The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics Thursday night to continue the frustration.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics Thursday night to continue the frustration. (Photo: Milwaukee Bucks Facebook)

Frustration boils over for Monroe and Middleton in another Bucks' loss

Things are not going well for the Milwaukee Bucks, having lost, 116-106, to the Boston Celtics  Thursday night to fall 10 games under .500.

Fans are frustrated with the team, and during the game, some of the frustration obviously hit the players as Greg Monroe and Kris Middleton got into it a little bit on the sideline.

Monroe yelled at Middleton, who yelled back, forcing O. J. Mayo to have to step between the two to try and make the peace. 

The loss keeps the team buried in last place in their division and makes it ever more doubtful that they will make the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Ballet gets national praise for Michael Pink's "Dorian Gray."
The Milwaukee Ballet gets national praise for Michael Pink's "Dorian Gray." (Photo: Mark Frohna)

Pink's "Dorian Gray" receives national praise from Huffington Post

Michael Pink, the artistic director at Milwaukee Ballet has once again proved that his unique and individual style continues to gather high-level praise on a national level.

This time, it is Carol Escoda, the respected dance critic for the Huffington Post.

Escoda was in Milwaukee to see the premiere of Pink's latest creation, "Dorian Gray," adapted from the famed novel by Oscar Wilde. In her review, posted Tuesday, Escoda calls the production "imaginative" and "mind-blowing" as she rings praise down onto the company.

Pink has developed an international reputation as, perhaps the premiere story teller among all current ballet artistic directors. 

It's nice that he's brining even more national attention to Milwaukee. You can read Escoda's review here, as well as my review here. 

The ballet will also be performed this weekend. Information on showtimes and tickets is available here.

Milwaukee's Nathaniel Stampley will star in "Man of La Mancha" next season at Milwaukee Rep.
Milwaukee's Nathaniel Stampley will star in "Man of La Mancha" next season at Milwaukee Rep. (Photo:

Prize winners and classic dramas highlight 2016-17 Rep lineup

"Man of La Mancha," the classic Tony award-winning musical about Don Quixote, will kick off the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse 2016-17 to be followed by one of the greatest American plays and a Pulitzer Prize winner by Milwaukee native Ayad Akhtar

"La Mancha," famous for the song "The Impossible Dream," will be directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements who is virtually unmatched when it comes to staging big musical productions.

This version will also star Milwaukee’s own Nathaniel Stampley in the lead role. Stampley is a popular and successful actor having played on Broadway and around the world.

Another highlight of the season will be the production of "McGuire," a one-man play about Al McGuire, written by his longtime broadcasting partner Dick Enberg. The show premiered in Milwaukee and has played all over the United States. 

Hollis Resnik, who wowed Rep audiences when she played Judy Garland in "End of the Rainbow" in 2014, will return to play Amanda in the Tennessee Williams epic "The Glass Menagerie."

Akhtar’s play, "Disgraced," won the Pulitzer in 20213. It’s a searing tale of race, ethnicity and the road to understanding.

In addition the Rep will unveil a new  "A Christmas Carol," adapted by Clements.

Here is the press release from the Rep, complete with dates:

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Sept. 9-Oct. 30
Stackner Cabaret
By Lanie Robertson

As the 1950s come to close, the famous Billie Holiday puts on a show in a small dive bar in Philadelphia. Unbeknownst to the audience, they will witness one of the last performances of her extraordinary life. Full of show stopping numbers like "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," and "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," Lady Day shares her loves and losses in this award-winning musical fresh from its Broadway revival. Pull up a chair for an intimate evening that’s up close and personal with one of the greatest jazz/blues vocalists of all time!

Man of La Mancha
Sept. 20-Oct. 30
Quadracci …

Two views of the same city, both with truth on their side.
Two views of the same city, both with truth on their side. (Photo: YouTube/Dear MKE)

Two views of Milwaukee: one full of heart and one full of heartbreak

It’s a slight exaggeration – but not by much – that the eyes of the United States will be on Milwaukee Thursday night when the city hosts a Democratic Presidential Debate at UWM.

The university has its public relations department in high gear trying to take advantage of the exposure that comes with a nationally televised event. While the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will dominate, there is a spillover effect for the city.

The debate, moderated by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, will be hosted by PBS and simulcast on CNN.

In advance of the debate, PBS has resurrected an article from March of last year in which it examines the racial difficulties in Milwaukee, again focusing on the fact that we are the "most segregated city in America."

I was struck when I saw the news of the article on my Facebook thread, mainly because that post was followed almost immediately by a video created by Purple Onion, a filmmaking company in the Third Ward.

The short film, "Dear MKE," was sponsored by Visit Milwaukee and was an introduction to the Dear MKE site where people can post films and articles about the city.

"We did this in 2013 and it kind of sat there for a year.," said Steve Farr, the managing partner at Purple Onion. "Steve Roeder produced it, and it didn’t get a lot of attention then. But someone posted it on another site, and in just a couple of days, we were in the hundreds of thousands hits.

"It seems to have a life of its own. We’ll get a hit, and it just takes off again."

Purple Onion has built a great reputation in this city, and you can see all of the creative juices in full roar in the film. It’s just two minutes long, but watching it, you get the kind emotional wallop that great film can deliver.

It’s truly a Milwaukee gem, featuring a great song from Milwaukee’s own Bennie Cole, who was plying his soul singer trade 40 years ago.

The biggest thing that struck me was how you can have these two wildly divergent views of…