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Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
 Adam Brown may be Brewtown’s most masterful blender of art, architecture, design and commerce. He and his company AFX/Sign Effectz Inc. are the hidden hands behind art and signage citywide
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012
Since 1979, Racine's Wustum Museum has sponsored the triennial “Wisconsin Photography” exhibition. Considered a portfolio review for state artists, the exhibition allows each artist to submit up to 10 prints for this prestigious show...
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
Historic Downtown Waukesha celebrates its rock 'n' roll legacy with “The Les Paul Guitar Crawl” on Aug. 4. After being chosen as a Gibson GuitarTown along with Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., Los Angeles, Miami and London...
07.22.2012 | | Posted at 06:28 AM

Midwest family drama in Racine

By Russ Bickerstaff
  There's a kind of romantic notion of ink on paper . . . kind of a personal connection between  thoughts, ideas and words that has an enduring sanctity. Based on an actual discovery, Racine native Barbara Tylla's The Cedar Chest Letters tells the story of a bunch of thoughts that had been painstakingly packed away in an attic. Actual family letters were found in an old chest that told an old f...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A phenomenally talented teenage songwriter and singer from Racine (who recently moved to northern Illinois), Nina Ferraro brings quirky instrumentation together with pop production, setting articulate lyrics to memorable melodies on The Promise...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day trips to Milwaukee's southern neighbor

The next time you're zooming along I-94 between Milwaukee and Chicago, take the time to discover...
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lehman predicts his 834-vote lead will give Democrats the majority

The epic partisan battle for the Wisconsin Legislature is now coming down to an 834-vote difference in the 72,000 votes cast in the 21st Senate District in Racine County. Although a canvass confirmed...
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Summer in Milwaukee means lakeshore festivals filled with food and music. It also means many chances to experience prestigious fine art fairs within 100 miles of Downtown. The following list is but a small sample of the wide variety...
06.02.2012 | | Posted at 10:02 PM

Over Our Head Players is looking for a cast for a comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
    The Over Our Head Players are  staging a new comedy by Racine resident Barbara Tylla att he beginning of August. The show is called The Cedar Chest Letters and it will be looking to cast the show in mid-June.   Described as "a sweet, poignant comedy," requires "four women, age range 22 – 75.  One female actor in her early 20’s, one female to play her grandmother, and two additional w...
05.27.2012 | | Posted at 05:43 AM

Over Our Head Players return to sketch comedy in June

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Over Our Head Players continues its reasonably long-running sketch comedy program with a series of performances in June. Theatre/Schmeatre continues its Second City-inspired mix of topical and irreverent short, unrelated original sketches.    And "In homage to the format of Saturday Night Live," each show features performances from area musicians. There's a different musical act every per...
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jack and Jill Jazz (Frozen Sky)

Guitarist Jack Grassel has long been one of Milwaukee's most proficient (and prolific) jazz musicians, and singer Jill Jensen has been his partner in marriage and music since before the present century began. On Jack and Jill Jazz, Grassel's 18th album...
03.31.2012 | | Posted at 06:16 AM

Racine’s Theatre On Main Looking to Cast for a Summer Production of RENT

By Russ Bickerstaff
Doubtlessly one of the biggest contributions of the ‘90’s to the world of popular stage musicals, RENT has maintained a great deal of momentum over the years. The problem with any big-budget staging of the show is the fact that professional Equity stage actors lack the kind of stage presence the show seems to be reaching for. There’s kind of a wild, young scattered feel about the show tha...
09.12.2011 | | Posted at 07:34 AM

Over Our Head Players present Milmore and VanZandt’s DO NOT DISTURB

By Russ Bickerstaff
The hotel room is a perfect springboard for just about any kind of story. It'™s a generic spae that can be filled with just about any kind of human drama or comedy. Pink Banana stage a production of Stephen Belber'™s hotel-based one act drama Tape in an actual hotel room. There was kind of a memorable horror film. One of the more memorably surreal horror films of the past few years was 1408--�...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Over Our Head Players present the latest THEATRE/SCHMEATRE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Racine's Over Our Head Players have been hosting an annual series of comic shorts for a few years now. For reasons which are either extremely obvious or impossibly arcane, the group refers to the annual shorts program as Theatre/Schmeatre--a group of sketches written and performed by the Over Our Head players. OOHPs' latest Schmeatre offering makes it to the stage of Racine's Sixth Street ...
03.24.2011 | | Posted at 01:24 PM

Over Our Head Players opens clever modern comedy THE SMELL OF THE KILL

By Russ Bickerstaff
It may not be profoundly deep, but Michele Lowe’s The Smell of the Kill is an exceedingly appealing comedy that came and went all too quickly in a recent Renaissance Theaterworks production. Racine’s Over Our Head Players�offers another opportunity to see Lowe’s strikingly witty script. The story centers around three women who have the opportunity to free themselves from marriage due to an ...
05.16.2010 | | Posted at 06:16 PM

Over Our Head Players holds auditions for Lie Down With Dogs

By Russ Bickerstaff
Racine’s Over Our Head Players is preparing to stage World War II late this summer as it presents a production of William W. Vought’s stage drama Lie Down With Dogs. Over Our Head hosts the world premiere production of the drama written by the screenwriter of the 1998 HBO World War II drama When Trumpets Fade. This is a really interesting opportunity to work with a new script about an old wa...
03.23.2010 | | Posted at 07:27 PM

Over Our Head offers sketch comedy opportunities.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Racine-based Over Our Head Players has recently announced an opportunity for emerging comic talent to work in a sketch comedy environment as it hosts open auditions for Theatre/Schmeatre next week.Starting at 7pm on Tuesday, March 30th, Over Our Head hosts auditions for the latest in its sketch comedy series. Openings are available for 2 – 5 men and 2 – 5 women ages 18 – 60. Auditions inclu...
03.15.2010 | | Posted at 06:43 PM

Over Our Head Players Stages Mid-‘90’s Irish Play

By Russ Bickerstaff
 Between 1997 and 1998, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh developed four feature-length plays. One of them was a dark comedy about a 40 year-old woman who looks after her 70 year-old mother. There is bitterness. There is dysfunction. There is mental illness. There is a sense of entrapment and isolation. (The entire play takes place in a small kitchen,) With the right staging, the play could be a...
02.04.2010 | | Posted at 03:26 PM

The Racine Theatre Guild Casting for THE PRODUCERS next month

By Russ Bickerstaff
In addition to its massive success on Broadway and beyond, Mel Brooks’ screwball musical The Producers has had a particularly remarkable amount of local popularity in the past couple of years, having had something like three different productions staged in and around Milwaukee in the past year or so, including impressive stagings by both The Skylight Opera and Carte Blanche Studios. This May T...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Over Our Head Players Looking To Cast A Contemporary Irish Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane was a critical and commercial success when it debuted in 1996. It’s the story of a spinster who looks after her elderly mother. Suffering from mental illness, all of the daughter’s sisters have escaped an abusive, manipulative mother but her. When daughter finds romance, the dynamic between her and her mother gets a bit complic...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Racine Children’s Theatre Stages Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Classic

By Russ Bickerstaff
There has been increased interest in Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland of late, sparked in part by a big budget ($250 million) Tim Burton film adaptation due out in March. (Cable's Sy Fy Network had an interesting two-part made for TV series recently.) Racine Children’s Theatre and just Add Kids Inc. brings a kid-friendly adaptation of Carroll’s classic books to the stage in early January...
09.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
  Not too long ago, I used to work at a huge industrial-office complex south of downtown. Back then, there was a remarkably resilient guy who’d been working there for decades—knew the place and all of its bewildering corridors inside and out. This guy could make his way from an obscure point on the fifth floor to an equally obscure point in the basement in less than ten minutes on a busy day...
08.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Racine’s Over Our Head Players is opening its season with David Lindsay-Abaire’s acclaimed contemporary drama Rabbit Hole. The story of a family adjusting to life after a tragedy won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007. It premiered in 2005. Lindsay-Abaire has had kind of an interesting career thus far. He’s had mirror careers in both stage and screen, having worked on scripts for Hollywood...
07.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Eric Bogosian is not a name I imagine a whole lot of people are familiar with. His name rests in a special corner of my mind along with other writers, performers musicians and suchlike that have acquired a cult following--truly talented people a little too "out there" for big-name success, but possessing the kind of universal appeal that could, theoretically make them household names.  In spit...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How will the Milwaukee bus system survive Doyle’s vetoes?

With a few select vetoes in the state budget and an explanation many are still trying to understand, Gov. Jim Doyle may have signed the death certificate for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS). Last Monday, in a move that shocked many who were involved in the push to secure...
03.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
This May, Racine’s Over Our Head Players will be staging another schmeater program. Last year’s was evidently successful enough that they’ll be doing it again this year. This year's Theatre/Schmeatre program (which comes perilously close to being the name of a theatre company in Washington state) will run May 15th - June 6th. It’s a collection of original comic sketches (which I assume ...
01.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Do you look like a partially grow-up character from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip? Would you like to exhibit your somewhat odd appearance to total strangers onstage in the interest of art? Well, you’re in luck . . . Racine’s Over Our Head Players has announced auditions for its production of Dog Sees God this February. Over Our Head’s production of the edgy modern deconstruction of...
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

These volunteers go beyond the expected to inspire others

“Everyday heroes” surround us, individuals who donate their time, talent, experience and hard work to benefit those who aren’t so fortunate. One thing they all have in common is the ability to make positive personal connections with others, connections that turn into larger changes in our world. Our everyday heroes...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008


Assembly Republicans proved last year that they are not putting the best interests of Wisconsin residents first. Republican leaders were happy to play games— and fund-raise—while shamelessly stalling budget negotiations. This sort of partisan brinksmanship has no place in serious state matters that affect all of us...
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan may feel that his southern Wisconsin district is safe. But three Democratic challengers on the Sept. 9 primary ballot disagree—not only with that assessment, but with Ryan’s support of President George Bush and presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.
Friday, July 11, 2008
“We did it,” said Sue Black, director of Milwaukee County Parks. “Bradford Beach is back. On a hot summer day, when you are looking at the high gas prices, we have a vacation spot right in our own back yard.” The repair of Bradford Beach was a “collaboration and partnership between both private citizens and corporations,” said Deb Lukovich, the committee chair of Friends of Bradford Beach.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Large, urban schools are more likely to be cited

Does the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law unfairly grade urban schools while giving smaller schools a pass? The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) district has been a “district identified for improvement” for two years running, based on MPS students’ scores on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Art Preview

This week, two art exhibitions outside the city’s borders—one at West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) and the other at the Racine Art Museum (RAM)— will honor women as leaders, innovators and artists. The “Professional Dimensions Collection,” featuring 16 selected pieces of artwork, opens April 2 at the MWA. This unique exhibit centers on the history of Sacagawea, the young Shoshone woman who, with her small child, led Lewis and Clark forward to the Pacific Ocean beginning in 1803. All of the artwork exemplifies (or complements) the multifaceted qualities and talents that allowed Sacagawea to command an expedition of men through dangerous, unexplored territory.