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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.
 

New book paints Badger state's culinary portrait
WAUKESHA - Eric’s Porter-Haus in Waukesha, its faŤade “a page from ‘Gone with the Wind.’” Seven Seas in Hartland, the steak and seafood establishment that stages a Sunday champagne brunch and serves notable wines. 

Chris Weaver has enjoyed state visits
WAUKESHA - Wisconsin has become a second home for Chris Weaver. He has enjoyed previous visits to the Badger State, and Weaver hopes to do it over and over again in the coming years.

Carroll professor wins exhibition award
WAUKESHA - Peggy Thurston Farrell, associate professor of art at Carroll University, captured an award for “Circle of Samsara” in the Wisconsin Visual Artists Southeast Chapter Juried Membership Exhibit currently displayed in the Marian Art Gallery of Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. 

Carroll faculty vocalist appears at voice recital Sunday
WAUKESHA - Thomas J. Weis angles for an afternoon of “Fish, Fishing, and Fishermen,” his faculty voice recital accompanied by Rhonda Kwiecien at Carroll University. 

Special WFFNL welcomes back familiar local favorites
WAUKESHA - When Rick D’Amore was asked to perform at a special Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night Live, the Milwaukee-area singer had a few questions.

Jeff Dunham brings 'Disorderly Conduct' tour to Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE - Popular comedian Jeff Dunham and his beloved cast of characters will visit the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a 7:30 p.m. show Feb. 6.  

Civic Theatre, STEM collaborate on musical
WAUKESHA - People respond to the elevated level of emotional response elicited by a story told to and with music, said John Cramer, managing artist director at the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

Marcus Theatres to screen Oscar winners during January
WAUKESHA - The Marcus Theatres Theatre Entertainment Network is offering a sample of classic Academy Award picture winners Mondays through Thursdays in January.


St. Olaf Band to perform at Carroll University
WAUKESHA - The St. Olaf Band, dubbed “one of America’s pre-eminent bands” by The New Yorker, will perform a joint concert with the Youth Wind Orchestra of Wisconsin at Carroll University in Waukesha as part of its 2014 national tour.  

Jars of Clay brings Christmas tour to Fox River
WAUKESHA - Jars of Clay, a Christian rock band with three Grammy Awards to its credit, brings its Christmas tour to Fox River Christian Church on Sunday.

Four movies to check out at the theater over the holidays
WAUKESHA - With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, the holiday season is upon us, which means a number of movies, seasonally themed or not, are opening. 

Local author traces century of 'Bug Line' railroad
WAUKESHA - Robert Duerwachter never believed the search for a route to a trout stream in northern Wisconsin would lead to a post-retirement hobby and a series of books telling the tales of Wisconsin railroads.

Wilson Center unveils quintet of holiday events
BROOKFIELD - The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts has announced five holiday shows in November and December.

Holiday favorite returns to Pabst Theater
MILWAUKEE - “A Christmas Carol” is back for a 38th year.  The Milwaukee Repertory Theater will stage the traditional holiday favorite from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24 at the Pabst Theater.  

Carroll University Wind Symphony to commemorate John F. Kennedy
WAUKESHA - Carroll University’s Wind Symphony will present a tribute concert to President John F. Kennedy on the anniversary of his assassination Nov. 22.  


American portrait artist features at Milwaukee Art Museum
MILWAUKEE - The name Thomas Sully may not ring a bell outside of the art community, but most Americans see one of his portraits on a regular basis - that of President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

WCT gears up for 'You Can't Take It With You'
WAUKESHA - John Kibler, director of the upcoming production of “You Can’t Take it With You” at Waukesha Civic Theatre said the show is a gift of laughter, joy and absolute mayhem for any audience.  


David Lowery comes home
WAUKESHA - A Waukesha native took center stage - literally - at one of the bigger events of the recently concluded Milwaukee Film Festival.

Midwestern rock legend puts out new album
WAUKESHA - Known for his legendary list of musical endeavours, including his time with Cheap Trick, Bad Boy and Minnesota’s Straight Up, Xeno, whose real name is Randall Hogan, released a new solo album just a few weeks ago.  

From Cream City to the big screen
WAUKESHA - Former Hadfield Elementary School teacher Matthew Nichols’ favorite part of acting is stepping into another character’s life. That’s why he retired last year after 18 years of teaching to pursue film full time.

Rick D'Amore brings Sinatra, Elvis to life on stage
WAUKESHA - Take advantage of one of the last nights of Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night Live. Venture down Clinton Street to hear WFFNL regular Rick D’Amore as he croons out hits from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley outside Mia’s Italian Restaurant.

Book festival brings local authors to forefront
WAUKESHA - Technology may be changing the way people are able to read, but the appeal of holding a physical book and talking to the author who wrote it is an experience that will draw people from all over the area to the fourth Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books this weekend.