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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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