- $20 for one ticket to see Crystal Bowersox (up to $34.11 value)
- When: Wednesday, September 24, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Turner Hall Ballroom
- General admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
- Where you met Crystal: on season nine of American Idol
- How far she got: runner-up, but she’s always #1 in the hearts of fans
- How she won those fans’ hearts: with her epic performances of gutsy numbers such as “Me and Bobby McGee,” her natural Ohio charm, and the national coronary lottery
- What Crystal can do that most can’t: accurately sing the hits of Aretha Franklin
- What she does that most Idol contestants don’t: writes her own songs
- Proving that she’s grown beyond Idol: her new album, All That for This
- Further proof: she’s about to be the star of Broadway’s Always, Patsy Cline
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.
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.