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Motley Crue's final farewell will take it to Summerfest on the Fourth of July.
Motley Crue's final farewell will take it to Summerfest on the Fourth of July.

Motley Crue's final tour will stop at Summerfest

We've heard the stories before. A band has its "final tour" before disbanding, and lo and behold, in however many years it takes for the money to run out, the band is back together on a "reunion tour."

In fact, I don't think you're a proper rock band unless you've broken up, reunited, re-broken up and fired the bass player a minimum of five times (the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame must have been very drunk when they made that bylaw).

That being said, Mötley Crüe seems to be taking the whole "calling it quits" thing pretty seriously. After three decades, the legendary '80s hair metal rockers announced their final tour and retirement this afternoon in Los Angeles – "the biggest announcement of their careers," according to the band's website – complete with a formally signed Cessation Of Touring Agreement, which I've just learned is a thing. 

While that's certainly sad news for any Mötley Crüe fans out there, there is a silver lining to it all. As a part of the final go-around, the Crüe is making a stop in Milwaukee to kickstart Summerfest's heart. 

The rockers will headline the Marcus Amphitheater stage on the Fourth of July. Along for the ride is their very special guest Alice Cooper because, well, obviously. 

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, Jan. 31, starting at 10 a.m. and include admission to Summerfest. They can be purchased at the Summerfest box office, Walmart stores and various Ticketmaster outlets (online, phone or at a ticketing center).

Mötley Crüe joins Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band and Zac Brown Band as Summerfest's list of 2014 headliners – or, as I've been calling them, irrelevant-to-me options. None of these choices do much for me so far. If I had to choose one, I'd probably pick Lady Gaga for the sheer spectacle factor. 

That's not meant as a slight at Summerfest. It's pretty much tradition to scoff at a music festival's lineup, no matter the quality. Plus, unlike Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo or other similar festiv…

"American Hustle," still out in theaters, is tied for the most Oscar nominations with "Gravity."
"American Hustle," still out in theaters, is tied for the most Oscar nominations with "Gravity."

A viewing guide to the 2014 Oscar nominations

As you may have heard, the Oscar nominations came out yesterday morning. The next 44 days will be filled with talk of snubs, surprises and expectations.

But what about the most important part: the movies themselves? 43 total feature films were nominated for awards yesterday, and if you’re like me (which, if you are, I’m sorry), you have an OCD-level compulsion to see them all. Most of them are still in theaters (an overwhelming majority of the nominees, namely in the major categories, were released within the past three months), but some can be harder to find.

To help, here’s a list of all the nominees listed in alphabetical order and where you can currently find and watch them. Then, come March 2, you’ll be able to impress all of your friends with your knowledge about the nominees for Best Sound Mixing. Maybe impress isn’t the right word …

"12 Years a Slave"
Nominations: 9 (Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Direction, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design)
Where you can find it: In select theaters ­– Ridge, Menomonee Falls, Mayfair – right now

"20 Feet from Stardom"
Nominations: 1 (Documentary)
Where you can find it: Currently on DVD

"The Act of Killing"
Nominations: 1 (Documentary)
Where you can find it: Currently on DVD and available on Netflix Instant

"All Is Lost"
Nominations: 1 (Sound Editing)
Where you can find it: On DVD on Feb. 11

"American Hustle"
Nominations: 10 (Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Direction, Original Screenplay, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design)
Where you can find it: In almost all theaters right now

"August: Osage County"
Nominations: 2 (Actress, Supporting Actress)
Where you can find it: In select theaters – Downer, Ridge, Hillside, Majestic, Mayfair, North Shore, Saukville – right now

"Before Midnight"
Nominations: 1 (Adapted Screenplay)
Where you can find it: Currently on DVD

"Blue Jasmine"
Nominations: 3 (Actress, Supporting Actress, Or…

The 2014 Academy Awards will be held March 2.
The 2014 Academy Awards will be held March 2. (Photo:

The 2014 Oscar nominations are in

Bright and early this morning, the president of the Academy Cheryl Boone-Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth announced the nominees for the 86th Oscars. Unfortunately, Hemsworth did not do the announcement as Thor, but that was just one of many expected disappointments, along with the usual snubs and surprises, the early conference unveiled. 

"American Hustle" and "Gravity" led the way with 10 nominations each, including Best Picture. Alongside those two for the big prize are "Captain Phillips," "Her," "Nebraska," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Here are the rest of the nominees for us to debate and discuss endlessly for the next month and a half (is it really going to be that long? Oh dear). 

Best Picture
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Actor
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Actress
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Best Animated Film
"The Wind Rises"
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"

Best Director
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Cinematography
"The Grandmaster"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best Costume Design

It may be chilly now, but it'll be even "chili-er" on March 2.
It may be chilly now, but it'll be even "chili-er" on March 2. (Photo:

Heat is coming: WMSE's annual Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser returns

It's just the hot, spicy news polar vortex-menaced Milwaukee needed.

WMSE 91.7  announced the return of the Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser, Sunday, March 2 at the Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 2014 marks the 12th year of the fundraiser, which last year brought in over 3,000 hungry attendees. 

Thanks to the increasing attendance numbers, this year's iteration has expanded to include both the first floor gymnasium and the second floor field house.

With the event's growth comes an increase in activity options. The children's area introduced last year – run by Artists Working in Education – has expanded, and WMSE will run three chili pepper races (think the Miller Park sausage races but, you know, with chili peppers) throughout the day on the Kern Center's second floor field house track.

This year's Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser will also include participation from a combination of six Milwaukee Fire Department firehouses and operation centers. The MFD houses' chili will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges, who will be announced later in February.

Then there's the meat of the matter: the chili competition, setting 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers against one another to determine the city's best chili. There are five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best vendor display/presentation and, of course, best heat. Event attendees vote on the winners.

Some of the confirmed chili vendors include Simple Cafe, Outpost Natural Foods, Cafe Lulu, G-Daddy's BBC, Brewed Cafe and many more. A full list of vendors will be announced Jan. 27. 

Tickets for the Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser go on sale online or at WMSE's studios, 820 N. Milwaukee St., Friday, Jan. 10 at noon. Advance tickets are $12 and come with four chili sample tickets, while day-of tickets are $15 and come with two chili sample tickets. Children 10 and under are free. Additional chili sample tickets are $1 at the event. Bring two or mo…