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SNYDER: September is calling

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Newspapers — and the media in general — take a lot of guff from people who accuse us of only reporting bad news.

And it’s true that much of what you’ll see on our front page and on TV news shows is grim: Murders, fires, terrorist attacks, Sen. Ted Cruz.

Entertainment news is a refuge from the harsher aspects of daily life. Here, we tell you about upcoming movies, what fall TV shows to check out and why your kids are upset about One Direction splitting up. Nothing too sad about that ... unless you have a life-sized poster of Harry Styles hanging over your bed. (And if you do, and you’re over the age of 14, we need to talk.)


SNYDER: September is calling

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Newspapers — and the media in general — take a lot of guff from people who accuse us of only reporting bad news.

And it’s true that much of what you’ll see on our front page and on TV news shows is grim: Murders, fires, terrorist attacks, Sen. Ted Cruz.

‘On the Beat’ with Betsy Ade

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Betsy Ade, 37, of Kenosha, is the lead vocalist for Rainy Day Crush and the Well-Known Strangers. She is best known for her work with Rainy Day Crush, which she and Matt Specht, the lead guitarist, have resurrected after a 10-year hiatus.

Rainy Day Crush will be performing during Rock the Block at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St.

I-94 FESTIVALS: PetFest takes over Summerfest grounds Saturday

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Finally, a festival for Fido!

Animals of all varieties (and their owners) are invited to PetFest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) at Henry W. Maier Festival Park, also known as the Summerfest grounds, 200 N. Harbor Drive, in Milwaukee.

Twin Lakes hosting daylong event Saturday

Twin Lakes’ daylong event Saturday (Aug. 29) on Main Street will feature a business expo and car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by a Block Party that runs until midnight.

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association will hold its annual Business in the Park Expo and Craft Fair along with the car show.

U.S. Navy Band ‘Cruisers’ performing free concert Monday

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The United States Navy Band Cruisers is performing a free concert Monday night (Aug. 31) at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The concert takes place in the Main Stage Theater, located inside the university’s new Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, located on the west side of the campus, 900 Wood Road.

Racine Symphony playing Summer Pops program tonight

The Racine Symphony Orchestra is performing a Summer Pops Concert called “Pops Potpourri” tonight (Aug. 28) at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. in downtown Racine.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m..; the concert begins at 7 p.m.

PM&L hosting ‘Shrek: The Musical ’ auditions

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The PM&L Theatre in Antioch, Ill., is hosting auditions Monday (Aug. 31) and Tuesday (Sept. 1) for “Shrek: The Musical.”

The musical — with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abair and music by Jeanine Tesori — will be performed for three weekends, starting Oct. 30.

MUSIC MATTERS: Grill Games, polka hip-hop and jazz trio

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I’m sure you have noticed by now that the weather has changed. Well, at least for now, it has. There’s a chill in the air.

We’re from Wisconsin, so we know it will get warm again before the first snow. And even if it doesn’t, that won’t stop us from going outside and grilling meat and listening to music.

QUICK SPINS: Brandon Schott’s CD will give you a quick dose of sunshine

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Brandon Schott, “Crayons & Angels” (Curry Cuts)

www.brandonschott.com

GO BRIEFS: Friday Night Flicks features ‘Box Trolls’ at Lincoln Park

Friday Night Flicks returns to Lincoln Park tonight (Aug. 28) with a free screening of “Box Trolls.” The free movie screening starts at dusk tonight in the park, on 22nd Avenue and 70th Street. Concessions are available — or bring your own from home.

The Potawatomi Trails 22nd annual Pow Wow is Saturday (Aug. 29) and Sunday (Aug. 30) at Shiloh Park in Zion, Ill.

GET OUT: Where there’s smoke ... there’s Grill Games

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The fifth annual Grill Games BBQ Competition and Lakefront Festival is back to offer smoky snacks, bold barbecue and cool competition.

The two-day event takes place from 3 to 11 p.m. today (Aug. 28) and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) on Kenosha’s harbor lakefront at 56th Street and First Avenue.

Raise a glass to Samuel Adams ... and Garth Brooks

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We told you on Thursday about Tuesday’s stein hoisting contest at Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub in downtown Kenosha.

Since then, we hope you’ve been busy doing pushups to build up that shoulder strength.

Sun, sand and surf

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When it comes to enjoying Kenosha area beaches, you need to toss away your calendar.

While we think of summer as covering the months of June, July and August, lakes here (especially Lake Michigan) don’t really warm up enough for swimming until later in July.

GET OUT: Twilight Jazz closes season with ‘Big Band’

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The Twilight Jazz concert series will close out its 2015 season with a bang.

The Jack Plovanich/Parkside Reunion Big Band will perform Tuesday (Aug. 25) at the south end of the Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Jazz Ensemble, directed by Russell Johnson, is also set to perform. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. (the area opens at 6 p.m.).

Kenosha County Fair continues this weekend

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The spin of the Midway rides. The thrill of winning a game of chance. Barns abuzz with 4-H-ers tending to their animals. The roar of engines from the racetrack. Deep-fried everything. A rush of childhood wonder.

Finding ways to describe the excitement at the Kenosha County Fair is as endless as the fair is timeless.

Mexican Fiesta arrives at Summerfest grounds

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Viva la Mexico!

Mexican Fiesta returns today (Aug. 21) through Sunday to Henry W. Maier Festival Park, also known as the Summerfest grounds, 200 N. Harbor Drive, in Milwaukee.

MUSIC MATTERS: WIIL Rock Festival offers four stages, 29 bands

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Even though we claim the radio station WIIL — or “WIIL Rock” as they like to be called — as our own, the rock and pop station’s big music festival this weekend is being held just a bit to the north of Kenosha County in Franksville, just west of Racine.

This is being done to allow for more bands and larger crowds.

GO BRIEFS: Trio of events at Fusion this week

Another Be Exposed to the Arts appears at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave., from 6 to 9 tonight (Aug. 21).

The Be Exposed event (a preview appears on Page 15) is one of three events Fusion is hosting prior to Thursday (Aug. 27).

QUICK SPINS: Enjoy great new stuff from Buddy Guy, Greatest Lakes

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Buddy Guy, “Born to Play Guitar” (RCA)

www.buddyguy.com, $13.99

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