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Arts & Entertainment - March 1, 2015
Chamber Theatre's "The Train Driver" provides a momentous evening
There's a song they sing when there is a funeral in some of the rural parishes of Louisiana. "The graveyard ain't got no memories," they sing. It's not just the dead who are afraid of the memories, but the living are fearful as well, and it can be even tougher on those left behind if they try to make those memories clear. That is the essence of "The Train Driver," the powerful drama by Athol Fugard that opened over the weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 28, 2015
First Stage has a solid grasp of sixth-graders with "Big Nate: The Musical"
Being in sixth grade can be a real problem time, full of the turbulence of hopes and fears all at the same time. First Stage captures the whole thing in "Big Nate: The Musical."
Bars & Clubs - Feb. 26, 2015
City leans toward settlement in Silk lawsuit over Downtown strip club
After losing a half-million-dollar judgement, the City of Milwaukee is looking at ways to avoid paying the money. One of the solutions being explored is granting Silk a license in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.
Movies & TV - Feb. 24, 2015
The 14 greatest sports movies of all time
Sports movies are among the greatest films ever made, so what better time to list the top 14 sports movies of all time than right after the Oscars?
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 20, 2015
Off the Wall's "God of Carnage" plagued by faulty memories and overacting
"God of Carnage" is a biting comedy about two couples who turn from civilized to animals before our very eyes. But when two of the actors can't remember their lines, the evening turns out to be a real dud.
Bars & Clubs - Feb. 19, 2015
Silk strip club owners win big against the city
The owners Silk Exotic today won a big victory in federal court as a jury awarded them a judgement of almost half a million dollars for revenue lost because the city would not grant them a license for a Downtown strip club.
Kids & Family - Feb. 19, 2015
Sojourner Family Peace Center works front lines of domestic violence
Domestic violence is something that most of us think doesn't touch those close to us. But in fact this familial violence cuts across all economic, social, geographic and ethnic boundaries.
Sports - Feb. 17, 2015
Like Sinatra, Bo Ryan does it his way
Bo Ryan has been coaching for 30 years in Wisconsin and he's had success wherever he's been. What's more, he's done it with a unique coaching style that features a deliberate offense and a tenacious defense that has the Badgers ranked among the best teams in the country.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 15, 2015
"Bare: A Pop Opera" doesn't have the kind of urgency we'd expect
"Bare: A Pop Opera" is a play that seems to have some potential. But when you actually see it, the story seems so dated that it's hard to grab onto the message.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 14, 2015
"The Amish Project" makes you wonder if you are as good as you can be
"The Amish Project" is a play about a murderous shooting in a one-room schoolhouse that took place in 2006. The message behind the play is the incredible sense of forgiveness of the community that had been so victimized. It makes you wonder how each of us would react.
Milwaukee Buzz - Feb. 12, 2015
Adelson is pulling the strings on Walker's Kenosha casino decisions
Scott Walker is busy running for president and that campaign means he's got to curry favor with rich guys. Sheldon Adelson, the casino emperor, is a rich guy who hates the idea of a casino in Kenosha. And Governor Walker is trying to keep this guy happy.
Sports - Feb. 10, 2015
Put a fork in him! Tiger's toast
He's 39 years old and shot an 82 just a week ago. Tiger Woods seems worn out, by injury, the spotlight, the scandals and the constant coaching changes that resulted in swing changes. It may well be that we have just about seen the last of him.
Sports - Feb. 9, 2015
Numbers provide proof of Bucks' turnaround
Numbers don't always tell the story but some of the attendance figures, especially on the road, give testimony to the turnaround and excitement of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bars & Clubs - Feb. 9, 2015
Knowing where you were going just by knowing the bartender's name
A number of years ago I ran around the city with Don Nelson, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Whatever bar we were going to was always referred to by the name of the owner/bartender. Everyone knew the bars this way, and I wonder if that's changed.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 7, 2015
Splinter Group's "3 For The Road" explores leaving and left in depth
The thorny issue of whether it's best to be the one leaving or the one left behind is on tap as Splinter Group stages a world premiere of "3 For The Road." It's a dramatic probing of some deep emotional wells.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 6, 2015
Milwaukee Ballet stages a thrilling glimpse into the future of dance
Artistic Director Michael Pink created the Genesis competition to give young choreographers the chance to create a world premiere with professional dancers in a professional setting. The display of their works opened Thursday night and will run through Sunday.
Milwaukee Buzz - Feb. 5, 2015
Underestimating Walker is a problematic strategy
It's kind of tempting to brush off Scott Walker as a presidential candidate. But the governor has spent his political life surprising people. He's a true believer and has a vision he won't deviate from.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 4, 2015
Young choreographers get chance to shine at Ballet competititon
Milwaukee Ballet stages its prestigious ballet competition for young choreographers this week at The Pabst Theater. It's a chance for ballet fans to get a glimpse of the future of dance.
Sports - Feb. 3, 2015
Packers set for next year but a few adjustments would be helpful
The Green Bay Packers have a roster of players who should be able to challenge next year for a berth in the Super Bowl. But a few changes in the offensive approach would most likely make this the most feared offense in the league.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 1, 2015
Truth rings out loud and clear in Next Act's important "No Child"
"No Child" is the latest in a long line of important plays to be staged at Next Act Theatre. Marti Gobel wondrously plays all 16 characters in the play that examines the vexing question of how we can do a better job of educating our children.
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