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Milwaukee's lakefront turns into one big global village each summer, from the Asian Moon Festival in mid-June through Mexican Fiesta in the dog days of August. But if the five-year-old Arab World Fest hasn't yet drawn the crowds claimed by its more established brethren (an estimated 250,000 pack in each July for Festa Italiana), it's not for lack of trying. This year the weekend-long celebration of things Arab includes music, food, a bazaar, traditional dancing, a fashion show, belly dancers, and "Arab karaoke." At press time organizers were trying to expedite a visa for Egyptian pop star Hakim; confirmed entertainment includes the Los Angeles-based pan-Middle Eastern band Al Hakkami and local Moroccan quanun player Hicham Chani and his Mosaic Trio. Fri-Sun 8/12-8/14, Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-727-5517 or arabworldfest.com, $10.

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