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Join us for a fundraiser celebrating our love of alcohol and nerdiness as we take Shakespeare to a galaxy far, far away.

March 27at the Underground Collaborative – downstairs in the Shops at Grand Avenue, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Doors open at 6:30 – snacks, drinks, and more available for purchase.

Costume contest at 7:00 – winner receives a free drink and 2 vouchers for Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH

Staged reading and drinking game at 7:30

Donations accepted at the door. 
All proceeds go toward Bard & Bourbon’s Memorial Day weekend production of MACBETH


We are calling on local artists, activists and healers to come together to start the healing process and unite as we mourn and honor the stolen lives of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Jay Anderson and many other black men, women and children in this country.

Milwaukee area leaders and artists will share words and performances that uplift and empower those of us who struggle with the questions “what can I do?” or “how can I help?”

If you are an arts leader or performer interested in sharing, please contact Malkia at We apologize in advance for we are not able to accommodate everyone’s request to share.

We will post speakers, performers and contributors as they are confirmed.

We are in need of assistance to make this happen and to get the word out. Contact to see how you can help.

Donations will be collected throughout the evening to support one or some of the grieving families.

Let’s show Milwaukee, the grieving families and this country that Milwaukee artists and activists care and have hope that we will find the clarity to put our words and feelings into action.

Thank you!

Venice Williams, Alice’s Garden
Malkia Stampley, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble
Dimonte Henning, Lights! Camera! Soul!
Catina Cole, MPower Theater
Anitra Stampley
Andrea Pratt

Lovers and Fighters

Lovers & Fighters – a Shakespearean Revelry


Watch professional actors performing scenes learned in a day and monologues made difficult by the Wheel of Distraction. Play along with a Shakespearean drinking game!

All ages welcome; those wishing to drink will be carded at the bar.


Free snacks. Cash bar will carry soda, beer, wine, and shots of bourbon.


All proceeds go toward the Bard & Bourbon Theatre Company production of Romeo and Juliet, coming this Memorial Day!


Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 pm.

Soulstice Theatre – 3770 S Pennsylvania Ave #2, St Francis, WI 53235
St Francis, WI 53235 United States


$12 in advance, $15 at the door

Tickets available at


We are happy to announce, Lights! Camera! Soul! is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit company!
While we are grateful for the many strides we have achieved as a student organization at both Alverno College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, our business standards and commitment to artistic excellence and innovative Entertainment has never been compromised.

To celebrate this milestone, Lights! Camera! Soul! invites you to….

SWEET AS GOLD Fundraising Gala
Saturday, August 8, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Riverwest Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts
926 E. Center, Milwaukee, WI-53212
Pre-Sale Tickets: $10
***Any monetary donation you make at SWEET AS GOLD is tax-deductible!***

Mark your calendars and Join the Newest ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT Company as we FUNDRAISE during an evening of elegance, bold performances, and building community partnerships.

Plus, you’ll also get to witness first-hand the announcement of our new and exciting 2015-2016 season! Please join us as we celebrate, fundraise, and nourish believers in Lights! Camera! Soul! and diverse ART and ENTERTAINMENT.

I can think of few organizations that do so much good for so many.  Please consider making a donation and please help to spread the word.


Hey folks-

The First Stage Young Company Shakespeare team (of which I am the founder and “Coach’)   is again hard at work preparing for its annual fundraiser, the Bard-o-thon. They are raising funds to support a cross country trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival High School Acting competition to compete against 3000 competitors from 9 states(which, though we don’t do it for trophies, they have placed FIRST in 3 of the past 6 years). Last year their large group scene, in addition to placing first was selected to perform at the special showcase of excellent work and was met with hundreds of teenagers leaping to their feet in standing ovation.To prove their worthiness to return, they are going to perform as many consecutive Shakespeare monologues as they can on April 26th. Their goal is 450 monologues and all 154 sonnets. They are a special group of young folks and so I’m helping them in their fund raising. This is my one charity e-mail ask of the year. If you don’t think it’s right for you or just isn’t a charitable priority for you, no worries. But I am writing to set an example for my students of the importance of soliciting donations for worthy causes. And I do believe that this is a worthy cause. If you can offer any amount, my fundraising page is :

Thanks for considering. Also; PLEASE share and/or forward this to anyone who might be interested in supporting this effort! Thanks again.


John Maclay
Associate Artistic  Director/ Director of the Young Company

The Make Believe Ball is First Stage’s primary fundraising event and a black-tie ball for the entire family.  This Ball allows patrons and donors to celebrate one of First Stage’s productions, and features a silent auction, photo booth, children’s craft area, dancing, and sit-down dinner.  Funds raised from the event go to support First Stage’s Theater in Education programming, Academy programming, theater productions, and play development.  This year is the 20th anniversary and celebrates First Stage’s production of ANATOLE with a French theme.  First Stage is looking for performers willing to share their talents with our 400 guests.


First Stage needs 1-2 actors skilled in mime and a strolling accordion player to play between 5:30pm to 7:30pm on March 1, 2014.   The event will be held at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center.  Please submit hourly rates and experience when responding.  Actors willing to donate their time for this fundraiser would be greatly appreciated!


Please contact Beth Gall, First Stage Special Events Manager, at for more information.

Hi Fletch, I have never asked you to post something like this, and won’t feel offended if you cannot, as I understand it isn’t a job board item for the local community, but it is perhaps a humanitarian opportunity for artists to support, even if it is only a dollar donation.
This film-maker is one who is fighting the very good fight. If ever there was an artist with her heart in the right place it is Suree. I caught her first film on PBS a few years back and it deeply moved me to write an article about her and the sovereignty issues of the lakota vs the US.  the film and article changed my life and inspired my dissertation topic. . Suree didn’t just pack up and edit after the first film, she set up summer camps and provided the youth of the reservation film-making classes and opportunities to develop their voices. The Lakota have been experiencing high suicide rates among the teens due to hopelessness. Suree is not only trying to bring change with her stories but also help them to be excellent change agents through stories too. Her films and their stories are deeply moving.
If it would not be a conflict of interest would you please post this to bunnygumbo?
Many blessings for considering the request and much love,
Greetings and happy Friday,
The end is near and the final push is here!
We wanted to thank those who have donated to help our all or nothing kickstarter campaign. I believe many of our friends and colleagues like to wait to the last minute, so we’re writing to encourage a last push- if you haven’t donated or shared this email and plan to, please do it now. Truly every $1 is important.
We are a small group of dedicated people who believe this project will help millions of people’s drinking water –and in turn our food supply (if you eat food from the great plains region, this means you!).

We’ve had a great time raising 50% of our goal so far…we’ve met some incredible people, screened the rough cut to a few dozen, have reached over 20,000 people on twitter and facebook and are super motivated to get this project done in the next few months.
Crying Earth Rise Up is an intimate story documenting the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on drinking water. The goal of our kickstarter is to raise $27,000 by November 7th, 5PM Central-  ALL funds raised will be used to edit and finish the project, scheduled for distribution in 2014.

  Please help spread the word (press is great too) and donate– small or large.  The time is now.
Kickstarter Page: FB:

twitter: @cryingearthfilm  #cryingearthriseup
And if you’re curious what Academy Award winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler has to say about Crying Earth Rise Up- check it out here.
Many thanks! Suree, Debra, Courtney, Sharon and Reuben
Prairie Dust Films (producers of “Standing Silent Nation”)

When Lakota grandmother Debra White Plume’s drinking water tests high for radiation, she sets out to determine the cause. What she finds alarms her.
A nearby uranium mining operation is extracting ore from deep in the ground by tapping the High Plains/Ogllala Aquifer, a huge underground cache of water covering 174,000 square miles from Texas to South Dakota which supplies drinking water to 82 percent of the people who live within the aquifer boundary. The mine’s planned expansion further threatens the aquifer.
Elisha Yellow Thunder intimately understands the dangers of contaminated water. A young mother and a geology student, she unknowingly drank water with high levels of radiation while pregnant with her first daughter, whose severe medical anomalies are life-threatening.  Yellow Thunder scours rock outcroppings near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, gathering and testing ore samples. Her grief over her daughter’s illness and her fears that the health of her people are likewise in jeopardy, drives her to search for answers.
Yellow Thunder’s seminal research is what White Plume needs to prove the connection between the contaminated water and the mining operation and halt the mine’s expansion.
Residents living in Crawford, NE, the town nearest to the mine, have historically supported it for its positive financial impact, but recent questions about the mine’s safety are raising doubt about the wisdom of tolerating its continued operation.
CRYING EARTH RISE UP is an intimate portrait of the human cost of uranium mining and its impact on sacred water. It tells a timely story of protecting land, water and a way of life.
Founded in 2002, Prairie Dust Films creates media that engages audiences and inspires creative solutions for positive social change.Our first feature, the award winning Standing Silent Nation, chronicles a Lakota family’s battle against the federal government in their assertion of sovereignty and the right to grow industrial hemp on their family lands.

Suree Towfighnia Documentary Filmmaker
Please check out our kickstarter campaign for our upcoming feature– Crying Earth Rise Up- work in progress documentary

Patrick Holland and Tony Wood are raising funds for a new film they are making. It’s called “The Strange Case Of My Sole.” It’s a bizarre, dark and hilarious tale about a man taken over by the power of a pair of boots. The film will shoot in Wisconsin and Chicago. It stars familiar Combat Theater regulars and alumni: Robert W. C. Kennedy, Angela Iannone, Sarah Sokolovic, Anthony Wood and Patrick Holland. They have a modest budget and are using IndieGoGo (kind of like Kickstarter) to raise funds. There are some really great perks for donating like: DVDs; Limited Edition Letterpress Posters; Advanced Screenings; etc. There are also some truly original perks: choose a song and Sarah Sokolovic will make a video singing it to you; Deacon Robert W. C. Kennedy will marry you; and a Beer & Cheese Tour with Tony & Patrick. Check out their pitch video that stars them and Zach Braff… well, kind of! Go to

You’re Invited to…

Optimist Theatre’s “All the World’s a Stage Sonnet Slam” to Support Free Shakespeare in the Park

All the world’s a stage,

and all the men and women, merely players-

they have their exits and their entrances,

and one man in his time plays many parts,

his acts being seven ages.

As You Like It Act 2 scene 7, 139-143

Please join us and play your part upon the stage at Optimist Theatre’s “All the World’s a Stage Sonnet Slam”.  What’s a Sonnet Slam?  It’s a fun, optimistic party jam-packed with sonnets and laughter in a delicious setting.  Appetizers and pizza provided by Transfer Pizzeria, sonnets presented by As You Like It actors Todd Denning and Kristin Hammargren plus special guests including: “Fast” Fres Oquendo* the currently ranked #5 Heavyweight and former WBC, WBO & WBA Latino Heavyweight, and NABF, NABA & USBA Heavyweight boxing champion.

Got a Sonnet?  Give it!  There will be 3 sonnet sessions throughout the evening.  Sonnets do not have to be memorized and they don’t have to be by Shakespeare.  Proceeds support 2013’s free Shakespeare in the Park.

When: Monday, May 13, 2013 – from 8:00pm to 11:00pm


Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe

101 West Mitchell Street (in Bay View)

Milwaukee, WI 53204

Parking: Free parking along Mitchell Street

Cost: $35 per person.  $20 per ticket is tax deductible. Space is limited, so don’t wait.

100% of your ticket purchase goes to support free Shakespeare in the Park and $20 is tax deductible.  To purchase tickets, click the BUY NOW button at…

More Information:  Tom Reed or 414-524-9050

*Fres Oquendo appears courtesy of FOBA 

About Optimist Theatre:

Optimist Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company that produces free Shakespeare in the Park for the greater Milwaukee area.  Shakespeare in the Park is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.


TICKETS – $20 (include food and drink)

How do you spend your Sunday evenings? Watching Breaking Bad like the rest of us?

Well, DVR it and come join us for our Fall Launch Party on Sunday, September 9th at Transfer Pizzeria.

Join the Youngblood Ensemble and artists of the upcoming productions of [SIC] and CARTOON for music, drinks, food and the chance to win some wicked items donated by many of the fine establishments of Milwaukee, or a choice bottle from our Wall of Wine.

We’ll be pre-partying at 8:00 in Transfer’s backroom. At 9:00 the party will move to the rest of the restaurant.

Music will be provided by the very talented Kevin Hayden Trio ( Check them out, we are excited to have them!

Your $20 ticket, in addition to benefiting the rest of our kick-ass season, will get you access to free food provided by Transfer, free beer, and a first look of what Youngblood has up it’s sleeve for rest of ’12 (and maybe ’13 – but not making any promises).

Are you still reading this?! Go reserve your ticket and come hang out with Milwaukee’s hottest theatre company!

Or just come for the food. Either way.

TICKETS – $20 (include food and drink)