John Jahn

John Jahn, a graduate of UW-Milwaukee, is a former history teacher and paralegal. His arts and entertainment-related articles were a regular feature in the Milwaukee-based LGBTQ weekly newspaper, The Wisconsin Light, throughout the 1990s. He has edited several books and written hundreds of freelance articles. In spring 2017, he became a member of Shepherd Express’ staff as Editorial Assistant and Assistant to the Publisher. John Jahn is a proud, life-long resident of Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, where he resides with his beloved parakeet, Chipper.  

A Murder is Announced at Sunset Playhouse, Photograph 51 develops in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, and Mark Twain’s River of Song moseys into the Stackner Cabaret. Read more

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This week’s highlights include Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival Showcase, which returns to Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre for an eighth year. Read more

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Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score, Direction and Book, The Book of Mormon returns to the Marcus Center for a one-week engagement. Read more

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Perusing the offerings of the many professional classical music performance ensembles throughout the greater Milwaukee area, I pulled a few of the seemingly brightest gems from that treasure trove to share with you. Read more

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Milwaukee Metro Voices’ next concert is a revue of music by their creative director, local composer Jason Powell. Read more

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The 20-minute-long dance premiers on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Discovery World’s Todd Wehr Theater. Read more


If you’re looking for something a little different than the usual “holiday season” offerings, consider a concert by The OK Factor, a genre-bending instrumental duo whose music is a happy medium between folk and classical string playing. Read more

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Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker is Milwaukee Ballet’s take one Tchaikovsky’s classical piece, with top notch dancers and a rapturing ambiance. Read more


One of antiquity’s most notorious legends comes vividly into life in Euripides’ greatest play, Medea, first produced in 431 BCE and being produced locally by Voices Found Repertory. Read more

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As artistic director Jeff Frank says, “We are very excited to have Girls in the Boat premiere at First Stage. The play was written specifically with the teens in our Young Company in mind.” Read more

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Midnight and Moll Flanders deftly and poignantly explores the influence of gender, class, free will and circumstance in an era as fiercely entrepreneurial as ours. UW-Parkside’s production highlights this week’s performing arts offerings. Read more

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The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival returns for its 20th year as Downtown Milwaukee’s warm embrace of the holiday season. Read more

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Skylight Musical Theatre’s production of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman’s Hairspray is a timely presentation of a big and bold story of a teenager who fights for everyone’s rights’ and of her own triumphant transformation. Read more

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Marquette Theatre’s production of Clybourne Park—a 2010 play by Bruce Norris based on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun—portrays events set both prior to and in the wake of that classic play. Read more

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“Ko-Thi Dance Company’s November concert (Ujima) is comprised of a totally engaged and culturally proud multigenerational cast between the ages of 5 and 40 years old,” says the troupe’s Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker. Read more

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Frankly Music brings the Texas-based Miró Quartet to Milwaukee for a concert of three, well, quartets. Read more

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Many Wisconsin voters are under the impression that they must have a good reason to present to election officials in order to be “allowed” to vote via absentee ballot or to vote early (that is, prior to Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6). Read more

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There will be dancing, drumming, food and more at the 14th-annual Forest County Potawatomi Hunting Moon Pow Wow, which takes place Oct. 19-21 at the Wisconsin Center. Read more

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Early Music Now bring Estonian vocal ensemble Heinavanker to Milwaukee, and Racine Theatre Guild presents the inspiring play, Lombardi. Read more

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“Nate the Great is a brand new ‘whodunit’ musical based on the popular series of children’s detective stories written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat,” explains First Stage director Niffer Clarke about their upcoming production. Read more

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