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Movies & TV - May 14, 2015
"The D Train" takes an amusingly awkward ride back into high school
The new Sundance-approved Jack Black high school reunion comedy "The D Train" is a darkly oddball mix of laughs and drama simultaneously amusing and cringe-inducingly awkward. So ... pretty much just like my high school days all over again.
Milwaukee Buzz - May 14, 2015
W. Ben Hunt Cabin: How a man's hobby became history
Located in Hales Corners, the W. Ben Hunt Cabin is much more than simply an old rustic locale. It's a lived-in museum to an era long gone, as well as a tribute to an incredible man who predicted the future, turned his hobby into history and did his best to keep some of our nation's earliest traditions from disappearing and merely collecting dust in the past.
Bars & Clubs - May 11, 2015
Bay View meeting clarifies At Random sale situation, takes community input
Monday evening, Ald. Tony Zielinski held a community meeting in order to address the recent rumors and speculation concerning the potential sale of At Random - in addition to five other buildings held by the same owner - and to take community input concerning the neighborhood bar.
Movies & TV - May 10, 2015
Witherspoon keeps buddy comedy "Hot Pursuit" from going cold
"Hot Pursuit" isn't a particularly strong film, and admittedly there's not much of a rousing defense to be made for it (get that pull quote ready for the ad campaign!). But there is one element - and a fairly significant one at that - in the movie's corner: Reese Witherspoon. I will go to bat for her delightfully bright eyed performance here, one that serves as just enough of a sparkplug to almost single-handedly get this tired comedic vehicle where it's going.
Arts & Entertainment - May 6, 2015
Tall tales, taller giants: Behind the scenes of First Stage's "Big Fish"
2003's "Big Fish" is a sweet and delightful - and not just because it's one of the few times this side of the millennium you could honestly say, "I enjoyed a Tim Burton movie." Now First Stage will attempt to bring Burton's signature oddball visuals and "Big Fish" author Daniel Wallace's imagination-rich book to live, musical life on stage. In charge is director Jeff Whiting, who chatted with us about bringing tall tales - and taller giants - to life.
Festival Guide - May 5, 2015
Local music groups vie for Big Gig "golden tickets" in Battle of the Bands
With new headliner and schedule announcements popping up seemingly everyday, the sunny sonic spectacle that is the Big Gig is finally beginning to take shape. But while most of the work takes place in closed-door meetings and over negotiation-heavy phone calls, a part of the Summerfest process has also been taking place on a stage right out in the open, featuring local bands hoping to win in front of a crowd of fans hoping to be won over.
Movies & TV - May 1, 2015
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" successfully battles robots and sequel bloat
It's easy to forget that, before it became the franchise model for everything, "The Avengers" didn't sound like a great idea.Yet Marvel and Joss Whedon took a pile of potential excess and smoothly honed it into a burst of pop entertainment. And amazingly, they've managed to make it all work yet again with "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," assembling a ton of moving parts into another thoroughly fun - if not quite as effortlessly harmonious - blockbuster.
Movies & TV - April 30, 2015
Pack an umbrella and sunscreen: A 2015 summer movie season forecast
Tonight, people across the country will feast their eyes on the first big blockbuster of the summer season, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." But that's just the gigantic, explosion-filled appetizer for the upcoming summer banquet of movies to come. But which ones are looking bright, and which ones are looking a little cloudy? Allow me to put on my movie weather man cap and provide you with a seven-day forecast (more like four-month, but whatever).
Music - April 29, 2015
Midnight Reruns lives out rock dreams opening for The Replacements
Back when he was in high school, Midnight Reruns singer and guitarist Graham Hunt was obsessed with The Replacements. For the Milwaukee-based rock band, those high school dreams are becoming a reality. The local rockers take the stage with the beloved '80s alternative music icons when they make their return to Milwaukee on Saturday, May 2 at The Rave.
Living - April 29, 2015
"Leech-nado" strikes: Green Bay aquatic discovery squirms its way to hits
Dr. Solomon David, a fish ecologist at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, is a huge movie buff, looking forward to "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Star Wars" and all of the other big blockbusters coming out this year. As it turns out, however, he's made quite a small blockbuster of his own recently: "Leech-nado," a one minute and 50 second clip featuring a squirm-inducing school of leeches swimming and wiggling through a Green Bay waterway.
Music - April 28, 2015
Getting close with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
The cover photo for the new album "Middle Western" - featuring a dusty cowboy riding, what else, a deer - tells you most of what you need to know about the Wisconsin band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. The group will bring that playful mix of new and old to the Turner Hall Ballroom on Friday, May 1. Before then, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with guitarist and vocalist Adam Greuel about the new tunes.
Movies & TV - April 26, 2015
"True Story" is less than the sum of its talented, intriguing parts
Adapted from the 2005 memoir of the same name, "True Story" plays like an intriguingly well-paved road to nowhere. The movie certainly presents plenty of interesting pieces: two actors - Jonah Hill and James Franco - playing against type but perfectly cast, a post-Oscar nomination Felicity Jones and a bizarre real story. Part by part, it's fairly engaging, but when it comes time to add everything together, the final sum is as nondescript as its title.
Music - April 23, 2015
The adventure continues for folk band Lord Huron
Lord Huron doesn't quite trek to the stars like it said it might on its new album "Strange Trails," but the folk band is still going places. Its dreamy musical vistas have nabbed a big audience -- so much so that demand moved the band's return to The Pabst Theater on Saturday, April 25 over to the Riverside. Before then, I got a chance to chat with frontman Ben Schneider about "Strange Trails," the stories that come with it and going to space (at some point).
Movies & TV - April 22, 2015
Death by buffering: "Unfriended" delivers a gimmick that clicks
I've had some less than flattering things to say about found footage in recent years, calling it things like "the worst of today's low budget Hollywood filmmaking" and "a thing that shouldn't exist anymore." So let's all take a moment and marvel at the fact that in the new techno-horror flick "Unfriended," the found footage-esque visual gimmick not only works, but it's the best part of the movie. The result isn't much for scares, but it is scarily entertaining.
Movies & TV - April 21, 2015
Russian murder mystery "Child 44" is a slow Soviet snore
Welcome back to Unceremonious Overqualified Movie Dump Theatre. The most recent entry: "Child 44," which features an impressive roster of stars but was cut down to a mere 510 theaters just a few weeks before its release. It was a bad omen and unfortunately an accurate one as well, as the apparent lack of confidence from the studio equals a lack of quality on the screen.
Music - April 20, 2015
In praise of The Rave and NSYNC: A chat with The Maine's Jared Monaco
The Maine is currently on the road right now, touring in support of its latest album "American Candy," released just last month on March 31. Its current tour lands at The Rave on Wednesday, April 22. Before then, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with guitarist Jared Monaco about the new album, as well as his appreciation for The Rave and ... NSYNC.
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.
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