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‘Inside Holy Hill’ author to speak in Brookfield
BROOKFIELD - Local author and photographer Cornel Rosario will talk about his book “Inside Holy Hill” at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road.

‘Star Trek’ linked with Aristotle in lecture
TOWN OF NORTH LAKE - The Town Hall Library will help celebrate the debut 50 years ago of “Star Trek” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

‘Slenderman’ among Milwaukee festival’s films
“Beware the Slenderman,” about the two Waukesha girls who allegedly nearly killed a schoolmate in order to appease a mythical figure, will be among the movies shown at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival. 

Book launch celebrated
MENOMONEE FALLS - ”Hear My Voice: Poems of the Unheard Girls from the House of Love” will debut from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Legacy Christian Church, N84-W16871 Menomonee Ave. 

‘Lights of the Lake’ to be presented Monday
BROOKFIELD - Elmbrook Historical Society will present “Lights of the Lake,” a video presentation on lighthouses along the Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road. 

Waukesha Civic Theatre kicks off 60th season
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., kicks off its 60th season with the musical “Gypsy,” inspired by burlesque sensation Gypsy Rose Lee, who was aided by her stage mother. The show runs Friday through Oct. 2.

Summerfest gears up for 50th with new Miller Lite Oasis stage
MILWAUKEE - As Summerfest prepares to celebrate its 50th season, MillerCoors will renovate its longstanding Miller Lite Oasis stage area at Henry Maier Festival Park on the lakefront. 

Opening new doors to Milwaukee
This weekend, venues in and around Milwaukee - many rarely accessible to the public - will welcome visitors at no cost. Some will be open Saturday, others Sunday, still others both days.  

Indian Summer Festival turns 30
MILWAUKEE - Indian Summer Festival turns 30 this weekend at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds on the lakefront. Plan on cultural activities like fishing demonstrations, canoe making, basket making and more along with cooking by acclaimed local chefs.

Goats, cows and spuds!
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County Zoo will take on a decidedly agricultural look Saturday and Sunday. Family Farm Weekend will be held at the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm, renowned for being the only working dairy farm in the city. 

On heels of Doggie Dip, Wagfest promises furry fun
At Greenfield Park in West Allis, the 12th annual Doggie Dip welcomed canine swimmers on Labor Day. In New York City, a Dog Film Festival has been scheduled — presumably for human audiences. In Florida, Key Largo’s Yappy Hours have targeted canines as well as their owners. 

Applications accepted for Delafield craft fair
DELAFIELD - Applications are being accepted for the Mike Chaloupka Memorial Craft Fair and Silent Auction, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Used book sale kicks off Sept. 15
BROOKFIELD - The Friends of the Brookfield Public Library Used Book Sale will take place Sept. 15 through Sept. 18 at the Brookfield Senior Center, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Brookfield library to host Celtic concert
BROOKFIELD - A Celtic Concert in the Courtyard will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Brookfield Public Library Courtyard, 1900 N. Calhoun Road. Enjoy the fiddle, bodhr‡n and guitar of çthas. For more information, call 782-4140, option 1.

The Coffee House begins 50th season
MILWAUKEE - The Coffee House begins its 50th season with a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday featuring guitarist Ichiro Suzuki and vocalist Samareh Shahmohammadi as they play American traditional, jazz and contemporary songs. Joann Chang will perform her dynamic poetry. 
 

Band to play tribute to Chicago in Oconomowoc
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Main Stage Series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, with Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago. 

Summer winding down, but new movies always with us
One hates to hear what people are starting to say as August settles in and vacations prepare to give way to school and a relatively uninterrupted workaday world: Summer’s winding down.  

‘The Odd Couple’ takes to Lapham Peak stage
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - SummerStage at Lapham Peak features its last play in the Summer Broadway Series with “The Odd Couple” today through Saturday and Sept. 8 through Sept. 10.

Wisconsin Highland Games celebrates 15th anniversary
WAUKESHA - The 15th year of the Wisconsin Highland Games comes to the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, on Labor Day weekend.

CD recording artist Cheryl McCrary to sing at Allo! Chocolat
WAUKESHA - CD recording artist Cheryl McCrary and her band will play at Waukesha Friday Night Live from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday outside Allo! Chocolat, 234 W. Main St.

Ushering in Oktoberfest season
WAUKESHA - The unofficial two-month start of Oktoberfest season shouts the question: Why are they so popular? With almost a dozen festivals in the Milwaukee area alone, those behind the scenes used one word: gemŸtlichkeit.

Fall theater ranges from classic to quirky
Expect diverse shows when many professional theaters open their new seasons during fall. In the next three months, there will be classic musicals, comedies, tributes to iconic artists, dramas, quirky returns to the past and a few provocative pieces that remind us of some societal issues.

Donna Lexa Art Fair turns 20 on Saturday
WALES —  More than 50 artists will exhibit paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, pottery, photography, fiber, wood, and other fine arts and crafts Saturday along the Glacial Drumlin State Bike Trail.

IndiaFest to feature food, music, dance
MILWAUKEE - Vibrant traditional dress, authentic Indian cuisine, and classical to contemporary music and dance come together to celebrate Indian culture at the free IndiaFest Milwaukee.

Fringe Festival’s free stage to spotlight Milwaukee area musicians
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Fringe Festival, the region’s newest multidisciplinary arts festival taking place in downtown Milwaukee on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28, will feature its free Gazebo Music Stage in Pere Marquette Park. 

Midweek jazz comes to ‘the Shaw’ downtown
WAUKESHA - In a fertile period for jazz in downtown Waukesha, a.k.a. “the Shaw,” Craig Hurst started four bands in four months, beginning in February.

Tuning into Irish Fest
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Irish Fest spotlights food, culture, sport, canines and more. But you overlook the music at your own entertainment peril. It’s hard to overlook 100 entertainment acts on 17 stages over four days.

Waukesha BluesFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary
DELAFIELD - While not your classic “variety show,” all kinds of blues will be felt and heard at Waukesha BluesFest in a coast-to-coast music blitz.

‘Good Dinosaur’ to be screened Monday
WAUKESHA — The next free Monday Night at the Movies features “The Good Dinosaur” (PG) at 8 p.m. Monday in the Les Paul Performance Center, 321 Wisconsin Ave.

Arts in the Community nominations sought
Nominations are being sought for the eighth annual Arts in the Community Awards, presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.
 

Brico award film entries deadline Sunday
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Film announced applications are open for its Brico Forward Fund for local filmmakers to create and complete worthy projects.  

State Fair unleashes annual 11-day run of fun
WEST ALLIS - What’s new at the State Fair? The deep-fried ol’ fashioned based at Water Street Brewery’s stand, for one.  “It’s a Wisconsin tradition somehow related to a delicious dessert,” said Kristi Chuckel, the fair communications director.

A Milwaukee festival you can count on for food, music, games
MILWAUKEE - Let loose the hounds - the Dachshunds, that is. The racing real-life wiener dogs are just one of the fun family activities taking place this weekend at German Fest on the lakefront.

Dragon Boat Festival returns to Veterans Park
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Chinese Community Center will present the fourth Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival at Milwaukee County’s Veterans Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Pewaukee library to host Jessie Garcia
PEWAUKEE -  Award-winning sportscaster Jessie Garcia will discuss her new book “Going for Wisconsin Gold: Stories of Our State Olympians” at the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St.  The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in the library Community Meeting Room.

SummerStage features ‘The Secret Garden’
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - SummerStage continues its Broadway Series with “The Secret Garden,” a story about the blossoming of the earth and the human spirit.  

West Community Theatre to stage ‘Wizard of Oz’
NEW BERLIN - It’s lions, tigers and ruby slippers at the West Performing Arts Center on weekends from Aug. 5 through Aug. 14. “The Wizard of Oz” will be at the theater at 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.  

Author Reichert to sign books July 27
BROOKFIELD — Meet Amy E. Reichert, regional best-selling author of “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake,” at 7 p.m. July 27, Brookfield Half Price Books, 17145 W. Bluemound Road. 

‘Ronaldo’ screened at Waukesha library
WAUKESHA — “Ronaldo” (PG13) will be the next Monday Night at the Movie at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha.  

Festa Italiana brings food, family, fun together in ‘abbondanza’
MILWAUKEE - Food, family and fun. They’re the basics of most lakefront festivals, but Festa Italiana has them in abundance or abbondanza. For its 39th year, the festival on the lakefront brings old and new together. It runs from Friday through Sunday.

Waukesha County Fair stars can neigh, moo and squeal
WAUKESHA - When it comes to entertainment, bands like Foreigner or food like fried something on a stick might stand out at a county fair.

UW-Waukesha to host  ‘Feast of Stephens’ 
WAUKESHA — The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s summer musical “Feast of Stephens: A Musical Revue of the songs of Stephen Schwartz & Stephen Sondheim” is at 7:30 p.m. July 21 and July 22 at the campus’s Lunt- Fontanne Theatre, 1500 N. University Drive.

Peter Mulvey to sing at SummerStage
TOWN OF DELAFIELD — Peter Mulvey & the Invisible Fiancees will take the stage at SummerStage at Lapham Peak on Saturday.  

‘Mary Poppins’ to run over two days
WALES  — Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney movie, “Mary Poppins” is a rich retelling of the life on Cherry Tree Lane with the practically perfect  nanny.  

Another tasty helping of Wisconsin supper clubs
WAUKESHA - While cheese, beer and Harleys may be the most highlighted parts of the Wisconsin identity, the state’s character also includes the supper club, which has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, in part due to Ron Faiola’s books and documentary on the subject.

WheelHouse to headline SummerStage’s series
TOWN OF DELAFIELD - As part of the SummerStage Music Series at Lapham Peak, WheelHouse will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with opening performer Brett Gaertner.

Enjoy tea on Sunday
BROOKFIELD - Enjoy an 1860s tea at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway, on Sunday with seatings at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Reservations are required.

Celebrate Croatian Day with plenty of activities
MUKWONAGO -  For the 57th straight year, John Movrich Croatian Lodge 993 will hold Mukwonago Croatian Day Fest from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 9 at Field Park, highways 83 and NN.  

As OWW hits 40, director offers thoughts
EAGLE - A history buff from his early years growing up in western Pennsylvania, Daniel J. Freas, 56, worked at museums and historic sites in five states before coming to Wisconsin.

Hollywood-influenced Benton works  explore individuals’ epic qualities
MILWAUKEE — A self-portrait depicts Thomas Hart Benton grasping a staff,  much like a modern day Poseidon — only the artist’s staff turns out to be the stem of a beach umbrella, and the reincarnation of the Greek  sea  god is apparently clad in swimming trunks.

Thousands of visitors scores of artists expected at MAM festival
MILWAUKEE - Some 30,000 attendees are expected, while more than 175 artists from around the country - among them painters and printmakers, sculptors and ceramicists - will be represented at this weekend’s Lakefront Festival of Art in Milwaukee.

Polish Fest returns to lakefront  
MILWAUKEE - Polish Fest returns to the lakefront with some of its old favorites, from pierogis to polkas, Friday through Sunday.  

Festa Choir seeks members for Festa Italiana Mass
MILWAUKEE - The Festa Choir is seeking choir members, all voice parts, to participate in singing at the Mass at Festa Italiana at 11 a.m. July 24. Members do not have to be able to speak Italian.  

Museum’s BioBlitz to feature local species
SOUTH MILWAUKEE -  The Milwaukee Public Museum is taking science out of the lab at its free second annual BioBlitz from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave.

Annual Hartland Street Dance set for July 16
HARTLAND -  The Hartland Street Dance kicks off at 5:30 p.m. July 16 in downtown Hartland on East Capitol Drive  (between North Avenue and Church Street). There is no entry fee and beverage and food are available for purchase.

Free autoharp session at Muskego library
MUSKEGO - Appalachian autoharper Lou Nielsen will play his autoharp and mountain dulcimer, as well as share information on old-time American music and instruments at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Muskego Public Library, S73-W16663 Janesville Road.  

SummerStage starts season with concert
TOWN OF DELAFIELD -SummerStage at Lapham Peak opens its summer concert season with “Party in the Park” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 

State throws Free Fun Weekend
WAUKESHA - Nothing to do? Or it costs too much? Or it’s too far? Well, hold onto your bicycling helmet or kayak paddle for Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin.

‘Cheeseheads’ to be screened Friday
WAUKESHA - “Cheeseheads: The Documentary” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday at the  Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Carroll offers Scholars for Life classes
WAUKESHA - Carroll University is offering three-day seminars as part of its Scholars for Life program.

‘McDonald’s Unwrapped’ at La Casa
WAUKESHA - SHARP Literacy celebrates its 20th anniversary May 19 with “McDonald’s Unwrapped” at La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave.

Jason Alexander to teach Lunt-Fontanne program
TOWN OF GENESSE - Ten Chimneys Foundation has announced Jason Alexander will serve as the master teacher for the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a national program to serve the future of American theater.

Lisa Marie Brodsky to lead poetry workshop
WAUKESHA - Returning for a second Celebrity Saturday, Lisa Marie Brodsky will show how to transform emotional turmoil into cathartic and beautiful poetry from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, 234 Brook St.  

Downtown Waukesha to host ‘Mother of a Crawl’
WAUKESHA - Downtown Waukesha’s “Mother of a Crawl” will feature more than 175 artists in 21 galleries and venues from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 7.  

Elmbrook Historical Society to host Civil War Encampment
BROOKFIELD - The Elmbrook Historical Society will host its 22nd annual Civil War Encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway.

AllWriters to feature novella workshop
WAUKESHA - Embrace the novella with Pushcart Prize-winning author G. K. Wuori from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop

The Disappeared subject of Carroll play
WAUKESHA - The Carroll Players will perform “ÀD—nde Est‡s?” (“Where Are You?”), a bilingual play based on a group of mothers during the reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.  

Make crafts out of colorful duct tape
MENOMONEE FALLS - You see them in the craft shows: unique flower pens, lanyards or wallets made with duct tape in cool colors or mod prints. 

Self-taught art show takes center stage at Milwaukee Art Museum
MILWAUKEE - “Taking Center Stage: The Lanford Wilson Collection of Self-Taught Art” opens Friday, celebrating the 2012 gift of the Lanford Wilson Collection to the Milwaukee Art Museum. 

Repticon to return to Waukesha
WAUKESHA - Repticon, a nationwide promoter of reptile and exotic animal expos, brings vendors, breeders and educators for a family-oriented event. 

Chudnow exhibits dovetail with 2016 state primary
MILWAUKEE - Just in time for Wisconsin’s presidential preference primary on Tuesday, an area museum has unveiled a pair of political displays.

AllWriters’ Free For All moves to Cafe De Arts
WAUKESHA - With the need for more space, the AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop Spring Friday Night Free For All has moved to CafŽ De Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave.

‘Signs of Spring’ pop up at Almont Gallery
WAUKESHA - ”Signs of Spring,” featuring  artists Michelle Freuck, Ann Windell and Connie Pelzek, begins its six-week run Friday at Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St.  

Eastertime movie quiz
As you undoubtedly know, a fair share of movies have been produced in which Jesus and early Christians have been the subject. With Easter quickly approaching it seems fitting to consider such films—and the following quiz does just that.

‘Home Movie Day’ brings UW archivists to Brookfield
A yeoman’s job by a carload of professional and student archivists will soon journey from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the Brookfield Public Library.

Eric Yves Garcia to be at Ten Chimneys
TOWN OF GENESEE - An Evening of Cabaret with Eric Yves Garcia begin sat 7 p.m. Saturday at Ten Chimneys, S43-W31575 Depot Road. Garcia's performance will feature songs from the Great American Songbook. 

St. Anthony to present ‘Little Mermaid, Jr.’
WALES - “Little Mermaid, Jr.,” will be performed by the St. Anthony on the Lake Drama Club at Kettle Moraine High School Auditorium, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Tickets can be purchased at the box office for $6. Seating is limited.

Explore the Hudson River School of art at Brookfield library
BROOKFIELD - Explore the Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Milwaukee Art Museum will present the talk on 19th-century landscape artists at the Brookfield Public Library Community Room, 1900 N. Calhoun Road.  

Air Force band to play free at PAC
MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.
 

'Unforgettable’ comedian returns to South Milwaukee roots
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Executive Director Rachel Sorce reminisced recently about one-time schoolmate Jackie Kashian (pronounced KAY-shin).

Chat with author at Brookfield library
BROOKFIELD - Chat with author Amy E. Reichert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road. Her new book is “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake.” 

Dasha Kelly to lead AllWriters’ workshop
WAUKESHA - Writers can flip characters and plot lines on their sides with the AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop’s March Celebrity on Saturday.  

90th Art Crawl set for March 5
WAUKESHA - The Get Lucky Art Crawl will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 5 in downtown Waukesha. The 90th Art Crawl features more than 20 galleries and studios featuring 175-plus artists, food, and drinks as well as live music.

Local writer’s new book literally secret
The Masons, the Manson family, the Mafia. All three fall into the category of secretive entities. And all three are among the chapter topics in David Luhrssen’s latest book, “Secret Societies and Clubs in American History.”