Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Former lead singer for popular Waukesha-based band is facing a new challenge in his life: a solo career and writing the score for a play about alcoholism, bullying and suicide.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. If you were hitting the bars on the East Side of Milwaukee in the mid-1980s and early 1990s, you are probably fans of the BoDeans, the rock band from Waukesha. Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann introduced the nation to the Waukesha Sound and made a name for themselves in the music industry. In 2012, Llanas decided to leave the band to work on solo projects and is facing one of those challenges right now – writing the score for a one-man play about alcoholism, bullying and suicide. “I'm working with a playwright, Doug …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The 75-minute upbeat rock musical based on Yvonne Adrian's true story about her daughter's 5-year battle with anorexia opens May 10 at Nicolet High School.
Nicolet High School drama will tackle the heavy-handed themes of Normal The Musical May 10 through 12, discussing eating disorders, body image, mental health along with the importance of stress management. The 75-minute upbeat rock musical based on Yvonne Adrian's true story about her daughter's 5-year battle with anorexia, was produced in 2005 in New York City where it won the Jonathan Larson Award. Nicolet will produce a high school version of the play. The performances are free and will wrap-up with discussion facilitated by Sandy Blaies, clinical director of the Eating Disorders Unit at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, her staff, and people in recovery. Show times are May 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and May 12 at 2 p.m. in the community …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
During World War II and the threat of German occupation, Whitefish Bay resident Jayne Jordan was sent to the United States at the age of 9. Now, at the age of 82, she's seeing her story told.
Whitefish Bay resident Jayne Jordan, now 82, remembers reassuring her mother when Jayne was nine-years-old that everything would be OK as she left England for the United States in 1940, according to a story in the Journal Sentinel. Her mother, Maureen Jaffe, feared that the Germans would occupy England and she sent Jayne to the United States alone. The article tells how Jordan was sent to live with a host family in Fox Point and how she waited five years to be reunited with her mother. The story is about war-torn England, the painful decision hundreds of families had to make to spare their children and how they survived. Now, Jon Helminiak, a family friend, has chronicled the survival story titled "This Token of Freedom," which is now …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Tony-nominated Broadway revival tells the story to dashing men pursing fair ladies, and the matters that complicate their pursuit.
Nicolet Theater will hit the stage Friday, for the opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest. The Tony-nominated Broadway revival tells the story to dashing men pursing fair ladies, and the matters that complicate their pursuit. It will run Friday, Saturday and May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 2:30 p.m. and May 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, and can be purchased by calling 414-351-8174.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Tickets will be available starting April 15 for Nicolet theater's spring production.
Tickets will be available starting April 15 for Nicolet theater's production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The Tony-nominated Broadway revival tells the story to dashing men pursing fair ladies, and the matters that complicate their pursuit. It will run April 26, 27 and May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 2:30 p.m. and May 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $7 and available in the Nicolet studio theater, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The orchestra will perform a concert Saturday night and at a Sunday morning church service at North Shore Congregational Church.
The Bethel University Chamber Orchestra will perform in Fox Point this weekend. The chamber orchestra from St. Paul, Minnesota will play Saturday and Sunday at North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Fox Point, WI 53217. The orchestra will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at a church service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Bethel University Chamber Orchestra is known for its energetic and artistic performances that have excited audiences throughout the United States and Europe. Under the leadership of Conductor-in-Residence Lynda Bradley-Vacco, D.M.A., the orchestra has grown from a fledgling group of 10 string players just over a decade ago to a full symphony orchestra. This year’s traveling orchestra comprises 20 …
Waxwing owner Steph Davies wanted to provide artists with a place to sell their work in Shorewood. Now, she's celebrating her first year of having the shop by hosting a party.
Waxwing, an artist consignment shop that features the work of 90 local artists, will host their one year anniversary party from 6 to 9 p.m. March 15 at their store, located at 4415 North Oakland Avenue in Shorewood. Local artist Steph Davies owns the shop. She wanted to meet more artists and provide a space where their work would get more exposure. The art opening will feature artwork by Kelli Busch, Dan Atkinson and Annie Sweers as well as live music by Thriftones.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Check out the top 10 rated restaurants in the Fox Point based on the Yelp! reviews.
Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their neighborhood's food critic, praising and panning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Ever wondered if a restaurant is good or bad? Yelp! can be a good indicator of whether that restaurant is worth your time or money. Based on Yelp!'s highest-rated star ranking, here are the top 10 restaurants in the Fox Point, Bayside, Whitefish Bay, Glendale, Shorewood area. Do you agree or disagree with the Yelp! top 10 list?
Monday, February 25, 2013
Experts encourage parents to not only use the library to foster strong reading skills, but also to use the library as a community hub.
Looking to instill a love of learning and reading in your child? Start at the library. While you may have missed "Take Your Child To The Library Day" on Feb. 4, check out these story time hours at the North Shore Public Library. They have story time hours for newborns to five-year-olds. So how often should you take your older child to the library once they start reading on their own? According to BabyCenter.com, this should be based on how quickly your child reads. You should take your child to the library as often as he needs more books to read. I spent about a third of my professional educational career as a school librarian and my practice was to have students in kindergarten through 2nd grade visit the library almost every day. …
Patch has a new movie reviewer, Brett Martin. This week he's reviewing "Snitch."
The Rock turns into a Snitch in his latest film about what a father would do to save his son. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a father whose estranged son is framed on a drug-dealing charge in "Snitch." With his son facing a hefty sentence, The Rock pleads with the U.S. Attorney (played by Susan Sarandon). He soon learns that the only way to get his time reduced is to help them find a bigger fish in the drug world. As you might guess, The Rock does just about anything to save his son. You'll be surprised to know that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson does more acting and less action in this movie. Nice try Rock...but the film seeks to make a statement about the futility of the war on drugs, only to take a back seat to its thriller elements. It's …