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art and entertainment - february 2009

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NOTE: At Potawatomi Bingo Casino, no one under 21 is allowed in the theater under any circumstances.

MSO POPS, Feb. 1; Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Milwaukee Symphony with “My Favorite Things: a Tribute to Richard Rogers” with Marvin Hamlisch, conductor. 291-7605.

FESTIVAL CITY SYMPHONY: MUSIC BY THE POUND, Feb. 1; The Pabst, 144 E. Wells St. 3 p.m. 286-3663.

TICKET TO RIDE, Feb. 2-3; Sunset Play House, 800 N. Elm Grove. Beatle’s review. 262-782-4430.

SHAG, Feb. 5; Trinity Three Irish Pubs, 125 E. Juneau Ave. 10 p.m. 278-7033.

COWBOY MOUTH AND KOKO TAYLOR, Feb. 5; Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 W. Canal St. 7 p.m. 847-7400, 276-4545.

MUSIC UNDER GLASS, Feb 5; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes), 524 W. Layton Blvd. “The Championship” plays folk rock from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., followed by light show. 649-9830.

ATHAS, ELEMENT 13, Feb. 6; Trinity Three Irish Pubs. Athas at 6 p.m., Element 13 at 10 p.m. 278-7033.

PINK FLOYD LASERSPECTACULAR, Feb. 6; The Riverside, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. 8 p.m. 286-3663.

SONNY RHODES, Feb. 7; Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. 8 p.m. Blues in the ‘Burg series. 262-375-3676.

MARC BALLINI, Feb. 7; Trinity Three Irish Pubs. 10 p.m.

MUSIC UNDER GLASS, Feb. 12; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
(The Domes). OGD Trio presents jazz/blues/funk 6:30-8:30 p.m., followed by light show. 49-9830.

ATHAS, BURGUNDY TIES, Feb. 13; Trinity three Irish Pubs. Athas
6-8 p.m., Burgundy Ties, 10 p.m.

MSO: A TREASURE AND A DISCOVERY, Feb. 13-14; Marcus Center. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert.

ZACHARY WADE PROJECT, Feb. 14; Trinity Three Irish Pubs. 10 p.m.

BRENDAN LOUGHREY, Feb. 14; Irish Cultural & Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave. Donegal native who has opened for Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and John Mellencamp makes his first appearance as part of the Hallamor Concert Series. 8 p.m. 345-8800.

CELTIC WOMAN-ISLE OF HOPE TOUR 2009, Feb 14; Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. Major force in the contemporary music landscape returns to Milwaukee. 8 p.m. 276-4545.

LYLE LOVETT & JOHN HIATT, Feb. 17; The Pabst. 8 p.m. 286-3663.

THE PRETENDERS, Feb. 17-18; Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

ASHFORD & SIMPSON, Feb. 19; Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

MUSIC UNDER GLASS, Feb. 19; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys play Chicago Blues 6:30-8:30 p.m., followed by light show. 649-9830.

DAVID BURNHAM, Feb. 20-21; Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, inside Mitchell Park. 8 p.m. 262-781-9520 or Center

THE GREEN CARDS, Feb. 20; Cedarburg Cultural Center. Bluegrass with a modern twist. 8 p.m.

ATHAS, MICAH OLSAN, Feb. 20; Trinity Three Irish Pubs. Athas 6-8 p.m., Micah Olsan, 10 p.m.

MARC BALLINI, Feb. 21; Trinity Three Irish Pubs. 10 p.m.

MSO: THE MUSIC OF LED ZEPPELIN, Feb. 26; The Riverside. 8 p.m. 286-3663.

KODO DRUMMERS, Feb. 22; The Riverside. 8 p.m.

BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET, Feb. 24; Potawatomi Bingo Casino. FREE show in Northern Lights Theater.

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS, Feb. 26; Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

MUSIC UNDER GLASS, Feb. 26; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). Stealin’ Strings plays bluegrass/rock 6:30-8:30 p.m. followed by light show. 649-9830.

FUNK BROTHERS AND RAY PARKER, JR., Feb. 27; Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA, Feb. 27; The Riverside. 8 p.m.

ATHAS, ZACHARY WADE PROJECT, Feb. 27; Trinity Three Irish Pubs. Athas 6-8 p.m., Zachary Wade Project 10 p.m.

PETE ZIMMER GROUP, Feb. 27; Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield.

FUNK BROTHERS AND RAY PARKER JR., Feb. 27; Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Bingo Casino. 8 p.m.

CJ CHENIER AND THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND, Feb. 27; Cedarburg Cultural Center. Blues in the ‘Burg series. 8 p.m.

HOI POLLOI, Feb. 28; Trinity Three Irish Pubs. 10 p.m.


THE BRA PROJECT, Feb. 1; Danceworks Studio Theatre, 1661 N. Water St. Presented by Danceworks Performance Company, an evening-length concert of dance retracing the revealing history of the bra, referencing pop culture, fashion design, social reform and the perspectives voiced by both men and women. 277-8480.

MICHAEL FLATLEY'S LORD OF THE DANCE, Feb. 7; The Riverside, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. 8 p.m. 286-3663.

BALLET FANCY FREE, Feb. 19-22; Marcus Center. Milwaukee Ballet Company pairs Leonard Bernstein’s bouncy score with Jerome Robbins’ exuberant choreography, Fancy Free shows what happens when three sailors go out looking for fun and adventure on a hot summer night in New York City.


COMEDY SPORTZ, 420 S. 1st St. Milwaukee’s longest running improv comedy show is designed for all ages. Based on audience suggestions. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 pm., 10 p.m. Free Amateur Stand Up, only ages 18+ admitted; Saturday, 3, 7:30, 10 p.m. & Midnight. Reservations rec. 272-8888.

BONKERZ COMEDY NIGHT, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 W. Canal St. Saturday nights, Seating is on a first come first serve basis. Free to Fire Keeper’s Club members (free

VALENTINE’S DAY SPOOF, Feb. 13-14; Cedarburg Cultural Center. W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. “I Want My Mixed Tape Back” by McMann & Tate. 8 p.m. 262-375-3676.

VALENTINES DAY LAUGH-A-THON, Feb. 14; The Riverside. 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. Featuring Lavell Crawford, Joe Torry, Special K. & Jay Lamont. 8 p.m. 286-3663.

MICHAEL WINSLOW, Feb. 12; Potawatomi Bingo Casino. a master of vocal gymnastics, he can imitate more than 1,000 sound effects using his voice alone.

CHEECH AND CHONG LIGHT UP AMERICA, Feb. 20; Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s Northern Lights Theater. Get ready to laugh out loud as Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong take the stage. Shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Buy tickets online at


THE DIG, through Feb. 8; Broadway Theater Center, Studio Theater, 158 N. Broadway. Production by Renaissance Theaterworks. Mattie is adored her older brother Jamie, a gifted young archaeologist, but their relationship changed forever when Jamie had a break with reality on an archaeological dig in 1967. Years later, Mattie must explore the history of that dig, 291-7800.

TROUBLE IN MIND, through Feb. 15; Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, Milwaukee Theater Center, 108. E. Wells St. Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents a fierce and funny look at the half truths we tell ourselves about race, identity and opportunity in America. 224-9490.

I DO! I DO! through Feb. 15; Broadway Theater Center, Cabot Theater, 158 N. Broadway. intimate musical by The Skylight explores the eternal truths of the ups and downs of love and marriage. 291-7800.

WITNESS, through Feb. 22; Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center. First Stage Children’s Theater presents story set in 1924 when a small Vermont town is faced with a new force in town. Two girls, one African American and the other Jewish, are among those who are no longer welcome by some of the townspeople. Most appreciated by adults, teens and children 10 and up. 273-7206.

MIRANDOLINA, through Feb. 22; Stiemke Theater, Milwaukee Theater Center, 108. E. Wells St. A sizzling battle of the sexes catches fire in Goldoni’s eighteenth-century Italian farce. 224-9490.

GOING TO SAINT IVES, through Feb. 26; Off-Broadway Theatre, 342 N. Water St., 2nd floor. Next Act Theatre presents tale of May N'Kame, the mother of a brutal African dictator. She travels to England to undergo delicate eye surgery from Dr. Cora Gage, who asks that May's ruthless son release four physicians, condemned as traitors for refusing to assist in government torture. May demands a shocking favor in return. 278-0765.

DOGPARK: THE MUSICAL, through March 1; Stackner Cabaret, Milwaukee Theater Center. Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents. Follow Daisy, Champ, Bogie and Itchy through their adventures at the hippest, hottest place in town: the Dogpark, where every dog has his day, and love conquers all. 224-9490.

THE SUM OF US, Feb. 19-March 15; Broadway Theater Center, Studio Theater, 158 N. Broadway. Widower Harry Mitchell lives in harmony with his son, Jeff, a young plumber who is also unattached. Both men are pursuing romance in the difficult world of dating, but Jeff’s dates just happen to be with other men. Presented by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. 273-7206.

CATS, Feb. 26-March 1; Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on a work by T.S. Elliot is among the most popular musicals ever. Part of the M&I Bank Broadway Across America – Milwaukee series. 273-7206, 276-4545.

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR, Feb. 27-March 8; Sunset Playhouse, 800 N. Elm Grove Rd., Elm Grove. Follows a love affair between two people, married to others, who rendezvous once a year for 25 years. 262-782-4430.

EMILY, Feb. 27-March 8; Todd Wehr Auditorium, Concordia University, 12800 N. Lake Shore Dr. tells Emily Dickinson’s story from a faith perspective. Presented by Acacia Theatre Company. 744-5995.


LES PAUL’S HOUSE OF SOUND, continuing; Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr. A tribute to the accomplishments of Wisconsin guitarist Les Paul features personal items from the musician.

MILWAUKEE MUSCLE,continuing; Discovery World. Exhibit sponsored by Briggs & Stratton.

ENERGY & INGENUITY: HARNESSING THE POWER OF YOU, continuing; Discovery World. Wisconsin Energy Foundation supported exhibit challenges visitors to consider new energy sources for the future.

CITY OF FRESHWATER, opening this month and continuing; Discovery World. This new exhibit was unveiled late in January at the City of Milwaukee birthday celebration. Installation will continue this month on the exhibit, which will focus on Milwaukee’s leadership role in use of its water resources.

HERENCIA, through Feb. 6; Latino Arts, 1028 S. 9th St. Paintings and prints by Ramiro Rodriguez focus on figurative representations of psychological narratives, often utilizing water, light, shadow and unusual vantage points.

STOP. LOOK. LISTEN: AN EXHIBITION OF VIDEO WORKS, through Feb. 22; Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, 13th and Clybourn Sts. From the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. 288-1669, 384-3100.

ALL TIED UP: KNITTED AND KNOTTED WORK, through March 8; Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St. works from RAM's permanent collection that demonstrate diverse knotting techniques used on a variety of materials. 262-636-8300.

CATESBY, AUDUBON AND THE DISCOVERY OF A NEW WORLD, through March 22; Milwaukee Art Museum. Prints of the flora and fauna of the U.S.

Lego Land - Model Railroad Show, through March 22; Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). G-scale trains travel through a land of Legos while small and miniature plants create the landscape. Special exhibits and demonstrations. Train hobbyists will be on hand to answer questions.

TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION, through May 25; Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 N. Wells St. Authentic artifacts and room re-creations tell the story of the 2,228 passengers aboard the Titanic during her ill-fated maiden voyage. Learn haunting tales of lives abruptly ended or forever altered when the Titanic collided with an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Advance reservations strongly recommended. 223-3676 or purchase online at

19TH & EARLY 20TH CENTURY MECHANICAL OBJECTS, through June 7; Pabst Mansion. The turn of the 20th century saw an explosion of mechanical inventions: elaborate clocks, intricate music boxes, amazing toys, and more. Made to impress, these items brought hours of enjoyment to many people, and dazzle visitors today. Live demonstrations of select items will be available to the public on scheduled days.

WHATEVER IS THERE IS A TRUTH, through Oct. 4; Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University. Robert Rauschenberg’s prints.

NATURAL MOTIF: NEW DRAWINGS BY NATALIE SETTLES, Feb. 4-May 3; Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave. Natalie Settles, a 2008 Wisconsin Arts Board fellow, has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999. More than 20 of the artist’s graphite and watercolor works will be on display, synthesizing the diverse worlds of 19th century decorative botanical motifs and modern biological science. 278-8295.

JAN LIEVENS, A DUTCH MASTER REDISCOVERED, Feb. 7-April 26; Milwaukee Art Museum. Dutch artist Jan Lievens (1607-1674) created a number of memorable character studies, genre scenes, landscapes, formal portraits, and religious and allegorical images. Forty-five of his finest paintings and a select group of his drawings and prints are on display in an exhibit organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam.


The Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater is in the Museum Center, 800 W. Wisconsin Ave. It doubles as the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium. Visit for times.

Current IMAX shows:

MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT LAKES, through March 19; Explore this world treasure, which contains some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and a fifth of all fresh water.

GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS, through May 24; Academy Award® winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration – the legendary wreck of the Titanic. Explore the entire ship with Cameron and his crew.

SEA MONSTERS: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE, through Oct. 1; Extraordinary marine reptiles of the dinosaur age come to life in a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of “other” dinosaurs, those reptiles that lived beneath the water.


SEVEN WONDERS, through March 10; Witness the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, investigate theories of how these marvels were created, then travel through the universe to glimpse natural wonders far beyond earth.

NIGHT OF THE TITANIC, through May 24; The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 was part human error and part natural disaster. Weather, ice, sun, moon and stars all played a part in the tragedy. Stand on the deck of the doomed ocean liner the night she sank and discover how a complex series of natural, but unlikely, events sank the “unsinkable” ship.

ROMANCING THE STARS, Feb. 13 & 14; Give that special someone the universe at the planetarium’s two-evening Valentine’s show.




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