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Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

1900s Viennese satirist takes down postmodern culture

 Provocative novelist Jonathan Franzen turns historian, unearthing an insightful, forgotten essayist from a century ago. His ambitious new book, The Kraus Project (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), presents five essays by the scathing Viennese pessimist Karl Kraus in bilingual format, the original texts
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Heartland Hard Rock

 When guitarist Danny Rodic founded CircleSwitch in 2007, he was as determined to find the right people to work with as he was to put his own spin on the hard rock that had shaped his musicianship. “We auditioned over one hundred vocalists before finding Kenny [James],” he says
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
 Director Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) sets William Shakespeare’s deathless comedy of romance as a sparring contest in a contemporary mode but without sacrificing the words. The Shakespearean dialogue sounds natural coming from a cast as unaffected as that of a
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Portrait of Allen Ginsberg as a Young Man

 As young Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, Daniel Radcliffe is a casting dream. Like the famous pupil he played in the Harry Potter series, Radcliffe’s version of the freshman Ginsberg is earnest, bespectacled and studious—a minority in a Muggles’ world thrust into an academy every
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Milwaukee’s long-running Polish restaurant adds contemporary flair

The world keeps changing, yet without continuity, we’d be lost. The secret to a successful business often comes down to harmonizing change with familiarity. Take Google, still the ready reference of the Internet Age but still adding new lines, from Google Maps to the scary prospect of a
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
 Dick Eliot began playing in the Milwaukee area during the 1950s, when jazz still overlapped with pop to a much greater extent than today, and jazz clubs proliferated. His solo guitar album, Catch the Wave, echoes
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Dan Fleming’s cityscape featured at Best of Milwaukee party

 Most weeks, Shepherd Express readers are treated to the work of a rising local artist whose illustrations are an important contribution to the paper’s look. Dan Fleming’s artistry will also be prominent at the Shepherd’s Best of Milwaukee Party on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Harley
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Mayor Barrett presents founders with a proclamation on its 10th anniversary

 Mayor Tom Barrett presented a proclamation to the Shepherd Express’ publisher/editor Louis Fortis and Arts and Entertainment editor David Luhrssen on the 10th anniversary of their founding the Milwaukee International Film Festival, which ran Nov. 6 through Nov. 16, 2003
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
 Byzantium is a neatly drawn, elegantly filmed contemporary Gothic story with long, twisted roots. Director Neil Jordan had dramatized the undead before (Interview with a Vampire). Here, the story centers around mother-daughter vampires on the run (for centuries) from the Brotherhood, a
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Douglas, De Niro, Freeman and Kline hit the Town

 It’s an old Hollywood trick and sometimes it pays off. In the comedy Last Vegas, a gaggle of instantly recognizable stars—Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline—are given roles allowing them to play off each other’s familiar mannerisms. Unlike Ocean’s

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