Aparna Ramaswamy

Classical Bharatanatyam Indian dancer Aparna Ramaswamy in They Rose at Dawn.

Photo: Darial Sneed

November 4 – 18



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 Nov. 14 to Dec. 17 at the Quadracci Powerhouse at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Performances on Tuesday through 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.

Cabaret MKE

Cabaret MKE is back with episode two of its brand-new trilogy The Clockwork Man — “Heart of The Clockwork Man.”

Cabaret MKE is back with episode two of its brand-new trilogy, the mystical thriller The Clockwork Man — “Heart of The Clockwork Man” — taking place Nov. 2 to Nov. 19 at the Astor Hotel, 924 E. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets are $20. Host Richard Howling takes the audience back to 1937 with regulars Dora Diamond, Mrs. Millie, Michael Palmisano, the Jingle Crew, Dani the tap-dancer, and more. The Astor Hotel kitchen is open for hors d’oeuvres during the show and dinner after. facebook.com/cabmke

Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez

The Milwaukee Art Museum hosts the first retrospective of American photographer Anthony Hernandez, featuring over 150 photographs — many never shown before — 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

A new exhibition, Rashaad Newsome: ICON, combines and considers elements from the cultures and subcultures of LGBTQ, African-American, and Latino communities. Newsome is a New York-based artist who combines collage, video, music, computer programming, sculpture, and performance, with pieces that merge dance, sound, and image. The exhibition will be on view in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Imprint Gallery, 227 State St., in Madison, through Dec. 3. Hours at the MMoCA are Tuesday through Thursday noon–5 p.m.; Friday noon–8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday noon–5 p.m. Admission is free. 608-257-0158 or mmoca.org

Thirty international artists explore the 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 from 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

November 4 to 10

Following critically acclaimed performances in New York, Boston and Chicago, comedians Matthew Filipowicz and Josh Bolotsky present Atlas Riffed!: A Live Riffing Of Atlas Shrugged Part One — a live, second-by-second running comedic commentary in the style of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The pair plan to “make one of the worst films ever made actually fun to watch — while slowly but surely advancing their covert crypto-communist agenda on an unsuspecting public.” The performance is at Urban Harvest Brewing Company, 1024 S. Fifth St, Milwaukee, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. atlasriffed.tumblr.com

Bassem Youssef

Bassem Youssef

Dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” by The New Yorker, Bassem Youssef is a heart surgeon turned political satirist. Once host of the most popular television show in Egypt’s history, Youssef was forced to flee his home country in 2014 for his criticism and mocking of the government. Youssef comes to Shannon Hall at the Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon St., Madison, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27. 608-265-3000 or union.wisc.edu

Hillary Rodham Clinton talks about her new book, What Happened, as well as her experience as a woman in politics, what’s next, and what’s on people’s minds. The event takes place Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. Ticket prices range from $85 to $125. Tickets were in short supply at press time. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

The latest original show from broadminded comedy — Milwaukee’s only all-female sketch comedy group — is called Half & Half. The show includes another sketch comedy group — Milwaukee’s Quantum Hopscotch — performing alongside the broads. Performances take place Nov. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, (Lower Level of the Grand Avenue Mall). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, or a 6-pack for $60. The humor from broadminded comedy has been called “intelligent yet accessible” and described as a mix of observational humor with “more sophisticated stuff.” broadmindedcomedy.com

Lewis Black - USO

Lewis Black

Stand-up comedian, author and actor Lewis Black is known as the “king of the rant,” using his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. Black brings his Rant, White & Blue Tour to The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, for two shows Nov. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. (tickets were in short supply at press time for the Nov. 10 show). Tickets range from $55 to $69.50. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

Madison-based artist Romano Johnson presents his first solo museum exhibition Glitterati, featuring 17 paintings and a suite of drawings. The show runs through Nov. 5, 2017 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, 205 Veterans Ave., West Bend. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thursday, which is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $12, which includes unlimited free access for one person for an entire year. Johnson’s large-scale, acrylic-and-glitter paintings are “packed with pattern, color and musical rhythms creating an exuberance that matches his larger-than-life subject matter.” 262-334-9638 or wisconsinart.org

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins is a charming and hilarious musical comedy about the New York socialite who thought she could sing. The production runs through Nov. 5 at the Stackner Cabaret of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Show times are Tuesday through 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. Tickets range from $20 (students) to $55. 414-224-9490 or milwaukeerep.com

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 last winter, several recent portraits, and paintings based on vistas in Lodi. The exhibit runs through Nov. 10 at the Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 526, Milwaukee. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 414-870-9930 or portraitsocietygallery.com

November 11 to 18

They Rose at Dawn is a full-evening solo performed by classical Bharatanatyam Indian dancer Aparna Ramaswamy that examines women as carriers of ritual. She’ll be accompanied by an ensemble of Carnatic musicians. The show takes place Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield. Tickets are $49 to $71. They Rose at Dawn was awarded a National Dance Project touring subsidy for 2016–17. 262-781-9520 or wilson-center.com

For the Midwest debut of the French ensemble Le Poème Harmonique, director Vincent Dumetre (guitar and theorbo) is joined by his ensemble of soprano, violin, viola da gamba, violone, and percussion in Danza! Spanish Dances in 17th-Century France. The evening demonstrates how Spanish influences helped create a century of dance in France. The show takes place Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 914 E. Knapp St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $29 to $59, with student discounts available. 414-225-3113 or earlymusicnow.org

Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, writer, actor and director. He worked as a staff writer at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, was a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and created and starred in his own television series for Comedy Central, Important Things with Demetri Martin. Martin brings his Let’s Get Awkward Tour to The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, Nov. 12 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

Next Act Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe. It’s a “funny and heart-warming story of a father-son reconciliation” and runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 10 at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., Milwaukee (see website for show dates and times). Tickets range from $28 to $38. The production is directed by Edward Morgan and features Milwaukee veterans James Pickering, Tami Workentin and Drew Parker. 414-278-0765 or nextact.org

7(x1) Samurai

David Gaines in Theatre Gigante’s presentation of 7(x1) Samurai.

Artist David Gaines transforms Kurosawa’s 1954 film classic Seven Samurai into one evening of live physical theatre in Theatre Gigante’s presentation of 7(x1) Samurai, happening Nov. 17 to 19 at Kenilworth 508 Theatre, 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl., Milwaukee. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. on 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 74th Annual Holiday Folk Fair International happens Nov. 17 to 19 at the State Fair Park Exposition Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Culture of Welcome,” allows attendees the opportunity to learn cultural traditions related to welcoming individuals and how they are incorporated into music, food, dance, arts, and crafts. Hours are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 17; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 18; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Advance tickets are available for $10 each, with family four-packs for $36. Admission at the gate is $12 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 12; and free for children under the age of five and military personnel with a military ID card. 414-225-6225 or folkfair.org

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