dance will again represent the United States at the World...]]> Chagall's Biblical Journey - Inspired Exhibit at Milwaukee Jewish Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14075-chagalls-biblical-journey-inspired-exhibit-at-milwaukee-jewish-museum.html The Milwaukee Jewish Museum enjoyed an association with Marc Chagall even before it opened in 2008. Chagall's spectacular tapestry of the Prophet Jeremiah in the Museum's atrium was inherited from the...]]> Reginald Baylor, Milwaukee Artist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14029-reginald-baylor-milwaukee-artist.html By the age of 10 years, Reginald Baylor had realized that he must be an artist...]]> Lathering Up With Mama Bear - Wisconsin company adds luxurious touch to the art of shaving http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13964-lathering-up-with-mama-bear-wisconsin-company-adds-luxurious-touch-to-the-art-of-shaving.html I have never met Mama Bear, but many a morning her signature soap adds...]]> A Look at Terrorism on the Big Screen - Film expert lists 12 riveting Hollywood movies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13893-a-look-at-terrorism-on-the-big-screen-film-expert-lists-12-riveting-hollywood-movies.html Over the years, Hollywood has produced a number of meaningful movies about the deadly...]]> Interview: Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13828-interview-cesar-millan-the-dog-whisperer.html “The Dog Whisperer” star Cesar Millan doesn’t fit the Dr. Phil mold of television experts. Far from the serious, imposing presence of many T.V. gurus, Millan is diminutive, non-threatening and often self-effacing. “Before I was called the Dog Whisperer, I was called the Mexican guy who can walk a pack of dogs,” Millan says, and though he’s half joking...]]> ‘Genesis’: Dance From Around the World - Milwaukee Ballet hosts an international choreographic competition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13811-lsgenesisrs-dance-from-around-the-world-milwaukee-ballet-hosts-an-international-choreographic-competition.html The choreographers of the Milwaukee Ballet’s Genesis: International Choreographic...]]> Wild Space: Dancing Through Time - Intriguing performance to explore the Milwaukee County Historical Society building http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13674-wild-space-dancing-through-time-intriguing-performance-to-explore-the-milwaukee-county-historical-society-building.html “I’ve worked in construction all over downtown Milwaukee and I’ve seen this building all my life, but I’ve never set foot inside. It’s beautiful!” exclaims a middle-aged workman, the only person other than me to visit the Milwaukee County Historical Society building during that noon hour. I was enjoying a personal tour of its newly restored interior, guided by the founding director of Wild Space Dance...]]> Die Walkre in One Act - MSO visits Wagner's classic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13607-die-walk%25FCre-in-one-act-mso-visits-wagners-classic.html If Die Walkre weren’t the centerpiece of Wagner’s great four-part cycle, “The Ring of the Nibelung,” it would still hold its own. One of the world’s great operas, Die Walkre is unsurpassed for the lyrical tenderness imbedded within an eloquent musical fabric that underscores Wagner’s conception of redemption through the healing power of love. As the second of the “Ring” cycle, Walkre departs from the...]]> Great Roles for Everyone - Milwaukee's Renaissance Theaterworks and UPROOTED Theatre to promote diversity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13541-great-roles-for-everyone-milwaukees-renaissance-theaterworks-and-uprooted-theatre-to-promote-diversity.html The great roles in Western drama, onstage and off, have largely belonged to Caucasian males. As women and all people of color achieve greater representation in U.S. theaters, new and appealing possibilities for the future of the art form are appearing. If Milwaukee has barely joined in that adventure, it’s not entirely for lack of trying. Now Renaissance Theaterworks has made a public commitment to...]]> Margaret Leng Tan: Pianist in Toyland - Present Music brings visionary artist to Turner Hall Ballroom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13482-margaret-leng-tan-pianist-in-toyland-present-music-brings-visionary-artist-to-turner-hall-ballroom.html The enduring legacy of John Cage may well be less in the music he wrote than in the artists he inspired. One of the collaborators in the final years of his life, Margaret Leng Tan, is at the center of Saturday’s concert by Milwaukee’s world-known performers of what can oxymoronically be called contemporary classical music, Present Music. And at the heart of her performance is an instrument not normally taken...]]> The Wisconsin Historical Society: A Place for Remembering http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13424-the-wisconsin-historical-society-a-place-for-remembering.html Our personal and collective identities are shaped by the past. We figure out who we are—our beliefs, values, sense of time and place—by keeping a growing narrative of previous events. Then, throughout most of our lives, we connect with others by recognizing that shared history, whether it is the near past (e.g., we both went to Clearwater Camp when we were kids) or the...]]> Pole Position: Festivus Races On - The holiday for the rest of us http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13357-pole-position-festivus-races-on-the-holiday-for-the-rest-of-us.html Free of all the trimmings of other December holidays, Festivus, celebrated on Dec. 23, encourages behavior otherwise frowned upon at family gatherings and holiday parties. If one individual challenges another individual to a wrestling match, drunkenly or otherwise, it isn’t a cause for concern. The “airing of grievances” is expected, and in some cases...]]> An Unsocial Network? - Questions arise about the Internet and the art of communication http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13266-an-unsocial-network-questions-arise-about-the-internet-and-the-art-of-communication.html New advances in technology always affect the content and style of our communications. The printing press allowed for the mass production and distribution of ideas. The telephone, radio and, later, television created new avenues through which to beam words and images across great distances. With the advent of the Internet...]]> Three Milwaukee Photographers Capturing the City’s Essence - Gartzke, Ford and Middleton shoot for posterity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13097-three-milwaukee-photographers-capturing-the-cityrss-essence-gartzke-ford-and-middleton-shoot-for-posterity.html Milwaukee’s artistic roots run deep. This week we highlight three local photographers who have captured the city’s many angles over the past four decades. Milwaukee police had just arrested singer Wendy O. Williams for her lascivious 1981 performance at a West Side concert hall. While police handcuffed and roughly loaded Williams into a squad car, everyone...]]> Birthday at the Boulevard - 25 years of daring theater http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13045-birthday-at-the-boulevard-25-years-of-daring-theater.html Out for a long walk one night, Mark Bucher kept going and going until he found himself on a bleak stretch of South Kinnickinnic Avenue, among the ruins of a once-thriving business district in an obscure corner of town called Bay View. It was the mid-’80s and Bay View’s renaissance was still over a decade away. “I saw this empty storefront,” recalls Bucher, who...]]> American Players Theatre Presents ‘Gift of the Magi’ - Touchstone plays home to company's first holiday production http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12963-american-players-theatre-presents-lsgift-of-the-magirs-touchstone-plays-home-to-companys-first-holiday-production.html One of American literature’s simplest, most heartfelt tales will help one of Wisconsin’s fastest-rising theater companies take a quantum leap into the competitive field of holiday entertainment. The end result will likely be equal parts elegance and simplicity, clothed with just the right seasonal sentiment. Thanks to the construction last year of...]]> Celebrating the Word: Woodland Pattern Marks 30th Anniversary - Center continues to cultivate Milwaukee's literary, artistic scene http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12893-celebrating-the-word-woodland-pattern-marks-30th-anniversary-center-continues-to-cultivate-milwaukees-literary-artistic-scene.html Every day we are influenced by the words around us. From what we read to what we hear, words shape the way we interact with our environment. For 30 years, Woodland Pattern Book Center has been promoting the practice of lifelong reading and writing. To honor this commitment to the community, a 30th anniversary celebration of Woodland Pattern Book Center takes place Nov. 19 at the Harley-Davidson Museum...]]> Belly Dance Extravaganza Comes to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12883-belly-dance-extravaganza-comes-to-milwaukee.html Midriff-baring Middle Eastern dance isn't uncommon to Milwaukee, but a unique approach takes the stage at the Marcus Center's Vogel Hall (929 N. Water St.) this Thursday, Nov. 11, when Bellydance Superstars (BDSS) makes its Milwaukee debut. Erstwhile music impresario Miles Copland is as likely a proponent as any for the sensuous, gyrating style...]]> MPTV: Bringing Arts, Education to Milwaukee - Intelligent programming inspires audiences; station offers students hands-on learning opportunities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12813-mptv-bringing-arts-education-to-milwaukee-intelligent-programming-inspires-audiences-station-offers-students-hands-on-learning-opportunities.html Oftentimes, non-cable television seems like a throwback to the era of records and rotary phones. But Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) sidesteps the time warp by staying relevant with progressive and diverse programming. In the 1950s Congress reserved airwaves specifically for noncommercial television to provide audiences with...]]> Caper Films Deliver the Goods - 16 of the best cops-and-robbers movies of all time http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12742-caper-films-deliver-the-goods-16-of-the-best-cops-and-robbers-movies-of-all-time.html As a lifelong cinéaste, I have a great affinity for movies of many different kinds. But if forced to name my favorite genre, I’d choose cops-and-robbers, especially those that tell the story of ingenious, big-time heists. You know, caper films. The twists and turns of well-planned bank jobs, jewel robberies or insurance frauds get my movie heart racing. So here’s my super 16 caper flicks, in alphabetical order...]]> The Sweet Ritual of Shaving - With the right brush and soap, it doesn't have to be a chore http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12639-the-sweet-ritual-of-shaving-with-the-right-brush-and-soap-it-doesnt-have-to-be-a-chore.html One thing many men dread—right up there with death and taxes—is shaving. With the hassle of slapping on some canned shave foam and scraping it off with a cartridge razor, it’s about as much to look forward to as a trek through a clump of thorny bushes—never mind the razor burns, nicks and ingrown hairs. But there is a better way. It’s the traditional wet shave...]]> A More Ethical Kind of Ghost Hunter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12500-a-more-ethical-kind-of-ghost-hunter.html Grant Wilson is the first to admit that “paranormal investigator” historically hasn’t been considered one of the most honorable professions. The field was so disreputable, Wilson says, that he and fellow one-time plumber Jason Hawes at first resisted offers to create their Syfy network show “Ghost Hunters” because they feared the stigma...]]> ‘Rio de Sangre’ Brings New Blood to Milwaukee Opera - Florentine delivers first world premiere http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12427-lsrio-de-sangrers-brings-new-blood-to-milwaukee-opera-florentine-delivers-first-world-premiere.html When William Florescu joined the Florentine Opera as its general director five years ago, he helped to usher in a new era for the opera company. “The company had, I think, a reputation as financially successful but somewhat insular,” he says. “We’ve turned our vision outward into the community and the world.” Now in its 77th year...]]> Project One Runway - Local fashion scene gets a boost from Milwaukee's inner city http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12348-project-one-runway-local-fashion-scene-gets-a-boost-from-milwaukees-inner-city.html Despite the maelstrom of economic ills, the heart of the local fashion community is still beating. In fact, within the global apparel industry, some believe that the next important revival could stem from a small-scale endeavor, perhaps even the Milwaukee inner-city basements where a new cut on fashion has been brewing. Project One Runway, an independent production ensemble, set its sights...]]> Learning From the ‘Way of the Warrior’ - Native American veterans honored, reintegrated into communities http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12131-learning-from-the-lsway-of-the-warriorrs-native-american-veterans-honored-reintegrated-into-communities.html The grandfather of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) producer and host Patty Loew was among the 12,000 Native American men who enlisted in World War I. “I imagined him standing up there taking the oath to defend the Constitution, as all recruits do, and I thought about how ironic it was that he wasn’t a citizen and didn’t have any protection under the Constitution,” Loew says...]]> Milwaukee Public Theatre’s All-City People’s Parade - A Labor Day of love and community http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12063-milwaukee-public-theatrerss-all-city-peoplerss-parade-a-labor-day-of-love-and-community.html Milwaukee’s Labor Day parade will include a labor of love, courtesy of Milwaukee Public Theatre (MPT). The second annual All-City People’s Parade will be part of the Sept. 6 Labor Day celebrations—and it’s all free, rain or shine. Jeffrey Holub, one of a dozen lead artists working with MPT, explains the origins of Milwaukee’s All-City People’s Parade. “We were inspired by the Minneapolis MayDay Parade...]]> Generation: EVEL; The Next Generation of American Stuntmen - Don't Try This at Home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12001-generation-evel-the-next-generation-of-american-stuntmen-dont-try-this-at-home.html Modern-day daredevils pay homage to one of their forerunners, Evel Knievel, this weekend at the Harley Davidson museum's “Generation: Evel, the Next Generation of American Stuntmen,” which runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29...]]> Milwaukee’s Growing Theater Scene - City hosts top-notch productions throughout the year http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11931-milwaukeerss-growing-theater-scene-city-hosts-top-notch-productions-throughout-the-year.html What Is Gay Art? - Milwaukee Gay Arts Center explores the meaning http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11913-what-is-gay-art-milwaukee-gay-arts-center-explores-the-meaning.html The Milwaukee Gay Arts Center (MGAC) at 703 S. Second St. is an ideal space for smaller exhibitions and performances. High-ceilinged, airy, bright and easily intimate, the room features a wall of tall windows and a raised area that makes a fine stage. Café tables and couches can be repositioned and chairs added or removed, as needed. Hardwood floors and Cream City...]]> Have Shovel, Will Skate! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11906-have-shovel-will-skate_.html Milwaukee Ballet in Colombia - Local company captures attention at international festival http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11844-milwaukee-ballet-in-colombia-local-company-captures-attention-at-international-festival.html Santiago de Cali is Colombia’s third-largest city and the dance capital of that South American country. It is the home of the National Ballet of Colombia and its professional dance academy. In June, Cali hosted the fourth International Ballet Festival, a weeklong event featuring performances by 17 companies from 12 countries. The Milwaukee Ballet was one of three companies chosen to represent...]]> Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Street Vision - Modest homes by a great architect http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11700-frank-lloyd-wrightrss-burnham-street-vision-modest-homes-by-a-great-architect.html It was surprising to learn that Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes for modest-income clients. Though not much of a Wrightian, I was nonetheless familiar with the epic scale of some of his projects and the outsized ego of the man. I assumed his work was always on a large scale and his clients always well heeled. Turns out I was wrong. Six little-known structures on West Burnham Street stand as testimony to the truth...]]> Milwaukee County's Neediest Animals May Just Find Homes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11671-milwaukee-countys-neediest-animals-may-just-find-homes.html Breed specific laws, in conjunction with incidents of violence highlighted in the media, make it hard for individuals to welcome a pit bull or pit bull mix into their home. With all the myths surrounding this over-bred, mistreated breed, Milwaukee can't help but teeter on the edge of an epidemic of unwanted...]]> Fashion in the Clubs - Milwaukee bars draw crowds through style http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11638-fashion-in-the-clubs-milwaukee-bars-draw-crowds-through-style.html For many who have tasted the exhilaration of a Milwaukee summer, social gatherings and drinking go hand in hand. On the financial end, with such an abundance of taverns, restaurants, brewpubs, and jazz and lakefront festivals for patrons to attend, the city’s business owners must get creative to draw in the crowds...]]> Making Room for Wicked - Broadway Show Comes to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11552-making-room-for-wicked-broadway-show-comes-to-milwaukee.html It’s not easy being green, when it involves 17 semi trailers. Wicked, the musical, whizzes into town this week, and brings with it 450,000 pounds of equipment and a company of 55 people. The personnel include cast, production managers, stagehands and other backstage support...]]> Hollywood’s Powerful Films About Racial Conflict - Audiences transfixed by post-World War II dramas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11492-hollywoodrss-powerful-films-about-racial-conflict-audiences-transfixed-by-post-world-war-ii-dramas.html There was a time when powerful, mature movie dramas of black-white racial conflict caused a stir throughout America. I’m not talking about the 1960s, when the modern Civil Rights Movement flowered, or the ’70s, when Blaxploitation films were running wild. I’m talking about the post-World War...]]> El Rey: The King of Milwaukee’s Mexican Grocers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11409-el-rey-the-king-of-milwaukeerss-mexican-grocers.html Ernesto Villarreal, president and co-owner of El Rey Mexican Products, attributes the success of his business and his family to fortunate timing and decades of hard work. He and his brother, Heriberto (Beto), who co-owns the company, initially learned about the grocery business from their father, Octavio, who opened a corner store after immigrating to Milwaukee from Mexico in the 1960s...]]> The State of Our American Symphonies - How is Milwaukee faring? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11335-the-state-of-our-american-symphonies-how-is-milwaukee-faring.html What should be the criteria for ranking a great symphony orchestra? Recordings? Budget? Technical accomplishment? Famous music director? There are more than two-dozen top-tier symphony orchestras in America with budgets of over $15 million and musician contracts that call for a minimum of 35 workweeks a year. It is generally acknowledged...]]> Watching the World Cup in Milwaukee - Finding the American melting pot through sport http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11264-watching-the-world-cup-in-milwaukee-finding-the-american-melting-pot-through-sport.html Having been born and raised in Florence, Italy, it seems abnormal to me not to follow football, or what is commonly called “soccer” in the United States. Football is so saturated in Italian culture that I didn’t realize just how much it defined the country’s identity until I moved to the States. The ideal of the “American melting pot” has always...]]> The Pabst Mansion’s Offbeat Medicine - ‘The Cutting Edge' highlights medical practices from the 19th century http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11169-the-pabst-mansionrss-offbeat-medicine-lsthe-cutting-edge-highlights-medical-practices-from-the-19th-century.html The millions of ads and gimmicks promoting hair restoration, hair removal, weight loss, weight gain and an endless procession of other quick-fix miracle cures may seem like a reflection of today’s consumer, but dubious medical claims aren’t a new phenomenon. An upcoming exhibit hosted at the Pabst Mansion called “The Cutting Edge: Medical Practices...]]> A Cut and a Shave at Your Father’s Mustache - Old-school barbershop filled with history http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11104-a-cut-and-a-shave-at-your-fatherrss-mustache-old-school-barbershop-filled-with-history.html I always considered the old-time barbershop the center of the universe. A haircut and straight razor shave came packaged with world news and commentary. Tales were embellished, jokes looped, advice ready. Pinaud’s Clubman and Lilac Vegetal aftershaves stamped manliness. And a master barber with sure hands and a warm heart captained. Today only a few strays from that old world remain, like tiny islands of nostalgia...]]> Do You Really Want to Have Some Fun? - Dale Gutzman's Gilbert and Sullivan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11026-do-you-really-want-to-have-some-fun-dale-gutzmans-gilbert-and-sullivan.html So Colin Cabot paraphrased Hamlet’s Horatio, in describing the first 30 years of The Skylight Theatre. Twenty years later, The Skylight Opera has invited prodigal son Dale Gutzman to direct An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan (May 28 - June 20 at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre) returning to the material of its maiden performance a half-century past.]]> Colonial Life Seen Through ‘American Quilts’ - Winterthur collection comes to Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10960-colonial-life-seen-through-lsamerican-quiltsrs-winterthur-collection-comes-to-milwaukee-art-museum.html In the early 19th century, 23-year-old Mary Remington meticulously stitched samplers and an exquisite whitework quilt. Along with faithfully practicing her needlework, Remington also wrote 29 letters to her fiancé, who often worked on the open seas. Remington’s letters detailed culture, design, industry and politics in colonial America. The whitework piece, which Remington crafted in 1815, remains...]]> Florentine Opera Presents ‘Rigoletto’ - Intense drama in Verdi's first great opera http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10891-florentine-opera-presents-lsrigolettors-intense-drama-in-verdis-first-great-opera.html For many aficionados, Rigoletto serves as the blueprint for what a great opera is all about. It appeals equally to the most patrician and plebeian tastes, yet remains firmly rooted in the sultry, ribald warmth of Verdi’s Italian homeland, merging grassroots earnestness with blood-and-guts intensity. Its catchy melodies remain invulnerable to bad performances. Verdi is very much a man for those...]]> Milwaukee Ballet’s Spectacular ‘Peter Pan’ - Michael Pink debuts world premiere based on J.M. Barrie story http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10809-milwaukee-balletrss-spectacular-lspeter-panrs-michael-pink-debuts-world-premiere-based-on-jm-barrie-story.html The Milwaukee Ballet’s new Peter Pan by Artistic Director Michael Pink could be the most spectacular show ever originated in Milwaukee. The list of reasons to see it is mighty compelling. One of Pink’s aims is to prove that a big theatrical statement with high production values, an original score and a live orchestra can be made at a reasonable cost. In this case, that’s less than a half-million dollars...]]> Crispin Glover Talks DIY Film Promotion - Hollywood outsider brings movie, slide show to the Oriental http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10632-crispin-glover-talks-diy-film-promotion-hollywood-outsider-brings-movie-slide-show-to-the-oriental.html In a breakout role, Crispin Glover brought a bizarre, nervy energy to the character George McFly in 1985’s Back to the Future, but in the decades since, he’s kept Hollywood at a distance, periodically taking on bit roles that play off his image as an eccentric—including appearances in Charlie’s Angels, Willard...]]> ‘Speaking of Happiness’ Through Dance - Wild Space explores the elusive quality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10643-lsspeaking-of-happinessrs-through-dance-wild-space-explores-the-elusive-quality.html When I think of happiness, I think of my European friends deeming the quest for it as “so American.” When a character in a Theatre X play cried “I just want to be happy” on tour overseas, it was a surefire laugh line, taken by the audience as satire or a burlesque of Chekhov. Back home, the line was met with uneasy sympathy. That was in the 1980s. Recently, it’s been suggested...]]> Lang Lang: One of a Kind - Piano prodigy to perform with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10561-lang-lang-one-of-a-kind-piano-prodigy-to-perform-with-milwaukee-symphony-orchestra.html New generations of concert prodigies appear with predictable regularity, receiving numerous honors at young persons’ international competitions, yet too often they wear out their early promise by having to compete with a pop-culture environment that treasures youth but whose musical sensitivities are pervasively undermined by the likes of the embarrassing “American Idol” and the flamboyant tackiness of “Dancing With the Stars...]]> Frankie Laine’s Amazing 70-Year Career - Movie title songs helped ‘Mr. Rhythm' hit it big http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10425-frankie-lainerss-amazing-70-year-career-movie-title-songs-helped-lsmr-rhythm-hit-it-big.html Question: Which vocal artist—male or female—has the most movie title songs to his or her credit? Answer: The late, great Frankie Laine. And not only did he sings the most, but his evocative, storytelling songs were also the best and most memorable. With a distinctive style derived from black singers, Laine was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1950s. He recorded hit after hit during that decade. But it was his movie title songs that still live on...]]> A Milwaukee Beer Drinker in Berlin - Liquid culture topped with foam http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10339-a-milwaukee-beer-drinker-in-berlin-liquid-culture-topped-with-foam.html Born and bred in Wisconsin, I’ve had my fair share of exposure to beer. As a child, I vividly recall fetching bottles for my father and uncles from the cases of Old Milwaukee in the basement. In high school, there were the quintessential Midwestern field parties where small-town kids met in the dark to get wasted. (Side note: I was an...]]> Milwaukee Ballet’s ‘Pure Dance’ - Seven dancers, three dances at the Marcus Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10264-milwaukee-balletrss-lspure-dancers-seven-dancers-three-dances-at-the-marcus-center.html Seven dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet company are featured in Pure Dance, an evening of three contemporary ballets at the Marcus Center, March 25-28. Matthew Frain, Susan Gartell, Valerie Harmon, Rachel Malehorn, Douglas McCubbin, Darren McIntyre and Marc Petrocci have all have spent between two and seven years with the company...]]> Party at the Garage! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10212-party-at-the-garage_.html Beautifying Milwaukee Through Rain Gardens - Homeowners can help to reduce pollution, improve water quality http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10185-beautifying-milwaukee-through-rain-gardens-homeowners-can-help-to-reduce-pollution-improve-water-quality.html This spring, those who would like to make the environment a greener place need look no further than their yards. Thanks to a novel approach to reduce storm water, we can all become eco-friendly gardeners. Rain gardens were invented in 1990 as a means to reduce storm water in a cost-effective way. Bioretention, which is the holding and filtering of storm water in plant systems, was the solution Larry Coffman, head of environmental...]]> ‘Elmer Gantry’ Comes to Town - The Florentine Opera's modern classic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10110-lselmer-gantryrs-comes-to-town-the-florentine-operas-modern-classic.html Many contemporary composers fail to realize that opera is not a play with music or a score for a film, but a hybrid drama using the full potential of the human voice to ignite emotions within the musical score that would otherwise remain unrealized. On the other hand, a libretto unsubstantiated by a distinctive score, which ignores or minimizes its interdependence with the vocal line, is one of the many pitfalls...]]> Milwaukee’s Bombshell Burlesque - Shaking up the Brew City http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10041-milwaukeerss-bombshell-burlesque-shaking-up-the-brew-city.html Move over movies, music and drama: There is a new act in town. The cheeky entertainment and scanty sartorial style of the Brew City Bombshells Burlesque is ready to tap into taboos and shake things up in Milwaukee. There are many misconceptions about burlesque. Literally, it means "In an upside-down style." For lead vocalist of Milwaukee’s Brew City Bombshells, Chanel le Meaux, burlesque means artistry and empowerment...]]> Dance That Matters - Bill T. Jones at Alverno College http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9955-dance-that-matters-bill-t-jones-at-alverno-college.html Bill T. Jones, one of the country’s foremost choreographers, is well known for making courageous, humane postmodern dance theater works tackling—with intelligence and grace—such complicated subjects as AIDS and the war in Iraq. (Jones: “To connect the idea of a body to a real body; that, to me, is what dance is.”) He also won a Tony for his choreography for the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, and created the...]]> Cinematic Titanic’s Bad Movie Tour - Mystery Science Theater alums take the concept live http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9879-cinematic-titanicrss-bad-movie-tour-mystery-science-theater-alums-take-the-concept-live.html Citing a disinterest in performing in front of the camera, in 1993 Joel Hodgson stepped down from the show he created, “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” His explanation seemed feasible. The soft-spoken comedian always came across as a bit too reserved to be a TV star, and while “MST3K” continued without him for another six years, Hodgson remained mostly out of the spotlight, seemingly happy developing ideas behind the scenes...]]> The Community Warehouse - Re-imagining and rebuilding Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9803-the-community-warehouse-re-imagining-and-rebuilding-milwaukee.html Traveling from Downtown to Community Warehouse’s near South Side facility is like exploring some sort of strange historical timeline: Everywhere you look, there is evidence of earlier examples of redevelopment approaches in Milwaukee. Driving through the center of the city one sees the proof of 1960s-era urban renewal in such structures as Juneau Village. Crossing the Sixth Street Viaduct, the Potawatami Bingo Casino...]]> Bar Leagues in Milwaukee - More than just sports http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9729-bar-leagues-in-milwaukee-more-than-just-sports.html Milwaukee plays host to an enormous bar league culture that offers its participants an opportunity to play games, make friends and unwind in the clubhouse, which, in this case, is a bar. Leagues operate year-round, and offer a range of activities to suit your personal taste, from old-school bar games such as darts and billiards to sports like volleyball and Irish hurling, from drinking games such...]]> Brad Sherwood on Keeping “Whose Line” Dangerous http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9677-brad-sherwood-on-keeping-ldwhose-linerd-dangerous.html To this day, there are viewers who don’t believe that the improvisational comedy show “Whose Line is It Anyway?” was actually improvised. “In a certain sense, that’s really frustrating, because I think if people really realized we were making all those bits up...]]> RedLine Milwaukee Nurtures the Arts Community - Focus on artist development, exhibitions and education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9658-redline-milwaukee-nurtures-the-arts-community-focus-on-artist-development-exhibitions-and-education.html Too many Milwaukee artists have migrated to other cities in search of a more nourishing, interdisciplinary environment for creating art. Before they co-founded RedLine Milwaukee, Lori Bauman and Steve Vande Zande had each ventured to New York to continue their education—she attended New York University for her master of arts...]]> The Dead Sea Scrolls - Treasures from antiquity at Milwaukee Public Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9574-the-dead-sea-scrolls-treasures-from-antiquity-at-milwaukee-public-museum.html According to the story, a Bedouin shepherd boy tossed a stone into a desert cave near the Dead Sea during the winter of 1946-47. Hearing the sound of shattered pottery, he scrambled inside to investigate. What the boy discovered was the first of 11 caves along the cliffs near the ruins of Qumran, forgotten storehouses for the oldest surviving texts of the Hebrew Bible...]]> Straight Razors: Bringing Joy to Shaving - Razor aficionados master the craft of the blade http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9493-straight-razors-bringing-joy-to-shaving-razor-aficionados-master-the-craft-of-the-blade.html Grandpa most likely went straight every morning. Straight razor, that is. His father before him probably shaved with a straight razor, and so did his father. Long ago it was the way men shaved. They lathered up with the shaving brush and some good-smelling soap, swiped the straight razor multiple times across the hanging leather strop and then...]]> ‘Street Seen’ at Milwaukee Art Museum - Photos of diverse human landscape from an American past http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9427-lsstreet-seenrs-at-milwaukee-art-museum-photos-of-diverse-human-landscape-from-an-american-past.html World War II ushered in the Atomic Age and the Cold War, but it also had a profound impact on the arts and creative practice. With the advent of portable, 35-millimeter cameras, for the first time photojournalists on battlefields and foreign shores documented the international conflict through a more personal lens. In “Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture...]]> Your Childhood According to Film Directors - From ‘Damn Yankees' to ‘Alice in Wonderland,' how movies ruin our imagination http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9379-your-childhood-according-to-film-directors-from-lsdamn-yankees-to-lsalice-in-wonderland-how-movies-ruin-our-imagination.html Before Damn Yankees was popularly known as the best/worst butt-rock outfit starring Ted Nugent, Damn Yankees was a hit 1955 Broadway musical and 1958 movie-musical. And before it was a hit movie-musical, it was a children’s book called The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. I discovered this book in 1992, effectively ending what had previously been a promising...]]> Milwaukee Women in Hollywood - Nancy Olson, Pamela Britton, Judy Tyler all made it in movies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9312-milwaukee-women-in-hollywood-nancy-olson-pamela-britton-judy-tyler-all-made-it-in-movies.html One of the most famous lines in film history—"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up"—was spoken in 1950 by has-been diva Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. In that same year, the film noir classic D.O.A. cleverly reminded us to keep an eye on our cocktail, lest we should get poisoned. And Elvis taught us some scandalous moves in 1957 when he gyrated...]]> ‘Drunk’—A Pub Scrawl - Wisconsin artists contribute to Las Vegas comic book http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9239-lsdrunkrsmdasha-pub-scrawl-wisconsin-artists-contribute-to-las-vegas-comic-book.html Bars are a haven for storytellers. Some of the best tales that have ever been spun were formulated over pints in a pub. J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote The Lord of the Rings, spent evenings in Oxford’s Eagle and Child pub, brainstorming with writing buddies like C.S. Lewis. Storytellers of all kinds—exaggerators, fabricators, travelers on a tangent—are drawn to the drinks and the guaranteed audience, even if it is just the bartender...]]> ‘The Nutcracker’ Showcases Milwaukee Ballet’s Talent - Wonderful dancing in Tchaikovsky's holiday classic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9139-lsthe-nutcrackerrs-showcases-milwaukee-balletrss-talent-wonderful-dancing-in-tchaikovskys-holiday-classic.html One of the great pleasures of my new job as dance writer for the Shepherd Express has been discovering the 21st-century iteration of the Milwaukee Ballet Company. I had eight years of ballet classes as a child. I actually danced in a college musical choreographed by Yuri and Judy Gottschalks (who were among the founders of the Milwaukee Ballet), but was too preoccupied...]]> Guy Fieri’s Roadshow @ The Riverside Theater - Dec. 2, 2009 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9084-guy-fierirss-roadshow-a-the-riverside-theater-dec-2-2009.html The Riverside Theater was filled with the aroma of Hong Kong noodles and ’80s rock on Wednesday when Guy Fieri’s Roadshow played Milwaukee, one of 21 cities on a 30-day tour. A late meet-and-greet session (one of the perks of a $250 dollar ticket) kept the doors to the theater closed until 8 p.m., and the feisty crowd that couldn’t...]]> Janet Zweig’s Art on the Avenue - Animated visions of ‘Pedestrian Drama' in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9057-janet-zweigrss-art-on-the-avenue-animated-visions-of-lspedestrian-drama-in-milwaukee.html Here are some notes on the progress of sculptor Janet Zweig’s Pedestrian Drama, an important, one-of-a-kind public artwork that will be permanently installed on five lampposts along the north side of the east end of Wisconsin Avenue between Cass Street and the big curve. First, a quick history: Through the Percent for Art program of a federal Department of Transportation streetscaping grant, the city of Milwaukee held a nationwide...]]> 20 Years of Shank Hall - Milwaukee music club celebrates an anniversary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8970-20-years-of-shank-hall-milwaukee-music-club-celebrates-an-anniversary.html Even before he opened Shank Hall 20 years ago this month, Peter Jest was the promoter some Milwaukee music fans loved to hate. “I’m an aggressive competitor and I speak my mind,” Jest offers in explanation, and for once he’s being diplomatic. He got his start by steamrolling the unimaginative, established entertainment...]]> Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary - A decade of concerts and education http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8887-cedarburg-performing-arts-center-celebrates-10th-anniversary-a-decade-of-concerts-and-education.html Even in the best of economic times, arts groups face many challenges, including walking that fine line between offering innovative programming and maintaining ticket sales. There’s also the constant challenge of keeping audiences happy in the hopes of them coming back, time and again. The Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Inc. (CPAC) has been doing that...]]> Melodramatic ‘Tosca’ Lights Up Florentine Opera - Is it still Puccini's ‘shabby little shocker'? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8679-melodramatic-lstoscars-lights-up-florentine-opera-is-it-still-puccinis-lsshabby-little-shocker.html The irony behind the early censure of Tosca (1900) as a “shabby little shocker,” unworthy of Puccini’s talents in the eyes of the then musical sophisticates, is that its current overwhelming popularity does not entirely discredit those initial criticisms. Based upon a trashy 1887 melodrama written by Victorien Sardou as a vehicle for the flamboyant, equally overripe Sarah Bernhardt, such critical reactions...]]> Hall of Shame? - Jordan, Owens, Vick and the celebrity-athlete apocalypse http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8590-hall-of-shame-jordan-owens-vick-and-the-celebrity-athlete-apocalypse.html When Michael Jordan descended Mount Olympus to deliver his now-infamous Hall of Fame acceptance speech, an astonished nation of “Airness”-obsessed faithful took to Twitter and online message boards to simultaneously debate what appeared to be an irrefutable fact: Michael Jordan—the fiercest competitor of our time and arguably the most recognizable...]]> 75 Years of Memories - One of many area dinner theaters combining food and shows http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8504-75-years-of-memories-one-of-many-area-dinner-theaters-combining-food-and-shows.html Zipping northward up Interstate 43, past the Milwaukee County line to where the gently rolling hills bear late crops, winter wheat or cattle in the remaining days of fall, you’ll find Memories. It’s on the outskirts of Port Washington—the “newest” dinner theater celebrating its 75th anniversary! OK, so it’s not “new” at 75 years, but it didn’t always bear the name Memories. Actually, it started out as Weiler’s Log Cabin Ballroom in 1934...]]> ‘Do the Right Thing’ Revisited - Spike Lee's classic 20 years later http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8398-lsdo-the-right-thingrs-revisited-spike-lees-classic-20-years-later.html During my days with the New York Daily News (1987-91), I wrote a number of Op-Ed pieces about the infamous Tawana Brawley rape case. Along with Al Sharpton, I believed her then, and I believe her now. In 1989, when director Spike Lee’s explosive Do the Right Thing came out, my wife and I hurried to see it, unaware that a key scene involved Brawley. It took place when pizza parlor...]]> LGBT Film/Video Festival Marks 22 Years - Powerful, unconventional cinema in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8324-lgbt-film_video-festival-marks-22-years-powerful-unconventional-cinema-in-milwaukee.html For the 22nd year, UW-Milwaukee’s Department of Film presents the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival. For 11 consecutive days starting Oct. 15, the festival will screen features, documentaries and shorts that include Midwest premieres, restored works and several programs dedicated to the experimental video of a certain artist whose fame has...]]> Entering ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ - Milwaukee Symphony ventures into Bartok's classic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8245-entering-lsbluebeardrss-castlers-milwaukee-symphony-ventures-into-bartoks-classic.html The subterranean quality of Bartok’s ominous score for Bluebeard’s Castle, the dark harmonic undercurrent of his only opera, may seem surprisingly tame for those familiar with the shock waves of dissonant sound outbursts characterizing the Hungarian composer’s later works, where music spills boldly across a broad limitless tapestry like the splatter of a black-and-white Pollock canvas. Unlike Pollock, Bartok usually...]]> From Milwaukee to New York - A small-town girl in the Big Apple http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8176-from-milwaukee-to-new-york-a-small-town-girl-in-the-big-apple.html Armed with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and too many downtrodden years as a Milwaukee child-welfare worker, my tense shoulders and sick stomach came to the conclusion that social work...]]> The Milwaukee Theatre: 100 & Fabulous http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8087-the-milwaukee-theatre-100-fabulous.html The Milwaukee Theatre marks a formidable birthday this month with 100 years of touching lives in the city through countless engaging performances. The theater can entertain an audience of 4,100 in pristine velvet chairs, all the while providing a comfy home for performers with a convenient backstage area, spacious dressing... ]]> Beyond Pop: Andy Warhol’s ‘Last Decade’ - Milwaukee Art Museum features iconic artist's later work http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7990-beyond-pop-andy-warholrss-lslast-decaders-milwaukee-art-museum-features-iconic-artists-later-work.html Best known as a painter of Campbell’s Soup cans and celebrity portraits almost 50 years ago, Andy Warhol and his work seem innocuous nowadays. His iconographic language has become so integrated into contemporary America’s visual landscape that it is easy to overlook his role as one of its architects. But by blurring the lines...]]> Belgium by Beer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7917-belgium-by-beer.html Don Feinberg & Wendy Littlefield lived in Belgium for several years and have just returned from a month long stay. Here is an overview they penned about touring Belgium from a beery perspective: “Omnium gallorum optimum cervisiam coqunt Belgae” (Of all Gauls, the best brewers are... ]]> Rosebud, Times Cinema Mark the Return of the Neighborhood Movie Theater - Larry Widen shares his love of films with Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7910-rosebud-times-cinema-mark-the-return-of-the-neighborhood-movie-theater-larry-widen-shares-his-love-of-films-with-milwaukee.html His poise and salt-and-pepper hair are the only indications of his age. Sipping on Mountain Dew, Larry Widen, owner of Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse and the Times Cinema, speaks with the wide-eyed excitement and energy of a child. Widen really likes Batman. Batman collectibles decorate the Rosebud Cinema’s lobby and his office, and the Batman insignia decorates the inside of his wrist. It’s obvious that after putting in his time in corporate America, Widen has finally found...]]> The Marcus Center Turns 40 - Milwaukee's memorable history of performing arts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7756-the-marcus-center-turns-40-milwaukees-memorable-history-of-performing-arts.html The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, a venue that has hosted artists ranging from Bob Hope to Bob Marley, from Alvin Ailey to cast members of Zorba the Musical, turns 40 in a few weeks. In addition to top-flight symphony music and theater productions, the Marcus Center boasts an impressive, varied history, including a concert featuring 25 tuba players all dressed in Santa Claus outfits and the largest gathering...]]> Parents Get Creative to Save Milwaukee High School of the Arts - Finding funds during tough economic times http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7695-parents-get-creative-to-save-milwaukee-high-school-of-the-arts-finding-funds-during-tough-economic-times.html The Bridge is Out - Doing Business on Humboldt Avenue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7619-the-bridge-is-out-doing-business-on-humboldt-avenue.html Dining and entertainment is at the heart of every great neighborhood, but what happens when its main artery is blocked? The Humboldt Avenue Bridge has been under construction for a year and is a lifeline for many restaurants and bars bordering the Milwaukee River. Plagued by the recession, these restaurants are not fully blaming the bridge construction for slow sales, but agree that it is an obstacle...]]> Great Taste of the Midwest Brings Craft Brewers, Beer Lovers Together http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7445-great-taste-of-the-midwest-brings-craft-brewers-beer-lovers-together.html 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...]]> Pauly Shore: The Thinking Man’s Comic? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7284-pauly-shore-the-thinking-manrss-comic.html PaulyShore is surprisingly defensive about the insinuation that maybe, just maybe, some of his movies aren't very good. "If my films were so bad, then I wouldn't continuously being doing shows and going out on the road performing for audiences," he says, inflamed over a question about his less-than-stellar critical standing... ]]> Jeff Daniels’ Path Less Traveled - Midwest actor, playwright finds Hollywood success on his terms http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7289-jeff-danielsrs-path-less-traveled-midwest-actor-playwright-finds-hollywood-success-on-his-terms.html In the new film The Answer Man, Jeff Daniels portrays an erstwhile best-selling author who has become a recluse. In real life Daniels is no recluse, but he is a multitalented actor, musician and playwright who has eschewed the bright lights of Hollywood and New York for a home in Chelsea, Mich. In fact, this veteran of more than 50 films and numerous stage productions vehemently denies any intention to pursue a thespian career at all. "I was dragged into it," he says. "I had a choir teacher in high school...]]> Can You Hear Me Now? - The rise of audio books http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7113-can-you-hear-me-now-the-rise-of-audio-books.html The print and publishing industries may be in flux, but a force has emerged that is making a significant impact on the way we see, or rather hear, the printed word. Despite the well-documented changes in the book industry, it appears that audio books are here to stay-and in the process, they may even save you a buck or two. Given their accessibility and transportability, audio books add another dimension to educating and entertaining our society. Granted, many... ]]> Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing Takes Flight - Architect Renzo Piano values something old, something new http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7012-art-institute-of-chicagorss-modern-wing-takes-flight-architect-renzo-piano-values-something-old-something-new.html Situated directly across the street from Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago's recently completed Modern Wing is as shiny and new as a freshly minted coin. Yet for all its glacial sparkle and liquid lightness, the building's most resounding quality is its firm footing in the past. The new $294 million extension, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, adds an additional 264,000 square feet to the existing museum...]]> Comics Transformed Into Comix - Denis Kitchen's underground art comes home to Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6928-comics-transformed-into-comix-denis-kitchens-underground-art-comes-home-to-wisconsin.html

Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and the graphic novels A Contract With God and A Life Force, used to joke about a "Wisconsin mafia" in the comics world. Or, to be more precise, the comix world, the "x" signifying the kind of adventurous, creative and confrontational graphics produced by such underground luminaries as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Bill Griffith and Harvey Pekar...

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Bridge Over the Milwaukee River - New Challenges for East Side Project http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6902-bridge-over-the-milwaukee-river-new-challenges-for-east-side-project.html Andreas Delfs Takes His Final Bow in Milwaukee - Revered MSO music director heads to Honolulu next http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6841-andreas-delfs-takes-his-final-bow-in-milwaukee-revered-mso-music-director-heads-to-honolulu-next.html Morale at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in the mid-1990s was at a low ebb. Attendance was off, the performances sometimes indifferent. The fortunes of the orchestra began to change with the appointment of Andreas Delfs, who first conducted as music director in 1997. The years seem to have flown by. Delfs conducts the last concerts of his tenure this weekend with Symphony No. 8 by Mahler, a piece...]]> Between the Words We Speak - APT tackles Harold Pinter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6778-between-the-words-we-speak-apt-tackles-harold-pinter.html Playwright Harold Pinter never felt the need to explain his plays, which has led to multiple popular and critical interpretations and debates about works like The Homecoming and Betrayal. The Milwaukee Rep's Laura Gordon, who will tackle Pinter for the first time next month in her American Players Theatre directorial debut of Pinter's Old Times, expects to add to the play's growing canon of controversy and uncertainty...]]> MSO Meets Mahler’s Eighth - A symphony of ambition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6703-mso-meets-mahlerrss-eighth-a-symphony-of-ambition.html Of all the great composers from the past century, Mahler cannot be accused of reticence or lack of confidence. None of his work, however, has the overreaching ambition of the choral Eighth, often inaccurately referred to as the "symphony of a thousand," a slight exaggeration of its stupefying number of participants. Comprising eight soloists, double chorus, children's chorus and an orchestra of at least 120 players, and blessed with Mahler's own reverential benediction of creating a work that reaches out...]]> Crafting the Best Brews - Kohler Festival of Beer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6626-crafting-the-best-brews-kohler-festival-of-beer.html It's mid-morning on a Tuesday and Anello Mollica is busy brewing a porter beer. It's the Mud Puppy Porter today, a malty dark brew that's one of the select varieties found at Central Waters Brewing Co., situated between Stevens Point and Waupaca in Amherst, Wis. As Mollica and partner Paul Graham can attest, the craft beer industry is not only holding strong, it's growing. "People's palates are becoming more refined," Mollica points out during a break in the brewing cycle. "They're willing to spend more for a craft beer-and once they try it, there's no going back."]]> Remembering Lukas Foss - The Milwaukee Symphony's composer-conductor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6532-remembering-lukas-foss-the-milwaukee-symphonys-composer-conductor.html He was born on Aug. 15, 1922, in Berlin, a precocious child who soon showed an interest in music, composing his first work at age 7. Like many families of that time, the Fuchs left Nazi Germany, first to Paris in 1933, and thence to the United States two years later. It was here that young Lukas changed his last name to Foss, and a remarkable new life began...]]> Self-Publishing Success - Local authors go it alone http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6448-self-publishing-success-local-authors-go-it-alone.html Victoria Stilwell's Better Way - Celebrity dog trainer preaches positive reinforcement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6450-victoria-stilwells-better-way-celebrity-dog-trainer-preaches-positive-reinforcement.html Harsh as she may come across on her Animal Planet program "It's Me or the Dog," where she casts herself as the stern disciplinarian, whipping misguided dog owners into shape and dressing the part with black leather and tall boots, Victoria Stilwell's dog-training methods are anything but harsh. ]]> Memories of Milwaukee - Dancing about Jones Island http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6293-memories-of-milwaukee-dancing-about-jones-island.html

The first thing John Gurda wants you to know is that Jones Island was not really an island. "It was a peninsula at the end of a narrow spit of land. The only time it was an island was when they cut a new river mouth," explains the local historian, author of the acclaimed The Making ofMilwaukee. "But it was never an island like Ellis Island." On the other hand, there was a James Monroe Jones who opened a shipyard on the peninsula in the 1850s, many years before the land that still bears his name became synonymous with the port of Milwaukee. Mr. Jones would...

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Living on the Street - The story behind the movie The Soloist http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6194-living-on-the-street-the-story-behind-the-movie-the-soloist.html

As a longtime journalist, Steve Lopez knows a good story when he sees one. Lopez was walking down the street, near his office at the Los Angeles Times, when he first noticed a disheveled man playing the violin in Pershing Square. "Here was a guy who was getting pretty good sound off of a violin that only had two strings, and he looked like he was living on the streets," Lopez recalls. "I thought to myself, 'What the heck's going on here? This might mak...

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Simply Magical - Mozart's opera at the Florentine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6130-simply-magical-mozarts-opera-at-the-florentine.html The Magic Flute concerns a remarkably innocent little instrument that charms all who listen to it. Its magic leads Tamino through a labyrinth of three trials to determine whether his virtue and purity are worthy to win the hand of his beloved Pamina and to join the secret brotherhood worshipping at the Temple of Nature, Wisdom and Reason under the guardianship of Sarastro, who holds Pamina captive, wishing to release her from the influence of darkness and superstition embodied by her mother, the Queen...]]> The Art of Film - Local filmmakers win fellowships http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6032-the-art-of-film-local-filmmakers-win-fellowships.html Labor of Love - A passion for classic movies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5965-labor-of-love-a-passion-for-classic-movies.html It's a Milwaukee version of the challenge "Build and They Shall Come." The passion that's driving it? Classic films. "I love to show old films to appreciative audiences," says Henry C. Landa, whose lifetime love affair with movies continues today with his Saturday night series Focus Films. After the North Division High youth entered the old UW-Extension on Fifth and State, he studied mechanical engineering...]]> Masters of Jazz - Legends at the Conservatory http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5870-masters-of-jazz-legends-at-the-conservatory.html Education has always been a key factor in the musical upbringing of jazz trombonist Slide Hampton, especially since he taught himself to play at an early age. It all began the day his father handed him a trombone that happened to be left-sided. Slide was right-handed. But in a musical family of 12 children who all played and sang (eight boys, four girls), he worked with what he was given, including an innate talent that would lead him to master such a physically demanding instrument...]]> Norm MacDonald Talks Stand-Up, Teases FX "Reality" Show http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5845-norm-macdonald-talks-stand-up-teases-fx-reality-show.html Whether he's irking his "Saturday Night Live" bosses with his frequent, deadpanned assertions of O.J. Simpson's guilt, antagonizing the lovable Conan O'Brien and his guests, or horrifying the women of "The View" with his assertion that Bill Clinton "killed a guy," Norm MacDonald's comedy stems from his masochistic ability to be the most hated guy in the room. More recently, MacDonald provided the most memorable... ]]> Discovering Electricity - Nikola Tesla comes alive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5785-discovering-electricity-nikola-tesla-comes-alive.html Discovery World Executive Director Paul Krajniak bristles at the term "museum" when applied to his institution. He prefers the term "accelerator," and two new developments contribute quite literally to its energetic buzz. One is "Energy and Ingenuity," an interactive exploration of energy and its uses. The other is "Tesla Lives!," a live theater show about the 19th- and 20th-century innovator Nikola Tesla... ]]> Vinyl’s Back? - Analog music for a digital age http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5723-vinylrss-back-analog-music-for-a-digital-age.html Remember records? Those 12- or 7-inch vinyl discs we used to spin at 33 or 45 rpms? They're back, and their popularity is increasing faster than the price of oil during a hurricane. According to Rich Menning, whose independent store Atomic Records will soon close due to the decline in CD purchases, vinyl sales have increased 10% over the last few years. "There has always been a romance to vinyl," he says. "The size-particularly the artwork-is so much more tangible than a...]]> Audiences for the Arts - Filling seats in an age of distraction http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5641-audiences-for-the-arts-filling-seats-in-an-age-of-distraction.html Bucks game or the opera? Bar crawl or the symphony? TiVo or a play? With endless options for consumers, arts organizations are in fierce competition for your time. To keep ahead, they are reaching out to audiences like never before, including programs aimed at that elusive younger demographic...]]> From Milwaukee to India - The secret life of Waswo X. Waswo http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5546-from-milwaukee-to-india-the-secret-life-of-waswo-x-waswo.html If you are a fan of the art produced by former Milwaukeean Waswo X. Waswo, there is much to glean at www.waswoxwaswo.blogspot.com. Aptly titled "Notes from Afar," it details his major exhibit ("A Studio in Rajasthan"), which opened in mid-January at the Palette Art Gallery in New Delhi, India. I had to content myself with a catalog of the various works in the show, but a recent e-mail revealed that he sold "The Secret Life of Waswo X.Waswo," a boxed]]> Shot Through the Heart - Two's target for love http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5474-shot-through-the-heart-twos-target-for-love.html Red accents and dim lighting cloak this bungalow-styled tavern from the street. Candles on each table light the room in a soft glow and the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" plays softly on the jukebox. Behind the bar are blue-illuminated shelves stocked with top-shelf bottles and Delirium on tap. Since opening in November, Two (718 E. Burleigh St.) has become a love-soaked arrow of a bar. Nestled against the Art Bar in Riverwest, its intimate...]]> Interview with David Hajdu, The Ten-Cent Plague (Picador Press) - Online Exclusive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5348-interview-with-david-hajdu-the-ten-cent-plague-%2528picador-press%2529-online-exclusive.html In a new book, The Ten-Cent Plague, author David Hajdu sheds light on what was once a much-maligned, and today remains a much-overlooked facet of cultural history...]]> Lievens’ Legacy - Art museum rediscovers a Dutch master http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5383-lievensrs-legacy-art-museum-rediscovers-a-dutch-master.html The canons of art history tend to be rather jealously guarded. Few historians have occasion to flip them on their heads and give them a good shake. But after being prompted by Laurie Winters of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) and the thesis of his student Lloyd DeWitt, National Gallery of Art curator Arthur Wheelock was offered just such an opportunity. Working closely with MAM and Amsterdam's Rembrandthuis, Wheelock has helped to reopen a chapter of the story of art concerning a largely overlooked 17th-century Dutch painter named Jan Lievens. Starting Feb. 7 local audiences... ]]> Wisconsin’s Rising Talent - Four promising artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5318-wisconsinrss-rising-talent-four-promising-artists.html Milwaukee’s Rising Talent - Local architects raise the bar http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5234-milwaukeerss-rising-talent-local-architects-raise-the-bar.html Milwaukee’s Rising Talent - Classical music's future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5167-milwaukeerss-rising-talent-classical-musics-future.html Milwaukee’s Rising Talent - Fashion designers looking good http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5079-milwaukeerss-rising-talent-fashion-designers-looking-good.html Milwaukee’s Rising Talent - New voices in theater http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5029-milwaukeerss-rising-talent-new-voices-in-theater.html Creative outlets are essential to a community's long-term well-being, yet theater remains one of the most delicate species in the cultural ecosystem of any city. Because it relies on disparate, shifting factors, fresh talent is a must. All too often, the most capable young actors leave town after reaching a certain level of success, moving on to places like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Top talent seems to stay in Milwaukee only if the actors have fallen in love and decided to settle down, start a theater company or both...]]> Playing Against the Clock - Milwaukee's chess kings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4948-playing-against-the-clock-milwaukees-chess-kings.html Twenty-nine seconds had passed on the metallic timer at the edge of the chessboard. After the swift, melodic taps of fingers on the timer, the clank of the king hitting the board is the only sound that matters. "Checkmate! … So, basically that's how blitz chess works," says Said Hamideh from across the table, amid a cloud of cigarette smoke, swirls of brandy and licks from Led Zeppelin's second album. In this game, each move is set against the clock. Hamideh has been playing... ]]> Heath Ledger’s Legacy - A promising career cut short http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4877-heath-ledgerrss-legacy-a-promising-career-cut-short.html The greatest irony in Heath Ledger's tragically short career is not only that he may receive a posthumous Oscar for his disturbing, revelatory performance in an ambitious if overproduced action film, but that his widely anticipated portrayal of the Joker may well have been crucial in beefing up the box-office momentum of The Dark Knight. This serious-minded, comic-book action flick impressed the art crowd with its noirish overtones, while still serving as a major draw for younger action fans. Pre-release publicity spurred interest...]]> Glamour and Grit - Milwaukee's Boutique Hotels http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4792-glamour-and-grit-milwaukees-boutique-hotels.html In recent years Downtown and Park East have received a rash of proposals for boutique hotels. Despite this zeal from the business community, you'd be forgiven for asking what exactly a boutique hotel is. It's a term coined in the '80s to distinguish chain hotels from more intimately sized luxury establishments, often individually operated and sometimes designed around a specific theme. Even with their luxury status, hotels like the InterContinental and the Pfister don't bear the "boutique" tag (perhaps in the latter case because it predates the coinage of the term). As it stands, Milwaukee currently...]]> Soundtrack for the Season - Milwaukee Ballet's Nutcracker http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4721-soundtrack-for-the-season-milwaukee-ballets-nutcracker.html You've heard the melodies before. "Trepak," energetic and bold, or the delicate and playful "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"-both musical pieces have been employed in television commercials to encourage shoppers to get into the holiday spirit. Indeed, if the gift-giving season had a soundtrack, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's familiar, engaging score for The Nutcracker ballet would be it. Though it was composed in the last decade of the 19th century, the rich ballet is timeless; a beloved holiday tradition to be performed year after year. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet about a young girl, Clara, who falls asleep holding a nutcracker doll she received as a Christmas...]]> Kiss of Death - Remembering Widmark, Scofield and Heston http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4641-kiss-of-death-remembering-widmark-scofield-and-heston.html People like to talk about the demise of famous people happening in threes. And never was this tale more noticeable than during the period of mid-March to early April with the passing of film giants Richard Widmark, who was 93, Paul Scofield, 86, and Charlton Heston, 84. Each of these actors was renowned for the realism they brought to unforgettable performances in so many memorable movies. All together, the legendary trio appeared in 234 big screen and television vehicles. Indeed, they were actors for the ages. Widmark appeared in 75 films, beginning in 1947; Scofield (also a noted British stage actor) showed up in 33, beginning in 1955, and]]> Harmonious Experiment - The films of Nathaniel Dorsky http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4541-harmonious-experiment-the-films-of-nathaniel-dorsky.html Since the mid-1960s, Nathaniel Dorsky has made meditative films that reside in a quiet hermitage outside the camp of the avant-garde auteur. They attempt to eradicate the dominance of first-person perspective. "There is something immoral about it for me," he says. "If I'm going to have people trapped in a dark room looking at a screen, it's kind of a dangerous, powerful position. I don't want them to see me. I want to offer something which enriches them." Dorsky's films are an antidote to cinema's tendency toward hyperbole and overstimulation. Where most avant-garde films are variations on the endurance test (Warhol), an onslaught of seizure-inducing visual contrast (the flicker film) or the discordant...]]> Love and Heartbreak - A gorgeous Madama Butterfly http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4459-love-and-heartbreak-a-gorgeous-madama-butterfly.html The Florentine Opera Company turned 75 this season, making it the sixth-oldest professional opera in the United States. Like many regional companies, the Florentine was once obliged to serve its art like a modest handmaiden, not encroaching upon the prestige of the august houses of La Scala, the Metropolitan and Covent Garden, but presenting solid productions for local audiences within their budgetary means. But as the performing arts have become more of a world community, more possibilities have opened for... ]]> Learning the Dance - Ballet school for young and old http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4391-learning-the-dance-ballet-school-for-young-and-old.html When you think of the Milwaukee Ballet, visions of sugarplum fairies probably dance though your head. But there’s much more to the organization than holiday performances of The Nutcracker, especially in the realm of dance education. The Milwaukee Ballet School offers something for everyone and, now, everywhere. Increased enrollment, state-of-the-art studio space and national recognition are creating a buzz in every corner of the city. Both a training ground for professional dancers and a way to stay fit, the Milwaukee Ballet School serves nearly 2,000 students year-round, ages 3 to 85. Increased marketing efforts upped the school’s enrollment by 20% in 2007, prompting the construction of a top-notch... ]]> Election Day Art - Celebrating the vote http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4302-election-day-art-celebrating-the-vote.html The 2008 presidential race has been exciting and entertaining. Let's face it, though: Most of us are glad it's almost over. Given the surplus of negative advertisements and unprecedented forms of voter manipulation-from constantly broadcasted poll results to graphs denoting real-time reactions at the bottom of CNN's debate coverage-it's easy to lose sight of the joy and privilege of voting. Partly to reinstate the value and significance of visiting the ballot box, IN:SITE Chair Pegi Taylor and Haggerty Museum Registrar John Loscuito founded My Vote Performs...]]> Political Commodity - Searching for The Perfect Candidate http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4201-political-commodity-searching-for-the-perfect-candidate.html Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson ask a timely and pertinent question with their new play, The Perfect Candidate: Is there such a thing? "The Perfect Candidate is political satire in which we examine the process through which a political candidate is transformed into a marketable commodity," Anderson explains. Kralj and Anderson are artistic director and associate director, respectively, of Theatre Gigante, a performing-arts organization dedicated to the creation and presentation of collaborative and original performance work that integrates theater, dance, text and music. The company, which is entering its 21st season in... ]]> Apprentice at the Opera - Florentine teaches singing http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4109-apprentice-at-the-opera-florentine-teaches-singing.html For artists studying their chosen medium at the university level, there is a certain sense of anxiety that seems to balloon the closer the student is to graduating. In a world with many good artists and a limited amount of opportunities, they're about to enter-cue foreboding music-the no-man's land between advanced training and working full-time as a professional. Like many artists, Bill Florescu had to work a stint as a waiter before launching into his professional career as an opera singer. Now general director of Milwaukee's Florentine Opera, Florescu developed the Florentine Opera Studio Program to offer a full season of artist-in-residence employment for singers who are just starting their professional journeys...]]> Music In Black and White - Choristers explore cultural connections http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4016-music-in-black-and-white-choristers-explore-cultural-connections.html %uFFFD%uFFFD In an exchange both choral and cultural, the mostly white Milwaukee Choristers will partner with Detroit's predominantly African-American Brazeal Dennard Chorale to premiere choral settings of Harlem Renaissance poems by African-American composers Robert L. Morris, Northwestern University music professor Robert A. Harris and former Milwaukee resident Judith Baity. The concert, "Exploring Heritage Connections," will be performed Oct. 18 at the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.]]> The Magic of Bette Davis - Remembering the Little Fox http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3898-the-magic-of-bette-davis-remembering-the-little-fox.html Few stars hearkening back to Hollywood's Golden Age elicit the unequivocal reverence and regard afforded Bette Davis. She remains a unique figurehead of a bygone era in which the creation of larger-than-life screen personas defined cinematic art under the fabled studio system. Her steely ferocity remains a source of inspiration for younger actresses, along with a classic demeanor-or hauteur, if you will-reminiscent of the great stage performers of the past, as so elegantly demonstrated in roles like The Little Foxes and The Letter. Davis' work feels modern, timeless, urgent, unfettered by self-consciousness but flavored...]]> Joining the Style Circuit - Milwaukee's first Fashion Week http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3806-joining-the-style-circuit-milwaukees-first-fashion-week.html Glam, glitz and gold-bedazzled socialites: It's style, it's wearable art, it's Fashion Week in Milwaukee. Fashion Week is an international gala of white tents with crisp runways brimming with media, buyers, trade pundits, celebrities and designers. It brings to mind cities like New York, Milan, Paris and London. This fall, for the first time, Milwaukee is hosting its own Fashion Week, and, boy, is it a first. It's bringing fashion to Milwaukee and forcing the world to take notice. ]]> Farewell Yankee Stadium - Memories of a sports landmark http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3692-farewell-yankee-stadium-memories-of-a-sports-landmark.html To the kid's eyes, the place was just...so...unbelievably...big: the three-level grandstand, rising on a picket line of steel pillars; the imposing facade of the roof, recalling some ancient civilization with its ornate design. Most of all, the baseball field itself, stretching an amazing 461 feet from home plate to the centerfield wall and 457 to left-center. When they said "hit it a mile," the kid would think they really meant it at this place. This place called Yankee Stadium. ]]> World Premieres, Timeless Classics - How Local Arts Groups Plan their Seasons http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3595-world-premieres-timeless-classics-how-local-arts-groups-plan-their-seasons.html Before the curtain goes up on any performance, many decisions go into determining what patrons will see and hear. Audience wishes, performer's artistic growth and cost concerns are just a few of the considerations when planning a season. A few artistic leaders share their thoughts on programming for the arts. ]]> Creating Acceptance Through Film - The 21st Annual LGBT Film/Video Festival http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3498-creating-acceptance-through-film-the-21st-annual-lgbt-film_video-festival.html Mapping the Lakes - Ecosystems made accessible http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3407-mapping-the-lakes-ecosystems-made-accessible.html Whether it's a line in the sand or the politicized plotting of an expanding empire, maps reveal the predominantly human need to sift through space: to weigh it, name it and own it. This primal urge to locate ourselves within a broader context underlies the "Great Lakes Future" exhibit at Discovery World. ]]> Earth Friendly Fashion - Organic Clothing for the Masses http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3330-earth-friendly-fashion-organic-clothing-for-the-masses.html If the idea of organic clothing gives you visions of shapeless hemp sacks worn by granola-munching hippies, it's time to go shopping. These days, organic duds are not only good for the environment, they actually look good, which puts the "fashion" back in earth-friendly fashions. What's more, the green clothing world now offers an array of fabrics, from the softest bamboo to the silkiest soy, which helps not just in the style department but feels comfortable as well. Organic cotton has made it big, for sure-you can find an organic onesie for your baby at Whole Foods, Target, and (close your eyes, this one hurts . . .]]> Thinking of the Master Plan - UWM Maps Out its Future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3264-thinking-of-the-master-plan-uwm-maps-out-its-future.html How does a landlocked urban university expand? The question has vexed such institutions for centuries and has sometimes led to violent confrontations between town and gown. Columbia University recently marked the 40th anniversary of the uprising of 1968, which was spurred, in part, by the university's attempt to seize public land in nearby Morningside Park. Making this anniversary even more relevant was the fact that Columbia is once again venturing into neighboring Harlem-a move that has not pleased a number of that community's long-time residents. Other colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania and Yale, find themselves facing tough community opposition to plans to expand their respective core campuses . . .]]> Oprah's Musical - The Color Purple comes to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3168-oprahs-musical-the-color-purple-comes-to-milwaukee.html Certain authors are gifted with the ability to create characters that simply cry out to be transferred to movie screens and theater stages. Alice Walker provided a shining example in Celie, the principal character in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple. Steven Spielberg first brought Celie to life on the silver screen in 1985, when he earned 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Later, Quincy Jones (who wrote the movie's score) and lead-producer Scott Sanders set the stage for a theater production in "Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple."]]> Keeping It Local - The ‘people' behind People's Books Cooperative http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3083-keeping-it-local-the-lspeople-behind-peoples-books-cooperative.html There’s no denying it: We live in a world ruled by huge multinational corporations increasingly estranged from their places of origin. Perhaps the best any of us can hope for is that they outpace even themselves and eventually run out of steam. Luckily, Milwaukee is home to a growing number of enterprises taking a more active stance, seeking egalitarian alternatives to the corporate model in a bid to give community building more important role than investment seeking. Among them is People’s Books Cooperative, an independent bookstore that marks its first anniversary as a cooperative enterprise on Sept. 1 . . .]]> Off the Beaten Path - Milwaukee's small galleries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2994-off-the-beaten-path-milwaukees-small-galleries.html When Mike Brenner threatened last winter to close Hotcakes Gallery and leave town if funds were raised to erect a bronze statue of The Fonz, a lot of people accused him of being whiny, or worse. But at the heart of his complaint was the fact that, despite easily raising $85,000 for the Bronze Fonz, people just aren’t walking into local galleries and purchasing art, which makes it hard for those galleries to stay in business. Milwaukee loves art, though, right? Gallery Night is heavily attended, so much so that it’s sometimes hard to actually enjoy the art on the walls through the cheese-nibbling crowds. But galleries, particularly those showing emerging artists, come and go . . . ]]> Fearless Cynic - Laughing with Bill Maher http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2894-fearless-cynic-laughing-with-bill-maher.html Controversial comedian Bill Maher, whose digs can strike the funny bone while hitting a nerve, wants to stimulate critical thinking through the gateway of humor. The fearless if not ruthless cynic, host of HBO’s Emmy-nominated series “Real Time,” will perform at the Riverside Theater on Thursday, July 24. We spoke with Maher by phone in early June, discussing politics, religion and the war on drugs. We began by probing about the relevance of his profession. “Too many people, especially the younger generation, don’t get their news from real sources but comedy shows, which is a little like reading the CliffsNotes instead of the actual book,” he says. “I guess it’s better than watching ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ At least . . . ]]> So You Think You Can Dance? - Cutting a rug at Pakistani weddings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2820-so-you-think-you-can-dance-cutting-a-rug-at-pakistani-weddings.html A woman plays the dholak, a Pakistani drum, while other women surrounding her croon offbeat to a yesteryear Pakistani classic, “Teri meri jori barri fit rawai gi” (“Our couple would fit very well together”). A little girl bangs on a tambourine in her own little world. And the other side of the room starts booing. “Start the dancing! What is this oldie singing?” screams a boy. The “other side,” the groom’s side, wants to start the dance competition, while the aunts from the bride’s side want to sing their old classics. ]]> Midwest Speed Racers - Secret ride turns 10 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2736-midwest-speed-racers-secret-ride-turns-10.html Make Their Day? - Spike Lee versus Clint Eastwood http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2623-make-their-day-spike-lee-versus-clint-eastwood.html I am an unabashed admirer of Spike Lee movies, especially Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992). His achievements as a director are among the most notable of the last 20 years. Thus, I took to heart Lee’s recent criticism of Clint Eastwood for failing to use black actors in Flags of Our Fathers and its companion piece, Letters from Iwo Jima (both 2006). In fact, some 900 blacks participated in this bloody World War II battle, including my late uncle, Lonnie Brake, a U.S. Marine from Milwaukee. On the whole, though, Eastwood has an admirable record . . . ]]> Exploring the History of Racism - Milwaukee's Black Holocaust Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2543-exploring-the-history-of-racism-milwaukees-black-holocaust-museum.html James Cameron was not as acclaimed as he would soon become and his America’s Black Holocaust Museum was mostly a rumor when a pair of white faces peered through the window at the museum’s original inner-city location. It was 1988 and whispers of something called a Black Holocaust Museum had trickled into Milwaukee. Truth be told: The two white faces were puzzled by the term “Black Holocaust,” but the kindly man who stepped up to the door and admitted them was eager to show that the word “Holocaust” was not hyperbole when applied to the black experience. Cameron experienced the catastrophe of American racism firsthand . . . ]]> A Sense of Character - Milwaukee actor Jonathan Smoots http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2454-a-sense-of-character-milwaukee-actor-jonathan-smoots.html Milwaukee actor Jonathan Smoots had a gift for reading aloud when he was growing up in the Chicago suburb of Elmwood Park in the 1950s. That talent pleased his mother, the daughter of a Lutheran minister. “My mother always thought I was going to be a minister,” says Smoots, 54, the husband of fellow actor Laura Gordon, who is a company member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. “Of course, there are a lot of parallels between acting and preaching.” For the past 28 years, Smoots has practiced his dramatic ministry on stages in New Jersey and Wisconsin, both in Milwaukee and, especially . . .]]> Devoted to Literature - Woodland Pattern's founding philosophy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2352-devoted-to-literature-woodland-patterns-founding-philosophy.html Tucked in the basement at Woodland Pattern Book Center, amidst cluttered staff desks and carefully maintained overstock, exists a remarkably complete archive of the organization’s history. Every newsletter, flyer and check the bookstore has ever written is here, along with audio recordings documenting almost 30 years of readings and musical performances. That’s a lot of stuff. Woodland Pattern, both when it opened and today, stands firmly as the state’s foremost center for contemporary literature and art in the broadest . . .]]> The Art (and Science) of Comedy - Martin Short makes them laugh http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2279-the-art-%2528and-science%2529-of-comedy-martin-short-makes-them-laugh.html To Martin Short, comedy is more of an art than a science. But comedy’s proper execution sometime carries with it all the rigors of scientific enterprise, at least for the performer engaged in the pratfall. To do comedy well, you have to have a natural talent and ability,” says the Canadian-born Short, 58, in a recent interview. “But the execution has to be precise, which means it probably has elements of both art and science.” Short will test his thesis for Milwaukee fans when he brings his act to the Pabst Theater. Unlike other comedy acts, however, Short will be sharing the stage with a band, the stand-up portion comprising just part of the evening. “It’s like a party with Marty,” Short says. “I sing, I dance, I do characters. I’ll probably bring three guys up on stage. . . ]]> One of the World’s Finest - Violinist Hilary Hahn at the MSO http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2191-one-of-the-worldrss-finest-violinist-hilary-hahn-at-the-mso.html Violinist Hilary Hahn is an artist who seems to have emerged on the classical scene like a rare plant fully grown—an entity so perfectly and unobtrusively developed that the effortless maturity of her craft belies her youthful years. Born in Lexington, Va., 28 years ago, she began playing the violin shortly before her fourth birthday, studied for years under Russian teacher Klara Berkovich and made her first major orchestral debut with the Baltimore Symphony in 1991, when she was 12. Soon after, she appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, then the Cleveland, followed by the Pittsburgh and the New York Philharmonic, all by the tender age of 15. Next she would debut in Germany, playing Beethoven with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Lorin Maazel. ]]> Preserving the Past - Wisconsin's architectural record http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2104-preserving-the-past-wisconsins-architectural-record.html Nestled within the splendid interior of Milwaukee’s Central Library is one of the city’s well-kept secrets, the Wisconsin Architectural Archive. Established around the same time that some of the city’s architectural assets were razed to make way for freeways, it’s become a haven where the state’s architectural wealth can be safeguarded from the wrecking ball of fate or changing fashion. In the early-’70s, says Gabi Eschweiler, her husband, Tom, grandson of the celebrated Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler, was made an offer he couldn’t refuse. ]]> Green Light at the Skylight - New director takes charge http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2027-green-light-at-the-skylight-new-director-takes-charge.html An important new voice has been added to the Skylight with the recent appointment of Eric Dillner as the new managing director. Dillner arrives from a successful tenure with the Shreveport Opera, where he served as both general and artistic director. Dillner replaces Christopher Libby, who has accepted a similar position with the Vancouver Opera Association in British Columbia. Founded in 1959, the Skylight produces opera, musical theater and cabaret at the Broadway Theatre Center in the Third Ward. With a $3.2 million budget, the company presents over 100 shows a season, placing them in the top five of American opera companies in terms ]]> Garrison Keillor’s Radio Days - Lake Wobegon comes to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1933-garrison-keillorrss-radio-days-lake-wobegon-comes-to-milwaukee.html Sue Scott remembers it well. As a veteran performer on “A Prairie Home Companion,” she was preparing for the start of another live radio broadcast (Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundays noon to 2 p.m. on WUWM 89.7 FM). But this time something was wrong—specifically, the script. Everybody on stage, including host Garrison Keillor, had the wrong script. “Garrison is live on the air and he’s literally hugging [performer] Tim Russell, writing lines in the margin of Tim’s script as Tim is speaking,” she recalls. “Garrison’s got his black Sharpie out—he must have stock in those Sharpies since we have cases backstage—and there’s no time to bring out a new script. ]]> Beware the Killer Rabbits! - Monty Python's loopy musical http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1801-beware-the-killer-rabbits_-monty-pythons-loopy-musical.html Welcome to the wonderfully wicked, wacky-world wisdom of Monty Python’s Spamalot, a daft musical running for a week at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts starting April 29. From flying cows to a killer rabbit, Spamalot is the loopiest musical (“lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail) that ever trod theater boards in the 21st century. Or any other century, when it comes down to it. They’re all here from the King Arthur legend: Arthur himself and the Knights of the Round Table—principally Sir Galahad, Lancelot and Robin. Arthur tours Britain engaging courageous knights to assist in his quest for the Holy Grail, that chalice used by Jesus and His disciples at the Last Supper. ]]> Color Coding? - Racial casting in the movies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1705-color-coding-racial-casting-in-the-movies.html In the bad old days, black people in America were forced to endure demeaning minstrel shows and watch sheepishly as singing star Al Jolson performed in blackface. He wasn’t the only one. Other big-name white stars working in burnt cork included Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. In more recent years, even the likes of Gene Wilder, Billy Crystal and Robert Downey Jr. have corked-up to the consternation of millions of black folks who love movies. And some readers may recall Burt Reynolds playing an Indian in TV’s “Gunsmoke” in the 1960s. Hard to believe? Maybe not. ]]> Under the Radar Dining - Milwaukee's secret cafe society http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1602-under-the-radar-dining-milwaukees-secret-cafe-society.html Milwaukee has an adventurous new flavor for its palate: its own underground restaurant. That’s about as much as I can tell you. The crew behind the venture has asked me to withhold who they are, when their next event is, location(s) and even the name their secret caf goes by. I can tell you, however, that the name is a reference to Emma Goldman’s journals. They’ll be referred to here as “Caf X.” Underground restaurants have sprung up worldwide and, in the United States, range from the Blind Pig outside of San Francisco to the NY Bite Club in the heart of New York City. Blind Pig offers a different theme for each opening and one of the locations they use is a two-car garage furnished with booths that were thrown out from]]> Picture Perfect - Light, air and architecture http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1478-picture-perfect-light-air-and-architecture.html Just more than a month from now the Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibit “Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945” will come to a close. In a review of the show, which brings together an enormous collection of works by Central European photographers active in the interwar period, I pointed out that one of its few failings was the lamentable omission of any references to modern architecture flourishing in that period. ]]> The Kafka Puppets - Josef K. on stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1369-the-kafka-puppets-josef-k-on-stage.html Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” So begins one of the most famous opening lines in 20th-century literature, the first sentence of Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial. The maze that would swallow the cipher-like protagonist Josef K. gave rise to the familiar term Kafkaesque to describe the unfathomable if not senseless, disorienting and incomprehensible procedures of modernity. Although Kafka never finished the novel, which was published posthumously, The Trial became a touchstone for the disaffected and was later turned into a suitably bizarre film by Orson Welles. ]]> Mixed Use, Mixed Messages - The problem with multi-task buildings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1277-mixed-use-mixed-messages-the-problem-with-multi-task-buildings.html A fever is spreading across the nation. It’s called the condo-hotel (Condotel as it’s affectionately known by real-estate experts) and it’s soon to take Milwaukee’s Park East by storm. Not one but five condohotel-retail developments are slated for the area, the first of which, Staybridge Suites, will be completed later this year. The ecstatic approval such developments excite has much to do with their economic viability. Another is the widely held notion that diversity of uses inside a building will contribute to the diversity and vitality in the spaces outside of the building . . .]]> Among America’s Best? - Milwaukee Ballet at the top of the game http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1180-among-americarss-best-milwaukee-ballet-at-the-top-of-the-game.html Above us, the sound of feet is plainly audible. We’re sitting underneath one of the Milwaukee Ballet School’s studios in the the game office of the Ballet’s executive director, Dennis Buehler, along with the company’s artistic director, Michael Pink. At times the footfalls of the young dancers are competing with our conversation. They appear so light on Luhrssen their feet onstage, but from below they reverberate like a summer thunderstorm. ]]> Inspiring and Educating - Meet the Milwaukee Art Museum's new director http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1106-inspiring-and-educating-meet-the-milwaukee-art-museums-new-director.html On day two of his new job, Daniel Keegan is juggling the usual problems of a transcontinental move. First there is his car, shipped to Milwaukee from San Jose, Calif., and damaged on arrival. With wind chills hovering near zero, it’s not the greatest day to wait at the bus stop, but one senses that Keegan is warmed by the anticipation of his work. Keegan is the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. He’s excited about his job. Although he came here from California, Keegan has more than nodding familiarity with Wisconsin winters. He’s a native of Green Bay, where his mother and siblings still live. “I’m the only one who left Green Bay,” says Keegan, who enjoyed two decades in academia, including chairing the art department at West Virginia Wesleyan College, before becoming director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City and the San Jose Museum of Art. “They think I’m crazy for coming back because of the weather.” ]]> Scoring Points For Literacy - Abdul-Jabbar on black pride http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1012-scoring-points-for-literacy-abdul-jabbar-on-black-pride.html In all likelihood, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will remain best known for his exploits on the basketball court. After all, with 38,387 points, he is the highest scorer in NBA history. However, since retiring from sports, the erstwhile center for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers has also become a bestselling author and an advocate for reading. ]]> Adult Puppet Show - The Whimsical Denizens of Avenue Q http://shepherdexpress.com/article-938-adult-puppet-show-the-whimsical-denizens-of-avenue-q.html How does a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in English greet the real world without any major skills or significant experience? That’s the scary next step facing Princeton (the man, not the college) in the whimsical musical Avenue Q, coming to Milwaukee’s Marcus Center next Tuesday for a week’s stay. No more sheltering dorm or 4 a.m. sessions in the computer lab the day the paper is due. Anxiety attacks and all, this spunky musical examines a graduate stepping into the big world at age 22; finding his place there and determining his purpose in life. ]]> Dancing the Seven Veils - Salome on stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-834-dancing-the-seven-veils-salome-on-stage.html Richard Strauss’ Salome is one of the world's great operas, combining the last remnants of 19th-century Romanticism with a ravishing score, seeped in late- Viennese tradition but with the bite of the emerging 20thcentury trend toward harsher realism. Strauss’ glorious score transforms the sexual decadence and social depravity of the source material into a breathtaking harmonic outpouring of frenzied erotic frustration that can only self-destruct, conjuring up the awesome trappings of “terror and pity” that underline Aristotelian tragedy. The music is expressively melodious and carefully banks its resources within a seductive yet surprisingly subdued lyricism. Salome encompasses the torrent of high drama while leaning only slightly toward . . . ]]> Violin Virtuoso - Joshua Bell at the Pabst http://shepherdexpress.com/article-765-violin-virtuoso-joshua-bell-at-the-pabst.html Grammy award-winning violin virtuoso Joshua Bell remembers clearly when they first met, and when their paths unexpectedly crossed a second time. It was at a London violin dealership prior to Bell’s 2001 appearance at the Royal Albert Hall . . . ]]> Making Music Fit for a Lion King - The orchestra and the Broadway spectacle http://shepherdexpress.com/article-685-making-music-fit-for-a-lion-king-the-orchestra-and-the-broadway-spectacle.html For a lion, Simba sure can carry a tune. But not even this precocious feline, star of the hit musical The Lion King, could play 15 different types of flute. That’s where Darlene Drew comes in, as part of the pit orchestra for The Lion King. In fact, Drew will not only demonstrate her prowess on 15 different flutes, she’ll . . . ]]> Down To The Wire - Crime, Corruption and Journalism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-617-down-to-the-wire-crime-corruption-and-journalism.html No program highlights the disparity between critical opinion and commercial success better than “The Wire,” HBO’s fervently acclaimed but largely unwatched crime epic. The Chicago Tribune and Entertainment Weekly have crowned it the best show . . . ]]> Motion and Light - Sensory overload at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-518-motion-and-light-sensory-overload-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html Providing a survey of any art movement prompts the question “Where to begin?” Take kinetic and optical art: In tracing its search for a more immersive art experience using color, motion, sound and light, one might begin with Cubism’s similar break... ]]> The Sound Of Art - Present Music at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-450-the-sound-of-art-present-music-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html When attending a classical concert, most of us are accustomed to sitting quietly in one place and allowing the music to transport us. If the venue is particularly noteworthy, you might reflect on how the surroundings are enlivened by the play of sounds. ]]> Scouting for Scones - Bits of Britain in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-383-scouting-for-scones-bits-of-britain-in-milwaukee.html Although a decade ago they could only be found in Milwaukee’s most exclusive tearooms or progressive bakeries, scones are becoming a common staple of today’s cafes. ]]> No More Classical Radio - Milwaukee Loses WFMR http://shepherdexpress.com/article-324-no-more-classical-radio-milwaukee-loses-wfmr.html Icons are born because of the sparks they set off in us, the rich color they dab onto our spirit. They become a part of us, part of our identity. When we lose them, we also lose a part of ourselves. That’s how I view this year’s loss of Milwaukee’s only classical music radio station, WFMR, a true Milwaukee icon. And I know others feel the same. This loss is a sad commentary for a city that is trying to hail its quality of life. ]]> Don’t Miss Kwanzaa http://shepherdexpress.com/article-325-donrst-miss-kwanzaa.html The journey of Kwanzaa is constantly evolving. Full of spirit, struggle and, most importantly, hope, Kwanzaa is part of the African-American quest for identity with Black Africa.]]> Greatest Movie of All Time - The Best Vs. the Rest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-241-greatest-movie-of-all-time-the-best-vs-the-rest.html Movies have not been around long enough to acquire a degree of prestige comparable to music and literature. The older art forms are generally regarded as monumental artifacts . . . ]]>