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Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Book ranks Milwaukee musician among the greats

 Sigmund Snopek III is keeping good company these days. The veteran Milwaukee recording artist is included with Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Sun Ra and James Brown in a fascinating examination of late 20th-century music, Adventures in Avant-Pop. Although author
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Confidence Games, Bribery and Love Triangles

 We meet Irving (Christian Bale) in a hotel room mirror, pasting a toupee over his thinning hair and topping it with hairspray to make things stick. Irving’s vanity is a deception tied to a yen for recreating himself as the raconteur he’d love to be. And to get to that place, he became a con artist
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
Start the day with a warm cup of coffee at Café el Sol—and end the evening with a margarita. Housed on the lower level of that Walker’s Point success story, the sprawling United Community Center, Café el Sol has evolved
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
 Peru’s Juaneco y su Combo began by playing rumbas and polkas to oil workers in the Amazon jungle, but by the late ’60s new influences changed their direction. Dressed up in the feathers and robes of the local Indian tribes, the Combo replaced the accordion with a Farfisa organ and added
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
 Vocalist Jerry Grillo and pianist Joe Kral’s Music Box is a four-song collection of ballads that have entered the jazz repertoire or—in the case of Grillo’s “Lonely”—should have become standards. The duo wanders through reminiscence and ruefulness. Grillo even invests Willie Nelson’s
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

The Coen brothers revisit a lost time in music

Folksinger Llewyn Davis leans into the dim spotlight shining down onto the stage, playing guitar with homespun eloquence
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
French director Gilles Bourdos fills Renoir with the honeyed sunlight and sensuous curves of a Pierre-Auguste Renoir canvas, yet the film is only half about the great Impressionist. The painter’s son, future film director Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion), is convalescing from World War I in his father’s
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
 “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one,” Lance Armstrong tells documentarian Alex Gibney, but even that admission is probably untrue. The Armstrong Lie is an unflinching look at the career of cycling’s
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
 The tiled Downtown storefront is sparsely decorated with a few scenes of the rocky Armenian landscape. Arin Bert Coffee and Grill (222 W. Wells St.), the only Armenian restaurant between Chicago and Toronto, offers a friendly, unpretentious introduction to the cuisine of an ancient land tucked

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