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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
Philharmonic to explore Gershwin
BROOKFIELD - The
Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra will perform “An American
Original: The World of George Gershwin” at 3 p.m. Sunday.
perform ‘Mary Poppins’
- The Muskego High School Music Department will present the musical
“Mary Poppins” at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 through Feb.
27 and at 2
p.m. Feb. 28.
Burton to speak
- Award-winning actor LeVar Burton will talk about “From Roots to
Reading Rainbow: The Power of Stories” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
to jump-start its winter series
DELAFIELD - The
Summerstage Winter Music Series starts Jan. 31 at the Delafield
History Center (Hawks Inn), 426 Wells St.
Whatsername’ at North Shore Middle School
- “Princess Whatsername” is a fractured fairy tale about a girl
who awakes from a slumber to discover she cannot remember anything.
plays ready to bloom
Another year, another
array of worthwhile shows awaiting us. Of the 50 or more productions
on the docket from January through May, when many theaters close
their season, a few that I am looking forward to seeing
of the Season at St. Catherine of Alexandria
OCONOMOWOC - The Songs of the Season concert will be 7:30
p.m. Friday at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, W359-N852 Brown
in the Basilica
- The Bel Canto Chorus Christmas takes place in St. Josaphat
Basilica, 2333 S. Sixth St.
carols, soaring hymns and music are designed to put the audience in
the holiday spirit.
Holiday Parade steps off Saturday
- “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps” will be shown for free at 10
a.m. Tuesday at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave.
opera brings wider community together
WAUKESHA - While they
won’t perform, Milwaukee youngsters exploring the arts are the
reason behind a new production of the children’s opera “Amahl
and the Night Visitors.”
‘Streets’ freshened up
MILWAUKEE - It’s the
longest ride you’ll ever take. You climb aboard a streetcar in the
year 2015. You see contemporary-looking Milwaukee residents,
buildings and automobiles as you gawk through the windows, but
suddenly they give way to circa 1950 images and then to sights from
three decades before that.
Art Museum prepares to reopen
MILWAUKEE - It isn’t
the Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But one implied
message likely to stick with those who attended the Milwaukee Art
Museum’s Media Day on Nov. 13 is that the MAM is no slouch among
its institutional peers.
Holiday Parade steps off Saturday
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee
Holiday Parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The 89th
parade begins at Kilbourn and Astor Street, heading west to Old
World Third Street, then turning south and ending at about 11 a.m.
at The Shops of Grand Avenue on Wisconsin Avenue.
Grand Avenue Christmas begins Friday at Pabst Mansion
MILWAUKEE - The Pabst
Mansion will be decked out in seasonal finery for A Grand Avenue
Christmas, which runs Friday through Jan. 3.
Dahmer figures prominently in
newly released book
Can you imagine being stalked by
Jeffrey Dahmer? It happened to him, says Willis Morgan, 68, author
of the recently released book “Frustrated Witness!”
Tenth Avenue brings ‘sonic elation,’
Ask Tenth Avenue North
vocalist Mike Donehey where he’ll be Friday and he’ll tell you
Ballet extends artistic director to 2020, hires executive director
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee
Ballet Company announced it extended Michael Pink’s contract as
artistic director and appointed Julia Glawe as the company’s