January 22, 2017
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From left, Megan Wojtak (as Martha), Bryce Clark (as Dickon) Sam Arnold (as Colin Craven), Amika Churchill (as Ayah), Evelyn Alumbreros (as Mary Lennox) and Kameron Schueneman (as Fakir) rehearse a scene in “The Secret Garden” at the Rhode Center for the Arts. ( kenosha news photo by BILL SIEL )

Get Out: Welcome to ‘The Secret Garden’

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A gifted father-daughter duo take on leading roles in the beloved children’s story “The Secret Garden,” opening Friday (Jan. 20) at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.

Racine’s Evelyn Alumbreros, 14, stars as Mary Lennox, a young English girl who is orphaned in India when her family dies of cholera. Lennox is sent back to England to live with her only remaining relatives at an estate with many wonders, including a magical garden that guides her through her new life.

The musical is based on the 1911 novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The show’s haunting melodies — from the Tony Award-nominated score — will be performed by international pianist and vocal coach Alejandro Alumbreros, a native of Bilbao, Spain, and father of the lead actor.

Get Out: Pull up a seat at ‘The Spitfire Grill’

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When it comes to musicals, bigger isn’t always better.

Kenosha Unified returns to an intimate, studio setting with the production of “The Spitfire Grill,” opening Friday at the Tremper High School Studio Theatre, 8560 26th Ave.

Tickets on sale Friday for Zac Brown Band

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Summerfest officials have announced that the Zac Brown Band is headlining the Marcus Amphitheater on July 1 during the summer music festival on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 20) for the show featuring the Grammy Award winning group.

Get Out: Welcome to ‘The Secret Garden’

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A gifted father-daughter duo take on leading roles in the beloved children’s story “The Secret Garden,” opening Friday (Jan. 20) at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.

Racine’s Evelyn Alumbreros, 14, stars as Mary Lennox, a young English girl who is orphaned in India when her family dies of cholera. Lennox is sent back to England to live with her only remaining relatives at an estate with many wonders, including a magical garden that guides her through her new life.

Pair of comedies continue

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A light-hearted comedy and a comedic opera return to the stage this week. Here is a look at both shows:

What: The Kenosha Unified production of “The Pirates of Penzance”

Unified brings ‘1776’ play to Bradford stage

Hall of fame director Holly Stanfield and Emmy Award-winning writer Cheri Steinkellner team up for one of Kenosha Unified’s most anticipated shows of the season in the former Broadway hit “1776.” Here is a closer look at the Tony Award-winning musical:

When: Jan. 27-29, Feb. 3-5

All aboard for fun with trains

Trains, Tracks, Whistles & Wheels is headed to the Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave., on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 21-22).

The free, all-ages event is presented by the Lionel Railroad Club of Southeast Wisconsin. It features detailed and interactive model railroads with 20 hands-on activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Winter Dance Party returns to Kenosha Friday

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Friday night (Jan. 20), you have the chance to party like it’s 1959.

The Winter Dance Party — a re-creation of the last tour of rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson — comes to Madrigrano Marina Shores, much like it did 50 years ago.

Local music: Well-Known Strangers, Jill Plaisted Band

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I usually put the concert at the slightly out of town venue — in this case Route 20 Outhouse — in the final segment, because, you know, Kenosha first.

I’m making an exception this week because Route 20 is hosting Well-Known Strangers’ CD Release show Saturday night, along with phenomenal guests Sunspot and Jay Matthes.

Band-O-Rama tickets on sale

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Tickets are still available for Kenosha Unified School District’s 60th annual Band-O-Rama.

Performances are 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Indian Trail High School and Academy, 6800 60th St.

Great releases by Strangers, ‘Idol’ alum Danny Gokey

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www.wellknownstrangers.com

Well-Known Strangers is a Kenosha/Racine band that gets every detail right. From the beautiful cover and packaging of “Aligned” to the crisp and punchy mastering job — and everything in between. There is no department in which this band is lacking.

The stars align for Well-Known Strangers

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While the world’s attention is focused on Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, the local band Well-Known Strangers will be busy celebrating the release of the group’s first full-length album, “Aligned.”

That’s right. A CD release trumps Trump.

On the Beat: Lee continues to channel her roots

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Rachael Lee, 22, a Kansasville native, followed her dreams to Nashville, Tenn., in May of 2016 where she performs as a solo artist. Lee makes the drive to Kenosha often to perform at various venues including area festivals in the summer. She’s known in the area when she and her brother, Evan who has also moved to Nashville, play together under the name Dukes of Dover.

Since moving to Nashville, Lee says she has refined her talents and is in the process of recording her first, self-titled EP, which is slated to be released in the fall.

Get Out: ‘Exit Laughing’ finds comedy in a tragedy

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Sometimes tragedy evokes humor.

Three grieving women deal with the death of their longtime bridge partner in an outlandish way in the lighthearted comedy “Exit Laughing,” opening Friday at the Racine Theatre Guild.

Get Out: ‘Pirates’ invade Indian Trail auditorium

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Opera and comedy isn’t always the easiest combination in musical theater.

But Kenosha Unified students travel back to the Victorian era to perform librettist W.S. Gilbert’s and composer Arthur Sullivan’s farce “The Pirates of Penzance,” opening Friday at Indian Trail High School.

Opening reception for annual arts show heads Second Saturday

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Pollard Gallery, 518 56th St., is holding the opening reception for its ninth annual Photography & Digital Arts Show from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 14). The free event includes live music by Bill Robbins, Pollard artists and refreshments.

Here is a look at some other highlights for this month’s Downtown Kenosha Second Saturday:

Kids from Wisconsin seeking applicants for summer season

Kids from Wisconsin is taking applications for its February auditions to find 33 singers, dancers and musicians to be a part of its 49th year.

The Kids from Wisconsin was created in 1969. For several years, Kurt Chalgren, the now-retired choral director at Tremper High School, was also the choral director for the Kids.

Quick Spins: Jones makes a most welcome return with ‘Day Breaks’

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Norah Jones, “Day Breaks” (Blue Note)

www.norahjones.com, $14.99

Music Matters: From modern blues to thrashing rock

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Journeyman? Renaissance man? Bluesman? Soul man? Larry Wimmer is all of these.

Add 2016 Grammy nomination to the list of descriptions, and you have something special.

Coming soon: ‘Secret Garden’ and ‘Spitfire Grill’

Lakeside Players Inc., delivers a classic Broadway musical and Kenosha Unified produces a studio act. Here is a closer look at both shows opening next week:

What: Lakeside Players’ production of “The Secret Garden”

Art show opening reception tonight at Carthage

The opening reception for the Biennial Kenosha & Racine Invitational Show is 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (Jan. 12) at Carthage College’s H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art.

The show, which opened Monday, features the work of nearly 30 area artists.

Snyder: All hail the Golden Globes! Let’s hope first-time host Jimmy Fallon can give the awards show some luster

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I have been asking you — actually, begging and cajoling, to no avail — not to watch the Golden Globe Awards for more than a decade.

Why?

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