roots nourished at Holiday Folk Fair
Since the time of World
War II, the Holiday Folk Fair International has ushered in the
holiday season for any number of residents of the region.
Hamilton documentary to have three showings
MILWAUKEE - One is
tempted to summarize “The Blood Is at the Doorstep,” scheduled
for three screenings at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, by calling
it the story of Dontre Hamilton.
Film Festival offers great variety
The ninth annual
Milwaukee Film Festival, running for two weeks from Thursday to Oct.
12, promises - as usual - a great variety of cinematic offerings. A
dozen promising MFF entries are synopsized below.
Brothers ‘looking forward’ to local show
SOUTH MILWAUKEE - The
band-fronting Blues Brothers are “looking forward” to making a
return trip to Milwaukee. At least Elwood Blues, aka Kieron
Gig BBQ returns for second year on Summerfest grounds
MILWAUKEE - Fourteen of
some of the best mainly local barbecuers square off. Sound like your
idea of fun? Oh, and you get to pig out - on pig. Well, not
exclusively. The second annual Big Gig BBQ returns Sunday to the
Field’ examines forerunner of Miller Park
Park, there was Milwaukee County Stadium. Before County Stadium,
there was Borchert Field. Sixty-five years after the final pitch was
hurled in “the splintered old park that folks liked to call
Borchert’s Orchard,” Bob Buege, source of the foregoing quote,
has written “Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary
home improvement products to be featured at ‘Refashion for Life’
“Refashion for Life,” the fashion show combining the
newest in clothing with fashionable products for the home, will
feature an assortment of early- and late-fall fashions, plus a
variety of home improvement and remodeling products.
essence of India
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, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday. It all takes place in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.
author turns to classic rock
Prolific Milwaukee author
David Luhrssen is at it again. Recently, Luhrssen published what he
thinks is his 11th book; when you’ve published as many as he has,
and you write and edit daily as a journalist, it becomes difficult
to keep count.
Festival starts today
- Internationally renowned musicians, including jazz
guitarist Kevin Eubanks, will play at the 2017 Guitar
Festival, which begins today at the Sharon Lynne Wilson
Center for the Arts.
Dublin Showcase, chef and more at Irish Fest next week
MILWAUKEE - Performers
from the renowned TradFest Temple Bar in Dublin will take on their
first engagement on U.S. soil at Milwaukee Irish Fest as five more
city landmarks turn green during the world’s largest Irish
under the influence of a blues-rock legend
WAUKESHA - When Paul
Nelson arrives Saturday at the Waukesha BluesFest in Delafield,
he’ll bring the Paul Nelson Band.
BluesFest features Musselwhite, Popovic
WAUKESHA - The 11th
annual Waukesha BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival,”
is celebrating the roots of American music with acts ranging from
blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country to gospel, soul, jazz and
to see during State Fair's 11-day run
WEST ALLIS - What’s new
at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, you ask? The Wonderwheel will be
seen all 11 days and nights of the fair, which runs through Aug. 13.
Billed as North America’s largest traveling Ferris wheel, it makes
its Wisconsin debut, all 400,000 pounds and 15 stories of it.
new State Fair food, drink items to try
WEST ALLIS - With 65 new
food and beverage choices at this year’s Wisconsin State Fair, how
do you choose? Sometimes it’s the name alone. Other times it’s a
desire for something sweet, other times something savory. Then there
are times when something shouts “fair food!”
food vendors vie for coveted Sporkies at the fair
WEST ALLIS - Then there
were eight. The remaining entries out of 31 Sporkies will be cut
again at the Wisconsin State Fair. “The vendors have been coming
up with interesting new foods for years and we came up with a way to
reward them,” Kristin Chuckel, State Fair communications director,
said of the origins of the fifth annual food competition.
Art Museum celebrates 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s
birthday this summer
MILWAUKEE - This summer,
the Milwaukee Art Museum joins prominent institutions across the
country in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd
Timersports championships to saw, chop away at German Fest
MILWAUKEE - Let the
woodchips fly and hearts pump at German Fest. The Stihl Timbersports
2017 U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championship will take place for the
first time at the fest Friday through Sunday at the BMO Harris
Pavilion at Henry Maier Festival Park.
Fest ready to roll out the food and fun for 37th year
MILWAUKEE - What’s
required to be named one of the 12 “Fest Favorites” at German
Fest? One would think longevity
as the festival kicks off it 37th year at Henry Maier Festival Park.
However, those racing wiener dogs in the Dachshund Derby,
approaching its 12th year and taking off at 1 p.m. Sunday, proved
popular virtually overnight.
awards theaters, actors
MILWAUKEE - Skylight
Music Theatre’s “La Cage Aux Folles” and Waukesha Civic
Theatre’s “33 Variations” received the most awards in a new
awards ceremony that’s like a local Tonys.
Fest begins lakefront ethnic season Friday
WAUKESHA - The Summerfest
grounds’ ethnic festivals kick off with Polish Fest running Friday
through Sunday. There will be plenty of things Polish, including the
sausage and the polkas on the Non-stop Polka Stage. But there will
be plenty of other food and entertainment, such as the Whiskey Bells
at 7 p.m. Friday on the Miller Stage.
a wave of color to the lake
WAUKESHA - The Lakefront
Festival of Art turns 55 with its three-day run beginning Friday.
More than 180 artists from 33 states and Canada will be selling
6,500 pieces of art on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700
N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee. It’s kind of hard to miss with all
the big white tents.
FUNDS and FUN!
is a time-honored summer tradition in Wisconsin, on par with
baseball and apple pie. Every
year, like clockwork, church festivals sprout up at a number of
parishes throughout the region as the temperatures soar. Many of the
festivals have been a part of the landscape for decades.
‘Carnegie Hall’ kicks off Friday
WAUKESHA - Mike and Kathy
Gallenberger will be in full casual wear this Friday night.
However, on the inside, the Merton couple will be feeling
“full gown and black tie” for opening night of Friday Night
exhibit set to step off at Chudnow
MILWAUKEE - The circus is
coming to town. No, not the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Circus. That operation ended an almost century-long run last
of troubled times,’ Coffee House marks golden year
It was a volatile era,
that period in and around 1967. The Vietnam War was at its apex,
race riots raged in cities including Milwaukee, demonstrations of
dissatisfaction were being mounted the world over.
MILWAUKEE - From an
autographed guitar by Tom Petty to a video of memories, including
couples talking about how they met their future spouses at
Mistake leads to ‘gold’en career
Still to this day, Larry
Gatlin is thankful he was mistaken for someone else. In 1971, while
auditioning for The Imperials, who went on to play in Jimmy Dean’s
Las Vegas Revue, Gatlin caught the attention of country singer
Dottie West, because she thought he looked like county singer and
songwriter Mickey Newbury.
recalls Milwaukee during ‘Great War’
This spring marks the
centennial of America’s entry into World War I. Milwaukee
Historical Society archivist Kevin Abing examines “the war to end
all wars” from a Milwaukee perspective in a 240-page book
scheduled to be released Monday and available through Amazon.
Historian Gurda brings Milwaukee neighborhoods to Waukesha County
MILWAUKEE - Over the years, a
number of neighborhood appellations have become household names
throughout the Milwaukee area. Think Bay View, Riverwest, Sherman
Park, Walker’s Point.
Transition to theater
Eddie George heard millions
of fans roar in excitement throughout a 10-year NFL career when he
broke loose for a big gain or carried the ball into the end zone.
word, one track, one instrument at a time
WAUKESHA - Like most
24-year old musicians, Ben Knapp has a lot to say. It’s just that
he doesn’t say all that much in his music. The Waukesha native,
who goes by the music handle of Sweeb, is taking a rarely-used road
to musical notoriety by producing a collaboration of 10
instrumentals - mystic and melodic music without the clutter of
Public Museum serves up ‘Global Kitchen’
MILWAUKEE - Do you think
about the food at the end of your fork? Where it came from? Who took
part in growing, raising or preparing it?
to open at Wilson Center
Leslie Vansen’s “Marram,” one of the works in
the exhibition “Accumulation” that also features the work of
Normal Raja at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W.
Capitol Drive, Brookfield.
Cabaret Cafe to present Wiegratz, VIVO
OCONOMOWOC - The
Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Cabaret CafŽ presents VIVO at 7 p.m.
March 24 and March 25. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Music Now promises a foot-stomper
MILWAUKEE - Apollo’s Fire will bring foot-stomping
Baroque music as it delivers the origins of Appalachian music.
Chimneys cabaret to celebrate Women’s History Month
TOWN OF GENESEE - In celebration of Women's History
Month, Chicago’s E. Faye Butler will honor the songs made famous
by female icons of the 20th century, including Etta James, Dinah
Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Nina Simone
and Ella Fitzgerald.
Concert Band to perform Wednesday at the Marcus Center
MILWAUKEE - The city will be one of 23 in nine states
to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2017
War veteran to speak Monday
BROOKFIELD - “Reflections of a Soldier, Vietnam
1968-1969” will be presented
by the Elmbrook Historical Society at 7 p.m. Monday at the
Brookfield Public Library, 2000 N. Calhoun Road. Army veteran
Michael Kastern will talk about his time as a soldier in Vietnam,
the men he served with, and the Milwaukee Journal’s Letters From
Home printed in the Green Sheet in the 1960s and early 1970s.
to bring Irish folk music to Delafield
DELAFIELD - In the wake of St. Patrick’s Day, Bill
and Lin O’Connor will bring Irish folk music to the Delafield
History Center, 426 Wells St.
Jo Valentine to sing at Emmanuel UCC 130th anniversary
OCONOMOWOC - Through March 25, Emmanuel United Church
of Christ, 36821 Sunset Drive, will observe a weeklong 130th
anniversary celebration of its founding. Singer-songwriter Bobby Jo
Valentine will be a special guest at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday
celebratory worship service.
to play at OAC
OCONOMOWOC - ComedySportz
will bring its antics to the Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Little
Theater at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Audience members are invited to
arrive early at the theater, 641 E. Forest St., to enjoy dinner,
snacks and refreshments before the show starting at 5:45 p.m.
Astaire Studio to trot out Dance Fantasy
BROOKFIELD - Fred Astaire Dance Studio Dance Fantasy
2017 will cap off with a professional dance show this weekend at the
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.
dates set for sold-out ‘McGuire’
MILWAUKEE - On the heels
of a sold-out eight-week run, Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s “McGuire”
starring Tony Award winner and Marquette University alum Anthony
Crivello will return to the Stackner Cabaret for a limited
engagement from June 1 to June 18
resident Fraser confronts homelessness through first novel
Readers of books will
always help authors and publishers. Readers of the book “Faulty
Bones,” by Brookfield resident Joe Fraser, will help the homeless
Chorus to perform at University Lake School
DELAFIELD - Wooster Chorus, an ensemble of 70 student
musicians from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, will perform
at the University Lake School, 4024 Nagawicka Road, at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, as part of the group’s 53rd annual spring tour.
be held Sunday at
- The Bridal Decor Sale will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at
the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road.
Pow Wow to run Saturday, Sunday at State Fair Park
ALLIS - The annual Winter Pow Wow will be Saturday and Sunday at
State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., featuring American Indian dance
and songs from many nations.
- Take part in a St. Patrick’s Day warmup with guitarist and
singer Ian Gould of Belfast from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the
Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.
Choral Union sings ‘German Requiem’
WAUKESHA - Johannes Brahms’s “A German Requiem”
will be presented in a free community concert by the Waukesha Choral
Union and other featured vocalists at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carroll
University’s Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave.
Wonka Jr.’ set for Friday,
OF PEWAUKEE - The musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” will be presented at
6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fine Arts Center of
Christian Education Leadership Academy, W262-N4605 Ryan St. It will
feature more than 150 performers from 4K to eighth grade.
focus on emotion
- Author Cristina M.R. Norcross will help writers bring emotion to
the page at Saturday’s AllWriters’ workshop “Diving into the
Deep: Exploration of the Self Through Creative Writing.”
15 Minutes With: Xela Garcia
Guadalajara, Mexico, Marcela “Xela” Garcia came to Milwaukee with
her family when she was 5. Garcia, who recently took the helm as
executive director of the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, is an
MPS and UW-Madison alumna.
A love of theater from the very
Taylor Loomans, a freshman at
Slinger High School, will perform in her first play when First Stage
in Milwaukee presents Robin Hood. It opens tonight and runs through
March 12. "I'm very excited," Loomans said. "I have a great cast, a
great director; it's really coming together."
Sallmann makes music personal
WAUKESHA - There will be
no exploding pyrotechnics, no outrageous costuming or makeup and no
scenes from a lavish high-rise celebrity crib in his new music
Herbert Hoover a memorable scapegoat
Those who regard Herbert
Clark Hoover as little more than a failed U.S. president know very
little about Hoover.
Falls Patio Players
to put on ‘Enchanted April’
MENOMONEE FALLS — The Falls Patio
Players’ production of “Enchanted April” is about rediscovery.
Great Lakes Pet Expo
to be at State Fair Park
WEST ALLIS — Wisconsin’s furriest
residents play in the Puppy Bowl as part of the newly expanded 13th
Great Lakes Pet Expo from from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the
Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.
A noteworthy musical past
MILWAUKEE — If Milwaukee had a
golden era of music in producing nationally known singers and
musicians, it might have been the Big Band and post-Big Band eras.
Four artists to
usher in spring at MAM
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Art
Museum is showing four new exhibitions in the coming weeks, from New
York City street life to a contemporary site-specific installation
to paintings from the Layton Art Collection.
From Fliers to Film
Take a boozing, misanthropic,
skirt-chasing lead singer of a popular rock band, and you have grist
for a dark comedy. As such, the wacky, self-sabotaging lead
character in “Christopher Darling,” a film written and produced by
Milwaukeeans Scott Cary and Martin Kaszubowski, met audiences for
the first time at the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival.
to hold auditions
WAUKESHA - The University
of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s theater department will hold auditions for
“The Women of Lockerbie” on Tuesday and Wednesday in the
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre at UW-Waukesha.
Dragon' offers interaction
BROOKFIELD - First Stage
and Tales by the Fire will present the interactive storytelling
workshop “Lovabye Dragon” for families with children ages 3 to
Ryan McIntyre eager to play at the Pabst
WAUKESHA - Shortly before
EagleMania plays at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, expect Ryan
McIntyre to be pinching himself.
to create photo collages from old photos
WAUKESHA - Local artist Trevor Husky will show how to
create compelling photo collages from old photos at 7 p.m. Jan. 19
at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave.
discussions accompany The Rep’s performances of ‘Disgraced’
MILWAUKEE — The
Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced,” presented by the
Milwaukee Rep, will feature special discussion sessions during its
run from Tuesday through Feb. 12.
raises record $111,628 for Boys
& Girls Club
MILWAUKEE - Charles
Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a tale of hope and the
Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production gave hope to families and
We’re lucky to have a vibrant
theater scene in greater Milwaukee, and this month three productions
showcase the talents of artists with ties to the area.
luster to a literary pilgrimage
MILWAUKEE - With
manuscripts and working drafts of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord
of the Rings” trilogy and other J.R.R. Tolkien-related material,
Marquette University was still missing something.
Muskego resident Ryback honored with Cole Porter Award
WAUKESHA - Muskego native
and musical theater composer, lyricist and playwright Brett Ryback
has earned the 2016 Cole Porter Award presented by the American
Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation.
Center to host reception for artist Meuninck
BROOKFIELD - The Sharon
Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts will host a reception for Tyler
Meuninck’s “The Harbor Estuary” at 5:30 p.m. Friday at its
Ploch Art Gallery, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, followed by an artist
concert to aid Salvation Army
DELAFIELD - The Lake Country Brass Quintet will
perform Christmas music for the Salvation Army of Waukesha at 2:30
p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, 1101 N.
Gallery features ‘The Art of the Gift’
WAUKESHA - The Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St.,
presents “The Art of the Gift” annual holiday show through Dec.
31. It has fine art and crafts created by 19 local artists.
- Nora Collins, who now makes her home in the Nashville area,
recorded a Christmas single titled “Christmas Kiss,” which she
wrote with her friend Robert Arthur.
The Rep Respins a Classic
Milwaukee audiences are invited to join Ebenezer Scrooge on
his ghoulish journey to redemption when the Milwaukee Repertory
Theater presents its annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic
cautionary tale, “A Christmas Carol” — with a bit of a twist. While
the story still harkens to Victorian London, and includes all of the
endearing (and foreboding) characters people have grown to love, The
Rep has created an enchanting, immersive storytelling experience
that is sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.
15 Minutes With: Dr. Marcelle
Originally from Poland, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s new
director, Dr. Marcelle Polednik, came to the U.S. when she was 10.
With a doctorate in art history, she arrives here with the intention
to grow Milwaukee as an art center after stints as chief curator at
the Monterey Museum of Art and director of the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla.
County Fair kicks off 175th year with new logo, deals
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair
in the state, is celebrating its 175th year with a new logo and a
special promotion through Dec. 31.
in the holidays on the East Troy Railroad
EAST TROY - The East Troy
Railroad Museum’s 2016 Christmas Express Trains will take a
round-trip from the East Troy depot to Santa’s Workshop
at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago.
to air Wisconsin Philharmonic concert
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee
Public Television will air the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s holiday
concert throughout December.
Christmas tour arrives Saturday
TOWN OF WAUKESHA -
Grammy-nominated NewSong will bring its “Very Merry Christmas
Tour” - one of Christian music’s top holiday tours - to
RiverGlen Christian Church, S31-W30601 Sunset Drive, at 7:30 p.m.
with Big Cedar Bluegrass
DELAFIELD - SummerStage
will hold its Christmas concert with Big Cedar Bluegrass Band at 7
p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Church, 1600 Genesee St.
to check out and check off your holiday list
Books as Christmas gifts
is an idea to be addressed in separate local presentations during
the next week. On Saturday at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N.
Murray Ave., Daniel Goldin will deliver the annual Holiday Book Talk
under the auspices of the Friends of SPL organization.
Country Brass to perform eight concerts
WAUKESHA - The Lake
Country Brass Quintet will perform eight Christmas concerts to
benefit the Salvation Army of Waukesha.
Holiday Folk Fair features music, food and dancing
WEST ALLIS - A variety of
special events will be highlighted at the 73rd annual Holiday Folk
Fair International, which runs Friday through Sunday at State Fair
large and small prep for the season
Late November and early
December always offer us an array of Christmas shows of great
variety. Some are classics, such as Charles Dickens’ “A
Christmas Carol,” the children’s favorite “Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer” or the popular “Elf,” immortalized by the
memorable Will Ferrell.
shuttle tatting techniques
TOWN OF EAGLE - A
shuttle tatting workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday at Old World Wisconsin, W372-S9727 Highway 67.
Cinema’ to play at Wilson Center
”Sensational Cinema” scores performed
by the Wisconsin Philharmonic can be heard at
3 p.m. Sunday at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805
W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.
Hill turns to opera, Renaissance
- The Windy Hill Brass sextet will perform operatic classics and
some Renaissance dance music at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Matthias
Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha.
haunt with shadow, angles
The latest exhibit to
open at the Milwaukee Art Museum is “Haunted Screens: German
Cinema in the 1920s.” If the years of the Weimar Republic hold
little fascination for you as a modern American filmgoer, you should
realize that German Expressionist cinema has influenced directors
such as Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
author featured at festival
WAUKESHA - The two-day Southeast Wisconsin Festival
of Books will feature bestselling author Jane Hamilton, with a
reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 and keynote address at 6:30 p.m.
to play ‘Music from the Heart’
The Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, led by Music
Director Rick Kirby, will present its fall benefit concert at 7:30
p.m. Saturday in the Shattuck Auditorium on the Carroll University
campus, 218 N. East Ave.
Falls Symphony opens season
MENOMONEE FALLS - The
Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra will present “Film Scores
Throughout the Years” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton Fine
Arts Center, W220-N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.
Gallery presents "Made By Hand: Functional and Decorative
WAUKESHA - ”Made By
Hand: Functional and Decorative Crafts” is the fall exhibit at the
Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St.
Choral Union, local high school choirs join voices
OCONOMOWOC - The Waukesha Choral Union will perform
and collaborate with Kettle Moraine High School’s A Capella Choir
and the Chamber Singers of Waukesha North High School.
sought for Zion Artisan and Vendor Sale
ASHIPPUN - Crafters and
vendors can apply for the Zion Artisan and Vendor Sale on Nov. 12 at
Zion Lutheran Church
needed for the Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books on Nov. 4
WAUKESHA - Volunteers are
for the Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books 2016 , which is
Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. It is the seventh year of the free festival
organized by the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Foundation.
walk from Milwaukee covers more than redemption
MILWAUKEE - An
ex-military man from Milwaukee, a subject of a documentary film,
dispensed advice from the Landmark Oriental Theatre stage Sunday,
following the second of
the documentary’s two local screenings during the Milwaukee Film
Music Now season spans 15 centuries
MILWAUKEE - On Saturday, the British viol consort
Fretwork opens a season of celebration for Early Music Now, marking
30 years of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music in landmark
the Falls library
FALLS - The Lionel Railroad Club of Milwaukee will display toy
trains from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Menomonee Falls Public
Library, W156-N8436 Pilgrim Road.
Friday Night Free For All in big venue
- AllWriters’ Fall Friday Night Free For All will host its public
event at the CafŽ De Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave., a larger venue to
accommodate its growing crowds.
Holy Hill’ author to speak in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD - Local author
and photographer Cornel Rosario will talk about his book “Inside
Holy Hill” at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Brookfield Public Library,
1900 N. Calhoun Road.
Trek’ linked with
OF NORTH LAKE - The Town Hall Library will help celebrate the debut
50 years ago of “Star Trek” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
among Milwaukee festival’s films
“Beware the Slenderman,”
about the two Waukesha girls who allegedly nearly killed a
schoolmate in order to appease a mythical figure, will be among the
movies shown at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival.
MENOMONEE FALLS - ”Hear
My Voice: Poems of the Unheard Girls from the House of Love” will
debut from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Legacy Christian Church,
N84-W16871 Menomonee Ave.
of the Lake’
be presented Monday
- Elmbrook Historical Society will present “Lights of the Lake,”
a video presentation on lighthouses along the Great Lakes and
Atlantic Coast, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brookfield Public Library,
1900 N. Calhoun Road.
off 60th season
- The Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., kicks off its 60th
season with the musical “Gypsy,” inspired by burlesque sensation
Gypsy Rose Lee, who was aided by her stage mother. The show runs
Friday through Oct. 2.
gears up for 50th with new Miller Lite Oasis stage
MILWAUKEE - As Summerfest
prepares to celebrate its 50th season, MillerCoors will renovate its
longstanding Miller Lite Oasis stage area at Henry Maier Festival
Park on the lakefront.
new doors to Milwaukee
weekend, venues in and around Milwaukee - many rarely accessible to
the public - will welcome visitors at no cost. Some will be open
Saturday, others Sunday, still others both days.
Summer Festival turns 30
MILWAUKEE - Indian Summer Festival turns 30 this
weekend at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds on the lakefront. Plan
on cultural activities like fishing demonstrations, canoe making,
basket making and more along with cooking by acclaimed local chefs.
cows and spuds!
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee
County Zoo will take on a decidedly agricultural look Saturday and
Sunday. Family Farm Weekend will be held at the Northwestern Mutual
Family Farm, renowned for being the only working dairy farm in the
heels of Doggie Dip, Wagfest promises furry fun
At Greenfield Park in
West Allis, the 12th annual Doggie Dip welcomed canine swimmers on
Labor Day. In New York City, a Dog Film Festival has been scheduled
— presumably for human audiences. In Florida, Key Largo’s
Yappy Hours have targeted canines as well as their owners.
accepted for Delafield craft fair
DELAFIELD - Applications are being accepted for the
Mike Chaloupka Memorial Craft Fair and Silent Auction, 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
book sale kicks off Sept. 15
BROOKFIELD - The Friends
of the Brookfield Public Library Used Book Sale will take place
Sept. 15 through Sept. 18 at the Brookfield Senior Center, 2000 N.
host Celtic concert
BROOKFIELD - A Celtic Concert in
the Courtyard will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Brookfield
Public Library Courtyard, 1900 N. Calhoun Road. Enjoy the fiddle,
bodhr‡n and guitar of çthas. For more information, call 782-4140,
Coffee House begins 50th season
MILWAUKEE - The Coffee House begins its 50th season
with a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday featuring guitarist Ichiro
Suzuki and vocalist Samareh Shahmohammadi as they play American
traditional, jazz and contemporary songs. Joann Chang will perform
her dynamic poetry.
to play tribute to Chicago in Oconomowoc
OCONOMOWOC — The
Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Main Stage Series kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17, with Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago.
winding down, but new movies always with us
hates to hear what people are starting to say as August settles in
and vacations prepare to give way to school and a relatively
uninterrupted workaday world: Summer’s winding down.
Odd Couple’ takes to Lapham Peak stage
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - SummerStage at Lapham Peak
features its last play in the Summer Broadway Series with “The Odd
Couple” today through Saturday and Sept. 8 through Sept. 10.
Highland Games celebrates
- The 15th year of the Wisconsin Highland Games comes to the
Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, on Labor Day
recording artist Cheryl McCrary to
at Allo! Chocolat
- CD recording artist Cheryl McCrary and her band will play at
Waukesha Friday Night Live from 6 p.m. to 9
p.m. Friday outside Allo! Chocolat, 234 W. Main St.
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
- 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