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.  

This week, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure takes to the stage at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, thanks to a new production by Aura Theatre Collective. Read more

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Conductor Alexander Platt led the Wisconsin Philharmonic in a concert exploring classical and contemporary orchestral music’s darker themes. Read more

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This week, the Milwaukee Rep presents a hit musical whose creator started it all with, interestingly enough, a series of snarky, Catholic nun-themed greeting cards. Read more

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This week, the Wisconsin Philharmonic performs spooky music from many genres in perfect harmony with the most haunted time of the year. Read more

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Off the Cuff talks to Christine Flasch, founding director and conductor of the Southwestern Suburban Symphony and, most recently, director of the Bach Chamber Choir. Read more

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This week, Waukesha Civic Theatre’s The Bad Seed opens in a production featuring Maddie Dixon as troubled youth, Rhoda, and Kelly Simons as her mother, Christine. Read more

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This week, the Milwaukee Ballet presents Léo Delibes’ glorious music set to great choreography in the comic ballet, Coppélia. Read more

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Mozart’s great comic opera gets a lush production, and the company has plenty more to offer throughout its coming season as well. Read more

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This week, the Racine Symphony Orchestra presents the first Masterworks Concert of its season, and vocal ensemble Aperi Animam gives a free concert in Downtown Milwaukee. Read more

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The scaled-down version of Oklahoma! Skylight offers includes a highly talented, multi-racial cast of 12, a small, on-stage band and superbly evocative set design and costumes. Read more



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This week, Theatre Gigante offers a modern-day take on a centuries-old play by John Gay, and The Constructivists present Sam Shepard’s self-described “take-off on Republican fascism.” Read more

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Milwaukee Rep’s production of the classic musical is top notch. Read more


This week, the MacDowell Club’s “Grand Finale” farewell concert takes place at Villa Terrace with works by Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin and more. Read more

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This week, West Side Story, a still highly relevant musical story about forbidden love, comes to the Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse. Read more

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Here's a comprehensive list of all of the classical music performances scheduled for Fall 2019 in Milwaukee. Read more

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Present Music’s begins their first post-Kevin Stalheim season on Sept. 7 at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. Read more

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This week, Matt Zembrowski’s latest creation, Dad’s Season Tickets, receives its world premiere in Fish Creek’s Northern Sky Theater. Read more

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This week, the Brew City Opera presents Georges Bizet’s immortal tale of doomed love, Carmen, as the company’s first-ever production. Read more

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Waukesha Civic Theatre’s Academy at Civic Theatre (A.C.T.) offers arts education programs for kids ages 4 and up. The kids show what they know in a variety showcase Saturday, Aug. 17 Read more

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Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has been morphed into a comedy by Patrick Schmitz for a new production at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater. Read more

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