Feb 22 – March 10
The Racine Guild Theatre presents A Comedy of Tenors, a play by Ken Ludwig and the sequel to the Tony Award-nominated Lend Me a Tenor. The comedy follows Tito, an over-the-top Italian tenor who accuses his wife of cheating on him with a rival tenor and backs out of the performance of a lifetime. When the hotel’s bellhop Beppo is discovered to be Tito’s doppelganger as well as an amazing singer, mistaken identities and bedroom hijinks follow. The play will be running from Feb. 23 to March 11 at the Racine Guild Theatre located at 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (62 years and older), and $13 for students (21 years and under). March 4 at 7 p.m. and March 8 at 7 p.m. are value nights, and tickets will be sold at a reduced price. Further discounts are offered to subscribers and groups of 12 or more. Contact the box office at (262) 633-4218 for more information.
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for “Best Musical” and heralded by NPR as “the best musical of the year,” Finding Neverland tells the story behind the creation of Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their widowed mother. Enthralled by the boys’ make-believe adventures, Barrie sets out to write a play that goes on to captivate London theatergoers. Finding Neverland runs from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25 at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Tickets range from $31 to $121 and can be purchased at marcuscenter.org.
For his latest seminar titled Milwaukee on Tap: How We Became the Beer Capital of the World, historian John Gurda will take a look back at the history of the beverage that put Milwaukee on the map: beer. Good water, abundant ice, and a huge German population made Milwaukee the perfect home for some of the largest brewers in America. The seminar will take place Feb. 27 at Good City Hall, located at 2108 N. Farwell Ave., next door to Good City Brewing. Tickets are $5 at the door or can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.
Studio Be opens its doors to the public for the first time in over a year for a night of art and music. Progressive indie-rock band Neocaveman — the group’s upcoming LP will feature artwork from Studio Be artist Brendan Murphy —performs alongside Action Jelly and Mumble Mouth. Studio Be artists Mark David Gray and Fred Kaems showcase their work alongside Murphy’s. A limited amount of food and beverages will be provided, and all ages are welcome. The show will be held on March 1. Music starts at 7 p.m. and entry to the studio is free. Studio Be is located at 420 S. First St., Milwaukee.
At the beginning of each year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlights five local artists who have made a splash on the local music scene and are starting to turn heads outside of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Bands to Watch 2018 show will feature four of the five of the paper’s picks for 2018, featuring BoodahDarr, Denny Lanez, DUSK, and Lex Allen. Abby Jeanne, who was featured in the last issue of the Wisconsin Gazette, was also named but will not be performing. Stone Creek Coffee will be providing drinks for the evening. The show will take place on March 2 at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee located at 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee. The show is free and will begin at 7:30 p.m.
WWE Monday Night RAW will be bringing the smack down to Milwaukee for the first time in five years on March 5. RAW WWE Superstar favorites John Cena, Seth Rollins, Kane and more will enter the ring at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a massive eight-man tag team match. Tickets are on sale for $15 and can be purchased at bmoharrisbradleycenter.com or by phone at (414) 227-0894. The Bradley Center is located at 1001 N Fourth St., Milwaukee.
Support local music and a good cause at the Abortion Access Benefit Show. A lineup consisting of Anthony Deutsch, Neocaveman, Scarecrow Dave, Six Wives of Richard, and Dumpster Doves will raise money for the patients of Affiliated Medical Services, to be used to help patients who are financially unable to access their legal right to abortion. Zines will be available for free via The Moving Library as well as pro-choice button-making supplies. The benefit show will take place on March 3 at the Riverwest Public House starting at 6:30 p.m. Entry is $5 at the door or $3 with a box of pads. The Riverwest Public House is located at 815 E. Locust St., Milwaukee.
The Charles Allis Art Museum is calling all Mad Hatters to wear a hat and “Don’t be late!” to the Eighth Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party. An assortment of teas and food will available, as well as live music and a Mad Hatter tea party play inspired by the Lewis Carroll novel will be performed by Milwaukee actors. A “meet-and-greet” with characters from the play also takes place. Prizes will be awarded to “Maddest Adult” and “Maddest Child’s Hat.” The party kicks off at 3 p.m. on March 3. Tickets must be bought in advance at madhattercharlesallis.bpt.me. Tickets are $30 or $25 for museum members. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $12. The Charles Allis Art Museum is located at 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee.
Comedian Kyle Kinane will be returning to Milwaukee on March 7 to perform at the Turner Hall Ballroom. Kinane has toured internationally and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Workaholics, and Comedy Bang! Bang! He was known for being the on-air announcement voice for Comedy Central before his stand-up specials put him into the spotlight. His latest — Kyle Kinane’s Loose in Chicago — was met with widespread acclaim and topped Paste Magazine’s list of best stand-up specials. Kinane last performed in Milwaukee for Bay View restaurant Vanguard’s 2016 anniversary party, where he made a surprise appearance. Tickets are on sale for $20 and can be purchased at pabsttheater.org or via the box office at (414) 286-3205. The Turner Hall Ballroom is located at 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee.
The 36th Annual Taste of Milwaukee once again hosts some of the city’s top restaurants March 8 at the Italian Community Center. Taste of Milwaukee features signature dish and dessert samples from each of the featured restaurants. This year’s list of restaurants includes Balzac Wine Bar, Ristorante Bartolotta, Dorsia, Fuel Café 5th Street, and many more. Live music, a $500 prize raffle, and a mobile-bidding silent auction will also take. Proceeds from Taste of Milwaukee benefit Broadscope Disability Service’s Independent Living, Employment, and Resource programs. Assigned table seating tickets are on sale for $175 or can be bought in pairs for $300. Standing room only tickets are on sale for $100 or can be bought in pairs for $150. Tickets can be purchased at broadscope.org/support-our-mission/events/taste-of-milwaukee. The Italian Community Center is located at 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee.