There are 90 candles on the birthday cake of Weston Noble this year. Just think of the light which 90 candles represent - a spectacular sight, to be sure. But I’m not sure 90 brightly burning candles can begin to adequately convey just how luminously this amazing man has lived. I for one can’t think
Sometimes, church is all about being reminded of things you’ve long known to be true or being reassured of their truth in the face of tough challenges. And then at other times, church is about having our beliefs or assumptions turned upside down, or maybe even blown to bits. That’s what happened to a lot
Kathy and I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Minnesota (we left Friday afternoon at 1:30 and were back in Racine by 3:30 Saturday afternoon) to see my nephew Kaj onstage with the Commonweal Theater as Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” What a delightful experience this turned out to be.
One of the ultimate odd couples in music history is “Gilbert and Sullivan.” The two names flow together so easily and unconsciously that you almost have to put a cork in your mouth in order to keep from saying both names. In fact, it sounds like one long name - like Acetaminophen. But it’s not
Just over 25 years ago, an activist in San Francisco named Cleve Jones was anxious to create some sort of memorial by which the thousands of people who had lost their lives to AIDS could be named and remembered. At a S.F. event honoring the memory of the late Harvey Milk (for whom Jones had
After two exhausting days in Whitewater for the NATS competition (I was up at 4:45 a.m. Friday morning, and 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning) I was mightily tempted to spend Saturday evening camped out on the sofa.... or better yet, in bed. But that would have meant missing the American premiere of “The Cry: A Requiem
Here are some highlights from this weekend’s voice competition sponsored by the Wisconsin chapter of NATS- the National Association of Teachers of Singing, which was held this time around at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater (where my best friend, Marshall Anderson, is the chairman of the theater department.) The competition features most of the finest