While we’re busy getting ready for the Thanksgiving feeding frenzy, let us pause for a moment to recognize “turkeys” of another sort. We’re thankful for all our blessings through the year, but perhaps we are most thankful to celebrities whose bad behavior so entertains us through these cold winters.
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As renowned composer and lyricist Irving Berlin once wrote, there’s no business like show business.
Audience members are guaranteed to hum the popular show tune during, and probably after, Central High School’s production of “Annie Get Your Gun” this weekend at the Central Auditorium, 24617 75th St.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like spending 90 minutes in a pawn shop?
Local performing arts fans will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and join three low-lifes operating a filthy, run-down Chicago business in Over Our Head Players’ intimate, profanity-laced opening of “American Buffalo” this weekend at Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., in Racine.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will honor one of its own with “David Holmes: A Retrospective.”
The exhibit, which opened earlier this month, showcases nearly four decades of work from Holmes, a professor emeritus who led the art department at Parkside for many of his nearly 35 years at the school. He died last year at age 69.
Here is a look at stage productions that continue this weekend. Features on the shows appeared in previous editions of Get Out and are online at kenoshanews.com/entertainment:
Who: Children’s Theatre Academy
What: Christian Life School production
Where: Journey Church main auditorium, 10700 75th St.
Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave., is hosting a BeExposed! to the Arts events starting at 6 tonight (Nov. 20).
The free program is a return of “Women of a UNcertain Age” featuring Kenosha singer/songwriter Susan Larkin and Kenosha’s poet laureate Jean Preston.
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, “Method to My Madness” (Alligator)
Live music and helping others.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it countless times: Local bands and their fans love helping out those in need.
Local residents can get a head start on holiday festivities with a tree lighting ceremony at Jelly Belly, 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, in Pleasant Prairie on Saturday (Nov. 21).
The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes face painting, balloon art, a magician, games and prizes. Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will also be on hand in a spectacular candy wonderland.
Carol Higgins recently started playing the guitar again, for the first time since middle school.
So, naturally, she performed with Keith Urban.
Stay positive, believe in yourself, respect your elders and eat plenty of chocolate.
The Children’s Theatre Academy teaches the importance of these principles, along with many others, with the performance of “Willy Wonka Jr.” this weekend at Armitage Academy, 6832 Eighth Ave.
From jazz and tap to dances inspired by tangled earbuds and differential equations, “Juxtapositions” shows how art often intersects with life in unexpected ways.
More than 30 dancers, many of them students pursuing a minor in dance, will come together for the show, which runs through Saturday (Nov. 14) at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive.
Pleasant Prairie’s Carly Mikula cannot tell a lie, it’s not easy being Pinocchio.
Mikula, 10, takes on one of the lead roles in the Christian-based Spotlight Youth Theater’s production of “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” this weekend at Wilmot High School, 11112 308th Ave. The heart-warming fairytale and action-packed adventure is based on Disney’s 2000 made-for-TV movie “Geppetto,” centering on the life of an old wood-carver and his wish for a son.
The Racine Children’s Theatre is performing “Mostly Monsterly” this weekend at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.
Tickets are $6.
Here is a look at the stage performances that continue or resume this weekend. Features on the shows appeared in previous editions of Get Out and are online at kenoshanews.com/entertainment:
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 13) and Saturday (Nov. 14), 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 15). Show continues Nov. 20-21
A pair of local shows will begin short runs on Thursday (Nov. 19). All Saints Catholic School is putting on “Music Man Jr.,” while Christian Life is presenting “Alice in Wonderland.”
Here’s a capsule look at each show:
Lemon Street Gallery welcomes one of its founding artists with an opening reception, highlighting a number of events scheduled for Downtown Kenosha’s Second Saturday.
Acrylic painter Melanie Hovey, encaustic painter Rebecca Stahr and ceramic artist Karin Berg will display their work at Lemon Street, 4601 Sheridan Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14). Hovey became one of the five original founders of Lemon Street in 1999.
The Fine Arts at First Concert Series continues Sunday with a concert titled “Together in Song.”
The performance will feature several college choral groups: the Carthage College Women’s Ensemble, directed by Peter Dennee; Voices of Parkside, directed by James Kinchen; the Aurora University Chorale, directed by Lisa Fredenburgh; and the Rock Valley College Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir, directed by Paul Laprade.
The 13th annual Lakeside Band Festival wraps up Saturday (Nov. 14) with a concert at 7 p.m. at A.F. Siebert Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.
The seldom-heard nabimba will be featured to cap a week of festivities. On Saturday, 85 area high school students gather to prepare a concert with music not played in almost a century.
About a dozen musical artists will gather for the “After the Harvest Harvest” Neil Young Gathering starting at 8 Saturday night (Nov. 14) at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave. Admission is $10.
The three-hour acoustic/electric tribute show features performances by Rusty Horse, Kevin Grissom, Sid Simo, Jim Conway, Larry Hinds, Eric & Ashley Nelson with T.J. Leveque, Don Miller & Emily Pate, Macyn Taylor, Brent Mitchell and Craig Stoneman.
Here is a look at the stage productions coming to the area next week:
Who: Central High School theater arts production
The Racine Theatre Guild’s “Comedy Tonight” series continues at 8 Saturday night (Nov. 14) with a performance by Keith Alberstadt.
For more than a decade, Alberstadt has been entertaining audiences all over the world. His comedy credits include appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and eight comedy tours for the U.S. troops throughout the Middle East.
Live music and good deeds.
Around here, they go together like sushi and a great IPA.
Don Henley, “Cass County” (Capitol)
Steve Crucianelli is one of the most energetic bass players in the area. He can be seen playing the electric bass out front with the band Electric Revolution or on Sunday nights with his upright bass for open mic night at Capt. Mike’s.
Crucianelli has played around the country including a stint in Nashville as a recording artist for various bands.