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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

Hap Tivey and his sons, Quinn and Rhys, bring a three-dimension view of the universe at Real Tinsel Gallery. Read more

Visual Arts

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Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

First Stage presents a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, a comedy nad love story played by First Stage’s Young Company. Read more

Theater

The Milwaukee Art Museum exhibits Sara Cwynar’s first solo national exhibition, “Image Model Muse,” examining commercialism and the nature of beauty. Read more

A&E Feature

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Photo Credit: Melinda Rhodebeck

Through The Potting Shed, Acacia Theatre Company explores themes of faith and family by unearthing a family secret. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

In Tandem Theatre presents The Velocity of Autumn, a 2-character family piece about an elderly woman fighting with Molotov cocktails to remain in her home until death do them part. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

The Chinese Lady tells the true story of Afong Moy, the first female Chinese immigrant in America, involuntarily turned into a curiosity exposed in museums and carnivals. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Ross Zentner

Five Guys Named Moe is Skylight Music Theatre’s jazzy homage to singer Louis Jordan. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Ross E. Zentner

Renaissance Theaterworks’ Photograph 51 masterfully tells the story of scientist Rosalind Franklin, whose discovery of the DNA double-helix was misattributed to her male cowokers. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

The songs and stories of Mark Twain’s River of Song is well worth the journey. Read more

Theater

From family drama to human comedy, the new year starts off with some thought-provoking productions sure to keep the conversation going long after the stage lights have dimmed. Read more

Theater

Urban farming, the Great Lakes and Wisconsin art and its artists are all topics that fill the frames and set the sculptor’s wheel in motion with upcoming Milwaukee-area art exhibits. Read more

Visual Arts

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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? Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

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

Theater

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Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

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. Read more

Theater

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Photo Credit: Melinda Rhodebeck

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. Read more

Theater

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

Theater

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

Theater

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Photo Credit: George Katsekes Jr.

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. Read more

Theater

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