Area Briefs

March 16, 2017


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.

Professional and amateur dancers show off their skills in a variety of styles at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $27. Call 262-781-9520 or visit

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.

Refreshments and food will also be available during intermission. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for high school students and younger and military personnel (with ID).

For more information, call the box office at 262-560-3172 or visit 

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. The public is welcome to experience his authentic, universal songs.

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.

Longtime favorites at Irish Fest, the couple and their son Chris will play from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Refreshments will be available prior to the concert and during intermission. Tickets are $15 and $13 for seniors.

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. 

The free lecture is in conjunction with the display “A Face for Every Name,” a 17-panel traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum of the 1,161 men and women from Wisconsin who died in Vietnam. For more information, visit

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.

The Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.

There will be a variety of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.

The Concert Band has been performing for nearly 90 years.

All of the Navy’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours in areas of the country that do not see its musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.

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.

Dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7 p.m. March 23 at Ten Chimneys, S43-W31575 Depot Road.

Butler, the 2012 Lunt-Fontanne fellow, and Ron Haynes, performing the songs of Louis Armstrong, will pay tribute to remarkable women.

Butler has six Joseph Jefferson Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, a Barrymore Award, four Black Theatre Alliance Awards, an Excellence in the Arts Award and many more awards.

 In 2012, she was inducted into the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Tickets are $100 and include dinner and a drink. Call 262-968-4110 to reserve a seat.

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.

The concert of the Cleveland ensemble begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.  For more information, visit

OAC’s Cabaret Cafˇ to present Wiegratz, VIVO  

OCONOMOWOC - The Oconomowoc Arts Center’s Cabaret Cafˇ presents VIVO at 7 p.m. March 24 and March 25. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Set in the OAC’s Little Theater, 641 E. Forest St., the dinner and live music entertainment features the contemporary jazz, pop, bossa nova and samba music of Warren Wiegratz, Pam Duronio (vocals), Tim Stemper (guitar), Tony Wagner (drums and percussion) and Steve Williams (bass).

Famed for his extraordinary saxophone work and being the leader of Streetlife, the official band of the Milwaukee Bucks for the last 25 years, Wiegratz will also take a turn at flute and melodica, adding flavor to the Spanish, Portuguese and French songs featured in the show.

The  menu includes tequila lime chicken, cilantro rice and cumin black beans, fresh Southwestern salad with tortilla chips and creamy Mexican chocolate mousse.

For more information about VIVO, visit 

Dinner and show tickets are $43 for adults and $25 for high school students and younger and military personnel (with ID). Tickets for the show only are $32 and $18.

For more information, call the OAC Box Office at 262-560-3172 or visit

‘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. The mixed media exhibition will have an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the Ploch Art Gallery. An artist dialogue will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The exhibition runs through May 6. RSVP for the reception at or 262-781-9520.