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  • For years Ron Smolen has been successfully touring and doing what he does best – making beautiful music and entertaining thousands. Throughout the Midwest, his name brings back memories of the big-band era. Since age six, Ron has been perfecting his musical ability. Starting on the accordion, and in High School moving on to the […]

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  • A short history of one of Milwaukee’s most popular ‘garage rock’ bands. First Set: Party Time Bands have to start somewhere and so it was in 1964 with Milwaukee art school students Paul and John who would show up at get togethers, Paul with his conga drum and John with his folk-acoustic guitar and pound […]

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  • Where did she come form – Dallas, Texas. Started singing on picnic tables at six. Now we can’t get her off. Her mom sang melodies to put her to sleep. Later that inspired original songs. Katie was inspired by the folk music that her mother would play in front of the fire. Miss Katie has […]

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  • With Wisconsin claiming more ballrooms in 1940 than any state, it is understandable that the state’s largest city contained some outstanding ones. Among them were the Modernistic, the Wisconsin Roof and Devine’s Million Dollar Ballroom. They continued in the tradition of the Wells Colonial Hall, which got its start in 1884 and continued holding dances […]

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  • Katherine Zavada, 7270 Fish Hatchery Road, will be performing with Dandecircus on Nov. 12, 1981. at 8 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Performing Arts Center. On that evening, Dancecircus will be presenting its annual fall concert of contemporary dance works, including the Milwaukee premier of Ms. Zavada’s latest piece,  “Sea Anemones,” which portray the territorial instincts of a trio […]

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  • Katherine Zavada grew up in Eau Claire Wisconsin, a town which had limited opportunity to study ballet. There was a fabulous teacher who occasionally would come with her professor husband who taught at Eau Clair University. I took theater classes and did children theater from sixth grade through high school. I lucked out getting leads in the […]

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  • Milwaukee Youth Theatre has been around for 30 years. MYT is a resident at Lincoln Center for the Arts. MYT’s mailing address is: P0 Box 510075, Milwaukee WI 53203. Our street address is: 820 E. Knapp St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414-390-3900). Milwaukee Youth Theatre’s Mission is to provide positive learning experiences in theatre arts. Students […]

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  • Marketing Democratic Art to Working Class and Middle Class According to the “Music and Drama” section of the March 26, 1898, Milwaukee Journal, high-class vaudeville is recognized by the theater-going public as the most popular form of amusement now in vogue, nor is there any reason why this should not be so. A vaudeville programme […]

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  • From the Greater Amusements, First and Oldest Motion Picture Trade Journal, Jan. 4, 1963: Building daily from the premise that “when you’ve got a winner everyone wants to get in on the act”, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s gigantic nationwide Showmanship 63 Campaign to Launch Billy Rose’s Jumbo is a large, all-inclusive advertising-promotion-exploitation-publicity campaign. The first public multi-facetted program […]

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  • Pickman Seeks All-Industry Effort to Overcome Resistance to Change

    Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine, March 15, 1961: KANSAS CITY, MO – A call for a joint exhibitor effort to “overcome the resistance to change and accept and adopt new ideas, new concepts, new approaches, new attitudes so that our great industry will flourish anew” was issued by at the United Theatre Owner Show-A-Rama Convention by Jerome […]

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