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04.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
With the end of the school year approaching, there are a number of student projects that are making it to the stage in the next several weeks. Here are a couple of highlights:As a part of its Alternative Theatre Festival, Marquette University is presenting all new works by a couple of graduating Seniors. Conor Sullivan is writing and directing a his life story . . . or so it would appear in a prod...
04.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The generational dynamics for a current college production of Hair are particularly odd for someone my age. There’s something distinctly strange about seeing people at least a decade younger than me playing characters from my parents’ generation at a time when they were probably less mature than I seem to think I am now. It’s kind of disorienting, but you get used to it. Opening night of ...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

University-based research can fuel Milwaukee’s economic development

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is in the midst of a metamorphosis. UWM's leadership is shaking off the institution's old reputation as a second-tier, underrated commuter campus by embracing a bold plan to expand its research capacity. Focusing on research will result, hopefully, in...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

When then-Gov. Tommy Thompson launched the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program in 1996, it was supposed to end welfare as we know it by getting people to work for their benefits, which would lead to independence and family stability. Though the goal of helping people off of welfare and into productive...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
While it IS possible to over-think things, sooner or later the final draft of a theatre review has to be submitted for publication and invariably that means that I don’t feel obligated to think about a show for much longer. This is not to say that I forget about it altogether, just that I don’t feel OBLIGATED to do so. And so it is that I find myself over-analyzing what I wrote yesterday abou...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Most of us never get to work inside a think tank. Michael Zimmer, assistant professor at UW-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies, has enjoyed that rare opportunity. The thoughts that germinated inside his recent New York University submersion have become fodder for his new approaches to teaching media...
03.04.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Running now through March 8th, UWM’s Mainstage production of Oedipus Rex has the distinct feel of several different shades of retro. One of many scripts by the evidently prolific ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, the play itself is some 2400-2500 years old. Under the Direction of UWM Assistant Professor Tony Horne, the production design of the Oedipus being staged at UWM now through Sunday ...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 26, The Milwaukee Music Awards @ Mad Planet, 8 p.m. Since re-launching as RadioMilwaukee two years ago, WYMS 88.9 has made a concerted effort to advance Milwaukee music— not by opening its doors to all local artists, but by showcasing the work of a chosen few, granting them the constant exposure...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Feb. 5, The Championship @ The Mitchell Park Domes, 6 p.m. Though the band mostly plays smoky corner bars, mournful Americana songs about long drives and long nights deserve to be heard outdoors. Tonight’s unusual gig, however, where the group plays as part of the Mitchell Park Domes'...
01.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
When it debuted some 150 years ago, German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach’s first full-legth classical operetta was not immediately successful. One critic hailed it as “profanation of holy and glorious antiquity.” Such condemnation propelled the operetta to success in years to come, when it would be referred to as a "coarse and grotesque parody, full of vulgar and indecent scenes th...

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