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Be funny. Okay: now be funny while singing. Okay: now be funny while singing in the context of a story. If any of this sounds at all easy, you’re probably not realizing there’s also an audience watching you that might be losing its patience... Read more


There are several reasons to be impressed with In Tandem’s Summer Conservatory program. The one-month course for students ages 11-15 is taught by Dr. Shannon Sloan-Spice. She’s a talented local theatre professional who studied at the British Ameri.. Read more


First Stage is presenting the March sisters in March. Director John Maclay is putting together a production of the Allan Knee musical based on Louisa May Alcott’ Little Women this coming March as the First Stage Children’'s Theatre Academy Young.. Read more


A group of theatre professionals sit around over pizza casually discussing things and a few years later, there’s a large group of people watching a free outdoor production of The Tempest in the shadow of Alverno. Optimist Theatre’s first Shakesp.. Read more

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Think the state Republicans are solely focused on creating jobs? Hmm… According to the 15 bills already being circulatedby Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowocjobs aren’t always front and center. Take the one that.. Read more

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So we drove a car for a family member out to LA in order to make it to the Rose Bowl. Round trip airline tickets were $1200 when we check a few weeks before the game and those prices made the trip impossible for us. Then my boyfriend's uncle float.. Read more

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The sinking of the Titanic dominates the opening of “Downton Abbey,” the hit British series airing stateside on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic” starting this weekend. Reading the news at his breakfast table, the Earl of Grantham is mortified. For him.. Read more

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Some of the most poignant video-game signifiers in Edgar Wright’s movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World weren’t visual, they were auditory. Wright set several scenes to music from “The Legend of Zelda,” calling the game’s Read more

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One might assume that a Milwaukee rapper who calls himself a Martian with the soul of a hippie would be an East Side alternative MC with aspirations of being on a label like Def Jux or Rhymesayers. That Pretty Ricky Phontaine fits better wi... Read more

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Ray LaMontagne is perhaps the most devout Stephen Stills fan on the planet, claiming to have quit his job to pursue music after hearing a Stills song, then collaborating with Stills’ daughter on his debut album. Stills is an appropriately e... Read more

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Next Act Theatre’s production of The Pavilion introduces two people at a high-school reunion, Peter and Kari, who were voted "Cutest Couple" some 20 years before. Kari is married to a somewhat dull, loving husband and Peter's trying to win ... Read more

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Thursday, April 16 Roman Candle @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m. A love of early alt-country isn't the only thing that the Chapel Hill, N.C., quartet Roman Candle shares with Wilco; both have record-label horro,This Week in Milwaukee Read more

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I'm Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain'a? So listen, maybe it's the ye High School Musical 3: Senior Year ,Art for Art's Sake Read more

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To promote their upcoming album, MursFor President, Murs and 9th Wonder have... released another album. They put Sweet Lord, an unreleased, 10-track collaboration recorded before President, online for free last night. No big surprises.. Read more

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