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Q&A with Nils Lofgren
Musician Nils Lofgren’s career has spanned nearly half a century and he’s played with a wide variety of the greats. Lofgren has worked with Neil Young, Cab Calloway, and Branford Marsalis, and has been a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, which earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band. 

4-H club offers more than agricultural activities
MILWAUKEE - Many people think of local 4-H clubs as organizations that help kids care for and show livestock at county and state fairs.

Iconic Milwaukee movie house reopens Aug. 10
MILWAUKEE - The venerable Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave., which dates back nine decades to the year of the celebrated Lindbergh flight and the great Babe Ruth’s then record-setting 60-home-run performance, is poised to reopen Aug. 10 under new ownership.

Ethnic roots nourished at Holiday Folk Fair
Since the time of World War II, the Holiday Folk Fair International has ushered in the holiday season for any number of residents of the region.

Dontre Hamilton documentary to have three showings
MILWAUKEE - One is tempted to summarize “The Blood Is at the Doorstep,” scheduled for three screenings at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, by calling it the story of Dontre Hamilton.

Milwaukee Film Festival offers great variety
The ninth annual Milwaukee Film Festival, running for two weeks from Thursday to Oct. 12, promises - as usual - a great variety of cinematic offerings. A dozen promising MFF entries are synopsized below.

Blues Brothers ‘looking forward’ to local show
SOUTH MILWAUKEE - The band-fronting Blues Brothers are “looking forward” to making a return trip to Milwaukee. At least Elwood Blues, aka Kieron Lafferty, is.

Big Gig BBQ returns for second year on Summerfest grounds
MILWAUKEE - Fourteen of some of the best mainly local barbecuers square off. Sound like your idea of fun? Oh, and you get to pig out - on pig. Well, not exclusively. The second annual Big Gig BBQ returns Sunday to the Summerfest grounds.

‘Borchert Field’ examines forerunner of Miller Park
Before Miller Park, there was Milwaukee County Stadium. Before County Stadium, there was Borchert Field. Sixty-five years after the final pitch was hurled in “the splintered old park that folks liked to call Borchert’s Orchard,” Bob Buege, source of the foregoing quote, has written “Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark.”

Clothing, home improvement products to be featured at ‘Refashion for Life’
MUSKEGO -  “Refashion for Life,” the fashion show combining the newest in clothing with fashionable products for the home, will feature an assortment of early- and late-fall fashions, plus a variety of home improvement and remodeling products.

The essence of India
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, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. It all takes place in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

Prolific author turns to classic rock
Prolific Milwaukee author David Luhrssen is at it again. Recently, Luhrssen published what he thinks is his 11th book; when you’ve published as many as he has, and you write and edit daily as a journalist, it becomes difficult to keep count. 

Guitar Festival starts today
BROOKFIELD - Internationally renowned musicians, including jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks, will play at the 2017 Guitar Festival, which begins today at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.  

TradFest Dublin Showcase, chef and more at Irish Fest next week
MILWAUKEE - Performers from the renowned TradFest Temple Bar in Dublin will take on their first engagement on U.S. soil at Milwaukee Irish Fest as five more city landmarks turn green during the world’s largest Irish festival.

Playing under the influence of a blues-rock legend
WAUKESHA - When Paul Nelson arrives Saturday at the Waukesha BluesFest in Delafield, he’ll bring the Paul Nelson Band.

11th BluesFest features Musselwhite, Popovic
WAUKESHA - The 11th annual Waukesha BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival,” is celebrating the roots of American music with acts ranging from blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country to gospel, soul, jazz and folk. 

Much to see during State Fair's 11-day run
WEST ALLIS - What’s new at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, you ask? The Wonderwheel will be seen all 11 days and nights of the fair, which runs through Aug. 13. Billed as North America’s largest traveling Ferris wheel, it makes its Wisconsin debut, all 400,000 pounds and 15 stories of it.

10 new State Fair food, drink items to try
WEST ALLIS - With 65 new food and beverage choices at this year’s Wisconsin State Fair, how do you choose? Sometimes it’s the name alone. Other times it’s a desire for something sweet, other times something savory. Then there are times when something shouts “fair food!”

Eight food vendors vie for coveted Sporkies at the fair
WEST ALLIS - Then there were eight. The remaining entries out of 31 Sporkies will be cut again at the Wisconsin State Fair. “The vendors have been coming up with interesting new foods for years and we came up with a way to reward them,” Kristin Chuckel, State Fair communications director, said of the origins of the fifth annual food competition.

Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday this summer
MILWAUKEE - This summer, the Milwaukee Art Museum joins prominent institutions across the country in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday.

Stihl Timersports championships to saw, chop away at German Fest
MILWAUKEE - Let the woodchips fly and hearts pump at German Fest. The Stihl Timbersports 2017 U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championship will take place for the first time at the fest Friday through Sunday at the BMO Harris Pavilion at Henry Maier Festival Park. 

German Fest ready to roll out the food and fun for 37th year
MILWAUKEE - What’s required to be named one of the 12 “Fest Favorites” at German Fest? One would think longevity as the festival kicks off it 37th year at Henry Maier Festival Park. However, those racing wiener dogs in the Dachshund Derby, approaching its 12th year and taking off at 1 p.m. Sunday, proved popular virtually overnight.

Footlights awards theaters, actors
MILWAUKEE - Skylight Music Theatre’s “La Cage Aux Folles” and Waukesha Civic Theatre’s “33 Variations” received the most awards in a new awards ceremony that’s like a local Tonys.

Polish Fest begins lakefront ethnic season Friday
WAUKESHA - The Summerfest grounds’ ethnic festivals kick off with Polish Fest running Friday through Sunday. There will be plenty of things Polish, including the sausage and the polkas on the Non-stop Polka Stage. But there will be plenty of other food and entertainment, such as the Whiskey Bells at 7 p.m. Friday on the Miller Stage.

Bringing a wave of color to the lake
WAUKESHA - The Lakefront Festival of Art turns 55 with its three-day run beginning Friday. More than 180 artists from 33 states and Canada will be selling 6,500 pieces of art on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee. It’s kind of hard to miss with all the big white tents.

Raising FUNDS and FUN!
It is a time-honored summer tradition in Wisconsin, on par with baseball and apple pie. Every year, like clockwork, church festivals sprout up at a number of parishes throughout the region as the temperatures soar. Many of the festivals have been a part of the landscape for decades.

Waukesha’s ‘Carnegie Hall’ kicks off Friday
WAUKESHA - Mike and Kathy Gallenberger will be in full casual wear this Friday night.  However, on the inside, the Merton couple will be feeling “full gown and black tie” for opening night of Friday Night Live.

Circus exhibit set to step off at Chudnow
MILWAUKEE - The circus is coming to town. No, not the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. That operation ended an almost century-long run last month. 

‘Born of troubled times,’ Coffee House marks golden year
It was a volatile era, that period in and around 1967. The Vietnam War was at its apex, race riots raged in cities including Milwaukee, demonstrations of dissatisfaction were being mounted the world over.

Summerfest turns 50
MILWAUKEE - From an autographed guitar by Tom Petty to a video of memories, including couples talking about how they met their future spouses at Summerfest.

Mistake leads to ‘gold’en career
Still to this day, Larry Gatlin is thankful he was mistaken for someone else. In 1971, while auditioning for The Imperials, who went on to play in Jimmy Dean’s Las Vegas Revue, Gatlin caught the attention of country singer Dottie West, because she thought he looked like county singer and songwriter Mickey Newbury.

Book recalls Milwaukee during ‘Great War’
This spring marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. Milwaukee Historical Society archivist Kevin Abing examines “the war to end all wars” from a Milwaukee perspective in a 240-page book scheduled to be released Monday and available through Amazon.

Historian Gurda brings Milwaukee neighborhoods to Waukesha County
MILWAUKEE - Over the years, a number of neighborhood appellations have become household names throughout the Milwaukee area. Think Bay View, Riverwest, Sherman Park, Walker’s Point.

Transition to theater
Eddie George heard millions of fans roar in excitement throughout a 10-year NFL career when he broke loose for a big gain or carried the ball into the end zone.

One word,  one track, one instrument at a time
WAUKESHA - Like most 24-year old musicians, Ben Knapp has a lot to say. It’s just that he doesn’t say all that much in his music. The Waukesha native, who goes by the music handle of Sweeb, is taking a rarely-used road to musical notoriety by producing a collaboration of 10 instrumentals - mystic and melodic music without the clutter of words. 

Milwaukee Public Museum serves up ‘Global Kitchen’
MILWAUKEE - Do you think about the food at the end of your fork? Where it came from? Who took part in growing, raising or preparing it?

‘Accumulation’ to open at Wilson Center
Leslie Vansen’s “Marram,” one of the works in the exhibition “Accumulation” that also features the work of Normal Raja at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.

OAC’s Cabaret Cafe to present Wiegratz, VIVO
OCONOMOWOC - The Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Cabaret CafŽ presents VIVO at 7 p.m. March 24 and March 25. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Early Music Now promises a foot-stomper
MILWAUKEE - Apollo’s Fire will bring foot-stomping Baroque music as it delivers the origins of Appalachian music.

Ten Chimneys cabaret to celebrate Women’s History Month
TOWN OF GENESEE - In celebration of Women's History Month, Chicago’s E. Faye Butler will honor the songs made famous by female icons of the 20th century, including Etta James, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald.

Navy Concert Band to perform Wednesday at the Marcus Center
MILWAUKEE - The city will be one of 23 in nine states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2017 tour. 

Vietnam War veteran to speak Monday
BROOKFIELD - “Reflections of a Soldier, Vietnam 1968-1969” will be  presented by the Elmbrook Historical Society at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brookfield Public Library, 2000 N. Calhoun Road. Army veteran Michael Kastern will talk about his time as a soldier in Vietnam, the men he served with, and the Milwaukee Journal’s Letters From Home printed in the Green Sheet in the 1960s and early 1970s.  

O’Connors to bring Irish folk music to Delafield
DELAFIELD - In the wake of St. Patrick’s Day, Bill and Lin O’Connor will bring Irish folk music to the Delafield History Center, 426 Wells St. 

Bobby Jo Valentine to sing at Emmanuel UCC 130th anniversary
OCONOMOWOC - Through March 25, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 36821 Sunset Drive, will observe a weeklong 130th anniversary celebration of its founding. Singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine will be a special guest at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday celebratory worship service.

ComedySportz to play at OAC
OCONOMOWOC -  ComedySportz will bring its antics to the Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Little Theater at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Audience members are invited to arrive early at the theater, 641 E. Forest St., to enjoy dinner, snacks and refreshments before the show starting at 5:45 p.m. 

Fred Astaire Studio to trot out Dance Fantasy
BROOKFIELD - Fred Astaire Dance Studio Dance Fantasy 2017 will cap off with a professional dance show this weekend at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

New dates set for sold-out ‘McGuire’
MILWAUKEE - On the heels of a sold-out eight-week run, Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s  “McGuire” starring Tony Award winner and Marquette University alum Anthony Crivello will return to the Stackner Cabaret for a limited engagement from June 1 to June 18

Brookfield resident Fraser confronts homelessness through first novel
Readers of books will always help authors and publishers. Readers of the book “Faulty Bones,” by Brookfield resident Joe Fraser, will help the homeless as well.

Wooster Chorus to perform at University Lake School
DELAFIELD - Wooster Chorus, an ensemble of 70 student musicians from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, will perform at the University Lake School, 4024 Nagawicka Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, as part of the group’s 53rd annual spring tour.

Bridal Decor Sale to be held Sunday at Expo Center
WAUKESHA - The Bridal Decor Sale will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road.

Winter Pow Wow to run Saturday, Sunday at State Fair Park
WEST ALLIS - The annual Winter Pow Wow will be Saturday and Sunday at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., featuring American Indian dance and songs from many nations.  

Warm up for St. Patrick’s Day
OCONOMOWOC - Take part in a St. Patrick’s Day warmup with guitarist and singer Ian Gould of Belfast from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.  

Waukesha Choral Union sings ‘German Requiem’
WAUKESHA - Johannes Brahms’s “A German Requiem” will be presented in a free community concert by the Waukesha Choral Union and other featured vocalists at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carroll University’s Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave.

‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ set for  Friday, Saturday
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - The musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fine Arts Center of Christian Education Leadership Academy, W262-N4605 Ryan St. It will feature more than 150 performers from 4K to eighth grade. 

Writers workshop to focus on emotion
WAUKESHA - Author Cristina M.R. Norcross will help writers bring emotion to the page at Saturday’s AllWriters’ workshop “Diving into the Deep: Exploration of the Self Through Creative Writing.”  

15 Minutes With: Xela Garcia
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Marcela “Xela” Garcia came to Milwaukee with her family when she was 5. Garcia, who recently took the helm as executive director of  the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, is an MPS and UW-Madison alumna.

A love of theater from the very beginning
Taylor Loomans, a freshman at Slinger High School, will perform in her first play when First Stage in Milwaukee presents Robin Hood. It opens tonight and runs through March 12. "I'm very excited," Loomans said. "I have a great cast, a great director; it's really coming together."

Derek Sallmann makes music personal
WAUKESHA - There will be no exploding pyrotechnics, no outrageous costuming or makeup and no scenes from a lavish high-rise celebrity crib in his new music video.

Author: Herbert Hoover a memorable scapegoat
Those who regard Herbert Clark Hoover as little more than a failed U.S. president know very little about Hoover.

Falls Patio Players to put on ‘Enchanted April’
MENOMONEE FALLS — The Falls Patio Players’ production of “Enchanted April” is about rediscovery.

Great Lakes Pet Expo to be at State Fair Park

WEST ALLIS — Wisconsin’s furriest residents play in the Puppy Bowl as part of the newly expanded 13th Great Lakes Pet Expo from from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.

A noteworthy musical past
MILWAUKEE — If Milwaukee had a golden era of music in producing nationally known singers and musicians, it might have been the Big Band and post-Big Band eras.

Four artists to usher in spring at MAM
MILWAUKEE  — The Milwaukee Art Museum is showing four new exhibitions in the coming weeks, from New York City street life to a contemporary site-specific installation to paintings from the Layton Art Collection.

From Fliers to Film
Take a boozing, misanthropic, skirt-chasing lead singer of a popular rock band, and you have grist for a dark comedy. As such, the wacky, self-sabotaging lead character in “Christopher Darling,” a film written and produced by Milwaukeeans Scott Cary and Martin Kaszubowski, met audiences for the first time at the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival.

UW-Waukesha to hold auditions
WAUKESHA - The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s theater department will hold auditions for “The Women of Lockerbie” on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre at UW-Waukesha.

'Lovaby Dragon' offers interaction
BROOKFIELD - First Stage and Tales by the Fire will present the interactive storytelling workshop “Lovabye Dragon” for families with children ages 3 to 7.

Waukesha’s Ryan McIntyre eager to play at the Pabst
WAUKESHA - Shortly before EagleMania plays at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, expect Ryan McIntyre to be pinching himself.

Learn to create photo collages from old photos
WAUKESHA - Local artist Trevor Husky will show how to create compelling photo collages from old photos at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave.

Cultural discussions accompany The Rep’s performances of ‘Disgraced’
MILWAUKEE — The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced,” presented by the Milwaukee Rep, will feature special discussion sessions during its run from Tuesday through Feb. 12.

Rep raises record $111,628 for  Boys & Girls Club
MILWAUKEE - Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a tale of hope and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production gave hope to families and youths.

Playfully Connected
We’re lucky to have a vibrant theater scene in greater Milwaukee, and this month three productions showcase the talents of artists with ties to the area.

Adding luster to a literary pilgrimage
MILWAUKEE - With manuscripts and working drafts of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and other J.R.R. Tolkien-related material, Marquette University was still missing something.

Former Muskego resident Ryback honored with Cole Porter Award
WAUKESHA - Muskego native and musical theater composer, lyricist and playwright Brett Ryback has earned the 2016 Cole Porter Award presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation.

Wilson Center to host reception for artist Meuninck
BROOKFIELD - The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts will host a reception for Tyler Meuninck’s “The Harbor Estuary” at 5:30 p.m. Friday at its Ploch Art Gallery, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, followed by an artist dialogue. 

Brass concert to aid Salvation Army
DELAFIELD - The Lake Country Brass Quintet will perform Christmas music for the Salvation Army of Waukesha at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, 1101 N. Genesee St. 

Almont Gallery features ‘The Art of the Gift’
WAUKESHA - The Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St., presents “The Art of the Gift” annual holiday show through Dec. 31. It has fine art and crafts created by 19 local artists. 

Nora Collins releases ‘Christmas Kiss’ single
BROOKFIELD - Nora Collins, who now makes her home in the Nashville area, recorded a Christmas single titled “Christmas Kiss,” which she wrote with her friend Robert Arthur.

The Rep Respins a Classic
Milwaukee audiences are invited to join Ebenezer Scrooge on his ghoulish journey to redemption when the Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents its annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic cautionary tale, “A Christmas Carol” — with a bit of a twist. While the story still harkens to Victorian London, and includes all of the endearing (and foreboding) characters people have grown to love, The Rep has created an enchanting, immersive storytelling experience that is sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

15 Minutes With: Dr. Marcelle Polednik
Originally from Poland, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s new director, Dr. Marcelle Polednik, came to the U.S. when she was 10. With a doctorate in art history, she arrives here with the intention to grow Milwaukee as an art center after stints as chief curator at the Monterey Museum of Art and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla.

Waukesha County Fair kicks off 175th year with new logo, deals
WAUKESHA - The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair in the state, is celebrating its 175th year with a new logo and a special promotion through Dec. 31.

Ring in the holidays on the East Troy Railroad
EAST TROY - The East Troy Railroad Museum’s 2016 Christmas Express Trains will take a round-trip from the East Troy depot to Santa’s Workshop  at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago. 

PBS to air Wisconsin Philharmonic concert
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Public Television will air the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s holiday concert throughout December.

Newsong Christmas tour arrives Saturday
TOWN OF WAUKESHA - Grammy-nominated NewSong will bring its “Very Merry Christmas Tour” - one of Christian music’s top holiday tours - to RiverGlen Christian Church, S31-W30601 Sunset Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Christmas with Big Cedar Bluegrass
DELAFIELD - SummerStage will hold its Christmas concert with Big Cedar Bluegrass Band at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Church, 1600 Genesee St. 

Books to check out and check off your holiday list
Books as Christmas gifts is an idea to be addressed in separate local presentations during the next week. On Saturday at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave., Daniel Goldin will deliver the annual Holiday Book Talk under the auspices of the Friends of SPL organization.

Lake Country Brass to perform eight concerts
WAUKESHA - The Lake Country Brass Quintet will perform eight Christmas concerts to benefit the Salvation Army of Waukesha.

Annual Holiday Folk Fair features music, food and dancing
WEST ALLIS - A variety of special events will be highlighted at the 73rd annual Holiday Folk Fair International, which runs Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park.

Theaters large and small prep for the season
Late November and early December always offer us an array of Christmas shows of great variety.  Some are classics, such as Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the children’s favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or the popular “Elf,” immortalized by the memorable Will Ferrell.  

Learn shuttle tatting techniques
TOWN OF EAGLE - A shuttle tatting workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to  3 p.m. Saturday at Old World Wisconsin, W372-S9727 Highway 67. 

‘Sensational Cinema’ to play at Wilson Center
BROOKFIELD - ”Sensational Cinema” scores performed  by the Wisconsin Philharmonic can be heard at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.

Windy Hill turns to opera, Renaissance
WAUKESHA - The Windy Hill Brass sextet will perform operatic classics and some Renaissance dance music at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha. 

Screens haunt with shadow, angles
The latest exhibit to open at the Milwaukee Art Museum is “Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s.” If the years of the Weimar Republic hold little fascination for you as a modern American filmgoer, you should realize that German Expressionist cinema has influenced directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.

Bestselling author featured at festival
WAUKESHA - The two-day Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books will feature bestselling author Jane Hamilton, with a reception at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 and keynote address at 6:30 p.m.

Symphony to play ‘Music from the Heart’
The Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, led by Music Director Rick Kirby, will present its fall benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Shattuck Auditorium on the Carroll University campus, 218 N. East Ave.

Menomonee Falls Symphony opens season
MENOMONEE FALLS - The Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra will present “Film Scores Throughout the Years” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220-N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Almont Gallery presents "Made By Hand: Functional and Decorative Crafts"
WAUKESHA - ”Made By Hand: Functional and Decorative Crafts” is the fall exhibit at the Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St.

Waukesha Choral Union, local high school choirs join voices
OCONOMOWOC - The Waukesha Choral Union will perform and collaborate with Kettle Moraine High School’s A Capella Choir and the Chamber Singers of Waukesha North High School.

Exhibitors sought for Zion Artisan and Vendor Sale
ASHIPPUN - Crafters and vendors can apply for the Zion Artisan and Vendor Sale on Nov. 12 at Zion Lutheran Church

Volunteers needed for the Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books on Nov. 4 and 5
WAUKESHA - Volunteers are for the Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books 2016 , which is Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. It is the seventh year of the free festival organized by the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Foundation.

2,700-mile walk from Milwaukee covers more than redemption
MILWAUKEE - An ex-military man from Milwaukee, a subject of a documentary film, dispensed advice from the Landmark Oriental Theatre stage Sunday, following  the second of the documentary’s two local screenings during the Milwaukee Film Festival.

Early Music Now season spans 15 centuries
MILWAUKEE - On Saturday, the British viol consort Fretwork opens a season of celebration for Early Music Now, marking 30 years of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music in landmark buildings. 

Lionel Railroad Club at the Falls library
MENOMONEE FALLS - The Lionel Railroad Club of Milwaukee will display toy trains from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Menomonee Falls Public Library, W156-N8436 Pilgrim Road. 

AllWriters’ Friday Night Free For All in big venue
WAUKESHA - AllWriters’ Fall Friday Night Free For All will host its public event at the CafŽ De Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave., a larger venue to accommodate its growing crowds.  

‘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.