Arts and Entertainment

“Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County” by Kristen Green

July 30, 2015

The color pencils are sharp, lined up like fence posts in their unscuffed box. So are the crayons, the pens all wear caps, and notebook covers are free of doodling. The backpack seems as though it’s been starched, but give it a month: after your child goes back to school, it’ll be a different story… [Read More]

Talk show host Wendy Williams brings comedy tour to Milwaukee

July 23, 2015

The Emmy-nominated queen of media comes to The Riverside Theater for her “Sit-down” stand-up comedy performance on July 30, 2015 Wendy Williams knows how to bring the heat! And after 23 years in radio, multiple New York Times bestselling books and a nationally-syndicated (and recently Emmy-nominated) talk show (The Wendy Williams Show), she’s still on… [Read More]

Manty Ellis and the Jazz Foundation of Milwaukee holds a fundraising concert for the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts

July 23, 2015

Hear Manty Ellis, one of Milwaukee’s great jazz legends, along with some of the best and brightest talents on today’s jazz scene, including Eric Schoor on tenor sax, Billy Johnson on bass, and Victor Campbell on drums. Now re-named the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, the Jazz Gallery has been reborn, featuring art exhibitions,… [Read More]

“Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” by Pamela Newkirk

July 16, 2015

c.2015, Amistad $25.99 / $31.99 Canada 299 pages The animals look a little restless. Maybe they’re hungry, bored, or tired of being watched. They seem angry. Observing these creatures caged, it’s easy to believe that wild animals shouldn’t be penned like this – and in the new book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga”… [Read More]

Meet the first African American woman to be named principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland

July 10, 2015

Misty Copeland was fast becoming the most famous ballerina in the United States — making the cover of Time magazine, being profiled by “60 Minutes,” growing into a social media sensation and dancing ballet’s biggest roles on some of its grandest stages. But another role eluded her: She was still not a principal dancer. Until… [Read More]

Wonder ‘magic’ part of ‘Motown: The Musical’

July 2, 2015

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Berry Gordy (far left), Mary Wilson (left), Elijah Ahmad Lewis (as Stevie Wonder, center) and Stevie Wonder (right) at Motown: The Musical On Tour Opening night in Detroit, Michigan.   To say the word “Motown” conjures up many images – among them, high-energy performances; dazzling costumes;… [Read More]

Summerfest 2015 has rhythm, blues, soul and even a rap!

July 1, 2015

The 2015 season of Summerfest kicked off on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The opening Saturday featured big and small acts from all genres of music, including big blues acts like Buddy Guy who performed on Saturday, June 27 on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage as well as opened for the Rolling Stones on Tuesday, June 23;… [Read More]

Wynton Marsalis brings Big Band holiday sounds to Marcus Center

December 5, 2014

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts was the venue for the Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring Wynton Marsalis and Cecil McLorin Salvant, along with the Black Arts Think Tank fundraising kick-off and Artist Meet and Greet on Monday, December 1, 2014 reception in the Bradley Pavilion. The event’s purpose was to… [Read More]

Milwaukee celebrates Juneteenth Day: Stop the violence is theme of event

August 18, 2014

One of the marching units in the Juneteenth Parade on June 19, 2014 displayed huge pink signs saying “Stop the Violence,” after a series of gun violence resulting sometimes in deaths and an innocent child being critically wounded on the playground at Clarke Street School and another inside a grocery on W. Hopkins Street. In recent weeks there has been… [Read More]

Beyonce Knowles tops Forbes 15th Annual Celebrity 100

August 18, 2014

Beyoncé Knowles (No. 1) topped Forbes’ 15th annual Celebrity 100 ranking of the world’s most powerful celebrities for the first time since she debuted on the list in 2004. LeBron James (No. 2), the NBA’s top player, who just opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat to explore other options, moved up to… [Read More]