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Get Out: ‘Mary Poppins’ returns to RacineBY JEFFREY ZAMPANTI

The Racine Theatre Guild’s most successful show of last season is back for an encore performance.

Kenosha native Jamie Johnson stars in the title role for the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical ever made as “Mary Poppins” opens a two-weekend run 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.

Love illuminates lyrical, coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’By Moira Macdonald

Barry Jenkins’ beautiful “Moonlight” seems to have more in common with poetry than with a typical narrative film. It’s less a story than a collection of moments, which leaves its viewer feeling moved and changed, as if you’ve spent time in someone else’s dreams and woke up understanding who they are. Based on a work by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (its first incarnation was lyrically titled “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”), it’s a three-act drama unfolding over two decades, in which a gay black man comes of age in a tough Miami neighborhood.

We first meet Chiron as a 10-year-old nicknamed Little (Alex Hibbert); the action then moves forward to Chiron as a teen (Ashton Sanders), and finally an adult whose street name is Black (Trevante Rhodes). The child Chiron is wide-eyed and mostly silent; he’s wondering why he feels the way he does about other boys, and why his crack-addicted mother (Naomie Harris) doesn’t seem to love him. That boy vanishes into the teen, bullied at school but beginning to know what he wants, then flows into the man — who still, as an old friend tells him, “can’t say more than three words at a time.”

Snyder: It’s a wonderful Holiday Movie Contest!COMMENTARY BY LIZ SNYDER

OK, smarty.

Perhaps you know that Tom Arnold is a bonafide holiday movie star.

UW-Parkside’s Wind Ensemble, Community Band performing tonightkenosha news staff

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble and Community Band are performing tonight (Dec. 8).

The program will feature “symphonic band music, including classic marches, lyrically expressive works, music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and music from three continents,” said Laura Rexroth, who conducts both groups.

GO Kenosha

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Theater
Get Out: ‘Mary Poppins’ returns to RacineBY JEFFREY ZAMPANTI

The Racine Theatre Guild’s most successful show of last season is back for an encore performance.

Kenosha native Jamie Johnson stars in the title role for the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical ever made as “Mary Poppins” opens a two-weekend run 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9) at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.

Visual Arts
Get Out: Carthage delivers annual dance concertBY JEFFREY ZAMPANTI

When a series of movements is choreographed to music, it often produces moments that exist and quickly disappear.

Carthage College presents a collection of works from six choreographers in its fall dance program “Vanishing Point” this weekend at the Wartburg Theatre, 2001 Alford Park Drive. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Travel
Thankful for the harvest: Chef’s foundation helps farmers keep growingBy MARY BERGIN

Rick Bayless knew what he wanted after doing book research in Mexico around 30 years ago: Start a restaurant that served authentic Mexican food. So the Chicago chef opened Frontera Grill, which earned a James Beard Foundation award as Outstanding Restaurant in 2007.

His biggest challenge wasn’t finding the perfect music, art or menu ideas. It was finding excellent ingredients. “Wherever there is great food, there is great local agriculture,” he noticed, while in Mexico. Not so in Chicago.

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