Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

December 2 - 16

 

Ongoing

Off The Wall Theatre presents the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, taking place at Off The Wall Theatre, 127 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, with performances Dec. 13–17, Dec. 20–23, Dec. 29–30, and a special New Year’s Eve show with free food and drink Dec. 31. Curtain times are Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, except for New Year’s Eve, which are $50. 414-484-8874 or offthewalltheatre.com

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Stacked - PSG

Stacked

The theme to the Portrait Society Gallery’s annual ceramic exhibition this year is Stacked. It features more than 20 artists exploring the compositional challenges of the vertical realm, with both functional and sculptural works in piled up formations. The exhibition runs through Dec. 30 at the Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 526, Milwaukee. Gallery hours are noon–5 p.m., Thursday–Saturday. In addition to the ceramic artists, the walls will be equally abundant with stacks of two-dimensional work and special projects. 414-870-9930 or portraitsocietygallery.com

The Milwaukee Art Museum hosts the first retrospective of American photographer Anthony Hernandez, featuring over 150 photographs — many never before shown — from the artist’s more than 45-year career. The exhibition engages with contemporary social issues through photographs of Los Angeles. Anthony Hernandez will be on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee, through Jan. 1, 2018, in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., except Thursday, which is 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $15 for students (w/ID) and seniors (65+), and free for kids 12 and under and museum members. 414-224-3200 or mam.org

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Holmes and Watson

Holmes and Watson

Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the frauds and fakes popping up worldwide who claim to be Sherlock Holmes following his “death” in the production Holmes and Watson, taking place through Dec. 17 at the Quadracci Powerhouse at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Performances Tuesday–Thursday are at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 414-224-9490 or milwaukeerep.com

Thirty international artists explore ever-changing opportunities for rest and renewal in The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, running through Dec. 31 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. The exhibit features diverse works ranging from lithographs and paper cuts to items fashioned from recycled metal and wood, and was organized by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum of New York. Museum hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students, and free for children six and under, as well as active-duty military. 414-390-5730 or jewishmuseummilwaukee.org

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Weapons: Beyond the Blade

Weapons: Beyond the Blade

Milwaukee Public Museum’s newest exhibition, Weapons: Beyond the Blade comprises more than 180 rarely seen cultural and historical artifacts from more than 50 countries dating from as early as 10,000 BCE. The exhibit runs through Jan. 1, 2018, at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee. Admission is free for MPM members or $21 for adults, $14 for youth (5–12), and $16 for seniors (65+) and includes general admission to the museum and a free planetarium program. Children under 4 are free. 414-278-2728 or mpm.edu/weapons

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Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France

Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France

Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France tells the story of modern art’s development through 150 works by influential artists working in Paris during the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition — which includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures — features works by masters of modern art including Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 28, 2018, at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., except Thursday, which is 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $15 for students (w/ID) and seniors (65+), and free for kids 12 and under and museum members. 414-224-3200 or mam.org

Dec. 2 to 8

Chicago’s famed sketch and improv comedy troupe Second City brings its naughtiest and nicest members to win the war on comedy in the season’s most festive funny-fest. The Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show runs through Dec. 3 at Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. except Dec. 3, when it’s at 2 p.m. Tickets are $38. 414-273-7206 or marcuscenter.org

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The Boston Camerata

The Boston Camerata

Early Music Now presents “America’s pre-eminent early music ensemble,” The Boston Camerata, joined by SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble, for a program of music from the various coastal areas around the Mediterranean. A Mediterranean Christmas spans more than 700 years, all inspired by the Christmas story. The performance takes place Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Chapel, 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee. Tickets are $29–$46. 414-225-3113 or earlymusicnow.org

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a two-hour concert with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir and a reimagined score that draws from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda video-game series. The show includes a new piece from Breath of the Wild, an all-new movement from Skyward Sword, and music from A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, Majora’s Mask, Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past. The show happens Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets are $29.50 to $75.50. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

Cirque Musica Holiday presents BELIEVE, a family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed by a live orchestra. The performance takes place Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets are $31.25–$61.25. Cirque Musica features acrobats and aerialists, and “blends the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time.” 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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Christmas in the Basilica

Christmas in the Basilica

Bel Canto Chorus brings its annual Christmas in the Basilica to the Basilica of St. Josaphat, 2333 S. Sixth St., Milwaukee, Dec. 8–9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $29.50, $35 and $61, with student and senior discounts available. This year’s concert will include traditional carols, the always-anticipated sing-alongs and new Christmas music by Milwaukee composer Daniel Van Gelderen. 414-481-8801 or belcanto.org

Dec. 9 to 16

Bridging the gulf between rock ’n’ roll and classical music, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets are $37.50–$45.50. MSO is amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson of the band Zebra. The two-plus hour concert features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog,” “Immigrant Song,” and more. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!)

Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!)

Renaissance Theaterworks presents its second annual Groundworks production with the Wisconsin premiere of Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!) by Jami Brandli. It’ll be presented Dec. 10–12 at 7 p.m. at the Urban Harvest Brewing Company, 1024 S. Fifth St., Milwaukee. Tickets are available online only for $15 and include a free beer for patrons 21 and older. Groundworks, a project run by Renaissance Theaterworks, provides opportunities for local, emerging women artists to experiment without the pressure and restrictions of a main-stage run, opening the door to new, diverse artists and a variety of performance styles. r-t-w.com

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