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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
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Contemporary choral music featured at annual concert

Between the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus singing Handel’s Messiah, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s staging of A Christmas Carol and the Milwaukee Ballet’s Nutcracker, our city has no lack of favorites in the performing arts for Christmas. And this was not only slightly annoying to
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
Driven by passion and poverty, the legendary Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow embarked on a murderous two-year crime spree during the Great Depression. In the A&E Channel documentaries on this DVD, the couple lived by stealing, maintained close family ties, heaped contempt on
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
 Antarctica is a vast continent with no permanent inhabitants, yet the inhospitable landmass at the basement of the world is essential to the global ecosystem. David Day’s massive, fascinating history uncovers many interesting details. The ancient Greeks guessed at the continent’s existence
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

1900s Viennese satirist takes down postmodern culture

 Provocative novelist Jonathan Franzen turns historian, unearthing an insightful, forgotten essayist from a century ago. His ambitious new book, The Kraus Project (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), presents five essays by the scathing Viennese pessimist Karl Kraus in bilingual format, the original texts
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Heartland Hard Rock

 When guitarist Danny Rodic founded CircleSwitch in 2007, he was as determined to find the right people to work with as he was to put his own spin on the hard rock that had shaped his musicianship. “We auditioned over one hundred vocalists before finding Kenny [James],” he says

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