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John Schneider

John Schneider is A&E editor and the Shepherd’s dance writer. He is a longtime artist-in-residence and performing arts faculty member at Marquette University, and the founding director of the much-awarded Project Non-Violence in which youngsters from Milwaukee’s toughest neighborhoods create and perform theatre on subjects of concern to them. He is also leader of the John Schneider Orchestra, a 25-year-old cabaret-jazz band, and the creative director of the new Milwaukee Fringe Festival.

He was a founding member of the Milwaukee experimental theatre ensemble, Theatre X, and served as its artistic leader and resident playwright for most of 35 years. Theatre X presented original work internationally while maintaining an alternative art center in Milwaukee that supported artists in many disciplines. In 1995, he became the first person to receive the Milwaukee Arts Board’s annual Artist of the Year Award for contributions to the artistic life of the city. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board New Works Award, a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Playwright Grant, an OBIE Award with Theatre X and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

His works have been presented by many theatres, universities and international festivals across the United States and in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands, and have been translated into Swedish, German, and Flemish. He also served as a panelist, screener and reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts for 20 years, providing him a wide-ranging immersive education in the American performing arts.

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The 22nd iteration of Hyperlocal MKE’s music and dance “Improvisation Salon” focused on human connectivity and created a portrait of the soul of a democracy. Read more

Dance

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Three Milwaukee Ballet premieres by company artists are imaginative contemporary takes on famous Ballets Russes productions. Read more

Dance

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One-act ballets created for Ballets Russes in the early 20th century with music by Igor Stravinsky become springboards for contemporary dance tales by Milwaukee Ballet artists. Read more

A&E Feature

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The first full concert of this new professional dance troupe offered works by Laurenzi, Springer and Kuepper, all created in collaboration with composer Allen Russell. Read more

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Jade Solomon Curtis looks to change the narrative with her audience-interactive, multimedia performance ‘Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger.’ Read more

A&E Feature

This week, the Florentine Opera Company’s Baumgartner Studio Artist Showcase opens with Leonard Bernstein’s one-act, semi-staged opera, Trouble in Tahiti. Read more

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Here's a comprehensive list of all of the classical music performances scheduled for Spring 2020 in Milwaukee. Read more

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Here's a comprehensive list of all of the visual art exhibits scheduled for Spring 2020 in Milwaukee. Read more

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Here's a comprehensive list of all of the theater performances scheduled for Spring 2020 in Milwaukee. Read more

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Here's a comprehensive list of all of the dance performances scheduled for Spring 2020 in Milwaukee. Read more

Spring Arts Guide

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A college teacher’s job is to help young people into reasonably successful adulthood; this is also the goal of UWM’s annual winter dance-and-music event. Read more

Dance

“[A Small Fire] is a gentle but fierce depiction of what love and redemption can look like,” says Next Act Theatre’s David Cecsarini, who directs the upcoming production. “It’s also a stirring reminder that life can be unreliable.” Read more

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Winners in the Dining Out category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best New Restaurant, Best Burger, Best Restaurant with a View and more. Read more

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Winners in the Arts and Entertainment category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best Art Gallery, Best Movie Theater, Best Theater Company and more. Read more

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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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Winners in the Out and About category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best Attraction for Out-of-Town Guests, Best Beer Garden, Best Sports Bar and more. Read more

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Winners in the Milwaukee-Made Food and Beverages category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best Artisanal Cheese, Best Craft Beer, Best Cupcakes and more. Read more

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Winners in the Retail Food and Drink category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best Liquor Store, Best Farmers Market, Best Grocery Store and more. Read more

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The River Revitalization Foundation is devoted to the protection and restoration of the county’s rivers and adjacent green space. Read more

Expresso

This week, the magic and wonder of a wintry day comes to life in First Stage’s production of The Snowy Day and Other Stories, based on a 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book. Read more

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“The best thing to do is to purchase a one- or two-day pass and bask in it!” John Schneider says of the 2019 Milwaukee Fringe Festival. Read more

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For one weekend only, Theatre Nervosa staged an intimate production of Will Eno’s one-person drama Thom Pain (based on nothing). Read more

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