Sunday, September 23, 2012
Group gearing up for state competition at UW-Whitewater on Oct. 13
Marching bands from throughout the area participated Saturday in Waukesha South High School's MarchFest, as the groups get ready for the state competition at UW-Whitewater on Oct. 13. Oak Creek High School was part of Saturday's MarchFest and took second place in its division. Oak Creek also took a caption award for visual presentation.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Former "Idol" star, who performed at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, says he is more aware of politics than ever before.
TAMPA, FL -- When you think about presidential politics, the name "Danny Gokey" isn't the first thing that comes to mind. And to be honest, politics has never really been on the mind of Gokey, either — at least not until the former "American Idol" star got married in January to model Leyicet Peralta. "I’ve never been a student of politics, but my wife and I have differing views, so it has made me really look at what I have always believed," Gokey told Patch shortly after performing on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. "You know, we’re raised a certain way and we tend to believe things that our parents tell us. "This is the first time that I’ve really taken a hard look at our system, and I kind of am taking…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The local funnyman brings his show to the summer concert series on the Oak Creek Community Center grounds.
It's not a stretch to say there is no musician in the Milwaukee area quite like Pat McCurdy. Part-musician, part-comedian, the venerable McCurdy makes what has become an annual appearance at the Oak Creek Community Center's summer concert series Wednesday night. The free show will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the community center grounds, 8580 S. Howell Ave. McCurdy is from Milwaukee, but many communities across Wisconsin can claim him as a "regular." He plays some 300 shows a year; in addition to this state, he travels often to the Chicago and Twin Cities areas. The road-warrior mentality might help explain how he developed his cult following. "PatHeads" are known to show up at many of his shows, belt out the lyrics to all of McCurdy's …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sundance- and Cannes-honored "Beasts of the Southern Wild" might not have made the screen but for the vision of Michael Raisler, Wauwatosa film savant.
Were it not for the artistic vision of a Milwaukee-area native, a critically acclaimed new film — one that won high honors at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, has garnered glowing top-tier reviews, and even early Oscar talk — would likely not have been made at all, nor quite so well. "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which premiered June 27 in New York and Los Angeles and comes to Milwaukee on July 20, was executive produced by Michael Raisler of Wauwatosa, along with partners Philipp Engelhorn and Paul Mezey. Raisler, a graduate of Pius XI High School (2003) and New York University (2006), met Engelhorn at NYU, where they conceived of a production company to fill a vacant niche in the film industry. In general, big-budget studio films…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Oak Creek-based country-rock band Southern Tradition plays Wednesday in Night 2 of the Oak Creek Community Center's summer concert series.
The name "Southern Tradition," as it relates to the band that plays Wednesday at the Oak Creek Community Center, mostly conjures up images of the down-south, country-rock sounds the group generates. But it might as well also speak to the geographic presence of the band members. Their practice space is in Oak Creek and they all hail from the south side of the Milwaukee metro area, including two in Oak Creek proper. So perhaps it's no surprise when lead singer Dean Ratliff says Oak Creek has been home to some of the band's best shows. "It's our backyard," he said. Ratliff and company return to the city Wednesday for the summer concert series held on the grounds of the community center, 8580 S. Howell Ave. The free outdoor show will be held …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
From the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "Yankee Doodle" and "Born in the USA," we want to know what makes you think "America."
It seems like nearly every big fireworks show is synced up to music these days, and for good reason. A good song can elicit strong feelings and memories, and that includes patriotic tunes most often played around the Fourth of July and other national holidays. But which song is the most patriotic? Is it our national anthem? God Bless America? Is it Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A.? Vote in our poll and share a favorite Fourth of July memory!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Milwaukee's massive music festival is both highly popular and heavily scrutinized. What does the festival most need?
Milwaukee’s “Big Gig” — Summerfest — is in the midst of its 45th season of music, food and beer. It started with wooden stages raised on concrete blocks, and now attracts almost 1 million people over its 11-day run on the lakefront. But its role as a Milwaukee icon opens it up to intense scrutiny. Fans nitpick the music lineup, the beer costs and sizes, transportation in and out of the facility, security and more. Milwaukee World Festivals has responded with a variety of improvements over the years. This year, the BMO Harris Pavilion opened with covered seating for 10,000, providing a clear secondary venue to the Marcus Amphitheater. While the headlining lineup will never make everyone happy, organizers this year snagged one of only two U.…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hollywood movie director David Zucker and actor Robert Hays assured reporters Monday they were serious about a new commercial spot aimed at boosting the state's tourism, and promised comedic hijinks.
When actor Robert Hays, known most notably for his role in the cult classic “Airplane!,” was asked to join director and producer David Zucker in Wisconsin for a new commercial spot aimed at driving tourists to the state, he said, “Surely, you can’t be serious." “Thirty-two years since we worked together (in ‘Airplane!’) and I thought, 'Shoot, why not come out here and push ourselves on Wisconsin,'" Hays said. "Make you guys miserable for a few days.” Hays and Zucker, joined by state Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and Gov. Scott Walker, announced the new commercial, cracked jokes and spit quips during a press conference Monday. Zucker, a Shorewood native who has directed, produced and written some of the most successful comedy films over…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Two classic rock-oriented bands played on a pleasant evening outside the community center.
This year's concert series at the Oak Creek Community Center kicked off Wednesday on what turned out to be a beautiful evening. Two classic rock-oriented bands, AARPer's Bizarre and the Beatles tribute band Liverpool '64, took the stage and performed in front of a good crowd outside the community center, 8580 S. Howell Ave. It was the first of five shows on Wednesday nights this summer. Next up is Southern Tradition on July 11, followed by Pat McCurdy on July 25, In Black N White on Aug. 8 and Mt. Olive on Aug. 22.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Randy Lee was sent packing on the season premiere of the popular ABC reality show after his memorable appearance as a grandmother.
Randy Lee, the Oak Creek native who appeared (briefly) on ABC's The Bachelorette, is blunt about his feelings toward the show. He never watched it prior to appearing on this season's edition. He's still not a huge fan, and wasn't terribly disappointed when he got bounced in the season premiere. And he hasn't watched more than a few episodes since. Lee was back in his hometown this week and spoke to Oak Creek Patch about his time growing up here, his acting career and the backstory on his time on the popular ABC series. It wasn't his idea to go on the show, Lee said. Christine Gestl, one of his sisters and an Oak Creek resident, is a huge fan of the show and nominated her bachelor, Los Angeles-living brother. Lee laughed when she told him …