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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Art Review

A collaborative performance and mixed media installation at UWM's Union Art Gallery, “Implosion: Cultural Integration and Transformation,” attempts to draw a through-line among disparate cultures using the lightning rod of religious iconography. Rather than focusing on Abrahamic, monotheistic religious expressions, artists Leandro Soto, Raoul Deal, and René Maldonado, in collaboration with Nigerian dramatist Awam Amkpa, ask viewers to consider the feminine roots of polytheism.
Saturday, May 3, 2008

Today @ UMOS - noon to 9 p.m.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend at UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave., where two stages will feature Mexican music and dance, plus children’s entertainment, food, merchandise, piatas, face painting and more. The free event takes place on today and tomorrow from noon to 9 p.m. For more information, call 389-6007 . . .
04.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The Boulevard Theatre closes its season with the world premiere of local playwright Chad M. Rossi’s Eureka!--a coming of age romantic buddy comedy set on the East Side of Milwaukee. With less than a week to go before opening night, I had an opportunity to talk to the cast about the play, Milwaukee and various bits of nonsense prior to a Wednesday night rehearsal. Much of the conversation was rec...
03.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
SummerLast month’s Milwaukee Ballet production of Bruce Well’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream served as a prelude for a couple of upcoming summer productions of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in different distant corners of the state. The American Players Theatre in Spring Green opens its Dream on June 7th. Door Shakespeare in Bailey’s Harbor opens its Dream July 10th. ...
03.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
In spite of my best efforts, I will NOT be making the open auditions tonight. For the third time, I have had my work as a script writer accepted for a local DIY program—Pink Banana’s upcoming show entitled: Shorts: The Next Big Thing. This time, they have elected to use two of my scripts for the show. As all my previous experiences with DIY required much more of my personal time, my involvemen...
03.01.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Being the smallest guys in the room, Do It Yourself theatre companies don’t get a whole lot of money from those traditional sources that their bigger commercial cousins do. Quite often the budget is limited (or, strictly speaking, nonexistent) on such shows. People volunteer their time. Personal wallets and bank accounts are tapped. Some people are driven to drink. Others are driven to stop drin...
02.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The size of an audience going to “some bullshit musical at the Marcus Center”* (or the Milwaukee Theatre for that matter) is considerably larger than what would be seen at a main stage show at the Rep. The audience seeing just about any show at the Rep is considerably larger than the one attending a show by a smaller company. More people go to shows by bigger theatre companies because bigger t...