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01.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
I sit in a comfortable chair on the 28th floor of the Sheraton Hotel Tower contemplating the hour I’m going to be spending in below zero temperatures tonight. The Neo-Futurists' performance space isn’t far from where my wife and I are staying, but there are busses and there’s a transfer involved. The El would be an improvement but Google Maps is convinced that the busses would be a better ...
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009

Tonight @ the Alchemist Theatre - 10 p.m.

This weekend sees the introduction of Transmutative Cinema, a free film series with a fondness for outsider independent movies that provide more questions than answers. The series, which runs most Saturday and Sunday nights at the Alchemist Theatre and Lounge, debuts tonight with a 10 p.m. screening of the 2006 drama Apart From That, which charts a seemingly unrelated ensemble of characters, including an...
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

This Week in Milwaukee

Thursday, Jan. 22, Trampled by Turtles @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. Bluegrass thrives on dynamism—part of its thrill is seeing musicians gleefully blitz through complex chord changes and solos with whirlwind speed. Trampled By Turtles, despite what their animal namesake suggests, play as fast as any other bluegrass outfit...
01.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Alchemist Theatre co-founder Aaron Kopec has been able to claim a great degree of success for his one year-old theatre space with a number of sold-out shows. It took a lot of work to get there. Mid last month, he talked to me in the theatre’s bar about the early work he put in transforming the storefront space into a theatre space and its future.Aaron: . . . all the pipes were leaking . . . it ...
01.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In arranging an interview with Alchemist Theatre Co-founder Aaron Kopec for an A&E feature, I quickly found out how much time he spends at the place: nearly all of it. The man who helped make one of the most active small theatre spaces in town requested the interview to be there at the theatre/bar. I showed-up not more than an hour before he was set to open on an evening in the middle of las...
01.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
New Year’s Eve was a bit odd. My wife and I ended up watching in some drunken improv at the Alchemist Theatre just hours before the first seconds of 2009. The scheduled super-hero-themed New Year's Eve didn't quite happened, as only one woman showed up in costume as Batgirl, I believe . . . there were a couple of guys in wigs as well, if I'm not mistaken. So it goes with the best laid plans of m...
12.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Patrick Schmitz has reached a rare kind of commercial success as a director, playwright and marketing department for his holiday show. Schmitz’s Rankin and Bass TV special parody: Rudolph the Pissed-Off Reindeer doesn’t open until this coming Friday and, as stated in the preview piece on the show in this week’s Shepherd, that opening night is sold out. In the time it took the issue to hit...
11.11.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Bay View theatre/bar Alchemist Theatre. It’s been even longer since the last time I’ve checked their website. A bit weary over the prospect of a three-show weekend that’s suddenly turned into four, I was wondering what Aaron and Kirk might have planned for the near future. After what felt like a kind of lengthy lull in scheduling, the Alchemist ha...
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Alchemist Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

Because they were never solved, the Jack the Ripper murders have been a particularly ripe muse for writers for over a century, as countless pieces of fiction have speculated who may have been the killer and—more interestingly—what his or her motives could have been. Local writer and director Jackie Benka is the latest to take a stab at the legendary serial killer, with the Alchemist Theatre’s latest offering, Ripper, which wraps...
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Alchemist Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

Because they were never solved, the Jack the Ripper murders have been a particularly ripe muse for writers for over a century, as countless pieces of fiction have speculated who may have been the killer and—more interestingly—what his or her motives could have been. Local writer and director Jackie Benka is the latest to take a stab at the legendary serial killer, with the Alchemist Theatre’s latest offering, Ripper, which continues...

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