Murder for Two

Murder for Two

Photo: Michael Brosilow

November 18 – December 2

 

Ongoing

Co-written by Milwaukee High School of the Arts graduate Joe Kinosian, Murder for Two is a blend of music, mayhem and murder that has played to sold-out audiences all over the country. Two performers play 13 roles in this 90-minute homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. The production comes to the Stackner Cabaret at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, through Jan. 14 (see website for specific show dates and ticket prices). Performances take place Tuesday–Thursday 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

Var Gallery hosts its third annual Figure Exhibition, on display through Nov. 25 at Var Gallery and Studios, 643 S. Second St., Milwaukee. Featured works include drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and collage. Gallery hours are Monday–Wednesday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. 414-763-5585 or vargallery.com

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Fantastic Illustration from the Korshak Collection

Fantastic Illustration from the Korshak Collection

The exhibition Fantastic Illustration from the Korshak Collection explores the ever-evolving visual landscape of science fiction and fantasy literature with illustrations from the collection of Stephen Korshak. Featuring original artwork by both American and European artists spanning more than a century, the illustrations bring to life adventures, beings, and worlds conjured in novels such as Don Quixote and Tarzan, and pulp magazines including Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures and Wonder Stories. The exhibition runs Nov. 17–Feb. 4 at Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave., Madison. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 608-263-2246 or chazen.wisc.edu

Nov. 18 to 25

A tradition for more than 10 years, Present Music’s annual Thanksgiving concert will include the world premiere of a piece commissioned from composer Ingram Marshall. The Hearing Voices vocal ensemble, Reagan High School Choir, Present Music Ensemble, and Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group will all perform. The show happens at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $15–$35. Present Music will be collecting food donations at the concert to benefit the Hunger Task Force. 414-271-0711 or presentmusic.org

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7(x1) Samurai

7(x1) Samurai

Artist David Gaines transforms Kurosawa’s 1954 film classic Seven Samurai into one evening of live physical theater in Theatre Gigante’s presentation of 7(x1) Samurai, happening Nov. 17–19 at Kenilworth 508 Theatre, 1925 E. Kenilworth Place, Milwaukee. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. Gaines — with only a pair of kabuki masks for props — plays all the roles, and brings comedy and laughter to the epic tale. 414-961-6119 or theatregigante.org

The popular My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast gets nearly 300,000 unique downloads per episode and serves as a weekly “advicecast” for the modern era. The podcast — which featuring three real-life brothers Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy — comes live to The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. The brothers invite the audience to ask life’s burning questions. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes

Super-hero action, thrills and drama come to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee, Nov. 24–26, with the debut of Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. The iconic Marvel super heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy — including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax — in “a battle to defend the universe from evil.” Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 24; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 25; and 1 p.m. Nov. 26. Tickets are $15 to $80. 414-227-0894 or bmoharrisbradleycenter.com

Nov. 26 to Dec. 2

Milwaukee-based, live-music variety show Dead Man’s Carnival combines turn-of-the-century vaudeville with a do-it-yourself underground punk-rock ethic, including traditional circus skills, obscure sideshow stunts, magic, juggling, striptease, human oddities, fire performance, aerial gymnastics and more. The show — which is a Tom Waits tribute show and also the season finale — comes to The Miramar Theatre, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25. 414-967-0302 or themiramartheatre.com

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Second City - Non-Denominational Christmas Show

Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show

Chicago’s famed sketch and improv comedy theater 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 Nov. 29–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. Nov. 29–Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets are $38. 414-273-7206 or marcuscenter.org

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Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Comedian, actor, writer and woodworker Nick Offerman is known for his roles in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation and the FX series Fargo. Offerman brings his Full Bush solo stand-up show to The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50. Offerman shares his “sawdusty musings on survival in the wild, living with enthusiasm, and most importantly, the cultivation of fulsome body hair.” 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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Brian Regan

Brian Regan

Standup comedian Brian Regan makes a tour stop in Wisconsin Dec. 2 at The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. The show is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $41–$49. Regan has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Show with David Letterman and done numerous Comedy Central specials. He also made a cameo in Chris Rock’s film Top Five, and was a guest on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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