Summer Arts Guide 2022

Summer Arts Guide 2022

Acacia Theatre Company

Alfons Gallery

All In Productions

American Players Theatre (APT)

Aperi Animam

Arts @ Large

  • "We Will March Forever," through June 30
  • "From Drums to Drummers/Sam Kacala," June 4
  • R.A.T.M.A.N. Open Jam, June 10
Aura Theatre Collective

Bach Chamber Choir

Bel Canto Chorus

Black Arts MKE

  • Black Arts Fest MKE, Aug. 6, Summerfest grounds
Black Holocaust Museum

Boerner Botanical Gardens

  • Meet the Artist Series: Laura Easey-Jones, June 4
Bombshell Theatre Co.

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, June 24-July 2
Boulevard Theatre

Brew City Opera

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble

Bronzeville Center for the Arts

Cabaret Milwaukee

Carroll Players

  • Green Day's American Idiot, June 9-12, 17-19
Catey Ott Dance Collective

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

  • Wednesday Concert Series
Cedarburg Artists Guild

Cedarburg Cultural Center

  • "The Printmaking of Paul Yank and His Studio Artists" and "The Art of Claudette Lee-Roseland," through June 5
  • Youth Plein Art Contest, June 10-22
  • Best of Bluebird Café Open Mic Night, June 18
Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

Chant Claire Chamber Choir

Charles Allis Art Museum

The Company of Strangers Theater

The Constructivists

Concord Chamber Orchestra


Danceworks Performance MKE

David Barnett Gallery

  • "Out of the Darkness, Into the Light," through July 15

    The Barnett Gallery is crowded with art, the walls covered in paintings and prints, and spare spaces occupied by sculptural objects. The eclectic collection speaks to owner David Barnett's wide-ranging love for visual art. The current exhibit, selected from the gallery's collection of 6000 artworks, explores the extremes of human emotion from fear and anxiety to happiness and serenity. (David Luhrssen)

Dead Man's Carnival

  • Music circus variety show, June 3, Miramar Theater
Early Music Now

Ex Fabula

Falls Patio Players

Festival City Symphony

First Stage

  • Last Stop on Market Street, through June 12

    The idea that there might be magic in anything can be cloying, especially in a children's show. Last Stop on Market Street swiftly avoids unearned sentimentality. Director Johamy Morales breathes a genuine sense of wonder into a production that manages to pack the rich diversity of a metropolitan area into the endearing warmth of a story unafraid to look into urban poverty. (Russ Bickerstaff)

Florentine Opera

Fox & Beggar Theater

  • "The Lonesome Spectacular: A New Circus-ish Show About a Lot of Things," June 16, Kadish Park
Frank Juarez Gallery

Frankly Music

Fresh Coast Jazz Festival

  • Pabst Theater, Aug. 26-27
Gallery 218

Gallery Night & Day, July 15-16

Greendale Community Theatre

  • Mary Poppins, July 28-Aug. 6
Grohmann Museum

  • "Familias Unidas: Tribute to the Migrant Farm Worker Labor Movement in Wisconsin," through Aug. 21
Grove Gallery

Haggerty Museum of Art

  • The Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists, June 10-July 31
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

Hyperlocal MKE

Inspiration Studios Art Gallery

  • "Different Strokes," June 4-26
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

  • "Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin"

    Colorful and drawing from pop art as well as East Indian traditions, the art of Siona Benjamin is as multifaceted as her life. The Indian-American-Jewish artist was raised in largely Hindu and Muslim Mumbai, where she attended Roman Catholic and Parsi schools before coming to the U.S. Through transcultural images she seeks to navigate "feelings of inclusion and exclusion and the notion of ‘home'" as well as fostering "dialogue about cultural and racial differences between religions and within Judaism." (David Luhrssen)

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

  • "Lee Hunter: Cosmogenesis," through Aug. 7
  • "Sarah Zapata: A Resilience of Things Unseen," through Aug. 28
  • "Archive Dive: Eccentric Machines," through Sept. 25
  • "Woody De Othello: Hope Omens," through Sept. 26
  • "In the Adjacent Possible," through March 26, 2023
KACM Theatrical Productions

Kettle Moraine Symphony

Ko-Thi Dance Company

Lake Arts Project

Latino Arts, Inc.

  • "Big Idea IX: Visual Voices," June 24-Aug. 19
Lily Pad Gallery West

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Mad Rogues

Marcus Performing Arts Center

  • Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, through June 5
  • Potted Potter, June 7-12
  • David Sanborn, June 10
  • Menopause: The Musical, June 14-19
  • Jersey Boys, July 22-23
Marquette University Theatre

Master Singers of Milwaukee

Memories Dinner Theatre

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Art Museum

  • "Shifting Perspectives: Landscape Photographs from the Collection," through July 3
  • "Currents 38: Cristy Matson," through July 17

    While weaving is as old as civilization, new technology is enabling artists to make woven pictures in novel ways. On display at the Milwaukee Art Museum is recent work employing digital technology allowing the artist, Christy Matson, to control each thread on her loom. This enables her to paint threads in acrylics and watercolors with pinpoint determination and manipulate the materials with previously impossible exactness. (David Luhrssen)

  • "Distinctive Individuality: George Mann Niedecken's Milwaukee Interiors," through Sept. 25
  • "Always New: The Posters of Jules Cheret," June 3-Oct. 16
  • "Convoy of the Wounded: An Artist's Experience of War," opens Aug. 5
Milwaukee Ballet

Milwaukee Chamber Theater

Milwaukee Children's Choir

Milwaukee Comedy

Milwaukee Entertainment Group

Milwaukee Festival Brass

Milwaukee Fringe Festival

  • Aug. 27, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Milwaukee Makers Market

  • June 19, Discovery World
Milwaukee Musaik

Milwaukee Opera Theatre

  • L'Orfe, June 9-12 (Calvary Presbyterian Church)

    MOT will present a new English-language adaptation of Monteverdi's 1607 L'Orfeo, one of the first operas ever composed. As usual, MOT is collaborating widely with help from the dazzling early music vocal ensemble Aperi Animam, and includes a cast of 16, plus an orchestra of period instruments (harpsichord, viola da gamba, theorbo, violin, sackbut, and recorder/cornetto). (David Luhrssen)

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

  • Murder on the Orient Express, through July 1, Quadracci Powerhouse:
  • "Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland," through July 1, Stackner Cabaret

    "Funny, I have hard time recalling a time without Judy Garland in my life," says Angela Ingersoll, the star of "Get Happy," coming to the Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret in May. Ingersoll earned an Emmy for the PBS broadcast of her production and won acclaim—and several awards—for her performance as Garland in Peter Quilter's musical End of the Rainbow. In "Get Happy," she will sing a bevy of songs from Garland's repertoire, including the melancholy "The Man that Got Away," the jolly "Trolley Song" and—of course!—the yearningly hopeful "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." (David Luhrssen)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Strauss & Schumann, June 10-11

  • Ode to Joy: Beethoven's Ninth, June 16-19

    In 1980s Western Europe, television stations signed off each night on a stirring note. The European Union's anthem, "Ode to Joy," sounded as the flags of each member nation materialized on screen to form a circle of harmony. Beethoven might have liked that. "Joy," the setting for a poem Schiller, comes from what has been called "the mightiest of Beethoven's symphonies," music drawing on hope for progress and human dignity. By the time of the Ninth's 1824 premiere, the composer was deaf and couldn't hear his triumph of the major key over the minor. (David Luhrssen)

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Youth Theatre

Morning Star Productions

  • Escape from the Gulag, June 4-5, June 10-12
Museum of Wisconsin Art

  • Khari Turner, "Mirroring Reflection," through July 10
  • "Marion Coffey: The Art of Color," through July 10

    Milwaukee native Marion Coffey always planned to be an illustrator, artist and printmaker, and her sea of accomplishments is testament to her extensive talent, intellectual curiosity, and expressive nature. The one thing Coffey never accomplished during her lifetime was being honored with her own dedicated exhibition. The Museum of Wisconsin Art has, at long last, rectified that shortfall. "The Art of Color" is a showcase of vibrant colors, natural scenery and visual chronicles of her travels to Europe and Africa. Coffey, who passed away in 2011 at age 87, once said, that she painted images "not exactly how they may look, but how I see them." (Michael Muckian)

  • MOWA | DTN (Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel)
  • MOWA on the Lake (St. John's on the Lake)
Next Act Theatre

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)

  • Love Stings, July 16-Aug. 26, Peninsula State Park
  • Dad's Season Tickets, June 23-Sept. 3, Gould Theater
  • Sunflowered, Sept. 9-Oct. 29, Gould Theater
Oconomowoc Arts Center

  • Cinderella, June 5
  • 5678 Dance in Color, June 17-18
Oil Gallery Milwaukee

Optimist Theatre

  • Twelfth Night: Or, What SHE Will, June 18-Aug. 7 (at various outdoor locations)
Over Our Head Players

  • The Roommate, through June 11
Peninsula Music Festival

  • Aug. 2-20, Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek

    For this year's season finale, PMF will present pianist Juho Pohjonen. The accomplished Finnish musician and recording artist will perform "Nordic greats" including Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen. The Symphony Series will also feature a variety of noted conductors and soloists. (Morton Shlabotnik)

Peninsula Players

  • The Rainmaker, June 14-July 3
  • Write Me a Murder, July 6-July 24

    In this Edgar Allan Poe award winner by British playwright Frederick Knott, a perfect crime is devised on a stately English estate. The author is a mystery writer who may not realize where the plot is headed. According to the New York Times, Write Me a Murder builds steadily, amusingly and suspensefully and reaches a swift and convincing climax." Knott's work was adapted for several classic films, including Dial M for Murder and Wait Until Dark. (David Luhrssen)

  • Ripcord, July 27-Aug. 14
  • I and You, Aug. 17-Sept. 4

  • North American Piano Competition, June 1
Portrait Society Gallery

  • "Richard Knight: Walking with a Purpose" and "Lauren Semivan: A Map Both Distant and Concrete," June 3-July 23

    "This major exhibition by Milwaukee based artist Ricard Knight presents an interplay of wall objects, sculptures and paintings that bind meaning to the castaway parts of material culture," explains Portrait Society's Deb Brehmer. The exhibition by Lauren Semivan "features new photographs that offer synchronism between the eternal and the everyday." (David Luhrssen) 

Present Music

  • 26 Little Deaths, June 23-24, Jan Sterr Studio

    "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, B is for Basil assaulted by bears …" So begins "The Gashlycrumb Tinies," one of the "volumes of moral instruction" by Edward Gorey. A darkly sardonic, Edwardian depiction of childhood perils, the humor is cut with pathos (" … Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin").

  • Carla Kihlstedt song cycle inspired by "Gashlycrumb," 26 Little Deaths, receives its world premiere from Present Music.
  • "She's a one-of-a-kind talent, singing/playing and writing" says PM's Cartistic Director Eric Segnitz. "She's had some pretty big bands in the past (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) that cover a lot of ground stylistically. I particularly love the album Tin Hat did of e.e. cummings works—so good."
  • The program will also include "Omie Wise" by Bryce Dessner of the rock band The National; "Bladed Stance" by Brazilian composer Marcos Balter; and an early Present Music commission, "Cheating, Lying, Stealing." by David Lang. (David Luhrssen)
  • "Interplay: Kentridge & Miller," July 6, Milwaukee Art Museum
Quasimondo Physical Theatre

Racine Art Museum

  • "RAM Showcase: Abstraction," through June 11
  • "Playful/Pensive: Contemporary Artists and Contemporary Issues," through July 16
  • "In the Round: Vessels and Object from RAM's Collection," through July 30
  • "Blurry Boundaries: Contemporary Artists, Imagination, and the Spaces Between," through Aug. 27
  • "Precedents: Past Meets Present in Contemporary Glass and Clay," through Sept. 24
  • "Fool the Eye: Addressing Illusion in Contemporary Art," through Sept. 24
Racine Symphony Orchestra

Racine Theatre Guild

  • Mamma Mia!, through June 12

    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)

  • Into the Woods, July 15-31
Renaissance Theaterworks

  • Rose: An Intimate Evening with Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, through June 5
Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel

Sculpture Milwaukee

  • "There is this We," through Fall 2022
  • "Nature Doesn't Know About U," opens in June
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

  • American Company of Irish Dance Presents Aisling, June 11
  • Guitar Fest with Tab Benoit, Aug. 13
Skylight Music Theatre

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

  • Music at the Market, Thursdays June 25-Oct. 6, Milwaukee and 11th avenues, South Milwaukee
  • Disney's The Jungle Book Kids, July 16
  • Into the Woods Jr., July 29-31
SummerStage of Delafield

Sunset Playhouse

  • An Inspector Calls, June 2-19

    An affluent London family is celebrating the engagement of their daughter when their dinner is interrupted by a knock on the door. It's a police inspector who grills the family members with increasingly disconcerting questions about their personally and socially uncaring or destructive behavior. The play by Britain's J.B. Priestley was made into a 2015 film and returns to the stage this summer at Sunset. (David Luhrssen)

  • Broadway Blockbuster Singalong, June 8-12
  • ABBA & Friends Tribute, June 13-14
  • Rock This Town! June 26
  • Jayne Taylor, July 2
  • Broadway's Best Summer Stars Cabaret, July 10
  • Newsies, July 14-Aug. 7
  • Newsies Jr., Aug. 12-14
Theatre Gigante

Theatrical Tendencies

Third Avenue Playworks, Sturgeon Bay

  • Slow Food, through June 5
  • The Book Club Play, June 26-July 24
  • The Last Five Years, Aug. 7-Sept. 11

    Jason Robert Brown's 2001 play debuted in Chicago before gaining traction Off-Broadway and being adapted as a film in 2014. The musical's history of a married couple's relationship—in non-chronological order—has become a staple in contemporary theater. (David Luhrssen)

Thrasher Opera House, Green Lake

  • Green Lake Festival of Music: LunArt Chamber Music Collective, June 10
  • The Suffers, June 11
  • JD Simo, June 18
Tory Folliard Gallery

  • "Ben Grant: Re Signed," through June 3
  • "Jeanette Pasion Sloan: New Paintings," June 4-July 9

  • Ride for the Arts, June 5
UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts

UW-Whitewater Crossman Gallery

UW-Whitewater Theatre

Var Gallery & Studios

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

  • "In the Park with Olmsted: A Vision for Milwaukee," through Sept. 25
  • Café Sopra Mar, Sundays from June 5-July 17
Village Playhouse

Voices Found Repertory

Walker's Point Center for the Arts

  • "Featured Member Exhibition Series: Jerry Styberg," through July 1
The Warehouse Art Museum

Water Street Dance Milwaukee

Waukesha Civic Theatre

  • Mamma Mia! June 3-19

    What began as an ebullient 1975 hit by Europop sensation ABBA became inspiration for the 1999 jukebox musical by Britain's Catherine Johnson, adapted into a peppy 2008 film with an all-star cast. Yes, there was a movie sequel, and the momentum-attention has helped make Mamma Mia! one of the most prevalent musicals on stages throughout the world. (David Luhrssen)

  • Wisconsin Philharmonic String Quartet, June 4
  • Outskirts Theater Co. Mocktail Hour, July 8
  • Children of the African Dance, Aug. 20
West Allis Players

West Performing Arts Center

Wild Space Dance

Windfall Theatre

Wisconsin Craft

  • Morning Glory Art Fair, Aug. 13-14, Fiserv Forum plaza
Wisconsin Lutheran College - Center for Arts and Performance

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art

  • "Midwest Views: SAQA Exhibition Pat Kroth," through July 24
Wisconsin Philharmonic

Woodland Pattern Book Center