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Indie rock band with local ties releases full-length album
WAUKESHA - Adam Sutkiewicz, a 2007 Catholic Memorial High School graduate and vocalist and guitarist of Indie rock band The Appalachians, said the self-titled release of the trio’s new full-length record has received plenty of local and national interest. 

Milwaukee Symphony to play music of Led Zeppelin
MILWAUKEE - Classical music and rock ‘n’ roll will be combined once again. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced it will perform the music of Led Zeppelin for a one-night-only show at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. 

Stones cover band ready for SummerStage show
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - Aaron Heffernan, the lead vocalist of Shattered, a Rolling Stones tribute band, said he and fellow band members are excited to be returning to the SummerStage outdoor performing arts stage at Lapham Peak Park for a night of rock ‘n’ roll under the stars.

The old is new again when Milwaukee vintage base ball clubs meet in Richfield
WEST BEND - The Milwaukee Cream Citys will take on the Milwaukee Greys in an 1860s-style base ball game (as it was called then) at 11 a.m. Sunday in conjunction with a car show in the Richfield Historical and Nature Park, 1896 Highway 164.

Museum of Wisconsin Art unveils exhibits
WEST BEND - The Museum of Wisconsin Art is presenting two new exhibitions: “Tyanna Buie: Still Lives” and “Madison Art Guild: Centenary.”
 

Blues in the night — and the day
DELAFIELD — The 2014 Waukesha BluesFest, presented by the Waukesha Rotary Club, will be coming to Naga-Waukee Park Friday and Saturday.

Hulu’s ‘Quick Draw’ launches 2nd season
WAUKESHA - He may never reach iconic status like television characters Don Draper (Jon Hamm) of “Mad Men” and Michael Scott (Steve Carell) of “The Office,” but John Henry Hoyle is a fascinating personality.

Old World Wisconsin keeps Civil War era on the radar
TOWN OF EAGLE - Jennifer Van Haaften, associate museum director at Old World Wisconsin said the upcoming Civil War Encounters event running now until Sept. 1 gives guests a chance to see parts of what it was like to be a soldier in camp or to be at home keeping busy, sending items to the front to give their soldier comfort.

Annual bluegrass event Sunday
WEST BEND - For some, there’s no better way to spend a summer day than to gather friends and family and listen to bluegrass music. The eighth annual Bluegrass at the Village event is Sunday in the historical Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway I, Saukville.

Times Cinema added to venues for Milwaukee Film Festival
MILWAUKEE - The Times Cinema has been added to the list of Milwaukee Film Festival venues for this year.  

State artists to converge on Richfield for annual show
RICHFIELD - Artists from all across Wisconsin will bring art ranging from canvas bags and paintings to sculptures July 26 to raise funds to restore the Messer/Mayer Mill in Richfield Park.


ACAP Playmakers collaborate with Civic Theatre
WAUKESHA - If you’re looking for something unique to do this weekend and are already tired of shaking sand out of every toy your child insists on packing for a day at the beach, head to The Waukesha Civic Theatre.

Independent film director calls the shots during filming at Museum of Wisconsin Art
WEST BEND - Grand works of Carl von Marr and exhibiting artists, such as John Steuart Curry (oils on canvas) and Carl Corey (Hudson photographer), were vivid backdrops as art in film unfolded recently at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

Oconomowoc community theater group poised to stage 'Evita' this month
OCONOMOWOC - Patrons of the community theater group Theatre on Main in Oconomowoc, will be transported to Argentina during the next three weeks as “Evita,” the musical story of Argentine first lady Eva Peron, is staged.

AllWriters' sets public event
WAUKESHA - AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop will present a second special-themed version of its Summer Friday Night Free For All on July 11.  

Local poet to present workshop at AllWriters' this month
WAUKESHA - AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop will welcome guest lecturer Margaret Rozga and her workshop “Poetry Play Date” on July 19.  

Almont Gallery presents summer nature exhibit
WAUKESHA - The Almont Gallery is presenting its newest exhibit, “Nature in All It’s Glory.”


Back home to share a message of hope
It’s been a while since we’ve heard the name Danny Gokey. It was four years ago when Gokey released his first album, “My Best Days,” after making it as a finalist during the eighth season of “American Idol.” 

Led Zeppelin still soaring with rerelease project
WAUKESHA - As soon as the Hammer of the Gods strikes again in the latest Led Zeppelin project fans get a whole lot to love.  

Duffy named music director of MYSO's Philharmonia Orchestra
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has hired Daniel Duffy as music director of the MYSO’s Philharmonia Orchestra. 

Music in the air
BROOKFIELD - Pack up the family, bring blankets and chairs and soak up the free outdoor concerts put on by Brookfield’s Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts as it presents its Starry Nights outdoor concert series. 

Smooth start
WEST BEND - Local saxophonist Dave Petty is happy to have found the perfect name for his jazz combo.  

Pure lunacy
HARTFORD - A Lunacy rock band rehearsal cranked in a Hartford neighborhood. Technically true in covering one artist after another, the talents of four musicians combined to indicate a forthcoming blast this Saturday at the River Horse West in West Bend.

Trinity Dancers win gold at World Championships
WAUKESHA - The Trinity Irish Dancers recently returned from the World Irish Dance Championships in London, England, where they captured a highly coveted gold medal in the Minor Girls Figure U13 team category.  

Blind Dog Hopkins happy to rock the blues
WAUKESHA - Could the blues be performed by a happier band? Since 2010, Blind Dog Hopkins has combined musicianship and a fun attitude to rock venues in southeastern Wisconsin.

Student directors to lead South plays
WAUKESHA - The Blackshirt Players will present two one-act plays next weekend, highlighting the work of Waukesha South High School seniors Guillermo Contreras and Isaiah Reynolds.  

'Irreplaceable' documentary explores questions during one-night showing May 6
WAUKESHA - Fathom Events, Focus on the Family and Pine Creek Entertainment will present “Irreplaceable” in select U.S. cinemas at 7:30 p.m. May 6.

OAC releases 2014-15 schedule
OCONOMOWOC - The Oconomowoc Arts Center unveiled its 2014-15 schedule this week.

Changes were made during 26-year firefighting career
OCONOMOWOC - Sights and smells of soot, smoke, flames and charred furnishings will forever be with Rick Ornberg. After more than a quarter-century of fighting fires full time, how could they not?

Stuermer changes the songs, but keeps the character
WAUKESHA - From playing trumpet in elementary school to bending the strings as lead guitarist for Genesis and Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer of Milwaukee considers life in music an ongoing project of reinvention


United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival returns to Carroll
WAUKESHA - The ninth annual United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival will be held April 2 at Carroll University.  

Founder of Beatles tribute band recalls more than 3 decades of playing the Fab Four's music
WAUKESHA - Clothed and coiffed like the Beatles, The Britins originated in Milwaukee in 1977 and became nationally known as a tribute band. 

March: A month for different films
WAUKESHA - The month of March is being marked in our area by the release of three very different films: the comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel” on Friday, one week after the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” and two weeks after the graphic novel adaptation “300: Rise of an Empire.”


Don’t Just Sit There
WAUKESHA - When you attend a klezmer band concert, be ready to become a participant, not just a listener.


Nephew pens biography about original country music outlaw
OCONOMOWOC - Tompall Glaser was a rebel and a Nashville outlaw before it was the cool persona marketed by many of today’s hottest country music singers.


Civic Theatre’s ‘Curtains’ a whodunit musical comedy
WAUKESHA - “Curtains” by John Kander and Fred Ebb, their last work, does not measure up to their best musicals - “Cabaret,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Chicago.”


Sunset’s ‘Joseph’ raises the bar with complete show
WAUKESHA - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice launched their sterling careers in 1968 with  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat.”


Milwaukee Rep unveils 2014-15 schedule
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Repertory Theater unveiled its 2014-15 show lineup last week.

'Spamalot' cast offers humor, dedication
HARTLAND - Paul Weir, who plays King Arthur, leader of the Knights of the Round Table in the upcoming Lake Country Players production of “Spamalot,” said his role mirrors many things he’s been involved in throughout his life.

Italian maestro directs Carroll Wind Symphony during free concert
WAUKESHA - International maestro Filippo Salemmi returns to Carroll University as a special guest conductor of the Wind Symphony on Friday.  

Civic Theatre announces schedule for 2014-15 main stage
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha Civic Theatre has announced its schedule for the 2014-15 season. The main stage shows include “The Sound of Music,” “Lend Me A Tenor,” “Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Carols,” “Funny Money,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Les MisŽrables” and “Father of the Bride.”  

Waukesha ballet student makes national finals
WAUKESHA - The Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy announced that Waukesha native Alaina Andersen, 15, has advanced to the next level of the Youth American Grand Prix Senior Women Division competition. 

Making their marks on reality TV
GREENFIELD - As tattoo artists, Jim Francis of Greenfield and Melissa Monroe of the Town of Farmington are used used to leaving indelible marks on people.

'BODY WORLDS' cycles back
MILWAUKEE - Six years after shattering the Milwaukee Public Museum’s special exhibition attendance record, a second “BODY WORLDS” exhibition has returned to offer another unique look at the human body.

Glass artist’s exhibit opens today at MOWA
WEST BEND - Artist Beth Lipman is seeing her contemporary glass sculpture in a new light thanks to the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. 


'Everything changed' on one Sunday night
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a onetime Milwaukeean who famously commented on the demise of old soldiers, died - or faded away- at 84. Nikita Krushchev, the Soviet premier who may or may not have pounded his shoe on a desk at the United Nations three years earlier, lost his job. 

Local poet Rhodebeck produces fourth book
WAUKESHA - Menomonee Falls resident Liz Rhodebeck’s new poetry chapbook - her fourth - is in the tradition of the 2013 hit comedy film “Enough Said.”

Award-winning actor Pierce chosen to lead master class
GENESEE DEPOT - Ten Chimneys Foundation announced that Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce will serve as the master teacher for the 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program.