"Grey Gardens" is a home run
One of the easy lessons to learn in life is that when you walk out onto the ledge make sure that there is something down below in case you fall. Being out on the ledge is nothing new for Dale Gutzman and his tiny Off The Wall Theatre and he has never been afraid to walk out there without something to fall off. Gutzman is out on the ledge again with the opening of "Grey Gardens," a quirky musical based on an almost 30-year-old documentary film.
1998: a year in books
When Molly Snyder asked about how I've changed since 1998 - the year OnMilwaukee.com was founded - I mentioned that I still read books printed on paper. And, in a habit I picked up from my friend Daniel Goldin, I keep a list of the books I read. Peeking back at that list, I was reminded of how my life has changed. Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, before I had kids, I read a lot more books than I do nowadays.
Former Milwaukee cop puts career experience into new novel
Mitchell Nevin, a former member of the Milwaukee Police Department and a cop with almost 30 years of experience, is making a name for himself as a crime author. His second novel, "Psychic Reprieve," was published on Aug. 12 and has been burning up the Amazon.com fiction charts ever since, where it is currently listed at No. 9 on the Sports Fiction list.
Italian Community Center hosts multi-cultural evening
On Oct. 15 the Italian Community Center will celebrate Italian Heritage Month with Festival di Danza e Cultura, a multi-cultural evening featuring dances from around the world.
"Nutcracker" nabs new corporate sponsor
BMO Harris Bank will bring some Christmas cheer to Milwaukee audiences this December. The bank announced today that it will sponsor the Milwaukee Ballet Company's annual production of "The Nutcracker."
"Art" sets the bar high for the rest of theater season
The Milwaukee theater season opens with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's performance of "Art" by Yasmina Reza. The play follows the struggle between two longtime friends over a unique piece of modern art, and is a huge helping of rollicking fun.
Mick Foley to tell wrestling tales in Milwaukee
On Sunday night, professional wrestler and best-selling author Mick Foley will be presenting "Tales From Wrestling Live" at the Miramar Theater at 7 p.m.
Milwaukee actress' African performance a life-changing experience
Marti Gobel, along with Suzan Fete and Brandy Kline of Renaissance Theatreworks, traveled to South Africa to conduct workshops, perform the play "Neat" which was produced at Renaissance, and to teach. For Renaissance it was a chance to reach out with its mission of female-oriented theatrical excellence. But for Gobel it was a sojourn to the land of her ancestors' birth and the kind of thing that touched every part of her being.
Discover Lost Ozaukee
From ax murderers to quickie divorces, "Lost Ozaukee" at the Cedarburg Cultural Center features a wide offering of wacky, amusing or just plain weird Ozaukee history trivia.
Support the arts with Art$upport
Between July 25 and July 27, in conjunction with "Gallery Night and Day," Art$upport will promote 38 local arts organizations as they unexpectedly perform unique, five-minute art encounters all over Milwaukee.
Six questions for The Smoking Flowers
Nashville duo Kim and Scott Collins are bringing a heady melange of rock, blues, country and some serious Southern Gothic attitude to the Down and Over Pub, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., tonight.
The Splinter Group launches inaugural season this summer
Jim Farrell's long-time love of the theater takes a new twist this year with the birth of The Splinter Group, a fledgling troupe that will stage three plays during its inaugural season at the Marian Center on the South Side of Milwaukee.
Goodbye for now, East Library
The East Library building is almost demolished, so we went to say our goodbyes today.
My little free library
My family and I decided we wanted to make a little free library, too. We worked on it sporadically, and finally finished it on July 3.
This "Lear" is just too young
It was with some trepidation that I walked into the performance of "King Lear" at Alchemist Theatre over the weekend. Bo Johnson is an actor of great skill with a distinct ability to play a wide variety of characters. But he is a young man, not nearly with the life experiences to make this version of the king resonate.
Ladies, who's your girl crush?
There are a lot of celebrity women who I'd consider switching teams for, and most of them are musicians. Ani DiFranco tops the list, with Salma Hayek a close second. Almost all of them are brunettes. Except one.
Clements renews contract at Milwaukee Rep through 2017
The Milwaukee Rep announced today that artistic director Mark Clements has renewed his contract to stay with the company through 2017.
Hardy attempts to get his name back from douchebags
In today's Kramp Cast I talk to Ed Hardy about reclaiming his name and brand, whether it's possible to love his tattoo designs but hate his clothing line, famous Milwaukee tattoo artist Amund Dietzel, what his friend and mentor Sailor Jerry Collins would say about his empire and we find out what he thinks is the most over the top Ed Hardy product.
Mumford & Sons play Marcus Amphitheater Sept. 3
The Pabst Theater announced today that Mumford & Sons will play the Marcus Amphitheater on Sept. 3. The concert will be The Pabst Theater Organization's first-ever amphitheater show.
Farva and Mac of Super Troopers are in town Thursday!
In today's Kramp Cast Kevin Heffernan joins me to talk about some of his favorite Milwaukee experiences from getting a bicycle pump of beer shoved down his throat to singing Take Me Out To The Ball Game at Miller park. Plus, find out the status of Super Troopers 2!
"Wicked" casts a powerful spell
Even when you have talent, chemistry is even harder to pin down. This musical has both.
Local artist offers up 1,000 hugs at Locust Street Festival
Milwaukee artist and photographer Ingrid Eubanks describes herself as a goal setter and reacher. She set her latest goal on Sunday when she attempted to dole out 1,000 random hugs at Locust Street Festival.
Milwaukee photos we've all taken
Every Milwaukeean has, at one time or another, taken one of these photos.
Kramp Cast: Thongs, thrones and tunes
Actress Sophie Turner "Sansa Stark" of HBO's Game Of Thrones joins the Kramp Cast this week to talk about her character and growing up in a small village where no one knows she's on a hit show.
"Swan Lake" satisfies
Michael Pink's interpretation of "Swan Lake" is at times joyful, at times melancholic, but always physically sublime.