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Album Reviews
Saturday, March 15, 2014
 Finland seldom races to mind as a center for avant-garde jazz, yet the nation on Europe’s northeast corner has been home to a thriving scene. Prominent among Finnish improvisers is saxophonist-flutist Juhani Aaltonen, 78 years old but undimmed and leading a young ensemble in edgy
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Saturday, March 15, 2014
 Bad actions have terrible consequences when a lavish-living lawyer (Michael Fassbender) falls into the orbit of the drug traffickers he represents. Written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) and directed by Ridley Scott, The Counselor is a superb contemporary film noir set in a bleak
Eat/Drink
Friday, March 14, 2014
 Going vegan is a leap in our society, and the authors of Mayim’s Vegan Table (published by Da Capo) arrived by small steps. Mayim Bialik and Jay Gordon were spurred by the
Film
Sunday, March 9, 2014

One man’s quest to replicate a Dutch master

  With color and texture, Johannes Vermeer brought small corners of the world to life. Vermeer’s paintings seem to glow with inner illumination and can resemble
Theater
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Skylight Music Theatre presents 'Hydrogen Jukebox'

Hydrogen Jukebox begins with a repeated note, sounding over and over like a warning alarm in a nightmare, as a melody’s shadow passes beneath the poetry of Allen Ginsberg sung by a soloist. Its name derived from a line in Ginsberg’s “Howl” (“listening to the crack of doom on the
Theater
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jim DeVita's tour de force at the Rep

The Iliad is one of the oldest stories still being told. It’s not so much a pillar of world literature as a living trunk that continues to grow branches. The latest offshoot, An Iliad, is the Obie-winning adaptation by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, directed by John Langs at the Milwaukee Rep
Album Reviews
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Buttressed with stories of her abusive marriage to mentor-musical partner Ike Turner, Tina entered the ’80s as a woman whose pop music declarations on love and desire carried unusual weight. Love Songs collects her love-oriented hits from the ’80s and ’90s, plus one ’60s collaboration
Album Reviews
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Duke Ellington might have liked whatsnext?; Gil Evans and Lalo Schifrin might also have endorsed this recreation of orchestral jazz with a decided bent toward the jazz-influenced TV and movie scores of the ’60s and ’70s. Turkish born, Boston-based composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol wields a big