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1. "Romeo Is Bleeding" heals violence through Shakespearean tragedy
When Donté Clark read Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" he realized that the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets was similar to the struggle in his city - Richmond, Calif. - where North and Central Richmond have literally been at war for decades. "Romeo Is Bleeding" screened today as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival.
2. Milwaukee Art Museum will reopen collection galleries on Nov. 24
After a 14-month, $34 million renovation and reinstallation, the Milwaukee Art Museum announced that it will reopen its collection galleries to the public on Nov. 24.
3. "My Skinny Sister" offers meaty commentary on eating disorders
Because "My Skinny Sister" explores a teenaged ice skater's eating disorder, it had the dangerous possibility of falling into the cheesy After-School Special / Lifetime Movie category. Luckily, it didn't. The Swedish film runs two more times during the Milwaukee Film Festival.
4. Lapham lands on MPL wall of fame
Last night, Milwaukee Public Library upped the number of Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame inductees when it added Increase Lapham to the Badger State pantheon.
5. The Moth MainStage to feature John McGivern and more
The Moth Mainstage comes to Turner Hall Ballroom on Wed., Sept. 16 for a night of storytelling in "Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee." Actor John McGivern will take the stage, along with OnMilwaukee's Molly Snyder, and three other tale tellers.
6. Splinter Group's "Bug" is a disturbing and frightening journey to madness
It's a rare moment when the first sound of a cricket can herald a passionate and directed descent into a chilling madness with one victim leading the other into a complex version of hell. But that's what happens in the distinguished production of Tracy Letts "Bug," which opened this weekend at Splinter Group under the direction of Jim Farrell.
7. Walker's Point Center for the Arts names new director
Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) named Ana Melo as its new executive director. Melo, who started on Aug. 10, grew up in the Walker's Point neighborhood. She is a bilingual community leader with a history in the arts, youth programming and nonprofit sustainability.
8. Adler's Fall Comedy Classic brings Sklar Brothers and more to Turner Hall
This morning, Turner Hall Ballroom announced Adler's Fall Comedy Classic, an evening of comedy hosted by 102/1's Adler and featuring The Sklar Brothers, Brody Stevens and Nikki Glaser. The night of stand-up is set for Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.
9. Mystery One turns its final page
Twenty-two years after opening in a small location at 2109 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee's only crime-focused bookshop, Mystery One Bookstore, is turning its final page.
10. Love affair with long-dead man fuels Iannone's triumph
Angela Iannone, one of the finest actors ever to grace a stage in Milwaukee, has been engaged in a love affair for the past six years with a man who died when he was only 59 years old.Not only that, but the man died in June of 1893. Edwin Booth was his name, the finest actor of his time, the brother of the man who killed Abraham Lincoln and the object of desire for Iannone who has crafted a series of play about this lover.
11. Downtown fish sculpture gets a facelift
In 1998, the City of Milwaukee commissioned San Francisco artist Cork Marcheschi to create a "Dream With The Fishes" and it is now in the process of getting a remodel.
12. MAM opens "Art and the Global AIDS Crisis: Eggs Benedict" on Thursday
The Milwaukee Art Museum today announced the opening of a special presentation, "Art and the Global AIDS Crisis: Eggs Benedict."
13. Was the giant slip 'n' slide a success?
Here's a review - and a video - of today's giant waterslide that stretched across four blocks in Downtown Milwaukee.
14. Off The Wall's "Spring Awakening" is a wrenching morality play
In a place that has hosted such decadent theater as a blistering "Cabaret" and a shockingly brutal "Trainspotting" it is stunningly surprising to find a morality play being staged in the tiny black box of Off The Wall Theatre.But that's what you get with the production of "Spring Awakening," the multiple Tony Award winning musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.
15. 20,000 pages of kindness inspired by one empty Little Free Library
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about how my Little Free Library had been emptied out, repeatedly. Two days later, I received a very generous email.
16. Walker mural creates controversy, conversation
This past week, a mural with Gov. Scott Walker's face and the words "down with the bitches and the hoes" went up on the side of the building that houses South Shore Gallery & Framing, 2627 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
17. Powerful and passionate "These Shining Lives" shines with Umbrella Group
Based on a true story of the radium girls, who suffered radium poisoning from their jobs at a watch plant, Umbrella Group stages and poignant and powerful production of "These Shining Lives." The performance of Libby Amato is one of the best of the season.
18. World Stage's brutal and frank "Bent" sends chills up your spine
"Bent" is a 1979 play about the Nazi persecution of gays. It's a brutal story and a brutal play that opened a production by TheWorld's Stage Theatre Company at 10th Street Theatre. It is about a frank a play to hit Milwaukee stages this season and is well worth the price of admission.
19. Optimist's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is perfect for a lovely summer's night
Optimist Theatre is committed to bringing free Shakespeare in the Park to Milwaukee every summer, and this year's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is an example of the high quality work they do. It makes you wish they did more than one performance each year.
20. Memorable music helps "Motown the Musical" overcome scanty script
"Motown The Musical" is based on the life of Berry Gordy, who founded the recording giant in a tiny house in Detroit. The production is full of outstanding songs and great performances that overcome the incredibly weak script.
21. APT's "The Island" is a harrowing tale of bitter discrimination against black me
"The Island" is a play about the brutality and pain of apartheid in South Africa. But it is also more than that - a tale about the obligation to protest against unworthy conditions. It is a difficult and meaningful play to watch.
22. APT'S "Streetcar" delivers everything a theater lover could ever desire
"A Streetcar Named Desire" won the Pulitzer Prize for Tennessee Williams and the American Players Theater delivers a performance that is up to the reputation of the play. Tracy Michelle Arnold, who plays Blanche, has never been better.
23. APT opens season with "An Iliad," a tour de force for James DeVita
"An Iliad" was staged 15 months ago by Milwaukee Rep, and the same play and actor open the season for American Players Theatre. in a spectacular production. There are now messages and wonders to behold in this staging.
24. Harley Museum show traces the life and work of Hog icon Willie G. Davidson
This weekend, the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., launches its summer exhibit, which focuses on the life and work of Willie G. Davidson, grandson of one of the founders of the iconic Milwaukee motorcycle company. Thanks to his creative design work and his efforts to buy back the company from AMF in 1981, Willie is, himself, an icon to Hog enthusiasts.
25. Cirque Italia water circus comes to Milwaukee this weekend
This weekend, Cirque Italia - a traveling Italian water circus - will splash down at Milwaukee's Italian Community Center for a collection of shows running Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7.