Parfrey to talk secret societies at Sugar Maple
Adam Parfrey, the man behind the publishing companies Feral House and Process Media, will give a multimedia performance on secret societies in support of his new book at Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
A delicious photo exhibition ... or two
Anyone who's worked in a restaurant knows that their co-workers can comprise a pretty creative bunch. It's not a myth that lots of artists, photographers, musicians, actors and writers underwrite their life's work with the tips left on a table full of dirty dishes. Two local restaurants are saluting the talent on their staffs this season with a three-month exhibit.
"Titanic: The Musical" to dock in Milwaukee
"Titanic: The Musical," the winner of five Tony awards including Best Musical, is coming for the first time ever to Milwaukee, Oct. 12-13 at the Milwaukee Theatre. One of the leads in the newly-formed national touring Broadway cast, Geoffrey Karnish, grew up in the Milwaukee area.
Comedian Jim Breuer entertains Turner Hall
On Thursday night, Jim Breuer returned to Milwaukee for the first time (in his estimation) since the late '90s. For his fans at the Turner Hall Ballroom, the wait was well worth it.
"The Screwtape Letters" coming to the Pabst
Imagine a world where good is evil, right is wrong, heaven is hell and the devil calls the shots. C.S. Lewis brought such a world to life in his 1942 novel "The Screwtape Letters," an epistolary piece about two demons' effort to claim the soul of a British man.
Coming soon: "November"
Timing, it is said often, is everything in life. If that's true, then Windfall Theatre ought to be in for a magic run of "November," the David Mamet play that opens Oct. 12.
Milwaukee Art Museum finishes year with big numbers
The Milwaukee Art Museum has released the final attendance numbers for its 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31.
Seven years of BarCampMilwaukee
BarCampMilwaukee7: Seven Minutes of Terror (named for the Mars rover Curiosity landing earlier this year) is different from a typical corporate conference. BarCamps are a participatory "unconference" event, where there is no "one" speaker and attendees are in charge of what happens. It is an open environment where people interested in teaching and learning come together to share their knowledge and experiences.
Park "pops up" under Holton Street bridge
Let's see, we have pop-up beer gardens, pop-up restaurants, pop-up stores and now, a pop-up park. Located under the Holton Street Bridge, the "park" - created by a group of Milwaukee artists and activists - features five swings, a bench swing, two tire swings and a trapeze swing.
Own a piece of Bay View High history
I just got back from Clinton Street Antiques in Walker's Point where I spent a little time perusing the blueprints for Bay View High School, constructed in 1922.
Right wingers can't go left on "Avenue Q"
This week Mark Belling, the high priest of right wingers in Milwaukee, was in full fury over "Avenue Q," the outstanding production of the Broadway play which is being staged at Skylight Music Theatre.
Coming soon: In Tandem Theatre's "The Nightmare Room"
There aren't many suspense and mystery writers better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and seeking a thriller to start its 15th season, In Tandem Theatre has turned to the master.
Milwaukee photographer picked as finalist in Canon contest
As part of an annual contest, Canon will pick 10 photographs that will influence the script, theme and feel of a Ron Howard production. Milwaukee photograph Matthew George's photo called "A Journey Home" was picked as a finalist. Voting is open until Oct. 1.
Off The Wall delivers with "A Man Like Hong Kong"
Even when presenting more conventional shows such as established musicals and dramatic classics, Off The Wall can always be depended upon to put their own unique spin on their material, and in the case of "A Man Like Hong Kong," we have an intriguing, offbeat and self-contained espionage tale.
Upright Citizen's Brigade gets the laughs started at the Marcus Center
The touring company of the Upright Citizen's Brigade performed the first of their four scheduled improvised comedy shows in Milwaukee at the Todd Wehr Theater early Friday evening.
Coming soon: "Microcrisis"
Trying to make sense of the financial collapse and difficulties that have grown from it is an almost hopeless task, so we all might as well try and get a laugh out of it all. That's the theory behind the play "Microcrisis," which opens Sept. 27 at Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre.
Coming soon: "The Mountaintop"
The life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. has provided fodder for books, television, plays and movies, and the fascination with this icon never seems to wane. The Milwaukee Rep joins the list Sept. 26 when the theater mounts a production of "The Mountaintop," an appealing and offbeat play about the civil rights hero.
Coming soon: "Life (X) Three"
French Playwright Yasmina Reza is the author of one of the most performed plays in recent years, "Art," the enchanting story of a piece of all-white art and how it has an impact on the relationship of two friends. She comes back now to Boulevard Theatre with a production of "Life (X)Three," her comedy that features a misbehaving 6-year-old who is never seen onstage.
Another inspiring city garden installation
Searching out inspiring city gardens has become a new hobby for me this summer, and my current favorite is located between 24th and 25th and Locust Streets. It's called "Here, Mothers Are."
Coming soon: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's "Broken and Entered"
Smaller theater companies, like those in Milwaukee, often have to try for shows that will bring in an audience and not take too many risks. Milwaukee Chamber Theatre will step out on that limb of risk when they open "Broken and Entered" by Madison playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown Sept. 26.
Coming soon: Skylight Music Theatre's "Avenue Q"
It wasn't all that long ago that the Skylight Music Theatre was known for opera and Gilbert and Sullivan light opera. Look out folks, here comes "Avenue Q," complete with dancing puppets, real live young people and enough angst to fill a psychiatric office for weeks.
Coming soon: Youngblood Theatre's "[sic]"
Youngblood Theatre Company has been around a couple of years and is about to kick off its new season in keeping with the edgy reputation it's built.
MSO appoints new president and executive director
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra board has appointed member Mark Niehaus as its new president and executive director.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center hosts four years of Pfister art
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield will host artwork from more than 10 members of The Pfister Hotel's Artist-in-Residence Program in a special exhibit opening Friday, Sept. 14.
Next Chapter turns final page
Next Chapter Bookshop, 10976 N. Port Washington Rd., in Mequon, officially closed its doors today.