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#5: Tyne Daly at Oconomowoc Arts Center. Why? Because before Cagney and Lacey and Judging Amy, Tyne Daly was a great stage performer. And she still is. She won a Tony for her performance in Gypsy. And this adaptation of her recent cabaret show, “The Second Time Around,” has her revisiting great show music from […]

#5: Tyne Daly at Oconomowoc Arts Center.
Why? Because before Cagney and Lacey and Judging Amy, Tyne Daly was a great stage performer. And she still is. She won a Tony for her performance in Gypsy. And this adaptation of her recent cabaret show, “The Second Time Around,” has her revisiting great show music from Bessie Smith to Stephen Sondheim.

#4: Frankly Music at Wisconsin Conservatory.
Why? Because Frank Almond is talented. And has talented friends. This week, he’s invited six of them from Milwaukee and elsewhere (New York, Illinois) to play in a program that runs the gamut from lyrical and breezy (Tchaikovsky’s “Souviners of Florence”) to complex and anguished (Richard Strauss’s meditation on the ravages of World War II, “Metamorphosen”).

#3: Beethoven’s Ninth at Marcus Center.
Why? Because Edo de Waart will continue to make his mark on the Milwaukee Symphony this season (his second), and tackling Beethoven’s popular masterpiece is a great place to start. And with this Beethoven—which is often the only piece programmed on a concert—you also get Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and John Adams surprisingly meditative fanfare Tromba Lontana.

#2: Global Union at Humboldt Park.
Why? Because the summer is done, but Milwaukee has one more outdoor music celebration under its belt. And while it might have been nice to see Tom Petty at Summerfest this year, you aren’t going to see the Ethiopian jam funk of the Debo Band or the spirited salsa of La Excelencia on the lakefront any time soon. Global Union is the only place. It’s a helluva party and an Event with a capital “E.”

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#1: Milwaukee Film Festival at various theaters.
Why? Well there are 160-some reasons why. But the festival is more than a chance to see a few good movies. It embraces the local as well as the international, and we’ll be sure to line up for Milwaukee filmmaker Drew Rosas’ $6000 Blood Junkie right along with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s acclaimed Thai film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives or Davis Guggenheim’s education documentary Waiting for “Superman.”

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