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Winners in the Arts and Entertainment category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best Art Gallery, Best Movie Theater, Best Theater Company and more. Read more

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Cooperative Performance explores the cycles of abuse and recovery in the debut of ‘Kaleidoscope.’ Read more



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A woman answer a dead man’s ringing phone and feel bound to wrap up his affairs in Outskirts Theatre’s ‘Dead Man's Cell Phone.’ Read more



Illustration by Anna Ward

This week, Matt Zembrowski’s latest creation, Dad’s Season Tickets, receives its world premiere in Fish Creek’s Northern Sky Theater. Read more

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This month: Martin Luther King Drive and the Garbage Fyre Festival, plus interviews with the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Polly Morris, Milwaukee Comedy’s Matt Kemple and Amy Brinkman of Danceworks. Read more

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Present Music’s season finale was also a career finale for Kevin Stalheim, its artistic director and “guiding light” for the past 37 years. Read more

Classical Music


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Sara Bareilles’ “You Can Have Manhattan”—rendered intimately near the end of Danceworks Performance Company’s Torch and Glamour—casts a spell, the ability of which is ripe for comedy. Read more


Dear Ruthie helps out roommates dealing with a thorny situation and shares her social calendar in the Greater Milwaukee area. Read more

Dear Ruthie


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Against the Grain is Danceworks’ latest production. It tells the life story of Civil War veteran-turned-artist Levi Fisher Ames through film, theater and dance in an ethereal performance. Read more



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The “Get It Out There” series invites audiences to witness a dozen radically different short performances and jot descriptions of what they saw and the thoughts it provoked. Read more


For our Fall Arts Guide, we decided to look at several women who have challenged old habits by founding or taking leading roles within arts institutions. As happens in many ways, and more often than many of us realize, our city is in front. Read more

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With training in dance, theatre, business and finance, Deborah Farris was hired in 2002 as the vulnerable young Danceworks’ first paid executive director. Read more

Fall Arts Guide


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Thirteen pieces and a traditional freestyle finish (which the kids graced) made last weekend’s sixth annual Danceworks DanceLAB showcase Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience the biggest ever. As always, the virtuosity and virtues the style emphasizes w Read more


What you can expect at MKE Fringe Fest 2018 (Aug. 25-26), introducing the Shepherd's new visual arts writer and more. Read more

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Young Milwaukee dance artist Zach Schorsch, along with several established and student dancers, present Wisdom Teeth at Danceworks, Saturday, March 31. Read more


At last summer’s Fringe Festival, Danceworks artists Gina Laurenzi and Christal Wagner treated a full house at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theatre to a challenging, thoroughly engaging collection of original dance, music, spoken word and film. Read more


Danceworks presents Women Who Dance, an eclectic compilation of works by Milwaukee area female troupes and dancers. Read more



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Paul Masterson celebrates black LGBTQ artists of note, citing presidential portraitist Kehinde Wiley, on the national level, and Richard Brasfield, Lex Allen and Elisabeth Brown of Milwaukee. Read more



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This week, the visiting Flanders Recorder Quartet gives a concert in Milwaukee for the last time; its members are wrapping up 30 years of live performances, which have taken them around the world, this season. Read more

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Danceworks’ twice-yearly mini-festival of short works by established and emerging choreographers, DanceLAB, takes the title Get it Out There and will be performed in two segments on Saturday, Jan. 20. Read more