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The Northern Lights Theatre as it looks now.
The Northern Lights Theatre as it looks now.

New Northern Lights will shimmer in the valley

Thanks to solar flares, folks have been seeing the northern lights around these parts lately. But that's not what I'm talking about.

A decade after it opened, Potawatomi Bingo Casino is giving its Northern Lights Theatre a makeover soon.

The venue will shut on Aug. 23 for five weeks of renovations.

In addition to a new look, in the form of new carpeting, wallpaper and decor, the 500-seat theater will also be reconfigured. If you've ever been seated perpendicular to the stage in a booth, you'll applaud this news.

Although the Northern Lights will reopen in September, a grand opening event is slated for October, during which time the venue will host the likes of Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Willie Nelson and Bad Company.

So, you can check the newly glowing northern lights in the sky this week, but you'll have to wait a few weeks to see a shimmering new Northern Lights in the Menomonee Valley.

I'm working on getting a rendering of what the new theater will look like. Check back because if I get one I'll add it here.

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