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Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Bruce Dern finds his pot of gold as an old man on a mission

 Nebraska opens on a gray, wintry day, with dead grass poking through patches of snow, as an old man trudges on the shoulder of a highway. Each step is a hurdle for the old timer, until a police car pulls over and a friendly policeman escorts him to a hospital. Woody (Bruce Dern) may
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
 The music called rebetiko is the Greek blues, born in the same era as the great Mississippi players and arising from similarly impoverished, underclass environs. Çiğdem Aslan breathes new life into the old songs with her young, London-based band. A Turkish Kurd who grew up in Greek
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
 The enticing aroma of spices is still evident from the sidewalk. Maharajah (1550 N. Farwell Ave.) has gone through some changes lately, with its menu slimmed down and nightly specials added, including chicken makhni on Tuesdays and mixed vegetables Wednesdays, plus beer, wine and
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Local photographer brings perspective to the landmark

 If Milwaukee photographer Paul Bialas chose a characteristic Milwaukee subject for his book of photos, he shows it from surprising angles. A handsomely designed volume (complete with a CD of recollections from former Schlitz employees), Schlitz Brewing Art is no mere scrapbook but a
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Small Brands Fight Back

 Transnational corporate Goliaths dominate the world, yet the Davids are fighting back. Steve Akley’s book Small Brand America looks at 25 of those Davids in the food and beverage industry
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan on a journey to America

 When the adolescent Philomena encountered a handsome boy in the funhouse of a traveling circus, she barely knew the meaning of sex. Soon enough, she learned the consequences in small-town 1950s Ireland. Brought before a grim, inquisitorial board of nuns
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

From rock to jazz, books for music fans

 Everyone knows of The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, but less attention has been paid to Epstein’s partner, Joe Flannery. Flannery hopes to redress that in his autobiography. The danger of growing up gay with artistic inclinations in rough, working-class Liverpool is at the center of his
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Along with Tiki lounges came “exotica,” a 1950s genre whose easy listening, high-fidelity distillation of Polynesian and other ethnic music greeted the dawn of the stereo age. In many ways, Mr. Ho represents a further distillation, filtering out any suggestion of kitsch and nudging those lush sounds
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
 By now, many people don’t realize Rube Goldberg was a real person, a cartoonist, not just some kind of crazy cartoon machine. Along with page after page of his drawings, The Art of Rube Goldberg includes illuminating essays by The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik and others that describe the

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