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Thought I could afford $3.00 for a ticket to Waukesha North's Talent Show 2010. Bring something for Waukesha Food Pantry and knock a dollar off. I brought two cans and paid only a dollar to get in.
It was a talent show and I expected variety. Even though every entrant was musical, it wasn't a bad thing. Eleven acts, I heard ten, and only one needing a lot more work. I was hoping to see some of the same decent groups I enjoyed during Janboree Jam and wasn't disappointed.
North's auditorium was packed with an enthusiastic audience, way more than at the Jam. There was a good variety of acoustic and electric, even an a cappella pair. I admire young men and women who can write and perform their own music flawlessly in front of a full house of their peers. It was a fun thing for me to do for just a dollar, plus the event produced 300 items for the Waukesha Food Pantry.
Saturday was a nice night for a crawl, an art crawl, in Downtown Waukesha. Even though I'd been to several in the past, they're always different and interesting. There's new artists to meet, new galleries and artwork to see.
Last night I strolled Wisconsin and Main Streets, entered places I'd never been, met some extremely nice people and immersed myself in as much creative energy as I could. Even though I visited just a few of the two dozen or more galleries, two of the venues stood out in terms of creativity and energy.
Waukesha Tattoo Co. @ Galleria Edge has something good going on. A combination tattoo parlor / art gallery, this location, though still remodelling, is going to be brighter and more welcoming than other local parlors. Of course, the most intriguing feature will be the art gallery combination, but also there will be comfortable areas for friends and family to sit if they want to watch the tattoo applied to their loved one.
The other creative venue worth noting is Springs Gallery on the west end of Wisconsin Ave. The place never ceases to amaze me. There's probably more than a dozen hard working artists working and showing there. It's really more art studio than gallery, where people can walk through and see works in progress and the craftsmen and artists who create them. I was impressed by several there, but especially glass artist Tammy Rae. Tammy not only answered all our questions but showed us how things worked, kind of a behind the scenes thing. It was fun learning how glass marbles, beads and pendants are made. Springs Gallery is a hidden treasure. Check it out if you haven't been there lately.