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Performing almost entirely outdoors, rain or shine, on the Up the Hill stage, the company has established a reputation for authentic, accessible, entertaining shows, and Much Ado was no exception, selling nearly 23,000 tickets during its five-month run. Through Lenehan's keen eyes, Much Ado explores the evolution of this complicated stage production, from casting to curtain call. In doing so, it provides readers with a deeper sense of the company's astonishing artistry and craft, a peek into the intricate technical logistics involved with outdoor theater, and a refreshing perspective on one of the Bard's most famous plays.
Lenehan weaves together firsthand observations, literary analysis, and interviews with key members of the (American Players Theatre) APT's artistic ensemble and production staff, including lauded director David Frank, lead actors Colleen Madden (Beatrice) and David Daniel (Benedick), and set and costume designer Robert Morgan to paint a remarkable portrait of one of our most treasured artistic institutions.
About the Author: Michael Lenehan is an award-winning Chicago-based writer and editor, who for many years was the chief editorial executive at the Chicago Reader. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly, where he was a contributing editor in the 1980s and 90s, and for Chicago magazine and The New York Times, among others. He is also the author of Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963—The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball.
Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles, including Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. In addition to hundreds of games created for arcades, home video systems, and computers, original artwork was specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience, further enticing children and adults to embrace and enjoy the new era of electronic entertainment. Art of Atari is the first official collection of such artwork.
Also included is a special foreword by The New York Times bestselling author Ernest Cline, "For me, revisiting the beautiful artwork presented in this book is almost as good as taking a trip in Doc Brown's time machine back to that halcyon era at the dawn of the digital age. But be warned, viewing these images may leave you with an overwhelming desire to revisit the ancient pixelated battlefields they each depict as well."
About the Author: Tim Lapetino is the Executive Director of the Museum of Video Game Art. Lapentino teaches logo design, brand identity, and brand standards as Adjunct Faculty at Chicago Portfolio School, and serves on the non-profit AIGA Chicago's Board of Directors as Co-Development Chair.
This event is cosponsored by 42 Lounge. 21+ required.
In 1910, Alice Wells took the oath to join the all-male Los Angeles Police Department. She wore no uniform, carried no weapon, and kept her badge stuffed in her pocketbook. She wasn’t the first or only policewoman, but she became the movement’s most visible voice.
Pistols and Petticoats tells the story of women’s very early place in crime fiction and their public crusade to transform policing. Whether real or fictional, investigating women were nearly always at odds with society. Most women refused to let that stop them, paving the way to a modern professional life for women on the force and in popular culture.
About the Author: Erika Janik is an award-winning writer, historian, and the executive producer of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio. She’s the author of five previous books, including Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
This event is sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library East Branch.
At the height of the Cold War, Lucybelle Bledsoe is offered a job seemingly too good to pass up. However, there are risks. Her scientific knowledge and editorial skills are unparalleled, but her personal life might not withstand government scrutiny. Leaving behind the wreckage of a relationship, Lucybelle finds solace in working for the visionary scientist who is extracting the first-ever polar ice cores. The lucidity of ice is calming and beautiful. But the joyful pangs of a new love clash with the impossible compromises of queer life. If exposed, she could lose everything she holds dear.
About the Author: Lucy Jane Bledsoe is an award-winning science writer and novelist for adults and children. Her many books include The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica, This Wild Silence, and Working Parts.
For as long as Jason Diamond can remember, he’s been infatuated with John Hughes’ movies. From the outrageous, raunchy antics in National Lampoon’s Vacation to the teenage angst in The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink to the insanely clever and unforgettable Home Alone, Diamond could not get enough of Hughes’ films. And so the seed was planted in his mind that it should fall to him to write a biography of his favorite filmmaker. It didn’t matter that Diamond had no qualifications, training, background, platform, or direction. Thus went the years-long, delusional, earnest, and assiduous quest to reach his goal. But no biography came out of those years, and one never will. What he did get was a story that fills the pages of this unconventional, hilarious memoir.
In Searching for John Hughes, Diamond tells how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a Chicago suburb, sometimes homeless, and always restless, found comfort and connection in the likewise broken lives in the suburban Chicago of John Hughes’ oeuvre. He then moved to New York to become a writer. He started to write a memoir he had no business writing. In the meantime, he brewed coffee and guarded cupcake cafes. All the while, he watched John Hughes movies religiously.
About the Author: Jason Diamond is a writer and editor from Brooklyn. He is an Associate Editor at Men’s Journal, a columnist at Electric Literature, former Literary Editor at Flavorwire, and the founding editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He has been published by The New York Times, Paris Review, The Rumpus, and many other places.
This event is cosponsored by Urban Harvest Brewery. 21+ required.
In 1992, David Sedaris read a little essay on NPR’s Morning Edition called “The Santaland Diaries.” The story was subsequently published in his first collection, Barrel Fever, with a longer version airing in 1996 on This American Life. It was adapted a one-man, one-act play in 1996. It is also the cornerstone of the Sedaris holiday-themed collection, Holidays on Ice, which is a perennial Christmas bestseller.
Now rejoice, as Theatre Gigante and Boswell present Michael Stebbings’ performance of “The Santaland Diaries.” “The Santaland Diaries” is performed with the permission of Don Congdon Associates.
About Theatre Gigante: Theatre Gigante, headed by co-artistic directors Isabel Kralj and Mark Anderson, is a performing arts organization dedicated to the creation and presentation of performance work that integrates theater, dance, text, and music, through which the company fosters inter-disciplinary collaborations and original work. To further promote and support its artistic mission, Gigante creates and engages in outreach/educational activities in the community
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to cull the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives. The two quickly learn that a perfect world comes at a high price.
About the Author: Neal Shusterman is The New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including Unwind and its sequels, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows.
This event is cosponsored by Shorewood Public Library.
In fifteen speeches and essays written between 2001 and 2015, Shauna Singh Baldwin brings a new perspective and voice to Canadian public discourse. Offering examples from her personal journey as a writer and a South Asian woman who needs to “become as hyphenated as possible,” Baldwin transcends homogenized national identities.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni calls Reluctant Rebellions, “A beautiful, powerful book of essays and speeches that traverse continents and decades to examine the complicated experience of being a South Asian woman who belongs to many tribes, some of which are in conflict with others. Intelligent, informed, and unafraid of asking tough questions, this book is sure to delight intelligent readers of all backgrounds.”
About the Author: Shauna’s fiction, poems, and essays have been published in literary and popular magazines, anthologies, and newspapers. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages. Born in Montreal, Shauna Singh Baldwin holds an undergraduate degree from Delhi University, an MBA from Marquette University, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia.
You know Clinton Kelly as the moderator on the popular ABC television show, The Chew and as co-host with Stacy London of the reality show sensation, What Not to Wear. But what you might not know is that Kelly has a lot to say beyond cooking, crafting, and clothes, and in his new book, I Hate Everyone, Except You, he offers a smart, funny, honest, charming, and opinionated book that gets inside the real Kelly.
Tickets are $26 and include admission to the event and a copy of I Hate Everyone, Except You. On the night of the event only, an $18 Boswell gift card is available in lieu of the book. Kelly will personalize your copy of I Hate Everyone, Except You, will sign books brought from home, and will pose for photos.
You can purchase your ticket at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006.
About the Author: Clinton Kelly is the Emmy Award-winning cohost of ABC’s daytime hit The Chew. He also cohosted What Not to Wear, TLC's longest-running primetime reality show for a decade.
More Upcoming Events
- Friday, January 6, 6:30 pm, at University School of Milwaukee, 2100 W Fairy Chasm Rd in River Hills - Andrew J Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: a Military History, as part of the USM Global National Security Forum.
- Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Nicholas Petrie, author of Burning Bright, the follow-up to The Drifter.
- Friday, January 13, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Emily Fridlund, author of History of Wolves
- Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Michael O’Hear, Marquette Professor of Law and author of Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough-on-Crime Era: How Judges Retained Power and Why Mass Incarceration Happened Anyway. Cosponsored by the American Constitution Society, Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter.
- Monday, January 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Elizabeth Mckenzie, author of The Portable Veblen, longlisted for the National Book Award
- Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Lesley Kagen, author of The Mutual Admiration Society
- Monday, February 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers, following a 6 pm discussion of The Mothers by the Boswell In-store Lit Group
- Sunday, February 12, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Fred Amram, author of We're in America Now: A Survivor's Stories
- Monday, February 13, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Mindy Mejia, author of the debut thriller Everything You Want Me to Be
- Sunday, February 26, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Karen Branan, author of The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth . This event is cosponsored by America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
- Thursday, March 10, 7:00 pm, Boswell – Journal Sentinel Reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan , author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
- Thursday, March 16, 7:00 pm, at the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Pl –UW Eau Claire Associate Professor of English B.J. Hollars, author of Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds. Suggested admission is $10, $5 for Urban Ecology members.
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