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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 writervana.com

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Christmas time is here and that means one thing for kids of all ages: Santa Claus is coming to town. Or is he? And does he really exist? more

Theater

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In Tandem Theatre’s Merry Chris-Mess is a bawdy, alternative way to celebrate Christmas with a series of sketches and parodies. more

Theater

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley focuses on bookwormish, scholar-bent Mary (Rebecca Hurd), whose feminist forthrightness puts her at odds with her married sisters, their traditional husbands and society at large. more

Theater

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With some 30 songs, and the cast performing on all manner of instruments from banjo to washboard, Acacia Theatre’s Sanders Family Christmas is a homespun (if exceedingly Christian) musical play for the holidays. more

Theater

Milwaukee’s performing arts groups greet the season with an array of holiday-themed shows as Christmas approaches. more

A&E Feature

Who dun it—or, better put, who’s imagining who dun it—is the central question in Lucille Fletcher’s mystery, Night Watch. more

Theater

The Conservation Lab of the Milwaukee Art Museum works to conserve, restore and preserve works of art. more

Visual Arts

Renaissance Theaterworks’ Native Gardens invites you to laugh and think about racism and prejudice, while UWM’s Red Velvet shows the life of Ira Aldridge was the first black actor to play in Othello in London in 1833. more

Theater

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Director Nate C. Adams has done incredible work with the talented cast, taking the recent Broadway musical adaptation and making it work beautifully in the Sunset space. more

Theater

Red Herring is just the type of show and production that Windfall Theatre does so well, especially under the capable direction of Carol Zippel. more

Theater

The Shepherd Express interviews Milwaukee Art Museum’s former senior preparator, Joe Kavanaugh, about his experience with art exhibits at MAM. more

Off the Cuff

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In this two-hour production Daly’s “21st century tribute” to Sandburg is poetry in motion itself, quoting extensively from his works as well as his writings. more

Theater

The first offering in First Stage’s new “First Steps Series” is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show—a stage adaptation of one of the most popular children’s books ever. more

A&E Feature

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In the Milwaukee Rep’s season opener in the Stackner Cabaret, the title Songs for Nobodies is a clear and deliberate misnomer. more

Theater

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Written and directed by well-known and highly respected actor Angela Iannone, This Prison pulls in the audience from the start. more

Theater

Is it or isn’t it? Therein lies the question, and the mystery, surrounding a painting that’s been sitting in the vaults of the Milwaukee Art Museum for close to 80 years. more

Visual Arts

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals: Carleton E. Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge and H.H. Bennett” exhibits cutting-edge technology of the mid 19th century in a collection of breathtaking landscapes. more

A&E Feature

Goya is considered one of Spain’s most important artists of all time for many reasons: He was the official “painter to the king” renowned for traditional portraiture, and he was a daring proto-modernist in his enduringly influential private ... more

Visual Arts

Detective Columbo was born in a stage play before becoming a beloved TV character. Alchemist Theatre goes back to the roots with its staging of Columbo: Prescription Murder. more

Theater

Cooperative Performance brings to life the stories of six women who served in Vietnam at the War Memorial Center. more

Theater

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