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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Famed high wire artist Wallenda to attempt longest walk ever at State Fair
A unique kind of headliner was announced bright and early this morning for the Wisconsin State Fair, as the festival announced famed high wire artist Nik Wallenda will attempt his longest walk ever at the State Fair.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Off the Wall's "God of Carnage" plagued by faulty memories and overacting
"God of Carnage" is a biting comedy about two couples who turn from civilized to animals before our very eyes. But when two of the actors can't remember their lines, the evening turns out to be a real dud.
9. Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum opens new exhibition on March 6
The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., is pleased to present "Private Spaces, Public Authority," on view March 6 through June 7, with an opening reception the evening of Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a special members only preview from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
10. Rep's 2015-16 season mixes world premieres and old favorites
Milwaukee Repertory Company has announced it's 2015-16 season and there are three world premiere stagings. In addition such favorites like "Christmas Carol," "Guys on Ice" and Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" on on tap.
11. "Bare: A Pop Opera" doesn't have the kind of urgency we'd expect
"Bare: A Pop Opera" is a play that seems to have some potential. But when you actually see it, the story seems so dated that it's hard to grab onto the message.
12. Splinter Group's "3 For The Road" explores leaving and left in depth
The thorny issue of whether it's best to be the one leaving or the one left behind is on tap as Splinter Group stages a world premiere of "3 For The Road." It's a dramatic probing of some deep emotional wells.
13. Milwaukee Ballet stages a thrilling glimpse into the future of dance
Artistic Director Michael Pink created the Genesis competition to give young choreographers the chance to create a world premiere with professional dancers in a professional setting. The display of their works opened Thursday night and will run through Sunday.
14. Waukesha BluesFest accepting artist submissions for poster design contest
The Waukesha Rotary Club is currently conducting its annual "Festival Art Poster" design contest. Submissions will be judged by the Waukesha BluesFest Art Show Chairperson and members of the festival planning committee.
15. Young choreographers get chance to shine at Ballet competititon
Milwaukee Ballet stages its prestigious ballet competition for young choreographers this week at The Pabst Theater. It's a chance for ballet fans to get a glimpse of the future of dance.
16. Truth rings out loud and clear in Next Act's important "No Child"
"No Child" is the latest in a long line of important plays to be staged at Next Act Theatre. Marti Gobel wondrously plays all 16 characters in the play that examines the vexing question of how we can do a better job of educating our children.
17. Skylight delivers a lackluster production of "Once On This Island"
"Once On This Island" is a rollicking fairy tale that takes place on a fictional Caribbean island. The production at Skylight Music Theatre just doesn't capture the magic that you expect.
18. Milwaukee Irish Fest announces 35th anniversary entertainment lineup
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Milwaukee Irish Fest is pulling out all the stops for this year's festival, offering the widest selection of Irish and Celtic music to date. Taking place Aug. 13 - 16 along Milwaukee's lakefront, the festival will honor tradition with some of the biggest and brightest stars, as well as previously undiscovered new artists.
19. Comedian Kevin Hart coming to the Riverside for six shows in April
Kevin Hart is one of the hardest working men in the business, appearing in "The Wedding Ringer," "Ride Along," "Top Five," "About Last Night" and "Think Like a Man Too" all just in the past year - with "Get Hard" along side Will Ferrell still to come in March. This morning, his busy schedule got even busier as the comedian added a live tour stop in Milwaukee.
20. Milwaukee Public Museum set attendance record this weekend
The Milwaukee Public Museum and Greater Milwaukee Foundation teamed up this weekend to present the first of 12 "Gifts to the Community," a program established by the Foundation to provide the public with unique experiences that showcase the people, places and opportunities that make greater Milwaukee special. More than 26,000 people visited MPM during the all-access, free weekend, making January 24 and 25, easily the busiest two days in the Museum's 130-year history.
21. "The Kreutzer Sonata" is a sound of music with a story of love and treachery
Nothing entertains like a great love story with a murderous ending, and that's what you get in "The Kreutzer Sonata" at Renaissance Theaterworks. The one man play starring James Pickering is a story you won't soon forget.
22. Alchemist's "True West" is a tortured tale of brotherly love and hate
Sam Shepard's "True West" is a tale of brothers, joined by blood and driven apart by everything else in their lives. Alchemist Theater gives it a daring and bold production until the end of the month.
23. Milwaukee Press Club announces winners of Milwaukee Made contest
In honor of the City of Milwaukee's 169th birthday the Milwaukee Press Club hosted a Milwaukee Made contest to recognize the people, products and places that contribute to Milwaukee's greatness. The public was invited to vote online and the winners were officially announced today.
24. "Beautiful Music" at the Rep belongs more in a classroom than a theater
"The Beautiful Music All Around Us" is a long and involved journey through the early days of American folk music. The problem is that the whole thing, with Stephen Wade as the professor, seems more like a college lecture than a night of theatrical entertainment.
25. Forward Theater's "The Other Place" is an unforgettable, difficult journey
The play by Sharr White at Madison's Forward Theater Company is a spectacular production of a play fraught with difficult situations and one that strikes home for each of us. We each have "The Other Place" and what waits for us there is part of the joy of living.