June 17 – July 1

 

Ongoing

The Actuary — a world-premiere romantic comedy-drama by Steven Peterson — opens the Peninsula Players’ 82nd season. The play is directed by Kevin Christopher Fox and runs June 13–July 2 at Peninsula Players Theatre, 4351 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays–Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, except July 2, which starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $38 to $44. 920-868-3287 or peninsulaplayers.com

Jazz in the Park is a free, outdoor, summer music series featuring an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. The grounds open Thursday at 5 p.m. and the musicians play 6–9 p.m. in Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. June 22 features Legends of Milwaukee Jazz and June 29 Alma Afrobeat Ensemble performs. Jazz in the Park asks that attendees leave pets and adult beverages at home. Wine, beer and cocktails can be purchased from Jazz in the Park beverage tents. The series runs through Aug. 31. 414-271-1416 or easttown.com

The Frank Juarez Gallery presents Street Artists of Milwaukee, an exhibition featuring works by five Wisconsin artists with street-art experience — Nova Czarnecki, Fred Kaems, John Kowalczyk, Michael Maier and Dave Watkins. The exhibition runs June 24–Aug. 5 at the gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., #600, Milwaukee. Hours are 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. There will also be an artist reception June 24, 5–8 p.m. 920-559-7181 or fjgmke.com

Moments & Markers: An Adolph Rosenblatt Retrospective celebrates the work of the longtime Milwaukee sculptor, who died this year at the age of 83. The exhibit runs through Aug. 27 at Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students and free for children age 6 and under and active-duty military. Hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Thursdays; 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Fridays and noon–4 p.m. Sundays. 414-390-5730 or jewishmuseummilwaukee.org

June 17 to June 24

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee is a monthly, politically progressive comedy show hosted by comedian, satirist and talk radio host Matthew Filipowicz. LLM features some of Milwaukee’s top liberal and progressive comedians. Performers on the bill for the June 17 show include Brian Green, Kaitlyn Grissom, Ton Johnson, Marisa Lange, Patrick Tomlinson, Vickie Lynn and the sketch comedy group The Accountants of Homeland Security. In addition, LLM will feature an interview with a guest from the grassroots activist organization Voces de la Frontera. The show is at 8 p.m. at ComedySportz Theater, 420 S. First St., Milwaukee. Admission is $8. laughingliberallymilwaukee.tumblr.com

Magician, illusionist and stunt artist David Blaine follows in the footsteps of Houdini, accomplishing feats that seem physically impossible. Blaine brings his one-man show to The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, June 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50–$75. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land comes to life with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performing the score — by Wisconsin native Justin Hurwitz — as the film is shown in high definition on a giant screen. The show plays June 23–24 at 8 p.m. at The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets are $29.50–$75.50. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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La La Land

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the story of King’s rise to stardom. The production runs June 20–June 25 at Uihlein Hall at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $36–$151. The musical — which won two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award — features a book by writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince. 414-273-7206 or marcuscenter.org  See a review of the Madison performance here.

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Portrait Society Gallery presents Learning to Live with Abundance, a two-week exhibition of Milwaukee artist Rosemary Ollison’s work. The show runs through June 25 at Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 526, Milwaukee. Hours are noon–5 p.m. Thursday–Saturday. There will be a public reception 6–8 p.m. June 16. The exhibition features an installation of Rosemary’s living room — previously staged at the gallery — along with new large-scale leather quilts and recent drawings. 414-870-9930 or portraitsocietygallery.com

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Learning to Live with Abundance

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presents its 26th annual summer chamber music festival, Alphabet Soup, featuring 12 concerts over three weekends at three venues. The festival runs through June 25, and concerts will be performed in The Playhouse at Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison; the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hillside Theater at Taliesin, Highway 23, Spring Green. See the website for schedule, artists listing and ticket prices. 608-255-9866 or bachdancing.org/concerts/festival-concerts

Carlos Hermosilla Álvarez and Colin Matthes: Echoing Concerns features the work of two artists working in distant eras, but toward similar goals of drawing attention to societal injustices they witness every day. The exhibition runs through June 25 at the Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (62+), military and students; and free for members and children 12 and under. Museum hours are 1–5 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday. 414-278-8295 or charlesallis.org

June 25 to July 1

The Summer Soulstice Music Festival, hosted by the East Side Business Improvement District, is a celebration of the East Side — and the longest day of the year. The event happens June 24 starting at noon on East North Avenue in Milwaukee. Now in its 17th year, the festival features 18 Milwaukee bands on three stages, a Milwaukee Maker Market, East Side restaurants, food trucks, dodgeball, BMX stunt bikes, the Adventure Rock Wall, bowling, family-friendly activities and more. Admission is free. summersoulsticemke.com

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Summer Soulstice Music Festival

88Nine Radio Milwaukee holds the 88Nine Block Party, presented by Educators Credit Union, in celebration of 88Nine’s 10th anniversary. The event takes place 1:30–10 p.m. June 24 at Radio Milwaukee’s studio, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee. Admission is free, but VIP passes are available for $100. The celebration includes interactive art installations, local food vendors and music performances from Noname, Strand of Oaks, Field Report, REYNA, D’Amato and Abby Jeanne. 414-892-8900 or radiomilwaukee.org

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88Nine Block Party

The Music of Rabbi Michel Twerski is a symphonic concert built on Hasidic Jewish compositions. It is performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. June 25 at The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $25–$136. The show features the melodies of the Milwaukee rabbi, with arrangements by Yisroel Lamm; Yaniv Dinur, a native of Israel, conducts. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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