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.  

During the height of the Cold War in the 1950s came what Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones describes as “the defining moment and acme of the ‘special intelligence relationship’” between the United States and the United Kingdom. Never before (or sinc... more

Dec 15, 2013 7:50 PM Books


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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. more

Feb 13, 2018 4:01 PM , Dance

Village Playhouse presents Oscar Wilde’s send-up of the British upper class, The Importance of Being Earnest, in a scaled-down but still charming production. more

Feb 13, 2018 2:38 PM Theater

This week’s theatrical offerings in Milwaukee are highlighted by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s eighth annual Rep Lab Short Play Festival—featuring eight diverse plays acted and directed by The Rep’s own Emerging Professional Residents. more

Feb 13, 2018 2:31 PM Performing Arts Weekly

Wedding cupcakes and cupcakes in general are quite popular these days. The Shepherd Express provides you with a comprehensive list of Milwaukee-area cupcake bakeries. more

Feb 13, 2018 2:23 PM Eat/Drink

This week, Village Playhouse divulges The Importance of Being Earnest; Cooperative Performance and Alejandra Gonzales share immigrants’ stories with Ellis in Alverno’s Pitman Theatre and more. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:09 PM Performing Arts Weekly


Photo credit: Mark Frohna

This week, Zombies from the Beyond arrive in Milwaukee courtesy of Skylight Music Theatre, William Shakespeare engages in some Equivocation at Next Act Theatre and more. more

Jan 30, 2018 4:17 PM Performing Arts Weekly


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The Festival City Symphony honors “Saints and Heroes,” the Concord Chamber Orchestra’s season sampler concert offers “People Power,” and the Fine Arts Quartet’s 55-year run of Milwaukee concerts comes to a grand finale. more

Jan 23, 2018 2:14 PM Classical Music

Sunset Playhouse’s ongoing production of Room Service plays its cards close to the vest, not taking many chances in its very straightforward and faithful show. more

Jan 23, 2018 1:52 PM Theater

Theatre Gigante presents a new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, and Milwaukee Entertainment Group divulges The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at the intimate Brumder Mansion. more

Jan 23, 2018 1:38 PM Performing Arts Weekly

Renaissance Theaterwork’s production of Russian Transport leads this week’s opening shows. It’s a timely tale about immigration and human trafficking—as well as a fundraiser for three worthy Milwaukee nonprofits. more

Jan 16, 2018 2:31 PM Performing Arts Weekly

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedic play by Christopher Durang that won 2013’s Tony Award for Best Play, headlines this week’s theatrical show openings. more

Jan 9, 2018 1:41 PM Performing Arts Weekly

The Wizard of Oz lands in the Miller High Life Theatre Dec. 29-31, and the new musical Waitress is served up at Uihlein Hall Jan. 2-7. more

Dec 26, 2017 1:21 PM Performing Arts Weekly


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Urban farming was still a largely unknown concept in 1993 when Growing Power began as a program that offered inner-city Milwaukee teens an opportunity to work by growing food for their community. more

Dec 12, 2017 4:34 PM , Eat/Drink


Photo credit: Mark Frohna

Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker features stunning visuals and a kid-friendly atmosphere. This year’s staging mark’s the company’s 40th anniversary production. more

Dec 12, 2017 3:28 PM Classical Music

Though long gone are the days when symphony orchestras were comprised entirely of men, for those in the classical music business, one significant glass ceiling still exists. more

Dec 12, 2017 1:30 PM A&E Feature

The Schauer Arts and Activities Center hosts shows on three consecutive days—Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the Studio of Classical Dance Arts presents The Story of the Nutcracker and Next Act Theatre brings ’Twas the Month Before Christmas back. more

Dec 12, 2017 12:39 PM Performing Arts Weekly

Local theatrical productions this week are headlined by Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth by First Stage Young Company and Arsenic and Old Lace by Dale Gutzman’s Off the Wall Theatre. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:42 PM Performing Arts Weekly

Nearly 30 years after opening as Downtown Milwaukee’s first Thai restaurant, The King and I remains a top-notch, go-to spot. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:38 PM Dining Out

Local theatrical productions this week are headlined by The Depths by Quasimondo Physical Theatre and music by Prometheus Trio performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2 and Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin ... more

Nov 28, 2017 3:42 PM Performing Arts Weekly

Richard Hynson conducted the Kettle Moraine Symphony, Moraine Chorus and West Bend High School “Vivace!” Choir and Concert Choir in a rousing concert themed around Veterans Day. more

Nov 22, 2017 11:53 AM Classical Music