"Sing Me a Story" is a true connoisseur's celebration of musical theater
What you get to see, if you go to "Sing Me a Story," is two unbelievably polished performers, gems of the Milwaukee theatrical community, kicking back and indulging their theater-geekiness (and that is said with admiration, believe me).
"One Night With Janis Joplin" is a must-see for all music lovers
I would imagine that it's a pretty rare thing to be able to bring down a house 43 years after your death. But for Janis Joplin, it's no big deal. She definitely brought down the house, rafters and all, at the Quadracci Powerhouse last night. The Milwaukee premier of "One Night With Janis Joplin" was not only a dynamic concert experience but a compelling theatrical production as well. If you're a Janis fan or just a lover of music in general, you need to see this show.
McComas and Starrett's novella a rollicking tribute to "Horror-wood"
Milwaukee native Paul McComas recently teamed with longtime friend Greg Starrett to produce the "Fit for a Frankenstein," a lighthearted tribute to everyone's favorite assistant, Ygor.
Morgan provides laughs and a few uncomfortable moments
As a stand-up comedian, Tracy Morgan has gained a reputation as someone whose shows are fraught with controversy. This perception became reality during Morgan's show at The Pabst Theater on Sunday night.
Maron on a roll at The Pabst
After a week in which he released a new book and had his new comedy series premiere on IFC, Marc Maron capped it off with an extended stand-up performance at The Pabst Theatre on Saturday night.
Madigan kills again
Kathleen Madigan has been performing for over 25 years and has really honed the tone that makes her special. She is able to tap in to that familiar feeling one might have listening to a really funny family friend. This ability to make such a strong connection with the audience is pretty rare and really leaves the audience eager for her next show, so we can all hear what our friend Kathleen has been up to.
New Riverwalk art catches a question
Jeremy Shamrowicz from Flux Design has a new piece on the Milwaukee Riverwalk. It was just installed today. It seems to ask question. Maybe we should think inside the box.
"Catch Me If You Can" is a high-flying, fun ride
The music is big, the costumes are flashy and the dancing is arresting in this lavish production that runs at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, April 28. But glamor is only half of Abagnale's story. The other half is despair. And the musical version of "Catch Me If You Can" captures that well - maybe even better than the movie did.
Zoinks! Scooby Doo springs to life
It's great when a pop culture show can stay relevant long enough to be enjoyed as a kid, then enjoyed again through your kid's eyes decades later. Because Scooby Doo was around before I was born, and my daughter's finally at the age to watch the campy mystery cartoon, too, I not only didn't mind sitting through Sunday's performance of Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries at the Milwaukee Theatre - I enjoyed it almost as much as she did.
Celebrating the creative force nurtured at Schwartz
Schwartz Bookshops was an arts incubator, albeit an unintentional one. During the roughly 10 years I worked there, I worked alongside talented poets, aspiring novelists, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers. Brent Gohde, the man behind Cedar Block, celebrates that spirit in "May The Schwartz Be With You" Saturday night at Turner Hall Ballroom at 8 p.m.
My pick for Gallery Night
"Gene and Joan in Lodi, etc." is open to the public in an East Side apartment tonight and will feature 11 projectors simultaneously playing slides of peoples' vacations from the 1940s to the '70s. The slides were collected from thrift and estate sales over the past 10 years.
"Evita," "Flashdance," "War Horse" and more at Marcus Center 2013-14 season
The world can definitely use a good song and dance this week. That's why it was so refreshing to attend last night's preview of the the 2013-14 Broadway Across America season at the Marcus Center. The line-up is a nice mix of old favorites and new shows, and I smell a few blockbusters in there, so you might want to buy your tickets early if something strikes your fancy.
MAM gets new curator of European art
The Milwaukee Art Museum announced today the appointment of Tanya Paul as the Isabel and Alfred Bader Curator of European Art.
Here's a poem for you to hate
It's National Potery Month and I love poetry, two reasons to write something - at least according to the way I think - about one of the least popular forms of the written word.
Milwaukee's Museum Mile back for second year
What has come to be known as Milwaukee's Museum Mile on the historic East Side is hosting its second annual event on Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Condom Pope" portrait rolls out for the public
"Eggs Benedict," a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI that's made from 17,000 condoms, was installed at Portrait Society Gallery. It will be on display starting Thursday, April 11. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m.
"Archer Live" sloppy but fun
"Archer Live" was a fun, but disjointed show over the course of its 90-minute running time. While it was fun to see the voices of these characters performed live, there was a lack of organization that was a bit of a disappointment with tickets costing $35-$45 each. Still, that same chaos allowed for some of the funniest moments of the evening, but for fans looking for a more in-depth look at the show, they were left in the cold in favor of the party atmosphere.
Aisha Tyler talks "Archer" in Milwaukee and more
I'm super excited for Saturday's "Archer Live," the in-person incarnation of the hit FX show that blows me away every week. I'll just throw it out there: "Archer," the animated spy comedy is not only the funniest show on TV now, but it ranks among the funniest shows of all time. Filthy, witty and beautifully drawn, it packs an amazing amount of comedy into every episode. In advance of the show, I spoke to Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane) by phone.
Asner's Milwaukee appearance canceled
Ed Asner's solo performance of "FDR" scheduled for this weekend has been canceled. Asner was recently hospitalized for exhaustion.
A conversation with Ralphie May
Ralphie May is performing at The Pabst Theater this Saturday, March 16. OnMilwaukee.com caught up with him on the road to talk candidly about his family, his comedy and why he doesn't want to be part of the "in crowd."
Will a once-sticky Art Museum tradition now fade away?
When folks would leave the museum, often they'd slap their sticker onto one of a couple light posts along Lincoln Memorial Drive, near the northerly entrance to Art Museum Drive. The poles have, consequently, been practically wallpapered with stickers from ground level up to a level just out of arm's reach for humans of average height. But now that tradition may begin to diminish as quickly as the blue decoration on the old stickers has faded in the sun.
Art Museum and War Memorial reach agreement
The Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc. reached an agreement regarding the ongoing management of the buildings and grounds that they both occupy - a agreement based on a term sheet finalized by negotiators for both teams last week.
Schumer's star eclipsed by opening act
Usually at any concert the opening act is designed to serve as a solid appetizer to get the audience settled in for the headline performer. This was not the case at The Pabst Theater on Saturday night as Amy Schumer's opener Bridget Everett was a supernova that made Schumer's set feel like a post-dinner piece of hard candy.
Burr brings the funny to The Pabst
It's a pretty rare accomplishment for a stand-up comedian to receive a standing ovation from half the audience before telling a single joke, but Bill Burr managed to get such a response before starting his sold out late show at the Pabst Theater Friday night. Constantly touring, Burr has proved to be one of the most prolific stand-up comedians currently working.
Milwaukee Ballet announces 2013-14 season
The Milwaukee Ballet announced its 2013-14 season today.