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WINTER ARTS GUIDE: DECEMBER – JANUARY – FEBRUARY

Nov. 18, 2016
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DECEMBER

 

THEATRE

 

CONTINUING

 

unSilent Night

Next Act Theatre

Through Dec. 11

 

The Foreigner

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Through Dec. 18

 

Lobby Hero

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Through Dec. 18

 

La Cage aux Folles

Skylight Music Theatre

Through Dec. 23

 

A Christmas Carol

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Through Dec. 24

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

First Stage

Through Dec. 31

 

I Love A Piano

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Through Jan. 15, 2017

 

OPENING

 

The Magnificents Monthly Musical Showcase

Dead Man’s Carnival

Dec. 1

 

Black Nativity

Black Arts MKE

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

929 N. Water St.

Dec. 1-11

 

The late African American writer Langston Hughes crafted this vision of the Christmas story in poetry, gospel music and dance. Black Arts MKE, a consortium of Milwaukee performing artists, has partnered with the Marcus Center to revive what was long the annual Christmas gift of Milwaukee’s late Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company. The new Black Nativity, directed by Bronzeville Arts Ensemble’s activist leader Malkia Stampley, links Hughes’ call for hope with urgent local and national concerns. (John Schneider)

 

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Boozy Bard Productions

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Dec. 1-17

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Sunset Playhouse

Dec. 1-23

 

 

Dead Man’s Carnival

First Friday Variety Show

Miramar Theatre

2844 N. Oakland Ave.

Dec. 2

 

Dead Man’s Carnival’s ever-mutating show, occurring the evening of the first Friday of every month, has a welcome home at the Miramar Theatre. It’s tough to write this up months before the specific bill has been announced, given the exciting unpredictability of any given month’s lineup, but rest assured you’ll see a combination of magic, gymnastics, burlesque and circus-y novelty acts. A splendid time is guaranteed for all, but you should probably find a sitter for the kids. (Franklin K.R. Cline)

 

 

A Christmas Carol

Falls Patio Players

North Middle School

N88 W16750 Garfield Drive, Menomonee Falls

Dec. 2-4

 

After Suite Surrender and Disney’s Mulan, Jr., Falls Patio Players is performing yet another adaptation in A Christmas Carol. The theater company’s very own Carol Klose and Jack Strawbridge crafted their own musical version of the Charles Dickens classic, which includes French and English carols as well as eight original songs. Come celebrate a Menomonee Falls tradition this Christmas. (Jack Fennimore)

 

 

A Christmas Carol: On the Air

UW-Parkside Theatre

Dec. 2-11

 

 

This Is Our Youth

ENT Theatre

Dec. 2-11

 

 

An Unexpected Gift

Memories Dinner Theatre

Memories Ballroom

1077 Lake Drive, Port Washington

Dec. 2-17

 

Holiday gatherings are seldom as perfect as the famous Norman Rockwell depictions would have us believe. They can be just as stressful and contentious as any assemblage of human beings—familial links present among them or not. Memories Ballroom’s owner, Rolland Roebuck, wrote this original play about the Buerkle Family’s Christmas gathering in Wisconsin. Things seem to go very wrong when a good ol’ Wisconsin snowstorm hits; but, perhaps, this seemingly unfortunate eventuality might lead to some unforeseen opportunities. (John Jahn)

 

 

A Behanding in Spokane

Over Our Head Players

318 6th St., Racine

Dec. 2-18

 

While holiday shows come to haunt every major stage in and around Milwaukee, a small theater group in Racine plays with pleasantly offbeat counter-programming as it stages Martin McDonagh’s dark 2010 comedy, A Behanding in Spokane. A couple of people are arranging to sell a man a human hand. Evidently he had lost his left hand some time ago and is looking to replace it. He’s been without for 27 years. Naturally, things get a bit weird. Happy holidays! (Russ Bickerstaff)

 

 

The Young Person’s Playwright Project

Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa

Dec. 2-18

 

For Purely Elfish Reasons

Waukesha Civic Theatre

Dec. 2-18

 

Holiday Hell: The Curse of Perry Williams

In Tandem Theatre

Dec. 2-Jan. 8, 2017

 

Santa’s Playhouse: A Morning with Santa

Sunset Playhouse

Dec. 3

 

Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets

Oconomowoc Arts Center

Dec. 3

 

Light of the World

Acacia Theatre

Dec. 3

 

A Christmas Carol

Schauer Arts and Activities Center

Dec. 3-31

 

Comic Cabaret

Waukesha Civic Theatre

Dec. 5-6

 

The Santaland Diaries

Theatre Gigante

Dec. 9

 

Vanishing Point

Carthage College Theatre

Dec. 9-11

 

Mary Poppins

Racine Theatre Guild

2519 Northwestern Ave. (Hwy 38), Racine

Dec. 9-18

 

For the holidays, the Racine Theatre Guild brings the classic Disney musical Mary Poppins to the stage. Follow everyone’s favorite tale of a nanny who proves to be more than meets the eye. With her friend Burt, Mary brings a new sense of adventure and magic to two children burdened with dull and strict lives. This production will have you singing along to the old Disney songs. It’s sure to be a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” time! (Angelika Alicia Villafuerte)

 

 

Comedy of Errors

First Stage

Dec. 9-18

 

Church Basement Ladies

UW-Whitewater Young Auditorium

Dec. 11

 

The Second City: Dysfunctional Holiday Revue

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 14-18

 

 

The Last Holiday Punch

Off the Wall Theatre

127 E. Wells St.

Dec. 14-31

 

The irrepressible Dale Gutzman has been producing his annual Holiday Season-themed comedy and music revue, Holiday Punch, for almost 40 years. What we arrive at this year is the end of that long, successful line. “This will be the last Holiday Punch I shall create,” he recently explained, “as I am getting older and my bucket list of shows I want to do needs my attention.” So, catch it while you can—this final incarnation, Gutzman promises (or perhaps warns) will include “Elf Line, a Chorus Line musical about minimum wage at the North Pole, The Ballad of Donald Trump a la Sweeney Todd, and many, many other goodies.” (John Jahn)

 

 

Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

Schauer Arts and Activities Center

Dec. 16-17

 

DANCE

 

CONTINUING

 

New Dancemakers: Reshaping Perceptions

UWM Peck School of the Arts: Dance Department

Through Dec. 4

 

OPENING

 

“First Friday Series”

Real Time

Location TBA

Dec. 2

 

The immensely productive husband-and-wife dance team of Andrea and Daniel Burkholder continue to premiere a modern dance, aerial dance, dance improvisation and music performance on the first Friday of every month. Relative newcomers to Milwaukee, they’re exploring the city’s many neighborhoods and communities via the sites they select for performances, helping audiences to do the same. Interesting guests, free-form conversation and free drinks are regular features of each hour-long, you-set-the-ticket-price event. (John Schneider)

 

 

Great Russian Nutcracker

Milwaukee Theatre (hosting the Moscow Ballet)

Dec. 3

 

 

Dance On Display

Catey Ott Dance Collective

Haggerty Museum of Art

530 N. 13th St.

Dec. 3

 

Milwaukee choreographer Catey Ott Thompson joins 20-some peers worldwide in staging an hour-long, structured improvisation by professional and community “movers” of all ages and body types—including the disabled. On Display is the brainchild of New York choreographer Heidi Latsky whose major works include uniquely-abled dancers. On Friday, Dec. 2, filmed excerpts of each performance will be broadcast at the United Nations to commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On Saturday, Dec. 3 (Nation Dance Day), they’ll all happen live. Here, 24 performers will be on display throughout Marquette’s Haggerty Art Museum, alternately statuesque—eyes-open, and dancing—eyes closed. (John Schneider)

 

 

Animolecules: Choreographia Microbiotica

Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre

Dec. 3-11

 

 

The Nutcracker

Milwaukee Ballet

Dec. 10-27

 

The Nutcracker

West Performing Arts Center (featuring Anita’s Dance Co.)

Dec. 17-18

 

MUSIC

 

OPENING

 

“Country Christmas Show with special guest Molly B.”

Schauer Arts and Activities Center

Dec. 1

 

 

“Zinck Plays Bruch”

UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Helene Zelazo Center, UW-Milwaukee

2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Dec. 2

 

The talented students and faculty of UWM’s Music Department perform many times a year. One outstanding such event will be the college’s symphony orchestra concert on Friday, Dec. 2 under conductor Jun Kim. In addition to works by Claude Debussy and others, the program contains one of the concerto repertoire’s true gems: the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 by German composer Max Bruch (1838-1920). It so dominates his oeuvre that it’s often simply called the Bruch Violin Concerto—despite the fact that he wrote two more (Opp. 44 and 58). Faculty member and violinist Bernard Zinck is the soloist for this performance. (John Jahn)

 

 

“Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet”

Latino Arts 

Dec. 2

 

 

“The Greatest Story”

Concord Chamber Orchestra

Basilica of St. Josaphat

2333 S. Sixth St.

Dec. 3

 

For more than 40 years now, the Concord Chamber Orchestra has been offering classical music concerts to area audiences as well as providing emerging young instrumentalists a venue for priceless hands-on experience. This year, the CCO is joined by the UW-Parkside Choir under James Kinchen for a concert that offers two different takes on the Christmas story. One is via the melodious, world-famous ballet suite by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker. Secondly, the lesser-known but equally classic choral work, Gloria, by 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc. (John Jahn)

 

 

Christmas Concert

Chant Claire Chamber Choir with the Stevan Sijacki Choir

St. Sava’s

Dec. 3

 

“Festival of Trees and Music”

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Dec. 3-10

 

“Hartford Community Chorus Holiday Concert”

Schauer Arts and Activities Center

Dec. 4

 

 

Haydn, Dohnányi, Fauré

Prometheus Trio

Helen Bader Recital Hall

1584 N. Prospect Ave.

Dec. 5-6

 

The Prometheus Trio (Margot Schwartz, Scott Tisdel and Stefanie Jacob) welcomes guest violinist Wendy Richman for this concert of engaging and varied chamber pieces. First is the Trio in C, Hob. XV: 27 by that most prolific and gifted Classical master, Joseph Haydn. Then, there’s the Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15 (1883) of Gabriel Fauré, a work that marked something of a turning point for the young French composer. Finally, there’s the Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in C, Op. 10 (1902) by Berlin-born Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi; it’s widely considered to be his finest early chamber work. (John Jahn)

 

 

“Down Home with the Carpenters”

Sunset Playhouse

Dec. 5-6

 

“Holiday Journey”

Wisconsin Philharmonic

Dec. 6

 

Schubert’s Quartet No. 13 in A Minor; Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 1

Fine Arts Quartet

Dec. 7

 

“Tom Wopat and Linda Purl—Home for the Holidays”

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Dec. 7-8

 

“Cantus: We Will All Be Together”

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

Dec. 8

 

 

“Windmills of Your Mind: The Music of Michel Legrand”

We Six

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

1584 N. Prospect Ave.

Dec. 8

 

Jazz was born in America, but over the past century its international dissemination has spawned many original voices from abroad. The lengthy, prolific and much heralded career of French composer and pianist Michel Legrand is a case in point. Having been covered by everyone from Sinatra to Streisand to Sting, tunes such as “Watch What Happens” and “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life” have entered the pantheon of enduring standards. We Six—the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s resident jazz faculty sextet—presents a program of Legrand’s memorable melodies as springboards for improvisation. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“Six Appeal”

UW-Washington County

Dec. 9

 

“The King Singers Concert”

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Dec. 9

 

“Holiday Pops Concert”

Racine Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 9

 

“Kettle Moraine Symphony Holiday Pops Concert”

Kettle Moraine Symphony (at the Schauer Arts and Activities Center)

Dec. 9

 

 

“Joy! Christmas in the Basilica”

Bel Canto Chorus

St. Josaphat Basilica

2333 S. Sixth St.

Dec. 9-11

 

Bel Canto Chorus—Milwaukee’s foremost independent choral ensemble that has been singing to us for some 85 years now—presents its highly anticipated traditional holiday-themed concert in the lovely environs of the Basilica of St. Josaphat on Milwaukee’s South Side. This year’s concert, which will feature the premiere of a new choral work by Christian Ellenwood along with the usual assortment of carols and songs, also boasts organ accompaniment by Kevin Bailey and instrumental adornment from Stained Glass Brass. (John Jahn)

 

 

Carols Old and New

Waukesha Choral Union

Dec. 9 and 11

 

“Broadway Boys—Holiday Special”

Schauer Arts and Activities Center

Dec. 10

 

“Milwaukee Festival Brass Concert”

Milwaukee Festival Brass at Pius XI

Dec. 10

 

“Advent-Christmas: Celebrate and Sing”

Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices

Dec. 10

 

“A Rose in Winter”

Early Music Now, featuring The Rose Ensemble

Dec. 10

 

“A Winter’s Heart: A Celebration of a Traditional Irish American Christmas”

Irish Cultural and Heritage Center

Dec. 10

 

 

Shostakovich, Schubert, Mozart

Fine Arts Quartet

Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts

2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Dec. 11

 

Any fan of string quartets will tell you that three violins and one cello make for one hell of a combination, and this concert is no exception. (Don’t worry; the Packers play at 3:25 p.m. that day, so you’ll have plenty of time to make it to the Zelazo Center by the 7:30 start time.) Dmitri Shostakovich envisioned childhood and springtime when he wrote his Quartet No. 1, Op. 49 (1938), which will be a welcome antidote to the dawning of winter’s blight. The FAQ will be joined by guest pianist Alon Goldstein. (Franklin K.R. Cline)

 

 

“Gift, Joy and Celebration”

Milwaukee Musaik

Schwan Concert Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College

8815 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Dec. 12

 

Milwaukee Musaik follows up their successful inaugural season with four concerts between December and May. It all starts with “Gift, Joy and Celebration,” containing a program that, despite the time of year and concert title, doesn’t contain Christmas music. Instead, we’re treated to life-affirming classical such as the melodious Trout Quintet by Franz Schubert, the Piano Quintet in E-Flat by Beethoven contemporary Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and an intimate chamber arrangement (by Alfred Pringsheim) of Richard Wagner’s languorous Siegfried Idyll. (John Jahn)

 

 

“Holiday Belles”

Sunset Playhouse

Dec. 14-18

 

“Home for the Holidays”

Florentine Opera

Dec. 15-17

 

“The Search for Suzie Surreal”

Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices

Dec. 15-18

 

“The Blessings of Christmas”

Southwestern Suburban Symphony

Dec. 16

 

 

Chant Claire Chamber Choir

Irish Cultural Heritage Center

2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Dec. 17

 

Chant Claire Chamber Choir was founded by UW-Eau Claire educated middle school choir teacher Benjamin Bedroske as a way of helping gifted regional singers hone their chops on challenging works from the choral repertoire. The group’s name reflects both the Eau Claire origin of many of its members as well as their goal of singing a ‘clear song’ (“chant claire,” in French). Accompanied by the magnificent organ and acoustics of the Irish Cultural Heritage Center, Chant Claire will render classic choral pieces along with several selections befitting a holiday season concert. (Tyler Friedman)  

 

 

“Under the Streetlamp”

Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

Dec. 17

 

“O Wondrous Night”

Master Singers of Milwaukee

Dec. 17-18

 

“Elvis: The Legend Lives On”

Waukesha Civic Theatre

Dec. 29-30

 

“Blast from the Brass II”

Sunset Playhouse

Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017

 

VISUAL ART

 

CONTINUING

 

“Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist”

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Through Dec. 3

 

“Microcosms: The Imagined Realities of Art”

UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery

Through Dec. 9

 

“Memory Theater: David Ross Harper”

RedLine Milwaukee

Through Dec. 17

 

“Gendron Jenson: Series on Resurrection in Nature”

Haggerty Museum of Art

Through Dec. 23

 

“Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream”

Haggerty Museum of Art

Through Dec. 23

 

“Jason Salavon: The Master Index”

Haggerty Museum of Art

Through Dec. 23

 

“Watermarks: An Atlas of Water and the City of Milwaukee”

Haggerty Museum of Art

Through Dec. 23

 

“RAM Collects: Contemporary Art to Wear”

Racine Art Museum

Through Dec. 30

 

“Sensory Overload: Clothing and the Body”

Racine Art Museum

Through Dec. 30

 

“Loy Bowlin’s Holy Jewel Home”

John Michael Kohler Art Center

Through Dec. 31

 

“Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Jan. 1, 2017

 

“The Lives of Others: Portraits from the Photography Collection”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Jan. 1, 2017

 

“Once and Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman”

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Through Jan. 8, 2017

 

“David Lenz: People on the Periphery”

Museum of Wisconsin Art

Through Jan. 8, 2017

 

“Inspired by Folk”

Cedarburg Cultural Center

Through Jan. 15, 2017

 

“Duets: RAM Pairs Contemporary Craft Artists”

Racine Art Museum

Through Jan. 22, 2017

 

“Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Jan. 22, 2017

 

“Escape Routes”

John Michael Kohler Art Center

Through Jan. 22, 2017

 

 

“Why Wallpaper”

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N. Terrace Ave.

Through Jan. 29, 2017

 

Too often regarded as the decorative equivalent of white noise, wallpaper is finally having its day at the Villa Terrace. “Why Wallpaper” is a two-pronged exhibition. On the one hand, the show will consider the different ways contemporary designers and artists incorporate wallpaper in their works. On the other hand, “Why Wallpaper” considers issues of preservation and restoration in the context of an electrical fire that destroyed the Villa Terrace’s historic Décor Chinois paper, which was subsequently reinstalled in 2002. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“Honoring Fifty Years of Watercolor Wisconsin”

Racine Art Museum

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

“From Nature: Feathers”

Racine Art Museum

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

 

“Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now”

Charles Allis Art Museum

1801 N. Prospect Ave.

Through Feb. 19, 2017

 

Every two years, the Charles Allis Art Museum curates a solicitous show to check up on the state of the arts in Wisconsin. The biennale is juried by two names on the local arts scene—artist Brent Budsberg and curator-consultant Susan Barnett. Aside from invaluable prestige and publicity, the exhibited artists vie for $3000 in awards, including a Viewers’ Choice Award to be announced at the opening reception. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“Pat Hidson + Tori Tasch: Draw Print Fold Paint”

Lynden Sculpture Garden

2145 W. Brown Deer Road

Through Feb. 19, 2017

 

Pat Hidson and Tori Tasch concluded their yearlong residency at the Lynden Sculpture Garden this past May and the fruits of their respective labors are on display in “Pat Hidson + Tori Tasch: Draw Print Fold Paint.” Hidson’s painting and drawings attempt to capture the restless flux of nature by supplementing traditional acrylic and oil paints with glitter and metallic. Tasch was inspired by Lynden’s biodiversity to create a series of small-scale books incorporating found objects into layered printmaking. Tasch will also be exhibiting 365 butterflies fabricated from repurposed paper for a visually striking representation of the passage of time. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“User Experience: Products That Shape Our Lives”

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Through Feb. 25, 2017

 

“Martin Johnson Heade”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Feb. 26, 2017

 

“The Collaboratory”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Mar. 1, 2017

 

“Featured Artist: John Kearney”

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts

Through May 12, 2017

 

“Jessica Calderwood: Fictitious Flora”

Racine Art Museum

Through July 23, 2017

 

OPENING

 

“Pastoral Testimony”

Latino Arts Gallery

1028 S. Ninth St.

Dec. 2-Feb. 2017 (date TBA)

 

Rafael Salas regards his art as “a strange, rural poetry of aspiration and poignant reality, a striver’s endeavor that includes high and low culture, situated between the elevated and the abject.” Such dichotomies are on display in “Pastoral Testimony”; for instance, in a work that adorns a tender branch with two spent beer cans. As an associate professor of art at Ripon College, Salas has studied his pastoral surroundings to great effect. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“Artists Now! Jenny Odell” (lecture)

UWM Peck School of the Arts: Art and Design Department

Dec. 7

 

 

“Watercolor Wisconsin”

Racine Art Museum’s Wustum Museum

2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine

Dec. 11-April 22, 2017

 

No one could credibly accuse the Badger State of being deficient in either water or color. Both elements come together in the annual exhibition held by the Racine Art Museum since 1966, “Watercolor Wisconsin.” By emphasizing the gamut of contemporary watercolor works, the juried show demonstrates why the medium is so beloved by everyone from children to professionals and representational painters to heady abstractionists. The stakes are heightened with awards totaling several thousand dollars. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

JANUARY

 

THEATRE

 

CONTINUING

 

Holiday Hell: The Curse of Perry Williams

In Tandem Theatre

Through Jan. 8, 2017

 

I Love A Piano

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Through Jan. 15, 2017

 

OPENING

 

The Sound of Music

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

929 N. Water St.

Jan. 3-8, 2017

 

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s The Sound of Music can arguably be considered the most popular musical of all time. With a score packed with songs familiar to people who’ve never even seen it—”My Favorite Things,” “Edleweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and, of course, the soaring title song—it won Tony, Grammy and Academy Awards galore; the 1965 feature film version remains the most successful and enduring movie musical ever. Now, The Sound of Music comes to Milwaukee via a large, professional, national touring company. (John Jahn)

 

 

Combat Boot Camp

Waukesha Civic Theatre

Jan. 7, 2017

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Greendale Community Theatre

Greendale High School Auditorium,

6801 Southway

Jan. 12-21, 2017

 

Accomplished regional director Leda Hoffmann joins Greendale Community Theatre for a production of the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical inspired by the biblical story. The stage at the Greendale High School Auditorium allows for a large tapestry of talent onstage with a potentially huge chorus, lending a potential immensity for the production that Hoffmann should have no trouble sculpting into something memorable. GCT has a track record for making community theater feel more than professional. (Russ Bickerstaff)

 

 

The Whiskey Belles

Oconomowoc Arts Center

Jan. 13-14, 2017

 

Welcome to Bronzeville

First Stage

Jan. 13-Feb. 5, 2017

 

Exit Laughing

Racine Theatre Guild

Jan. 13-29, 2017

 

Fancy Nancy the Musical

Marquette Theatre

Jan. 14-22, 2017

 

Disgraced

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Jan. 17-Feb. 12, 2017

 

Xanadu, Jr.

Waukesha Civic Theatre

Jan. 19-21, 2017

 

 

You Can’t Take It With You

Sunset Playhouse

Furlan Auditorium,

800 Elm Grove Road

Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2017

 

The Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove warms winter with George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s classic 1936 screwball comedy. Kaufman populates the script with crazy characters that all seem a bit stranger than one might expect out of a family-based, pre-TV-era sitcom; Grandpa keeps snakes as pets. His daughter writes sexy melodramatic plays and she’s married to a guy who builds fireworks in his basement. It’s a weird dynamic that makes for a potentially wild show. (Russ Bickerstaff)

 

 

Vince: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi

Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

Jan. 20, 2017

 

 

The Lion in Winter

Alchemist Theatre

2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2017

 

Presented by The Pride Theatre Company as part of Alchemist Theatre’s rental season, Bill Jackson directs James Goldman’s venerated historical comedy-drama The Lion in Winter. The 64-seat house promises an intimate spot for this classic play. Jackson, who’s been involved in the Milwaukee theater scene for nigh on four decades, promises to bring gravitas and sincerity to a truly deserving script. (Franklin K.R. Cline)

 

 

Luna Gale

Renaissance Theaterworks

Broadway Theatre Center, Studio Theatre

158 N. Broadway

Jan. 20-Feb. 12, 2017

 

Renaissance Theaterworks’ latest offering in its “Secrets and Lies”-themed season is Luna Gale by esteemed modern playwright Rebecca Gilman. Director Mary MacDonald-Kerr describes the story: “Luna Gale is about a social worker at the end of her career dealing with a difficult case: a baby girl named Luna, her teenage meth-addict parents and her lonely Christian grandmother. The play examines the pitfalls and heartbreaks of the foster care system, the cyclical nature of abuse and the grey area that the system has to function within to make any forward progress. The topic is serious, but the writing is often funny, dry, and unsentimental.” The production features Milwaukee favorites Tami Workentin, April Paul, Marques Causey, Matt Daniels, Laura Grey and David Sapiro. (Selena Milewski) 

 

 

McGuire

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Jan. 20-Mar. 19, 2017

 

A.C.T. Live

Waukesha Civic Theatre

Jan. 21, 2017

 

Lovabye Dragon

First Stage

Jan. 21-Feb. 19, 2017

 

Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks

Schauer Arts and Activities Center

Jan. 22, 2017

 

The Wonder Bread Years

Schauer Arts and Activities Center

Jan. 27-28, 2017

 

 

American Hero
Soulstice Theatre
3770 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Jan. 27-Feb. 11, 2017

Playwright Bess Wohl set her 2014 dark comedy American Hero in one of the American institutions that most readily lends itself to satire: a fast-food restaurant. After the owner of a Subway-esque sandwich shop mysteriously disappears before the franchise’s grand opening, its employees ponder whether their dead-end careers have hit a new low. That setup might sound overly broad, but Wohl’s script is filled with subtle commentary about the ceilings that hang over many low-tier American workers. (Evan Rytlewski)

 

 

DANCE

 

OPENING

 

“First Friday Series”

Real Time

Location TBA

Jan. 6, 2017

 

Get It Out There

Danceworks DanceLAB

Jan. 21, 2017

 

Momentum: MBII

Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

901 15th Ave., South Milwaukee

Jan. 28, 2017

 

Milwaukee Ballet’s second company is reliably terrific. The international troupe of highly skilled dancers at the start of their professional careers takes small roles in the company’s main season and performs extensive community outreach. This annual concert in the welcoming SMPAC, though, is their big night. Expect exquisitely rendered excerpts from the classical repertoire and galvanizing world premieres, this year by choreographers Thom Dancy, Garrett Glassman, Tania Bolivia Vergara of Cuba and MBII director Rolando Yanes. (John Schneider)

 

 

Splash Dance for the Urban Ecology Center

DanceCircus @ Washington Park

Jan. 29, 2017

 

MUSIC

 

CONTINUING

 

“Blast from the Brass II”

Sunset Playhouse

Through Jan. 1, 2017

 

OPENING

 

“Art Song Festival”

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Jan. 7, 2017

 

“Hallelujah Handel!”

Southwestern Suburban Symphony

Jan. 13, 2017

 

“Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade”

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Jan. 13-14, 2017

 

 

“Music for Clarinet and String Quartet”

Schwan Concert Hall

Wisconsin Lutheran College

8815 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Jan. 14, 2017

 

In its third concert in a series spotlighting the development of the clarinet in the history of music, Early Music Now brings one of the world’s leading period instrument string ensembles, the London Haydn Quartet, to Milwaukee, along with their touring companion, the esteemed historical clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. Works on the program are a clarinet-lover’s dream: the glorious Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581 by Wolfgang Mozart and the lovely Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34 of Carl Maria von Weber. Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3 fills out the program. (John Jahn)

 

 

“Sara Watkins in Concert”

John Michael Kohler Art Center

Jan. 20, 2017

 

 

Zie Magic Flute

Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Tripoli Shrine Center

3000 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Jan. 20-29, 2017

 

Wolfgang Mozart’s immortal singspiel The Magic Flute receives special attention from the fine musicians and vocalists of Milwaukee Opera Theatre as well as performers from Quasimondo Physical Theatre and Cadance Collective. With its joyful Mozart score and delightfully whimsical libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder (rendered here via an English translation by Daniel J. Brylow), Milwaukee Opera Theatre tells us that, in their Flute, “music, movement and a giant snake collide in this collaboration between three of Milwaukee’s most inventive performing arts groups.” (John Jahn)

 

 

“Florentine Opera presents Billy Goats Gruff

Oconomowoc Arts Center

Jan. 21, 2017

 

“Shostakovich Triumphant”

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Jan. 21-22, 2017

 

 

“Winds and Strings”

Frankly Music

Schwan Concert Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College

8815 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Jan. 23, 2017

 

“Frankly Music continues to set the standard for chamber music in Milwaukee and would be treasured in any city in the world,” as the Shepherd Express’ Rick Walters once opined. Such prowess is, season after season, thanks to the great talents of instrumentalists Frank Almond, Sonora Slocum, Todd Levy, Jeannie Yu and others. Frankly Music’s January concert offers five different chamber pieces from widely varying places and eras: Joseph Haydn’s Trio in C (London), Pierre-Octave Ferroud’s Three Pieces for Solo Flute, Arthur Berger’s Wind Quartet in C, Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, and the great and glorious Divertimento in B-Flat for Two Horns and Strings by Wolfgang Mozart. (John Jahn)

 

 

“Ryan and Ryan”

UW-Washington County

Jan. 27, 2017

 

“The Vitrolum Republic”

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Jan. 27, 2017

 

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Jan. 27-28, 2017

 

“Florentine By Request”

Florentine Opera

Jan 27-28, 2017

 

“Piano Sonata Festival”

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Jan. 28, 2017

 

“Voices of Eterna”

Oconomowoc Arts Center

Jan. 29, 2017

 

“Anthology: Chamber Ensemble Sampler”

Concord Chamber Orchestra

Jan. 29, 2017

 

 

“Going for Baroque”

Festival City Symphony

Pabst Theater,

144 E. Wells St.

Jan. 29, 2017

 

The Milwaukee area’s oldest performing symphony orchestra, the Festival City Symphony, offers full seasons of Sunday afternoon classical concerts as well as kid-friendly, light classics-based “Pajama Jamborees.” Their first classical concert of the new year, “Going for Baroque,” presents a full-orchestra version of the world-famous Adagio for Strings by Tomaso Albinoni, the majestic Concerto for Two Trumpets by Francesco Manfredini, and Leopold Stokowski’s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. (John Jahn)

 

 

“Billy Joel and Friends”

Sunset Playhouse

Jan. 30-31, 2017

 

VISUAL ART

 

CONTINUING

 

“Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Jan. 1, 2017

 

“The Lives of Others: Portraits from the Photography Collection”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Jan. 1, 2017

 

“Once and Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman”

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Through Jan. 8, 2017

 

“David Lenz: People on the Periphery”

Museum of Wisconsin Art

Through Jan. 8, 2017

 

“Inspired by Folk”

Cedarburg Cultural Center

Through Jan. 15, 2017

 

“Escape Routes”

John Michael Kohler Art Center

Through Jan. 22, 2017

 

“Duets: RAM Pairs Contemporary Craft Artists”

Racine Art Museum

Through Jan. 22, 2017

 

“Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Jan. 22, 2017

 

“Pastoral Testimony by Rafael Francisco Salas”

Latino Arts 

Through Feb. 2017 (date TBA)

 

“Honoring Fifty Years of Watercolor Wisconsin”

Racine Art Museum

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

“From Nature: Feathers”

Racine Art Museum

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

“User Experience: Products That Shape Our Lives”

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Through Feb. 25, 2017

 

“Martin Johnson Heade”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Feb. 26, 2017

 

“The Collaboratory”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Mar. 1, 2017

 

“Featured Artist: John Kearney”

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts

Through May 12, 2017

 

“Jessica Calderwood: Fictitious Flora”

Racine Art Museum

Through July 23, 2017

 

OPENING

 

“Just the Facts”
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
273 E. Erie St.
Jan. 9-March 4, 2017

MIAD’s most high-concept winter exhibition is a commentary on nothing less than exhibitions themselves. In their works, artists Beauvais Lyons, Diane Fox, Jennifer Angus, Tony Matelli and Mark Dion push back against the false assumption that museum exhibitions can offer an objective, “factual” experience. In reality, their pieces argue, every exhibit is a tangle of politics and perspectives that’s far more complicated than just the materials on display. (Evan Rytlewski)

 

 

“Bronzeville: Celebration of Community”

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

Jan. 13-Feb. 5, 2017

 

“Sneak Peek: A Look at Private Art Collections”

UWM Union Art Gallery

Jan. 27-Feb. 17, 2017

 

“Helen Levitt: In the Street”

Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N. Art Museum Drive

Jan. 27-April 16, 2017

 

The street photographer is part documentarian, part voyeur and, when gifted with a keen eye, an artist of unusually potent effect. Helen Levitt (1913-2009) was such a photographer who spent much of the 20th century chronicling the drama of everyday life on the streets of New York City. Collecting early black-and-white photographs, later color work and a 1952 film In the Street, “Helen Levitt: In the Street” offers a comprehensive overview of the photographer’s work. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“James Nares: In the City”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Jan. 27-April 16, 2017

 

FEBRUARY

 

THEATRE

 

CONTINUING

 

The Lion in Winter

Alchemist Theatre

Through Feb. 4, 2017

 

You Can’t Take It With You

Sunset Playhouse

Through Feb. 4, 2017

 

Welcome to Bronzeville

First Stage

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

American Hero

Soulstice Theatre

Through Feb. 11, 2017

 

Disgraced

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Through Feb. 12, 2017

 

Luna Gale

Renaissance Theaterworks

Through Feb. 12, 2017

 

Lovabye Dragon

First Stage

Through Feb. 19, 2017

 

McGuire

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Through Mar. 19, 2017

 

OPENING

 

Taking Shakespeare

Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre

February 2017 (dates TBA)

 

Revenge of the Apothecary

Cabaret Milwaukee

Feb. 16-19, 2017

 

 

Fruition of a Delusion

Cooperative Performance Milwaukee

Location TBA

Feb. 10-25, 2017

 

Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s next performance concept comes from Kelly Coffee (also directing). Co-director/co-writer Don Russell says Fruition’s plot “follows a character named Ruby who is obsessed with Rube Goldberg. Ruby is hard at work building a contraption in her home, which when finished, will hopefully solve the world’s energy crisis.” Look forward to seeing performers actually build the functioning machine on stage each night. Why else should you attend? Coffee answers, “We are all beings of energy and electricity and with that power we can create or destroy. Sometimes we destroy ourselves through our greatest creations. But, I also hope this to be a fun, quirky look at those deeper issues, through movement, song and text!” (Selena Milewski)

 

The Other Place
Next Act Theatre
255 S. Water St.
Feb. 2-26, 2017

Psychological thrillers are some of the most difficult to pull off on stage, but Next Act Theatre gives it a go with the company’s Milwaukee premiere of Sharr White’s The Other Place. As a brilliant researcher prepares to speak to her peers at a neurological convention, she’s confronted by upsetting calls from her doctor, her husband and her estranged daughter, as well as disorienting memories of a family cottage she can’t quite piece together. She begins to question reality as she considers the possibility she’s suffering from a brain tumor. (Evan Rytlewski)

 

The Big Bad Musical

Racine Children’s Theatre

Feb. 3-5, 2017

 

Enchanted April

Falls Patio Players

Feb. 3-12, 2017

 

She Kills Monsters

Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa

Feb. 3-19, 2017

 

 

Blithe Spirit

Waukesha Civic Theatre

264 W. Main St., Waukesha

Feb. 3-19, 2017

 

Waukesha Civic Theatre tackles Noël Coward’s excellent and strange play Blithe Spirit in February. This show is perfect for those who crave the spooky playfulness of Halloween, and this writer also provides ambiance that will fit well with the cold weirdness of late winter. Though Blithe Spirit was first produced in 1941, there’s a surprisingly modern bent to the black comedy that focuses on how we may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us. (Franklin K.R. Cline)

 

 

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Skylight Music Theatre

Cabot Theatre,

158 N. Broadway

Feb. 3-19, 2017

 

Variety described its original New York City Off-Broadway production as being “smartly conceived” and comprising “catchy tunes and witty lyrics.” That hugely successful run at the Westside Theatre ran, amazingly, from 1996 to 2008—some 5,003 individual performances in all. Given its subject matter and creative team, however, that becomes more understandable. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, follows the meandering course of love from first dates, through marriage and on to the golden years, doing so in the accessible musical comedy revue format. (John Jahn)

 

 

The Drifters

UW-Whitewater Young Auditorium

Feb. 4, 2017

 

Goodnight Lulu

Sunset Playhouse

Feb. 8-11, 2017

 

 

Harriet the Spy

Milwaukee Youth Theatre

Lincoln Center of the Arts,

820 E Knapp St.

Feb. 10, 2017

 

Everyone’s favorite 11-year-old spy is brought to the stage this winter by Milwaukee Youth Theatre. Based on the classic 1964 children’s novel, this story follows Harriet M. Welch, a girl with the peculiar hobby of spying on those around her. When Harriet suddenly loses her beloved nurse, Ole Golly, and the trust of her classmates, she is forced to reconsider her actions. Join Harriet in her journey of self-discovery and learning to be true to herself. (Angelika Alicia Villafuerte)

 

 

BoyGirlBoyGirl

Oconomowoc Arts Center

Feb. 10-11, 2017

 

South Pacific

WestPAC

Feb. 10-12, 2017

 

The Gin Game

Milwaukee Entertainment Group

Feb. 14, 2017

 

My Funny Valentine

Waukesha Civic Theatre

Feb. 14, 2017

 

The Illusionists (Magic Show)

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 14-19, 2017

 

42nd Street

UW-Whitewater Young Auditorium

Feb. 16, 2017

 

Women of Troy

Off The Wall Theatre

Feb. 16-26, 2017

 

The Skin of Our Teeth

Marquette Theatre

Feb. 16-26, 2017

 

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

Feb. 17, 2017

 

Escanaba in Love

Memories Dinner Theatre

Feb. 17-26, 2017

 

Metromaniacs

Windfall Theatre

Feb. 17-March 4, 2017

 

Robin Hood

First Stage

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts,

Todd Wehr Theatre,

929 N. Water St.

Feb. 17-March 12, 2017

 

First Stage’s 60th world premiere, written by Joe Foust and John Maclay, puts the Merry Men-in-Training center stage. “I’ve always loved Robin Hood,” Maclay says. “It’s a story of social justice that asks important questions. How should we take care of each other? What are the ethical and moral responsibilities of a citizen when facing massive disparity in wealth or oppression of the poor? What steps are okay to take when you feel that injustice is occurring?” (John Schneider)

 

 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Cardinal Stritch University

Nancy Kendall MainStage Theater,

6801 N. Yates Road

Feb. 18-26, 2017

 

After the mature take on contemporary international conflict and troops returning from war in 9 Circles and the glam-rock opera of Godspell, Cardinal Stritch University gets its head in the clouds for Jack and the Beanstalk. Director Niffer Clarke and Stritch Theater for Young Audiences’ take on the classic tale of giants and magic beans opens this February. (Jack Fennimore)

 

 

A Month in the Country

UWM Peck School of the Arts: Theatre Department

Feb. 22-26, 2017

 

 

Grounded

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Stiemke Studio

108 E. Wells St.

Feb. 22-April 2, 2017

 

Grounded is a tale for modern times written by George Brant and directed by Laura Braza. The central character is a female jet fighter pilot whose pregnancy is cause for her to be removed from a warplane on the front lines of the War on Terror, and to have that visceral reality replaced with the haunting unreality of fighting the war from a desk via a computer—flying drones based in Afghanistan to their targets from thousands of miles away in the U.S. How does she handle such a change—her new life as both mother and virtual terrorist hunter? (John Jahn)

 

 

The Few

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Broadway Theatre Center, Studio Theatre

158 N. Broadway

Feb. 23-March 19, 2017

 

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre continues its season theme of “Misfits” with The Few by award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter. Set in 1999 Idaho, the story follows Bryan, founder of a newspaper for truckers, his angry former love and his adoring coworker. “The Few is an insightful character study about people who are trying desperately to connect with each other,” says director C. Michael Wright. “[Hunter] has unusual insight into, and empathy for, people who are frightened, apathetic or stuck and whose lives have settled into stasis. The production features Mitch Bultman, Mary MacDonald Kerr, James Ridge and the recorded voices of various UW-Milwaukee faculty and students. (Selena Milewski)

 

 

Love Letters

Outskirts Theatre Company

The Alchemist Theatre,

2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Feb. 24-26, 2017

 

This company was formed by Carroll University theatre students in 2014 to stage experimental plays of substance. The epistolary style of A.R. Gurney’s play is now quite familiar: A man and woman alternately read letters they’ve exchanged during their largely separated lives from childhood to old age and the death of one. But the sensitive script raises questions about what matters in life, questions on which a new generation might shed new light. (John Schneider)

 

 

The Glass Menagerie

Company of Strangers

The Underground Collaborative

Feb. 24-March 4, 2017

 

 

Time Stands Still
In Tandem Theatre
Tenth Street Theatre,

628 N. 10th St.
Feb. 24-March 19, 2017

The inherent danger of their jobs takes a toll on a pair of war correspondents in Donald Margulies’ Tony Award-nominated drama Time Stands Still. After his photo-journalist girlfriend is injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, a journalist begins to consider safer, more traditional career paths—a suggestion his partner reflexively resists. Their relationship is further strained when their editor friend introduces the couple to his young fiancé. (Evan Rytlewski)

 

That Darn Plot

Racine Theatre Guild

Feb. 24-March 12, 2017

 

DANCE

 

OPENING

 

“Winterdances”

UW-M Peck School of the Arts Dance Department

UW-Milwaukee  Campus Mainstage Theatre

Feb. 2-5, 2017

 

The next generation of dancers will perform choreography by faculty members Simone Ferro, Dani Kuepper and Darci Wutz and a commissioned premiere from this year’s New Work Award winner, Wild Space Dance Company artist Dan Schuchart. Each dance is a weave of disciplines. There’s film by Kym McDaniel and music by Tim Russell, Bernard Zinck and Lorna Dune. Ferro worked with architecture, art and design classes and community groups on a dance inspired by Matthew Desmond’s book Eviction. (John Schneider)

 

 

“First Friday Series”

Real Time

Location TBA

Feb. 3, 2017

 

 

“Genesis International Choreographic Competition 2017”

Milwaukee Ballet

Pabst Theater,

144 E. Wells St.

Feb. 16-19, 2017

 

In the words of Timothy O’Donnell, 2009 Genesis winner and current Milwaukee Ballet leading artist and resident choreographer: “For the company, it’s important to do more than existing ballets we know are totally successful, and take that leap of bringing less experienced choreographers to create work for us. It’s honest work and super-exciting for the dancers and audiences. For the choreographers, it’s a career launching pad. To have been part of it is huge in the dance world.” (John Schneider)

 

 

Hyperlocal #12—Easement

Hyperlocal

Location TBA

Feb. 26, 2017

 

Several times a year, composer Tim Russell and choreographer Maria Gillespie assemble a group of professional musicians and dancers to engage in a sustained improvisation for about an hour in some wonderful setting. Cued by a neutral word—in this case, “easement”—the artists use their individual sensibilities to create a coherent performance, responding moment by moment to what they hear, see and sense from one another and the environment. You live each moment with them. (John Schneider)

 

 

MUSIC

 

OPENING

 

Mozart’s Trio in G; Jalbert’s Trio No. 2; Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2

Prometheus Trio

Feb. 6-7, 2017

 

 

“Romance Español”

Florentine Opera

Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall

123 E. State St.

Feb. 10-12, 2017

 

Just prior to Valentine’s Day, 2017, the Florentine Opera hopes to put everyone in the mood via the golden voices of their very own Studio Artists. This Florentine Opera revue (exact works on the program as yet unannounced), hosted by Bill Florescu, promises (in the Florentine’s words) “to warm the hearts of music lovers with the beauty of opera’s most beloved arias and songs inspired by Latin music and culture.” Carmen, anyone? (John Jahn)

 

 

“Milwaukee Festival Brass Concert”

Milwaukee Festival Brass at Pius XI

Feb. 11, 2017

 

Gloria Mass by Francis Poulenc

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 11-12, 2017

 

“It Might As Well Be Swing: Swing Explosion with Pete Sorce”

Sunset Playhouse

Feb. 16-19, 2017

 

 

“Giants in the Chamber”

Present Music

Multiple locations

Feb. 16-19, 2017

 

As sometimes happens with Present Music, the concept for a concert evolves after the time it was announced. Originally titled “In the Chamber,” “Giants” refers to the significance of the composers whose work will be chosen. “Every composer is dead—a first for us,” says Artistic Director Kevin Stalheim. “These composers span centuries, from Bach until quite recently. Each had an enormous influence on the music that came after, including all the living composers Present Music performs. They are still giving life, even after death.” (David Luhrssen)

 

 

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

19805 W. Capitol Drive

Feb. 17, 2017

 

This will be the first Milwaukee-area performance by the period instrument ensemble known as the Venice Baroque Orchestra in more than five years. Founded 20 years ago by harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the VBO has performed long-lost gems from the magnificent, sparkling catalogue of music from the Baroque Era all over the world. In this their first performance at the Wilson Center, the VBO will be performing Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in D, Op. 6, No. 4, Baldassare Galuppi’s Concerto a Quattro No. 2 in G, Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and more. (John Jahn)

 

 

“Sensoria Presents Pillars of Decay”

UWM Peck School of the Arts: Music Department

Feb. 18, 2017

 

“Gulumba, Gulumbe”

Early Music Now featuring Ars Longa de la Habana

Feb. 18, 2017

 

“Back to Bach”

Wisconsin Philharmonic

Feb. 19, 2017

 

 

Bridge, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

Philomusica Quartet

Schwan Concert Hall,

Wisconsin Lutheran College,

8815 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Feb. 20, 2017

 

The least-known name on this concert’s program is surely Frank Bridge (1879-1941). He was the aptly named English composer whose works form something of a bridge between the late Romanticism of Johannes Brahms and the tonally conflicted soundscape of the 20th-century composers (of the latter, Benjamin Britten was Bridge’s only composition student). The Philomusica Quartet performs Bridge’s Novelletten for String Quartet, as well as more famous works like Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22. (John Jahn)

 

 

“The Dukes of Dixieland”

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Feb. 22-23, 2017

 

“Nate Currin with Band”

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Feb. 24, 2017

 

The Planets by Gustav Holst

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts,

929 N. Water St.

Feb. 24-26, 2017

 

When Pluto was discovered in 1930, four years before Gustav Holst’s death, the composer presciently declined to compose an eighth movement for his immensely popular orchestral suite, The Planets. As it stands, Holst’s work consists of movements ranging between four and eight minutes devoted to the seven (yes, Pluto, seven) planets and their corresponding astrological characters. The Planets is one of those rare works from the classical tradition that is so engaging and quotable as to have worked its way into popular culture. Careful listeners will recognize melodies borrowed by Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa and The Simpsons. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“Dallas String Quartet—Electric”

Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

Feb. 25, 2017

 

“Milwaukee Festival Brass Concert”

Milwaukee Festival Brass at Milton High School

Feb. 26, 2017

 

Mozart’s Quartet K. 499 and Concerto No. 24; Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 11

Fine Arts Quartet with pianist Alon Goldstein

Feb. 26, 2017

 

VISUAL ART

 

CONTINUING

 

“Pastoral Testimony by Rafael Francisco Salas”

Latino Arts 

Through Feb. 2017 (date TBA)

 

“Honoring Fifty Years of Watercolor Wisconsin”

Racine Art Museum

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

“Bronzeville: Celebration of Community”

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

“From Nature: Feathers”

Racine Art Museum

Through Feb. 5, 2017

 

“Sneak Peek: A Look at Private Art Collections”

UWM Union Art Gallery

Through Feb. 17, 2017

 

“User Experience: Products That Shape Our Lives”

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Through Feb. 25, 2017

 

“Martin Johnson Heade”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Feb. 26, 2017

 

“The Collaboratory”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Mar. 1, 2017

 

“Just the Facts”

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Through Mar. 4, 2017

 

“Helen Levitt: In the Street”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Apr. 16, 2017

 

“James Nares: In the City”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Through Apr. 16, 2017

 

“Featured Artist: John Kearney”

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts

Through May 12, 2017

 

“Jessica Calderwood: Fictitious Flora “

Racine Art Museum

Through July 23, 2017

 

OPENING

 

“Artists Now! Roberto Lugo”

UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts: Art and Design Department

Feb. 1, 2017

 

 

“Look How Far We’ve Come!”

Haggerty Museum of Art

530 N. 13th St.

Feb. 2-May 21, 2017

 

In order to promote discussion about Native American culture, Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art is getting the ball rolling with a solo exhibition by celebrated Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson. For “Look How Far We’ve Come!” Gibson dug into the Native American Collections of Marquette’s archives and emerged with the inspiration to create a beaded wall hanging, soundtrack and site-specific wall painting that will be shown for the first time in the exhibition. Gibson’s new works will be supplemented by his paintings and sculptures that have been lent by other institutions and individuals. (Tyler Friedman)

 

 

“Eastman Johnson in Focus”

Milwaukee Art Museum

Feb. 11-May 21, 2017

 

“Artists Now! Joseph Mougel”

UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts: Art and Design Department

Feb. 15, 2017

 

 

“Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz”

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

1360 N. Prospect Ave.

Feb. 16-May 26, 2017

 

Theodor Adorno famously stated that there should be “no poetry after Auschwitz,” but fortunately, artists who survived the Holocaust have largely ignored his decree. Trained as a dressmaker, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz rendered her memories of those terrible years in embroidered and stitched narratives. More than 30 of her vividly colored fabric panels will be on display, depicting her survival in Nazi-occupied Poland and her eventual journey to the New World. (David Luhrssen)

 

 

“Guerrilla Girls”

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Feb. 22, 2017

 

Juried Show

UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery

Feb. 24, 2017-(TBA)

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