Harry Cherkinian

Harry Cherkinian is an award-winning writer and reviewer in the arts and entertainment field, specializing in music and theater. He has written for a number of publications and websites, including The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Theater Beat, The Onion, Wisconsin Trails, Milwaukee Magazine, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee Sentinel and The Business Journal, among others.

He has created courses, lectured and taught writing, publishing and arts criticism extensively at a number of area colleges and universities. 

Read more of his arts and entertainment coverage and reviews of current and  upcoming concerts and productions at

Eau Claire, Wis., has become a happening town thanks to Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who headlines the Amphitheater today with his indie-alt folk. Read more

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Variety is the theme for this year’s lineup of bands and singers. Read more

Music Feature


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In 'The Endurance of Light,' miscarriage is tackled head on with emotion tempered by comic relief. Read more



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Jill Scott performed her mash-up of soul music, spoken word, alt R&B, straight-ahead rock, exploratory jazz at her Milwaukee concert. Read more

Concert Reviews

With the State Fair comes the promise of food, food and more food! And with the Sporkies, the Fair’s annual food competition, that means new and clever culinary creations. This year, the competition’s eight finalists are ... Read more



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The Fair offers many ways to save on admission and support charitable causes and organizations as well as honor veterans and military personnel and their families. Read more

A&E Feature

Say the words “Wisconsin State Fair” and images of freshly-baked cream puffs oozing freshly whipped cream come to mind. Read more



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Aside from music and agriculture, the Wisconsin State Fair has many attractions for fair goers during its 11-day run. Here's a guide to some of the visual arts events and displays you can expect in 2019. Read more

Visual Arts

The sons of ’70s rock legends carried on their fathers’ legacy in concert at Summerfest. Read more

Concert Reviews


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The powerful music of Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen updated The Beatles and U2. Read more

Concert Reviews

Eau Claire, Wis., has become a happening town thanks to Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who headlines the Amphitheater today with his indie-alt folk. Read more

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The electronic pioneer staged a dance club party in the outdoors of Summerfest. Read more

Concert Reviews


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Country music returns to the Amphitheater with headliner Jason Aldean. For a different spin on Americana, check out Brandi Carlile at BMO Harris Pavilion. Milwaukee is well represented by metallic trio Ahab’s Ghost at the Rebel Stage. Read more

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The human voice was the only instrument Pentatonix needed at their Fiserv Forum concert on Tuesday night. Read more

Concert Reviews

This year’s event will host more than 800 artists giving more than 1,000 performances, and it boasts a newly renovated amphitheater to boot! Read more

News Features

Writer-director Tom Dugan performs his one-man play about justice in Whitefish Bay. Read more

Off the Cuff


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David Gray and opening act Gaby Moreno charmed the audience at the Riverside Theater last weekend. Read more

Concert Reviews


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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

She delivered all she promised, and much more, within 95 minutes that was in many ways the most retrospective of her past tours. Read more

Concert Reviews


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First Stage’s ‘The Miracle Worker’ is based on the life of Helen Keller. Read more



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Musical tells the true story of what happened when 38 passenger jets landed unexpectedly in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, following 9/11. Read more