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Friday, May 16, 2008

Tonight @ Jokerz Comedy Club - 8 and 10 p.m

Stand-up comedian Mike Speenberg, host of the SpeenbergRadio.com podcast and a guest on the “Paul Harvey Radio Show,” does two shows at Jokerz Comedy Club tonight, at 8 and 10 p.m. Speenberg’s is a gentler, more grounded version of the southern good-old boy comedy popularized recently by a set of blue-collar . . .
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Marcus Center - 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Ballet ends its season this weekend with one final, mixed-repertory program featuring three vastly different pieces, each with a different emotional pitch, including legendary choreographer Anthony Tudor’s “Offenbach in the Underworld,” and “Aubade,” a premiere piece choreographed by Milwaukee . . .
Thursday, May 15, 2008

Today @ The Helfaer Theatre - noon and 6 p.m.

Every year, Express Yourself Milwaukee, Inc., a non-profit group that mentors at-risk youth through the arts, concludes its year with a lavish showcase. This year’s, which is performed at noon and 6 p.m. today at Marquette University’s Helfaer Theater, is themed “Celebrate” because it coincides with the . . .
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tonight @ Miller Park - 7:05 p.m.

The Milwaukee Brewers continue their three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight with a 7:05 p.m. game at Miller Park.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Charles Allis Art Museum - 7:30 p.m.

The Charles Allis Art Museum concludes its series of classic biographical films tonight with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the 1932 oddity Rasputin and the Empress. This drama charts the self-professed healer’s rise in the Romanov family, his role in their downfall and his violent death, which is depicted surprisingly brutally. . .
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Tyler Traband’s self-released Re-issue EP is not a repackaged collection of five old tracks, but five songs rerecorded and issued for the first time in their new versions. For Traband, a pianist and prolific songwriter, the disc was an easy opportunity to showcase five old songs with his new band. “The hope was to catch the live vibe we’ve been getting,” he explains.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dance Preview

Eclecticism will be emphasized at the season finale of the Milwaukee Ballet, according to Artistic Director Michael Pink. "We try to showcase a number of different styles,” he says. “My aim throughout the year is to find a balance between audience expectations, what everyone is used to and would like to see, and the production of challenging, fresh material."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Art Preview

From May through August Wisconsin’s summer art festivals offer unique art experiences at exciting outdoor venues. Each festival becomes an imaginative blend of fine art, cuisine, and entertainment that makes the most of the balmy seasonal weather. Choose from this array of exceptional summer festivals for the pure pleasure of admiring the artists or adding to an art collection.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Art Review

Hotcakes’ last hurrah is this year’s “Third MARN Mentors Show,” highlighting the outcome of a year-long collaboration between established local artists and those just getting their feet wet. The MARN Mentors program is supposed to encourage new talent to stay in Milwaukee, so it’s hard to ignore the incongruity: There’s a stark contrast between work born of such a hopeful concept and Hotcakes’ liquidation sale atmosphere.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Theater Review

Pain and suffering, when they transcend the vague forms of conjecture and materialize into a cold, hard fact, can shake the firmest of faiths. When Michael Chobanoff, who plays C. S. Lewis in Acacia Theatre’s production of Shadowlands, stands before the audience and declares self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation, even those unfamiliar with his life will have an inkling his complacency will be severely tested. And so it is.