Rufus Wainwright returning to Milwaukee’s Pabst Theatre

Rufus Wainwright returns to The Pabst on Aug. 10 for a special performance with his sister Martha Wainwright sponsored by the Wisconsin Gazette.

Milwaukee is one of 13 new cities in Wainwright’s recently announced summer tour, which begins in Philadelphia on July 25.

Brew City is one of the gay icon’s favorite cities and The Pabst is one of his favorite venues. In 2009, Wainwright recorded his live DVD “Rufus Wainwright: Milwaukee at Last!!!” at The Pabst, calling it “a magical place.”

“That theater … has been a real milestone for me in terms of both maintaining a stronghold in middle America and also bringing back a kind of European, sophisticated sensibility that I think once existed in America, throughout the country, which that theater embodies,” Wainwright told WiG in a 2010 interview.

A singer, songwriter and composer, Wainwright has recorded seven albums of original music as well as numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also recorded more than 80 music videos.

Earlier this month, Wainwright released a music video for the title track of his new album “Out of the Game,” released on April 23. The video features an appearance by Helena Bonham Carter.

Last year, Wainwright became a father when Lorca Cohen, daughter of Canadian icon Leonard, gave birth to his daughter Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen. She is being raised by Wainwright, his partner Jörn Weisbrodt and Cohen.

Martha Wainwright is a folk-rock singer and songwriter who got her start singing backup vocals for her brother. Since then, she’s gone on to a successful recording and performance career of her own.

Visit Wisconsin Gazette’s booth at PrideFest Milwaukee 2012 to register to win free tickets to Wainwright’s Aug. 10 show at The Pabst.