Coming soon: "To the Promised Land"
The decade and a half that began in the mid-1960s is arguably the block of time that has had the most influence on the City of Milwaukee. Jonathan Gillard Daly has written a play about that time and "To the Promised Land" opens at First Stage Children's Theatre Friday, Jan. 25 for a two-week run.
"Educating Rita" surprises with a predictable plot, excellent cast
Under the gentle and patient guidance of director Jenny Wanasek, actors Jonathan Smoots and Christina Panfilio could have stood on stage and read the phone book and held us just as spellbound as they did opening night.
Sydney Hih letters to become public art
On Friday, Jan. 18, the nine metal letters that spelled out Sydney Hih on the front of the building will be reborn as public art at The Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Coming soon: "Educating Rita"
The story of "Educating Rita" is one of those be-careful-what-you-wish-for stories that takes an audience on the journey of a personal search for a place in this world.
Tool Shed's new show is sure to generate buzz
If you, like me, like a little sass in your crafts, swing by The Tool Shed, 2427 N. Murray Ave., on Friday to see the "Subversive Stitches" show.
Coming soon: "How the World Began"
Whereas "Inherit the Wind" delivered its debate with heft and unbridled passion, "How the World Began" takes a much quieter approach to the discussion, focusing on just three normal people who become embroiled in both sides of the issue. It's "science versus religion" portrayed in a quieter way than you might expect, but no less fierce.
Former Sentinel reporter returns to Milwaukee to talk neighborhoods
His book may be about Chicago, but its stories translate well to Brew City, too. Scott Jacobs, author of "Never Leave Your Block: Adventures in Urban Living" is coming to Milwaukee to talk about them on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Milwaukee's in great company on new top 12 ArtPlaces list
Milwaukee made yet another national list today as it was named one of America's top 12 "ArtPlaces" today by ArtPlace, a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation's largest banks.
Coming soon: "Memphis"
The question of when rock and roll really began has been argued about for decades, but most music historians believe the music that became rock and roll began on Beale Street in Memphis. The story of Beale Street is coming to Milwaukee with the Jan. 8-13 run of the award-winning "Memphis" at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Gaffigan shows Milwaukee some love on Twitter
Comedian Jim Gaffigan showed Milwaukee some love today by promoting "his" beer that's being sold at The Pabst Theater during his upcoming three nearly sold-out shows.
Milwaukee Theatre announces new shows for 2013
The Milwaukee Theatre has announced three new shows to finish its 2012-13 season, including Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance," Ed Asner as FDR and "Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries."
More schools: Getting a start on volume two?
When writing my book, "Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses," I recounted the story of the buildings that have been key players in educating Milwaukee children since the mid-1800s. But I know a lot of teachers and school administrators and many of them work in places I didn't include. Whenever they mention one such building, I suggest - jokingly? - that I needed to save some gems for volume two.
Pink's "The Nutcracker" shines again
There is nothing more joyful than Christmas through the eyes of a child, and there are few experiences more gratifying than to witness a young person's first exposure to art in any of its forms. Call it a Christmas miracle, then, that these two moments are magically united in Michael Pink's "The Nutcracker," a jubilant and lively production that is bursting at the seams with royal beauty bright.
Coming soon: "Sense and Sensibility"
Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" is a romance novel in its truest form, and the Milwaukee Rep will open a production of this wonderful, funny and touching story Dec. 14.
Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten enchants The Riverside
Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, was originally scheduled to come to Milwaukee Nov. 2, but her appearance was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, the show was not cancelled and Garten made her first-ever trip to Milwaukee on Thursday night for a chat at the Riverside Theater.
The Rep receives NEA Art Works grant
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Milwaukee Repertory Theater an Art Works grant to support two productions this spring.
Free family art fun is on tap at MAM's Art Generation Studio
We really had a great time and doing projects in the Art Generation studio is a treat for parents. All the supplies are at hand and we don't have to worry about making a mess of the dining room table. And it's all free (though you have to pay to get into the museum, of course). This Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1o until 4, the Art Museum will team with Kohl's for Kohl's Art Generation Family Sundays: "Home for the Holidays."
Coming soon: "Cartoon"
Leave it to the boys and girls at Youngblood Theatre Company to continue their mission of bringing offbeat, challenging and colorful theatre to Milwaukee audiences. They are set to test and entertain us again when they open "Cartoon" Nov. 30 for a couple-week run.
Genius Week in Milwaukee
That's not the name of some group of Apple users or a group of bright young people working to make Milwaukee a better place to live. What it is is a current run of theatrical genius available in this city.
Milwaukee theater community mourns Phylis Ravel's passing
Phylis Ravel, who guided countless students to careers in theater as the head of the Theatre Arts program at Marquette University, has died after a long bout with cancer.
Milwaukee Art Museum acquires new work for World AIDS Day
The Milwaukee Art Museum has announced a newly acquired work from artist Taryn Simon, which will be on view Dec. 1 in recognition of World AIDS Day.
Mary Oliver receives honorary degree, gives moving reading
Pulitzer-prize winning poet Mary Oliver received an honorary degree at Marquette University at 4 p.m. this afternoon and proceeded to give a 50-minute poetry reading, a question-and-answer session and a book signing.
Coming soon: "The Sound of Music"
Combine the holiday season with a spectacular director and the unbridled joy and drama of "The Sound of Music" and you have a certain winner.
Coming soon: "Rock of Ages"
The '80s weren't all bad. We had lots of head-banging heavy metal music and it really tore the place apart. That's the heart behind "Rock of Ages," the Broadway musical running from Nov. 13 to 18 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Mary L. Nohl Fund announces 2012 fellows
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has awarded Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists to seven local artists.