Hot Sheet Sept. 6-14, 2019 --
Friday, Sept. 6 --
Do you believe in magic? You might after tonight! Magicians Penn & Teller, who have been amazing audience for more than 40 years, are performing tonight at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater. They mix comedy and illusions into a winning formula that has been featured on everything from sold-out runs on Broadway to Emmy-winning TV specials and appearances on everything from "The Simpsons" to "The Big Bang Theory." 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$70 (plus fees) at pabsttheater.org
Stop by the I-94 Visitor Information Center for its First Friday celebration from noon to 3 p.m. today. The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s open house features food samples, displays and prizes from local businesses and attractions. The I-94 Visitor Center is located at the southeast corner of I-94 and Highway 165.
There’s also a First Friday celebration in downtown Racine. Shops, restaurants and galleries are hosting live music and other special events from 4 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 --
Head to the downtown area today to celebrate the seventh annual Kenosha Streetcar Day! The free event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature tours of the "streetcar barn" at 724 54th St., interactive displays, food, vendors, Lego displays, trivia and all our streetcars, of course. For more details, go to www.kenoshastreetcarsociety.org.
If it’s early September, it must be time for the Hawthorn Hollow “Walk in the Woods” Art Fair. The show combines a beautiful wooded setting with live music, food and artwork from more than 60 artists. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 880 Green Bay Road (on Highway 31 between county highways A & JR). Admission is $5 per vehicle. www.hawthornhollow.org.
We'll be "All Out of Love" and celebrating our long-ago teen years when Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell — better known as power pop duo Air Supply — perform tonight at Milwaukee's Pabst Theater. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50-$90 or $179 for VIP status (plus fees) at pabsttheater.org.
Sunday, Sept. 8 --
Bark For Life — a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society — is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kenosha Airport, 9900 52nd St. The event features a walk, plus vendors and activities for humans and dogs. For more information, go to www.RelayForLife.org/barkkenoshawi
The Milwaukee County Zoo is hosting a Family Farm Weekend, with milk chugging contests, a farmers market and tractor pull contests, among other activities. Sept. 7-8. Activities are free with zoo admission. www.milwaukeezoo.org.
The Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill., welcomes singer Kesha, making her debut on the Ravinia Pavilion. Reserved seats are sold out; a spot on the lawn is $33 in advance/$38 day of the show (plus fees) at www.ravinia.org.
Monday, Sept. 9 --
The Mystery Lovers Book Club — for people who love reading mysteries — meets this afternoon at the Northside Library, 2700 15th Ave. Mystery fans are invited to “discuss what murder mysteries you’ve been reading, learn about new authors — or just come listen.” 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. There are no requirements and no specific books to read. Note: The club meets on the second Monday of every month at the library.
And at the Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave., a Teen Video Gaming Group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students in grades six to 12 are welcome to try out virtual reality or retro video gaming. Bonus: Snacks are provided! Admission is free.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 --
Add some class to early September at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill., which is hosting a concert tonight in the Martin Theatre. Flutist James Galway will be performing, along with fellow flutist Jeanne Galway and the Aizuri Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are $45 and $65 (plus fees); lawn tickets are $10 (plus fees) at www.ravinia.org.
The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., is hosting a new exhibit. “The Rivers: A Celebration of Life and Work on America's Waterways” features paintings by artist Daven Anderson. The exhibit runs through Oct. 6. Admission is free. (An opening reception is 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.) The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Closed holidays.) For more information, call 262-653-4140.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 --
The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., is hosting a “Museum Munchkins” program from 9:30 to 10 this morning. Today's theme is the buffalo. This is a free program, open to preschoolers with an adult. 262-653-4140.
The Southport Sound Big Band — led by trumpet player John Sorensen and featuring its new vocalist, Sandee Jean — plays from 7 to 9 tonight at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave. Admission is free.
Thursday, Sept. 12 --
"Downton Abbey" fans, this one's for you! The big-screen movie spun off from the hit British period drama about an upper-class family and their sometimes-loyal servants opens in theaters today.All your favorite actors are back, including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern and, of course, Maggie Smith. For tickets are Tinseltown Theater, 7101 70th Court, go to www.cinemark.com. And remember to curtsey as you enter the theater!
Nick Offerman — best-known for his role on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" sitcom — is performing tonight at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater. He promises "an evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle whilst enjoining you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustomed." 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40-$60 (plus fees) at pabsttheater.org
Friday, Sept. 13 --
Yikes! It's Friday the 13th, so be careful! Stay away from open ladders, sidewalk cracks and anything else that could cause bad luck.
Kenosha's Public Libraries are hosting FREE Friday Fun Days: From 1 to 3 p.m., the Simmons Library, 711 59th Place, hosts students on early release Fridays. Also from 1 to 3 p.m., the Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave., hosts a Friday Fun Day for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Admission is free.
You'll love this show ... yeah, yeah, yeah! The Fab Four — an Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band — is performing tonight at Milwaukee's Pabst Theater. The group's stage performances include three costume changes, representing every era of the Beatles. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32-$52 (plus fees) at pabsttheater.org
The Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill., gets soulful tonight when singer Mary J. Blige performs on the Ravinia Pavilion. 8 p.m. Reserved seats are $90; a spot on the lawn is $60 in advance/$65 day of the show (plus fees) at www.ravinia.org.
The Fall Harvest Days festival is Sept. 13-15 at the Racine County Fairgrounds, on Highway 11 in Yorkville. The event includes antique tractors and other farm equipment, crafts, a flea market, children’s activities and vintage cars and trucks. Admission is $7; free for children 12 and younger. www.fallharvestdays.com.
Saturday, Sept. 14 --
Old Settlers Park in Paddock Lake is the site for today’s Oktoberfest celebration, with dancing, food and — of course — beer! There will also be a car show and wiener dog races. Noon to 8 p.m. in the park, on Highway 50 in Paddock Lake. Admission is free. The event ends with fireworks over Paddock Lake.
It’s another Second Saturday in Kenosha, with special activities at several of Kenosha’s downtown, harborside and Union Park districts. Events include behind-the-scenes tours of the downtown Simmons Library from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The city of Kenosha’s Fall Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in Veterans Memorial Park, 625 52nd St. The eighth annual event features entertainment, games and craft projects for kids. Back this year are the Wisconsin Giant Pumpkin Growers, who are hosting a giant pumpkin weigh-off, with prize money for the largest pumpkin. (Think you’ve got a giant pumpkin to enter? Sign up between 9 and 11 a.m.). Admission is free. Bonus: The first 200 children to arrive will receive a small pumpkin and crafts for decorating it.