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Milwaukee International Film Festival

RSVP Production 2006-2007 Season
February 22 - March 3, 2007

The Underpants

Carl Sternheim, adapted by Steve Martin

Theobald Maske has a problem: His wife's underpants won't stay on. A public scandal is caused one Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town, and so the mortified Theo swears to keep her at home until her undergarments can learn to control themselves. Meanwhile, Theo is also trying to rent out a room, but his prospective lodgers have some hidden surprises of their own.

The Underpants stars: Harvey Altshull, Missy De Irueste, Rich Gillard, James Huston, Mark Ninneman, Kelly Simon and Ken T. Williams.

All performances take place at the Astor Theater, located inside the Brady Street Pharmacy, 1696 N. Astor St. (Astor and Brady). Call 414-272-5694 or 414-272-4384 for tickets.  Back to events

Danceworks Performance Company
February 16-18, 2007 

Living Breathless

Danceworks Performance Company blows the roof off of the Cabot Theatre in a concert of six passionate dances that leave audiences gasping for breath!

LIVING BREATHLESS is Danceworks Performance Company’s (DPC) annual concert series at the Cabot Theatre offering six sparkling dances to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary season. Audiences will be treated to everything DPC does best: dazzling original choreography, powerhouse dancing, and a healthy dose of wit and humor that will leave audiences breathlessly anticipating what the next decade will bring. Experience passion and allow yourself to be moved by “Milwaukee’s most wildly-imaginative dance company” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
The first half of LIVING BREATHLESS highlights three works that honor the past including a special performance of Heinz Poll’s Bolero danced by DPC and special guests Simone Ferro and Your Mother Dances.  DPC will revisit Dani Kuepper’s 2003 duet Three Things I Forgot to Tell You Yesterday with music by Schubert and performance by Kuepper and Sarah Wilbur, co-artistic directors of the company. Wilbur will reprise Café Music, a darkly comedic quartet and 6-minute silent movie spoof that premiered in 2000 in one of DPC’s popular co-productions with Present Music.
        After the intermission, DPC will unveil three world premieres including a commissioned work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Sean Curran.  Curran’s Force of Circumstance is a quintet offering razor-sharp musicality and high-speed physical interplay to music by Radiohead. Curran’s new piece has a sensuality and drive that stands up to the music and challenges the dancers to their physical limits. For more information, visit the artist’s website at www.seancurrancompany.com. Kuepper will premiere a delicately crafted dance entitled The Gate exploring virtues and states of the heart. This sextet uses percussive music by Kodo Drummers to match the heart palpitations of the six dancers, as they create physical structures that impede each other’s movements. 
        Wilbur’s new work will close the program and offers an uplifting testimonial; her theme is evolution and the cast will include over a dozen dancers, some of whom are special guests and past company members. “The music is by Wynton Marsalis, and the rest is top secret, “ explains Wilbur, a Milwaukee native who has served as co-founder and Artistic Director of DPC since its inception in 1997. “I will say that this dance began in my funny bone and worked its way out. I’m an optimist so I’d very much like to see audiences leave the performance refreshed and rejuvenated. Every exit is, after all, an entrance into something new and full of potential.”
        A 10-year retrospective of the Danceworks Performance Company will be on display in the lobby of the theatre including press clippings, costumes, and video footage from past concerts. A special reception after the Saturday performance will honor past company members and longstanding partnerships, including the UWM-Dance Department, Present Music, Skylight Opera Theatre, and others. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this reception.
        LIVING BREATHLESS runs February 16-18, 2007 at the Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward. Tickets are $22 general admission, and $17 for students and seniors. NEW THIS SEASON: patrons who reserve tickets 24 hours prior to opening night receive a $2.00 discount PER TICKET. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. To order tickets call: 414-277-8485 or visit the Danceworks website at www.danceworks1661.org.
        For further information: Shira Fagan, Marketing Manager, 414-277-8480, sfagan@danceworks1661.org. Digital pictures available upon request.  Back to events

Noise Fest #1

March 21st, 2007

The acts performing are:
Mouths, Climax Denial, To-nite Golden Curls, Teeth Collection, Raperies (like Draperies) and Sibling.

$5. Doors open at 7, show at 8.

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Pink Banana Theatre's Spring Show:


Show dates and times:
Fri. Apr 13, Sat. Apr 14, Fri. Apr 20, Sat. Apr 21 All shows start at 8 p.m.

Nothing to do with the ship that sank, this is a huge collection of one act plays all by exclusively local Milwaukee playwrights. Over 13 one act plays will be run each night; it will be a gallery of local playwriting talent.

Pink Banana Theatre puts up short unpublished works by playwrights local to the area – the area being Milwaukee and only Milwaukee. We use local talent to put up the local shows, which means the directors, actors and producer are all people you see everyday around you; maybe even you yourself.

No admission will be charged for this event. It is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:30 sharp. Audience members are asked to be present in their seats at 7:50 PM sharp, or else the seat will be given to whomsoever's name is next on our waiting list. No seats will be reserved, no seats will be held, no seats can be saved. Because of the nature of the space and the nature of the show, only audience members physically present and sat at 7:50 PM on the showdates can be guaranteed a seat. Rated PG-13, strong language.

Questions? Contact John Manno johnmanno@yahoo.com 414-347-0439

RSVP Productions Presents:


Show Dates and Times:
May 17, 18, 19, 20 - 2007. RSVP Productions will present a benefit performance of THE WOMEN by Clare Boothe Luce. This very funny work was a successful Broadway play, and an MGM movie in the 1930's. RSVP will perform this play as a staged reading with a cast of 15 women – and feature comic DEAR RUTHIE.
        The success of this production will benefit RSVP Productions, and also provide a donation to the Astor Theatre fund.
        The production is at 8 p.m. May 17, 18, 19, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. All tickets to this benefit are $15.00.
        The Astor Theatre is located at 1696 N. Astor Street (Brady Street Pharmacy). Stop in for something to eat in the diner also. For tickets call 414-272-5694 or 414-272-4384.  Back to events

Insurgent Theatre and FTAM present:


An Absolutely Stunning Evening of Avant-Garde Theatre with Peter J. Woods

Performances: June 29, 30; July 6, 7; July 13, 14

It’s a pairing of two independent art titans from Milwaukee’s ever growing experimental underground art scene doing exactly what you think they would be doing: attacking art. Insurgent Theatre, run by Tracy Doyle and Ben Turk, and FTAM, under the direction of Peter J. Woods, have teamed to present a brand new production of Woods’ work entitled “Made in the Mouth: An Absolutely Stunning Evening of Avant-Garde Theatre with Peter J. Woods,” featuring three new works by the FTAM founder all revolving around the inner-workings of the art world.
        “Mouth” takes a multidisciplinary approach to destroying the very world it’s a part of, ranging from standard narrative theatre to multimedia rants from the writer himself, attacking as many different aspects of the creative world, from the politicized hierarchy of mainstream art to the creative process itself. Steeped in the Dadaist tradition, the ridiculous becomes overwhelmingly important, wallowing happily in the hypocrisy it creates while the audience is left to figure out for themselves what just happened (or just forget the whole thing and keep living their lives like they should be doing anyways).
        For more information, please visit Insurgent Theatre at http://insurgenttheatre.org, FTAM at http://experimentalmilwaukee.com, or call Tracy Doyle at 414-405-3576 and Peter J. Woods at 414-861-7216
        Tickets are $8.00, student with ID card $6.00. The show will run between 1 hour and 1.5 hours, with no intermission.  Back to events

Sept. 20-30, 2007

Milwaukee International Film Festival

Across the U.S. and elsewhere, film festivals have been recognized as key cultural institutions on par with museums and performing arts organizations. As Wisconsin’s only eleven day international film festival and one of the fastest growing events of its kind in the nation, the mission of the non-profit Milwaukee International Film Festival (MIFF) is to present high quality, thought provoking films from around the world and here in the Midwest. An integral piece of MIFF’s mission is to educate the community that we are each individuals working to survive, provide for families and create positive influences for our community, despite differences in our language, skin color or religious affiliations.
        The landmark fifth annual Milwaukee International Film Festival will take place Sept. 20-30, 2007 at Landmark’s Oriental and Downer Theatres, the Times Cinema, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin.

Spotlight Presentations
In 2006 MIFF opened with The Queen starring Helen Mirren, included a tribute to filmmaker Harold Ramis and closed with the Hong Kong musical Perhaps Love.

World Cinema
This popular programming track offers essential films from around the world, inlcluding award-winning films and films with famous actors such as Judi Dench, Heath Ledger, Forest Whitaker and Penelope Cruz.

New Visions
A series spotlighting the work of emerging visionaries from around the world. Past films include 13 Tzameti and Wristcutters-A love story.

Filmmaker Competition
The first competition of its kind for films made by Midwest filmmakers featuring cash awards, the Midwest Filmmaker Competition is a celebratory gathering point for the Midwest film community featuring screenings, panels and parties. The main initiative of the Midwest Filmmaker Competition is to promote and develop Milwaukee as the independent filmmaking center of the Midwest. Past films include Reeseville and American Blackout.

Education Programs
The festival features more than film from around the world, such as discussions and talk backs with filmmakers and panelists covering significant film subject matter, currently at the top of public discussion. MIFF’s Reel Flix educational program offers students a fun way to screen MIFF films, discuss educational curriculum and explore the possibilities of the independent art and film industry at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The Student Screenwriting Competition is an opportunity for aspiring writers and filmmakers attending Milwaukee area high schools to explore film and the arts as a career opportunity, gaining insight and guidance from professionals involved and experienced in the industry.

MIFF’S Significance for Milwaukee
With the new state legislation that provides the best tax incentives in the country for film producers to make their movies in Wisconsin, the film festival highlights Milwaukee’s film industry, showcasing the city as a prime location for shooting with a thriving community of skilled professionals. These generous tax credits put the city of Milwaukee, our lakeshore and wonderful architecture on the map for the film industry, creating a new economic impact and industry for the city and state. An international film festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area, is a significant magnet for attracting and retaining film production and future industry professionals in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.  Back to events

March, 2007
February, 2007
The Underpants
The Women
The Titanic
May, 2007
September, 2007
April, 2007
June, 2007
Milwaukee Short Film Festival
Noise Fest #1
July, 2007
November, 2007
October, 2007
August, 2007
December, 2007
January, 2007
Dog Sees God

Living Breathless
SEARCH Astor Theater Site
Made in the Mouth
Made in the Mouth
Photo Contest, Sept. 8