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LARSEN: Dreaming of a ‘Disney Heartland’

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Now that the Menominee Nation’s option to purchase the Dairyland Greyhound Park property has expired and the property is back on the market, it’s clear the Hard Rock casino project will never come to realization in Kenosha.

Both pro-casino and anti-casino residents of our fair city are turning their attention to what’s next.

I’ve learned it to be an indisputable fact we have great children’s, high school, collegiate and community fine arts. We have a burgeoning music scene brimming with talent.


LARSEN: Dreaming of a ‘Disney Heartland’

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Now that the Menominee Nation’s option to purchase the Dairyland Greyhound Park property has expired and the property is back on the market, it’s clear the Hard Rock casino project will never come to realization in Kenosha.

Both pro-casino and anti-casino residents of our fair city are turning their attention to what’s next.

GET OUT: ‘Disney’s Cinderella Kids’

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Students from Harborside Academy and Lakeview Technology Academy unite for the production of “Disney’s Cinderella Kids” this weekend held at Reuther Central High School Auditorium.

With the live-action movie on the big screen the cast including Harborside senior Colleen Carlson who plays the lead role is hoping for a publicity bump.

Fine Arts presents acclaimed harpist

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The Fine Arts at First concert series continues Sunday (March 29) with a recital by acclaimed harpist Anne Morse-Hambrock.

Morse-Hambrock will perform a collection of Celtic, jazz and original works for harp at First United Methodist Church of Kenosha, 919 60th Street, at 3 p.m. She will also perform classical compositions by Carlos Salzedo, Marcel Grandjany and Germaine Tailleferre.

MUSIC MATTERS: SRIM Fest is here

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There are a few great things about the beginning of Spring. There’s the college basketball big dance. Major League Baseball is just around the corner. There’s only a couple short weeks — or months — until warmer weather.

But the best of all is that it’s SRIM Fest time. SRIM Fest stands for Smooth Riders Indoor Music Fest as the main muscle work is done by Matt Meyer of the Smooth Riders. The concept is simple — the booking, planning and production is herculean. The result is shamma-lamma-ding-dong. So here is the one sentence attention grabber:

Jazz Week concludes today

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Jazz Week @ The Rita concludes with a full day of events today (March 27) at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road.

The day begins with a one-hour concert featuring the UW-Parkside Faculty Jazz Ensemble. The one-hour concert is free admission. From 1 to 4 p.m., the university will host a workshop with Kenosha Unified School District high schools (Indian Trail, Tremper, Bradford). This is also free admission.

KAA’s Spring Art Event focuses on the Krolls

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The Kenosha Art Association’s annual Spring Art Event at the Kenosha Public Museum will focus on Georgia and Gerhard Kroll.

Their presentation — “An Artful Life” — is 1:45 p.m. Saturday (March 28) at the museum.

GO BRIEF: Concert to benefit Shalom Center

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Immanuel United Methodist Church, 5410 Sheridan Road, will host a benefit concert for the Shalom Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday

Songwriters Kim and Reggie Harris will perform a medley of their folk, jazz and inspirational songs. They have appeared on Wisconsin and Chicago public radio, and played for audiences across North America and Europe.

Brassworks performing Sunday at Parkside

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The Belle City Brassworks brass band will perform the group’s annual John Hemkes Memorial Concert 3 p.m. Sunday (March 29) in Bedford Concert Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The group, which has been performing in this area for 28 years, features more than 45 brass and percussion musicians.

GO BRIEF: Carthage choir to perform music from spring tour

Carthage College’s A.F. Siebert Choir will present music from their spring break tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The free concert will take place at the school’s A.F. Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive, and will showcase experienced singers with a diverse repertoire.

QUICK SPINS: Ever the chameleon, Madonna has no real ‘Rebel Heart’

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Madonna “Rebel Heart” (Interscope)

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GO BRIEF: Gallery showcases new members’ works

The Racine Artists Gallery’s annual new members show runs through Tuesday.

Admission is free to the exhibit, which is highlighting new artists in the co-operative.

Lance presents ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’

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Lance Middle School will present “Willy Wonka Jr.” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 4515 80th St.

Co-directed by teachers Shannon Robertson and Mina Siegel, the play is a shortened version of the classic story, and runs one hour. Adult tickets can be purchased at the door for $5; student tickets are $3. For more information, call 359-2240.

GO BRIEF: Annual Easter Bunny Parade & Egg Hunt is Saturday

Downtown Kenosha will host its annual Easter Bunny Parade & Egg Hunt Saturday (March 28) for families with young children.

A pre-parade gathering will begin at 10 a.m. between the Coffee Pot and Modern Apothecary on the 4900 block of Seventh Ave. with live music. The parade, led by the Easter Bunny and other costumed characters, will begin at 10:30 a.m. and head south toward Library Park, 60th Street and Sixth Avenue.

GO BRIEF: RecPlex hosts family expo

The Pleasant Prairie RecPlex will hosts its Kids & Family Expo on Saturday (March 28) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the facility’s summer camp programs and other local businesses will provide information about their services.Children will receive a “passport” upon entering the expo to be filled with stamps from vendors. Stamps may be redeemed for raffle tickets. Food will be available for purchase.

Summerfest announces grounds stage headliners

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Summerfest officials released more than 90 grounds stage headlining acts for the annual festival Tuesday morning.

Scheduled performers include Kaskade, Bastille, The Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, LeCrae, Santigold and Jane’s Addiction.

UW-Parkside hosting Jazz Week @ The Rita

Jazz Week @ The Rita starts today at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, running through Friday.

The celebration features a week of performances and master classes in Bedford Concert Hall.

A trip inside the numbers of ‘D’s House’

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mlarsen@kenoshanews.com

The Kenosha News learned a lesson on the viral nature of the Web after our story of the Lincoln Middle School basketball team’s support of Desiree Andrews, a 14-year-old cheerleader with Down syndrome, in a bullying situation last year was brought to light in the March 10 edition.

LARSEN: Local scene makes an impression

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Five months into my tenure as the Entertainment and Digital editor of the Kenosha News, I’ve had an epiphany.

If you can’t find something to do in the area on any given weekend, you aren’t looking very hard.

Central Players offer a new take on ‘Midsummer’

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It’s not your grandpa’s Shakespeare.

For Central Players, William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is not only a comedy but skips ahead a couple centuries to the 1950s, with movie stars and ghosts of Hollywood’s past.

ON THE BEAT: Mixing it up with Alec Bradmon

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Alec Bradmon, 20, plays a multitude of instruments, sings and is a recording artist.

He’s played in bands such as The First Chairs and the Low Down Dirty. He is in between bands at the moment, but can be found picking up gigs in the area.

GET OUT: A stitch in time

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Question: What do Shrek, spiders and honeybees have in common?

Answer: They are all represented in this year’s Southport Quilters Guild exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum.

Unified’s Orchestra Festival is Saturday

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Kenosha Unified’s 53rd annual Orchestra Festival will be held Saturday (March 21) at 7 p.m. in the Indian Trail High School field house, 6800 60th St.

The event features performances from more than 1,200 elementary, middle, high and charter school students.

Racine Children’s Theatre opens ‘Seussical’ tonight

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The Racine Children’s Theatre continues its season with the musical “Seussical.”

The show — which has been adapted for young audiences — will be performed today (March 20) through Sunday (March 22) at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. (Highway 38).

EXTENDED RUNS: St. Joseph wraps up ‘Little Shop’

Here’s a capsule look at a pair of theater productions that continue their runs this weekend. Full previews of these shows from a previous edition of Get Out are available on our website:

Company: St. Joseph Catholic Academy theater arts

‘Cinderella Kids’ starts morning shows

Students from Harborside Academy and Lakeview Technology Academy’s unite for the production of “Disney’s Cinderella Kids” directed by David Kotlewski.

The spring musical opens with 9:30 a.m. performances on Tuesday (March 24) and Thursday (March 26) before opening for a weekend slate of shows March 27-29.

Bowls and Books: Rhode hosts event on Wednesday

Rhode Center for the Arts’ 15th annual Bowls and Books Fundraiser and Soup Fest Contest will be held Wednesday (March 25) in the center’s grand lobby, 514 56th St.

The event will provide opportunities “to taste and score each soup and visit with local authors” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

BRIEFS: Building on Buildings with free concert Wednesday

Building on Buildings, a five-member indie-rock band based in Madison, will swing through downtown Kenosha and play at Public Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th St., on Wednesday (March 26).

The band, which recently recorded and released their first studio album, describes itself as “a cloudy afternoon, sun-punched in just the right places,” and boasts a sparse, sonic sound reminiscent of “black coffee with a brandy chaser.”

QUICK SPINS: It’s another hit-packed Clarkson album

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Kelly Clarkson, “Piece by Piece” (RCA)

www.kellyclarkson.com, $14.99

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