Dogs must learn to obey their masters, or they will never follow such common commands as “sit” and “soften my gruff exterior and show me the value of life through years of companionship.” Educate your canine with this GrouponLive deal to see An Evening with Cesar Millan: The Dog Whisperer at The Riverside Theater. For $30, you get one ticket for second-floor seating on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. (up to a $64.26 value, including fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
With his collection of New York Times bestsellers and a nine-season television series, Cesar Millan has established himself as the leader of the pack in the field of dog training. Millan has possessed a natural connection to canines since he was a child in Mexico, and he has since turned his pack-based, calm-assertive technique for obedience into an American empire. Now, he brings the sage animal advice he displayed on Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan to seminars around the world, sharing his tips for creating harmony with one’s pet through awareness of energy and instinct. Upon a set decorated like a living room, Cesar lectures on topics such as reading pooch body language, recognizing aggression and its triggers, and regaining a dog’s trust after sleeping in its bed. The seminar also includes live appearances from problematic pups and their owners, during which Cesar will share techniques for curbing hyperactive behaviors.
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 lavish 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.
Captain Frederick Pabst contributed to Milwaukee’s status as a cultural landmark of the upper Midwest by building Pabst Theater, formally known as Das Neue Deutsche Stadt-Theater, in 1895. According to legend, when he was informed that his theater had burned to the ground, the brewing magnate interrupted his European vacation to wire home the order to “Rebuild at once!”—and 11 months later, the stage was completed anew. Where the old theater honored German artists by having their names inscribed along the cornice of the auditorium, the new building featured an international consortium of cultural notables. The theater’s globe-spanning influences were made even more apparent with the installation of an Austrian crystal chandelier and an Italian marble staircase.