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Books
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
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
 Director Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) sets William Shakespeare’s deathless comedy of romance as a sparring contest in a contemporary mode but without sacrificing the words. The Shakespearean dialogue sounds natural coming from a cast as unaffected as that of a
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
 Dick Eliot began playing in the Milwaukee area during the 1950s, when jazz still overlapped with pop to a much greater extent than today, and jazz clubs proliferated. His solo guitar album, Catch the Wave, echoes
Dining Out
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Milwaukee’s long-running Polish restaurant adds contemporary flair

The world keeps changing, yet without continuity, we’d be lost. The secret to a successful business often comes down to harmonizing change with familiarity. Take Google, still the ready reference of the Internet Age but still adding new lines, from Google Maps to the scary prospect of a
Film
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Portrait of Allen Ginsberg as a Young Man

 As young Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, Daniel Radcliffe is a casting dream. Like the famous pupil he played in the Harry Potter series, Radcliffe’s version of the freshman Ginsberg is earnest, bespectacled and studious—a minority in a Muggles’ world thrust into an academy every
Off the Cuff
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Dan Fleming’s cityscape featured at Best of Milwaukee party

 Most weeks, Shepherd Express readers are treated to the work of a rising local artist whose illustrations are an important contribution to the paper’s look. Dan Fleming’s artistry will also be prominent at the Shepherd’s Best of Milwaukee Party on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Harley