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.  

Crosby, Stills & Nash to perform at Riverside
MILWAUKEE - Crosby, Stills & Nash will appear in Milwaukee for an 8 p.m. show May 3 at the Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave.  

DigiTour to visit Milwaukee later this month
MILWAUKEE - The Pabst Theater will host the world’s first social media music festival, DigiTour, on Feb. 26.  

'LUCHARODA!' examines a child's look at her Mexican heritage
MILWAUKEE - First Stage Children’s Theater will show “LUCHADORA!” from April 10 to April 26.   First Stage’s new play development initiative honors local history and heritage of Wisconsin.  

Wisconsin Philharmonic has new leadership
WAUKESHA - The Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra announced new officers for its Board of Directors, along with two new Board members.

Speaker addresses 'Gone With the Wind'
MILWAUKEE - The year 1939 might be an incomparable one for movies. Leslie Goddard, a Chicago area historian, indicated as much in a speech to members of the Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee last week.

Milwaukee's comedy scene keeps growing
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee’s comedy scene continues its incredible growth.  After hosting six Dave Chappelle shows at the Pabst Theater in 2014 and announcing six Kevin Hart shows at the Riverside Theater for April, the Pabst Theater Group recently announced its seventh comedy special filming since 2008.  

Waukesha funnyman Johnny Beehner to appear on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’
on Friday

WAUKESHA - Johnny Beehner said he has always loved making people laugh.

Book recalls American wars on the silver screen
WAUKESHA - David Luhrssen’s latest book bears an intriguing title: “War on the Silver Screen: Shaping America’s Perception of History.”

AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop reaches milestone
WAUKESHA - Writing is often an isolating experience, but through AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop authors can find community and learn of ways to improve their work.

Songs headline production of ‘Anything Goes’
WAUKESHA - Many older musicals have little substance and rather vapid plots, but in “Anything Goes,” playing at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, with so many memorable tunes by Cole Porter, the production numbers compensate for the overall literary sparseness. The precise and elaborate dance numbers are also a visual and rhythmic treat.

McGivern's PBS series resumes in January
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Public Television announced that John McGivern’s “Around the Corner with John McGivern” show will begin its fourth season Jan. 8.

Taking a humorous trip down memory lane
WAUKESHA - According to Jim Landwehr, writer and Waukesha resident of about 30 years, “a solid sense of humor is essential to the whole camping experience.”

Old World Wisconsin offers Civil War-era Christmas
TOWN OF EAGLE - Old World Wisconsin is getting into the holiday season by stepping back in time with offerings for families that might just turn into traditions. 

WEST BEND - The real secret of magic is that the tricks might change, but the appeal remains the same, said Glen Gerard, a magician and illusionist.

Bis dann at the Holiday Folk Fair International
PEWAUKEE - Visiting the Holiday Folk Fair International is a feast for the senses - and for the Schmieder family, it’s also a time to reconnect with friends and their heritage.

Local chef wants to 'stamp your flavor passport'
HARTLAND - Born in Persia and growing up in Switzerland, chef Michael Feker was influenced by many cultural traditions.

ACAP collaborates once again with Civic Theatre
WAUKESHA - The Adaptive Community Approach Program will be back on stage at The Waukesha Civic Theatre with “Show of Shows,” a variety-type production featuring favorite songs and scenes from the history of the collaboration, which spans seven years.

'Northern Lights' to shine in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD - The second show of the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s “Northern Lights” season will again include Scandinavian-inspired music and a performance by acclaimed British pianist Simon Mulligan.

Love at first strum leads to creation of Vesper Guitars
WEST BEND - The first guitar he crafted was a graduation gift for his son in 1999. One hundred and thirty guitars later, Neal Van Slett of Germantown is the expert behind Vesper Guitars. 

'Liberace!' back by popular demand
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret once again welcomes the glittering costumes and chandeliers of Liberace.  

Sam Llanas to headline Festival of Trees and Music
MILWAUKEE - Acoustic guitarist and songwriter Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans, is one of 11 anticipated acts set to headline during the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s 11-day Festival of Trees & Music.  

Milwaukee's rich concert scene revisited in book
WAUKESHA - Lovers of lists and music will be intrigued by page 86 of Larry Widen’s new book, “Milwaukee Rock and Roll.”

Milwaukee Film Festival announces 2014 Jury Awards
MILWAUKEE - The sixth annual Milwaukee Film Festival announced its 2014 Jury Award Winners.  

Numbers keep growing for Milwaukee Film Festival
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Film Festival continues to grow in popularity. On the heels of a significant increase in attendance last year, the event topped that figure by 16 percent.

Young Company takes first place at Utah Shakespearean Festival
MILWAUKEE - For the eighth time, the nationally acclaimed First Stage Young Company sent 14 of its members to compete in the Utah Shakespearean Festival-Southern Utah University Shakespeare Competition at Cedar City, Utah.

Old World Wisconsin gears up for 2 Halloween events
TOWN OF EAGLE - Robert Parker, assistant museum director at Old World Wisconsin, said there is honestly no other Halloween event like Halloween Legends and Lore, which begins on the historic grounds Saturday.

PBS documentary examines Vietnam's growth with the help of area residents
WAUKESHA - There was a time that Vietnam was a dirty word in the United States, readily evoking approximately 60,000 Americans killed and missing in action during eight years of war.

Q&A with Jonathan Jackson, Milwaukee Film Artistic and Executive Director
Jonathan Jackson is artistic and executive director at Milwaukee Film, the nonprofit that runs the city’s annual autumn film festival, as well as offering educational programs, movie screenings for members and support for local filmmakers throughout the year.  

Waukesha actress in Rep's 'Color Purple'
When “The Color Purple” officially opens at the Milwaukee Repertory’s Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Friday night, a seventh-grader from Waukesha will be performing as Young Celie.

Former BoDeans member to perform at SummerStage
DELAFIELD - Summer is winding down. It’s enviable. The kids are back in school and routines are slowly being established into the new autumn norm.

Milwaukee Film Festival boasts more offerings
MILWAUKEE - The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival has more to offer than its 2013 counterpart. This year’s festival, the sixth edition in an annual series, will have an additional venue - the Times Cinema at North 59th and West Vliet Street on Milwaukee’s west side.

New local PBS documentary recalls Fab Four 'conquering' Milwaukee 50 years ago today
WAUKESHA - Considering the vastness of North America, two dozen cities is a tiny total. Historian Diana Belscamper is quite correct, then, when she points out in a new documentary that Milwaukee “was one of the very few stops on the (1964 North American Beatles) tour at the peak, when this frenzy was emerging.” 

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.