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The magnificent Orson Welles

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The local Orson Welles centennial celebration, organized by the Citizen Welles Society of Kenosha, continues this afternoon with what the group’s chairwoman, Nita Hunter, calls “the granddaddy” of all the events.

Orson Welles — whose 100th birthday was May 6 — is Kenosha’s most famous native son. And to celebrate his legacy, Welles-themed parties, plays, lectures, puppet sketches and film screenings have been going on all month.

Today, Welles scholar and film historian Joseph McBride is hosting a screening and discussion of “The Magnificent Ambersons,” which Welles filmed in 1942. The movie was then famously taken away from Welles and edited (or “butchered,” depending on your point of view) by RKO Studio executives.


SNYDER: ‘Club’ members share their love of reading

Is it just me, or are people who like to read just nicer?

Maybe it’s all that time spent reading about the lives of others — be they historic figures, boy wizards or flying dragons — that makes book lovers so darn pleasant.

SNYDER: Dive into this summer reading list

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Joann Renberg — a former Kenosha News colleague — reads “two or three books a week thanks to the Kenosha Public Library. Some are good, some fair. The one that stands out in my mind in the last year is ‘Moriarty’ by Anthony Horowitz.”

The novel, she says, “takes the reader back to Sherlock Holmes days, right after the events at Reichenbach Falls and has the most jaw-dropping moment I’ve experienced reading in ages. I don’t want to say more and spoil it for readers.”

The magnificent Orson Welles

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The local Orson Welles centennial celebration, organized by the Citizen Welles Society of Kenosha, continues this afternoon with what the group’s chairwoman, Nita Hunter, calls “the granddaddy” of all the events.

Orson Welles — whose 100th birthday was May 6 — is Kenosha’s most famous native son. And to celebrate his legacy, Welles-themed parties, plays, lectures, puppet sketches and film screenings have been going on all month.

GET OUT: Bradford delivers drama with ‘IA Reconciliation’

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Kenosha Unified theater offers a heavy helping of melodrama with “Italian American Reconciliation,” an intimate exploration of love, loss and loneliness.

There is a 7:30 showing tonight (May 22) and Saturday (May 23) in the school’s Black Box Theatre, 3700 Washington Road (Room 150).

GET OUT: Burlington’s ChocolateFest kicks off summer

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Festival food. Chocolate. Live music. Chocolate.

These are a few of the things available at the unofficial beginning of the summer festival season this weekend as ChocolateFest opens. The delectable Burlington-based festival is now in its 29th year. As the name implies, a lot of the festival is all about chocolate as a Nestle plant is located there.

GO SPLASH: Are you ready for summer?

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Though it can feel like winter will NEVER end ... say, on a 30-degree day in May ... trust us.

Summer is coming. And fast.

GO SPLASH: The price is right for this music ... FREE

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There are plenty of big-name performers coming to this area this summer:

The Rolling Stones.

EXTENDED RUNS: Three shows return to the stage tonight

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Three local shows continue multi-week runs this weekend.

Here’s a capsule look at the shows (full features appeared in a previous edition of Get Out and are available at www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment):

GO SPLASH: 50 free things to do in the Kenosha area

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1 Try for an ace or a birdie on the disc golf course at UW-Parkside, Fox River Park, or Silver Lake Park.

2 Enjoy the Twilight Jazz Free Concert Series beside Lake Michigan at Anderson Arts Center: June 30, July 7, July 21, July 28 and August 25.

GO SPLASH: A look at area county fairs

If you’re up for a county fair, here’s some highlights from those in southeastern Wisconsin:

When: Aug. 19-23

GO SPLASH: Ravinia’s season at glance

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What: The Ravinia Festival, a summer concert series with (mostly) outdoor performances

Where: In Highland Park, Ill. The music venue is located within a 36-acre park, with a concert pavilion that seats 3,400 people and a lawn area where audience members can picnic while listening to performers. The grounds also include two indoor venues — the historic, 850-seat Martin Theatre and the intimate, 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall.

Welles celebration continues with ‘Ambersons’ showing

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The Orson Welles centennial is in full swing. George Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915, and Kenosha’s Citizen Welles Society marks what would have been Welles’ 100th birthday with a monthlong celebration. This week’s centennial events are:

* Sunday May 24, 2 p.m., Woman’s Club of Kenosha: “The Magnificent Ambersons” film screening and discussion with film historian and Welles biographer Joseph McBride. The Woman’s Club is located in Library Park, near Welles’ childhood home. 6028 Eighth Ave. $5 admission.

QUICK SPINS: Harris and Crowell’s sophomore effort nearly perfect

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Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “The Traveling Kind” (Nonesuch)

www.emmylouharris.com $14.99

MUSIC MATTERS: Prepare to have a good time when Boo Bradley plays

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I always wanted to name a band Boo Radley. I think someone beat me to it. If not and you steal my idea, just put me down for 5 percent of the royalties.

Now, I bring this up because a band with a very similar name is performing Saturday (May 23) at TG’s. Madison’s Boo Bradley is venturing east to the cozy confines of the Seventh Avenue haunt. Fun doesn’t even begin to describe this party duo. As their bio states, “Boo Bradley is a good time two-man hokum junk and jive orchestra who are as fun to watch as they are to listen to.”

SNYDER: Kingfish hosting talent auditions

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So ... maybe your fastball isn’t what it used to be. (Or, it never was anything.)

You can still be part of our Kenosha Kingfish baseball team this summer.

GET OUT: Not all dogs go to heaven

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Don’t call it “Peanuts,” please.

This is not the plainly drawn cartoon you watch every Thanksgiving evening with the family. This is not the long-running syndicated comic strip exploring the world of a nervous young boy and his happy beagle. This is something dirtier, edgier and at times very, very dark.

Tremper theater turns back the clock with ‘Uncle Vanya’

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Tremper High School explores a somber world of decline, depression and death in its adaptation of “Uncle Vanya,” a 19th century drama penned by infamous Russian physician and playwright Anton Chekhov.

After opening on Thursday, students will present the nihilistic historical drama at 7:30 tonight (May 15) and Saturday (May 16) with additional 7:30 p.m. showings May 21-23 in the Studio Theatre (Room 120), 8560 26th Ave.

GET OUT: ‘Spamalot’ comes to the area

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The Racine Theatre Guild showers itself in irreverence with “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” the Tony-award winning musical comedy ripped from the 1975 cult classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

It opens at 7:30 tonight (May 15) and runs through May 31, with 7:30 p.m. showings every Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. showings on Sundays and a 7 p.m. show on May 28 at the guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine.

If only all schools were this cool

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St. Joseph Catholic Academy gets into the groove with “High School Musical Jr.” a show based on Disney Channel’s widely popular movie.

There are two kid-friendly showings: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 16) and 3 p.m. Sunday (May 17) in the school auditorium, 2401 69th St.

ON THE BEAT: Peterson continues to do ‘Damage’

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Dave Peterson, 43, plays lead guitar with Damage Theory, a hard rock cover band that also performs its own original music. Peterson picked up the guitar as a teenager and was influenced by the intricate licks played by heavy metal bands from the 1980s and ’90s.

Social medial/websites: Facebook.com/DamageTheory; Reverbnation.com/DamageTheory4

Tremper presents ‘United for Kenosha’ tonight

Tremper High School, 8560 26th Ave., is putting on a one-night variety show to benefit the United Way of Kenosha County.

“United for Kenosha” takes place at 7 tonight (May 15) and is billed as a night with humor, dance, song and much more.

GO BRIEFS: Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic Spring Concert is Sunday

The Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic and Sinfonia is set to perform its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Frances E. Bedford Concert Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Rita Tallent Picken Center, 900 Wood Road.

Tickets at the door are $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children ages 5 and younger.

FINAL WEEKEND: Children’s Theatre Academy wraps up run of ‘Annie Jr.’

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The Children Theatre Academy’s presentation of “Annie Jr.” closes this weekend.

Here’s a capsule look at the show (a full feature appeared in a previous edition of Get Out and is available at www.kenoshanews.com/entertainment):

Kenosha’s Craft Beer Week continues tonight downtown

The second annual Kenosha Craft Beer Week runs through Sunday (May 17).

The week of events that began on May 11 at various restaurants and bars is billed as a celebration of craft beer’s positive impact in Kenosha.

Welles celebration continues with ‘Citizen Kane’

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The Orson Welles centennial is in full swing. George Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915, and Kenosha’s Citizen Welles Society marks what would have been Welles’ 100th birthday with a monthlong celebration. This week’s centennial events are:

* 7 tonight (May 15) — UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema: “Citizen Kane” will be screened. The New York Times reported in 1941 that this film “comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood.” Professor Jay McRoy will lead a discussion after the film at 900 Wood Road. $5 admission.

‘IA Reconciliation’ opens Thursday

Here’s a look at the area show that will open next week:

Where: Bradford Studio Theatre (Room 150)

QUICK SPINS: Ringo Starr falls flat; Mavis Staples soars

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Ringo Starr, “Postcards” (UMe)

www.ringostarr.com, $13.99

MUSIC MATTERS: Boogie Men, Cosmic Railroad

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There is a saying that “the world is going to the dogs.”

Sometimes I think they deserve it more than we people do. That is, they deserve a good, clean, unpolluted world.

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