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'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.

Oconomowoc community theater group poised to stage 'Evita' this month
OCONOMOWOC - Patrons of the community theater group Theatre on Main in Oconomowoc, will be transported to Argentina during the next three weeks as “Evita,” the musical story of Argentine first lady Eva Peron, is staged.

AllWriters' sets public event
WAUKESHA - AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop will present a second special-themed version of its Summer Friday Night Free For All on July 11.  

Local poet to present workshop at AllWriters' this month
WAUKESHA - AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop will welcome guest lecturer Margaret Rozga and her workshop “Poetry Play Date” on July 19.  

Almont Gallery presents summer nature exhibit
WAUKESHA - The Almont Gallery is presenting its newest exhibit, “Nature in All It’s Glory.”


Back home to share a message of hope
It’s been a while since we’ve heard the name Danny Gokey. It was four years ago when Gokey released his first album, “My Best Days,” after making it as a finalist during the eighth season of “American Idol.” 

Led Zeppelin still soaring with rerelease project
WAUKESHA - As soon as the Hammer of the Gods strikes again in the latest Led Zeppelin project fans get a whole lot to love.  

Duffy named music director of MYSO's Philharmonia Orchestra
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has hired Daniel Duffy as music director of the MYSO’s Philharmonia Orchestra. 

Music in the air
BROOKFIELD - Pack up the family, bring blankets and chairs and soak up the free outdoor concerts put on by Brookfield’s Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts as it presents its Starry Nights outdoor concert series. 

Smooth start
WEST BEND - Local saxophonist Dave Petty is happy to have found the perfect name for his jazz combo.  

Pure lunacy
HARTFORD - A Lunacy rock band rehearsal cranked in a Hartford neighborhood. Technically true in covering one artist after another, the talents of four musicians combined to indicate a forthcoming blast this Saturday at the River Horse West in West Bend.

Trinity Dancers win gold at World Championships
WAUKESHA - The Trinity Irish Dancers recently returned from the World Irish Dance Championships in London, England, where they captured a highly coveted gold medal in the Minor Girls Figure U13 team category.  

Blind Dog Hopkins happy to rock the blues
WAUKESHA - Could the blues be performed by a happier band? Since 2010, Blind Dog Hopkins has combined musicianship and a fun attitude to rock venues in southeastern Wisconsin.

Student directors to lead South plays
WAUKESHA - The Blackshirt Players will present two one-act plays next weekend, highlighting the work of Waukesha South High School seniors Guillermo Contreras and Isaiah Reynolds.  

'Irreplaceable' documentary explores questions during one-night showing May 6
WAUKESHA - Fathom Events, Focus on the Family and Pine Creek Entertainment will present “Irreplaceable” in select U.S. cinemas at 7:30 p.m. May 6.

OAC releases 2014-15 schedule
OCONOMOWOC - The Oconomowoc Arts Center unveiled its 2014-15 schedule this week.

Changes were made during 26-year firefighting career
OCONOMOWOC - Sights and smells of soot, smoke, flames and charred furnishings will forever be with Rick Ornberg. After more than a quarter-century of fighting fires full time, how could they not?

Stuermer changes the songs, but keeps the character
WAUKESHA - From playing trumpet in elementary school to bending the strings as lead guitarist for Genesis and Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer of Milwaukee considers life in music an ongoing project of reinvention


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.