The Culture Club Friday Five Wherein our self-esteemed critic offers five reasons to get out of the house and ingest some live, non-digital (mostly) culture: 5. Sister’s Christmas Catechism. Why?: Because Catholics—lapsed and otherwise—never tire of being berated by a ruler-wielding nun when they can’t explain the difference between Limbo and Purgatory. And no, Limbo […]

 The Culture Club Friday Five

Wherein our self-esteemed critic offers five reasons to get out of the house and ingest some live, non-digital (mostly) culture:

5. Sister’s Christmas Catechism.
Why?: Because Catholics—lapsed and otherwise—never tire of being berated by a ruler-wielding nun when they can’t explain the difference between Limbo and Purgatory. And no, Limbo isn’t that dance they used to do on Gilligan’s Island.

4. The Guy Fieri Road Show.
Why? Because there are still memories—and trace elements—of Thanksgiving dinner lingering in your system. And nothing will dislodge them like a spikey-haired imp telling tales about butter burgers, gravy-smothered French fries, and pulled pork sandwiches. Oh, and there’s campy, retro-rockabilly, too.

3. The Marriage of Bette and Boo.
Why? Because the intimate confines of the Boulevard Theatre allows you to get up-close and personal with Christopher Durang’s scathing, in-your-face satire of family life in all its glorious dysfunction. Just the hangover cure you need after overindulging in the sentimental, the feel-good, the jolly ol’…etc.

2. Iverson White screenings at INOVA.
Why? Because this Mary Nohl Fellowship winner explores true, complex emotions between full-blooded characters in his short films. And because he’s been creating beautiful cinematic stories for over two decades, and should be as well known in his home-town as he is in the American film world.

1. The Lady with All the Answers
Why? Because you really do want to know more about the woman behind the pen of legendary advice columnist Ann Landers. For one, because the internet has turned everyone into advice columnists, and we all could use a few pointers in tact and heart. And because it will surely be a tour de force for actor (and Milwaukee Rep company member) Laura Gordon, who brings great intelligence and emotional spark to every character she brings to life.

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