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Polka

Were polka to ever regain the popularity of its 1940s-’50s commercial heyday, Milwaukee bandleader/accordionist/singer Tom Brusky could be a star. Read more

Album Reviews

The music’s insistent pep may encourage the most stubborn wallflower to reconsider cutting a rug. Read more

Album Reviews

For their latest album, leader Ernie Broeniman and the 15-plus members of the polka band Dorf Kapelle stick to compositions from the 1910s through the ’40s. Read more

Album Reviews

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Photo credit: Olivia Bee

Janet Jackson, Kesha, Pinegrove and Girlpool highlight a week of big concerts in Milwaukee. Read more

This Week in Milwaukee

On display through April 29, “Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music” tells the story of Milwaukee music. Read more

Music Feature

Kochanski’s Wednesday night polka jams draw a spirited crowd of musicians—but one that won’t be around forever. Read more

Local Music

The Pabst Mansion (2000 W Wisconsin Ave) is hosting a nightof beer tasting, history and polka for their annual Retro Beer Night on Friday,Oct. 7. Pabst, Schlitz, Blatz and Old Milwaukee will be available totaste, and classic beer memorab.. Read more

Happening Now

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Maggie Vaughn/ Shepherd Express

I want you to picture a young boy, in the 3rd or4th grade. It is the mid 1990’s.  He is sitting on the floor with a VHStape of “Weird Al” Yankovic music videos, and he is losing his mind. At one point during the “Fat” video, he rollsuncon.. Read more

Comedy

Gun politics were always going to be the elephant in the room after Andy Kochanski, owner of Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, shot and killed a robbery suspect at his bar earlier this month, but for a while there seemed to be no need to dwell on .. Read more

On Music

An enduring cross-cultural exchange occurred in 19th-century Texas when Mexicans heard the accordion-powered polka of Central European immigrants and made the music their own. On their latest CD, the Grammy-winning Tex-Mex... Read more

Album Reviews

Blazonczyk formed his first band while a teenager living in Crandon with his father in the late 1950s. After moving back home with his mother in Chicago, he and his band, The Bell-Aires, recorded a handful of rockabilly-oriented singles, of... Read more

Local Music

Whether or not it was life-changing, Philip “Philo” Kassner's first encounter with a South Side landmark became a second encounter and then a third—until the preoccupation turned into his recently published photography book, Kochans Read more

Books

Showcasing primarily young designers, Art vs. Craft is an art fair rife with silk-screened posters, tiny jewelry, ornaments, stationery, one-of-a-kind toys and precious paintings of birds. Each of the 60-plus vendors, a mix of Milwaukee Read more

Today in Milwaukee

A year ago, the author of Sh*t My Dad Says (HarperCollins), Twitter phenomenon Justin Halpern, was a relatively unknown comedy writer who had moved in with his parents after his long-term girlfriend broke up with him. As a writer for Maxim.... Read more

Books

Summer Theatre is always a bit weird come July/August. Between The Sunset Playhouse’s production of Hair and Nicholas Cialdini’s Boomtown, this weekend is an impromptu area theatre tribute to baby boomers. There are musicals and comedies opening .. Read more

Theater

Monster Jam is one of the best known monster-truck franchises, thanks to the event’s long-running television show on the Speed network. Though to most spectators Monster Jam’s live events can seem chaotic—an excuse for 12-foot-tall, tric Read more

Today in Milwaukee

The play exploresaspects of sexual intimacy in fairly graphic detail. The story involves Red Light Winter ,Theater Read more

Theater

Dimsum, the Chinese equivalent of tapas or small plates, makes for aunique dining experience. Larger restaurants boast cart service, withnumerous carts bearing a variety of items. One former Milwaukee,Dining Out Read more

Dining Preview

This is a very good read about Trevor Hoffman and how he's fitting in in MilwaukeeAnd this is an NYT blog post about Todd Coffey's sprint to the mound Read more

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