Cheech & Chong and WAR

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In a Nutshell

Famed duo revives favorite bits on the Up in Smoke tour; iconic funk band of "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends" fame opens

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Promotional value expires Mar 20, 2014. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem after 5PM on Thursday, 3/20 for a ticket at the Riverside Theater box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at The Riverside Theater. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Pabst Theater's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $40 for one ticket to see Cheech & Chong and WAR ($80.04 value)
  • When: Thursday, March 20, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: The Riverside Theater
  • Seating: Main Floor, Rows U–FF
  • Door time: 7 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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Cheech and Chong

  • The year Cheech and Chong started their act: 1971
  • The number of hit movies they’ve made since: 8
  • Number of hit albums: 9
  • Movie that launched them to fame: Up in Smoke
  • Grammy-winning album whose title would not amuse Up in Smoke’s Sergeant Stadanko: Los Cochinos
  • Most subversive title for a greatest hits album: Cheech and Chong’s Greatest Hit
  • Bits from Up in Smoke you might see live: the “Maui Waui by way of Labrador” scene, the pink tutu rendition of “Earache My Eye”
  • Cartoons containing Cheech’s voice: The Lion King, Cars
  • Cartoon containing Chong’s voice: FernGully: The Last Rainforest
  • Cartoon that hopefully hasn’t made it onto any kid’s Saturday-morning schedule: Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie
  • Latest single: “Medical Marijuana Blues”

War

  • War’s strongest weapons: instruments and voices
  • Ammo: funky, peace-loving songs
  • Original founder: Eric Burdon of The Animals fame
  • War songs that typically play during television shows, movies, or tender moments of real-life reconciliation: “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Spill the Wine”
  • War song that kick-starts Up in Smoke: “Low Rider”
  • Songs that War and Cheech and Chong might play together: “Mexican Americans,” “Born in East LA,” and definitely “Earache My Eye”

The Riverside Theater

As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.

The Riverside Theater

As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.

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    116 W. Wisconsin Ave.

    Milwaukee, WI 53203

    +14142863205

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