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. 

It’s a wrap: 304 movies from 50 nations in 15 days
MILWAUKEE - After 304 movies, some 10,000 pounds of popcorn and a cumulative attendance of 70,885 - a 10 percent increase over last year’s figure - the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival has joined its six predecessors on the pages of history.  

‘Clarence’ to be performed at Lunt-Fontanne Center
TOWN OF GENESEE - The play that catapulted Alfred Lunt, at age 27, to Broadway fame will be read by the Milwaukee Repertory’s Artistic Intern Company at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lunt-Fontanne Program Center.

Waukesha Choral Union to host an evening of friends
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha Choral Union presents “Just Friends” on Oct. 17 at St. William Parish, 440 N. Moreland Blvd.  

Summerfest announces Selena Gomez show
MILWAUKEE - Tickets for the first Summerfest show, Selena Gomez, go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 and include Summerfest admission. 

Prometheus Trio to explore the world musically at Sunset Playhouse
ELM GROVE - ”Exploring the World through Music and Its Ethnic Origins” by the Prometheus Trio will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Playhouse Studio Theater, 800 Elm Grove Road. 

Milwaukee Film Festival closes with a flurry
It’s Thursday, the last day of the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival. Before today gives way to Friday and the seventh annual MFF is history, however, 15 features and two series of shorts are scheduled to be screened.

Encore! Encore! MFF entries’ repeat performances are on the marquee
The first weekend of the seventh annual Milwaukee Film Festival from Sept. 25 through Sunday saw the local premieres of movies representing many genres and topics. 

‘Triple Threat’ Gracia Back in Milwaukee for Film Fest
In football, “triple threat” refers to an increasingly rare sort of player, one skilled at kicking as well as passing and running.

88th Art Crawl set for Oct. 3 in city’s downtown
WAUKESHA - The 88th Art Crawl will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 3 downtown. Presented by the West End Artists Association, it features 175 artists in 20 venues featuring art, gifts, food, berages and live music.

Falls Patio Players start 50th anniversary with ‘Godspell’
MENOMONEE FALLS - The curtain will rise on the Falls Patio Players’ 50th anniversary Oct. 2 with “Godspell.”

AllWriters’ to host Free for All
WAUKESHA - AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop will host its quarterly Friday Night Free for All.  

Oktoberfest rolls out downtown
MILWAUKEE — Even if you aren’t German, you can eat, drink and dance like one. Or at least try. The four-day MKE Oktoberfest rolls out the barrel Thursday downtown. 

Movie enthusiast Kuntz keeps busy
“I don’t know how I ever worked a 40-hour job,” movie buff Dale E. Kuntz mused during an interview at his Milwaukee home. “I’m supposed to be retired, but I have six part-time jobs.”

Fox River Marching Band Invitational on Sept. 27
WAUKESHA - Waukesha West High School will host the 19th annual Fox River Marching Band Invitational on Sept. 27.

Celebrate autumn harvest at Old World Wisconsin
TOWN OF EAGLE - Participate in Autumn on the Farms at Old World Wisconsin through Oct. 31.   “Our guests can help our historic farm families with a variety of unique seasonal activities like carding wool, baking bread or making sauerkraut,” said Dan Freas, director of Old World Wisconsin.  

Male voices wanted
NEW BERLIN - In its 75th year, the Milwaukee Male Chorus rehearses from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and performs about once a month from September to May.

Schauer Arts Center turns 15  
HARTFORD - The Schauer Arts Center  will celebrate 15 years of the arts with a one-night benefit event Sept. 17, featuring Emmy award-winner John McGivern.  

Workshop to focus on writing inspired by other art
WAUKESHA - Inspiration for poems can come from paintings, photographs, pottery, music and other art forms. 

Experience Civil War life at Old World Wisconsin
TOWN OF EAGLE - Get a taste of Civil War camp life by  drilling with members of the infantry, visiting the surgeon’s tent, sampling a soldier’s rations, and meeting the cavalry members and their horses.  

Milwaukee Film Festival to take center stage
Like previous Milwaukee Film Festivals, the seventh annual MFF will offer a number of themed programs. The 2015 agenda includes “Film Feast,” “Rated K: For Kids,” “Art + Artists,” “Cinema Hooligante,” “The Black Lens,” and “Sound Vision.”

Highland Games return to Waukesha
WAUKESHA - The Wisconsin Highland Games usher in Labor Day Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, at Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road. 

Irish Fest lights up city with green as it turns 35
MILWAUKEE - Several Milwaukee landmarks turn their lights green this week for Irish Fest, which kicks off today. “Ushering in our 35th anniversary, this year’s festival will be the largest celebration of Irish and Celtic music and culture to date,” said Patrick Boyle, executive director of Milwaukee Irish Fest. 

Almont Gallery freshens up its portraits
WAUKESHA - The Almont Gallery presents “A Fresh Look at Portraiture” featuring artists Dint Sweitzer and Tom Hicks. The exhibit runs from Aug. 16 to Sept. 30. 

State Fair has persisted through 16 decades, 31 presidents
WEST ALLIS - Four years prior to delivering on a Pennsylvania battlefield turned cemetery the most famous of all American addresses, Abraham Lincoln spoke - for a $150 fee - about agriculture at the Wisconsin State Fair.

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.