John McGivern

Winners in the City Confidential category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best Milwaukee Alderperson, Best Local Entrepreneur, Best Local Activist and more. Read more

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Off the Cuff with John McGivern, celebrated Milwaukee-born actor and host of the beloved PBS program “Around the Corner with John McGivern.” Read more

Off the Cuff

Upcoming in the Milwaukee performing arts scene are an instalment of Florentine Opera’s At the Center Series, various family friendly offerings at SummerStage, the Footlights 2018 People’s Choice Awards and Patrick Schmitz’ Katelyn’s Wasteland. Read more

Performing Arts Weekly

Sure to provoke thought and reflection on familial bonds of all kinds, The Secret Mask runs Nov. 16-Dec. 10 at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St. This will be the play’s American premiere. Read more

A&E Feature

The first annual Footlights Performing Arts Awards for Greater Milwaukeeceremony took place on June 22, 2017, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’sQuadracci Powerhouse. The well-run, efficiently produced event followed thefamiliar template of lo.. Read more

Happening Now

Milwaukee’s public broadcasting stations respond to changing times and threatened budgets with ingenuity and courage. Read more

News Features 6 Comments

Image via YoutubeMilwaukeePublic Television’s most popular local show Around the Corner with JohnMcGivern premieres its 5th season on Thursday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. Forfive seasons, Around the Corner with John McGivern has explored 65 to.. Read more

Happening Now

Ruthie answers a question from a reader concerned that his boyfriend has secretly gotten into prostitution, and plugs exciting events including John McGivern’s ever-popular A Kodachrome Christmas at The Northern Lights Theater through Dec. ... Read more

Hear Me Out

Ruthie answers a question from a reader whose girlfriend has lots of piercings and plugs exciting events including Dead Man’s Carnival at the Miramar Theatre on July 3, the Lake Park Talent Show and Fireworks at Lake Park on July 4 hosted b... Read more

Hear Me Out

Here’s another expansive dose of holiday cheer! Check outwhat’s happening during the Dec. 12-14 weekend. Stay tuned for next week’s updateson the season’s festivities!Friday, Dec. 12MKEFoodToursMilwaukee Food Tours’ ‘Christmas Lights & Desse.. Read more

Happening Now

I’ve seen over 850shows as a theater critic in the past dozen years. In all that timeI’ve never once gone to the Northern Lights Theater in PotawatomiHotel & Casino. It’s an interesting venue. From the nearest busstop I could find, it’s a long.. Read more


I love theater. I don’t care if it’s a drama at the Rep or talent night at the Rusty Nail Trailer Park, I’m all about the performing arts. From William Shakespeare’s classics to Three-Finger Judy playing the spoons in the community room, I ... Read more

Hear Me Out

In the market for some Halloween-season thrills? A cautionary tale for bullies? Ideas for making use of all that spare pig blood you have lying around? Look no further than Theatre Unchained’s production of Carrie: The Read more


Nextmonth, Potowatomi Hotel & Casino plays host to an extended run of anoff-Broadway show for the first time. It’s kind of an interesting milestone forthe Northern Lights Theater. The theater has been around for a long time. Inover 10 years of.. Read more


Between Milwaukee native Nick Sanborn doing big things with his North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso and Milwaukee rapper Wave Chapelle landing a record deal after moving to Memphis for school, there's been a good deal of discussion in the local music s.. Read more

On Music

The Rosebud Cinema (6823 W. North Ave.) is back and in good hands. The neighborhood bijou along one of Wauwatosa's busiest streets made a splash when it opened in 1999. People... Read more

Film Reviews

Bravo! Next Act: Celebrating Next Act Theatre's first anniversary in its beautiful new theater space, the company's fans poured into the sold-out “Bravo, Next Act” event. The retro-summer theme encouraged '50s attire, with Laura Read more

Happening Now

<p> Fathers and sons have bonded in the wild as far back as the first hunting parties of prehistoric man. It's a primal thing. When unemployed journalist Steven Faulkner and his 17-year old son, Justin, embarked on a nine-week, thousand-mile cano.. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

  My daughter is familiar with John McGivern. She's only one year old. She was sitting around waiting to come out of the womb when my wife and I saw him perform for Next Act a little over a year ago. Our little daughter was VERY excited through.. Read more