Raise your glass (and fork) to Taste of Wisconsin


Eat. Drink. Repeat.

The flavors and cultures of Wisconsin are back with countless opportunities for taste buds to celebrate during this year’s Taste of Wisconsin.

The festival takes place along the Lake Michigan shore this weekend with more than 40 vendors, four beverage gardens, 80 acts on four stages, chef demonstrations, kids activities and more. Kidzone activities include a visit from Miss Kenosha, a mascot meet-and-greet, face painting and karaoke.

Raise your glass (and fork) to Taste of Wisconsin


Eat. Drink. Repeat.

The flavors and cultures of Wisconsin are back with countless opportunities for taste buds to celebrate during this year’s Taste of Wisconsin.

Local actress plays lead role in Lakeside Players’ rendition of ‘Hamlet’


Laura Chartrand is no stranger to a gender-swapped role.

But despite her theater background, she was still surprised to be cast as Hamlet in Lakeside Players’ upcoming production of the Shakespeare classic.

German Fest begins July 25 in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is welcoming all things German to the Summerfest grounds this weekend for German Fest: “Milwakee’s Original Haus Party.”

The ethnic festival includes German traditions, entertainment, music and food, with a variety of authentic German cuisine from well-known German restaurants and food services from southeast Wisconsin.

Psychological thriller sparks ethics debate at Sixth Street Theatre


RACINE — Should people write about heinous criminals in an attempt to educate the general public, or does a publication about a serial killer’s crimes give him immortality?

The heavy, debatable question is the core conflict of Sixth Street Theatre’s summer production of “Down the Road,” opening tonight.

Radio show Saturday at Gateway

The WGTD Radio Theater, now in its 10th season, presents three comedies, starring members of the 91.1 Players starting at 11:15 a.m. Saturday (July 26) at Room 120 of the BioScience Building at Gateway Techincal College.

Opening the trio of comedies is America’s favorite high school teacher, Constance Brooks, in another original episode of “Our Miss Brooks,” where Connie takes on a job at “Java Joe’s,” since there were no summer teaching jobs at Madison High School.

Vocalist Allison Hull performing with Racine Concert Band


The Racine Concert Band continues its summer season with a 7:30 performance Sunday evening (July 27) in the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St.

Admission is free.

A new ‘Phantom’ for a new millennium


You may have seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster musical “The Phantom of the Opera” years ago — perhaps even several times.

But you haven’t seen the version playing at Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts through Aug. 3.

Thompson Square helps open Country Thunder


Thompson Square duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson should take up residence in Wisconsin this summer. The award-winning artists recently performed at Summerfest and will help kick off the first night of Country Thunder with their show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

But if you don’t have a single-day ticket or a four-day pass to the annual Twin Lakes festival, fear not. Thompson Square returns to Wisconsin for the Country on the River Music Festival in Prairie du Chien Aug. 8.

‘Santa Claus’ steps in ‘Phantom of the Opera’


When Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1988 hit “The Phantom of the Opera” rolls into Milwaukee Wednesday, the cast will include Brad Oscar, a theater veteran who is excited to return to Milwaukee.

“I was there in ‘The Producers’ in 2004,” he recalled — he was headlining the national touring company as Max Bialystock — “and I’m hoping this time to get a chance to see more of the city.”

‘Spelling Bee’ marks beginning of Theatre Guild’s 77th season


RACINE — The Racine Theatre Guild is introducing its 77th season with a contemporary, Tony Award-winning musical comedy.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” tells the story of six nerdy, adolescent overachievers as they face off in the spelling championship of a lifetime. Adjudicating the competition are a nostalgic former spelling bee winner, a mildly insane vice principal, and the official “comfort counselor,” an ex-con completing his community service.

Racine County Fair begins Wednesday in Union Grove

American rock musician Uncle Kracker, country singer Jana Kramer and southern rock group the Charlie Daniels Band are the headliners at this year’s Racine County Fair, which runs Wednesday through Sunday (July 23-27).

The fairgrounds are one-quarter mile west of the intersection of highways 45 and 11 in Union Grove. Fair hours are 8 a.m to 11:30 p.m. daily.

Local music: Museum bash, Twilight Jazz, Brat Stop show

What do you get when you toss museums, excellent food and great live music together in a blender? If it’s here in Kenosha, it’s called the fourth annual Museum Crawl.

The event — tonight (July 18) at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Civil War Museum and Kenosha Public Museum — features exhibits, live music, food and drinks (and fun) at each stop.

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