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Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 27, 2014
Thanksgiving thoughts, past and future
There was a lot to be thankful for ths past year, but thanks also can be given for things that might happen in the next year. Call them wishes or hopes, but thanks are still deserved.
Sports - Nov. 25, 2014
There's a lot to be thankful for in the world of sports
It's the time of year when we all try to figure out what it is we are thankful for and sometimes it's hard to make a decision. But in the world of sports there are a lot of gifts that we get and we should hold hands and say thank you for players, teams and owners.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 24, 2014
Chamber stages all 37 Shakespeare plays in just under two laugh-filled hours
Hard to imagine, but four college chums go through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in just under two hours. It's a laugh-filled romp onstage at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre that has frat party mixed with the Three Stooges as models.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 23, 2014
Skylight's "Wizard" takes a wonderfully imaginative trip to Oz
"The Wizard of Oz" on stage at the Skylight is a warm and wonderful journey into the Emerald City and beyond. The search for the wizard who can get Dorothy home and a heart, courage and brain for her three friends gets a creative treatment good for the holiday season.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 22, 2014
The Rep's "Harvey" teaches a lesson in the meaning of friendship
A 70-year-old play about an imaginary six-foot rabbit delivers laughs, but it also is a lesson about how important friendship really is and how loyalty must withstand every single challenge. There is nothing quite like the friendship between Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, Harvey the Pooka.
Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 20, 2014
Potawatomi deserves to have Kenosha proposal turned down
Scott Walker has until Feb. 19 to decide whether to approve a casino in Kenosha. But that facility would clearly have an impact on Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, and that would certainly be an added hardship for hundreds of charities in the city.
Sports - Nov. 18, 2014
Fireworks expected in Wisconsin, Marquette game
In the 121st meeting between the two programs, fireworks are the rule, rather than the exception between the Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 16, 2014
"Frankenstein" is constantly intense but could use a break or two
"Frankenstein" has all of the intensity and drama you'd expect from the creation of a monster, but the pace is relentless and that can wear you out. It would have been helpful to have a little bit of room to breathe and sit back in your seat.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 15, 2014
"Heresy" is far too obvious and unfunny to pass theatrical muster
A. J. Gurney's play is supposed to poke fun at the rich, big business and big religion, but it falls apart in an avalanche of trite liberal talking points. Next Act deserves and normally delivers much better.
Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 14, 2014
From the TV weatherman's handbook of unsurprising advice
When winter hits local television news stations go nuts with the kind of advice we've heard over and over again. Who doesn't know that you ought to slow down if the roads are covered with snow and ice?
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 14, 2014
"The Lion King" roars triumphantly into Milwaukee Theatre
"The Lion King" has sold out on Broadway for almost 15 years, and they've brought that caliber show to the Milwaukee Theatre. It's a spectacular pageant that's wonderful for the entire family.
Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 13, 2014
Violence is a cancer that defies the same tired old solutions
The shooting of Laylah Petersen is just one more cry for Milwaukee to stand up and face the problems that are part of the root causes of this kind of violence.
Sports - Nov. 11, 2014
Embarrassment of riches on state sports landscape
We are rapidly approaching the season of glad tidings and if you are a sports fan in Wisconsin it is just possible that all of our holiday season wishes may be on the verge of coming true. Talk about good news for sports fans in this area. We have a Thanksgiving bounty that threatens to overflow our basket.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 10, 2014
"Liberace!" hits all the right notes in a delightfully honest production
When you set out to tell the story of a man, there are at least two ways to go about it. One is to focus on something sensational, some single aspect of the man's life and build your story around it. This approach is exploitive and rarely captures the story you hope to tell. The other way to to do it honestly, upfront with everything. That's the kind of honesty that fuels the remounting of "Liberace!" which opened over the weekend at the Milwaukee Rep.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 9, 2014
Soulstice's "Moon Over Buffalo" is an eclipse that doesn't quite shine
When you produce a farce, you want to come out with high energy and get the audience laughing in the early going so that they are used to it and will laugh along the rest of the night. Unfortunately, Soulstice Theatre's production of "Moon Over Buffalo" doesn't get going until there are only about five minutes left in the play. By then, the urge to laugh has left on a train to nowhere, and it's hard to get into the mood after all this falderal.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 8, 2014
"Lucy" is an incredible triumph for Milwaukee Opera Theatre
The formula for creating the kind of memories that will last a lifetime is one part brains, one part talent and one part courage. This production of "Lucy" by the Milwaukee Opera Theatre hits that artistic trifecta.
Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 6, 2014
Want meaningful election reform in Wisconsin? Try mandatory voting
Everyone is talking about the roughly 56 percent of the registered voters as some kind of wonderful record. What Dave Begel sees there is that nearly half the eligible voters in Wisconsin didn't even bother. He would make voting mandatory in Wisconsin.
Movies & TV - Nov. 4, 2014
WISN surprises with an important piece that teaches real lessons
On occasion, a local television station does something that has such an impact and is so vivid that I have to tip my hat. This tip goes to Toya Washington and WISN-TV for a piece that aired Monday night amid all the hoo-rah about the next day's election.
Sports - Nov. 4, 2014
Figure skating has all the elements of great sport and theater
Sunday was a great sports television day, but not because of the NFL games or because of golf or surfing or college football or NASCAR. It was a great day because of the International Skating Union broadcast from Skate Canada, featuring what I think is the most beautiful athletic competition around with the best color commentators on TV.
Music - Nov. 1, 2014
Hayes brings country to the BMO Harris Bradley Center
If country music is evolving, it is clear that men are leading it, and two of the youngsters just about at the head of the pack are Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes. McCreery, 21, played at Summerfest this past summer while Hayes, 23, is coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday, Nov. 13 for a show that is expected to be a sellout.
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