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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. "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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. "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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. "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.
19. 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.
20. Soulstice Theatre misses badly with an uncertain all-female "Macbeth"
Taking a play like "Macbeth" and casting it with all women may well be a daring attempt to bring something new to the play. But there has to be a reason to do it, and Soulstice Theatre just seems to be doing it for no other reason than it could.
21. Betty Brinn Children's Museum debuts new "Word Headquarters" exhibit
Today, the Betty Brinn Children's Museum announced the debut of "Word Headquarters," a new feature exhibit highlighting literacy and its role in children's success in academics, as well as in life.
22. When MAM remodel is complete, a quiet piece of history will be harder to spot
When the Milwaukee Art Museum reopens its reinstalled collection in revamped galleries something will be missing, but many won't likely even notice. What have been called the "Bradley Rooms" or the "Bradley Apartment" will have vanished.
23. Unique theater experience coming to Oconomowoc Arts Center
A unique play by an Iranian playwright will be staged in Oconomowoc to help pay for a trip for high school kids to a huge theater festival in Scotland. Each night a different actor - some of Milwaukee's best - will open the script in front of the audience and perform it.
24. Marcus Broadway production of "Anything Goes" doesn't go anywhere
A national tour of the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" has a lot of promise and some great songs, but the young and inexperienced cast can't make it come alive.
25. Theatre Unchained's "Trailer Park Musical" hits all the wrong notes
Theatre Unchained has had a couple of great productions this season but their Christmas offering doesn't come close to matching what they have done. It's a story that's trite, confusing and doesn't belong in anyone's Christmas stocking.