Ukulele Jamboree

Ukulele Fest Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Ukulele Club What is a ukulele anyway?  For starters, it’s called a uke to people who are “in the know.” To further demystify this delightful little instrument, I spoke with Lil’ Rev, the founder of the Milwaukee Ukulele Club. He is currently getting geared up to host the third-annual Ukulele Fest on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove (800 Elm Grove Rd.). JK: Why should people check out this festival? LR: First of all, it’s the cheapest festival in the country. Some of the nation’s best-known ukulele performers and…

Milwaukee Film Fest Opening Night Party

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Film This Thursday’s Milwaukee Film Fest Opening night party at Discovery World is probably the closest Milwaukee will get to the red-carpet glamour of Hollywood. So, dress to impress, people. The party goes from 8:30 p.m.–1 a.m., so if you plan on seeing the opening night film, Natural Selection (7 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre), don’t fret, you won’t miss any of the party. This year, organizers of the festival are kicking it up a notch to make it the signature celebration of the festival. A potpourri of performances will highlight individual films and reflect elements of…

Get Unlooped

Unlooped photos courtesy of Kallao. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to take a step back and reorganize. That’s exactly what Tarik Moody did with his innovative music series Unlooped, which began in 2009 and is now coming back after a one-year hiatus. The original idea was to get musicians from different bands together and create original compositions in a short period of time. There were a few problems – mainly that it was very difficult to create original compositions in a short period of time. This time around in the new “Versus” series, Unlooped invites musicians to…

Bull Riding at the Bradley Center

  Bull riding photos courtesy of BullstockMedia Most people from Milwaukee would see the initials PBR and think of that liquid gold flowing out of a red, white and blue can. But it also stands for the Professional Bull Riders. And for the first time ever, they’re coming to Wisconsin. You can catch “America’s original extreme sport” live Sept. 9-10 at the Bradley Center (1001 N. Fourth St.). The Milwaukee Invitational is part of the 23-state Built Ford Tough Series. The top 40 riders will take a crack at taming the bull in a fierce and rough romp. In case you…

Made in Milwaukee Festival

DJ Madhatter by A&A Photography It’s almost Labor Day – a day (for most of us) free from work and responsibility. This Saturday is another free day of sorts (free of charge) as the Made in Milwaukee festival takes over Cathedral Square Park from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. to celebrate all things local. Haven’t been to the event before? Shame on you. Where’s your city pride? This is actually the 11th Made in Milwaukee event, though it’s only been at Cathedral Square for the past two, and it’s growing as fast as Lindsey Lohan’s rap sheet. Both Kilbourn Avenue and…

Present Music Water Concert

In the blink of an eye Milwaukee has become the fresh water capital of the U.S. So what better way for Present Music to pay homage to its hometown than with a water-themed concert for its 30th anniversary season? This event invites the audience to hear and see life’s basic element in music, art and dance, and is sure to make a big splash as the most logistically complex event Present Music has ever attempted. Here are five fantastic reasons to take part in the festivities this weekend: 1. There will be painted rain barrels for door prizes and a raffle…

Crimes of the Heart at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

It’s important to remember while your family may seem crazy, there is always another more dysfunctional. Take, for example, the Magrath sisters in Crimes of the Heart. This Southern Gothic drama, which kicks off the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season and runs through August 28, is actually a lighthearted comedy, as long as you can find the humor in coping with life’s everyday tragedies. “Or you just have a twisted sense of humor,” says C. Michael Wright, Producing Artistic Director. Set in Hazelhurst, Miss., three sisters cope with more drama than you’re likely to see on “The Jerry Springer Show” – suicide, stroke,…

Milwaukee Wine Fest

    Photo courtesy of InPlay Events. Microbrews seem to be all the rage, especially in Milwaukee. So much so, they’ve now added a craft beer sampling to the Milwaukee Wine Fest. New this year (and only in Milwaukee), 20 vendors will be onsite sampling several different varieties of craft beer. But let’s get back to the wine, oh so much glorious wine! There will be more than 270 wines from around the world and you can taste it all, if you can handle it. Good luck. The best part of this fest (which I have attended since its inception),…

Milwaukee Comedy Festival

    Patrick Schmitz and Mike Kemple. Photo by Mike Lerret. One groggy Friday morning I met with Matt Kemple and was thinking, “OK come on, tell me a joke, make me laugh, you are organizing a comedy festival.” Come to find out Matt is more of sketch comedy guy; he likes to have a script and develop scenes. A native of Ohio, Kemple has been involved in comedy in Milwaukee for many years. Although you won’t have the chance to see him perform, Kemple and friend Patrick Schmitz will host the Milwaukee Comedy Festival Aug. 4 – 7 featuring some of the best…

Triple Threat

    Photo by Coree Coppinger. Sometimes, there is just too much fun to be had in the summer. This weekend is no exception. Overbooking is a naughty habit, but I have a solution so that you can do it all. Start off in Riverwest Friday night to catch the Riverwest 24-Hour Bike Race (or RW24 if you’re hip), then head to Brew Fest at the lakefront on Saturday afternoon to sample some amazing adult beverages and spend the evening on Brady St. for music, food and more. See what each event is all about below.  Riverwest 24-Hour Bike Race (RW24)…