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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. 

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.”