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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

DeVotchKa merges the spastic desperation of late-’70s Talking Heads with the orchestral sweep of Arcade Fire’s more grandiose work. Leader Nick Urata’s vocals often recall Win Butler’s yelping vibrato, which makes the Arcade Fire comparisons even more plentiful. On DeVotchKa’s latest, A Mad & Faithful Telling, the . . .
Sunday, May 4, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Monty Python’s most beloved feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail serves as a springboard for Spamalot, a musical written for the stage by Monty Python alum Eric Idle. Consisting of send ups aimed at Broadway culture and some of the most cherished moments from the film, the production won the 2005 Tony
Saturday, May 3, 2008

Today @ the Marcus Center - 2 and 8 p.m.

Monty Python’s most beloved feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail serves as a springboard for Spamalot, a musical written for the stage by Monty Python alum Eric Idle. Consisting of send ups aimed at Broadway culture and some of the most cherished moments from the film, the production won the 2005 Tony . . .
Friday, May 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

One of the most genial names in comedy returns to Milwaukee tonight as Cedric the Entertainer takes a break from his respectable film career to return to his roots as one of stand-up comedy’s nice guys. The most family-friendly personality from Spike Lee’s 2000 comedy concert film The Original Kings of . . .
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 7:30 p.m.

Wilkie Collins’ novels never failed to weave a thoroughly good yarn, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Collins’ 1866 novel Armadale remains true to this spirit. It navigates its way around the novel’s convoluted plot and boldly lifts up the starched petticoats of English . . .
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tonight @ the Brookfield Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Dog owners and outdoors lovers alike will get a kick out of nature writer Ted Kerasote’s latest book, Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog. In it, Kerasote details 13 years of adventures spent with his dog Merle, an abandoned puppy he discovered on a rafting trip. Over time, Kerasote began to view his companion . . .
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lake Wobegon comes to Milwaukee

Sue Scott remembers it well. As a veteran performer on “A Prairie Home Companion,” she was preparing for the start of another live radio broadcast (Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundays noon to 2 p.m. on WUWM 89.7 FM). But this time something was wrong—specifically, the script. Everybody on stage, including host Garrison Keillor, had the wrong script. “Garrison is live on the air and he’s literally hugging [performer] Tim Russell, writing lines in the margin of Tim’s script as Tim is speaking,” she recalls. “Garrison’s got his black Sharpie out—he must have stock in those Sharpies since we have cases backstage—and there’s no time to bring out a new script.
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Today @ Miller Park - 1:05 p.m.

The Milwaukee Brewers conclude their three-game series against the Florida Marlins with a 1:05 p.m. game at Miller Park.
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tonight @ Jokerz Comedy Club - 7 and 10:30 p.m.

Remember that guy on “King of Queens” who looked suspiciously like Kevin James and played his cousin? There’s a reason for the resemblance: That actor, Gary Valentine, is actually James’ brother. Valentine has used the family ties to support a career in acting (in addition to “Queens,” he shared the screen with james in . . .

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