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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

Friday, April 11 The Hold Steady w/ The Dynamiters @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. Considering the number of pejoratives leveled at The Hold Steady, it’s hard to believe that the group’s last release, 2006’s Boys ...
Sunday, April 6, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 2:00 PM

Franz Kafka’s most famous novel is now a stage play starring puppets, marionettes and a rock/Americana band. The Milwaukee Mask & Puppet Theatre’s latest presentation, The Ballad of Josef K. finds novel ways to suggest the various interpretations of Kafka’s The Trial, using a new script to convey the humor and horror in Kafka’s story without binding . . .
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 PM

Franz Kafka’s most famous book is now a stage play starring puppets, marionettes and a rock/Americana band. The Milwaukee Mask & Puppet Theatre’s latest presentation, The Ballad of Josef K. finds novel ways to suggest the various interpretations of Kafka’s The Trial, using a new script to convey the humor and horror . . .
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 PM

Often billed as an explicit homage to PBS’ long-running kids series “Sesame Street,” the Tony Award-winning production Avenue Q centers on a group of puppets as they manage life as twenty- and thirty-somethings. Vulgarity and adult situations abound. Originally staged in 2002, Avenue Q is by no . . .
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 PM

Milwaukee Ballet continues its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream tonight at the Marcus Center with a 7:30 p.m. performance. Guest choreographer Bruce Wells has brought a fresh perspective to the familiar story, focusing largely on the mischievous Puck and star-crossed lovers Titania and Oberon.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

The Whimsical Denizens of Avenue Q

How does a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in English greet the real world without any major skills or significant experience? That’s the scary next step facing Princeton (the man, not the college) in the whimsical musical Avenue Q, coming to Milwaukee’s Marcus Center next Tuesday for a week’s stay. No more sheltering dorm or 4 a.m. sessions in the computer lab the day the paper is due. Anxiety attacks and all, this spunky musical examines a graduate stepping into the big world at age 22; finding his place there and determining his purpose in life.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 PM

The Florentine Opera Company continues its production of Salome today with a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Marcus Center. Based on the Oscar Wilde play about the New Testament seductress, this Richard Strauss opera contains a controversial scene in which Salome, after demanding . . .
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 PM

The Florentine Opera Company continues its production of Salome tonight with a 7:30 production in the Marcus Center. Based on the Oscar Wilde play about the New Testament seductress, this Richard Strauss opera contains a controversial scene in which Salome, after demanding John the Baptist's death, has sex with his . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Salome on stage

Richard Strauss’ Salome is one of the world's great operas, combining the last remnants of 19th-century Romanticism with a ravishing score, seeped in late- Viennese tradition but with the bite of the emerging 20thcentury trend toward harsher realism. Strauss’ glorious score transforms the sexual decadence and social depravity of the source material into a breathtaking harmonic outpouring of frenzied erotic frustration that can only self-destruct, conjuring up the awesome trappings of “terror and pity” that underline Aristotelian tragedy. The music is expressively melodious and carefully banks its resources within a seductive yet surprisingly subdued lyricism. Salome encompasses the torrent of high drama while leaning only slightly toward . . .
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 8:00 PM

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band have cemented themselves as the torchbearers of the Big Easy’s entire jazz heritage. It’s no small burden, but the ambassadors represent their city well, laying down festive, old-timey jazz as well as bone-chilling funeral dirges that have taken on newfound gravity since . . .

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