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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Countless television viewers are familiar with saxophonist Dave Koz’s work, thanks to the “General Hospital” theme song, which Koz wrote and performed. Koz’s mellowed-out, mid-afternoon nap jazz is about as smooth as smooth jazz gets, and tonight, he’ll be serenading audiences at the Pabst Theater with . . .
Friday, June 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Still best known for her moody contributions to the Magnolia soundtrack, Aimee Mann is a singer-songwriter in the dignified spirit of late-period Elvis Costello, writing deeply considered songs that never pander with overblown hooks or gimmicks. The refined nature of her albums accounts for much of her critical . . .
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

MadiSalsa @ Jazz in the Park, 6:30 p.m. Although their appearance will do little to satisfy the jazz purists who grumble about the lack of pure, traditional jazz at Jazz in the Park, Madison’s logically named 10-piece ensemble MadiSalsa will certainly please the masses who just want to rumba...
Saturday, June 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 7 and 9:30 p.m.

The straight man to his entourage of crass puppets, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will film his upcoming Comedy Central special tonight at the Pabst Theater over the course of two sold-out performances, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Practice your “I’m shocked but I find this very, very funny” face now if you’re gunning for some screen . . .
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 . . .
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 18, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Ever wonder whether the Pabst Theater is haunted? Tonight may be your chance to find out—well, sort of. It depends on whether you think medium clairvoyant Lisa Williams is the real deal or not. A John Edward for the Oprah set, Lisa Williams purports to channel the dead—often in dramatic fashion—on her Lifetime . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares (The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices) has actually been recording since the 1950s, when they were known as the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir, but they became widely known in the late ’80s when they were discovered by Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy and began recording for 4AD . . .
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Of all the things I admire about Tegan and Sara—and, to be sure, after the duo’s charged 2007 album The Con, there’s plenty I admire about Tegan and Sara—I’m most awed by how they condense lofty sentiments and grand arrangements into such tiny songs. Most songs on The Con clock under three minutes, and not a single track cracks three-and-a-half. The Con’s songs are nervy and short—Ramones short, even—but where The Ramones largely limited their between-song banter to “1, 2, 3, 4,” the Quinn sisters get chatty . . .
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Long associated with the late-’90s folk scene they first made their name in, the singing Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara have since moved on to a much different sound, one that’s driven and electric. Their hyper-charged, power-pop synths serve well their latest batch of songs, The Con, complementing the album’s . . .

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