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Weekly Highlights from 5/5-5/11

By - May 4th, 2010 04:00 am
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Amir Elsaffar and his band Safaafir, photo courtesy myspace.com

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Cinderella, Fireside Theatre, 5/6-6/27
Fresh from the success of Oklahoma, South Pacific and The King and I, one of Broadway’s greatest composing teams, Rodgers and Hammerstein, wrote Cinderella to be performed live on TV in 1957. It was the most watched program in television history in its original airing starring Julie Andrews. There have since been two more TV productions starring Lesley Ann Warren, Ginger Rogers, Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Alexander and more.
Tickets $74.86.  Showtimes vary, so visit the Fireside for more information.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure, Milwaukee Public Theatre, Lincoln Middle School for the Arts, 5/7
An original blues/hip-hop musical features life-sized puppets made from found objects and recycled material. MPT’s
“One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure” is about values, recycling and the preservation of a healthy environment. Students from Lincoln Avenue, Pierce, Fratney and Auer Avenue elementary schools and Lincoln Center of the Arts created small puppets and other art objects from cast-away materials in Recycled Art Workshops led by Set Designer/Puppeteer Ron Scot Fry. Lincoln Avenue students also participated in Trashion Fashion workshops with Recycled Fashion Designer Angela Smith as part of MPT’s “Trash to Treasure” project.
Tickets $5-$10.  Showtime 7 p.m.  Visit MPT or call 414-347-1685.

Sunday in the Park with George In Concert, Windfall Theatre, Village Church Arts, 5/7-5/22
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this modernist musical theater masterpiece fictionalizes the life of French pointillist painter George Seurat and the creation of his masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Directed by Carol Zippel, the production is a meditation on art, emotional connection and community.
Tickets $20.  All performances at 8 p.m.  Visit Windfall Theatre or call 414-332-3963.

Trip to the Bountiful, Acacia Theatre, Concordia University’s Todd Wehr Auditorium, 5/7-16
Carrie Watts yearns to escape her son and his wife’s stifling Houston apartment for one last return to her roots in Bountiful, Texas. Running away from her present life to fulfill her dream of returning home again, she finally arrives with results that are both poignant and brilliantly life-affirming. Through laughter and tears, this Pulitzer prize-winning American playwright explores the inevitable need to assert independence and reawaken the memories of yesterday.
Visit Acacia or call 414-744-5995 for tickets and showtimes.

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Guy Davis, Cedarburg Cultural Center, 5/7
“Guy Davis is a throw back; A throw back to an era where the musician was both storyteller and entertainer. Davis’ style is well rooted in early blues tradition, most notably Delta blues, but he can also pull off Piedmont or any other style that is called for at any given time.”—Doc Bluez Blues Lounge
Tickets $5-$18.  Showtime 8 p.m.  Visit the CCC for more information.

D’Calleson, John Michael Kohler arts Center, 5/7
Former musicians of the Bahía band combine original Puerto Rican folk music along with Afro-Cuban and South American rhythms and jazz to a create an irresistible blend of Caribbean music.
Showtime 6:30 p.m.  Visit the John Michael Kohler Arts Center for ticket information.

It Isn’t Easy Being Green, Choral Arts Society, The DeKoven Center, 5/8
Living in harmony with nature and each other is a mission to which many aspire. The CAS joins forces with local artist Mark Paffrath to sing the praises of our beautiful planet and of those among us who live to love.
Tickets $5-$15.  Concert begins at 7 p.m.  Visit the Choral Arts Society for more information.

Present Music presents Amir ElSaffar/Istathenople, Turner Hall Ballroom, 5/8
Guest artist and world-renowned Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar and his group, Safaafir, perform ancient Iraqi lyrical music, known as maqam, featuring rich vocal improvisation and exotic instruments including the santoor, the djoze (spiked fiddle) and tabla.
Tickets $9.99-$29.99.  Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Visit Present Music or call 414-271-0711.

Frankly Music at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center, 5/10
An audience-friendly format hosted by Frank Almond, Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, that combines sophisticated but accessible discussions of classical music and ideas followed by a first-rate performance—these are truly unique cultural and social events. The evening program includes Giuseppe Tartini’s Sonata in g
, Devil’s Trill, Mendelssohn Trio in d minor, Ned Rorem selections from Day Music and Night Music, and Dvorak’s Dumky trio.
Tickets $30.  Concert begins at 7 p.m.  Visit Frankly Music or call 262-781-9520.

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