March 24, 2017
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Hannah Wade, playing Annie, stands in the middle of fellow students playing the Warbucks household staff during a rehearsal of Annie Jr. which opens March 24, 2017 at the Reuther auditorium. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Get Out: ‘Annie Jr.’ on Harborside stage tonight


Being an orphan has worked out just fine for Harborside Academy’s Hannah Wade.

Just months after bringing together an entire village in Kenosha Unified’s production of “Once on This Island Jr.,” Wade unites an orphanage in Harborside’s “Annie Jr.,” this weekend (March 24-26) at the Reuther Auditorium, 913 57th St.

Wade takes on her second straight lead in a musical. The seventh-grader played orphan Ti Moune in November’s production of “Once on This Island Jr.” before landing the title role as one of America’s most loveable redheads.

Artist will share her ‘life of creativity’


The Kenosha Art Association is hosting its annual Spring Art Event on Saturday at the Kenosha Public Museum.

Area artists of all ages are invited to exhibit their work.

Soup’s on for annual fundraiser at Rhode Center for the Arts


The 17th annual Bowls & Books event is Wednesday (March 29) at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.

There are two sessions: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

WGTD Radio Theater tackles ‘Star Trek’

The WGTD Radio Theater, now in its 13th season, presents the 107th live broadcast of this 10-time award winning series at 11:15 a.m. Saturday (March 25), showcasing the 91.1 Players in an original space story: “Star Trek: To the Third Power.”

It stars James McClure as Capt. James T. Kirk, Siegfried Christoph as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and Susan Lien as Capt. Kathryn Janeway. Andrew Potter will portray Mr. Spock.

Get Out: ‘Annie Jr.’ on Harborside stage tonight


Being an orphan has worked out just fine for Harborside Academy’s Hannah Wade.

Just months after bringing together an entire village in Kenosha Unified’s production of “Once on This Island Jr.,” Wade unites an orphanage in Harborside’s “Annie Jr.,” this weekend (March 24-26) at the Reuther Auditorium, 913 57th St.

Coming soon: Say ‘Hello’ to Dolly, Junie and the Greek gods

A pair of musicals and a Greek compilation arrive next week. Here is a look at each show:

What: Kenosha Unified’s “Hello Dolly!”

Kids & Family Expo is Saturday at RecPlex


The RecPlex, 9900 Terwall Terrace, welcomes its annual Kids & Family Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (March 25).

The free event features exhibitors from healthcare, recreation, athletics, camps, education and retail areas.

‘Man of La Mancha’ opens Friday at PM&L


The Broadway classic “Man of La Mancha” — written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darian — opens Friday night at PM&L Theatre in Antioch, Ill., and will run for three weekends.

This production is directed by Lorrie Ferguson, whose recent PM&L directing credits include “The Mousetrap” and “A Flea in Her Ear.”

Two groups performing Saturday night as Jean’s Jazz Series continues

Nine Worlds Ensemble and the Ivy Ford Band will perform at the Jean’s Jazz concert series Saturday (March 25) at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.

Tickets are $18 ($16 for senior citizens, $5 for students).

Fusion celebrates Jazz Month with special concerts, events


April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Fusion in downtown Kenosha is hosting “Celebrate Jazz” with a monthlong focus on jazz featuring performances, talks and an interactive class for kids.

The series will show “how jazz crosses borders of culture, musical genre, technology, gender and race,” according to organizers.

Music Matters: SRIM Fest highlights busy music weekend


SRIM Fest weekend is here.

Most anyone who reads this column knows what that means.

Guitarists will go ga-ga for Eric Clapton collection


Eric Clapton with J.J. Cale, “Live in San Diego” (Reprise), $17.99

Get Out: ‘Hello! My Baby’ arrives at Wilmot


A greatest hits revival from the early 1900s takes center stage as Wilmot High School performs its spring musical “Hello! My Baby” this weekend at the Wilmot Auditorium, 11112 308th Ave.

The show is written by Cheri Steinkellner, a four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Golden Globe Award recipient. The Kenosha Unified theater arts department piloted a 2013 version of the musical and sparked its popularity amongst high schools nationwide.

On the Beat: Finger picking for the masses


Jamie Fulton, 61, has been playing with Rusty Horse since 1974 when he, his wife, Barbara, and his friend, Pete Mulligan, decided to form the band while at Northland College in Ashland. The group started playing in Kenosha 20 years ago and continues today.

You can catch Fulton playing with Mulligan in a paired-down version of the band during open mic nights at tg’s Restaurant and Pub, located at 4120 Seventh Ave.

‘Goodnight Lulu’ comes to Racine


A popular children’s book comes to life as “Goodnight Lulu” arrives this weekend at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.

The show is performed by Elm Grove’s Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts and based on the book of the same name written by Paulette Bogan. The three-member cast includes Kenosha native Christopher Elst (Farmer Paul) and Milwaukee-area performers Andrea Moser (Momma Chicken) and Liz Mistele (Lulu).

Fine Arts on Campus: UWP exhibit honors the late David Holmes


From print drawings to paintings and furniture to sculptures, the 15 artists presenting work at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s newest art exhibit couldn’t be more different.

‘Working,’ ‘Laramie Project’ continue this weekend


Kenosha Unified resumes a powerful piece on hate crimes and St. Joseph Catholic Academy continues a unique musical. Here is a look at each show:

What: St. Joseph Catholic Academy’s “Working”

Get Out: The ‘Green’ Party


The calendar gods got it right this year: St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, meaning the partying starts early this weekend and continues until the final strains of “Danny Boy” have been sung in the wee hours of March 18 ... or March 19 ... or, maybe, even March 20.

You can jump right into the holiday Friday when the Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums Association — a bagpipe band made up of Kenosha-area firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies — kicks off its “St. Patty’s Day Kenosha Krawl.”

Music Matters: St. Patrick’s Day weekend kicks off with music


So, the opening weekend of the Big Dance and St. Patrick’s Day both happen tomorrow. I have a feeling that people will be out and about. Hopefully they will catch some live music between slam dunks and corned beef and cabbage leftovers.

One of the places that is having a band Friday (March 17) is tg’s. Wisconsin bluegrass band The Dillweeds will be entertaining the crowd starting at 9 p.m. Now, if you are like me and just can’t handle “Tura Lura Lura” or “Irish Rover” (at least done traditional style) all day and night, don’t worry. Bluegrass music, while bearing strong resemblances to Irish music, can soar and entertain quite a bit more in my humble Irish opinion. This is especially true when it is bluegrass ala The Dillweeds. In addition to the bluegrass base you may hear bits of Americana, outlaw country, jam and maybe even some good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day. Also on the bill is Kenosha music legend Larry Hinds and Sarah Sorensen. Have a Guinness and a Jamo if you have someone to drive you home. When the Irish toasts begin, feel free to offer up my favorite: “May the worst day ahead of ye be better than the best day behind ye.” Think about it.

Quick Spins: New Shins music has hipster vibe, great hooks


The Shins, “Heartworms” (Columbia), $14.99

For the Kids: Yo-Yo & Skill Toys convention is Sunday

The 22nd annual Yo-Yo & Skill Toys Convention is taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday (March 19) at the Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave. in Burlington.

Admission is $15. The event features Yo-Yos, Kendamas, Diabolos, Paddleball and more. There will be demonstrations, challenges, contests and door prizes. Parking is free.

KUSD Student Art Exhibit open for viewing


The 45th annual Kenosha Unified School District Student Art Exhibit is ongoing at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.

The free exhibit had its opening reception on March 10 and it continues through April 23.

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