in Oktoberfest season
WAUKESHA - The unofficial
two-month start of Oktoberfest season shouts the question: Why are
they so popular? With almost a dozen festivals in the Milwaukee area
alone, those behind the scenes used one word: gemŸtlichkeit.
theater ranges from classic to quirky
Expect diverse shows when
many professional theaters open their new seasons during fall. In
the next three months, there will be classic musicals, comedies,
tributes to iconic artists, dramas, quirky returns to the past and a
few provocative pieces that remind us of some societal issues.
Lexa Art Fair turns 20 on Saturday
More than 50 artists will exhibit paintings, sculpture,
jewelry, glass, pottery, photography, fiber, wood, and other fine
arts and crafts Saturday along the Glacial Drumlin State Bike Trail.
to feature food, music, dance
MILWAUKEE - Vibrant
traditional dress, authentic Indian cuisine, and classical to
contemporary music and dance come together to celebrate Indian
culture at the free IndiaFest Milwaukee.
Festival’s free stage to spotlight Milwaukee area musicians
Milwaukee Fringe Festival, the region’s newest multidisciplinary
arts festival taking place in downtown Milwaukee on Aug. 27 and Aug.
28, will feature its free Gazebo Music Stage in Pere Marquette
jazz comes to ‘the Shaw’ downtown
WAUKESHA - In a fertile
period for jazz in downtown Waukesha, a.k.a. “the Shaw,” Craig
Hurst started four bands in four months, beginning in February.
into Irish Fest
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee
Irish Fest spotlights food, culture, sport, canines and more. But
you overlook the music at your own entertainment peril. It’s hard
to overlook 100 entertainment acts on 17 stages over four days.
BluesFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary
DELAFIELD - While not
your classic “variety show,” all kinds of blues will be felt and
heard at Waukesha BluesFest in a coast-to-coast music blitz.
Dinosaur’ to be screened Monday
WAUKESHA — The next free Monday Night at the Movies
features “The Good Dinosaur” (PG) at 8 p.m. Monday in the Les
Paul Performance Center, 321 Wisconsin Ave.
in the Community nominations sought
Nominations are being
sought for the eighth annual Arts in the Community Awards, presented
by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League of Wisconsin
award film entries deadline Sunday
— Milwaukee Film announced applications are open for its Brico
Forward Fund for local filmmakers to create and complete worthy
Fair unleashes annual 11-day run of fun
WEST ALLIS - What’s new
at the State Fair? The deep-fried ol’ fashioned based at Water
Street Brewery’s stand, for one. “It’s a Wisconsin
tradition somehow related to a delicious dessert,” said Kristi
Chuckel, the fair communications director.
Milwaukee festival you can count on for food, music, games
MILWAUKEE - Let loose the
hounds - the Dachshunds, that is. The racing real-life wiener dogs
are just one of the fun family activities taking place this weekend
at German Fest on the lakefront.
Boat Festival returns to Veterans Park
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Chinese Community Center
will present the fourth Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival at Milwaukee
County’s Veterans Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
library to host Jessie Garcia
Award-winning sportscaster Jessie Garcia will discuss her new
book “Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of Our State Olympians”
at the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St. The
event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in the
library Community Meeting Room.
features ‘The Secret Garden’
OF DELAFIELD - SummerStage continues its Broadway Series with “The
Secret Garden,” a story about the blossoming of the earth and the
to stage ‘Wizard
BERLIN - It’s lions, tigers and ruby slippers at the West
Performing Arts Center on weekends from Aug. 5 through Aug. 14.
“The Wizard of Oz” will be at the theater at 18695 W. Cleveland
Reichert to sign books July 27
BROOKFIELD — Meet Amy
E. Reichert, regional best-selling author of “The Coincidence of
Coconut Cake,” at 7 p.m. July 27, Brookfield Half Price Books,
17145 W. Bluemound Road.
— “Ronaldo” (PG13) will be the next Monday Night at the
Movie at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Waukesha Public Library, 321
Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha.
Italiana brings food, family, fun together in ‘abbondanza’
MILWAUKEE - Food, family
and fun. They’re the basics of most lakefront festivals, but Festa
Italiana has them in abundance or abbondanza. For its 39th year, the
festival on the lakefront brings old and new together. It runs from
Friday through Sunday.
County Fair stars can neigh, moo and squeal
WAUKESHA - When it comes
to entertainment, bands like Foreigner or food like fried something
on a stick might stand out at a county fair.
to host ‘Feast of
WAUKESHA — The
University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s summer musical “Feast of
Stephens: A Musical Revue of the songs of Stephen Schwartz &
Stephen Sondheim” is at 7:30 p.m. July 21 and July 22 at the
campus’s Lunt- Fontanne Theatre, 1500 N. University Drive.
Mulvey to sing
OF DELAFIELD — Peter Mulvey & the Invisible Fiancees will take
the stage at SummerStage at Lapham Peak on Saturday.
run over two days
— Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney
movie, “Mary Poppins” is a rich retelling of the life on Cherry
Tree Lane with the practically perfect
tasty helping of Wisconsin supper clubs
WAUKESHA - While cheese,
beer and Harleys may be the most highlighted parts of the Wisconsin
identity, the state’s character also includes the supper club,
which has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, in part
due to Ron Faiola’s books and documentary on the subject.
to headline SummerStage’s series
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - As
part of the SummerStage Music Series at Lapham Peak, WheelHouse will
play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with opening performer Brett Gaertner.
tea on Sunday
BROOKFIELD - Enjoy an
1860s tea at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim
Parkway, on Sunday with seatings at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Reservations are required.
Croatian Day with plenty of activities
- For the 57th straight
year, John Movrich Croatian Lodge 993 will hold Mukwonago Croatian
Day Fest from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 9 at Field Park, highways 83
OWW hits 40, director offers thoughts
EAGLE - A history buff
from his early years growing up in western Pennsylvania, Daniel J.
Freas, 56, worked at museums and historic sites in five states
before coming to Wisconsin.
Benton works explore
individuals’ epic qualities
MILWAUKEE — A
self-portrait depicts Thomas Hart Benton grasping a staff,
much like a modern day Poseidon — only the artist’s staff
turns out to be the stem of a beach umbrella, and the reincarnation
of the Greek sea
god is apparently clad in swimming trunks.
of visitors scores of artists expected at MAM festival
MILWAUKEE - Some 30,000
attendees are expected, while more than 175 artists from around the
country - among them painters and printmakers, sculptors and
ceramicists - will be represented at this weekend’s Lakefront
Festival of Art in Milwaukee.
Fest returns to lakefront
- Polish Fest returns to the lakefront with some of its old
favorites, from pierogis to polkas, Friday through Sunday.
Choir seeks members for Festa
- The Festa Choir is seeking choir members, all voice parts,
to participate in singing at the Mass at Festa Italiana at 11
a.m. July 24. Members do not have to be able to speak Italian.
BioBlitz to feature local species
SOUTH MILWAUKEE -
The Milwaukee Public Museum is taking science out of the lab
at its free second annual BioBlitz from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
at Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave.
Hartland Street Dance set for July 16
- The Hartland Street
Dance kicks off at 5:30 p.m. July 16 in downtown Hartland on East
Capitol Drive (between
North Avenue and Church Street). There is no entry fee and beverage
and food are available for purchase.
autoharp session at Muskego library
- Appalachian autoharper Lou Nielsen will play his autoharp and
mountain dulcimer, as well as share information on old-time American
music and instruments at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Muskego Public
Library, S73-W16663 Janesville Road.
starts season with concert
TOWN OF DELAFIELD -SummerStage
at Lapham Peak opens its summer concert season with “Party in the
Park” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
throws Free Fun Weekend
WAUKESHA - Nothing to do?
Or it costs too much? Or it’s too far? Well, hold onto your
bicycling helmet or kayak paddle for Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin.
to be screened Friday
“Cheeseheads: The Documentary” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday
at the Waukesha Civic
Theatre, 264 W. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m.
offers Scholars for Life classes
WAUKESHA - Carroll
University is offering three-day seminars as part of its Scholars
for Life program.
Unwrapped’ at La Casa
WAUKESHA - SHARP Literacy celebrates its 20th
anniversary May 19 with “McDonald’s Unwrapped” at La Casa de
Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave.
Alexander to teach Lunt-Fontanne program
TOWN OF GENESSE - Ten
Chimneys Foundation has announced Jason Alexander will serve as the
master teacher for the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a
national program to serve the future of American theater.
lead poetry workshop
- Returning for a second Celebrity Saturday, Lisa Marie Brodsky will
show how to transform emotional turmoil into cathartic and beautiful
poetry from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, 234
Waukesha to host ‘Mother of a Crawl’
- Downtown Waukesha’s “Mother of a Crawl” will feature more
than 175 artists in 21 galleries and venues from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Historical Society to host
- The Elmbrook Historical Society will host its 22nd annual Civil
War Encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the
Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway.
to feature novella workshop
WAUKESHA - Embrace the
novella with Pushcart Prize-winning author G. K. Wuori from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday in the AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop
of Carroll play
- The Carroll Players will perform “ÀD—nde Est‡s?”
(“Where Are You?”), a bilingual play based on a group of mothers
during the reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
crafts out of colorful duct tape
MENOMONEE FALLS - You see
them in the craft shows: unique flower pens, lanyards or wallets
made with duct tape in cool colors or mod prints.
art show takes center stage at Milwaukee Art Museum
MILWAUKEE - “Taking
Center Stage: The Lanford Wilson Collection of Self-Taught Art”
opens Friday, celebrating the 2012 gift of the Lanford Wilson
Collection to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
to return to Waukesha
WAUKESHA - Repticon, a nationwide promoter of reptile
and exotic animal expos, brings vendors, breeders and educators for
a family-oriented event.
exhibits dovetail with 2016 state primary
MILWAUKEE - Just in time
for Wisconsin’s presidential preference primary on Tuesday, an
area museum has unveiled a pair of political displays.
Free For All moves to Cafe De Arts
WAUKESHA - With the need
for more space, the AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop Spring
Friday Night Free For All has moved to CafŽ De Arts, 830 W. St.
of Spring’ pop up at Almont Gallery
- ”Signs of Spring,” featuring
artists Michelle Freuck, Ann Windell and Connie Pelzek,
begins its six-week run Friday at Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St.
Eastertime movie quiz
As you undoubtedly know,
a fair share of movies have been produced in which Jesus and early
Christians have been the subject. With Easter quickly approaching it
seems fitting to consider such films—and the following quiz does
Movie Day’ brings UW archivists to Brookfield
A yeoman’s job by a
carload of professional and student archivists will soon journey
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the Brookfield Public
Yves Garcia to be at Ten Chimneys
TOWN OF GENESEE - An Evening of Cabaret with Eric
Yves Garcia begin sat 7 p.m. Saturday at Ten Chimneys, S43-W31575
Depot Road. Garcia's performance will feature songs from the Great
Anthony to present
“Little Mermaid, Jr.,” will be performed by the St. Anthony on
the Lake Drama Club at Kettle Moraine High School Auditorium, 349 N.
Oak Crest Drive. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
can be purchased at the box office for $6. Seating is limited.
the Hudson River School of art at Brookfield library
- Explore the Hudson River School: Nature and the American
Vision at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Milwaukee Art Museum will
present the talk on 19th-century landscape artists at the
Brookfield Public Library Community Room, 1900 N. Calhoun
Force band to play free at PAC
MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Air
Force Band of Mid-America will perform a free concert at 7 p.m.
Wednesday at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water
comedian returns to South Milwaukee roots
Performing Arts Center Executive Director Rachel Sorce reminisced
recently about one-time schoolmate Jackie Kashian (pronounced
with author at Brookfield library
BROOKFIELD - Chat with
author Amy E. Reichert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Brookfield Public
Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road. Her new book is “The Coincidence of
Kelly to lead
- Writers can flip characters and plot lines on their sides with the
AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop’s March Celebrity on
Art Crawl set for March 5
WAUKESHA - The Get Lucky
Art Crawl will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 5 in downtown
Waukesha. The 90th Art Crawl features more than 20 galleries and
studios featuring 175-plus artists, food, and drinks as well as live
writer’s new book literally secret
The Masons, the Manson
family, the Mafia. All three fall into the category of secretive
entities. And all three are among the chapter topics in David
Luhrssen’s latest book, “Secret Societies and Clubs in American