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As 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.

Hollywood-influenced 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.

Thousands 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.

Polish Fest returns to lakefront  
MILWAUKEE - Polish Fest returns to the lakefront with some of its old favorites, from pierogis to polkas, Friday through Sunday.  

Festa Choir seeks members for Festa Italiana Mass
MILWAUKEE - 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.  

Museum’s 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.

Annual Hartland Street Dance set for July 16
HARTLAND -  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.

Free autoharp session at Muskego library
MUSKEGO - 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.  

SummerStage 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. 

State 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.

‘Cheeseheads’ to be screened Friday
WAUKESHA - “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.

Carroll offers Scholars for Life classes
WAUKESHA - Carroll University is offering three-day seminars as part of its Scholars for Life program.

‘McDonald’s 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.

Jason 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.

Lisa Marie Brodsky to lead poetry workshop
WAUKESHA - 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 Brook St.  

Downtown Waukesha to host ‘Mother of a Crawl’
WAUKESHA - 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. May 7.  

Elmbrook Historical Society to host Civil War Encampment
BROOKFIELD - 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.

AllWriters 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

The Disappeared subject of Carroll play
WAUKESHA - 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.  

Make 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. 

Self-taught 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. 

Repticon 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. 

Chudnow 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.

AllWriters’ 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. Paul Ave.

‘Signs of Spring’ pop up at Almont Gallery
WAUKESHA - ”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 just that.

‘Home 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 Library.

Eric 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 American Songbook. 

St. Anthony to present ‘Little Mermaid, Jr.’
WALES - “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. Saturday, Tickets can be purchased at the box office for $6. Seating is limited.

Explore the Hudson River School of art at Brookfield library
BROOKFIELD - 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 Road.  

Air 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 St.

'Unforgettable’ comedian returns to South Milwaukee roots
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Executive Director Rachel Sorce reminisced recently about one-time schoolmate Jackie Kashian (pronounced KAY-shin).

Chat 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 Coconut Cake.” 

Dasha Kelly to lead AllWriters’ workshop
WAUKESHA - Writers can flip characters and plot lines on their sides with the AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop’s March Celebrity on Saturday.  

90th 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 music.

Local 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 History.”

Wisconsin Philharmonic to explore Gershwin
BROOKFIELD - The Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra will perform “An American Original: The World of George Gershwin” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Muskego High School to perform ‘Mary Poppins’
MUSKEGO - 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.   

LeVar Burton to speak Wednesday at UWM  
MILWAUKEE - 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.  

SummerStage 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.

‘Princess Whatsername’ at North Shore Middle School  
HARTLAND - “Princess Whatsername” is a fractured fairy tale about a girl who awakes from a slumber to discover she cannot remember anything.

Spring 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 follow. 

Songs 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 St.

Christmas in the Basilica
MILWAUKEE - The Bel Canto Chorus Christmas takes place in St. Josaphat Basilica, 2333 S. Sixth St.    Familiar carols, soaring hymns and music are designed to put the audience in the holiday spirit.  

Milwaukee Holiday Parade steps off Saturday
WAUKESHA - “A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps” will be shown for free at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave.  

Children’s 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.”

Museum’s ‘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.

Milwaukee 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.

Milwaukee 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.

A 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,’ moving thoughts
Ask Tenth Avenue North vocalist Mike Donehey where he’ll be Friday and he’ll tell you “Wah-key-shaw.” 

Milwaukee 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 executive director.