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Album Reviews
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
 Grounded in the Middle East but finding meaningful connections with music from many other places, the American group Salaam explores chordal connections with mariachi, minor-key electronica and jazz on Train to Basra. “Blue notes” often provide the common ground—in a shared musical language drawn from the
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
 Classical music lost ground in the 20th century to the music of the dispossessed, whether American blues, the Gypsy jazz of Paris, Argentine tango or the yearning strains of Greece, called rebetiko. David Prudhomme’s graphic novel tells a story about the Athens underclass of the 1930s and the
Dining Out
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
 Downtown West Allis is changing for the better. One sign of growth in the old business strip east of State Fair Park, Urban Joe Café (7028 W. Greenfield Ave.), opened in September. The interior of the totally rehabbed
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
 It was meant as the non-arena show: Earlier this year, Morrissey chose to play the intimate, 1,800-seat auditorium of Hollywood High School after selling out the Staples Center the night before. Most of 25 Live was shot at the smaller venue, where the singer whose songs have affected his
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
 Benjamin Franklin was among the most interesting of America’s founders, yet aside from a few homey maxims (“A penny saved…”), his portrait on the $100 bill and the shocking story of his “discovery” of electricity while flying a kite in a storm, most of us know little of this enigmatic sage. Tim
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Mazmanian quartet spans flamenco through Sabre Dance

 One of the showpieces on the Mazmanian Family’s latest CD, Folk Spirit, is Brahms’ signature number, Hungarian Dance No. 5. The wild abandon bursting from passages of aching restraint, the Gypsy fury of the dance, is characteristic of the Mazmanian repertoire. The quartet spans the