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Carthage theater performing world premiere on Feb. 27

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Carthage College is staging the world premiere of “Up The Hill,” a new work by Keith Huff, tonight (Feb. 27).

Huff, a Twin Lakes native, is a prolific television writer/producer and a playwright.

‘The Dixie Swim Club’ play celebrates friendship

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Treasured lifelong friendships are explored in “The Dixie Swim Club.”

The show — directed by Douglas Instenes — opens tonight at the Racine Theatre Guild.

Classic radio thrillers coming to PM&L Theatre stage on March 1

The PM&L Theater troupe and RG Productions are teaming up again “to bring you another exciting afternoon of old-time radio live on stage,” according to Nita Hunter of RG Productions.

The production is “one of radio’s most glamorous showcases, ‘Suspense,’ widely thought to be the ‘Hitchcock of the airwaves’ during its golden age in the 1940s,” said Hunter, who is directing the show.

St. Patrick’s Day Ballroom Dance at Kemper Center on March 7

The Anderson Arts Center is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Ballroom Dance on March 7.

The event — featuring live big band music performed by the Pat Crawford Orchestra — is 7 to 10 p.m. in the Simmons Gymnasium at the Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave.

CD Reviews: Marilyn Manson is a horror show (in the worst way)

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-- Marilyn Manson, “The Pale Emperor” (Concord)

www.marilynmanson.com, $14.99

Music Matters: Cure your cabin fever at The Winter Hoedown

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Are you a fan of the music event called The Dirty Hoedown?

Just seeing those words in print is giving me flashbacks of bluegrass, country and jam bands playing and people hanging out around a bonfire. Sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it?

Bradford High School debuts new ‘Little Mermaid’ musical

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With neon lights, puppets and silk acrobatics, Bradford High School’s production of “Disney’s the Little Mermaid” isn’t your average high school play.

“This is a lot different than anything we’ve done before,” Bradford senior Sydney Tisch said. “People will have a new appreciation for the ‘Little Mermaid’ and the story. They’ll have a really good time.”

Snyder: Oscar night offered some fun but few surprises

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It wasn’t the best of times; it wasn’t the worst of times.

That’s how I’d sum up Sunday night’s Oscar telecast.

Snyder: Our Oscar ‘experts’ Liz & Dave face off over their Oscar predictions

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To enter our contest on the Web, go to www.kenoshanews.com and scroll down to click on the Red Carpet Movie Contest graphic to fill out a ballot. You can enter until 6 p.m. today.

Another Oscar Night, another story packed with fearless predictions by Kenosha News’ Elizabeth “Buy your own popcorn!” Snyder and Dave “But a small soda costs $7” Walter:

ON THE BEAT: Jazz to chase the blues away

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Susan Crawford, 57, has been performing with her husband, John, since 1979. In the early 80s they formed the John Crawford Jazz Band and have been playing in local venues ever since.

Let’s go “On the Beat” with Crawford:

Unified’s Choral Festival is Saturday

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The Kenosha Unified School District’s 49th annual Choral Festival will be presented 7 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 21) in the Bradford High School field house.

The event will showcase more than 1,100 students from elementary, middle, high and charter schools.

Black Violin, Rodney Carrington headline shows at Genesee Theatre

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Kenoshans are making the trip just over the border into Waukegan to the restored Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St. for live a entertainment venue that will get your attention.

This weekend’s offerings could not be more eclectic.

Restaurant Week runs until Sunday

The inaugural Downtown Kenosha Restaurant Week continues through Sunday (Feb. 22) after starting on Valentine’s Day.

Eighteen downtown eateries are offering fixed-price menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No tickets or coupons are required.

Kithara Trio to perform at Carthage

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The Kithara Trio — Debbie Masloski on piano, Sang Mee Lee on violin and Paula Kosower on cello — is performing 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 21) at Carthage College’s Siebert Chapel.

The “Come to the Dance” program will include works by Piazolla Schoenfield, Franz Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich that were influenced by dances from around the world.

MUSIC MATTERS: Fusion, Bella Cain, Jill Plaisted Band

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Where does time go? The last BeExposed to The Arts event happened when we were in the middle of winter, with cold and snow and gray skies, and we needed the multi-faceted arts event to cheer us up.

Fast forward to the BeExposed to The Arts event tonight ... and we’re two-thirds of the way through winter ... and it’s cold and snowy and gray, and we need some arts to cheer us up.

QUICK SPINS: Sinatra by way of Bob Dylan is surprisingly pleasant

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Bob Dylan, “Shadows in the Night” (Columbia)

www.bobdylan.com, $13.99

Fiber arts on display through March 22

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The Anderson Arts Center’s fiber arts exhibition continues until March 22.

The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

LAST CHANCE: PM&L’s run of ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ closes this weekend

“Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley!” will be heard through Feb. 21 in the PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St. in Antioch, Ill.

The community theater troupe is performing the musical “Meet Me in St. Louis,” complete with the show’s famous “Trolley Song,” performed by Judy Garland in the film. The show opened on Feb. 6.

History Center’s ‘Plans for Progress’ still on display

The Kenosha History Center’s exhibit titled “Plans for Progress,” a two-dimensional exhibit in honor of Black History Month, remains on display.

The KHC, 220 51st Place, features free admission. Donations are welcome.

Call for soldout Snowdance possibilities

The Over Our Head Players celebrate winter with its annual Snowdance 10 Minute Comedy Festival, a competition of original comedies. All performances are at Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine.

According to the website www.overourheadplayers.org tickets online are sold out. However, they also say to call the box office 262-632-6802 to verify possible late seat openings.

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