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Milwaukee Comedy Festival begins Aug. 6
MILWAUKEE - The state’s largest comedy event, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival, will take place Aug. 6-9 in venues around the city.

It's back: A fair for all
WEST ALLIS - The Wisconsin State Fair appears as popular as ever and it seems that old favorites will draw people back Aug. 6-16.

Strap on your Lederhosen: Germanfest turns 35
MILWAUKEE - Dashing dachshunds may qualify as a “Fest Favorite,” but 35 years of German Fest has allowed people to build their own lengthy list of favorites.

Dragon Boat Festival 
PEWAUKEE - The drum pounds out the beat as the steersman slowly chants: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! The long, narrow boat with 20 paddlers, drum beater and professional steerer glides steadily on Pewaukee Lake. 

Setting the stage for summer variety
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - While SummerStage at Lapham Peak stages a lot of theater, it also offers a lot of family-oriented programming, like the two programs this weekend.

When summer thoughts turn to indoors, there are always museums to explore
Summer in southeastern Wisconsin is a season for outdoor fun: fairs and festivals, bicycling and boating, picnics and park-staged plays.

Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz kicks off New Berlin series
NEW BERLIN - Concerts at City Center kicks off July 8 with Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the Library Green at the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, just south of National Avenue. 

Think Through Your Life includes concert July 12
WAUKESHA - A suicide prevention awareness event that includes live music will be held again July 12.

Bank, Pabst Theater Group partner on mini-documentaries
WAUKESHA - BMO Harris Bank has announced a new annual partnership with the Pabst Theater Group in Milwaukee, releasing four videos celebrating Milwaukee and its music culture.

Lake Country Art Festival returns for 40th year
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - The 40th annual Lake Country Art Festival will bring more than just art to Naga-Waukee County Park on July 11.

It's not hard to find daily admission deals to the Big Gig
WAUKESHA — If you can’t get into Summerfest for free or at a discount, you aren’t trying very hard.
The daily admission promotions start at noon while supplies last or until 3 p.m., whichever comes first.

For those venturing indoors, discover Van Gogh, Pollock
MILWAUKEE - ”Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels” is the title of the June 18-Sept. 20 Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition of master works touring from the Buffalo, N.Y., Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Lakefront festival spreads art appreciation to community
MILWAUKEE - It began back in 1963, when Jack Kennedy held forth in the White House, Henry Maier occupied the Milwaukee mayor’s chair and legendary Vince Lombardi coached a Green Bay team featuring gridiron greats named Nitschke, Taylor and Starr.

For all its fun, Summerfest is competitive when it comes to choosing the night's main gig
MILWAUKEE - The Marcus Amphitheater headliners draw the most attention when it comes to Summerfest. There’s no better example than the Rolling Stones, which give the 48th annual festival an early, rolling start Tuesday. then there’s Neil Young closing the festival July 5.

34th annual Polish Fest packs culture with the pierogi
MILWAUKEE - There will be a lot of lively fun and ethnic traditions at the 34th annual Polish Fest, but a longtime volunteer who died last month in a crash won’t be forgotten.

Waterfront Wednesdays announces summer schedule
PEWAUKEE - Waterfront Wednesdays continues Wednesday with the One Ping Only Band playing at Lakefront Park.

Lake Country Children's Theater to cast for 'Jack and the Beanstalk'
HARTLAND - Lake Country Children’s Theater has announced auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Lake Country to feature 'Assassins' as summer production
HARTLAND - Lake Country Playhouse will feature Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins.”  The theater describes the musical as “embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins, ‘Assassins’ is a story deeply rooted in Americana, and our country's rich and diverse history.”

Piano duo to end Wilson Center series
BROOKFIELD - Known for their adrenalized performances, the Emmy-nominated Anderson & Roe Piano Duo will perform at 2 p.m. April 19 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

Blue Light Scene to celebrate album release with April 17 party at Mo's
WAUWATOSA - The Blue Light Scene album-release party April 17 will feature some of Milwaukee’s hottest artists at Mo’s Irish Pub, 10842 W. Bluemound Road.

Thomas Benton's heroes, heroines
The Milwaukee Art Museum will be one of the destinations of the first major traveling exhibition about American painter Thomas Hart Benton in more than 25 years.

Will Durst gets a rage on with baby boomers
The Class of 1970 from Waukesha South High School might remember Will Durst.   

SummerStage announces audition dates for 2015 season
DELAFIELD - SummerStage at Lapham Peak will hold auditions for its 2015 season in March and April. Auditions for William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dance siblings announce July 19 Riverside show
MILWAUKEE - Tickets are on sale today for dance superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough’s Move Live on Tour, which comes July 19 to the Riverside Theater.

MPM exhibit to examine 'Crossroads of Civilization'
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Public Museum is set to unveil its first new permanent exhibition in more than a decade.  

Celtic band coming to Turner Hall on Feb. 26
MILWAUKEE - The Celtic band Scythian will perform at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., at 8 p.m. Feb. 26.  

Crosby, Stills & Nash to perform at Riverside
MILWAUKEE - Crosby, Stills & Nash will appear in Milwaukee for an 8 p.m. show May 3 at the Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave.  

DigiTour to visit Milwaukee later this month
MILWAUKEE - The Pabst Theater will host the world’s first social media music festival, DigiTour, on Feb. 26.  

'LUCHARODA!' examines a child's look at her Mexican heritage
MILWAUKEE - First Stage Children’s Theater will show “LUCHADORA!” from April 10 to April 26.   First Stage’s new play development initiative honors local history and heritage of Wisconsin.  

Wisconsin Philharmonic has new leadership
WAUKESHA - The Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra announced new officers for its Board of Directors, along with two new Board members.

Speaker addresses 'Gone With the Wind'
MILWAUKEE - The year 1939 might be an incomparable one for movies. Leslie Goddard, a Chicago area historian, indicated as much in a speech to members of the Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee last week.