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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Music - April 16, 2014
Commander Tang rocking up the block and into the rest of the city
You never know where you might meet your future bandmates. Maybe you'll meet them through a mutual friend. Maybe it'll be a chance meeting in a railway station. Maybe you'll meet them half a world away. That certainly wasn't the case with Milwaukee rock outfit Commander Tang. In fact, George Phillips didn't even have to leave his front lawn or his Washington Heights block.
Movies & TV - April 15, 2014
Arnie's comeback turns ugly in "Sabotage"
"Sabotage" finds Arnold Schwarzenegger briefly pushing his persona in a new direction. It's not simply that the film is unexpectedly more murder mystery than action thriller; "Sabotage" is easily the meanest, most vulgar and most violent movie on Arnold's resume. Credit where credit is due for trying something new, but considering the film's brainlessly scummy ugliness, it qualifies merely as a not-quite-noble failure.
Music - April 15, 2014
Third Coast meets Pacific Coast with local pop singer Corey Pieper
Even though Corey Pieper's latest single "One More Time" isn't conventional Milwaukee, it's obvious the up-and-coming pop singer has love for his home city. The musician namedrops "the 414" near the beginning of the track, and the regional callouts - along with shout outs to his Hawaiian heritage - aren't merely for show.
Music - April 14, 2014
The third time in Milwaukee is the charm for indie folk band Wake Owl
When Wake Owl first arrived in town, they were at the bottom of a three-band bill at the Cactus Club with their freshly released debut EP, "Wild Country." Since then, their crowds and popularity have only grown, moving up to a $10 Pabst Pub gig last June and now a Friday night headliner gig at Turner Hall Ballroom. And instead of a five-song EP, Cameron and company arrive with a brand new full album, "The Private World of Paradise."
Movies & TV - April 13, 2014
"Rio 2" is yet another enjoyably forgettable animated adventure
Much like the first movie, "Rio 2" is colorful and vibrant and cracks a few good jokes here or there. It's a generally enjoyable film, albeit one that feels like several animated features audiences have seen and forgotten long before.
Movies & TV - April 11, 2014
"Draft Day" is a nice football movie for people who don't like football
"Draft Day" is an ad, less for the NFL Draft - though it is conveniently coming up in just a month - and more for the league itself. It's a hopeful attempt to get people to mindlessly consume a sport that's becoming more and more difficult to mindlessly consume. The mildly impressive thing is that, under "Ghostbusters" helmer Ivan Reitman's eye, the light, fluffy football trifle goes down almost as easily as designed.
Milwaukee Buzz - April 9, 2014
TEDx takes Milwaukee for a second time
Milwaukee got its first taste of TED last year with a TEDx conference - a local, self-organized talk event, run independently but guided from afar by TED - in Harambee. And now, thanks to some ambitious students at UWM, it seems the city will get a second taste of TED.
Arts & Entertainment - April 8, 2014
From superglue to Superman: Making "The History of Invulnerability"
A small wooden and plastic model of a stage has now graduated into a full stage, lit with lights and bright, colorful, comic book influenced projections. Superglue will no longer be necessary to keep it together. Now, the stage merely waits for its actors, an audience and a story to unfold. That story is writer David Bar Katz's "The History of Invulnerability," the story of Jerry Siegel and his famous creation: Superman.
Arts & Entertainment - April 8, 2014
"Zoo Story" visualizes a small story with big technology
Edward Albee's one-act drama "Zoo Story" is a fairly small production. After all, it features merely two actors, one set - a park - and one necessary set item, a park bench. For the upcoming staging at Marquette University, however, director Grace DeWolffe is working with much more than merely two guys and a bench. In fact, she's got $1.5 million worth of technology to bring her show to life.
Music - April 7, 2014
Milwaukee rockers The Living Statues come to life on their debut EP
For a band called The Living Statues, the locally based three-man rock 'n' roll outfit has done a very poor job of keeping still. After touring and gigging around the region, the time seemed right for the band to put together its first EP. Before "Knockin'" hits, however, OnMilwaukee chatted with The Living Statues about coming together, recording in Brooklyn and bouncing between the music scenes in Madison and Milwaukee.
Movies & TV - April 4, 2014
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" doesn't chill Marvel's hot streak
It'd be easier to be cynical toward Marvel's current calculated money-printing scheme - especially when they come out saying they already have films planned through 2028 - if only the product, like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," wasn't so consistently entertaining.
Music - April 3, 2014
Pencils down, amps up: Rock band class is in session
Angelina Gagliano, 13, has a fairly typical school schedule with the typical school subjects. Some math, some social studies, some literature, etc. For the past two months, however, Gagliano has been taking a class on a topic far outside the typical middle school curriculum. She's learning how to rock.
Sports - April 2, 2014
Confessions of a racing sausage
For three years, I was a proud member of the Milwaukee Brewers Brew Crew. The job mostly entails doing odd jobs of various levels of boredom around the stadium. But the main draw of the gig - other than getting essentially paid to go to games - was, every so often, getting to compete in the sixth inning Klements sausage race.
Arts & Entertainment - April 2, 2014
Hysterical history: A chat with Colin Quinn of "Unconstitutional"
His previous stand-up special, "Long Story Short" - directed by Jerry Seinfeld - took on telling the history of the world in 75 minutes. With "Unconstitutional," Colin Quinn has narrowed his focus just a bit to merely the Constitution. got a chance to talk to Quinn about the show, his interest in history, why he now loves the Kardashians and what his first order of business would be if he was a benign dictator.
Movies & TV - March 31, 2014
Aronofsky breathes new ruah into classic biblical tale of Noah
When the first trailers began to emerge for "Noah," many worried that it was director Darren Aronofsky making the kind of generic, CG-heavy blockbuster his previous works rebelled against. For the most part, however, "Noah" is not Aronofsky conforming to a studio. It's a studio conforming to Aronofsky, allowing him to make a complex spectacle that asks the kind of questions and brings up the kind of drama most $100 million movies wouldn't dare.
Movies & TV - March 29, 2014
Bateman and company turn "Bad Words" into good, mean fun
"Bad Words," the directorial debut of "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman about a bitter 40-year-old man-child competing in a children's spelling bee, earns the word "Bad" in its title in mostly all of the right ways.
Music - March 28, 2014
A chat with Irish soul singer James Vincent McMorrow
When I saw James Vincent McMorrow at a small afternoon radio set at The Pabst Pub, I knew he was someone to watch. Now, with a modest hit album under his belt and a new album making the rounds, McMorrow is back in town for a show tonight at Turner Hall Ballroom. Before he hits the stage, got a chance to chat with the Irish singer about his new album, his inspirations and why Milwaukee is a special stop for him.
Music - March 26, 2014
The Head and the Heart face fame, dreams on its sophomore album
When we first talked to Seattle-based indie folk rockers The Head and the Heart, the band was still basking in the success of its well-received self-titled debut album and an upcoming Milwaukee appearance, not as the opener, but as the headliner. It's been a busy three years since that interview for the band, with a sophomore album now out and a tour that brings The Head and the Heart to Milwaukee now twice in a four-month stretch.
Music - March 25, 2014
Kickstarter doc aims to keep "The Smart Studios Story" rocking
Back in the '80s and '90s, Smart Studios - despite its looks on the outside - was one of the most influential places in the Wisconsin music industry, drawing bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. Unfortunately, 28 years after starting up, Smart Studios closed its doors in 2010. However, its legacy still lives on, and filmmaker Wendy Schneider wants to make sure of that.
Music - March 24, 2014
Words and music fight depression and despair in "Unplugged"
Local author and musician Paul McComas has made many projects, collaborating with his past work and his past self. "Unplugged," however, is much more than simply another project. Much of that is due to the performance's mission: combating rape, depression and despair, topics that sadly still desperately need just as much attention and discussion today as they did when McComas originally wrote "Unplugged" 12 years ago.
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