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Arts & Entertainment - April 18, 2015
Peter Pan gets the prequel treatment in Rep's "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Before the fairy tale riff "Peter and the Starcatcher" starts its run at the Milwaukee Rep on Tuesday, April 21, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with director Blake Robison about this particular Peter Pan retelling, making actors fly and why revisionist fairy tales are currently all the rage.
Arts & Entertainment - April 17, 2015
Awaiting the Wisconsin walk: My chat with highwire artist Nik Wallenda
The Wisconsin State Fair's Main Stage lineup this summer features some of the biggest names the celebration has wrangled up in recent note. And the biggest of the bunch - or at least certainly the most unusual - is tightrope artist extraordinaire Nik Wallenda. OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to talk one-on-one with the stuntman about preparing for another life-threatening performance and being in a highwire family dynasty that shows no sign of stopping.
Movies & TV - April 17, 2015
Play it again, Sam: Inside the MSO and Riverside's showing of "Casablanca"
The Riverside's distant past will become the present as the legendary theater will play host to two screenings of the beloved 1942 classic "Casablanca" Friday and Saturday night. And to complete the blast to the past vibe of the event, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform Max Steiner's famous score alongside the movie.
Arts & Entertainment - April 15, 2015
MU's "The Bald Soprano" presents a classic play with a touch of "Star Trek" tech
Eugene Ionesco's 1950 play "The Bald Soprano" - the first the famed playwright ever wrote - is an absurdist classic. It's one of the most performed shows in France with a permanent repertory spot at Theatre de la Huchette since 1957 and a large number of interpretations. It's safe to say, however, that few to none of those interpretations featuring digital actors getting beamed in like "Star Trek" characters.
Arts & Entertainment - April 14, 2015
My conversation with a Blue Man
The Blue Man Group is famous for several things: funky instruments, those old Intel ads, Tobias Funke proclaiming that "I blue myself!" on "Arrested Development" and, of course, the whole being covered in blue paint thing. But one of the crucial elements of the Blue Man Group is that they don't talk. So imagine my surprise in getting to interview a Blue Man (at least the transcription would be easy).
Milwaukee Buzz - April 14, 2015
Getting to know the MANDI nominees
Tomorrow night, after weeks of anticipation and online voting, the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs) will name the winners at a ceremony at the Potawatomi Event Center. However, there's still 24 hours left to learn about these community-impacting individuals and organizations and vote for the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award before the polls close and the numbers are tallied up.
Movies & TV - April 13, 2015
Indie horror hit "It Follows" creepily chronicles the terror of growing up
For 100 minutes, writer-director David Robert Mitchell's breakout indie horror flick "It Follows" manages to maintain a continuous feeling of impending, skin-shivering dread. The smart, suspenseful result is the best kind of nightmare, one from which you want to wake up but are too eerily entranced to actually do anything about it.
Movies & TV - April 11, 2015
The fast and the ridiculous: "Furious 7" grows into a giddy action cartoon
Completing the franchise's evolution from street racing box office surprise to global dominating live-action cartoon, "Furious 7" is basically Hollywood's version of a turducken. It's a greasy, gaudy monstrosity, a monument to excess and absurdity - all pretty much cooked to lip-smacking satisfaction.
Marketplace - April 10, 2015
60 minutes of spy games: My (failed) mission to escape Escape MKE
Getting locked in a room and having to solve puzzles and find clues in order to escape while an ominous clock ticks down is not usually a sign things are going well. Under most circumstances, it probably means you're living in a "Saw" film, and it's been nice knowing you. But that's exactly the experience I, along with four of my friends, signed up for recently at Escape MKE.
Movies & TV - April 8, 2015
"Wild Tales" is a bitterly entertaining six-course meal of sweet revenge
The opening credits may prattle off stills of beasts - lions, zebras, cheetahs and the like - in the wild. They've got nothing, however, on the civilized animals of the deliciously devious Argentinean anthology - and 2015 Best Foreign Film nominee - "Wild Tales," their claws all out and bloody for revenge. And as the famous phrase goes, revenge is a dish best served six times and mercilessly. Or something like that.
Sports - April 8, 2015
LBWN's Mobile Bike Hub keeps community rolling
While another typically cold, grey Wisconsin winter winds down, spring is inching back into the air. All the signs are there: Baseball is back in business, the flowers and plants are beginning to bloom again, and bikes are emerging from their winter hibernation. And in the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN), the return of the bikes also signals the return of the Mobile Bike Hub.
Movies & TV - April 7, 2015
Even with Ferrell and Hart, "Get Hard" only dishes out soft laughs
There's a glimmer of what Adam McKay and company's usual comedic mix of awareness and absurdity are trying to do with the borderline questionable concept of "Get Hard." Handled with a smart and clever edge, the film could've been a sharp, funny mockery of race relations, stereotypes and the country's obliviously wealthy haves. However, handle it poorly - steer it down the path of lazy execution and easy gags - and, well, you get "Get Hard."
Sports - April 6, 2015
Taking a swing at the new Miller Park food: Day 1
Opening Day finally arrived this afternoon, much to the jubilation of baseball-starved fans. And for those at Miller Park with a more conventional hunger to satisfy, the Brewers' stomping grounds added plenty of new offerings to their culinary lineup this year. As OnMilwaukee.com's resident culinary crash dummy, I took it upon myself to sample the new foods. Here is part one of my findings.
Music - April 2, 2015
Catching up with The Ghosts of Laura Palmer
As a Milwaukee-based DJ himself, Mario Martin - known by his stage name The Ghosts of Laura Palmer - has no problem with Paris Hilton performing at Summerfest in a few months. He has no intention on signing any petitions. When it comes to his own music and persona, however, Martin comes at his Ghosts of Laura Palmer efforts from a very different mentality and approach than the gossip queen.
Movies & TV - March 31, 2015
Timber! "Serena" cuts Lawrence and Cooper's star power down to Earth
There's a movie out in theaters starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and nobody cares. This seems impossible. And then I actually saw "Serena," and ooooooh, it all makes so much sense now.
Movies & TV - March 30, 2015
Partly shot in Milwaukee, "Pilot Error" investigates the dangers of air travel
Flying is statistically the safest form of transportation. It's a popular sentiment, one commonly recited to restore confidence in the important industry after tragic disasters like the deadly Germanwings crash last week. For "Pilot Error" writer and film producer Roger Rapoport, however, that statement isn't as accurate as we'd like to think.
Movies & TV - March 29, 2015
Wait to watch Dreamworks' "Home," well, at home
For a lot of Hollywood, making a kids movie translates out to making essentially a mobile: a simply distracting mix of color and sound. And that's how you get "Home," another manic Sweet Tarts-colored whizbang to be mentally tossed away like an empty popcorn bucket as soon as the film lets out. Yes, the kids will be sated. For anyone older, however, the cue to leave "Home" to go home likely won't come soon enough.
Movies & TV - March 26, 2015
"Jodorowsky's Dune" finds hope and success in a Hollywood failure
By most definitions, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the big screen in the mid-'70s was a failure. The filmmaker's furiously inventive and imaginative movie never made it to the big screen, but man ... what a trip it would've been, at least certainly judging by Frank Pavich's hypnotically fascinating documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre.
Movies & TV - March 25, 2015
"'71": Punishment for its star, pulse-pounding thrills for its audience
I'm starting to get concerned about Jack O'Connell. First there was "Starred Up," in which he plays a violent prison inmate; then he starred in the two-hour beatdown-palooza that was "Unbroken." And now there's "'71," which doesn't even get five seconds in before it's punching O'Connell in the face and dragging him through mud. If he insists on essentially self-flagellating on screen, though, at least it's in the service of a quite good movie.
Music - March 25, 2015
50 years of Pink Floyd: Revisiting "The Dark Side" and more with Brit Floyd
2015 is shaping up to be a world tour of beloved classic rock stars. The Rolling Stones are expected to announce a Milwaukee stop ... at some point. Ringo Starr is heading to the Riverside in October, the same month The Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Also celebrating 50 years of existence: Pink Floyd, hitting the Riverside stage Thursday and Friday night. Well, kind of - in the form of tribute band Brit Floyd.
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