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WEEKLY PICKS: July 28, 2014 through August 3, 2014

■  Monday, July 28:  Plan a tour this week in Milwaukee. Milwaukee Food & City Tours offers delicious opportunities, while Untapped Tours takes visitors to high points. You also can get a great downtown overview and narrated historical tour aboard Milwaukee Boat Line’s Vista King and Voyager or celebrate “Margarita Monday” on RiverWalk Boat Tours’ pontoon vessels.

■  Tuesday, July 29:  The touring company of The Phantom of the Opera continues its run at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday. The new production of the long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber show promises to be “bigger and better than ever.”

■  Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is joined by Bruce Hornsby tonight at 8 p.m. on the Northern Lights stage of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

■  Wednesday, July 30:  The 155th Ozaukee County Fair opens today at Firemen’s Park in Cedarburg, just 15 minutes north of Milwaukee. It’s one of the last free county fairs in the Midwest and continues through Sunday.

■  The Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden is in Greene Park at 4235 S. Lipton Ave. today through Aug. 10. Sprecher Brewing products are featured at this new addition to summer in Milwaukee County Parks.

■  Thursday, July 31:  Recognized as one of the top state fairs in the nation, the Wisconsin State Fair opens today in West Allis. Singer-songwriter Phil Vassar is joined by up-and-coming country singer Maggie Rose tonight on the Main Stage presented by Potawatomi (ticket required). In addition, free stages abound, along with taste treats, livestock judging and much more. Gates open at 8 a.m. at the fair, which continues through Aug. 10.

■  Lyle Lovett and his Large Band play the Pabst Theater tonight. Doors of the historic theater open at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m.

■  Friday, August 1:  The slapstick classic Caddyshack plays tonight at Discovery World’s outdoor Fish Fry & a Flick. The food and fun start at 5 p.m., with the free movie on screen at dusk.

■  For another unique Milwaukee experience, visit the fourth annual Urban Island Beach Party from 4-11 p.m. today at Lakeshore State Park, connected to the Summerfest grounds.

■  To really experience Old World Charm and Hospitality at its finest, you need to take a beer history tour at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. No reservations are needed. For a small fee, enjoy a historical guided tour that takes you back to 1844 when Best & Company was born to present day. Tour fee includes a 16 oz. Pabst or Schlitz tap or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Tours are at 11am, 12 & 1 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday.

■  Saturday, August 2:  Only a month left to see the Milwaukee County Zoo’s special exhibition, Sting Ray and Shark Bay. It’s a great opportunity for kids to pet harmless rays and observe sharks in a 14,000-gallon tank.

■  Sunday, August 3:  Get down to the Milwaukee Art Museum before the special summer retrospective of the work of Wassily Kandinsky moves on to Paris. The museum even offers a special Family Guide for youngsters touring the exhibition.

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