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Arts & Entertainment - July 31, 2014
Author Kagen revisits characters, cities in "Tess Blessing" book duo
It's not unusual for artists and writers to revisit some of their past works and explore new sides of the characters they've brought into the world. In Lesley Kagen's case, however, her latest work - the e-novella "The Undertaking of Tess" - is revisiting characters that haven't even come out yet.
Movies & TV - July 30, 2014
The Rock's "Hercules" is a big ol' beefy slab of B-movie fun
"Hercules" not only bounds over the previously set bar but easily stands on its own right as surprisingly solid B-movie entertainment, a sort of sword-and-sandals variation of the John Wayne classic "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" that cleverly hints at subverting and deconstructing its titular legend and the process of mythmaking. It's also a movie in which The Rock throws a horse.
Arts & Entertainment - July 28, 2014
Set, songs and supernatural spectacle do the heavy lifting in "Phantom"
The haunting music and beauty of "The Phantom of the Opera" - now playing at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - can still summon shivers, even right in the middle of the dog days of summer.
Music - July 26, 2014
UK duo Royal Blood quickly climbing its way to rock royalty
For just two guys, Royal Blood is certainly making a lot of noise. With the band's debut album set to arrive next month, the raucous duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher is now on the road, with a stop at The Rave Monday, July 28 next up on the schedule. Before then, however, OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to chat with Thatcher about the band's origins, its inspirations and the all-too-deservedly forgotten '90s band Aqua.
Arts & Entertainment - July 24, 2014
Shift switch: Civil War reenactor
Every now and then, the writers here at OnMilwaukee.com decide to give other, unique jobs a try. Some have tried cheesemaking. Others the ballet. Me? Well, I fought in the Civil War.
Movies & TV - July 22, 2014
"The Purge: Anarchy" gets a bit more out of its killer concept
"The Purge: Anarchy" finds DeMonaco coming closer to turning a good premise into an actually good movie. The sequel still feels like a missed opportunity for something smarter, sharper and just overall better, but hey, at least he made a decent horror thriller this time.
Movies & TV - July 22, 2014
2014 Milwaukee Film Festival adds the Times Cinema
In addition to the successful rotation of the Oriental, the Downer and the Fox Bay movie theaters, the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival has recruited the Times Cinema to its Avengers team of old school Milwaukee movie houses.
Movies & TV - July 21, 2014
"Planes: Fire and Rescue" is an improvement, but only technically
Thankfully, "Fire and Rescue" is a step above its predecessor, if only because the movie was actually made for big screen consumption this time. Gone is the stiff, antiseptic joylessness of the first film, now upgraded to mere bland competence. If "Planes" was like eating cardboard, "Fire and Rescue" is slightly more digestible cardboard. So progress?
Music - July 19, 2014
A chat with chamber blues creator Corky Siegel
All musicians create new music. Even the most derivative Top 40 hit features a new combination of notes and lyrics. Very few, however, can claim to have come up with a whole new genre of sound. Chicago blues extraordinaire Corky Siegel is one of those few.
Festival Guide - July 17, 2014
A chat with Festa Italiana headliner Patrizio Buanne
As a fan rooting for Argentina in the World Cup, last weekend was likely a little rough for Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne. This upcoming weekend, however, is shaping up much more nicely with two headlining performances set for Festa Italiana.
Milwaukee Buzz - July 15, 2014
Greater Together Challenge aims for greater segregation awareness
Today marked the kickoff of the Greater Together Challenge, a competition launched to create awareness, hope and ideas to dismantle segregation, as well as address racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee.
Arts & Entertainment - July 15, 2014
A new production of "The Phantom of the Opera" haunts the Marcus
Even though it's not even 30 years old, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical retelling of "The Phantom of the Opera" has turned into a truly iconic story, one whose elements are ingrained in the memory even if you haven't seen it. So to tinker around with the show is a bold idea. But that's exactly the case with the upcoming production of the show coming to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Music - July 15, 2014
Field Report premieres first song off upcoming second album
Milwaukee music fans - and fans of good music just in general - have been waiting since 2012 for news of a new record from Field Report and frontman Chris Porterfield. Well, wait no longer. Last month, Porterfield and company announced the name ("Marigolden") and release date for a sophomore album, and the good news keeps coming, as yesterday the band unveiled "Wings," the first track off the anticipated record.
Movies & TV - July 12, 2014
Sweet "Begin Again" attempts to make "Once" happen twice
It only makes sense that, after seven years and a few projects reaching no further past his home country's shores, John Carney would want to see if the magic of "Once" could happen twice with "Begin Again." His attempt at an encore comes cleaned up of the original's homemade, lo-fi authenticity and complete with a new starry sheen. The heart and charm are still there, though.
Arts & Entertainment - July 9, 2014
Chatting about comedy with Marlon Wayans
Some families are all redheads or wear glasses. Some are all athletes or outdoors folk. Some pass down their noses, ears, eye color or a particular laugh. In the case of the Wayans family, a flair for the showbiz spotlight is their special trait that seems to be the dominant gene.
Music - July 9, 2014
The New Red Moons rise with a long-awaited second album
Back in 2011, The New Red Moons released its self-titled debut album to happy listeners and some strong local reviews. With the first album a success, attempt number two would seem to be the obvious next step, so a year later, the trio hopped back into the recording studio. Nearly two years later - after a successful Kickstarter campaign, years of mixing and production, a new child and more - the resulting songs are finally ready to go.
Festival Guide - July 6, 2014
Fall Out Boy and Paramore put on a pop punk powerhouse show
If you happen to be a Fall Out Boy hater, an early six-word proclamation from Pete Wentz was likely more chilling than a tornado siren. Then again, if you happen to be a Fall Out Boy hater, you were also likely nowhere near the Marcus Amphitheater Saturday night, where the pop/punk rockers teamed up with Paramore. It's too bad because the duo put on quite the show, a nearly four-hour burst of music that left the crowd happily exhausted.
Festival Guide - July 5, 2014
Summerfest serves as homecoming for Latin music guitarist Steininger
When Domenic Marte and the rest of his Latin music band takes the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage Sunday night at 7:30, the crowd will be expecting strong, musically complex, catchy pop-infused bachata music (a particular brand of romantic Latin music that originated in the Dominican Republic and spread from there). There's one thing they might not be expecting however: Clay Steininger, the group's guitar-slinging "gringo."
Arts & Entertainment - July 5, 2014
A chat with "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert
Talking with Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author speaks like someone who's clearly found her zen. She talks with a relaxed, easy and honest calm about the kind of topics - negative feedback, critics, struggle, expectations - people don't usually handle with an easygoing demeanor. Then again, considering she literally wrote the modern book on finding one's zen - "Eat, Pray, Love" - that shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Festival Guide - July 5, 2014
Fitz and the Tantrums provide their own funky Fourth of July fireworks
Two years and several more hit singles since their last visit, Fitz and the Tantrums finally wound up on a stage - the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard - worthy of their endless live electricity. There, lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick and company accepted their promotion and the demands of a bigger stage head on, delivering yet another contagious, explosively energetic set.
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