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1. Iron Horse Hotel events celebrate summer speed
The Iron Horse Hotel - located at 500 W. Florida St. - celebrates summer and speed with a viewing party for American Pharaoh's upcoming horse racing Triple Crown bid and a Bike Night event series.
2. Haggerty Museum of Art announces summer 2015 exhibition lineup
The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University will present three exhibitions featuring the permanent collection "Construction Fence" by Keith Haring and others inspired by its concept. "Current Tendencies IV: Topography Transformed," "Out of the Vaults: Keith Haring" and "On View(s): Highlights from the Permanent Collection" open on Thursday, June 18 and run through Sunday, August 30.
3. "Book of Mormon" bashes into Milwaukee like a profane, hilarious maniac
"The Book of Mormon" won nine Tony Awards and the hilarious musical has landed in Milwaukee. It's like a punch in the gut that makes you laugh and laugh watching this show poke fun at just about everything that creeps into the script.
4. Marquette names new Haggerty Museum of Art director
This afternoon, Marquette University announced that Susan Longhenry - currently the director of the University of New Mexico affiliated Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, N.M. - has been named as the new director of the Haggerty Museum of Art.
5. Windfall's "City of Angels" is a ponderous evening of complex storytelling
"City of Angels" is a complicated story, made even though by three hours of singing and acting that doesn't shed much light on the stories. More than anything, this production needed cutting.
6. In Tandem's "Little by Little" is full of love and joy
"Little by Little" is free of dialogue, but it's a story we have all heard before: three friends and the love that intrudes on that friendship. The wonderful songs and music carry the audience into a cloud of warmth and joy.
7. Quirky Garofalo delivers smart and funny commentary
Actor, activist and comedian Janeane Garofalo entertained a large audience with her tangent-laden but spot-on comedy and conversation at Turner Hall tonight.
8. MPM's Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit comes alive this weekend
The Milwaukee Public Museum's beloved Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit will be livelier than usual this weekend, as interactive activities and costumed actors take to the streets for guests' education and entertainment.
9. Rep's "Peter and the Starcatcher" shows just how easy it really is to fly
The final show for the Milwaukee Rep this season is a spectacular prequel to the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would never grown up. It's a show that will remind you of all the great bedtime stories you have ever heard.
10. Production of "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" is dangerously light on chuckles
The Neil Simon play "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" is supposed to be a funny, semi-autobiographical tale set in the golden age of television. The play itself is funny but the current production at Theatre Unchained squeezes all the humor out of it.
11. "The Pillowman" is a brutal and gruesome tale of the precious power of stories
"The Pillowman" at Soulstice Theatre is a powerful play, full of gruesome tales of the abuse and murder of children. But behind all the shock is the enlightenment of how powerful and precious stories are to all of us.
12. Chamber's "Jeeves" is a silly concoction that delivers lots of laughs
The adaptation of the P. G. Wodehouse books about the stiff upper lip butler and his boss, Bertie Wooster, comes alive at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. It's a night filled with laughter and more laughter.
13. Milwaukee's beautiful people come out after dark
"Is it Friday yet?" You'll hear that in Milwaukee offices all over town. As every work day continues to tick by, it's time to start planning what this weekend has in store. If you are looking for something that is unique, innovative, sexy and at the heart of Milwaukee then the only place to be this Friday night is MAM After Dark.
14. In "Luchadora," First Stage and Rios create an electric, important world premier
"Luchadora" is a production commissioned by First Stage, and it's an amazing production - full of joys and important messages to young women. Written by UWM professor Alvaro Saar Rios, it's a production that every young woman, aunt, uncle and parent should see.
15. "Lettice & Lovage" is a frothy mix for two of the city's best actors
A frothy comedy by Peter Schaffer is a delight at Renaissance Theaterworks. For two hours it's a great character study filled with laughs. But a contrived ending makes the evening end on a note that is far less funny.
16. "Ten Questions" is a fearless take on an old argument at Next Act
The question of evolution versus creationism is at the heart of "Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution" at Next Act. The most refreshing part of this production is that it values each side of the argument.
17. Off The Wall's "Odyssey" is a spellbinding play for the centuries
Dale Gutzman has staged a version of the "Odyssey," a poem that is 30 centuries old and has made it totally relevant to our world today. It's the story of all our warriors who carry out hopes and return home to struggle.
18. All In Productions' second outing "The Shape of Things" is slightly off center
The Neil LaBute play, "The Shape of Things" is a discussion of the meaning of art. But the entire discussion seems like an exercise for freshmen art students and doesn't have any transcendent insights to help answer the question.
19. Rep's "Low Down Dirty Blues" takes honest trip into American music
"Low Down Dirty Blues" at the Milwaukee Rep is a spectacular evening of the Blues with four performers who bring to life some of the greatest hits. It's focused on the Chicago Blues and is an evening of jumpin' and jiving for anyone who loves good music.
20. Milwaukee Art Museum hosts "Beauty in Bloom" event this weekend
The Milwaukee Art Museum opened "Beauty in Bloom" today, a weekend-long event showcasing gardening, floral arranging and landscape design from over 45 renowned Midwest floral designers.
21. Skylight's "Snow Dragon" roars across the stage with passion and elegance
"The Snow Dragon" at Skylight Music Theatre proves once again that brave choices make for enthralling nights of live entertainment. The English language opera deals with child abuse and the healing process for everyone.
22. Arte Para Todos announces funding results of first annual festival
This morning, Arte Para Todos announced that it raised $21,165, 100 percent of which will be split evenly between three chosen schools: Bay View High School, Tamarack Waldorf High School in Harambee and Escuela Fratney in Riverwest.
23. UPAF kicks off 2015 Westside campaign
The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) will kick off and announce the goal for its 2015 Westside campaign on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts with special performances from UPAF member groups Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and Skylight Music Theatre.
24. 2015-16 season brings big Broadway shows to Marcus Center
The Marcus Center has announced an impressive array of Broadway hits for the 2015-16 season. "Kinky Boots." "Dirty Dancing" and the exciting revival of "Cabaret" highlight the season.
25. Arab World Fest disbands
Arab World Fest - an annual festival held on the Summerfest grounds celebrating the music, food and culture of the 22 Middle Eastern countries - will no longer happen.