Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-02

Gems of Sturgeon Bay: Kimz Galley Cafe


By Tom Jordan


About ten years ago I first climbed the front steps of Kimz Galley, that little blue wooden house on Louisiana Street in Sturgeon Bay. It had a sign that said "Farm to Table." I was told by a friend that everything was homemade. I noticed that the photographs of Len Quartetti, a friend and neighbor, graced the walls. The inside is small, with maybe six tables and a few on the porch. In a word the place is ...cozy.  My wife and I sat in the nook surrounded by windows. I ordered an omelet and my wife had the quiche. They were both incredible. And I had to look twice at the bill. It was about half what I would have paid in Milwaukee...and the food was great.

 

Kim Wishart is the owner and head chef. They are only open for breakfast and lunch. I've been there so often that now they don't even give me a menu. If I sit down for lunch and a new server walks to my table Kim will yell from the kitchen, "He's going to have the cherry chicken salad, fruit, cup of soup and no bread." I do have the toast with breakfast. It's homemade. In fact, everything is homemade.

 

If you come with a large party without a reservation you might be turned away. It's not that they don't want your business but the kitchen is small and they know, if you've never been here before, you may have to wait longer because everything is made from scratch, get disgruntled, not leave a tip and then go home and complain on Yelp. (That actually happens.)

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Door Shakespeare names Stebbins as new artistic director


By Tim Kowols


Last week's announcement of Door Shakespeare's new artistic director brings Kenosha native Michael Stebbins back to his home state. Stebbins spent eight years as Rep Stage's Artistic Director in Columbia, Md. after spending time in other states like California and New York. Door County was a place Stebbins would come back to over the years to regroup before heading back east for his artistic endeavors. Now, Stebbins is excited to bring other Wisconsin natives back to work at Door Shakespeare.

 

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Door County Short Film Fest starts Friday with local productions


By Paul Schmitt


The Door County Short Film Fest starts this Friday and will feature 20 short films produced locally as well as around the world.  The annual event will kick off Friday evening at 6 o'clock at the Sister Bay Village Hall with two short films.  The remaining films will be shown on Saturday from 2 until 8 p.m. Sister Bay Advancement Association Community Coordinator Louise Howson says the filmmakers' productions vary in length and topics.

 

 

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Memoir writing highlights final week of Door County Reads


By Tim Kowols


This year's Door County Reads selection has brought the practice of memoir writing to the forefront as the annual event enters its final week. On Thursday, author Kao Kalia Yang spoke to a crowded ballroom at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay about her own memoir and this year's Door County Reads book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Door County Library's Tina Kakuske says memoirs are helpful tools for both the reader and the author.

 

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Kewaunee Young People's Theater supports community through shows


By Tim Kowols


Closing in on $500,000 total dollars raised in the organization's history, the Kewaunee Young People's Theater is in its final preparations for its Hooray for Hollywood show next weekend. Twenty-eight organizations are expected to benefit from the adult variety show this year, funding everything from student scholarships at local high schools to much-needed equipment for the Algoma Fire and Rescue Department and Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department. Kevin Dax has been participating with the Kewaunee Young People's Theater for 25 years and says it is a great feeling to not only perform in front of full rooms over three days but also make such a large impact in the community.

 

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Yang set for keynote presentation during Door County Reads' second week


By Tim Kowols


Author Kao Kalia Yang is set to visit Sturgeon Bay next week as the featured speaker for this year's Door County Reads Celebration. Yang wrote this year's Door County Reads selection The Latehomecomer, which provides an account of her life as a Hmong refugee from her native Laos and adapting to life in the United States. Door County Library Director Tina Kakuske says it was Yang's visit to the Washington Island Literary Festival last year that put this year's Door County Reads in motion.

 

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