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Pink Martini was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Describing itself as a “little orchestra,” the group crosses a multitude of genres from classical to jazz to samba to world music, performed in many languages. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the H…

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Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia is a regular at Hollywood comedy clubs and continues to tour the United States and Canada. He recently starred in the NBC comedy series Undateable, as well as NBC’s multi-camera comedy series Whitney. D’Elia comes to The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwau…

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The Shen Yun 2017 World Tour features New York’s Shen Yun Performing Arts, a premier classical Chinese dance and music company. The production comes to the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, March 3-5. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 3-4 and 2 p.m. March 4-5. Tickets are $73 t…

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Milwaukee-based live music variety show Dead Man’s Carnival combines turn-of-the-century vaudeville with a do-it-yourself underground punk-rock ethic, including traditional circus skills, obscure sideshow stunts, magic, juggling, striptease, human oddities, fire performance, aerial gymnastic…

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The 15th Annual WMSE Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser takes place March 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSOE Kern Center, 1245 North Broadway, Milwaukee. Advance tickets are $12 and include four chili samples. The chili competition pits more than 50 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers again…

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center hosts the UWM Annual Drag Show. The show takes place on Feb. 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. in Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m.

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The tradition of jazz is alive and well within a new generation of musicians, including the Gerald Clayton Quartet. The group will perform Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Fredric March Play Circle at the Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon St. in Madison. Tickets for the general public are $24, wi…

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Present Music’s GIANTS IN THE CHAMBER connects the lines between legendary composers and the music of today with a lineup of short pieces. Each work is performed by anywhere from one to five musicians, with one featuring one hundred mechanical metronomes, all manually set in motion on stage.…

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Abba Mania recreates ‘70s Swedish pop group Abba in a live performance. The highly-polished production was created in 1999 and played its first shows in 2000. The show features Abba favorites such as “Mamma Mia,” “Voulez Vous,” “Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper” and many more.

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Skylight Music Theatre presents I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, running through Feb. 19 at the Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee. Show times are 7:30 p.m., except for Sundays, which are 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 …

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Ben Folds has created a large body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums as the front man for Ben Folds Five and multiple solo rock albums. He also has cut unique collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles to Regina Spektor, from Weird Al Yankovic to William Shatner. Fo…

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Feminist activist artists Guerrilla Girls join the MIAD Creativity Series Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Raw Space of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie St. in Milwaukee. Admission is free. For 28 years, the Guerrilla Girls have exposed gender and racial bias and…

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The Illusionists Live from Broadway showcases the talents of seven incredible illusionists. The world’s best-selling magic show comes to the Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St. in Milwaukee, for a run of shows Feb. 14–19. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 through Feb. 16, 8 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2 p.m…

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Cuban ensemble Ars Longa de La Habana makes its U.S. debut in Milwaukee on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. at UWM’s Zelazo Center, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., as part of Early Music Now’s 30th Anniversary Season. The 16-member ensemble includes singers and musicians playing viola da gamba, flautas dulces, chir…

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Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock started Australian soft-rock duo Air Supply in 1975 after meeting at rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney. The group had a string of hits in the early ‘80s, including “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “The One that You Love,” “Making Love Out …

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The Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon St. in Madison, hosts dance group Pilobolus on its international tour Shadowland on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in Shannon Hall. Tickets for the general public are $25 to $48, with specially priced tickets for members, as well as UW-Madison students, faculty an…

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Singer/songwriter Valerie June has a sound that encompasses folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass. She has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, CONAN, CBS Saturday Morning, Rachael Ray, and Austin City Limits, and performed at the Newport Folk Festival and …

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Laughing Liberally Milwaukee is a monthly progressive political comedy show featuring some of Milwaukee’s top liberal and progressive comedians. The show takes place Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at Comedy Sportz Theater, 420 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee. Admission is $8. The show is hosted by comedian, sati…

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Mixing jazz, gypsy, chansons, Latin, tango, and pop in its performance, Paris La Nuit transports the audience to a Parisian café. The group returns to the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. in Racine, on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $5 for stud…

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Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience makes its Milwaukee debut Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., in Milwaukee. The multi-media event features host Mark Rodgers and an assemblage of movies, 3D-animations of machines and inventions, and images of codice…

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Yonder Mountain String Band has always been more than a bluegrass band, with a sound touching on everything from reggae to rock, and even the occasional Ozzy Osbourne or Frank Zappa cover. The band explores harmonic and melodic territory away from the song’s basic structure, with healthy dos…

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In response to Donald Trump’s repeated threats against civil rights, comedians in over 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union on Inauguration Day weekend. The WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest is being organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn We…

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SEASON 8. THE QUEENS features contestants from season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race performing live on stage. Hosted by season-eight winner Bob the Drag Queen, the show also includes Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne, Thorgy Thor and Acid Betty. The performance is at the Pabst Theater, 14…

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Southeast Wisconsin-based Well-Known Strangers is an alternative rock/pop act featuring cellist and singer Betsy Ade, a past Wisconsin Area Music Industry winner for Female Vocalist of the Year. The group has appeared at Summerfest and was also a finalist for Radio Milwaukee Music Awards’ Vi…

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Wisconsin native Frank Caliendo is a comedian, actor, and impressionist. He is known for his impressions of people such as Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, George W. Bush, John Madden, Donald Trump, and many more. He recently joined the cast of the Sunday NFL Countdown, and is also a veteran …

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After fifteen years in Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard released his debut solo album, Former Lives, in 2012, and a collaborative studio album, One Fast Move or I’m Gone, with Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, in 2009. This special solo show features music spanning Gibbard’s career wit…

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Iconic singer Art Garfunkel brings his In Close-Up tour to Milwaukee.  The show encompasses his solo hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters — including Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and George Gershwin — and parts of his forthcoming autobiography. Guitarist Tab Lave…

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The world’s premier reggae group performing Bob Marley’s music, The Wailers have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe, performing an average of 200 dates a year. Today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from some of Jamaica’s most exciting new singer…

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Pablove 8 is a special evening to benefit The Pablove Foundation and improve the lives of children with cancer. The show features Goran (of The Gufs) with Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson, and special guests KT Tunstall, Chris Porterfield and Brett Newski. The event happens on Jan. 28 at 7 …

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Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII) dancers showcase their technique, artistry and athleticism in Momentum MBII @ SMPAC. Many of Milwaukee Ballet Company’s dancers are graduates of this esteemed training program. The shows take place Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Performing A…

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Your Mom’s House podcast host and stand-up comic Tom Segura comes to the Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St. in Milwaukee, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29, with “meet and greet” tickets also available for $50. Your Mom’s House was a finalist for Best Comedy Podcast at the Stitcher Awards and p…

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SheRocks Wisconsin supports, connects, promotes and recognizes women in all music genres and all areas of Wisconsin’s music industry. The organization holds its anniversary showcase on Jan. 29 at J&B Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill, 5230 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, with doors opening at 11…

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The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes fiddler and singer from Northern Estonia Maarja Nuut to the Fredric March Play Circle, 800 Langdon St. in Madison, on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for youth 18 and under, with discounted tickets for UW-Madison students, faculty and …

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MKE Punk Fest presents the first show of a four-part benefit for Planned Parenthood, These Doors Stay Open, on Feb. 4 at Quarters, 900 E. Center St. in Milwaukee. The event features 20 bands over 12 hours and starts at noon. The event is for those 21 and older with a suggested donation of $5…