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Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008

Theater Preview

Playwright Neil Haven doesn't recall when or why he imagined an agoraphobic live-in elevator operator, but he does know why he wrote it down. There's an inherently dramatic dynamic to an offbeat character like that. That kind of character dynamic fits rather nicely in the center of a plot structure. The plot in question is that of Haven's new play Stuck, which opens Aug. 14th at the 10th Street Theatre. The play debuted last month on the campus at UW-Whitewater, where the production was developed . .
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

Today @ the Off-Broadway Theatre

More than a dozen out-of-state comedy troupes descend upon the city this weekend as part of the Milwaukee Sketch and Improv Festival, which runs through Saturday with multiple performances at the Off-Broadway Theatre. The festival also features a video comedy showcase and improv jams that pair . . .
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

Tonight @ various Madison locations

Seventy-six teams of spoken-word poets from cities all over the world, including Paris, Toronto and New York, traveled to Madison this week to compete in the sport’s biggest event, the National Poetry Slam, which builds to the semifinals showdown tonight before tomorrow’s finals showcase. Hoping to make the cut . . .
07.27.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
 It's hard to believe that three days of German Fest have gone by. It must be all of the munching on rollbraten, sipping on beer and wine, and live entertainment that's made the time fly.  Still, have no fear, the party is still on.  In fact, German Fest has saved the best for last and is going out with a "bang".  The German Fest organizers are packing three times the "boom" into one specta...
Sunday, July 13, 2008

Today @ Cathedral Square Park

Last call for crepes! Bastille Days wraps up its four-day run at Cathedral Square Park today. Shopping, local music, festival food, New Orleans-styled street performers and cirque aerial displays are among the main draws, and chef demonstrators and wine experts will be on site . . .
07.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
On this afternoon's SportsCenter: Scott Van Pelt:"What I wouldn't do to be in Milwaukee today, raise a double fister of Miller's and extend Summerfest an extra day." Michele Tofoya : "After a hardy burp just sit back and watch first CC Sabathia get traded to the Brewers, then Richard Jefferson get introduced to the Bucks, and the likelyhood that Brett Favre will do something...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Racial casting in the movies

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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Breaking Benjamin w/ Three Days Grace, Seether @ The Rave Eagles Club, 7 p.m. - These are tough times for many alternative-metal bands—blame those emo kids— but the three bands on this bill are doing more than all right for themselves.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Last time Stephen Malkmus stopped in Milwaukee, he gave a completely unexpected, one-off set of 18 Pavement songs played in chronological order, while his new band, The Jicks, struggled to keep up with him.