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Books
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
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
 This Discovery Channel series didn’t need to venture to Africa to find wild kingdoms. The nature documentary found plenty of fascinating footage in America’s backyard. Tom Selleck narrates this breathlessly paced show, offering close-ups of hammerhead sharks preying on other sharks just off
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
 Whether or not Georges Brassens hung out with Serge Gainsbourg, he was of similar era and ilk—a ’60s French songwriter with a witty, eclectic sensibility. One time punk rocker Pierre de Gaillande recorded this ambitious tribute to Brassens, translating his lyrics into poetic English and performing them in a klezmer
Film
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Blowing the Whistle on WikiLeaks?

 Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, the brisk dramatization of the WikiLeaks founder’s battle with the U.S. government (and everyone else he disdains). One of film’s great emerging actors, Cumberbatch gives a portrayal of the celebrity outlaw
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
 With a smile that casts deep shadows and a courtly Old World demeanor barely masking the madness in his eyes, Bela Lugosi plays a country doctor with dark secrets in this 1940 low-budget horror picture (out on Blu-ray). In a laboratory stocked with foaming beakers and arcing electricity, the doctor conducts
Books
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Milwaukee author rides with the “Real-Life Superheroes”

 The superheroes are among us. Some patrol the dark streets of our town by night, others deliver toys to needy children by day. Real-life caped crusaders come in many costumes and with many agendas. The phenomenon is the subject of Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero