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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

A decade of concerts and education

Even in the best of economic times, arts groups face many challenges, including walking that fine line between offering innovative programming and maintaining ticket sales. There’s also the constant challenge of keeping audiences happy in the hopes of them coming back, time and again. The Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Inc. (CPAC) has been doing that...
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

Theater Review

Saturday proved to be an evening of charm and seduction as pop jazz singer Jane Monheit and her stellar trio won over the capacity crowd at the Wilson Center for the Arts. In the course of two sets spanning two hours (with a 25-minute intermission), Monheit demonstrated that her youthful age...
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

Theater Review

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has embarked on an innovative collaboration with UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Theatre by casting students and faculty members in its production of Picnic, which opened last weekend. William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy tells the story...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
Before heading to Milwaukee for this weekend's WMSE Backyard BBQ concert, Justin Townes Earle enjoyed a rare moment off the road, relaxing in an apartment on Manhattan's Lower East Side that he and his fiancée moved into earlier this year. For Earle, a 27-year-old folk singer/songwriter who had been living and working in West Nashville, Tenn., New York City's sights and sounds...
Today in Milwaukee
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 8 p.m.

How to describe one of country music’s most creative—and controversial—duos? Let’s start with singers-songwriters “Big” Kenny Alphin and John Rich (formerly of Lonestar). They write zany tongue in cheek tunes like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “Comin’ to Your City” while mixing country with rock and hip-hop—Yep; hip-hop. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Wyclef Jean (The Fugees), John Legend, Lil Jon and even Jon Bon Jovi. Must be something about the “Jo(h)n” factor. And they’re at the heart of the MuzikMafia, actually...
Today in Milwaukee
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 8 p.m.

It took a mix of Brits and Americans to come up with the band name Foreigner. With over 50 million albums sold worldwide, the band’s hits are embedded in the sounds of the ’80s with their catchy guitar hooks and infectious melodies of hits like “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Cold As Ice” among many others. Formed in 1976 by veteran musicians, the band was already in good company with its core of Mick Jones (Spooky Tooth), Ian McDonald...
Today in Milwaukee
Friday, July 3, 2009

Tonight @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

Who is that mystery man under all those caps and hats? One look and it can only be Kenny Chesney. This 41-year-old Knoxville, Tenn. native continues to pack ’em in with songs like “Living in Fast Forward” “Beer in Mexico” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” Maybe it’s his concern for his fans in these recessionary times—he’s playing different sized spaces on his 2009 Sun City Carnival tour to keep ticket prices affordable...

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