By Jason Thomas

With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, you probably have a lot of time with family penciled in to your calendar in the coming weeks.  Right about now, the opportunity still exists for Me Time.  Or, You Time.  Whatever, you know what I’m saying.  Hit up some events and shows that you’re into this weekend, like….

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph, Thu-Sun, now thru December 30

It’s a holiday story that you can’t live without, so why not see it live?  American Blues Theater puts on the performance at one of the most famous theaters in town.  Don’t know why it’s famous?  Allow John to explain.  It runs 90 minutes with no intermission with performances Thu-Sat at 8pm, Saturday matinee at 5pm and Sunday matinee at 2:30pm.  Tickets and info here.

Kool Keith @ Reggie’s Rock Club, Saturday, November 15

He was once a part of Ultramagnetic MC’s, and if you’re of a certain age, not many things are more original and fresh than late-’80s and early-’90s hip hop.  Afrika Bambaataa thought so much of their work that he included them on his compilation CD back in 2003 alongside acts like Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Eric B & Rakim, and Herbie Hancock, but Kool Keith is known mostly for his wild solo records that he’s been releasing since 1996 when he teamed up with Dan the Automator.  Tickets here.

What Made Milwaukee Famous @ The Empty Bottle, Sunday, December 16

Austin based What Made Milwaukee Famous will release their third album in January and they’ve been keeping their fans waiting quite a while for this one.  It’s been close to five years between albums for the band but the wait is now over (almost).  The first single from the album has been released and we have a ’70s-themed video to go along with it.  Sunday’s looking like a pretty good day, right?  Watch the Bears beat the Packers then head out to a quality rock show at one of the coolest spots in town.  Tickets here.


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