Brian Jacobson

Brian Jacobson

Brian Jacobson was born in Wisconsin and will likely die there. After a decade working in the TMJ4 television newsroom, he left for a lucrative career in print journalism. His work has been in just about all the current and discontinued media outlets in Milwaukee, and as an art photographer he is a founding member of “the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA)” in Milwaukee. His passion for our city is unbounded, yet incredibly archaic and eclectic. You can find him hanging out at the Rock of Milwaukee, which if you can figure that out then huzzah–you win a local microbrew from him.

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Recent Articles

Museums: “Crossroads of Civilization” Tells Great Story
Museums

“Crossroads of Civilization” Tells Great Story

New Milwaukee Public Museum exhibit on ancient Mediterranean civilization offers dramatic look at 4,000 years of history

Local Sourcer: Consider the Lowly Braunschweiger
Local Sourcer

Consider the Lowly Braunschweiger

The classic Milwaukee sausage is paired with Old Milwaukee Rye Bread. Delicious. And nutritious.

Local Sourcer: The Milwaukee Beer Float
Local Sourcer

The Milwaukee Beer Float

Combine Purple Door's Whiskey Ice Cream, made with Great Lakes Distillery Kinnickinnic Whiskey and Brenner Brewing's Imperial Stout. Result: delicious.

Vantage Point: The Whole Cityscape
Vantage Point

The Whole Cityscape

Call it a bonus round: an assemblage of photos taken in my tour of many great vantage points in Milwaukee.

Vantage Point: From The Pfister Hotel
Vantage Point

From The Pfister Hotel

At dusk, the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel tower offers beautiful views of a changing city

Vantage Point: From The Railway Exchange Building
Vantage Point

From The Railway Exchange Building

Built in 1901, the classic, 12-story building is well-situated for great views of Downtown and the old and new city.

Vantage Point: From the Potawatomi Hotel
Vantage Point

From the Potawatomi Hotel

From the 20th floor, a magnificent view of the city and its central valley, once grimly industrial and now turning ever more green.

Vantage Point: From the Hyatt Polaris Room
Vantage Point

From the Hyatt Polaris Room

My goal was to duplicate the 1896 view of Milwaukee in the famous lithograph. Not quite, but great views anyway.

Vantage Point: From Atop the Hilton Hotel
Vantage Point

From Atop the Hilton Hotel

Make that the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, which, with its radio antenna, is about as tall as the U.S. Bank building, and offers stunning views.

Vantage Point: Rooftop Dining
Vantage Point

Rooftop Dining

The dramatic yet oh-so-civilized views from Cafe Benelux, Wolf Peach and Hotel Metro's Zen on 7.

Vantage Point: From The Moderne
Vantage Point

From The Moderne

Its signature penthouse, known as “THIRTY 01,” may offer the best view of the city.

Vantage Point: Gimbel’s Building
Vantage Point

Gimbel’s Building

The classic retailer is long gone, but the “ASQ Center” lives on.

Vantage Point: Milwaukee Public Library
Vantage Point

Milwaukee Public Library

Giant Eagle sculptures outside of the central branch evince an intriguing history.

Vantage Point: Catholic Financial Life Building
Vantage Point

Catholic Financial Life Building

The Modernist downtown property has a history of transition, and one heck of a view.

The Road to Creativity

The Road to Creativity

Despite carping from critics, the Creational Trails project seeks to artistically enliven 10 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue.

Milwaukee’s Secret “Treasure”

Milwaukee’s Secret “Treasure”

It was buried in 1981 but no one knows where. Will the cask ever be unearthed?

The Man Who Retired the Museum’s Debt

The Man Who Retired the Museum’s Debt

Milwaukee Public Museum President Jay Williams will step down in February. Can the museum build on his legacy?

The Mystery of the Germania Statue

The Mystery of the Germania Statue

It’s the city’s greatest art heist. How did a monumental, three-ton bronze statue disappear?

Photo Gallery: The Kashubes’ Polka Picnic
Photo Gallery

The Kashubes’ Polka Picnic

The annual picnic celebrates the 73 years (until 1943) that these Polish ancestors lived on Jones Island.

We Want to Save the Warner

We Want to Save the Warner

A non-profit trust hopes to restore a classic downtown theater as a concert hall.

“American Idiot” rocks, but with shallow roles

“American Idiot” rocks, but with shallow roles

The touring Broadway rock opera is all punk and bombast, but leaves story depth and complexity off stage right.

The Milwaukee Theatre hosts iconic “Final Fantasy” scores

The Milwaukee Theatre hosts iconic “Final Fantasy” scores

"Distant Worlds" takes Nobuo Uematsu's symphonic scores from computer tones to full-fledged masterworks with Bel Canto Chorus.

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra at Turner Hall

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra at Turner Hall

At Turner Hall on Sunday night, Amanda Palmer blasted through songs from her new album "Theater is Evil."

Iconically Milwaukee: Aboard the Solomon Juneau
Iconically Milwaukee

Aboard the Solomon Juneau

The tugboat harbored along the Riverwalk of the Milwaukee River exists as a monument to a fishing legacy--and as Mark Gubin's "floating Winnebago."

Radiolab Live makes science artful at the Riverside

Radiolab Live makes science artful at the Riverside

The little radio show from WNYC and NPR brings inventive audio and visual ponderings about how we see life to Milwaukee.

Radiolab Live: Q&A with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich
Radiolab Live

Q&A with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

In this extended interview, TCD dissects all things Radiolab before "Live: In The Dark" takes the stage this Saturday at the Riverside Theater.

Photo Gallery: The Color Run
Photo Gallery

The Color Run

Thousands of Milwaukee runners were doused with brightly-colored powder at this colorful 5K, held outside Miller Park.

Four Days in Hayward

Four Days in Hayward

The idea was to soak in Hayward, Wisconsin's "Musky Fest," a celebration of the idyllic northwoods, but what our TCD contributor got was a renewal of the spirit.

Scenes from LEGO KidsFest

Scenes from LEGO KidsFest

Brian Jacobson visits the Frontier Airlines Center for the celebration of a little building block, complete with a giant LEGO Hulk.

Festival Season: A Day of Pride
Festival Season

A Day of Pride

ThirdCoast Digest took in the sights of the 25th annual celebration of LGBT culture and came away with photos and more to share.

Summer Reading 2012: “Return to Wake Robin”
Summer Reading 2012

“Return to Wake Robin”

Brian Jacobson reviews Marnie O. Mamminga's memoir of "Up North" Wisconsin vacations in the 1930s.

The Haggerty goes large and complex, then dark and gritty

The Haggerty goes large and complex, then dark and gritty

A new trio of shows is on display, including first showings of selected works from the Tatalovich Collection.

Mega-Recap: 2012 UPAF Ride for the Arts
Mega-Recap

2012 UPAF Ride for the Arts

TCD recaps the UPAF Ride for the Arts with two flickr galleries and a YouTube video that captures the best of one of the nation's largest one-day bike rides.

Examining the haute return of Food Trucks in America

Examining the haute return of Food Trucks in America

Before five-time James Beard award-winner for food writing John T. Edge's's Boswell Books event, TCD looks at his new cookbook on roadside cuisine.

Danceworks’ Mad Hot Ballroom: Tango, Samba, Jitterbug, Tap
Danceworks’ Mad Hot Ballroom

Tango, Samba, Jitterbug, Tap

Mad Hot Ballroom fills the Bradley Center, as 43 schools dance to be champs.

Prime Time for Storytellers in Milwaukee

Prime Time for Storytellers in Milwaukee

On the eve of This American Life's live broadcast, TCD looks ahead to staged oral tales happening in Milwaukee in the coming weeks, from Ex Fabula to The Moth.

Photo Gallery: Harley-Davidson goes Mondo for Cinco de Mayo
Photo Gallery

Harley-Davidson goes Mondo for Cinco de Mayo

Luchador Mask? 800 pounds of iron and rumble? Burlesque Girls? Pinata Forest? Milwaukee celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Hogs and wrestling. Photos by Benjamin Wick.

Review: The Old 97s at Turner Hall Ballroom
Review

The Old 97s at Turner Hall Ballroom

The southern country-rock stylings of Rhett Miller and Old 97's showed the band still had its chops in the sweaty confines of Milwaukee's hallowed concert hall.

Gallery: Inside the MAM’s annual Bal du Lac
Gallery

Inside the MAM’s annual Bal du Lac

It was an "Alice in Wonderland" theme for this year's Ball of the Lake, a gala starring some of Milwaukee's greatest art philanthropists.

Spring Gallery Night in Review

Spring Gallery Night in Review

The staff at TCD "Storify" the Night's (and Day's) events with photo galleries and notes from all over Milwaukee.

Review: Death Cab for Cutie at the Riverside
Review

Death Cab for Cutie at the Riverside

Ben Gibbard and friends (including a string orchestra) get over a case of the Sundays to leave everything on the stage floor in Milwaukee.

Going Full Tilt: Reflections on a multi-ball world
Going Full Tilt

Reflections on a multi-ball world

Brian Jacobson's musings on the Midwest Gaming Classic, which had crowded rooms and halls filled with pinball and video arcade machines free to play.

True North:  Isaac Julien at MAM
True North

Isaac Julien at MAM

The renowned video/installation artist is showing a trilogy of works at the Milwaukee Art Museum this year.

The Meatball Challenge at Milwaukee County Historical Society

The Meatball Challenge at Milwaukee County Historical Society

Closing out the exhibit "Faith Family Fiesta" celebrating Italian roots, the Society holds a competition between area chefs to come up with the best meatball.

“Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob”: Kevin Smith at the Pabst
“Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob”

Kevin Smith at the Pabst

Promoting his new book, "Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good," Silent Bob's talk was more about inspiration than entertainment.

The sun sets on the corner video store

The sun sets on the corner video store

As more corner video stores and even chain store locations bite the dust, how are we making our movie entertainment choices?

Open House at UEC showcases Community Supported Agriculture

Open House at UEC showcases Community Supported Agriculture

There was plenty of green at the Urban Ecology Center's 10th annual event introducing farmers to potential shareholders.

Saturday night with the Brew City Bruisers

Saturday night with the Brew City Bruisers

Milwaukee's flat-track roller derby league suited up for a battle at the U.S. Cellular Arena, bucking for rank before heading into the Semi-Finals.

Review: “Forward 2012” juried art show at Charles Allis
Review

“Forward 2012” juried art show at Charles Allis

This annual visual arts showcase at the Charles Allis Art Museum has landscapes and whimsy for all sorts.

Michael Feinstein’s Sinatra Project, at the Riverside

Michael Feinstein’s Sinatra Project, at the Riverside

The song historian and Broadway star pursues his ongoing interest in all things written and sung by Ol' Blue Eyes.

Scenes from the pm@mpm

Scenes from the pm@mpm

Newaukee helps the Milwaukee Public Museum launch an evening social experience. We hid in the corners of Old Milwaukee and took notes.

All things bacon unite at Harley-Davidson museum

All things bacon unite at Harley-Davidson museum

102.9 The Hog hosts "BaconFest" at the Harley-Davidson museum. See TCD's gratuitous photos of bacon, Elvis and a giant sandwich.

MAM opens Kohl’s Art Education centers

MAM opens Kohl’s Art Education centers

Saturday marks the grand opening of a gallery, lab, and permanent studio in former display sections for youth education. A sneak peek inside from TCD.

Scenes from the First Stage Make Believe Ball at the Hilton

Scenes from the First Stage Make Believe Ball at the Hilton

Families enjoyed activities, arts, improv and candy before the big fundraising dinner and dance for the Milwaukee premier children's theater organization.

Soundbites, by the playlist: RadioMilwaukee at Iron Horse
Soundbites, by the playlist

RadioMilwaukee at Iron Horse

88.9 hosts "Soundbites," where nine Milwaukee chefs team with nine RadioMilwaukee DJs to create a unique sensory experience at the Iron Horse Hotel.

The City of Milwaukee celebrates 166th birthday

The City of Milwaukee celebrates 166th birthday

Held at the historic Grain Exchange, the Milwaukee Press Club holds its annual birthday party and declares it the year of "the Big League City."

Scenes from the Chili Bowl 2012 at Potawatomi

Scenes from the Chili Bowl 2012 at Potawatomi

A look at the 6th annual chili cook-off held by Milwaukeefood.com, representing more than 30 restaurants across Milwaukee County and beyond.

Milwaukee Brewing Company: Ready with a new image
Milwaukee Brewing Company

Ready with a new image

Before the local craft brewery's party at Turner Hall, TCD tours the 2nd Street facility to check out the new look and try out the new flavors.

Inside the Tripoli Shrine Center

Inside the Tripoli Shrine Center

From the top floor Billiards Room to the basement Egyptian Room, TCD takes an intimate look at this historic venue.

Review: The Europeans and Guston at the Haggerty
Review

The Europeans and Guston at the Haggerty

Marquette's museum presents Tina Barney's lush photographic series and Philip Guston's final thoughts through lithographs.

Gallery Night reflection: snow, paintings, conversations, salsa dancing
Gallery Night reflection

snow, paintings, conversations, salsa dancing

Why turkey sandwiches taste better in the presence of art collector Cissie Peltz. Check out our photo gallery from this fabulous winter event.

A Winter’s walk through the Lynden Sculpture Garden

A Winter’s walk through the Lynden Sculpture Garden

For "Light Up The Garden," people created their own personal glass lanterns for a peaceful winter stroll.

The (future of the) diner on the corner

The (future of the) diner on the corner

With the loss of the Michigan Street Diner, metro Milwaukee is left with a dearth of simple lunch counters. What's the key to success?

Review: Jim Gaffigan at the Pabst Theater
Review

Jim Gaffigan at the Pabst Theater

Gaffigan's act channels that hilarious suburban guy you met once at a party, who just got a break from his four kids.

Winterfest Begins!

Winterfest Begins!

The annual indoor event at the Frontier Airlines Center has a life-sized snow globe, ornaments and cookies galore, a carousel, and an ice rink. Photos by Jennell Jenney.

NEW! MSO plays Led Zeppelin at the Riverside

NEW! MSO plays Led Zeppelin at the Riverside

On some songs like Kashmir, hiring a strong orchestra to back you up is necessary. On Whole Lotta Love, it gets weird and a little epic.

Review: Wilco at the Riverside Theater
Review

Wilco at the Riverside Theater

If hell is chrome, heaven is Wilco at the Riverside. The short version? Brian's best Wilco experience yet (and it's not his first rodeo).

CoPA Juried Show at WPCA offers a panorama of viewpoints

CoPA Juried Show at WPCA offers a panorama of viewpoints

CoPA show, curated by Catherine Edelman, offers exposure and an in-depth survey of Midwestern contemporary photography.

Heavy Metal Tannenbaum

Heavy Metal Tannenbaum

The Harley-Davidson Museum asked area artists to create Christmas Trees to benefit Arts@Large, and the artists went hog wild.

A Country Christmas through a tunnel of lights

A Country Christmas through a tunnel of lights

With Thanksgiving out of the way, we drink the eggnog and take in the sneak preview of the grand hotel's woods-filled holiday lights display.

Movie Review: “Hugo”
Movie Review

“Hugo”

Martin Scorcese makes his case for use of 3-D, film preservation, and how to make a PG-rated story with Sasha Baron Cohen in it.

Deep-fried Romantic: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Turducken Meatloaf
Deep-fried Romantic

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Turducken Meatloaf

The Deep-Fried Romantic returns for a holiday special which requires the use of the "Perfect Meatloaf Pan" (As Seen on TV) and some specific ingredients.

Starting the Holidays off with a Bang

Starting the Holidays off with a Bang

Winter holiday lights celebrations kicked off in Milwaukee Thursday night, and TCD caught the fireworks show at Pere Marquette Park.

Mark Herro (aka Mantic59) comes to Stag and brings his razor

Mark Herro (aka Mantic59) comes to Stag and brings his razor

Before a class on the art of shaving, TCD sat down with Wisconsin-native Mark Herro (aka Mantic59) about becoming a cult internet figure for grooming.

Growing pains of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Million Dollar Quartet
Growing pains of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Million Dollar Quartet

History and rock 'n' roll fantasy collide at the Marcus Center as four legends meet at Sun Records in this tribute/musical.

Scott Wilke curates his own Milwaukee bicycle museum

Scott Wilke curates his own Milwaukee bicycle museum

The co-owner of South Shore Cyclery talks about his collection of historic bikes and accessories, and what makes a piece collectible.

A Night by the River: ArtWorks for Milwaukee at the Manpower HQ
A Night by the River

ArtWorks for Milwaukee at the Manpower HQ

More than 300 people attended the sold out ArtWorks for Milwaukee fundraiser at Manpower, and TCD was there to capture the sights.

Found vs. Found

Found vs. Found

Two camps from two very popular yet different underground cultural anthropology mediums find each other and do battle. Interview with Davy Rothbart and Nick Prueher.

Bottle Caps, Captain America, Brownies, Trolls and more

Bottle Caps, Captain America, Brownies, Trolls and more

Collector's Day at the Milwaukee Public Museum brought out some special displays and stories straight from the people that love them.

Review: Ray Davies at the Pabst Theater
Review

Ray Davies at the Pabst Theater

After an assortment of his best known solo work, Davies fined himself $5 every time he mentioned the Kinks. But he hauled out the hits anyway.

Morrissey, Joy Division, and the Pretenders evoked at Turner Hall

Morrissey, Joy Division, and the Pretenders evoked at Turner Hall

Video and photos from Friday night's Pablove Foundation charity concert with Salford Lads Club, Maritime, and Testa Rosa in homage.

Night Of The Living Dead: The Puppet Show
Night Of The Living Dead

The Puppet Show

We bring you an audio and video recap of the Angry Young Men, Ltd. and MUTES production at the Oriental Theater on this All Hallows' Eve.

The Lamb lies (way) down on Broadway at the Pabst Theater

The Lamb lies (way) down on Broadway at the Pabst Theater

Genesis' Rock Opera, re-created by The Musical Box, does not hold up well over time. Plus: How I discovered the fire escape while trying to flee my seat.

A sneak preview of Haunted History Tours: Riverside Theater
A sneak preview of Haunted History Tours

Riverside Theater

Ghost hunter (and well-known theater figure) Susan Fry and ghost victim (and long-time employee) Jason Gierl walk us through dark and spooky hallways.

Autumn hotspot: A look at Apple Holler, Borzynski’s
Autumn hotspot

A look at Apple Holler, Borzynski’s

Visible from I-94, this orchard farm meets amusement park feels like a tourist trap until you walk back into the trees and the din disappears.

RunUp to the Runway: Sheer, sometimes madness
RunUp to the Runway

Sheer, sometimes madness

The annual epic fashion show at the Milwaukee Art Museum featured slinkiness, tribbles, and optical illusions.

Midwestern boy makes good: A quick pre-RunUp interview with Ra’mon Lawrence
Midwestern boy makes good

A quick pre-RunUp interview with Ra’mon Lawrence

This Minneapolis-based designer made a splash on Project Runway, a hubbub at RunUp to the Runway, and his mark on the fashion scene.

Shelby Keefe: 30 Paintings in 30 Days before Gallery Night
Shelby Keefe

30 Paintings in 30 Days before Gallery Night

The Artist-in-Residence at the Pfister fulfills a pledge by finishing a collection of street photography-inspired paintings with some recognizable landmarks.

Mondo Lucha! and YOU are there

Mondo Lucha! and YOU are there

Milwaukee's favorite Luchador-style wrestling, live music, and burlesque show returns to the Turner Hall Ballroom. A capsule in audio and pictures.

Gallery: Art Jamboree in the Plankinton Arcade
Gallery

Art Jamboree in the Plankinton Arcade

Art Milwaukee celebrates its first year in existence with a major party in the eastern wing of the Grand Avenue...which happens to be TCD's new address!

A funny elegy for summer draws thousands

A funny elegy for summer draws thousands

The final Fish Fry and a Flick at Discovery World's lakeside amphitheater sees more chairs and blankets than it can handle. Has the event outgrown the space?

Book Review: “People of the Big Voice”
Book Review

“People of the Big Voice”

Wisconsin Historical Society Press publishes a photo book of Charles Van Schaick's turn-of-the century focus on the Ho-Chunk Nation with revealing results.

Summer Portrait: Block Party!
Summer Portrait

Block Party!

Summer is winding down, but the celebration of Milwaukee rolls on. TCD joins in the fun with Artworks and the folks of Washington Heights at two separate block parties.

Summer Portraits: Get on board the Art Bus
Summer Portraits

Get on board the Art Bus

Art Milwaukee bought a former school bus special for transporting enthusiasts around on Gallery Night. We dared to ride along.

Summer Portrait: Chinese Cultural Fest at the MAM
Summer Portrait

Chinese Cultural Fest at the MAM

It was a packed house in Windhover Hall as a Qìngdiǎn for the new "Summer of China" broke out.

Summer Portraits: A sanguine Bastille Days
Summer Portraits

A sanguine Bastille Days

L'après-midi au doux Place de la Cathédrale ont été remplis avec du fromage, aile, chanson, et craies. Une galerie de photos par nos stagiaires d'été.

How to make steamroller art at Redline MKE

How to make steamroller art at Redline MKE

We stopped by on Saturday to find artists in the street, allowing their woodcuts to be run over by a ton of pressure. Now with video proof!

UPAF Ride for the Arts: The TCD Mega-Gallery!
UPAF Ride for the Arts

The TCD Mega-Gallery!

We covered the UPAF ride from atop the Hoan and got a special visit from Cream City Rickshaw at the finish line. Check out TCD's photos and tag yourself on Flickr!

Aboard the SV Denis Sullivan for the first sail of 2011

Aboard the SV Denis Sullivan for the first sail of 2011

In this Memorial Day gallery, we take an atmospheric journey aboard Milwaukee's classic schooner for its inaugural voyage and welcome at Discovery World.

TCD Exclusive: The Return of the King
TCD Exclusive

The Return of the King

King Gambrinus, the patron saint of brewing and a lost Milwaukee icon, has come home to its courtyard at Best Place.

Photos: Nine taverns in four hours, plus a barrel roll
Photos

Nine taverns in four hours, plus a barrel roll

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. hosts a 30th anniversary party for Spaces and Traces in Riverwest, profiling classic and renewed Wisconsin taverns.

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap 2011 in images

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap 2011 in images

It was a miserable, cold Saturday -- except at the Bradley Center, where students from 39 schools competed for dance titles in this 6th annual Danceworks event.

Photo Gallery: Pride Prom 2011
Photo Gallery

Pride Prom 2011

It was an evening of DJs and dancing as college students and high school seniors celebrated UW-Waukesha's first annual Pride Prom in style.

Zombies For Change in Madison

Zombies For Change in Madison

On Saturday, zombies shambled on Madison, croaking for the brains of Scott Walker. It was much-needed levity for the long battle in Wisconsin's capitol, and TCD has the pictures.

Art in Bloom at the MAM

Art in Bloom at the MAM

For one week, floral designers examine famous works from the Milwaukee Art Museum and create tribute pieces in a special show.

Mardi Gras at Turner Hall: Hurricanes and Mucca Pazza
Mardi Gras at Turner Hall

Hurricanes and Mucca Pazza

88.9 Radio Milwaukee brought the world's most bombastic marching band to town as Maxie's Southern comfort dishes it out. A photo gallery in living color.

Photos: Rockabilly Chili brings the heat
Photos

Rockabilly Chili brings the heat

Some 3,000 chili lovers descended upon the Kern Center, sampling veggie and meat varieties from area restaurateurs and caterers vying for bragging rights.

The Laramie Project at Marquette University: A Photo Gallery
The Laramie Project at Marquette University

A Photo Gallery

Students in Milwaukee take the annual stage reading to new performance and multimedia levels in this version supported by the Theatre and Social Justice Fund.

Deep-Fried Romantic: the Coupon Wars
Deep-Fried Romantic

the Coupon Wars

Clipping coupons may be a thing of the past, as dozens of daily bargains from local restaurants, spas, and shops flood our inboxes.

Deep-Fried Romantic: The State of Karaoke
Deep-Fried Romantic

The State of Karaoke

To my fellow Milwaukeeans who worried the grand tradition of unabashed singing was dead: Have no fear. Underground Karaoke is coming this weekend.

Winter Gallery Night in Images

Winter Gallery Night in Images

It was a cold one, and yet Milwaukeans came out to see good art and nibble on cheese and a candy buffet.

Milwaukee celebrates MLK Jr. birthday with a gala show

Milwaukee celebrates MLK Jr. birthday with a gala show

Sunday's 27th annual event celebrated ethnic identity and togetherness in a showcase featuring the city's children. A TCD Photo Gallery.

Q & A: The Rep’s Gerard Neugent dishes on “The 39 Steps”
Q & A

The Rep’s Gerard Neugent dishes on “The 39 Steps”

Milwaukee's versatile vet illuminates what it's like to quick change and on playing over 20 characters in a play.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Now with 300% more video
Deep-Fried Romantic

Now with 300% more video

Get Xtranormal and a little freaky this week as DFR wonders: Will the next great auteur come out of the amateur video wasteland?

Fierce quick-change highlights The Rep’s “39 Steps”

Fierce quick-change highlights The Rep’s “39 Steps”

Versatile Rep vet Gerard Neugent and APT star John Pribyl perform a cavalcade of characters in the four-actor adaptation of epic comedy/mystery "The 39 Steps."

All hail the arrival of Mistress of the Toy Piano

All hail the arrival of Mistress of the Toy Piano

Margaret Leng Tan, having conquered the the classics and experimented with the likes of John Cage, sets her sights on legitimizing a tiny plinking sound.

New Year’s Eve with the Dead Man’s Carnival

New Year’s Eve with the Dead Man’s Carnival

While some clinked champagne glasses and sang 'Auld Lang Syne', we watched in morbid fascination the high-flying, comedic freakshow that is Dead Man's Carnival.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Where are they now?
Deep-Fried Romantic

Where are they now?

Two years and 45 low-culture slap happy columns later, we look back with wonder at this slice of Americana and any changes that may happened.

“Tron:Legacy” : Making the case for seeing films in 2D
“Tron

Legacy”

With the glut of movies being touted in 3D, a realization is made after watching "Tron: Legacy" twice about a loss in technological translation.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Candy Cane Lane
Deep-Fried Romantic

Candy Cane Lane

Celebrating 25 years of running up the electric bill and warming souls, this winter wonderland collects for the MACC Fund and sets an artistic tableau.

Milwaukee teens brave the cold for a good cause

Milwaukee teens brave the cold for a good cause

A photo gallery of the Cardboard Christmas Village created by area teens to raise to awareness for youth homelessness.

Deep-Fried Romantic: It’s a Wet Nap World
Deep-Fried Romantic

It’s a Wet Nap World

I can't tell if the marriage of paper goods and liquid product is actually greener for the environment, but it certainly feeds our need for convenience.

In Case You Missed It: Art of the Table at the MAM
In Case You Missed It

Art of the Table at the MAM

The MAM pays tribute to art and design with a three-day installation, a special visit by Alberto Alessi and the arrival of Robert Therrien's "Under the Table."

Deep-Fried Romantic: Project Winter Beard is a Go
Deep-Fried Romantic

Project Winter Beard is a Go

It's that time of year when men from the Midwest bond over the primal, almost feral desire for facial hair.

Review: A very subdued “Young Frankenstein”
Review

A very subdued “Young Frankenstein”

For those who loved the Mel Brooks film, watching the musical can become a game of "listen for the famous line."

Deep-Fried Romantic: The Trouble with “Best of” Lists
Deep-Fried Romantic

The Trouble with “Best of” Lists

Everyone has their favorite local establishment and publications make a mint off declaring "The Best" - so how does low culture choice often win out anyway?

LGBT Film/Video Festival Preview: Children of God
LGBT Film/Video Festival Preview

Children of God

Equal parts romance and arthouse thinkpiece, the festival's closing night film from the Bahamas is methodical, though challenging and intimate.

Whither the Shops of Grand Avenue?

Whither the Shops of Grand Avenue?

With the announcement that the troubled downtown mall would be put up for auction, one can't help but wonder what went wrong and what should happen next.

Deep-Fried Romantic takes in a Packers game

Deep-Fried Romantic takes in a Packers game

To outsiders, saying you come from Wisconsin but haven't been inside Lambeau Field is strange. But natives know it's a hard ticket to get.

MFF’10: Metropolis with the Alloy Orchestra
MFF’10

Metropolis with the Alloy Orchestra

We couldn't help but sneak in and capture some images from this special presentation of the restored masterpiece scored live at the Oriental.

MFF’10 Preview: Williams S. Burroughs – A Man Within
MFF’10 Preview

Williams S. Burroughs – A Man Within

The Holy Ghost of the Beat Generation trinity of writers finally gets a documentary about his life.

Global Union 2010 ushers in Autumn with song

Global Union 2010 ushers in Autumn with song

The weather was cool but the sounds were warm and inviting as Milwaukeeans swarmed Humboldt Park for some world music and our infamous photo booth.

Kicking off the 2010 Milwaukee Film Festival in style

Kicking off the 2010 Milwaukee Film Festival in style

The air was electric, the moon full, and the theater busting at the seams. TCD captures the opening night festivities for MFF'10.

Deep-Fried Romantic finds a father figure

Deep-Fried Romantic finds a father figure

Louis CK, as predicted, brought down the house at the Riverside Saturday. But it's a lasting feeling that brings us here today.

Louis CK at the Riverside Theater: a Preview
Louis CK at the Riverside Theater

a Preview

The acerbic, sadsack comedian is riding high with a concert movie (shot in Milwaukee), a hit show on FX, and an unsafe Twitter account.

You Are There as Mondo Lucha! invades Turner Hall

You Are There as Mondo Lucha! invades Turner Hall

We set up our photo booth at the Milwaukee extravaganza and also captured a flying Luchador goat, sultry burlesque ladies, and some fantastic music.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Oh, Despicable Them
Deep-Fried Romantic

Oh, Despicable Them

Despite previews luring us to an exciting fall TV season, we're still in the summer doldrums of trashy "reality" shows and hackneyed talent competitions.

Made in Milwaukee : Family Portraits
Made in Milwaukee

Family Portraits

Made in Milwaukee's annual celebration of local art and culture was a beautiful kick-off for fall. TCD joined in on the fun with our own MiM photo booth.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World vs. the media landscape

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World vs. the media landscape

The film adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's cult comic is funny, visual and crowd-pleasing. Somehow, it is also less than stellar at the box office.

Deep-Fried Romantic Rocks the House

Deep-Fried Romantic Rocks the House

An unexpected road trip brings Brian to the House on the Rock, inspiring a column that looks at the idea of "EPIC" defined, for better or worse.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Amongst Kaszubes
Deep-Fried Romantic

Amongst Kaszubes

This week, we forgo the easy target of the Wisconsin State Fair and instead crash the annual Polish reunion on Jones Island.

Witches’ Night Off

Witches’ Night Off

The cast of "Wicked" stripped the stage bare to sing and dance through standards and raise money for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Photo Gallery: Scenes from the Riverwest 24
Photo Gallery

Scenes from the Riverwest 24

After a full cycle filled with sun, rain, dark of night, construction hazards, and bugs in the teeth -- Milwaukee's famous marathon bike race comes to a close.

Photo Gallery: Milwaukee Brewfest 2010
Photo Gallery

Milwaukee Brewfest 2010

It's the first year for a new supergroup of entrepreneurs and brewers to hold a favorite Milwaukee event, featuring crafted beers from Wisconsin and the nation.

Deep-Fried Romantic: The end of potluck dinner as we know it
Deep-Fried Romantic

The end of potluck dinner as we know it

Does anybody remember the days when tables of homemade food went on without end? Because it sure doesn't happen now.

Gallery Night, Summer 2010: A personal photo essay
Gallery Night, Summer 2010

A personal photo essay

Photo Editor Brian Jacobson finds that against his own Gallery Night seeking sensibilities, he can't manage to leave the Marshall Building.

Transporting via sweatbox: Band of Horses at the Rave
Transporting via sweatbox

Band of Horses at the Rave

On the heels of a hotly anticipated album, Milwaukee fans swelter under the spell of Ben Bridwell and company.

Deep-Fried Romantic: RIP, Harvey Pekar
Deep-Fried Romantic

RIP, Harvey Pekar

America, in all its splendor and gritty everyday minutiae, perhaps doesn't realize the loss as it loses its most honest and critical eye.

APT’s version of “Godot” entertains, nearly makes Beckett understandable

APT’s version of “Godot” entertains, nearly makes Beckett understandable

A skilled foursome of acting pros have workshopped out a well-timed, funny, and nearly understandable version of the 20th Century's best play.

Instant Nostalgia for Summerfest: A photo gallery
Instant Nostalgia for Summerfest

A photo gallery

Wasn't Friday awesome? Wasn't Saturday fantastic? Photo Interns Nicole Braunsdorf and Jennifer Bartel make us weepy for the Big Gig.

Tour de Fat and PBR Street Party mesmerize Bay View

Tour de Fat and PBR Street Party mesmerize Bay View

The day began with a carnival of entertainers and bike parade, while later the sounds and smells captured a new demographic in Bay View.

Deep-Fried Romantic: a Tamarack Grows in Milwaukee
Deep-Fried Romantic

a Tamarack Grows in Milwaukee

Milwaukee used to be rife with high, sandy cliffs and strange, deciduous trees. Whither the pine beauty now?

Smoke ’em while you got ’em: Landmark Lanes
Smoke ’em while you got ’em

Landmark Lanes

The Underground City will have to go smokeless July 5, forcing Bukowskis and frat kids alike to hike up and down to take a drag.

Optimist Theatre’s Tempest interrupted by tempest

Optimist Theatre’s Tempest interrupted by tempest

Milwaukee's only known Shakespeare in the Park this summer was a grand production -- until lightning and rain wrecked it.

Deep-Fried Romantic: the mental vacation edition
Deep-Fried Romantic

the mental vacation edition

It's summer, so this installment digests some of the season's most relevant low-culture issues -- like road construction and plaid shorts.

Last Comic Standing, Milwaukee-style

Last Comic Standing, Milwaukee-style

Denis Leary headlines a quartet of stand-up acts this week at the Riverside/Pabst/Turner Hall venues.

Photo Gallery: Harley Davidson unveils the company’s future
Photo Gallery

Harley Davidson unveils the company’s future

Bike night at the HD Museum in Milwaukee got a live look at the XR1200X Sportster, currently only available abroad but now coming stateside.

Deep Fried Romantic: Tis the Season for cruising
Deep Fried Romantic

Tis the Season for cruising

As the great surge at Milwaukee's lakefront recently proved, everyone's favorite people (and car) watching activity has not disappeared into low culture history.

Photo Gallery: Memorial Day Parade and Service in Milwaukee
Photo Gallery

Memorial Day Parade and Service in Milwaukee

Images from Monday's downtown parade and ceremony honoring those who have served and sacrificed for America.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Scouting and Modern Warfare 2
Deep-Fried Romantic

Scouting and Modern Warfare 2

The Boy Scouts of America quietly introduce a new belt loop patch for Video Games. It's not as exciting as it sounds, but that doesn't stop the blogosphere and media from having a jamboree with it.

Photo Gallery: Danceworks’ 2010 Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition
Photo Gallery

Danceworks’ 2010 Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

TCD showcases kids from Milwaukee-area schools as they vie for the title of best salsa, tango, tap and more at the Bradley Center.

Deep-Fried Romantic: On Mosquitoes and Cinema
Deep-Fried Romantic

On Mosquitoes and Cinema

Southeast Wisconsin's Drive-In movie theaters are open once again -- and following a financial cue from the multiplex giants.

Seen and heard at Florentine’s “Opera Showcase”

Seen and heard at Florentine’s “Opera Showcase”

The 2009-10 Studio Artists bring the power of Puccini, Verdi, and others at the Florentine Opera Center. An audio slideshow from the first half of the night.

Deep-Fried Romantic: the Best Place in Milwaukee
Deep-Fried Romantic

the Best Place in Milwaukee

"Art there, beer here," cries Jim Haertel out the door of his new tavern in the old Pabst Brewery. It was a sneak preview we can't believe.

Spring Gallery Night in Images

Spring Gallery Night in Images

TCD's intrepid Photo Editor Brian Jacobson traversed the town on Friday night, camera in hand. Here's what he saw.

Review: Bugs Bunny on Broadway with the MSO
Review

Bugs Bunny on Broadway with the MSO

As the national tour begins its final curtain call, the malleable MSO collaborates with conductor George Daughtery once more to bring the yuks and awe.

The 5 Browns talk musical telepathy and “monster concerts”

The 5 Browns talk musical telepathy and “monster concerts”

The wunderkind piano quintet talk to TCD about their new album, life on the road, and reading each others' minds.

Review: Legally Blonde the Musical
Review

Legally Blonde the Musical

Elle Woods breezes into the Marcus Center bringing the Milwaukee audience what they crave -- frothy song and dance without too much substance.

Deep-Fried Romantic: The United States of Plastic
Deep-Fried Romantic

The United States of Plastic

An excavation of two wallets, several business card folios and a tin reveals a card for everything.

Devouring books in the non-metaphorical context

Devouring books in the non-metaphorical context

Woodland Pattern holds a contest to create physical books and literary interpretations -- and attendees ate it up.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Just don’t call it Generic
Deep-Fried Romantic

Just don’t call it Generic

The rebirth and rebranding of America's favorite way to shop for goods without all that marketing. Well, less of it anyway.

MFF Winter Review: Collapse
MFF Winter Review

Collapse

To drink the Kool-Aid or not? That seems to be the question director Chris Smith and Co. posit in this Errol Morris-inspired documentary about conspiracies come true.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Blockbuster takes one step back
Deep-Fried Romantic

Blockbuster takes one step back

Faced with competition from On-demand, Netflix and RedBox, America's flagship movie rental chain reconsiders a few policies-in the wrong direction.

Milwaukee Rep’s grand design for 2010-11 theater season

Milwaukee Rep’s grand design for 2010-11 theater season

Mark Clements stepped up on the Powerhouse stage Monday night and launched grand plans and guest artists for the upcoming Rep season.

2010 Rockabilly Chili Roundup

2010 Rockabilly Chili Roundup

The Kern Center was busting at the seams, the chili flowing like lava as dozens of Milwaukee vendors vied for crowning glory. A review and photo gallery.

Review: Radio Golf at The Rep’s Stiemke Theater
Review

Radio Golf at The Rep’s Stiemke Theater

The final work from August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle of African-American plays raises new thoughts about gentrification.

Vroom: Harley Museum spotlights myriad celeb cycles
Vroom

Harley Museum spotlights myriad celeb cycles

Take a private photo tour of Milwaukee's preeminent bike shrine with Conservator Bill Rodencal.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Get ready for D&B
Deep-Fried Romantic

Get ready for D&B

After two years of negotiations and development issues, Dave & Buster's opens March 1 in Wauwatosa. Now the fun begins.

Fresh AiR at the Pfister

Fresh AiR at the Pfister

Katie Musolff will be the Milwaukee hotel's new Artist in Residence; and Reginald Baylor tells where he's setting up shop next.

Fat Tuesday Special: Pączkis at the National Bakery
Fat Tuesday Special

Pączkis at the National Bakery

Buttery pastries that honor Polish traditions are all the rage at this popular Milwaukee hot spot in mid-February.

Winter Scenes: Ice volcanoes and other Lake Michigan oddities
Winter Scenes

Ice volcanoes and other Lake Michigan oddities

TCD's latest winter gallery features ice volcanoes, frozen skipping stones, miniature glaciers and a mystery post-Valentine's message.

Review: The Seafarer at the Milwaukee Rep
Review

The Seafarer at the Milwaukee Rep

Conor McPherson's compelling story of a card game with the ultimate stakes brings down the house at the Rep's Quadracci Theatre.

Photography and Hope: Brynn Unger’s “Full of Earth”
Photography and Hope

Brynn Unger’s “Full of Earth”

She's turning 20 this month, but already this travel photographer and missionary has helped in more countries than many of us will ever see.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Pop music through rosy kid glasses
Deep-Fried Romantic

Pop music through rosy kid glasses

The popular Kidz Bop music series takes songs that children hear on the radio and sanitizes them into something that's more accessible. Good idea?

Photo Gallery: From Saturday’s Green Fair and Green Furniture at the MAM
Photo Gallery

From Saturday’s Green Fair and Green Furniture at the MAM

View images from the weekend's eco-friendly event at MAM and highlights from the ongoing green furniture exhibit.

Deep-Fried Romantic: A bit of luster rubs off old Oscar
Deep-Fried Romantic

A bit of luster rubs off old Oscar

The Academy Awards nominations aren't out yet, but with this year's wider field of candidates, it's easy to predict who will be in the "Best Picture" camp.

Local show run canceled after actor injury

Local show run canceled after actor injury

Youngblood's performance of Red Light Winter is forced to end after lead actor Andrew Voss is hospitalized.

Review: The Thief Lord at First Stage
Review

The Thief Lord at First Stage

For kids, this epic children's tale is a visual fantasy. For adults, it's a frothy adventure of runaway youth, but could it be more?

Winter Scenes: Guest artist John December’s HDR Milwaukee River
Winter Scenes

Guest artist John December’s HDR Milwaukee River

One of Milwaukee's architecture and urban landscape photographers shows us the view from the icy water's edge.

James DeVita on adapting Thief Lord for First Stage Children’s Theater

James DeVita on adapting Thief Lord for First Stage Children’s Theater

Wisconsin's prolific actor, author and playwright discusses the challenges of bringing Cornelia Funke's book to a world premiere staging.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Once Pandora’s Box is open, you have to deal with it
Deep-Fried Romantic

Once Pandora’s Box is open, you have to deal with it

Our TCD contributor finds out that there's more to casinos than the glitzy, high-rolling life that they promise.

Winter Scenes: The toboggan slide
Winter Scenes

The toboggan slide

Daredevil ice slides and more. In this installment, it's all about sledding downhill -- rollercoaster fast.

Winter Scenes: The Polar Bear Plunge
Winter Scenes

The Polar Bear Plunge

Age-old tradition lured dozens of Milwaukee bathers to the icy cold shores of Bradford Beach on New Year's Day.

Photo Gallery: Holiday Lights
Photo Gallery

Holiday Lights

Our Winter Scenes series continues with a pictorial of some of Milwaukee's sparkling displays.

Deep-Fried Romantic: The Christmas Newsletter
Deep-Fried Romantic

The Christmas Newsletter

TCD's Brian Jacobson ruminates on holiday newsletters and offers an optimstic take on his own year in review.

Milwaukee music pros list their Top 5 Desert-Island Picks

Milwaukee music pros list their Top 5 Desert-Island Picks

We rounded up a few local experts to share their favorite releases from the Milwaukee Sound of 2009.

Winter Scenes: Escaping the cold at the Domes
Winter Scenes

Escaping the cold at the Domes

There's much to appreciate about Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, not only as a unique feature on the city's horizon but as a spectacular escape from winter's cold, cold days.

Deep-Fried Romantic: As seen on TV, now in stores and our lives
Deep-Fried Romantic

As seen on TV, now in stores and our lives

In honor my desire to buy the "Big Top Cupcake" maker, here's a look at (and salute to) useful and unneccessary things.

Winter Scenes: Ice skating at Red Arrow Park
Winter Scenes

Ice skating at Red Arrow Park

The downtown attraction held its grand opening on a very cold Friday, but luckily there was hot chocolate. TCD's first in a seasonal photo gallery set.

Photo Gallery: Bel Canto at the Basilica
Photo Gallery

Bel Canto at the Basilica

The warmth of St. Josaphat is accented by the cheer of holiday choruses and handbells.

Off the beaten path: Shopping on Martin Luther King Drive
Off the beaten path

Shopping on Martin Luther King Drive

While many hit the malls or look for bargains online, may we suggest a unique set of retail shops to scope out for a few precious finds?

Review: Sister’s Christmas — Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
Review

Sister’s Christmas — Mystery of the Magi’s Gold

Diana Carl Alioto hosts more of a Whodunit cocktail party than a show as we deduce who took baby Jesus' gold.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Celebrity addicts
Deep-Fried Romantic

Celebrity addicts

In light of Tiger Woods feeling below par, the Hoff being sent to a psych ward and Jacko going laser -- what do fans really deserve to know about celebs?

Review: A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater
Review

A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater

Filled with elegant, traditional prose and visuals -- Dickens story is idyllic to a fault.

James Pickering takes on Scrooge again and again

James Pickering takes on Scrooge again and again

As the stage version of A Christmas Carol returns to the Pabst Theater, the accomplished actor who plays the lead talks turkey. (Podcast included.)

Diana Carl Alioto gets thee to a nunnery

Diana Carl Alioto gets thee to a nunnery

As Sister's Christmas Catechism: Mystery of the Magi's Gold unfolds, the actress chats with TCD about the role (Podcast included).

On Stage with TCD: Weekly Highlights from 11/25 to 12/1
On Stage with TCD

Weekly Highlights from 11/25 to 12/1

Gobble, Gobble! It may be a short week, but it marks the start of some major holiday shows. Christmas Carol and Nutcracker, anyone?

Thanksgiving for Present Music, in pictures and sound

Thanksgiving for Present Music, in pictures and sound

Our audio slideshow, featuring Alexandra du Bois's new work.

Review: Moon Over the Brewery at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Review

Moon Over the Brewery at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

This four-character play packs a lot of unexpected psychological whomp, between three socially challenged people and one devilish rogue.

Deep-Fried Romantic: A change in the cultural landscape, via home video
Deep-Fried Romantic

A change in the cultural landscape, via home video

Days after AFV crowns a $100,000 winner, did anyone notice a shift in the show's tone?

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 11/18 to 11/24
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 11/18 to 11/24

It's cornucopia time as Milwaukee's performing artists provide splashy musicals, quiet choirs and prayers and humor in need of therapy.

On Stage with TCD: The Week in Highlights 11/11 to 11/17
On Stage with TCD

The Week in Highlights 11/11 to 11/17

Strings rule the week with showcases as diverse as Turtle Island's take on Danzón at the Wilson Center to renowned violinist Guillermo Figueroa at UWM.

Photo Gallery: Scenes from Feed Your Soul at Flux Design
Photo Gallery

Scenes from Feed Your Soul at Flux Design

Feeding America and others collaborate at North Side custom design/build firm headquarters for a charity art party.

Deep-Fried Romantic: In celebration of National Sandwich Day
Deep-Fried Romantic

In celebration of National Sandwich Day

We take a look at the greatest food construction ever, conceived on this sacred holiday.

On Stage with TCD: Weekly Highlights from 11/4 to 11/10
On Stage with TCD

Weekly Highlights from 11/4 to 11/10

It's a big week for all things brash and colorful, from the master percussionists of STOMP to the tot-friendly "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie... "

A Haunted Halloween Bash at the Brumder Mansion

A Haunted Halloween Bash at the Brumder Mansion

B&B owners Tom and Julie Carr pick up the spirit that Carol Hirschi left behind with a classy All Hallows Eve event.

Photo Gallery: A tour of the Brumder Mansion
Photo Gallery

A tour of the Brumder Mansion

A further look at the rooms at this quiet B&B gem, just west of downtown Milwaukee.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 10/28 to 11/3
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 10/28 to 11/3

As Halloween descends, Milwaukee shrieks and shivers with pajama parties, Polish spirit music and Chihuly and de Waart.

Review: Junie B. Jones at First Stage Children’s Theater
Review

Junie B. Jones at First Stage Children’s Theater

Milwaukee's premiere children's theater dishes up an authentic portrait of a "spirited" girl who thinks her brother is a monkey.

Review: Happy Now? at the Milwaukee Rep
Review

Happy Now? at the Milwaukee Rep

The Repertory actors actually exceed Lucinda Coxon's thirtysomething dilemma story script with fleshed-out performances.

Costume Watch: Superhero, celeb and couple sets leap forward
Costume Watch

Superhero, celeb and couple sets leap forward

You would think we're talking about kids' play, but this year it's the adults who are taking dress-up seriously.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 10/21 to 10/27
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 10/21 to 10/27

Fairy tales are afoot, jazz and modern dance flow and youth are the focus in this week's edition.

Wiggling with the Wiggles

Wiggling with the Wiggles

TCD's Brian Jacobson enlists his tot niece to weigh in on the live stage show. Plus, a sweeping look at the Milwaukee children's entertainment scene.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Dance, from the streets to the stage
Deep-Fried Romantic

Dance, from the streets to the stage

A look at a movement that propelled Rennie Harris and Co. from the projects of Philly to Puremovement dance.

Milwaukee actors participate in stage history

Milwaukee actors participate in stage history

Youngblood Theatre and the UWM Department of Theatre read epilogue to "The Laramie Project" along with acting companies worldwide.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 10/14 to 10/21
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 10/14 to 10/21

What suits your fancy? It's a huge week for any venue, but especially a big one for eclectic stagings and for youth who enjoy dancing ballerinas and wiggling with the Wiggles.

Review: Spring Awakening at the Marcus Center
Review

Spring Awakening at the Marcus Center

"Awakening" is vibrant, showy, rebellious and perhaps unlike anything the regular theatergoer has seen before.

The man behind the ‘Pennyworth’ mysteries

The man behind the ‘Pennyworth’ mysteries

Milwaukee trial lawyer and author Michael Bowen has two well-known local actors help out at tonight's Boswell Books reading.

Spring Awakening’s Jake Epstein talks about the musical

Spring Awakening’s Jake Epstein talks about the musical

The former "DeGrassi" actor and musician discusses his transition to the stage.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 10/7 to 10/13
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 10/7 to 10/13

This week marks many local season premieres and a few special events worth attending.

Photo Gallery: Mad Hot Ballroom auditions for ‘Forever Tango’
Photo Gallery

Mad Hot Ballroom auditions for ‘Forever Tango’

More than 40 Danceworks students tried out for coveted spots in Luis Bravo's show staging in Milwaukee.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Everlasting Moments
Deep-Fried Romantic

Everlasting Moments

MFF film offers snapshot of photography in 1914 Denmark. We look at how it's changed the way we've viewed life ever since.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 9/28 to 10/6
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 9/28 to 10/6

This week brings promise of Yo-Yo Ma, 'awakened' senses, an ode to jazz and also women pilots. Plus, tango and 'Gonzo Ballet' updates.

Review: “The Receptionist” is perplexing and political
Review

“The Receptionist” is perplexing and political

Windfall's production of "The Receptionist" comes with intrigue and office dysfunction but not a lot to hold it all together.

Amy S. Jensen steps into Managing Director role at Skylight

Amy S. Jensen steps into Managing Director role at Skylight

Former Skylight finance director returns to fill the embattled role left open when Eric Dillner resigned.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 9/22 to 9/28
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 9/22 to 9/28

It's a big week for classical music, smaller think pieces and raucous comedies.

Photo Gallery: A tour of the new Florentine Opera space in Riverwest
Photo Gallery

A tour of the new Florentine Opera space in Riverwest

Get a peek at the opera company's new digs where players rehearse, costumes are fitted and opportunity abounds.

Deep-Fried Romantic: A short tribute to a Gen-X icon
Deep-Fried Romantic

A short tribute to a Gen-X icon

Or, what happens to thirtysomethings when their version of John Wayne passes away

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 9/15 to 9/21
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 9/15 to 9/21

Skylight highlights a show about a Useless Precaution, the Symphony does Lady Ella and Satchmo, Wildspace gets vertical at Turner Hall and a little thing called Global Union take place this week.

Review: Government Inspector at Milwaukee Rep
Review

Government Inspector at Milwaukee Rep

The uproarious farce from Russia is lavish and well-skilled, even if only half the available laughs make the hand go to the knee.

Review: Mary’s Wedding at Next Act Theatre
Review

Mary’s Wedding at Next Act Theatre

When all is said and done, the best part is the first kiss. Here, it's a powerful and ultimately intimate moment that seals the play as a romance with loss — and fufills Next Act's purpose.

Year-one theater companies talk about their future

Year-one theater companies talk about their future

Three freshman stage groups formed earlier this year to a great amount of buzz. Now, TCD checks in to see how they're doing - and what's next.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 9/9 to 9/15
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 9/9 to 9/15

This week will see music of the present with John Adams' Gnarly Buttons, farce and wit with Gogol's Inspector and just about every theater type in other fall premieres.

Hip Hop, Modern and Kathak dance to play Kohler

Hip Hop, Modern and Kathak dance to play Kohler

Rennie Harris re-stages a classic. Liz Lerman goes eco, and Kathak dance comes to Wisconsin

Photo Gallery: Labor Day Parade through Milwaukee
Photo Gallery

Labor Day Parade through Milwaukee

See scenes from the downtown march to Laborfest parties at the lake involving labor unions, workers, Harleys and paper mache loan sharks.

A farcical musical, Narnia tale and Wild West Shakespeare

A farcical musical, Narnia tale and Wild West Shakespeare

Theater Department Chair David Oswald talks about the daring, upcoming set of shows by Milwaukee's northern university students

Marcus Center’s Broadway series gets new name, strong lineup

Marcus Center’s Broadway series gets new name, strong lineup

Now known as the Time Warner Broadway at the Marcus Center series, the name upgrade leads to an increased lineup of national touring companies

ThirdCoast Digest’s 2009-2010 Fall Performing Arts Season Guide

ThirdCoast Digest’s 2009-2010 Fall Performing Arts Season Guide

TCD unveils a new era of arts coverage with an handy, online lodestar to premieres by area companies, musicians and performance venues.

Deep-fried Romantic: Disney buys Marvel. Why?
Deep-fried Romantic

Disney buys Marvel. Why?

In a move that shocked the worlds of business and fans alike, Disney will soon own Marvel Entertainment. Why is Mickey Mouse getting claws?

On Stage with TCD: highlights from 9/3 to 9/8
On Stage with TCD

highlights from 9/3 to 9/8

As companies ready for season premieres, a peek at a few items happening this week.

Review: APT saves biggest emotional wallop for last
Review

APT saves biggest emotional wallop for last

A strong cast and perfect setting help APT stage a resonant "Long Day's Journey into Night"

As Marcus Center’s Phantom ends its run, charities and patrons benefit

As Marcus Center’s Phantom ends its run, charities and patrons benefit

The last six performances from the Broadway national tour of Phantom of the Opera included discounted ticket deals with a donation to chosen local charities.

On Stage with TCD: 8/25 to 9/2
On Stage with TCD

8/25 to 9/2

This week: the Milwauke Ballet lifts the veil, the Skylight throws open its doors, the hills are alive and it's still mighty nice for an outdoor show.

Photo Gallery: Steampunk Night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Photo Gallery

Steampunk Night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

MCT hosted a steampunk night on Thursday, in honor of the style and design of Mark Brown's "Around the World in 80 Days."

Deep-Fried Romantic: Innovations, Contrivances and Crazy Straws
Deep-Fried Romantic

Innovations, Contrivances and Crazy Straws

Nostalgia and future shock, as seen through everyday objects we buy and use. Includes a link to hundreds of drinking straw designs.

On Stage with TCD: 8/18 – 8/24
On Stage with TCD

8/18 – 8/24

Great outdoor concerts and exclusive engagements this week: the Glenn Miller Orchestra, bluegrass at Chill on the Hill, Concord Chamber Orchestra at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Lou Fanucchi and more.

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 8/12 to 8/18
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 8/12 to 8/18

Storms turn Gaelic in Tosa before Irish Fest this weekend. Alchemist gets Broadminded, DanceCircus hits the Boys and Girls circuit, and a little Steampunk hits the Cabot.

Photo Gallery: Scenes from Rockerbox
Photo Gallery

Scenes from Rockerbox

It was one of the most visually arresting and noisy events to happen in Milwaukee on Saturday. Here's some photographic evidence.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Our State Fair is a great State Fair
Deep-Fried Romantic

Our State Fair is a great State Fair

Pig races. Foods on sticks and deep-fried. Carnival rides. Beer. Was I going to write about anything else in this week's column?

On Stage with TCD: Highlights from 8/7 to 8/13 (Updated)
On Stage with TCD

Highlights from 8/7 to 8/13 (Updated)

It's muggy, and the performing arts world gets a little crazy--crazier than usual--as a month-long Phantom of the Opera rolls in, the surreal Missoula Oblongata arrives, and a full-on puppet parade. Includes footnotes of Milwaukee auditions, news, and more.

A new space, a punk populist spirit, and hot vocalists

A new space, a punk populist spirit, and hot vocalists

The Florentine is getting ready to open up new rehearsal digs, is in the midst of a popular lakefront program, and is getting ready to open themselves up to the "old" punk spirit of opera.

Summer Travel Gallery: Dousman Derby Days State Frog Jumping Contest
Summer Travel Gallery

Dousman Derby Days State Frog Jumping Contest

The Summer Travel series continues with a brief stop to watch the 2009 Wisconsin State Frog Jumping Contest.

On Stage with TCD: July 28 – August 3
On Stage with TCD

July 28 – August 3

What's the bigger opener this weekend: the world-influencing Emergence by Milwaukee Ballet, or Cats (not the broadway musical but actual performing felines) at Alchemist?

Skylight: Dispatches from Catalano Square
Skylight

Dispatches from Catalano Square

At 8 a.m., 70+ concerned Skylight supporters gathered in Catalano Square. At 9, a beleaguered Eric Dillner and interim board president Terry Kurtenbach came out to face them.

Skylight: A primer, recap, and update
Skylight

A primer, recap, and update

As of this writing, the board of Skylight Opera Theatre met in emergency session after losing two more major players. Herein lies a look at the institution and how a 50th Anniversary season is in peril.

Deep-Fried Romantic: The Treehouse that Never Was
Deep-Fried Romantic

The Treehouse that Never Was

It started out with a simple suggestion from my sister to Dad. So far it has resulted in family debate, referencing local law books, price checks at the lumber store and a spray-painted pine.

On Stage with TCD: 7/22 to 7/28
On Stage with TCD

7/22 to 7/28

This week on Milwaukee stages: dancing, tuba-playing contests, street music, tango and scenes from Shakespeare's greatest hits.

Review: Beauty’s Daughter for Uprooted Theatre
Review

Beauty’s Daughter for Uprooted Theatre

Milwaukee's new African-American Theate company opens with a powerful, poetic, and late-night experience as told through Marti L. Gobel's one woman performance from a famous Orlandersmith play.

On Stage with TCD: 7/15 – 7/21
On Stage with TCD

7/15 – 7/21

Milwaukee stages are jumping with fearless productions, including offerings from Youngblood, Danceworks, and Uprooted Theatre. If you're ready for something fresh, edgy and fabulous, get out there.

Review: Savage in Limbo
Review

Savage in Limbo

Youngblood’s eponymous crew delivers in this immersion theatre piece, performed at Landmark Lanes

180, or 360 (updated): Skylight offers, Theisen nixes
180, or 360 (updated)

Skylight offers, Theisen nixes

Skylight Opera's board responds to the outrage over recent firings with a surprising announcement. But the damage has been done. Or has it?

Photo Gallery: A Night at the Circus
Photo Gallery

A Night at the Circus

It may just be a boutique festival circus attached to a much larger parade, but on a cool summer night at Milwaukee's lakefront -- it's pure magic.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Hitting up the drive-in this summer
Deep-Fried Romantic

Hitting up the drive-in this summer

There are still two or three great drive-in movie theaters to try out in Wisconsin, but this summer also find the loving low-culture return of the outdoor cinema party at three different Milwaukee locations. The 41 Twin is dead; long live the 41 Twin experience.

On Stage with TCD: July 7 to 13
On Stage with TCD

July 7 to 13

July stage work in Milwaukee comes back roaring like a tiger with a gaucho on its tail, a ballerina pirouetting to fireworks, three men in a foreign prison, and a @#%$^ Mamet couple. Confused? All becomes clear within our weekly highlight roundup.

SUMMER TRAVEL SERIES: New Glarus, where beer is born
SUMMER TRAVEL SERIES

New Glarus, where beer is born

It's a pleasant day in one valley in western Wisconsin, a place where the Swiss have colonized and beer is born high on a Hilltop Brewery. A travelogue in pictures and words.

Photo Gallery: Summerfest Day 5
Photo Gallery

Summerfest Day 5

There's a lot of great people watching to be had at Summerfest, and even on a Monday there's some great characters. Presented here is a photo gallery and slideshow of some citizens enjoying the day, along with shots of stage acts like Vega Star, Sick of Sara, the American Indian Center Dance Troupe, Miss Deringer, Heart, and more.

On Stage with TCD: A Bye Week
On Stage with TCD

A Bye Week

With the upcoming holiday weekend, there isn't much starting up, besides a few items of note. We look at what's going on and why the next few weeks are going to be huge, like an elephant big.

Continuing coverage: An Open Letter to Skylight
Continuing coverage

An Open Letter to Skylight

An excerpt from Sarah Krieg Hwangs letter: Being a company with 501(c)(3) status means you benefit the public. If you benefit the public then shouldn't that public be informed? Don't they deserve it?

Dispatch from a Chuck Klosterman book reading

Dispatch from a Chuck Klosterman book reading

"So, Michael Jackson is dead." So Chuck Klosterman, journalist/essayist/pop culture commentator and author of Killing Yourself to Live -- in which the writer visited famous rock and roll death sites -- begins his Thursday night lecture at Boswell Books.

I Hope I Get It: Chorus Line brings renewed relevance to the stage
I Hope I Get It

Chorus Line brings renewed relevance to the stage

In a time in which theater is hurting due to the economy, and in a pop culture environment of reality show competition formats - think American Idol, Survivor, Big Brother, where unknowns compete for a semblance of fame - the current national tour of A Chorus Line is more relevant than ever.

Deep-Fried Romantic: For your consideration, an ALDI flyer in June
Deep-Fried Romantic

For your consideration, an ALDI flyer in June

On the front cover, young white kids are blasting each other with water cannons attached to an 18-foot self-contained water slide. There is no sense of place like a backyard or street since the photo has been skillfully edited. The price? $199.99 each. Not bad, considering most above or in-ground pools run more than that. Four tickets to Noah's Ark in the Wisconsin Dells costs almost $150.00 (not counting transportation).

Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview: June 24 – 30
Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview

June 24 – 30

There are some eclectic events that are soldiering on despite the Summerfest competition such as Boulevard Theatre's Audition Idol, American Players Theatre's new Harold Pinter play at the new indoor Touchstone stage, the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival features a National Guard jazz band, and the week-long run of MSO's Pops concert series. Cue the Mission: Impossible triangle......

Skylight cuts Artistic Director Theisen, key staff roles: Beal resigns from board in protest
Skylight cuts Artistic Director Theisen, key staff roles

Beal resigns from board in protest

Most know the story by now. The Executive Committee of Skylight Opera, without board discussion or vote, last week eliminated key staff positions that many supporters believe lets flow freely the lifeblood of this traditionally family-like company. This morning Jonathan West posts the full text of the resignation letter of long-time supporter and board member, Robert L. Beal, on his blog, Artsy Schmartsy.

Review: Naked Boys Singing! at Turner Hall
Review

Naked Boys Singing! at Turner Hall

In the end (or the front, I suppose), it's just an organ, for crying out loud. As the cast filed out and revealed themselves during the opening "Gratuitous Nudity" number, their male organs were no more harmful than a gym locker room or historical art sculpture. But it was difficult not to look at the forbidden fruit, any more than you could not notice the trunk on an elephant in the room.

A sneak peek at Naked Boys Singing!

A sneak peek at Naked Boys Singing!

It's sweltering in the Turner Hall Ballroom as cast members of Naked Boys Singing! run through tech rehearsals in their underwear. The problem at the moment is the wireless microphones. The cast members have never played to such a cavernous space in a five-year Chicago-based and road tour, so where exactly do you attach the mics when the players in this cabaret-like revue will be in the buff?

Performance Art and Fine Music Preview: June 16 to June 22
Performance Art and Fine Music Preview

June 16 to June 22

Gotta sing, gotta dance! Gotta thrill the whole world without pants! There's a great benefit show for the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center at the end of this week, a Chorus Line kick-steps off at the beginning of next week in what's lining up to be a stellar national tour season for the Marcus Center -- all the while Every Little Step screens in Milwaukee running up to that live show. Plus, the Florentine Opera plans on getting lots of fresh air at two events.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Bury Me Not …
Deep-Fried Romantic

Bury Me Not …

I want sloppy joes served at the wake. I'll allow a hymn at the service, but then I want Carl Stalling scores played. You can't prevent tears if people loved you (and I hope someone does), but play the music from a Tex Avery cartoon and force-feed them one of my mother's famous garlic dill pickles and the emotion will change.

Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview: June 9 – 15
Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview

June 9 – 15

The weather might not feel like June, but oh boy is that summer feeling ever-present in Milwaukee's many performance spaces -- open air bandshells and dark, cozy stages alike. While this week has only a small sample of offerings as various entities like Danceworks and First Stage Theater Academy hold summer camp, the rest of Wisconsin is abuzz with community events and performances, from Lake Geneva Theater's Mystery of Irma Vep to American Players Theatre's opening night of The Philanderer. So in this edition, we have featured a few of the shows happening across the best Midwestern state in the world. Road trip!

How a bike ride could save a performance: UPAF & Miller Lite’s Ride for the Arts
How a bike ride could save a performance

UPAF & Miller Lite’s Ride for the Arts

After the wheels are done spinning and the kickstands go down Sunday morning, participants and supporters will enjoy select performances on the Summerfest grounds by some of the supprted performing arts groups in Milwaukee. A small donation will be asked for at the entrance -- and with attendance numbers that reach over 6,000, UPAF might see that $5 could add $30,000 to the final total. But will it be enough to save an opera, a kids theater workshop, or a Broadway showstopper?

Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview: June 2 – 8
Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview

June 2 – 8

June is the definitive start of the off-season for stage, except if you're the venerable and fun American Players Theater. Well, it's for sure the time in which the city of festivals silences the horn section for some rowdier fare. Unless, of course, you're in the French Horn section sending maestro Andreas Delfs off in style. At least the streets will be safe, unless you happened to be standing in the way of a couple hundred bicyclists this weekend who have a big heart for the arts community in southeastern Wisconsin.

Deep-Fried Romantic: The state of Lunch Counter and Diner Culture, 2009
Deep-Fried Romantic

The state of Lunch Counter and Diner Culture, 2009

With the collapse of the Brady Street Café (formerly Pharmacy) and the late 2007 demise of Goldmann's on Mitchell Street, I've been wondering if diner culture is near collapse in Milwaukee. Are we in danger of losing our vital ability to communicate, empathize, and nourish without bankruptcy?

Performing Arts and Music Preview: May 26 – June 1
Performing Arts and Music Preview

May 26 – June 1

With spring awakening ancient feelings, Milwaukee's fine arts scene turns to a celebration of the spirit. We suspect many artists, actors, and musicians are oiling up their bikes for next weekend's Miller Lite Ride for the Arts (more on that in a feature article for TCD next week). But there are several programs for kids, by kids, and by up-and-comers featured this week.

Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview: May 19 – 25
Performing Arts and Fine Music Preview

May 19 – 25

This week on ThirdCoast Digest's weekly look at highlights in the world of local stage and music:the opening of Skylight Opera's staging of Gilbert and Sullivan's best known comic opera, right before the Florentine Opera concludes a 75th Diamond Anniversary year with a huge concert celebration. Also, Stonefly Brewery plays host for one night to an unusual traveling comedy examing surrealism, and a international pop star of sorts is coming to the Milwaukee Theatre.

Deep-Fried Romantic: Dandelions and the Persistence of Life
Deep-Fried Romantic

Dandelions and the Persistence of Life

Quite suddenly last week, there were dandelions everywhere. It was as if we were paying attention to other trivial matters when the little yellow flowers just popped into existence. They covered open fields by the thousands and small patches on city boulevards. It was the official sign that spring is here in Wisconsin, and a […]

Performing, Music and Visual Arts Preview: May 12-18
Performing, Music and Visual Arts Preview

May 12-18

This week in Performance and Visual Arts: live improv comedy, Ko-Thi's 40th anniversary, "Common People" (yep, the Shatner ballet) at Milwaukee Ballet, Paul Cebar and David Greenberger at the Pabst, pajama jamborees, a "no instrument spared" musical event at the WCM, True Skool (sic) at MAM and much, much more.

Theater Reviews: ‘Children of a Lesser God’ and ‘The Great Divorce’
Theater Reviews

‘Children of a Lesser God’ and ‘The Great Divorce’

There is - at least on some surface or technical levels - a certain kinship of challenge between the two productions currently staging on two opposite sides of Milwaukee County this month. Both have entirely black stages, with many benches, stairs, or props painted black as well to give the idea that the play takes place in the mind of the main character. That protagonist remains on stage and speaking for most of the time. Both plays have religious or theological underpinnings, although one is more direct about it.

Performance, Music, and Visual Arts Preview: May 4-12, 2009
Performance, Music, and Visual Arts Preview

May 4-12, 2009

It's a splashy week in Milwaukee performing and visual arts: Marvin Hamlisch, old-time radio, The Great Divorce, Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, Willy Wonka, Mad Hot Ballroom, Cirque du Soleil and more.

Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Carte Blanche Studios
Review

‘Cabaret’ at Carte Blanche Studios

...many of the players have to deliver lines, sing, and kick kick twirl kick while in various stages of provocative wear only inches from the front row. A series of invisible doors and narrow entryways rush players onstage and props switch back and forth. With no abundance of space, every inch becomes amorphous and left to the audience to imagine further.

Performance and Visual Arts Preview: April 29 to May 4
Performance and Visual Arts Preview

April 29 to May 4

We’re adjusting the timing of this weekly preview to give you a better jump on planning your outings. As a result what you see here are the events going on just through this weekend (and one event beyond). Check back Monday, May 4 for a new selection of performing, musical, and visual arts happening in […]

Munchkin audition update: further details and terms
Munchkin audition update

further details and terms

We posted last week that auditions are being held at the Milwaukee Theatre before the June 5-7 run of the national tour of The Wizard of Oz for additional munchkins in the form of local children. A closer look at the tour's website revealed, however, some qualifiers that will be a boon for some local groups, but a limitation to individual parents that should be known.

Deep-Fried Romantic: The EPIC FAIL of MySpace (and why Facebook is next)
Deep-Fried Romantic

The EPIC FAIL of MySpace (and why Facebook is next)

As users of Facebook.com "vote" for a bill of rights and the founders of MySpace starting turning a foot towards the door, some thoughts about how low-culture and not 'the nightclub' analogy is to blame for social networking sites downfalls

Ain’t Misbehavin’s Trenyce Cobbins dishes on the show

Ain’t Misbehavin’s Trenyce Cobbins dishes on the show

"It's amazing," says Cobbins. "Now it's like a well-oiled machine - but somehow it's a different show every day. [Players] keep adding to the show. The way you say a line, a harmony with more emotional investment in it."

Performance and Visual Art Openings April 22-29

Performance and Visual Art Openings April 22-29

This Spring week's new offerings include a night of comedy and trivia at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, a play offering an unusual look at waitressing, the return of Insurgent, . Here are some openings and highlights.....

Review: Cherry Orchard at the Milwaukee Rep
Review

Cherry Orchard at the Milwaukee Rep

The drama also fluently moves through comedy and sadness, although it would have been interesting to see if Chekhov felt enough of the maudlin -- which he hated -- was removed. The dual nature of this play has always haunted each staging, and this one has decided to end on the overly sentimental and tearful instead of farce.

Deep-fried Romantic: The Great Elvis Cake Experiment
Deep-fried Romantic

The Great Elvis Cake Experiment

A little while ago, after a jaunt down State Street in Madison just to see if it was what I remembered from my youth (the answer: yes and no. Remember Brady Street ten years ago? Yeah. Close your eyes, think about it, then open them while standing outside Hi Hat. Same feeling), I drove over […]

Openings and closings: Art and performance 4/15 to 4/21
Openings and closings

Art and performance 4/15 to 4/21

Visual Art Gallery Night and Day, metro Milwaukee area, Friday evening on April 17 and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 (most locations) *See our special section for a preview of this quarterly must-see event. Multimedia Tile, Quilt, Pixel: Paul Berger, UW-Milwaukee, Wed. April 15 at the Arts Center Lecture Hall. Starts at 7 p.m. Paul Berger talks about […]

Acacia Theatre seeks auditions for summer musical version of Little Women

Acacia Theatre seeks auditions for summer musical version of Little Women

ACACIA THEATRE will be holding auditions on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28 between 6:30 and 9:30 for its summer musical, Little Women.  This production will require 6 women and 4 Men (17 – 60).  Please prepare 12 – 16 bars of a song (accompaniment provided) Readings will be from script.   Auditions will be […]

Special “pay what you can” for opening of Cherry Orchard

Special “pay what you can” for opening of Cherry Orchard

The Milwaukee Repertory Theater indicates on its website that first two opening performances of “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov will be “pay what you can” starting with a $5 minimum available just two hours before curtain. It’s a chance to see this Tuesday, Apr. 14 or Wednesday Apr. 15 evening for some great theater in Milwaukee by a good company of actors […]

7 Mile Fair is Dead. All Hail the New 7-Mile Fair!

7 Mile Fair is Dead. All Hail the New 7-Mile Fair!

It began as a flea market founded by a farmer in 1961 on an acre of his own land near the Racine and Milwaukee border along the I-94 corridor. Some might think of 7 Mile Fair as stuck in time, essentially unchanged in the 20 years since they last shopped there, but today’s active consumers […]

Discover ThisTV, even if by accident

Discover ThisTV, even if by accident

It was a channel that remained in the ether and away from the ethos until many picked up a digital converter box. On Nov. 1, 2008, Time Warner Cable bumped a channel to make room for ThisTV (201 on cable and 58-3 on digital air in Milwaukee). Now audiences are discovering this quirky pre-programmed channel […]

Notes from the Visual Arts Forum at Haggerty

Notes from the Visual Arts Forum at Haggerty

Things heard and observed at the State of Art: Open Forum about the Visual Arts in Wisconsin held at the Haggerty Museum of Art on March 26, 2009 Forum participants: Jane Simon, Curator of Exhibitions, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Polly Morris, Director of Development, Marketing & Outreach at UWM Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee […]

Now in glorious 3-D!!!

Now in glorious 3-D!!!

Before it ever became a fond figment of Americana (akin to drive-ins), 3D movies were an effective means of getting people in seats. Studios and distributors alike have a long history of using primal urges and emotional selling points to get your business, from the first sale of popcorn, Cinerama, and Smell-o-vision to today’s shilling […]

Deep-Fried Romantic: $3 Wine Test-Drive
Deep-Fried Romantic

$3 Wine Test-Drive

There is no better placebo for depression and anxiety than to wander the aisles of a Wal-Mart or Target superstore. It is comforting on many levels: to know that in case of Armageddonic survival there is one place that has it all. To know that there is a product out there which should salve some need in your life. To know that someone is inventing new ways to contain or dispense a beloved product. To know that you can afford something beyond your means - even if it will only last a year before breaking.

A proposed playlist for derbying

A proposed playlist for derbying

The Roller Derby List (click here to read article), from warm-ups to cool down: Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest Let’s Go Crazy by Prince* Filthy Gorgeous by Scissor Sisters Give It To Me Baby by Rick James Funkytown by Lipps, Inc Kiss (covering Prince) by Art of Noise with Tom Jones […]

The Surprisingly Difficult Art of the Roller Derby Playlist

The Surprisingly Difficult Art of the Roller Derby Playlist

I don’t often put myself into an article. I would rather let the story  tell itself. But in this case, a little back story is warranted. Back in September of 2008, I volunteered to help referee the Brewcity Bruisers Roller Derby league. It had been at least ten years since I put on skates and […]

Review and results from WMSE’s 2009 Rockabilly Chili Contest

Review and results from WMSE’s 2009 Rockabilly Chili Contest

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow – all three of which came down Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee – could deter droves of hungry people from this year’s premier showcase of some of the city’s best commercial chili recipes while listening to rocking hillbilly tunes. Over 35 area restaurants brought 10 to 15 gallons (or more) […]

24 years of rock for Atomic. In one day.

24 years of rock for Atomic. In one day.

In Miramar’s tight lobby, the tension, fervor and anticipation mounts for the upcoming six (plus) hours of current and reunited local music acts playing for Atomic Records owner Rich Menning, store clerks, and the store’s legion of devoted fans. At this early hour, Eric Blowtorch is about to hit the stage and Menning is all […]

RedLine on the front line

RedLine on the front line

Right now, it’s a non-descript 14,400 sq. ft. two-story warehouse abutting a sidewalk just north of the Park East corridor near downtown Milwaukee. There are quite a few similar aging buildings curving up the gentle slope to a downtrodden section of the Brewers Hill neighborhood. But currently, this nearly gutted structure at 1422 N. 4th […]

Babylon Circus brings dances of resistance to Milwaukee

Babylon Circus brings dances of resistance to Milwaukee

It’s 12:55 in the afternoon, and I’m preparing to make my first international call through my cell phone. It’s almost 8 pm in France, where lead singer David Baruchel is in the studio with ten other bandmates making their latest album. It’s a big deal. The 2004 Babylon Circus album Dances of Resistance was a […]

Pink Martini brings elegance and mystery to the Pabst Theater

Pink Martini brings elegance and mystery to the Pabst Theater

Sometimes you need a little reminder that you are living in a city capable of sophistication and intrigue. Inside the intimate yet lavishly gilded atmosphere of the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, right down the street from bawdy St. Patrick’s Day revelers on Water Street and Bruce Springsteen rocking the Bradley Center, an elegant woman in […]

PREVIEW: Video Games Live! at the Riverside Theater
PREVIEW

Video Games Live! at the Riverside Theater

When entertainment industry icon Tommy Tallarico met fellow composer Jack Wall while assigned to collaborate on the video game Evil Dead: Hail to the King back in 2000, the two shared their dream – to bring video game music to a larger audience and bring it into its own as a veritable art form. “In […]

Preview: funny stuff in January at the Pabst
Preview

funny stuff in January at the Pabst

Although not a household stand-up name like Jerry Seinfeld or George Carlin, Jim Gaffigan is one of the funniest, strangest, most acerbic and affable comedians on the circuit today – which is probably why the Pabst Theater took a risk in booking him as the featured act on New Year’s Eve (the December 30 date was added when demand became high) instead of some hip young musicians like last year’s party with cult rock group Cake.

Trying

Trying

Trying, written by Joanna McClellan Glass, was inspired by the Canadian playwright’s relationship with Judge Francis Biddle – private secretary to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the primary American judge at the Nuremberg Trials – in his last declining year. The Milwaukee Chamber Theater appropriately places […]

Michael Chabon at the Jewish Community Center’s Book and Culture Fair

Michael Chabon at the Jewish Community Center’s Book and Culture Fair

Michael Chabon, author of Wonder Boys, 2001 Pulitzer-winner Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, acclaimed novella The Final Solution and most recently Gentlemen on the Road (a serialized story written for New York Times Magazine in 2007), was arguably the biggest-name Jewish writer out of many to appear at the JCC’s Book and Culture Fair in […]

Internet killed the video star

Internet killed the video star

Kimberly Miller could be seen as a backward artist in a digital world where YouTube, Metacafe, and Google are the standard mediums of delivery for video art. But due to the omniscient control of the internet viewer, a piece of experimental art or an installation viewed online is kind of safe. It doesn’t help that […]

IN:SITE unveils Fall 2007 installations
IN

SITE unveils Fall 2007 installations

Much of Milwaukee’s art revival is concentrated in the condo-ready Third Ward, so it seems a brave feat that a two-block stretch – beginning at the struggling, yet bustling 3500 block of West North Avenue – is seeing a revival of its own. It’s strange and wonderful to see art and vitality on an arterial […]

Waukesha’s new Majestic Cinema and Palladium dinner theater

Waukesha’s new Majestic Cinema and Palladium dinner theater

Marcus Theaters took a calculated risk opening up the colossal Majestic Cinema (770 N. Springdale Road, Waukesha) over the May 4th weekend, not only as a move to bolster attendance in an era of home theaters with surround-sound and HD/Blue-Ray technology, but also in location and philosophy. Set not far off from the now-demolished Westown […]

Milwaukee Short Film Festival reels up its 9th season

Milwaukee Short Film Festival reels up its 9th season

It’s with some irony that the decaying relationship between Time Warner Cable and the local public access outlet (MATA Community Media) helped foster the physical existence of the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, and even more ironic that the internet – well known for stealing eyes away from theaters and television – has helped the local […]

Hot summer in the city

Hot summer in the city

Lesley Kagen is looking out the front window of Restaurant Hama, the fine Japanese establishment her and husband Peter Knapp have operated out of the Audubon Court in Bayside for almost 10 years. But this is not a feature about the fine tempura and fried calamari we will feast on in a few minutes. “Piaskowski,” […]

Aqualung, May 3 @ The Pabst

Aqualung, May 3 @ The Pabst

Photo by CJ Foeckler/Pabst Theater It’s difficult to write a music review these days without drawing an inevitable comparison to a predecessor or contemporary. The case in evidence: Matt Hales’ Aqualung, which took the stage Thursday night as part of the Milwaukee Pabst Theater’s fairly priced series of talented but mostly underground and underrated national […]

The 2007 WMSE Rockabilly Chili Contest packed quite the punch

The 2007 WMSE Rockabilly Chili Contest packed quite the punch

As predicted, the 2007 WMSE Rockabilly Chili Contest lived up to its rollicking title on the opening day of April. Despite some inclement weather, the event overflowed the hall and showcased some remarkable 38 chili recipes from area restaurants and cooks. This reporter could only make it through 13 lucky bowls before my stomach wanted […]

Burning hearts and sharp tongues vie for a higher state of bean

Burning hearts and sharp tongues vie for a higher state of bean

The definition of what makes the best chili – or even just a great chili – is always in dispute. Mostly, the disagreements are over a few particular ingredients and the level of capsaicin (or heat) warranted by any number of chili peppers or powders. On the national competition level, winning recipes posted by the […]

Out of the shower and up to the mic

Out of the shower and up to the mic

By Brian Jacobson + Photos By Kat Berger It is a bitterly cold night in Milwaukee, and the idea of staying home and huddling around the warmth of a television set is alluring. Yet many brave souls venture out into the sub-zero darkness this Saturday evening. They’ve come to Frank’s Power Plant in Bay View […]