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Saturday’s Cashore Marionettes Show Headlines Big Month for SMPAC

Janos Zelinka (Photo by Matt Cashore)

As usual, there is lots happening at the South Milwaukee Performing Center these days — truly something for everyone.

  • First, there are the Cashore Marionettes this Saturday. The evening show is sold out (which I love to hear, by the way), but tickets remain for the shorter 2 p.m. “Simple Gifts” show designed for children 8 and older, and adults. Details here.
  • The Knightwind Ensemble plays at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Then, on Sunday, April 28, comedian Red Green comes to town for his “I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe” tour. More details here.

Also, the PAC will announce the 2016-17 performing arts lineup at its Season Preview at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. This is a free event open to the public. 

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Welcome Home, Jackie Kashian


All joking aside, we have another native daughter to celebrate.

Jackie Kashian returns to South Milwaukee, her hometown, for “An Evening of Comedy” on Saturday at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are still available. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on her show …

Kashian will return to her hometown, which she called “adorable” and “sweetly funny,” to headline an evening of comedy Saturday at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. That center is part of South Milwaukee High School; she lived near it growing up and graduated from there in 1983.

If comedians were assigned roles like saints, Kashian would be patron of the dorks, the nerds, the gamers and the pop-culture enthusiasts, thanks in large part to her long-running podcast, The Dork Forest, in which she interviews comedians and other folks about their obsessions. For newbies and proto-dorks, she recommended checking out an episode with Tacoma comic Jim Stewart Allen, who gave her a passionate hour of conversation about the real history involved in the game “The Oregon Trail.”

Kashian said she embraced her inner dork at age 8, when a brother gave her the book “Harriet the Spy.” Like Harriet, she began her own journal. “I would journal about every weird, obsessive thought I had,” she said.

Lest you think that’s too age-appropriate normal to count as dorky, Kashian notes she was further inspired by an episode of “M*A*S*H” that featured psychiatrist Sidney Freedman writing to Sigmund Freud. “I started writing to Sigmund Freud when I was 10 or 11,” she said. “I was going through puberty and I thought I was crazy.”

Welcome home!

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Coming Soon: Lots At The South Milwaukee PAC

Six Appeal

Lots happening at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center in the next few months …

See the full list of big events and details here. Next up: A Cappella with Six Appeal on Saturday, January 23.

From the PAC website …

Popularized by TV shows like “Glee”, “The Voice” and the “Sing-Off” and movies like “Pitch Perfect I & II”, a cappella music has swept the country! It’s hot and it’s fun! That’s why Landaas and Company Investments and The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field are excited to welcome Six Appeal to the beautiful South Milwaukee PAC. Join the Six Appeal Vocal Band for an evening of a cappella artistry as they bring their vivid musical style, unmatched energy and playful charm to songs spanning the musical spectrum: from pop to country, classic rock to R&B and jazz. Now, here’s the best part! Six Appeal will spend the day of the show conducting workshops for area high school, tech and college students in the art and science of a cappella. The evening show will open with performances by student a cappella groups who’ve spent the day studying with the band. Six Appeal will then share the stage with their entire class before taking the microphones and rocking the house like no one else can! Ask anyone who attended last year’s show – this will be the must-see concert of the year! Proceeds from ticket sales will go to fund community and international projects of The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field.

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Upcoming Events: Celebrating The Performing Arts In South Milwaukee


Big week at South Milwaukee High School, and the PAC …

  • TONIGHT! It’s former lead guitarist of progressive rock band Genesis, Steve Hackett. This stop on his North American Tour “From ACOLYTE to WOLFLIGHT plus Genesis Classics (1970-1977)” is presented by one of SMPAC’s regular renters, Alternative Concert Group (ACG)/Shank Hall.
  • FRIDAY: Get into the holiday spirit with Ceremony of Carols, featuring 26 youth choristers from Milwaukee Children’s Choir, 15 adult musicians from the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble, 5 brass musicians from North Point Brass Quintet, plus flute and harp musicians. Use your staff BOGO and get your tickets today!
  • SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Join the South Milwaukee Music Department and South Milwaukee Music Parents Association in the merriment and joy that the holidays bring, for “Ye Olde Christmas Feaste,” a 15th Century Renaissance experience featuring a six course dinner with live vocal, string, woodwind and vrass entertainment to delight you. (Note: My wife and I are Ladye and Lord for Saturday’s event.)
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR for A Cappella with Six Appeal on January 23.

Thanks to Rachel Sorce for providing the information.

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Next Up At The PAC: Combining Silent Movies And Music

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From the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center … tickets are still available!

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present the Hot Club of San Francisco: Cinema Vivant. Be transported into the 1930s when gypsy caravans would set up camps outside of town and lure locals out for an evening of music and movies, which flickered to life on the side of a barn. Gypsy musicians would play guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with virtuosity, passion and humor. The Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli featuring lead guitarist and HCSF founder Paul Mehling, the violin of two time Grammy Award winner Evan Price and a swinging rhythm section: Sam Rocha, Isabelle Fontaine, and Jordan Samuels.

Click here for the press release.


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South Shore Option 4.0: Economic Development Event Set For Oct. 14

There is lots of economic development happening in the South Shore, and much more to come.

Local leaders (me included) will have a chance to tell that story at the fourth-annual South Shore Option event set for Wednesday, October 14, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

The meeting — presented by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce — begins at 6 p.m.

It will feature presentations from representatives from South Milwaukee, Cudahy, Oak Creek and St. Francis, including summaries of recent developments, a look at what’s on the horizon and development opportunities.

Thanks to the chamber for driving this event, and to Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik for creating the concept and leading in executing the first several South Shore Option gatherings.

We need to be more vocal about economic development in the South Shore. We have a good story to tell, and it’s getting better as it’s being written, especially in South Milwaukee. I’m excited to be a part of it.

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Kicking Brass: SMPAC Boldly Kicks Off 2015-16 Season This Weekend

Boston Brass

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center has coined this Bold and Brassy Week, with three contrasting styles of brass performances planned at two local venues.

First, Extra Crispy Brass Band will be at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market this Thursday, September 17. This is a New Orleans-style Brass group with high energy and an old-school, New Orleans swing style. They will be performing from 5 to 7 p.m.

Then, the PAC kicks off its 2015-16 season with a show by Boston Brass at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 19.

Boston Brass is internationally regarded ensemble whose members have performed with the world’s top orchestras and recording artists, and have earned a reputation for delivering highly entertaining concerts with their delightful sense of humor. It’s an audience participation event, as patrons can vote on their favorite songs to be played in the second half of show.

Also, be sure to stop by the pre-show social event starting at 6:30.

For sale will be light snacks, and there will be pre-show entertainment by saxophone player Aaron Gardner and guitarist Steve Peplin, a jazz improv duo.

Tickets are still available to Boston Brass. Learn more here.

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Art City: Youth Theater Performances Set For Next Two Weekends

SMYT poster

South Milwaukee has a strong local theater scene, and that starts with our kids, including mine. See for yourself the next two weekends, with South Milwaukee Youth Theatre performances of “Cinderella” and “Legally Blonde.”

Christian and Shelby Brooks are two of the more than 50 kids acting in “Cinderella” alone.

Thanks to Pam Cullen and all the volunteers who make this happen!

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Another Big Season For The South Milwaukee PAC


The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center has announced its 2015-16 season series, and it includes something for everyone.

Check out the full season schedule for more information on the outstanding collection of acts coming to South Milwaukee, with everything from brass to acrobats to gypsy swing to handbells to comedy to puppetry …

Congratulations to the PAC for their work in booking another terrific season!

And don’t forget about some of the other acts coming to the PAC stage — and to the community. Here is a full list of those, including three summer concerts at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.

Order tickets here … and spread the word about this community treasure.

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Saturday’s SMPAC Performance Cancelled

More information from the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center … might I suggest using the tickets for the Kitzke performance or the gala event? Both very good options.

The Sunday, March 29 performance of In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War has been CANCELLED due to medical reasons.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center recently learned about a medical condition that prevents the artist, Robert Trentham, from travelling or performing at this time. We send Mr. Trentham our best wishes for a complete and quick recovery.

We are unable to reschedule the performance, so current ticket holders will be contacted by our box office to receive a refund or exchange their tickets for the April 10th performance by Jerome Kitzke, Music in Poetry, Poetry in Music, or the May 1st 2014‐15 Performing Arts Series finale, 10th Anniversary Gala featuring Tomas Kubinek.

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What’s Happening At The PAC: Spring Musical This Weekend, Civil War Songs, An Alum Returns

As usual, there is lots happening at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center …

That includes the spring high school musical, “Catch me if You Can,” this weekend and “In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War” on March 29.  Learn more in their recent online newsletter.

And here is more information on the musical from Leslie Henry and the South Milwaukee Music Parents …

Catch Me If You Can is the South Milwaukee Theater Company’s annual 2015 musical theater production. The musical has two evening performances Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. Save by ordering tickets in advance. Be sure to arrive early. All seating is general admission. ADVANCED TICKETS: Adult $10, Seniors (60+) and students $8. Tickets at the door: Adult $11, Seniors (60+) and students $9. Family of four or more, advanced only is $8 each. You can purchase tickets online through the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Website or are also for sale in person. Parental guidance suggested.

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An “Around The Corner” Night To Remember

McGivern and Lois ATC stars Carlos and RossyWhat a night!

Thanks to everyone who made Monday night’s “Around the Corner with John McGivern” premiere at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center a big success!

A special shoutout goes to all the volunteers who stepped up, especially Joan Lindstrom and Bryan Lorentzen, who led in planning and executing this complex event. The hard work was worth it.

I also say thanks to Jay Benkowski and Benkowski Properties, our event sponsors. We could not have done this without his support.

If you were there, I hope you had a great time. If you weren’t (or if you want to see the episode again), tune in at 7 p.m. this Thursday on Milwaukee Public Television. The episode turned out great — I think it really captured the spirit of South Milwaukee, what makes our city uniquely our city.

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Having Fun Raising Money For A Community Institution


From the South Milwaukee PAC …

My wife and I are attending — I hope to see you there!

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center invites you to support your local community arts by attending the Soirée at the Polish Community Center, for a night of fun, food, and fundraising. The Soirée will feature live musical entertainment from the Jeannine Rivers Band and Skai Academy Band, live and silent auctions featuring trip packages, Milwaukee-area arts and entertainment destinations, artwork, wine pull, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Sat., Feb. 28th at 6PM. Proceeds benefit your South Milwaukee PAC. Tickets are $49. Purchase tickets in advance before Feb. 24th.

Here is the press release.

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South Milwaukee PAC Welcomes Grammy Nominee

From the PAC …

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present the Grammy nominated Latin percussionists and vocalists, The Pedrito Martinez Group, on Friday, February 13. Specializing in bata rhythms and vocals, they’ve opened for groups like Dave Matthews Band and collaborated on records with Pacquito D’Rivera, Sting, Elton John and many more. Student tickets are $10-$20, Adults are $25-$35. Call for group discounts.

 Be sure to watch the video link and share the attached flyer with your contacts and social media networks!

And that’s just the start. Check out an updated list of events here, including information on the big South Milwaukee PAC fundraiser on February 28.

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What’s Up At The PAC?

After a big Christmas season, the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center features a busy month with some great shows … really something for everyone.

Also, the South Milwaukee Leos are hosting a free showing of “Frozen” on Friday, January 30, at the PAC. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.

And don’t forget about the Monday, February 23, premiere of the South Milwaukee episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern.” Free tickets are available this week. Look for another post soon …


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