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Friday, May 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

The ever-busy “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV” alum Martin Short does a one-off show at the Pabst Theater tonight at 8 p.m. The program will feature a mix of sketches and songs, and Short, known for his many characters, will spend part of the program in the guise of his obess Jiminy Glick persona, a transition sure . . .
Friday, May 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Potawatomi Bingo Casino - 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Purists may stick to David Letterman, but the masses have voted with their remotes and they prefer Jay Leno, whose straight-forward, common-reference-point comedy can be a welcome change from the low-budget, hit-or-miss absurdism that makes up much of the late-night talk-show landscape. With his tenure . . .
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Today @ the Alverno College Pitman Theater - 7 p.m.

Iconic journalist Barbara Walters dropped a bombshell recently: In the 1970s, she conducted a long affair with a married United States senator, Edward Brooke. Of course, the announcement was perfectly timed to coincide with the release of her tell-all memoir, Audition, which she’ll be speaking about tonight at 7 p.m. . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Theater Review

For young Percy Talbott and the folks of Gilead, Wisconsin life is not a physical journey out of the small town. In their case, it’s a new way of looking at life within as they rediscover all that’s good about their close knit community. It takes an outsider like Percy to show the insiders where the dormant joys lie buried, waiting to be rediscovered. And life in Gilead centers around The Spitfire Grill, the homey diner crossroads where everyone knows, or tries to know, one another’s business. Based on the 1996 film of the same name, the stage musical version tells the story of Talbott . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Theater Review

Sunset Playhouse tackles a tough challenge with its latest production, The Boys Next Door. Written in 1985, the play attempts to raise awareness of issues faced by the cognitively disabled. Often, this type of “message” play is long on exposition and short on entertainment. The Sunset production, however, manages to balance both elements quite well. Credit goes to director Mark Salentine for keeping the show on task throughout its two-and-a-half-hour running time.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Theater Review

Casting an unwavering gaze at the darker side of human nature, Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane was a critical hit when it was first staged in London in 1964. Its original run only lasted a few performances, but it left enough of a mark to become an enduring work by a very short-lived playwright. The story of a young drifter’s interactions with his landlady, her brother and father presented contemporary middle-class society as remarkably ugly and dysfunctional. Running through June 1, Off The Wall’s presentation of the play is impressively uneven, but well worth a sidelong, prurient glance from the morbidly curious . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Skylight Opera Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

The Skylight Opera Theatre ends its season with a production of the feel-good musical The Spitfire Grill, which opens tonight with a 7:30 p.m. performance. Based on a 1996 film, the story follows a woman recently released from prison who concocts a plan to save the small-town grill that took a chance on employing . . .
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Martin Short makes them laugh

To Martin Short, comedy is more of an art than a science. But comedy’s proper execution sometime carries with it all the rigors of scientific enterprise, at least for the performer engaged in the pratfall. To do comedy well, you have to have a natural talent and ability,” says the Canadian-born Short, 58, in a recent interview. “But the execution has to be precise, which means it probably has elements of both art and science.” Short will test his thesis for Milwaukee fans when he brings his act to the Pabst Theater. Unlike other comedy acts, however, Short will be sharing the stage with a band, the stand-up portion comprising just part of the evening. “It’s like a party with Marty,” Short says. “I sing, I dance, I do characters. I’ll probably bring three guys up on stage. . .
Sunday, May 25, 2008

Today @ Veterans Park - 10 a.m.

You know summer is on the horizon when the kites come out. The season’s first major kite festival, the Family Kite Festival, continues its two-day run today at Veterans Park. As the name promises, the events skew toward the young. There will be a candy drop, a kite-making workshop and entertainment from the ubiquitous . . .
Saturday, May 24, 2008

Today @ Veterans Park - 10 a.m.

You know summer is on the horizon when the kites come out. This year, the season’s first major kite event, the Family Kite Festival, has added an extra day, running both today and tomorrow at Veterans Park. As the name promises, the events skew toward the young. There will be a candy drop, a kite-making workshop . . .

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