Festa Italiana brings a Roman landmark to the Milwaukee lakefront

Published July 15, 2015

When Festa Italiana starts up this Friday at Henry Maier Festival Park, many will flock down to the lakefront to gulp down some real authentic Italian food and wine. Yet some of the most revered tastes of Italian culture coming to town this weekend are wholly inedible: the lovingly crafted and almost identical replicas of the country's most famous sites - this year including a 50-foot duplicate of the iconic Trevi Fountain.


What a new pope means for non-Catholics

Published March 14, 2013

We don't really understand the spectacle of the white smoke at the Sistine Chapel or the conclave called to pick a new pope. We don't really appreciate the history or the grandeur or the intense spiritual implications that surround picking this one particular man to become one of the most powerful religious leaders in modern society.


"Lost" cause: Catching up on hit TV shows is tough

Published May 4, 2010

If your friends have warned you not to call them between 8 and 9 p.m. tonight, it's a safe bet that they are caught up watching "Lost." When you miss out on a hit series like that -- or others -- it's easy to feel a bit left out. DVDs, DVRs and the Internet make it easier to "catch up" between seasons, but with so much media to consume it can be hard to find time.


Metcalf's DVD Screening Room: Aug. 1, 2009

Published Aug. 1, 2009

In this edition of the Screening Room, movie expert Mark Metcalf weighs in on the Ben Stiller-directed comedy "Tropic Thunder," which features a brilliant performance by Tom Cruise (pictured) and the HBO series "Rome," which captures a good deal of the culture and the custom of Rome but creates suspicion that it is fabricated to make the show more appealing rather than actually researched and historically accurate.


Honeymoon hot spots

Published April 8, 2009

Wedding season 2009 is just around the corner, and anyone getting married in the coming months knows that the best part of planning is picking the honeymoon destination. It's a good idea to secure a locale a good four to five months in advance, so for all you late summer brides- and grooms-to-be, this list is for you.


Students, artists collaborate on Meraviglioso mural

Published May 24, 2008

Artists Working in Education's collaboration with students in Victory School's Italian Immersion Program aims to build a bridge between the K5 students in the program with sixth- and seventh-grade students in Victory's Gifted and Talented Program.


Museum brings the Vatican to Milwaukee

Published Feb. 14, 2006

Since the Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica are such overloaded treasure troves of artistic works of all kinds, this much-vaunted exhibit -- which runs through May 29 -- whittles down those millions of treasures into one digestible show.


Harr's new book tracks lost Caravaggio masterpiece mystery

Published Nov. 9, 2005

The latest in a string of Caravaggio books comes from a seemingly unlikely source. Author Jonathan Harr is a journalist best known for his National Book Award-nominated "A Civil Action," about the American legal system gone awry. Harr appears at Schwartz Bookshop on Nov. 9.


"Facing Windows" meets at the crossroads

Published Oct. 28, 2004

Engaging, mysterious, compelling, sweet and at times witty, "Facing Windows" is everything cinema should be. That's why it won three Italian Oscars and a host of international film festival honors.


Moonshine Sway hopes debut CD will open some ears

Published May 31, 2004

Moonshine Sway has been a fixture on the club scene for a little more than a year, and things are now coming together for the rockers. Last month, the quartet launched its debut CD, "Seven Years."