Oddball cast can't resurrect cheap scares in "The Lazarus Effect"
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:06:00 CDT - What's an early year PG-13 horror movie doing with such an overqualified and overall just plain odd cast? Too bad the actual movie itself isn't as surprising or unpredictable as its IMDB page, relying on the same tried and tired horror clichés, tropes and scares for success.

TV Tidbits: Fox's "The Last Man On Earth" is already one of its kind
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:16:00 CDT - This past week, Fox's new comedy series "The Last Man on Earth" has already established as one of the most unique new shows, "Saturday Night Live" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson outraged viewers with a very funny ISIS skit, the trailer for season 6 of "Community" claims that the age of Yahoo! is here, and Netflix has announced premiere dates for a few summer shows that will be binge watched.

Are young Golden Eagles hearing the call?
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:03:00 CDT - The 2014-15 regular season is about over for the Marquette Golden Eagles, and it's been a trying season for first year coach Steve Wojciechowski. But one silver lining is that the young players currently on the roster have been given ample opportunity to show they belong. Have they done it?

Ramen party is a perfect pairing with Wisconsin winters
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:16:00 CDT - Ramen for a dinner party is an exciting and relatively inexpensive theme to craft a dinner party around. At its very basic it only requires a few veggies and a handful of noodles, but it has the ability to unfold possibilities like a flower. During a ramen party, there is something of a slow, orchestral build until suddenly the cymbals are crashing, the violin bows are fraying and the tubas are blasting fortissimo.

Brewers spring training guide, 2015
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:07:00 CDT - When Brewers fans talk to me about Spring Training, I always see the same look in their eyes. "I've always wanted to do that," they say wistfully, like Arizona exists in some far-away land, where you sit right next to the field and talk to the players in between in innings. Well, actually, most of that's true. Except for the far-away land part.

The Nomad plans expansion with beer garden, food
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:18:00 CDT - Nomad World Pub will turn 20 this month and plans to have a new beer garden and food service. There's even talk of a Miami-based Nomad.

Will Smith's "Focus" is a slight but slickly seductive rom-con
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:06:00 CDT - A funny thing - perhaps even a flipped-turned upside down thing - happened on the way to "Focus": The world fell out of love with Will Smith. The fairly small, R-rated con movie was never going to be the blockbuster to bring Smith firmly back up to sure thing box office status. What it does do, however, is quite nicely kill about two hours in sexy, sleek and breezily enjoyable fashion - a kind of Ocean's 6 or 7.

Menomonee Valley prepares for next phase of development
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:16:00 CDT - Draped across a table in the center of a room at Zimmerman Architectural Studios was a huge aerial view map of the Menomonee Valley. Evidence of the development that has occurred since the original plan for the valley was unveiled in 1998 was everywhere. But, according to a report from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, there are still 100 acres of undeveloped land in the valley waiting to be used.

Braun expects to regain MVP form
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:03:00 CDT - The Milwaukee Brewers are about to begin their spring training schedule, which is the first test of Ryan Braun's repaired thumb. The former National League MVP feels he's healthy for the first time in years, and if he remains so he can return to that elite level of play.

Finding the truth in war stories
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:06:00 CDT - This column begins with your periodic reminder that In Real Life, I teach high school English. I often teach Tim O'Brien's novel "The Things They Carried," as a whole or in pieces, including the chapter "How to Tell a True War Story." I've been thinking a lot about that story lately, as NBC anchor Brian Williams, Bill O'Reilly, and even Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have all been in the news lately for telling untrue war (or "war") stories.

Bowersox fills Turner Hall with fantastic voice
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:29:00 CDT - The beautiful part of the Turner Hall ballroom on 4th Street is the acoustics in the room can benefit from a band, or a single singer. For Crystal Bowersox, the "American Idol" runner up in the show's 9th season, just her powerful voice filled the space.

Urban Spelunking: Railway Exchange Building
Sun, 9 Mar 2014 05:04:00 CDT - We reprise this article, which ran in September 2014, in conjunction with the Remarkable Milwaukee award that will be presented on Thursday, March 12 to Patti Keating-Kahn for her work restoring the Railway Exchange Building.

15 years in numbers
Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:01:00 CDT - As we celebrate 15 years in Milwaukee media, OnMilwaukee.com takes a mathematical look at just how much has happened in our city since 1998.

Sun, 7 Apr 2013 06:02:00 CDT - This is where we're going to collect ideas for stories that eventually can put on the budget.

A Meditation on reggae: A great roots harmony trio plays Shank Hall
Sat, 17 Mar 2012 09:03:00 CDT - In honor of this weekend's Milwaukee performance by The Meditations, we present five great 1970s reggae harmony groups - not an easy list to narrow down.

"Five Presidents" scribe Rick Cleveland talks plays, politics and peeing dogs
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:16:00 CDT - Rick Cleveland wishes America didn't want to watch "House of Cards." An interesting take - especially considering Cleveland wrote two episodes of the Netflix hit. However, for his latest work - the new play "Five Presidents," arriving at the Milwaukee Rep on March 10 - the tone lands a bit closer to Cleveland's other big political TV credit: "The West Wing."

Spring training is nice, but it's hard to hope this year
Tue, 3 Mar 2015 05:30:00 CDT - Last year spring training was something we needed. As fans of the pro sports teams in Milwaukee and Green Bay, our spirits needed to be lifted out of the doldrums. But now we've got other stuff to be excited about so spring training doesn't have the urgency it once did.

Blau wants his "Polka Heartland" exhibit to be a feeling experience
Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:06:00 CDT - Dick Blau's insightful look into culturally rich polka music and dance - "Polka Heartland" - is currently on view at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Following the 1992 book "Polka Happiness," which he had a hand in developing, the exhibit demolishes the false stereotype of polka being a dated art from. Instead, each of the 30 photographs on displays capture the ambience and energy of polka performances from around the state.

Godspeed Nimoy: Spock taught us to "live long and prosper"
Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:05:00 CDT - Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on Friday morning in Los Angeles, had a world-wide following for his masterful work as Spock on "Star Trek."

Bucks playing with playoff mindset
Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:05:00 CDT - With a month and a half left in the NBA regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks are taking their position within the Eastern Conference playoff race seriously, which means expecting a more dialed in mentality from one another.