Mustache Bash

Participants post for the 2011 Mustache Bash group photo. The Kenosha And Racine Mustache Association’s second annual Mustache Bash,  and its goal is to create prostate cancer awareness, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1.

Looking for something to do? Here's a sampling of what's on tap for this weekend. For a full list of events, click on the related link to see the calendar listings.

Wear a mustache for prostate cancer awareness

RACINE — The Kenosha And Racine Mustache Association’s second annual Mustache Bash and its goal is to create prostate cancer awareness. will be held Saturday, Dec. 1. While the event begins at 6 p.m. officially at four bars who are hosting the event, the memorable group picture will be taken at Monument Square at 10 p.m.

Four years ago, KARMA was informally formed when the Movember movement started becoming popular. Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were held around the world.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, more than 200 participants are expected in the pub crawl fundraiser, hosted by The Ivanhoe Pub, Evelyn’s Club Main, Ricky’s Place and Envi Ultra Lounge. Participants will gather at any of the four hosting locations and support the cause by purchasing an official T-shirt ($10), a mustache ($1) and/or buying a raffle ticket ($10). Stash Bash participants will also be circulating to all four hosting locations as a different mustache stamp will be provided at each bar and any participant who gets all four stamps will get a free entry into the raffle drawing. There will be a trophy given to the bar that raises the most money, as well as a crown, belt and scepter for the person, male or female, with the best mustache.

We really wanted to make a strong impact and make sure that the money raised stayed locally,” said local mustache enthusiast Jeff McKeown, one of the event organizers. “We decided to donate to the Health Care Network of Racine, with the money being 100 percent earmarked for men’s health issues.”

McKeown has been organizing the event with Ivanhoe and Envi owner Doug Nicholson, Parkside Rugby alumni Ben Bastian, Delaware transplant Jack Matthews and Todd Streeter, head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Men’s Rugby Club. It was Streeter, a Parkside alumnae, who first approached Nicholson two years ago to do some sort of event at Ivanhoe, which escalated into last year’s larger inaugural affair.

We aren’t just growing mustaches, we are growing awareness about prostate cancer,” said Streeter.

The group has established a goal of $7,500 for this year’s event after achieving last year’s goal of $5,000. The money is being raised through corporate sponsorships.

In addition, official Stash Bash T-shirts will be sold at the fundraiser as well as raffle tickets for a new big screen television, box seats for Bucks games and a few other prizes.

While men naturally grow mustaches, women are thoroughly encouraged to be creative with their mustaches as well,” said Streeter. “Finger mustaches, fake mustaches, I’ve even seen a gal cut some of her hair and tape it to her lip, it’s all in good fun and for a good cause.”

OOHP stages 'The Complete History of America (abridged)'

RACINE — Over Our Head Players will present the fast-paced comedy, “The Complete History of America (abridged)” on three weekends Nov. 30-Dec. 16 at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St.

In the play, three actors present 600 years of history: from Washington to Watergate, from New World to New World Order. It’s a 90-minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history. With a hit of vaudeville, the show uses giant props, goofy wigs, music and a healthy dose of satirical commentary. “Complete History” tackles such questions as who really discovered America? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a light bulb? And what the heck is the difference between North Dakota and South Dakota anyway? It’s a fast, funny and physical performance with a flair for current events.

“In more than 21 years of directing comedy for OOHP, I can honestly say that I can’t remember a rehearsal process that had more laughs,” said director Rich Smith. “I wouldn’t miss this comedy. Having three of the area’s sharpest comic actors in the cast makes this show something very special; the chemistry between Ron Schulz, John Adams and Cody Ernest makes ‘Complete History’ everything it should be — a riot.”

An added aspect of performances will be the addition of the Abridged Orchestra, aka Preston Hill, who will be providing live music.

Smith directs and production manages, and Michelle DeRose stage manages.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. Fridays, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $16 on Fridays and Saturdays, and $14 on Sundays. For reservations, call the box office at (262) 632-6802 or purchase tickets online at www.overourheadplayers.org.

Artists open their studio

RACINE — More than 35 artists and their guests will open their studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the historic Racine Business Center, 1405 16th St.

From a start in 1996 with one studio and two artists, the annual open house has now expanded to three floors and more than 35 artists. New art-related businesses include The Black-Eyed Press, which recently has moved from their Sixth Street location. A wide range of media will be presented ranging from traditional painting and drawing to photography, jewelry making, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics.

Poet Rick Dempsey and several performers from BONK! will be on hand. “The Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit” will also be open on the second floor. It features manufactured objects which have been made at the Racine Business Center site over the past 150 years. Brunch and lunch will be served in the The Breakroom Café.

For more information, go to www.16thststudio.tumblr.com.

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