Joe Shaffer


Joe Shaffer

"Actress" kicked off the Wisconsin Film Festival on Thursday with a packed house and an appearance by filmmaker Robert Greene and star Brandy Burre. To judge by the lively Q&A, the crowd connected with Greene's unconventional documentary about Burre, an actress from "The Wire" who leaves the profession to raise her kids in upstate New York. more


"Only the Young" plays like an ode to teenage uncertainty. In their documentary at the Wisconsin Film Festival, directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet chronicle the lives of three teenagers in Southern California. Kevin and Garrison, best friends, spend their time skateboarding and wandering around the dilapidated city of Santa Clarita. more


Nick Offerman has opinions. "American Ham," his one-man show at the Barrymore Theatre on Saturday, was less a standup act than a treatise on vegetarians (dead wrong), the Bible (mostly wrong) and elf genitalia (velvety). During the first of his two sold-out performances, Offerman laid out his 10 tips for better living. more



Jack Keating

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the fourth floor of the Capitol is packed with people. Labor supporters are still waiting for their chance to address the Joint Finance Committee about Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, which would end most collective barg more



Joe Shaffer

As a 12-year-old in a rock band with high hopes for my own career in the Launchpad competition, I was excited to check out the statewide finals on Saturday, June 20, at the Wisconsin Union Theater. I'm not yet eligible for Launchpad, but as I sat through the 12 finalists I definitely got an idea of what to do and what not to do. more