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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Art Review

Hotcakes’ last hurrah is this year’s “Third MARN Mentors Show,” highlighting the outcome of a year-long collaboration between established local artists and those just getting their feet wet. The MARN Mentors program is supposed to encourage new talent to stay in Milwaukee, so it’s hard to ignore the incongruity: There’s a stark contrast between work born of such a hopeful concept and Hotcakes’ liquidation sale atmosphere.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Theater Review

Pain and suffering, when they transcend the vague forms of conjecture and materialize into a cold, hard fact, can shake the firmest of faiths. When Michael Chobanoff, who plays C. S. Lewis in Acacia Theatre’s production of Shadowlands, stands before the audience and declares self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation, even those unfamiliar with his life will have an inkling his complacency will be severely tested. And so it is.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Alright, gas-guzzlers. The weather is warming up nicely, so you’re running out of excuses for why you drive your SUV to work when you could just as easily get their on your bike. The organizers of National Bike to Work Week will use the rest of the week to remind you of this eco-friendly (not to mention heart-healthy) . . .
Monday, May 12, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Here’s one for the “hey, didn’t they break-up” file: The oddball ’80s funk-pop ensemble Was (Not Was) returned this year with their first album in 18 years, Boo! The Bangles may have tapped ancient times for their novelty hit “Walk Like an Egyptian,” but Was (Not Was) out time-traveled those girls, conjuring the prehistoric . . .
Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie’s job just got a whole lot harder. Until recently, the two were virtual unknowns depicting an unsuccessful band in HBO’s hilarious comedy series “Flight of the Conchords” (one of the channel’s few remaining commodities). With the show’s success, however, the pair now faces the . . .
Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Cabot Theatre - 7 p.m.

Fill in the blank: “The hills are alive with the sound of _____.” If you could complete that little brainteaser, then there’s a good chance you’d enjoy tonight’s 7 p.m. sing-along screening of The Sound of Music at the Cabot Theatre.
Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tonight @ Discovery World - 7 p.m.

The powers that be at Discovery World have stayed tight-lipped about the concept for their new television show, “The Secret Labs,” offering only that it takes place in subterranean labs below the city and that it promises a glimpse into the future. Tonight at 7 p.m., a live audience gets to find out what the show is all about . . .
Saturday, May 10, 2008

Today @ the Milwaukee Theater - 4:45 p.m.

For more than three decades, Garrison Keillor has played ringmaster to “A Prairie Home Companion,” a live radio broadcast built around the eclectic characters of fictional Lake Wobegon, Minn. The show usually airs from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., but each year the whole setup is taken on tour and, thankfully . . .
Friday, May 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Sorry fans of the ABC sitcom “Cavemen,” the touring production of Defending the Caveman isn’t about those particular, Geico-promoting early humans, but rather about Mars/Venus observations on the differences between men and women. Like the ABC sitcom, though, the material isn’t particularly fresh (many. . .