The Big Gig is underway.
The festival opened on Wednesday and a full preview appeared in the June 23 edition of Get Out and is available online. Here’s a capsule look at Summerfest’s highlights for this week:
There’s a secret about children that Steven Spielberg, Melissa Mathison and Roald Dahl have always known — that no matter how innocent, kids are as capable of understanding darkness as adults, and sometimes even more so. It’s not that it’s some completely unacknowledged truth, but it is one that rarely seems to permeate what we consider “children’s entertainment” in any real way. It just makes adults too uncomfortable. It’s also the reason why the under-10 set flocks to Dahl.
A measured embrace of the deep menace in Dahl’s words is why this long-time-coming adaptation of his 1982 book “The BFG ” not only succeeds, but shines. It’s not just some pleasant romp into the world of giants. It’s an honest-to-goodness, gut punch of a journey, crackling with heart, uncertainty, and overflowing with all-out wonder.
Wisconsin is Frank Lloyd Wright country, and more of the world may realize this as early as next month, when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ready for a vote is a 2014 nomination to designate 10 of our native son’s most internationally significant architectural works as a World Heritage Site. This is the first year that approval can be considered, and the elite distinction is reserved for the world’s most significant natural and cultural treasures.
A Small Business Administration “Regulatory Fairness Roundtable” was held in Kenosha Wednesday.
It was an opportunity for local business owners to discuss with representatives of federal agencies how regulations affect their businesses. It was organized by the SBA, which was represented by Deputy Ombudsman Yolanda Swift, but other agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, were represented.