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Music - Feb. 27, 2015
Influential MKE jazz band Clamnation prepares one final show
After a quarter of a century as Milwaukee music mainstays, Clamnation is coming to an end, bringing things to a grand close Friday night at the Nomad World Pub beginning at 9 p.m. There tends to be an assumption of the worst when band members go separate ways, but that's far from the case here.
Movies & TV - Feb. 25, 2015
Everything is local!: Milwaukee native Schrab pegged for "The Lego Movie Sequel"
"The Lego Movie Sequel" made headlines yesterday announcing its newly appointed director: Rob Schrab, a veteran of TV shows like "The Mindy Project," "Children's Hospital" and, most notably, NBC's beloved cult hit "Community." He also wrote the indie hit comic book "Scud: The Disposable Assassin." Oh, and he's also from Wisconsin! Everything is local! Everything is cool when you're from Milwaukee!
Music - Feb. 25, 2015
GGOOLLDD rush: Getting to know the growing MKE music pop phenoms
If you've kept an ear to the local music scene over the past year or two, the odds are good that you've heard about GGOOLLDD. The band hits the Company Brewing (the former Stonefly Brewery) stage on Saturday night as a part of Arte Para Todos. Before that, however, caught up with the group to learn more about Milwaukee's latest music obsession.
Movies & TV - Feb. 24, 2015
"Still Alice": an Oscar-winning performance in a merely good movie
In the war between honesty and artifice, "Still Alice" has a pretty phenomenal performance in the former's corner.
Movies & TV - Feb. 22, 2015
Comedy sequel "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" winds up all wet
In movies, time travel typically ends up in the hands of the decent or deserving. "Hot Tube Time Machine 2" proposes ... what if it didn't? What if, instead, it wound up in the depraved hands of a bunch of restrained man-child ids, who then proceeded to violate space, time and everyone and everything they ran into along the way? The answer? Some laughs, I guess. A good amount of silence too. Bags don't come much more mixed than this.
Movies & TV - Feb. 20, 2015
Matt's picks for who will win - and who should win - at the 2015 Oscars
After months of hoopla and think-piecing (and a bomb scare just for extra drama) the Oscars are finally set to go this Sunday. And I suppose that means it's time to get my picks in order.
Music - Feb. 18, 2015
Local band Eagle Trace keeps flying toward its rock music dreams
Local rock band Eagle Trace has a new EP - "Off in the Night" - primed for release this weekend at a show at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point on Saturday, Feb. 21. For the guys, it's exactly the step forward they're hoping for. It's an understandably exciting one after about a year of drama and tension for Eagle Trace. And not just because of the predictable brotherly bickering - though there's some of that as well.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 16, 2015
A "Waterloo" wedding: Couple finds love on and off "Mamma Mia!" stage
The fan favorite jukebox musical "Mamma Mia!" - arriving at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Friday for a five-show weekend stint - tells the tale of love found and thriving in the midst of the Mediterranean, all to the tune of ABBA hits. For ensemble cast members Jennifer and Vince Wingerter, it's a story that rings true in real life.
Kids & Family - Feb. 14, 2015
Puppy love: Study says Wisconsinites love their dogs 22nd most in the U.S.
It's Valentine's Day, which means many will be showing their love to their significant others, boyfriends, girlfriends and so on. But how much do we show our love to our pets - dogs in particular? According to a recent survey, as far as Wisconsinites go compared to the rest of the U.S., we're somewhere in the middle.
Movies & TV - Feb. 14, 2015
"The SpongeBob Movie": Under the sea, but goofily higher than a kite
Over 16 years of "SpongeBob SquarePants," the Nickelodeon cartoon's blend of childish giddiness, meta jokes and kooky non sequiturs has landed alongside Fruit Roll-Ups and naps in the middle section of a Venn diagram of things kids and cannabis users can equally love. That's certainly the case with the chatty cleaning device's delightfully wackadoodle second big screen trip, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water."
Movies & TV - Feb. 14, 2015
"Fifty Shades of Grey" whips the novel into decent cinematic shape
Considering that source material is erotic "Twilight" fan fiction, the bar isn't exactly set high, but overall, there's a surprising amount of cinematic pleasure to be found in "Fifty Shades of Grey" - plus an unfortunately predictable amount of pain.
Music - Feb. 11, 2015
Talking Kanye West, Woody and work with folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul
Ellis Paul has a refreshingly old-fashioned manner to his work and music. Part of that vibe comes from his music itself. Part of it also comes from his old school musician's work ethic, doing 200 shows a year across two decades in the business. In the midst of his busy schedule, Paul found the time to chat with about his crazy work life, his love for Woody, the state of the industry ... and, of course, Kanye West's award show theatrics.
Milwaukee Buzz - Feb. 10, 2015
Common Council upholds previous vote, approves streetcar proposal
After months of meetings, statements, editorials and heated debates, the Milwaukee Common Council voted down a motion to reconsider the streetcar proposal, 6-9, moving forward with Mayor Barrett's $124 million Milwaukee streetcar proposal.
Music - Feb. 10, 2015
Nine questions for Milwaukee band Antler House
Making your debut album isn't exactly easy work. Just ask the young Milwaukee folk rockers Antler House. The band began recording its debut "Through The Dirt" in early 2013. Finally, over a year later, the finished product emerged. And for many in the Milwaukee music scene, the wait turned out to be pretty much worth it. Now, for the three-man band out of Shorewood, it's simply a matter of keeping that momentum up.
Movies & TV - Feb. 7, 2015
Long-delayed, painfully generic "Seventh Son" leaves zero impact
It's been a long, pothole-filled journey to the big screen for "Seventh Son," one that unfortunately has not been worth it. A tired story, dull performances and uninspired filmmaking team up to make a movie that plays like the last moldy pfft of air finally escaping from a long-forgotten deflated balloon. It's a film destined to be forgotten without bothering to leave any sign it ever existed in the first place.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 6, 2015
"The Amish Project" brings a story of great tragedy and greater humanity
On the morning of Oct. 2, 2006, an armed gunman went into a schoolhouse in a Pennsylvania Amish community and shot 10 young girls, killing five, before killing himself. That horror-filled day was soon followed by days filled with something else: immeasurable, unfathomable humanity and forgiveness. Director Leda Hoffmann hopes to bring this story back into the spotlight with the one-woman play "The Amish Project."
Movies & TV - Feb. 5, 2015
Real life "American Sniper" wife Taya Kyle has a Milwaukee connection
Whether because of the movie's incredible box office run, its polarizing politics, its several Oscar nominations or its tremendously fake prop baby, "American Sniper" has easily been the year's most talked about film. Now, there's something else to talk about: a Milwaukee connection.
Arts & Entertainment - Feb. 4, 2015
"3 For The Road" premiere provides intersection for two old friends
For the young theater company Splinter Group and artistic director Jim Farrell, a key part of the mission is finding new works to bring to Milwaukee theater audiences. Last season, "Trailer Park Prophecies" serves as the Splinter Group's first world premiere. Now, Farrell and company are getting ready for their second debut production, "3 For The Road," a new show that, for Farrell, arrives via a familiar old face: New York based playwright Tony DiMurro.
Movies & TV - Feb. 2, 2015
Found footage time travel thriller "Project Almanac" gets old fast
In the case of most bad movies, I'm usually able to say at least it didn't cause me physical pain, but "Project Almanac" manages to trip over that generously low critical bar. And that's far from its only issue.
Movies & TV - Jan. 31, 2015
"Mr. Turner" is no paint by numbers hagiography
You can call "Mr. Turner" many things. Clocking in at 150 minutes, you could call it long. Call it occasionally unpleasant considering its titular subject's behavior is often crude and abrasive, and his dialogue - sometimes an indecipherable tumble drier of low-pitched grunts and grumbles - doesn't exactly provide much gilding. Just don't call it a basic Great Man hagiography biopic.
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