Performing Arts

Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Two Guitar Giants Performed Together for the First Time in Milwaukee

Guitarists Lucas Michailidis and Peter Lang performed at the Zelazo Center on May 1st.
Credit MKE Unplugged

The fingerstyle guitar program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee not only trains the next generation of guitarists but also brings in world class musicians to teach and perform.

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Arts & Culture
1:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Actress from West Allis Writes, Stars in Film About Struggle

Actress Chuti Tiu is from West Allis.
Credit chutitiu.com

West Allis native and actress Chuti Tiu has been making a name for herself in Hollywood. She's had parts in the films Beautiful and The Internship, and has had recurring roles on highly rated TV shows as well, including WeedsThe Closer, and Southland. But her newest starring role is as a screenwriter.

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Cabaret Depicts Woman's Perspective in 'It's a Man's World'

Kelley Faulkner stars in It's A Man's World
Credit Uprooted Theatre Company

Cabaret often conjures up images of a late night, smoky club in New York City where a world weary chanteuse leans on the piano singing of lost love.

But while Milwaukee-based singer and actress Kelley Faulkner might sing of lost love in her upcoming one woman show, It’s A Man’s World, it’ll all be rocked up with a full band and include a lot of other kinds of music, including the James Brown tune of the same name.

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Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

French Horn Rebellion Break Orchestral Mold to Drop "Hot Dance Beats"

Robert and David Perlick-Molinari are the French Horn Rebellion
Credit Facebook

Stories that begin with “this one time…at band camp…” tend to be the butt of many jokes. The story that comes after that opening line suggests a wild memory of nerdy band kids doing something unexpected.

But most band kids know that the stereotype is a false one.

The group French Horn Rebellion is out to prove that former band students can play other music besides Sousa marches, overtures, and their jazz band’s rendition of “Glow Worm.”

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Composer Searches for Micro-Aural Worlds in Nature

Composer Cheryl Leonard looks to nature's micro-aural worlds for her music.
Credit Cheryl Leonard, allwaysnorth.com

Music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.

That is what happened one day when outdoor-enthusiast and composer Cheryl Leonard was in the woods, improvising with a friend. She took a rosined bow and bowed the bark of a tree and other nature objects to explore their sounds. Although she did not hear much, she explored the idea further by amplifying the micro-aural worlds around us. That is the music to Leonard’s ears.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Fortissimo Is Not a Problem for the Knightwind Ensemble

The Knightwind Ensemble started 60 years ago as an Elk Lodge wind band.
Credit knightwind.org

When we talk about classical music we usually talk about symphonic groups. Bands are for militaries and other kinds of marching, like for football game half times. But symphonic bands can be just as musically sophisticated as orchestras.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Shakespeare Helps These Wisconsin Veterans Suffering From PTSD

Nancy Smith-Watson and her husband working with participants.
Credit Feast of Crispian

A little over a year ago, Feast of Crispian began holding weekend Shakespeare intensives at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

October, Before I Was Born: a New Play Offers a Personal Account of a Public Tragedy

Raeleen McMillion, Ken T. Williams & April Paul in "October, Before I Was Born."
Mark Frohna

In October of 1960, an explosion ripped through the Tennessee Eastman Company factory in Kingsport, Tennessee. Out of 12,000 men at the factory, 16 people were killed and more than 300 were injured. It threw Kingsport’s largest employer into disarray at the time.

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Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Queens of Harmony Strike a Chord at The Pabst

Queens of Harmony in the Lake Effect studio.
Bonnie North, Lake Effect

Milwaukee’s gospel quartet Queens of Harmony has been singing in Central City churches for almost half a century. They have also performed in Washington, DC and as far away as Japan.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

LISTEN: David Mamet's 'Race' Takes No Prisoners with Legal Drama

"Race" by David Mamet performed by Next Act Theatre. (l-r) Tiffany Renee Johnson, Jonathan Smoots, David Cecsarini, and Lee Palmer.
Credit Timothy Moder

Of all the “isms” that are out there, racism is one of the most enduring, and in this supposedly post-racial age, the most pernicious.

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