Fall Arts Guide 2022

Shepherd Express 2022


The Waterfront by Edmund Lewandowski
Acacia Theatre Company

Alfons Gallery

All In Productions

American Players Theatre (APT)

  • The Rivals, through Sept. 17
  • The River Bride, through Sept. 30
  • The Brothers Size, through Oct. 8
  • Hamlet, through Oct. 8
  • A Raisin in the Sun, through Oct. 7
  • Sense and Sensibility, through Oct. 9
  • The Moors, through Oct. 9
  • Love's Labour's Lost, through Oct. 2
  • Stones in his Pockets, through Nov. 20
Aperi Animam

Arts @ Large

Aura Theatre Collective

Bach Chamber Choir

Bach Chamber Choir
  • American Dreams featuring Milwaukee fiddler Heather Lewin
  • October 23, 3:00 p.m.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church–13445 Hampton Road, Brookfield
  • Tickets:
Bel Canto Chorus

  • "The Sacred Veil," Oct. 17
Black Holocaust Museum

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Bombshell Theatre Co.

Boulevard Theatre

  • A Delicate Balance, October
Brew City Opera

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble

Bronzeville Center for the Arts

Cabaret Milwaukee

Carroll College Theatre

Carroll Players

Carthage College Theatre

Catey Ott Dance Collective

  • "Pressures and Pulls can Alone Control the Whole and INVISIBLE MIND(e)scape along with a Tolkien-themed improvisation," Sept. 25 (Haggerty Museum of Art)

    In the depths of the pandemic, Milwaukee dance filmmaker Christal Wagner made a many-angled movie of the Catey Ott Dance Company's 2021 work In Good Company (Pandemic Survival and Revival). With the subject-defining parenthetical phrase as title, it won a coveted spot in the Milwaukee Independent Short Film Festival (Sept. 10). A free presentation with the Haggerty Art Museum for Doors Open Milwaukee includes new works which choreographer Catey Ott Thompson describes as a come-back and a shift from abstraction to raw representations of recent internal struggles. There's also a playful improvised response to the Haggerty's exhibit of manuscripts by hobbit-creator H. R. Tolkien. (John Schneider)

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Wednesday Concert Series

Cedarburg Cultural Center

  • Cedarburg Artists Guild's Annual Juried Exhibit, Sept. 2-Oct. 9
  • Treasures Tour, Sept. 10
Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

  • Anthony Crivello's Broadway Songbook, Sept. 24
  • Girl Named Tom, Oct. 15
Chant Claire Chamber Choir

Charles Allis Art Museum

  • "Ghosts of Segregation: America's Continuing Struggle,"" through Dec. 4
The Company of Strangers Theater

The Constructivists

  • The Totalitarians, Oct. 15-29
Concord Chamber Orchestra

Concordia University

Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour

  • Oct. 7-9, various locations in Ozaukee and Washington counties

Danceworks Performance MKE

David Barnett Gallery

Dead Man's Carnival

Early Music Now

  • Tapestry, Oct. 15, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    Early Music Now opens its 36th season with "Tapestry: Faces of Women." Tapestry, a Boston-based ensemble of four female singers known for its technical prowess and sensually charged performance presents international works by women composers ranging from the 12th century abbot, St. Hildegard von Bingen, to the 16th century Irish pirate, Grace O'Malley. The program includes music of troubadours, traditional songs and lullabies sung in Italian, Hebrew, Dutch and English accompanied by medieval string instruments viol and rebec. (Paul Masterson)

  • Orlando Consort, Nov. 12, UWM Zelazo Center
  • Schola Antiqua of Chicago, Dec. 3-4, St. Joseph Chapel
Ex Fabula

  • StorySlam: "Good Trouble," Sept. 21 (Arts@Large)
  • StorySlam: "Like Magic," Oct. 13 (Sugar Maple)
Falls Patio Players

  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Sept. 23-Oct. 2
  • Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical JR, Oct. 21-23
Festival City Symphony

First Stage

  • Arthur and Friends Make a Musical, Oct. 7-Nov. 6
Florentine Opera

  • Roméo et Juliette, Oct. 14 & 16

    Although spellbound as a child by a performance of Rossini's Otello, Charles Gounod long resisted the temptation to compose in the idiom of arias and prima donnas. Ironically, the French composer is most remembered for his operas, especially Faust (1859) and Roméo et Juliette (1867). His romantic lyricism was well suited for William Shakespeare's archetypal story of doomed young love across society's battlelines. (David Luhrssen)

Forte Theatre Company

  • The Sound of Music, Oct. 7-16, (Saber Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin)
Frank Juarez Gallery

Frankly Music

Gallery 218

Gallery 2622

Greendale Community Theatre

Grohmann Museum

  • "A Time of Toil and Triumph: Selections from the Shogren-Meyer Collection of American Art," Sept. 9-Feb. 26, 2023.
Grove Gallery

Haggerty Museum of Art

  • "J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript," through Dec. 12

    The exhibit features more than 120 items created by J.R.R. Tolkien, many previously unexhibited, including manuscripts from The Hobbit and "The Lord of the Rings." Marquette University's long relationship with Tolkien began during the author's lifetime. The Tolkien Collection's curator, William Fliss, credits the university library for acquiring Tolkien manuscripts in the 1950s as part of its project to house the papers of Roman Catholic writers. The author's son Christopher Tolkien fulfilled his father's wishes by delivering additional material to the Marquette library in the 1980s. (David Luhrssen)

Harley-Davidson Museum

  • "Off-Road Harley-Davidson," continuing
  • Building a Milwaukee Icon: HD's Juneau Ave. Factory, continuing
  • Tsunami Motorcycle Display, continuing
H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

Hover Craft
Hyperlocal MKE

Inspiration Studios Art Gallery

  • "Art on the Plaza," Sept. 9 (West Allis City Hall)
  • "Premiere Cabaret," Sept. 24
  • Ralph Kerwineo and the Refining Influence of Skirts, Oct. 7-23
  • "Bernice Valentin: Blooms, Bubbles & Baubles," October
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts

  • "Purposeful Visionaries: Delia Wells, Evelyn Terry, Mutope Johnson and Muneer Bahaudden," through Sept. 10
Jewish Museum Milwaukee

  • ""Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin," e through Sept. 25
  • "Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit," Oct. 28-Feb. 5, 2023
John Michael Kohler Arts Center

  • "Art Links Sheboygan: Never What is Planned," through Sept. 17
  • "Archive Dive: Eccentric Machines," through Sept. 25
  • "In the Adjacent Possible," through March 26, 2023
  • "Sarah Zapata: A Resilience of Things Not Seen," through March 19, 2023
  • "Woody De Othello: Hope Omens," through Sept. 25
  • "Sarah McEneaney and Lydia Ricci: The Extra Ordinary," through Feb. 26, 2023
  • "Alexander Stewart: Void Vision," through Oct. 2
  • "Creative Growth," through May 2023
  • "Sky Hopinka: I'll Remember You as You Were, Not What You'll Become," Oct. 6-Feb. 19, 2023
KACM Theatrical Productions

Kettle Moraine Playhouse

  • Over the River and Through the Woods (Sep. 11, 15-18)
  • The Savannah Sipping (Oct. 14-16, 20-23)
Kettle Moraine Symphony

Ko-Thi Dance Company

Lake Arts Project

Latino Arts, Inc.

  • "The Effects of Time on Memory/I Los Efectos del Tiempo en la Memoria," Sept. 2-Oct. 7
  • "Day of the Dead Ofrendas," Oct. 20-Nov. 18
  • Son Rompe Pera, Oct. 28

    Brothers Jesús Ángel "Kacho" and Alan "Mongo" Gama were raised near Mexico City and began performing alongside their father as kids. They grew up with marimba music—folk melodies built around the African-originated instrument of that name—but take that tradition to new places with a garage band-punk-hip-hop-ska sensibility.

Lily Pad Gallery West

  • "Forward," Sept. 2-Oct. 9
Lynden Sculpture Garden

  • "Margaret Muza Pops Up to Make Tintypes," Sept. 17
  • September Home Craft Market, Sept. 17
Mad Rogues

Marcus Performing Arts Center

Marquette University Theatre

Master Singers of Milwaukee

Material Studios + Gallery

Memories Dinner Theatre

Menomonee Falls Symphony
Milwaukee Art Museum

  • "Always New: The Posters of Jules Cheret," through Oct. 16
  • "The Ashcan School and the Eight: Creating a National Art," Sept. 23-Feb. 19, 2023

    When the National Academy of Design rejected their works, eight renegade painters staged their own 1908 exhibition at a New York art gallery. The Eight reinvigorated American Realism by fearlessly depicting the nation's often decrepit, impoverished urban landscape. Their refusal to whitewash what they saw gained them the name of Ashcan School. "Their break from longstanding tradition to instead portray a more authentic depiction of the American experience forged a new national art that prioritized an unfiltered representation of urban and working-class life," says the Milwaukee Art Museum's curator Brandon Ruud. (David Luhrssen)

Milwaukee Ballet

Milwaukee Chamber Theater

  • Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, Sept. 30-Oct. 23
  • Misery, Nov. 18-Dec. 18

    You may have read the book and you probably saw the movie. Now comes the play. William Goldman adapted Misery from Stephen King's novel, memorably filmed by Rob Reiner in 1990. It's the horror story of a novelist who meets his biggest fan who pulls him from the wreckage of a car crash—and finds ways to prevent him from ever leaving. Artistic Director Brent Hazelton will direct a cast of two, Kelly Doherty and Jonathan Wainwright. (David Luhrssen)

Milwaukee Children's Choir

Milwaukee Comedy

Milwaukee Entertainment Group

Milwaukee Festival Brass

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Milwaukee Makers Market

  • Sept. 18 (Discovery World)
  • Oct. 16 (Ivy House)
Milwaukee Musaik

Milwaukee Opera Theatre

  • Night of the Living Opera, Oct. 28-30 (Broadway Theatre Center Studio)

    Zombies had been on screen before, but Night of the Living Dead (1968) set the template for future depictions of the unintelligent undead. Director George Romero's much analyzed film has been interpreted as a satire of consumerism or mindless herd mentality. And yes, it was scary and apocalyptic. One imagines Milwaukee Opera Theatre will bring a touch of whimsy to their newly commissioned adaptation "with opera—and zombie puppets" Artistic Director Jill Anna Ponasik promises. Josh Perkins wrote the libretto, Andrew Dewey the music and Angry Young Men Ltd. are bringing the puppets. (David Luhrssen)

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

  • Unforgettable: John Mark McGaha Sings Nat King Cole, Sept. 9-Nov. 6 (Stackner Cabaret)

    While leading a trio on New York's 52ndnd Street, Nat "King" Cole was a promising young jazz pianist. His mellifluous voice led him into pop music, a string of hits, cameos in Hollywood movies and—startling for ‘50s America—his own TV show. He was among the most recognized and esteemed Black entertainers—which didn't prevent him from being physically assaulted on stage in Birmingham, Alabama (1956) by racists. Singer John Mark McGaha will lead a jazz combo in a tribute to Cole's repertoire and life story. (David Luhrssen)

  • Titanic: The Musical, Sept. 20-Oct. 23 (Quadracci Powerhouse)
  • Wife of a Salesman (Sep. 27-Nov. 6) (Stiemke Studio)
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Strauss & Schumann, June 10-11

  • "Alpine Glory," Sept. 30-Oct. 1
  • "Aaron Diehl Returns," Oct. 7-9
  • Tchaikovsky No. 5, Oct. 21-22

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's music was searingly romantic, vulnerable, given to despair, tragedy. His compositions are performed more often in concert halls than any of his Russian contemporaries because—thoroughly Russian as he was—his music speaks to universal emotions. Tchaikovsky described his four-movement Symphony No. 5 (1888) as "a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate." Also on the program: Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade and Paganini'sViolin Concerto No. 1. Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Jader Bignamini will conduct. (David Luhrssen)

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

  • "Season Premiere Concert," Oct. 19
Milwaukee Youth Theatre

Morning Star Productions

  • Revolution, September-October
Museum of Wisconsin Art

  • "Tom Jones: Here We Stand," through Oct. 9

    For photographer Tom Jones, his muse is his Ho-Chunk heritage, and his oeuvre is occupied with telling the story of his people."All my work deals with Native American issues," says Jones, who teaches photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "For me, it's Indian first, and the art comes second." "Here We Stand," the first major retrospective of the Ho-Chunk photographer's work, features 120 photographs from 16 bodies of work spanning 25 years of Jones' career. (Michael Muckian)

  • "Tom Antell: Strange Lands," through Oct. 9
  • MOWA | DTN (Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel)
  • MOWA on the Lake (St. John's on the Lake)
Next Act Theatre

  • Kill Move Paradise, Sept. 22-Oct. 16

    Kill Move Paradise premiered in 2017 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. Four murdered Black men find themselves in an underworld between life and Paradise. They try to understand what happened to them and why. Together with director Marti Gobel, David Cecsarini chose to open his final season as artistic director with this play by James Ijames even before Ijames won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Gobel compares the play to Greek tragedy, and also emphasizes its truthfulness about the joy embedded in the Black community. The run includes a groundbreaking Black Out Night for Black audiences only. (John Schneider)

Nō Studios

North Shore Academy of the Arts

Northern Sky Theater
  • Fishing for the Moon, June 15-Aug. 27, Peninsula State Park

    In this lighthearted romp, the War Between the States becomes a musical comedy set in rural Wisconsin, a place where the cows are mistaken for soldiers. Fishing was the first collaboration by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, the team that created the popular Lumberjacks in Love and Guys on Ice. (Morton Shlabotnik)

  • Sunflowered, Sept. 9-Oct. 29, Gould Theater
Oconomowoc Arts Center

Oil Gallery Milwaukee

Optimist Theatre

Over Our Head Players

  • Moby Dick: The Sketch Comedy Puppet Musical that Herman Melville Would Have Loved but Never Admitted, Oct. 14-16, Oct. 20-23, Oct. 27-30
Peninsula Players

  • I and You, through Sept. 4
  • Murder for Two, Sept. 7-Oct. 16

Pink Umbrella Theater

Portrait Society Gallery

Present Music

  • "French Connection," Sept. 11 (Milwaukee Art Museum)

    Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946) was a slightly surreal, definitely ironic take on the old fairy tale of the ogre who turns out to be a prince. "We're doing the whole thing, with English subtitles to a chamber opera score by Philip Glass," says PM's Co-artistic Director Eric Segnitz. "Not a new piece, but we're doing the first version with expanded orchestration, and collaborating with members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, including the four singers for this production," staged in conjunction with the Art Museum's Jules Chéret exhibition. (David Luhrssen)

Quasimondo Physical Theatre

Racine Art Museum

  • "Precedents: Past Meets Present in Contemporary Glass and Clay," through Sept. 24
  • "Fool the Eye: Addressing Illusion in Contemporary Art,
  • through Sept. 24
  • "RAM Showcase: Russell T. Gordon and James Tanner," through Feb. 11, 2023
  • "RAM Showcase: Focus on Glass," through May 27, 2023
Racine Symphony Orchestra

  • Masterworks–Quiet City, Sept. 23 (First Presbyterian Church)
  • Musical Flights, Oct. 21 (Uncorkt)
Racine Theatre Guild

  • Native Gardens, Sept. 16-18, Sept. 23-25, Sept. 29-Oct. 2
  • Swan Princess, Oct. 7-9
  • Drop Dead!, Oct. 38-30, continues in November
Renaissance Theaterworks

  • The How and the Why, Oct. 21-Nov. 13
Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel

  • "Sarah Jane Sutterfield: Bright Sides," through Oct. 2
  • "Julie VonDerVellen: Together, Through: Woven Tales of Time," through Oct. 16
  • A Night in November, Sept. 9-25 (Interchange Theater Co-op)
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

  • Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns, Sept. 30
  • Frank Almond & Emi Ferguson, Oct. 16
  • Garrison Starr, Oct. 21
  • Third Coast Percussion, Oct. 28
Sheboygan Theater Company

  • Sister Act, Sept. 30-Oct. 8
Skylight Music Theatre

  • Mamma Mia! (Sep. 23-Oct. 16)

    The peppy 1975 ABBA hit inspired British playwright Catherine Johnson to compose a storyline around a string of the Swedish group's Euro-pop hits—"Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You" et. al.—in the jukebox musical that enjoyed one of the longest runs ever on the West End and Broadway. And if Broadway ticket prices make you want to sing "SOS"—and you've seen Meryl Streep several times in the lively 2008 Hollywood adaptation—here's a chance to enjoy the production on stage and close to home. (David Luhrssen)

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

  • Yeghishe Manucharyan & Victoria Avetisyan (Metropolitan Opera/Boston Opera), Oct. 8
  • Linda Ronstadt Experience, Oct. 14
  • John Denver Musical Tribute, Oct. 16
Sunset Playhouse

  • The Spitfire Grill, Sept. 8-25

    Used to be the other way around, but nowadays, movies have become source material for theater. The 1996 film starring Ellen Burstyn was transformed into a musical by a pair of writers with extensive ties to Milwaukee and vicinity, James Valcq (Zombies from the Beyond) and the late Fred Alley (Lumberjacks in Love). Their Off-Broadway version of The Spitfire Grill won the Richard Rodgers Production Award in 2001. (David Luhrssen)

  • We Will Rock You, Sept. 19-20
  • Rock & Roll Royalty, Oct. 13-16
  • Clue on Stage, Oct. 20-Nov. 6
Sunstone Studios MKE

  • What Was Lost (Oct. TBA)
Theatre Gigante

  • I, Oct. 8-9 (Kenilworth 508 Theatre)

    Kinugasa Teinosuke's A Page of Madness (1925) was an avant-garde silent film, the product of a circle of writers developing a Japanese counterpart to surrealism. During its initial run, the movie was accompanied by a live storyteller. It sounds like a great opener for Theatre Gigante's 35th season, complete with live narration and music on toy instrument performed live by Little Bang Theory. (David Luhrssen)

Theatrical Tendencies

Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay

  • The Last Five Years, through Sept. 11
  • Birds of North America, Oct. 5-30
Thrasher Opera House, Green Lake

  • Tim Cavanaugh with Brian Hicks, Sept. 10
  • Party for the Arts: Margaritaville, Sept. 17
  • Albert Cummings, Sept. 30
  • Wild Ponies, Oct. 14
  • Max Weinberg's Jukebox, Oct. 22
Tory Folliard Gallery

  • "Of Nature," through Sept. 10
UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts

  • "Continuum 2022: Sitelines 42," Sept. 7, Sept. 22 (INOVA Gallery)
  • Joseph Murphy, Sept. 12 (Music Recital Hall)
  • Woven Images, Sept. 22 (Kenilworth Square East 3rd Floor Gallery)
  • Jazz Ensemble, Sept. 25 (Jan Serr Studio)
  • An Evening of Ethiopian Music with Qwanqua, Sept. 25 (Music Recital Hall)
  • Elena Abend and Matt Michelic Collaborative Recital, Oct. 1 (Music Recital Hall)
  • UWM Symphony Orchestra: Korea Day, Oct. 7 (Helene Zelazo Center)
  • Fall Choral Showcase, Oct. 8 (Helene Zelazo Center)
  • Chorale Fall Concet, Oct. 9 (Helene Zelazo Center)
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Oct. 19 - 23) (Mainstage Theatre)
UW-Whitewater Crossman Gallery

  • "Music Mosaics: Faculty Showcase," Sept. 24
UW-Whitewater Theatre

Var Gallery & Studios

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

  • "In the Park with Olmsted: A Vision for Milwaukee," through Sept. 25

Village Playhouse

Voices Found Repertory

Walker's Point Center for the Arts

  • Member Exhibition: Jeanette Arellano, through Oct. 1
Warehouse Art Museum

  • "William Kentridge: See for Yourself," through Dec. 16

    The South African artist's work is vast. The collection features brass sculptures, taking shape from a certain perspective, drawings of human figures, colored block letters on found book pages, and interactive pieces that create a new way to view art. "Doing that in a way that is playful and thoughtful and engages people," says Melanie Herzog, curator. "He comes at things sideways and invites us to really think about them." (Elizabeth Lintonen)

Water Street Dance Milwaukee

Waukesha Civic Theatre

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Sep. 9-25)
  • The Play That Goes Wrong (Oct. 28-Nov. 13)
West Allis Players

West Bend Theatre Company

  • Clue on Stage, October
West Performing Arts Center

Wild Space Dance

Windfall Theatre

Wisconsin Craft

  • MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour, Oct. 1-2

    The nonprofit Wisconsin Craft organization helps promote statewide artists through exhibitions and two signature events, the Morning Glory Art Fair and the MKE Fine Craft Studio tour. The latter is a self-guided tour of 15 Milwaukee-area studios showcasing 42 artists. "One of the best perks that comes from membership is the natural networking that happens when artists and supporters get involved and participate in events," said Jean Wells, president of Wisconsin Craft. "This is one of the most important ways we can support current artists, along with the next generation of artisans." (Catherine Jozwik)

Wisconsin Lutheran College - Center for Arts and Performance

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art

  • "Wings and Wedges: Abstract Applique with Jane Sassaman," Sept. 24-25
  • "Counting Threads," through Nov. 13
Wisconsin Philharmonic

  • "More Classic Broadway," Sept. 29
  • "A Symphonic Hallowe'en," Oct. 16
  • "It's a Wonderful Life: An American Christmas," Dec. 1
Woodland Pattern Book Center

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts

  • "Wisconsin Photography 2022," through Nov. 26