Rashid Johnson

Rashid Johnson’s “Antoine’s Organ” — black steel, grow lights, plants, wood, shea butter, books, monitors, rugs and piano.

September 7–23



Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy offers museum visitors the opportunity to see a significant body of work from “one of the four or five most important contemporary American artists,” according to Forbes. The exhibit explores themes of escape and identity, and features the artist’s signature materials of white ceramic tile, red oak flooring, shea butter and wax, which he uses to create a multimedia, sensory experience. Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy is on view through Sept. 17 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

Four Guys

Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets "Now in Technicolor"

Experience the sights and sounds of classic doo-wop, pop, rock and bubble-gum from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s as stirring vocal harmonies, comedy and choreography combine to produce Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets “Now in Technicolor.” The show is at the Studio Theater at Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove. Performances take place Sept. 7–10, Sept. 14–17, and Sept. 21–24, Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $15 for students (18 and under). 262-782-4430 or sunsetplayhouse.com


Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine — a series of 10 loosely intertwined vignettes about love and loss featuring 19 characters played by four actors — runs through Oct. 15 at Peninsula Players Theatre, 4351 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek. Shows are at 7 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday, except for Sept. 17, and Oct. 1 and 15, which start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $44. 920-868-3287 or peninsulaplayers.com

Photographer Lois Bielefeld documents her daughter’s high-school cross-country team over a full season of workouts, races, team-building activities and camping trips in the exhibition All In: Shorewood Girls Cross Country, Photographs by Lois Bielefeld, on view through Oct. 22 at the Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Museum admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (62+), military and students; and free for members and children 12 and under. Hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 1–5 p.m. A gallery walk and talk with Bielefeld takes place Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. 414-278-8295 or charlesallis.org 

Husband and Husband

Husband & Husband: Lon Michels and Todd Olson

Portrait Society Gallery presents Husband & Husband: Lon Michels and Todd Olson. In their first side-by-side show, Michels and Olson take over the entire gallery with masterworks that will be shown for the first time, including a suite of paintings done while they were in Ecuador, recent portraits and paintings based on vistas in Lodi. The exhibit runs Sept. 15–Nov. 10 at the Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 526, Milwaukee. Hours are Thursday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. An opening reception takes place Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 414-870-9930 or portraitsocietygallery.com

September 7 to 15

The NEWaukee Night Market is a free, open-air market that offers a variety of experiences, including art, craft and food vendors, live art creation, local music — and a beer garden. The next market will be held on Wisconsin Avenue between Second and Fourth Streets in Milwaukee from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 13. 414-273-1386 or newaukee.com/event/2017-newaukee-night-market

The Official Blues Brothers Revue

The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi Pisano and Paul Shaffer hand-picked the duo of Kieron Lafferty (Elwood Blues) and Wayne Catania (Jake Blues) for The Official Blues Brothers Revue. The show features the characters originated by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi on Saturday Night Live beginning in 1978, and in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. Backed by the Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Band, The Official Blues Brothers Revue performs at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave., South Milwaukee, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $45 for adults, $25 to $40 for seniors (60+), and $10 to $20 for students (ages 4 through college). 414-766-5049 or southmilwaukeepac.org

The Madison World Music Festival offers music and dance from unique and unexpected parts of the world. The festival is sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Theater and takes place Sept. 15–16 at Shannon Hall, the Memorial Union Terrace, Fredric March Play Circle and the Willy Street Fair (see website for artists, times and venues). Admission is free. 608-265-3000 or union.wisc.edu

September 16 to 23 

The Great Lakes Brew Fest features unlimited samples of more than 450 craft beers and sodas from nearly 100 brewers. Food served by local restaurants will be available for purchase, as well as live music by Lynnette and the Rock Daddys. The festival takes place Sept. 16 at the Racine Zoological Gardens, 200 Goold St., Racine, at 2 p.m. for VIP admission and 3 p.m. for general admission. Tickets for general admission are $50, VIP $89, and designated drivers $18 to $27. greatlakesbrewfest.com

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee is a monthly, progressive political comedy show featuring some of Milwaukee’s top liberal and progressive comedians. The next show takes place Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. at ComedySportz Theater, 420 S. First St., Milwaukee. Admission is $8. The show is hosted by comedian, satirist and progressive talk radio host Matthew Filipowicz, and September’s outing will feature Josh Ballew, Bekah Cosgrove, Richard Thomas, Jen Durbent, Chastity Washington and the sketch comedy group The Accountants of Homeland Security. In addition to the comedians, Laughing Liberally Milwaukee will feature an interview with local activist Astar Herndon, Wisconsin state director of 9 to 5, which works to achieve economic justice for working women. laughingliberallymilwaukee.tumblr.com

Danceworks DanceLAB presents Get It Out There at Danceworks Studio Theatre, 1661 N. Water St., Milwaukee, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission, and $8 for students and seniors. Get It Out There features new work created by area performing artists from a variety of disciplines. 414-277-8480, ext. 6025 or danceworksmke.org/performances/dance-lab.

Capitol Steps

Capitol Steps

Satirical political comedy troupe the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people who employed them. Still at it more than 30 year later, the troupe brings its show to The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50. The Capitol Steps has recorded over 35 albums, including their latest What to Expect When You’re Electing, and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS and NPR. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field hosts Food Truck Sunday, Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 1114 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee. Admission is free. Up to 15 food trucks will be on hand, as well as live music. All proceeds from the sale of beverages go to nonprofit grants and scholarships, and non-perishable food donations will be collected for southern Milwaukee County. 937-390-3306 or rcomf.org 

The fourth annual Fromm Petfest features mainstage pet entertainment, a marketplace, kids’ amusement area, music, food and Adoption Avenue, where nonprofits will showcase rescues looking for a home. The free event takes place Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Henry Maier Festival Park, 639 E. Summerfest Place, Milwaukee. Attendees and their pets can participate in a number of attractions, including dock diving, agility and lure courses, a pet costume contest, and more. Dogs and cats are welcome as long as they are leashed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Owners also must sign a waiver. 920-350-3378 or petfestmke.com.

Cats Rule Cat Club presents the “Feline Groovy” Cat Show, Sept. 23–24 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Racine Civic Center (Memorial Hall), 72 Seventh St., Racine. Admission is $6 per person, $5 seniors and $3 for youth eight and under. Attendees will have the opportunity to see a variety of purebred cats, kittens, and household pet cats compete. Kindred Kitties will have cats available for adoption and vendors will be on hand with cat-related merchandise. 414-218-8815 or catsrulecatclub.com

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