May 6 to May 20, 2017

 

Ongoing

Originally produced by the award-winning Shared Experience Theatre Company in England comes this adaptation of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s story of a spirited young woman in a man’s world searching for a sense of self. This Milwaukee Rep production contains a modern twist while remaining true to the original. It runs through May 21 at the Quadracci Powerhouse at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 E. Wells St. in Milwaukee. See website for show times. Tickets range from $20 to $60. 414-224-9490 or milwaukeerep.com

With one of the largest casts at the Racine Theatre Guild in several years, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat blends pop, country and rock into a story of biblical proportions. The production runs weekends May 12–28 at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with 2 p.m. Saturday shows May 20 and May 27 as well. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $15 for students. 262-633-4218 or racinetheatre.org

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Jane Eyre - Photo: Mikki Schaffner

RedLine Milwaukee brings Native American artist Gregg Deal to the gallery for the exhibition Existence as Protest. Deal, based in Colorado, is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and as a contemporary artist-activist, much of his work deals with Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype. The exhibit runs through June 10 at RedLine Milwaukee, 1422 N. Fourth St. in Milwaukee. Gallery hours are Thursdays 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free. 414-491-9088 or redlinemilwaukee.com

Drawn Out features giant compositions from Todd Mrozinski’s new series of graphite drawings of trees and clouds — which stretch up to 7-feet long — as well as Mark Ottens’ hallucinant, microscopically detailed 8-foot-long pen drawing, referred to as an “epic doodle.” The exhibition also includes small-scale works by Mrozinski, Ottens, Adolph Rosenblatt and recent MIAD grad Melissa Lee Johnson. Drawn Out runs through June 4 at Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., fifth floor, in Milwaukee. Hours are Thursdays to Saturdays noon–5 p.m. 414-870-9930 or portraitsocietygallery.com

May 6 — May 13

The Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library, with co-sponsor Boswell Book Company, are hosting best-selling mystery novelist Sara Paretsky May 11 at 7 p.m. in the fourth-floor conference center of the library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. in Milwaukee. Paretsky is appearing in conjunction with the publication of Fallout, the 18th novel in her V. I. Warshawski series. The event is free, but seating is limited. Registration is encouraged at bit.ly/2nk8giv. 414-229-6202 or boswellbooks.com

In Bed with Amber Rose is an interactive theatrical experience designed to educate, liberate and stimulate. Rose encourages every member of the audience to “say whatever you want to say and be whoever you want to be!” The event takes place May 12 at 8 p.m. at The Riverside Theater, 116 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. Tickets are $29 to $49, with VIP tickets available for $129. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in their best pajamas and be prepared to get involved in uncensored sex conversations and hilarious onstage challenges and games. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

Actor and comedian Joey Diaz brings his tell-it-like-it-is storytelling stand-up to Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St. in Milwaukee, May 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Diaz has appeared on television on Stand-Up Revolution, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and more. He will also appear in the upcoming feature film Grudge Match opposite Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, and Kim Basinger. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

Actor and comedian Joel McHale is known for his role in the comedy series Community and as host of E!’s The Soup. McHale comes to The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St. in Milwaukee, May 13 at 8 p.m. for a night of stand-up. Tickets are $35.50 to $45.50. McHale can currently be seen in his new show, The Great Indoors, on CBS. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

Nasty’s Big 21 Intergalactic Drag/HipHop Debacle is billed as “an exceptionally exciting extra-terrestrial evening.” The event features music and drag queens and takes place May 13 at 9 p.m. at The Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave. in Milwaukee. Admission is $5. 414-897-0663 or cactusclubmilwaukee.com

May 14 — May 20

Frankly Music presents Czech it Out! — a Slavic finale to its Wisconsin Lutheran Concert Series featuring pianist Adam Neiman, principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Robert DeMaine, and more. The event takes place May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Schwan Concert Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Wauwatosa. Tickets are $10 to $35. 414-443-8802 or franklymusic.org

Drawing on “a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze,” America’s Got Talent finalist Tape Face performs mime with noise, stand-up with no talking and drama with no acting. He brings his bizarre act to Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St. in Milwaukee, May 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Tape Face recently did a residency at The Flamingo in Las Vegas. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

The Bel Canto Chorus presentation Spellbound features the Wisconsin premiere of Kile Smith’s new piece Canticle, along with several pieces by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. in Milwaukee. Tickets range from $21 to $37. 414-273-7206 or marcuscenter.org

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Laughing Liberally Milwaukee

WMSE Presents: Art & Music is a live art, auction and music event at the Historic Pritzlaff Building, 333 N. Plankinton Ave. in Milwaukee, 6–10 p.m. May 19. More than 100 artists will contribute their talents to the special fundraiser, with all the artwork being auctioned to raise money for WMSE. Food will also be available from area restaurants such as Hi Hat, Transfer, and Merriment Social, as well as food trucks on-site. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. wmse.org

Bestselling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman visits Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave. in Milwaukee May 19 at 7 p.m. The author of seven previous books of nonfiction and two novels is promoting his latest book Chuck Klosterman X, featuring articles and essays covering the past decade, including pieces about Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, Tim Tebow, Taylor Swift, and of course KISS. Tickets are $29 and include admission and a copy of the new book. 414-332-1181 or boswellbooks.com

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee is a monthly progressive political comedy show, hosted by comedian, satirist and progressive talk radio host Matthew Filipowicz and featuring some of Milwaukee’s top liberal and progressive comedians. The next show takes place May 20 at 8 p.m. at ComedySportz Theater, 420 S. First St. in Milwaukee. Comedians on the bill include Chastity Washington, Bob Rok, Amanda Cohen, Jihan Batuman, Kaitlin McCarthy and sketch comedy group The Accountants of Homeland Security. Admission is $8. laughingliberallymilwaukee.tumblr.com

The first-ever Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival features more than 25 local food trucks, as well as regional and national craft beers. The event — put on by the country’s largest touring food truck and craft beer festival company, Boston-based Food Truck Festivals of America — takes place May 20 noon–6 p.m. at the Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road in Waukesha. General admission tickets are $5, with VIP tickets also available for $20. Children 12 and under are free. 617-782-7117 or foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com

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