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Alverno Presents re-illuminates Stephen Foster

Alverno Presents re-illuminates Stephen Foster

Jon Langford, Juniper Tar, Field Report's Christopher Porterfield, Betty Strigens of Testa Rosa and more will perform Foster's works at "Beautiful Dreamer."

VHS heaven: Previewing the Found Footage Festival
VHS heaven

Previewing the Found Footage Festival

The sixth volume of the Found Footage Festival, the brainchild of Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, will land in Milwaukee's Turner Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Milwaukee Film Member Screening: “Holy Motors”
Milwaukee Film Member Screening

“Holy Motors”

"Holy Motors," this month's Milwaukee Film member screening at the Oriental, is all about acting in both reel and real life.

Jon Mueller’s Death Blues: Embracing the here and now
Jon Mueller’s Death Blues

Embracing the here and now

Death Blues (No Time Like The Present) seeks to explore the certainty of death and the necessity of embracing the now in a multidisciplinary project at Alverno.

“Mosquita y Mari” a beautiful coming-of-age tale

“Mosquita y Mari” a beautiful coming-of-age tale

Aurora Guerrero's story of two young girls drawn together builds on emotional intimacy and self-discovery, amid cultural clashes.

“A Girl Like Her,” at the Milwaukee Film Festival

“A Girl Like Her,” at the Milwaukee Film Festival

Ann Fessler's documentary looks at the lives of women in the 1950s and '60s who became pregnant out of wedlock and were forced to give up their children.

“We Are Legion”: Anonymous and the new era of activism
“We Are Legion”

Anonymous and the new era of activism

Several philosophic and moral conundrums are raised in the documentary "We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists," screening at the Milwaukee Film Festival.

“Nobody Else But You,” Milwaukee Film Festival

“Nobody Else But You,” Milwaukee Film Festival

Candice Lecoeur believes she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe in "Nobody Else But You," a surreal murder mystery "too compelling to look away."

Center Street Fire: Public House to hold Sept. 6 benefit
Center Street Fire

Public House to hold Sept. 6 benefit

The Riverwest Public House is holding a concert on Thursday to benefit the artists who lost so much in the Center Street Fire on July 17.

Rebuilding Dreams: Creating avenues of hope at Repairers of the Breach
Rebuilding Dreams

Creating avenues of hope at Repairers of the Breach

TCD talks with the people behind Rebuilding Dreams, a fundraising event happening tonight at Lakefront Brewery. Proceeds will benefit Repairers of the Breach.

“We Are Wisconsin” brings Madison protests to the big screen

“We Are Wisconsin” brings Madison protests to the big screen

Documentary filmmaker Aimee Williams' "love letter to democracy," "We Are Wisconsin" chronicles the occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol building in Madison.

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival: Experiments and Alchemy
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival

Experiments and Alchemy

MUFF is back for its twelfth year, featuring screenings at the UWM Union Theatre, Kenilworth Studios and the Walker's Point Center for the Arts.

Profile: Timothy Westbrook, Pfister Artist-in-Residence
Profile

Timothy Westbrook, Pfister Artist-in-Residence

Fiber artist Timothy Westbrook sheds some light on plans for his year at the Pfister, from using eco-friendly techniques to a series of gowns for "Ms. Pfister."

Niffer Clarke, the Ingenue on stage and off

Niffer Clarke, the Ingenue on stage and off

Skylight Opera Theatre star featured in "Beyond the Ingenue," a new collaboration with Richard Carsey, at the Studio Theatre.

UWM Inova Gallery: Expanded Cinema
UWM Inova Gallery

Expanded Cinema

Bruce Charlesworth and Bruce Knackert's "Input/Output" show moves film from popcorn and date night to the realm of art.

The Tool at Hand: Hongtao Zhou at Sweetwater Organics
The Tool at Hand

Hongtao Zhou at Sweetwater Organics

Artist Hongtao Zhou built a chair out of twigs and wax at Sweetwater Organics for "The Tool at Hand," an upcoming exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Next Act’s “Sylvia”: Jealous? Of the dog?!
Next Act’s “Sylvia”

Jealous? Of the dog?!

She wants that stray out of the empty-nester Manhattan apartment; he wants to take Sylvia to the park and watch her play. Who will prevail?

Recap: Found Magazine vs. Found Footage at the Oriental Theatre
Recap

Found Magazine vs. Found Footage at the Oriental Theatre

Presenters for "Found vs. Found" at the Oriental Theatre pick out both the hilariously absurd and the agonizingly tender moments found in print and film.

Seven artists push the limits at the 2010 Nohl Fellowship Exhibition

Seven artists push the limits at the 2010 Nohl Fellowship Exhibition

The seven Nohl fellowship winners produced compelling yet challenging pieces, but thinking about this art is more important than "getting" it.

Alchemist Theatre’s roam-through retelling of “Faust”

Alchemist Theatre’s roam-through retelling of “Faust”

Make your own way through "Faust: An Evening at the Mephisto Theater." Plus, you get to wear a mask.

Your Mother Dances’ “Stripped Roundly”: Raw and close
Your Mother Dances’ “Stripped Roundly”

Raw and close

Elizabeth Johnson's company dispenses with the accoutrements and gives us bodies in motion.

MFF Review: “Make Believe”
MFF Review

“Make Believe”

J. Clay Tweel's documentary lets the story do the talking as six teenage magicians compete to become Teen World Champion at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

Retro Read: American Tabloid
Retro Read

American Tabloid

James Ellroy’s style ensures that you don’t spend a lot of time working out the intricacies of grammatic structure. Instead, he prefers to smack you upside the head with his words.

Retro Read: Mansfield Park
Retro Read

Mansfield Park

Jane Austen's classic is a masterpiece of dry humor, an elegant portrait of understated venom, and a genuinely happy ending, all at once.

Theatre Gigante’s “The Good Thief,” a boozey tale worth hearing

Theatre Gigante’s “The Good Thief,” a boozey tale worth hearing

Malcolm Tulip carries the day in Conor McPherson's one-man show about an Irish thug, present in Paddy's Irish Pub.

Scenes from the hill: Protesters descend on Madison
Scenes from the hill

Protesters descend on Madison

TCD's Ryan Findley with pictures and thoughts on Wednesday's protests and an overview of today's likely events.

Simple Times with Amy Sedaris

Simple Times with Amy Sedaris

Actor, comedienne and DIY goddess Amy Sedaris visits The Pabst with "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," a hilarious guide to crafting on a shoestring.

Food Rules: Michael Pollan visits UWM
Food Rules

Michael Pollan visits UWM

The author talks about navigating the treacherous landscape of modern food and offers up a few simple rules. Number one? Eat real food.

Neil LaBute’s “Reasons to be Pretty” a comedy that stings

Neil LaBute’s “Reasons to be Pretty” a comedy that stings

Renaissance Theaterworks stages the third in LaBute's comedy trilogy on how outward appearances shape who we are and how the world assesses us.

MFF’10 Preview: Au Revoir Taipei
MFF’10 Preview

Au Revoir Taipei

Au Revoir Taipei is not a crime caper, and it is not a romantic comedy, but something far more earnest than either of those two genres have produced.

Dames at Sea can inspire us all

Dames at Sea can inspire us all

Skylight insists "Dames" isn't a spoof, just good entertainment and a testament to the power of pluck. Perhaps it's a perfect message for us all.

Caste of Killers

Caste of Killers

Jason Hillman and Damon Millard are the minds behind this branded comedy show that seeks to promote the most talented voices of the Milwaukee comic scene.

Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

In a series of new paintings at the Tory Folliard Gallery, Marion Coffey has transformed Milwaukee into a brightly colored, almost tropical paradise.

Animalistic at Anaba

Animalistic at Anaba

Sometimes, we come across art in unexpected places. This is true both of the installation currently on view at the Anaba Tea Room and the subject matter of the show.

Review: Dale Gutzman’s Hamlin at Off-the-Wall Theatre
Review

Dale Gutzman’s Hamlin at Off-the-Wall Theatre

A business dynasty dominates modern Hamlin. The family will find out the hard way that you just don't mess with The Piper.

Terrible Beauties: Rebecca Schoenecker at Redline
Terrible Beauties

Rebecca Schoenecker at Redline

Schoenecker’s concept of gender construction is complex. Her women are terrible and also beautiful, but these things are not diametrically opposed.

8-bit Warrior at the Alchemist Theatre

8-bit Warrior at the Alchemist Theatre

Vince Figueroa's original play takes us back to a simpler time, when Donkey Kong ruled the world.

MFF Winter Review: Fish Tank
MFF Winter Review

Fish Tank

One morning, Mia is making tea in the kitchen when her mother’s new boyfriend appears. A complicated and bruising relationship develops, lubricated by a steady stream of alcohol.

REDevelop: emerging artists at RedLine
REDevelop

emerging artists at RedLine

RedLine is incubator for emerging artists, offering support and creative space. Tonight, RedLine features new and original works by twelve artists-in-residence.

Review: Street Seen photography show at MAM
Review

Street Seen photography show at MAM

Street Seen, at the Milwaukee Art Museum, shows photography turning from faithful documentation to interpretive art.

Review: Purgatorio at Next Act Theatre
Review

Purgatorio at Next Act Theatre

There is no forgetting. And forgiving may or may not be possible in Ariel Dorfman's philosophical drama.

MFF Preview: Azur & Asmar
MFF Preview

Azur & Asmar

Cross-cultural animated tale is an unexpected gift of beauty, tolerance and mystique.

We Knew It When: Oriental Drugs
We Knew It When

Oriental Drugs

Root beer floats and french fries at the famous twisted lunch counter in our continuing series on long-gone, but not forgotten, places.

Review: RENT at Greendale Community Theatre
Review

RENT at Greendale Community Theatre

A local staging of RENT rises to the challenge

Openings: Art and Performance April 2-8, 2009
Openings

Art and Performance April 2-8, 2009

Visual Art Art in Bloom, Milwaukee Art Museum. 4/2 through 4/5. Celebrating springtime, Art In Bloom showcases the talents of more than 40 renowned floral designers interpreting masterworks from the Museum’s Collection. This year’s expanded exhibition also includes lectures and workshops with celebrity floral designers and master gardeners, book signings, plein air painters, a multi-vendor […]

Exciting Fun!

Exciting Fun!

Milwaukee is a happenin’ town, and there’s always lots of stuff going on across our fair city. Here’s my (own, personal, and probably biased) round-up of what I’m really excited about in the next week. Berzerk!, Alchemist Theater, March 22. Always a good time of clean fun, Berzerk! returns to the Alchemist for another installment in […]

Milwaukee Ballet Announces 40th Anniversary Season

Milwaukee Ballet Announces 40th Anniversary Season

The Milwaukee Ballet announced its 40th anniversary season in style with a lovely early-evening soiree at the Iron Horse Hotel on March 12. It promises to be an exciting and innovative season, with something for every taste. The Nutcracker  will (as usual) be the longest-running show of the season, taking over the Marcus Center for […]

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

  Jane Austen is beloved in the pantheon of English writers for her gift for social observation and her sly wit. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater brings Pride and Prejudice (perhaps her best-known novel) to the stage in this adaptation by Joe Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan directs a cast of some of the […]

Service, art and self-expression

Service, art and self-expression

  In these troubled economic times, the news reports are full of dire predictions about the fate of non-profits of all types, from the organizations supported by United Way to arts organizations of all descriptions. The Baltimore Opera recently declared bankruptcy and the New York Metropolitan Opera has been having a tough year. Here at […]

The Producers

The Producers

Broadway comes to Milwaukee, and not in the usual sense of a touring production. No, in this instance, the Skylight Opera Theater has acquired the rights to produce Mel Brooks’ The Producers, and they are the first regional theater in the country to do so. If you think that a full-on Broadway musical would be […]

The Daly News

The Daly News

World history and personal history collide in this charming musical about the lives of a Milwaukee family during World War II. During the war, Martin and “Schatzie” Daly had five children– four sons and a daughter.  All four sons enlisted in the military, and the daughter married a military man. The family was scattered around […]

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly

Opera is the grandest spectacle on the stage, and the Florentine takes this to heart as it opens its 75th season with Madama Butterfly. The production is a work of sumptuous indulgence, from the set to the costumes to the layers of music. Puccini’s story is set in an idyllic estate near Nagasaki in Japan. […]

Show People

Show People

What would you give to your art? Would you mortgage your house? Max out your credit cards? Make promises you couldn’t keep? Show People shows what one actor will do to produce his ultimate production, performed solely for his own benefit. Tom (Brian Richards) hires married acting duo Jerry and Marnie (played by Randall T. […]

Eurydice

Eurydice

By Ryan Findley How much of the grief we suffer in life is because we can remember what came before? After all, a loss isn’t a loss unless you remember that you’ve lost something. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater stages a contemporary re-telling of the Orpheus myth by Pulitzer prize nominee and MacArthur Foundation grant-winner Sarah […]

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

The Milwaukee Chamber Theater has made a commitment to producing a Pulitzer-prize winning play every season for the next five years. Rabbit Hole, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for Drama and is the second production in this endeavor. It is the achingly sweet, heart-rendingly bitter story of a family, the […]

Triple Espresso

Triple Espresso

Failure is funny. That’s the basic premise of Triple Espresso: A Highly Caffeinated Comedy, playing in the Marcus Center’s Vogel Hall. Three friends get together and tell the story of how they got their big break — and how they messed it up in spectacularly embarrassing fashion. The show is chock-full of mishaps, misadventures and […]

A portrait is an image of a person

A portrait is an image of a person

J. Shimon & J. Lindemann, Elise at Work, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 2007. Inkjet pigment print from 8 x 10 transparency, 20 x 16 in. Ed. 2/10 What is wrapped up in a portrait? We see so many each day that we never really stop to think about what the creation of a person’s image encompasses and […]

Facing modern truths

Facing modern truths

* The art form of the modern age is photography. In the same way various schools of painting defined ages previous, the modern age is defined by the camera, and using the camera as an art form came of age during the period between the two World Wars. Foto, now at the Milwaukee Art Museum […]

Running the Numbers: An American Portrait
Running the Numbers

An American Portrait

Art and social commentary have always been kissing cousins. In a sense, all art is social commentary, as it reflects artists’ views of the world they inhabit. Whether that reflection is viewed in a straight mirror or distorted like a fun-house mirror is the choice of the artist. In Running the Numbers: An American Portrait, […]

Martin Ramirez at MAM

Martin Ramirez at MAM

Martin Ramirez is an enigma. For decades, he was classified as one of the three greatest “outsider” artists of contemporary American art, but next to nothing was known about him. In the last ten years, two dedicated biographers have beaten back the darkness surrounding the facts of Ramirez’s life, but this endeavor has lead to […]