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Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 31, 2015
Skylight's delivers a lackluster production of "Once On This Island"
"Once On This Island" is a rollicking fairy tale that takes place on a fictional Caribbean island. The production at Skylight Music Theatre just doesn't capture the magic that you expect.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 30, 2015
"The Fantasticks" gets a fantastic performance from Theatre Unchained
It's the longest running musical in history, by far, and a troupe in Walker's Point is staging a production of "The Fantasticks" that is as good as the name implies. With great music, it's easy to see why this show has been around and stood the test of time.
Milwaukee Buzz - Jan. 29, 2015
Preserve Our Parks is obstructing an important development proposal
The group, Preserve Our Parks, engaged in a campaign to halt construction of the proposed Couture project, a 44-story building that will add to life at the lakefront. The group is using ancient constitutional provisions to try and stop the project.
Sports - Jan. 27, 2015
Wisconsin's academic standards too tough for Andersen
Gary Andersen, who, surprisingly, left the University of Wisconsin for Oregon State, complained that the high academic standards in Madison made it too hard for him to recruit the kind of players he wanted.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 25, 2015
"The Kreutzer Sonata" is a sound of music with a story of love and treachery
Nothing entertains like a great love story with a murderous ending, and that's what you get in "The Kreutzer Sonata" at Renaissance Theaterworks. The one man play starring James Pickering is a story you won't soon forget.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 24, 2015
Rep's "Good People" about our home and either getting out or getting stuck
The Milwaukee Rep opened "Good People" Friday night and gives it a spectacular production, looking at where we come from, where we go and how we either get there or don't.
Milwaukee Buzz - Jan. 24, 2015
8 suggestions for Newaukee
Newaukee is a growing force in Milwaukee with incredible human and fiscal resources. As the younger generation takes control there a few suggestions that will help make Milwaukee a great place to live and work.
Sports - Jan. 23, 2015
Walker will include "jock tax" for financing Bucks' arena in his budget proposal
Sources have confirmed that Gov. Scott Walker has decided to include the "jock tax" revenues in his budget to help fund the new arena in downtown Milwaukee.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 23, 2015
Bitten by the bug, Przybylski's eager to claim a spot in the theater world
Cyndi Przybylski is a software engineer at Rockwell, but she has been bitten by the theater bug. She is taking a scientific approach to it all, realizing that she has a lot to learn and seems ready to learn it.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 23, 2015
Alchemist's "True West" is a tortured tale of brotherly love and hate
Sam Shepard's "True West" is a tale of brothers, joined by blood and driven apart by everything else in their lives. Alchemist Theater gives it a daring and bold production until the end of the month.
Milwaukee Buzz - Jan. 22, 2015
Task force pays close attention to potential terrorism threats in Milwaukee
Capt. Dave Salazar of the Milwaukee Police Department supervises the intelligence gathering efforts to try and keep terrorist activities at bay. It's a job that requires lots of cooperation from various agencies, and from the general public.
Sports - Jan. 20, 2015
Putting Packers' disappointment in perspective
Finding the right words for what happened to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday is a challenging task, and I was struggling with it. Enter Brent Hazelton, the Associate Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Rep. He had a Facebook post that captures just about everything I was feeling. I am pleased to share it with you here.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 19, 2015
"Beautiful Music" at the Rep belongs more in a classroom than a theater
"The Beautiful Music All Around Us" is a long and involved journey through the early days of American folk music. The problem is that the whole thing, with Stephen Wade as the professor, seems more like a college lecture than a night of theatrical entertainment.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 18, 2015
"Stargirl" shines spectacularly bright in First Stage production
Life for the new kid in a high school can be tough especially if that kid is a little bit unlike the other kids in school. Stargirl is clearly different, but she stays true to herself and find unlikely truths in her new classmates in the First Stage production.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 17, 2015
Forward Theater's "The Other Place" is an unforgettable, difficult journey
The play by Sharr White at Madison's Forward Theater Company is a spectacular production of a play fraught with difficult situations and one that strikes home for each of us. We each have "The Other Place" and what waits for us there is part of the joy of living.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 16, 2015
Soulstice Theatre misses badly with an uncertain all-female "Macbeth"
Taking a play like "Macbeth" and casting it with all women may well be a daring attempt to bring something new to the play. But there has to be a reason to do it, and Soulstice Theatre just seems to be doing it for no other reason than it could.
Milwaukee Buzz - Jan. 15, 2015
Chisholm's controversial Hamilton decision required courage
District Attorney John Chisholm could've taken the easy way out and filed charges in the Dontre Hamilton shooting. Instead, he looked at the evidence and made his call, which was an example of a profile in courage.
Sports - Jan. 13, 2015
If UWM really wants to be big time, it's time to make a a coaching change
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee wants to be a big time basketball program, but the school has been mired in mediocrity for years. If you are a big-time program you don't put up with that kind of result and you pull the trigger and give another coach a chance. It's that time for UWM.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 12, 2015
Unique theater experience coming to Oconomowoc Arts Center
A unique play by an Iranian playwright will be staged in Oconomowoc to help pay for a trip for high school kids to a huge theater festival in Scotland. Each night a different actor - some of Milwaukee's best - will open the script in front of the audience and perform it.
Milwaukee Buzz - Jan. 11, 2015
Blaming students the wrong approach to meaningful school reform
Meaningful school reform can't be achieved by nibbling around the edges or blaming students because they come from troubled households. Real reform can come about when it's big idea, like the concept that hard work by students will result in success.
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