Entertainment

  • Darling Lily | an interview with Lily Tomlin

    The mere mention of Lily Tomlin’s name brings an ear-to-ear smile to most people. The comedy legend is remembered fondly for her work in such big-screen gems as “Nine to Five,” “All of Me,” “Big Business,” “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” She’s also beloved for her repertoire of hilarious comic characters performed on stage and television: Ed.... Read More
  • Queen for a night | Gary Mullen channels Freddie Mercury in tribute show

    It started out pretty simply, him singing karaoke at his local watering hole – The Horseshoe Bar in Glasgow, Scotland. As the night wore on, and the drinks kept coming, the inhibitions faded. Eventually it was time to let ’er rip, singing songs by his favorite artist. “I’d just get drunk and sing Queen tunes,” remembers Gary Mullen, sitting in his hotel room in Texas while on his current.... Read More
  • On the big screen

    “Shutter Island” Throughout his lengthy and prolific career, acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorcese has been the kind of director that other directors admire and emulate. Whether he’s deconstructing the movie musical (“New York, New York”), setting the standard for the concert film (“The Last Waltz”), redefining the biopic (“Raging Bull,” “The Aviator”), commenting on modern cul.... Read More
  • Author C.M. Harris to appear at Chippewa Valley Community Center

    Author C.M. Harris revisits her roots in the novel “The Children of Mother Glory,” which is set in the turn-of-the century Midwest. Like her heroine Glory Potter, she was raised in a rural church sect. Unlike Harris, however, the fictional Potter remains in the religious community. Instead of serving her father’s ministry, as she is expected to do, Potter emerges as a dominant matriarchal fi.... Read More
  • Animated and Oscar-nominated

    “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox) Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is sure to make you reevaluate everything you ever thought about claymation. From the foxy, autumnal colors to the vintage rock and surf soundtrack to the snappy script written by Anderson and Noah Baumbach (“Margot at the Wedding” director), “Fantastic .... Read More
  • On the big screen

    “Shutter Island” Throughout his lengthy and prolific career, acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorcese has been the kind of director that other directors admire and emulate. Whether he’s deconstructing the movie musical (“New York, New York”), setting the standard for the concert film (“The Last Waltz”), redefining the biopic (“Raging Bull,” “The Aviator”), commenting on modern cul.... Read More
  • Keeping up with the Joneses

    “The Fall” In her new release from Blue Note, Norah Jones trades the increasing languor of her last few albums for some relative vigor. Don’t get me wrong, she hasn’t morphed into Karen O, but she has picked up the pace. The difference is evident right from the start with the rhythmic and rolling “Chasing Pirates.” And, matey, it’s a pleasing difference. Jones and her band maintain t.... Read More
  • ‘The Seafarer’ is a brilliant voyage to hell in a bottle

    The holidays can be hell for some people, literally, as they grapple with the sins of the past. And there’s usually a price to pay, especially when the past comes a-callin’ in the form of the Devil himself. That’s not exactly the Christmas celebration the characters in Conor McPherson’s “The Seafarer” have in mind amid their near constant drunkenness and non-stop insults. Richard Harki.... Read More
  • Have you met Miss Jones? | an interview with Shirley Jones

    In a career spanning more than 50 years, Shirley Jones established herself as a multi-faceted performer, starring on stage, screen and television. Although she is perhaps best remembered as the mother in the 1960s TV hit  “The Partridge Family,” Jones is an Academy Award-winning actress and singer who starred in such classic films as “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “The Music Man” and .... Read More
  • Realism and magnetism | an interview with Stephin Merritt

    The Magnetic Fields gets real on “Realism” (Nonesuch). Once again proudly proclaiming “no synths,” the band puts aside the fuzzy (and aptly titled) Jesus and Mary Chain homage of “Distortion” and goes for a more folksy and cuddly acoustic sound. The group’s constant is the deft and delicious wordplay of out frontman Stephin Merritt. Unquestionably the Stephen Sondheim of his generati.... Read More