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Get Out: Pumpkin farms? Corn mazes? Haunted houses!!?


This is it. The first weekend in October.

And that means it’s time again for pumpkin patches, apple picking, fall festivals — and haunted houses!

Whatever your preference, we’ve got a list of area activities that range from mild to wild.

Kenosha Unified opens with ‘Mockingbird’


Classics remain relevant no matter the time or place.

The Kenosha Unified theater arts department presents the American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” Wednesday (Oct. 14) through Saturday (Oct. 17) at 7:30 p.m. in the Indian Trail High School Auditorium, 6800 60th St. The show opened with a pair of performances earlier this week.

High school theater: Capsule look at the KUSD slate


The Kenosha Unified theater season opened this week with “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Indian Trail. Here’s a capsule look at the season:

When: Oct. 7- Oct. 17

High school theater: Capsule look at the rest of the county


Here’s a capsule look at the theater plans for the remaining Kenosha County high schools:

What: “Play On”

Second Saturday features annual Fall Festival


The city of Kenosha is hosting a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 10) in Library Park, 711 59th Place. in conjunction with Downtown Kenosha’s monthly Second Saturday.

Throughout the day, the mayor’s youth commission will organize children’s games — with prizes.

Kingfish hosting ‘Spooky Sprint’ event on Saturday

The Kenosha Kingfish are hosting the second annual Spooky Sprint 5K Run/Walk Saturday (Oct. 10) to benefit the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

The run starts at 9 a.m. in downtown Kenosha and ends at home plate in Simmons Field.

Gaudete Brass to cap Carthage Brass Day


Carthage College will re-launch its annual student music workshop with a performance by the Gaudete Brass.

Fine Arts on Campus: Ruess set to play Tarble on Oct. 16


Who: Nate Ruess (from Fun. and The Format) with special guest Saint Motel

When: Friday, Oct. 16

MUSIC MATTERS: Plenty of fun to be had in Kenosha, including a zombie ride


I’m getting a bit tired of hearing locals say that there’s nothing to do in Kenosha.

We’ve got museums, free park concerts all summer, a ton of great clubs, an amazing arts association, a symphony orchestra (more on that later in the column) and we even have an event where people dress like zombies and ride bicycles from club to club and hear bands at most of the stops all while getting police escorts. Find that in another city!

QUICK SPINS: Alabama’s coming back, but Wilco’s still a chore


Alabama “Southern Drawl” (BMG)

www.thealabamaband.com $14.99

Trio of shows continue run this weekend


Here’s a look at three area stage performances that continue runs this weekend:

When: 7:30 tonight (Oct. 2), 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 3). There is also a show at 3 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Racine Children’s Theatre presents ‘Snow White’


All your childhood friends, plus a few new ones, are coming to the Racine Children’s Theatre in a musical adaptation of “Snow White.”

Performances run 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 2) and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) and Sunday (Oct. 4) at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine. Tickets are $6 each.

Get Out: Pumpkin farms? Corn mazes? Haunted houses!!?


This is it. The first weekend in October.

And that means it’s time again for pumpkin patches, apple picking, fall festivals — and haunted houses!

Fine Arts on Campus: Alumni in concert Sunday at Carthage


Carthage College will celebrate homecoming with a wind orchestra worship service, a concert and a few familiar faces.

Mezzo soprano Julia Stampl-Rigoni, a 2012 graduate; organist Mark Paisar, who graduated in 2011; and euphonium player Andrew Geocaris, who graduated in 2006, will join the Carthage Wind Orchestra and Carthage Choir for the Homecoming Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 4) at A.F. Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

GO Briefs: Fall Wheel Ride rolls on Saturday

Bike riders of all ability levels are invited to participate in the county’s sixth annual Fall Wheel Ride to Petrifying Springs Park on Saturday (Oct. 3).

Riders can select a point for the self-guided ride to the park’s Pavilion 1, located near the Highway JR entrance.

Oktoberfest returns to Kemper Center

Essen, trinken, singen and tanzen! Or, for non-German speakers: eat, drink, sing and dance!

Oktoberfest returns to downtown Kenosha from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) at the Kemper Center Soccer Field, 122 66th St. The opening ceremony and keg tapping begins at 4 p.m.

Quick Spins: Bypass Bon Jovi and listen to Pugwash

Bon Jovi, “Burning Bridges” (Mercury/Island)

www.bonjovi.com, $14.99

Music Matters: Music this weekend comes in fests


I’m not sure if you’ve noticed yet, but it is now October! Seriously, the year is almost over.

Pretty soon it will be Fridayween ... then Halloween ... then Thanksgiving ... then Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa ... and then it will be a new year.

Get Out: Pulera driving an ‘Electric Revolution’


Billie Pulera has been playing the rock scene in the area for about 30 years. He’s best know for his work with the bands Nick Fury, Brother 6 and, for the past two years, Electric Revolution.

Pulera and Electric Revolution are producing a full-length album, “Character is Power,” which is slated to be released by the end of October.

The Big Read list of events

Kenosha’s The Big Read 2015 focuses on Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Here are some of the events planned for this month. All are free:

Snyder: Big Read starts off with a big speaker


As a librarian, Jill Miatech is contractually prohibited from getting too excited about anything.

But even she — at the risk of being “shushed” in a library — can’t contain how thrilled she is about this year’s Big Read program and the keynote speaker, Bryan Stevenson.

From a gremlin to an Oscar contender: Filmmakers with local ties keeping busy


Local folks — and Kenosha County natives — continue to make waves in the world of entertainment.

Today we check in with a few of them:

College theater preview: A capsule look at Carthage’s season

Carthage College’s theater season opens with the “Afganistan/Wisconsin Verbatim Theatre Project” this weekend.

Main Stage performances are held at Wartburg Auditorium. Studio Series performances are held in Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the David A. Straz Jr. Center.

College preview: UWP’s season leads with ‘Judas’

Here’s a capsule look at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside theater season:

What: A courtroom drama

Comedy takes stock of life in community theater

What happens behind the curtain stays behind the curtain.

That’s the idea, anyway, behind the comedy “Laughing Stock.”

Real women do eat quiche


RACINE — It takes the threat of impending doom for five women to finally “come out” to each other.

“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” continues its run this weekend at the Sixth Street Theatre in Racine. Additional performances take place Oct. 2-4.

Fusion hosting indoor/outdoor music fest


The first indoor/outdoor music festival in the history of Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave., is taking place starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 26).

Fusion Fest will feature a series of musical artists live on the outdoor stage area with the opening of the beer garden. Concert footage will be shown inside with two bars open.

Fine Arts at First series


It’s time for more Fine Arts at First.

The concert series, held at First United Methodist Church, was founded as an outreach ministry of the church to invite people in Kenosha and the surrounding communities to attend quality concerts and recitals in an environment filled with history, unique architecture, a magnificent pipe organ and a world-class Böesendorfer concert grand piano.

Fine Arts on Campus: Jazz trio playing free concert at UWP


What’s better than three jazz greats giving a free concert at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside?

How about three jazz greats giving a free concert while raising money for UW-Parkside scholarships?

Fine Arts on Campus: Patio Pops Concert Saturday at Carthage


Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music of the movies with a free Patio Pops Concert: “[Aside] from the Camera” at 2 p.m. Saturday (Sept 26) outside Carthage College’s A.F. Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

The featured selection is Andre Previn’s “Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached),” a major three-movement work written in 2014.

I-94 festivals: Kick off fall with family-friendly Harvest Fair at State Fair Park

Summer may be over, but autumn is just getting started.

Get re-acquainted with crunching leaves and fall colors with the family-friendly Harvest Fair, today (Sept. 25) to Sunday (Sept. 27) at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., in West Allis.

GO Briefs: The Big Read gets underway on Thursday

Harper Lee’s beloved classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” is this year’s selection for The Big Read.

Free copies of the book are available at public libraries in Kenosha and Racine counties, and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, as well as several other community locations. The libraries’ stock was low, so call in advance.

Music Matters: Saturday walk and Fine Arts at First series

Music is one of the few professions in the country where a lot of people feel the product should be given away free, that musicians shouldn’t be paid.

And yet, musicians always seem to be the first people to rush in to help others in their time of need.

‘Party on the Pavement’ is Saturday in Racine

Downtown Racine is celebrating its 13th annual Party on the Pavement from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 26) at various downtown locations.

Running from the State and Main streets intersection south to Sixth Street and turning west for several blocks, the party features more than 80 merchants in this year’s event which will feature live music, food, shopping and fun activities for people of all ages.

QUICK SPINS: Duran Duran, Pop 4 put out solid albums


Duran Duran, “Paper Gods” (Warner Bros.)

www.duranduran.com, $14.99

Last chance for ‘Calendar Girls’


Racine Theatre Guild closes a three-week run of “Calendar Girls” this weekend. Here’s a look at the show:

What: Racine Theatre Guild Presents “Calendar Girls”

GET OUT: Sharing stories of sacrifice


Compelling theater isn’t always fiction.

The experiences of Wisconsin veterans of the Afghanistan conflict will be explored in Carthage College’s latest show.

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