By Rachel Sorce

A Cappella “Festival” January 17

Landaas & Company Investments, Rotary Club of Mitchell Field and South Milwaukee Music invite you to participate in the “A Cappella with Six Appeal” one-day festival featuring workshops for high school students followed by an evening concert. Students will learn about arranging, vocal percussion, and visual presentation with Six Appeal Vocal Band, an award-winning, professional, touring vocal band. The first few groups to register will get a spot on stage for the evening concert and everyone will be welcome to join the mass choir song. Read more

Br(OK)en Genius Brings “Raw Truth” to WUWM

This is an excerpt from an interview with WUWM’s Rachel Owens & McAllister Writt, published on November 21, 2014.

We first met Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, or C.M.P., this summer, just ahead of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville week. At that point, the members of Br(OK)en Genius had already been crafting their performance for over six months. November has finally arrived, and today marks the debut of Br(OK)en Genius at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Five members of the production, Brit Nicole (spoken-word), Firey Phoenix (spoken-word), Monique-Elise (violin), Montreal Cain (musical director, piano) and C.M.P., joined WUWM’s Rachel Owens to talk about their inspirations and aspirations for their performance art group.

Br(OK)en Genius is a musical, visual, literary, and performance art experience based on C.M.P.’s own story, “A Child of the City of Milwaukee.” Describing himself as “born broken,” yet seeking healing with hope, he questions the cultivation of genius within each person. Creating the atmosphere of a “living movie,” six spoken word artists narrate the story, scored by three musicians, complementing the photography of C.M.P.

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Visit from Jane Chu, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts

Jane Chu, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, visited Wisconsin this week and spoke with the arts community at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design on Thursday, November 6. Her remarks about how the arts positively impact lives were inspiring to the many in attendance who are involved with and advocating for the arts in Wisconsin. For more information about the NEA, please visit the National Endowment for the Arts website.

Bridging the Intergenerational Gap

Are kids becoming incapable of face-to-face interaction? Or, are adults just out of touch with how to engage the interest of kids? South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) is hosting a three-day workshop between a dozen South Milwaukee High School students, a dozen South Milwaukee senior citizens, and seven young adults from ARENA Dances: The Main Street Project. This residency is designed to engage the different generations for dialogue, storytelling, and movement.  View Photos Read more

Living Jazz Legends to Perform Saturday, September 20 at 7:30

Davell Crawford & His New Orleans Jazz Men are on their way to South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center to kick off the first show in our 10th Anniversary Season on Saturday, September 20. Band members include Jerome Jennings (drums), Kid Chocolate (trumpet), Gregory Agid Music (clarinet & sax), Nikolass Snyder (banjo) and Grayson Hackelman (double bass).

“Playing our music, and learning from our forefathers of New Orleans music, my generation understands just how important it is in our song, dance and culture to celebrate life.” Davell Crawford

We’ll start celebrating at 6:30 p.m. with complimentary coffee, soft drinks, beignets and music from Tom Sorce. Davell & His New Orleans Creole Jazz Men starts at 7:30. Get Tickets!

Shepherd Express Previews Pal Joey Opening Sept. 26

In Shepherd Express writer John Schneider’s preview of The Boulevard Theatre’s Pal Joey opening at South Milwaukee PAC, he describes what concert staging means and gives a bit of history about the piece. Here’s an excerpt:

“Concert staging” means a script-in-hand but fully acted performance accompanied by piano and staged efficiently. The focus is entirely on script, music and performers. It’s an excellent and now-popular way to experience the best rarely produced works of the American musical theater. Pal Joey has a special place in that history as the last complete show by the seminal team of Rodgers and Hart (Rodgers soon teamed up with Oscar Hammerstein). It’s a knockout work that’s both of and well ahead of its time. Panned by uncomprehending New York critics at its 1940 opening (an experience from which Hart never recovered), it was deemed a work of genius by some of the same critics at its 1950 revival, seven years after Hart’s demise. Read the full preview.

Call for Auditions: 10th Anniversary Gala

We invite you to take part in this unique and heartfelt performing arts extravaganza! Indulge your creativity with this community driven theatre, vaudeville, musical and “who-knows-what” curated and performed by you and other, like-minded patrons of the SMPAC community. Tomas Kubinek will be the Master of Ceremonies. Here’s what you’ll need to know in order to audition. Read more