June 3 to 17, 2017

 

Ongoing

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents Taking Sides: Social Critique in Modern and Contemporary Art, drawn from MMoCA’s permanent collection. The exhibition, with nearly one hundred works of art in varied media, focuses on an assortment of themes critical to the notion of art as a platform for political statement including social violence, group demonstrations, abuses of military power, evils of the authoritarian state, threats to the environment, class and racial inequity, ethnic and gender identity, and compassion for the vulnerable. Taking Sides runs June 10 through Oct. 15 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art State Street Gallery, 227 State St. in Madison. Hours at the MMoCA are Tuesdays through Thursdays noon–5 p.m.; Fridays noon–8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sundays noon–5 p.m. Admission is free. 608-257-0158 or mmoca.org

The 2017 NEWaukee Night Market is a free, open-air market that offers a wide variety of experiences for people of all backgrounds and ages, including art, craft and food vendors, live art creation, local music and a beer garden. The market will be held on Wisconsin Ave. between 2nd and 4th streets in Milwaukee from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 14, July 12, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13. 414-273-1386 or newaukee.com/event/2017-newaukee-night-market

Sculpture Milwaukee, an outdoor urban sculpture experience in downtown Milwaukee, will be on view from June 1 to Oct. 22. Sculpture Milwaukee features 22 sculptures by 21 artists. The pieces will be positioned along Wisconsin Ave. from 6th St. to O’Donnell Park and will be free to the public. sculpturemilwaukee.com

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Sculpture Milwaukee

June 3 to June 9

Boswell Books presents its first Ladies Literary Night Out of 2017 with Colleen Oakley, author of Close Enough to Touch; Karma Brown, author of In This Moment; and Wisconsin’s Amy E. Reichert, author of The Simplicity of Cider and The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. The event happens on June 3 at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave. in Milwaukee. Admission is free. 414-332-1181 or boswellbooks.com

Filled with “pop culture references, a high energy indie soundtrack and the sexiest choreographed striptease that will make your inner nerd explode with glee,” the SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque show pays tribute to Star Wars, Orange Is The New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange and more. The production makes Wisconsin stops at the Cavalier Theater, 118 5th Ave. N. in La Crosse on June 5 at 8 p.m.; Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. 4th St. in Milwaukee on June 6 at 9 p.m.; and the Majestic Theater, 115 King St. in Madison, on June 7 at 9 p.m. General admission tickets for all shows are $25, with VIP Meet & Greet. Premium seating packages available. This event is 18 & over only. blackheartburlesque.com

Milwaukee Gay Sports Network hosts its 6th annual Big Gay 5K Run/Walk, June 8 at Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. in Milwaukee, as a special kick-off event for Pridefest Milwaukee. Registration is $35 and opens at 5 p.m., with the run starting at 6:30 p.m. Early registration online through May 21 for $30 is also available. milwaukeegaysports.com

Multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter John Legend makes his first Milwaukee appearance in four years at The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., June 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $99.50, with VIP packages also available starting at $327.08. Legend is also a philanthropist and social activist, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. 414-286-3663 or pabsttheater.org

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Blue Ox Music Festival

The Blue Ox Music Festival brings together “hard-edged Americana with rough-and-tumble bluegrass for some amazing jams.” The 2017 festival features groups such as Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Drive-By Truckers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and more. The event takes place June 8 to 10 at 5024 Crescent Ave in Eau Claire. General admission tickets are $165 for a 3-day pass, $145 for a 2-day pass, and $90 for a Saturday-only 1-day pass. Some camping is also available (see website). 715-839-7500 or blueoxmusicfestival.com

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society presents its 26th annual summer chamber music festival, Alphabet Soup, featuring 12 concerts over three weekends, with each weekend offering two different programs. The festival runs from June 9 to 25, and concerts will be performed in The Playhouse at Overture Center, 201 State St. in Madison; the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. in Stoughton; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hillside Theater at Taliesin, in Spring Green (see website for schedule, artists listing, and ticket prices). 608-255-9866 or bachdancing.org/concerts/festival-concerts

June 10 to June 17

Riverwest’s 41st Annual Locust St. Festival & Beer Run takes place June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on E. Locust St. between Humboldt and Holton Streets. One of Milwaukee’s longest running street festivals, the event features six outdoor music stages, over 30 local bands, artists, vendors, childrens activities, food and drink. The BeerRun/Walk sends hundreds of runners through the streets of Riverwest on a 1.8 mile route with four beer stops. locuststreetfestival.org

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Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival returns June 16 and 17. It’s been praised for inclusive programming and fostering collaborations among musicians. Curators Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner have assembled a lineup that includes Paul Simon with yMusic, Chance the Rapper, Wilco, John Prine, Feist, and more. Two-day general admission passes are $169 and two-day Enhanced Chippewa passes (including catered meals each day, as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks) are $350. Camping passes are also separately available (see website). The main entrance to the festival is at 3443 Crescent Ave. in Eau Claire. eauxclaires.com

Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the 28th Annual Energy Fair brings people together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. The event takes place at MREA, 7558 Deer Rd. in Custer, Wis., June 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and June 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $35, with free admission for MREA Members, kids 12 and under, and volunteers. The Fair features interactive workshops, exhibitors, live music, keynote speakers, family fun, local food, and more. 715-592-6595 or theenergyfair.org

Hosted by Bayshore Town Center, DRAFT Magazine, Welcome to Glendale and the Wisconsin Brewer’s Guild, the eighth annual Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival is an all-Wisconsin craft beer and tasting festival, featuring more than 100 beer selections from over 40 craft breweries throughout the state. It takes place June 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bayshore Town Center. General tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door, and include admission, a souvenir beer sampling glass and unlimited samples of beer and food pairings. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Designated drivers and attendees under 21 years of age can purchase a “Food Lovers Ticket” for $25. wisconsinbeerloversfest.com

Good City Brewing Company presents Good City Fest 2017, an outdoor craft beer, food and music festival. The event features performances from Fever Marlene, Klassik, Platinum Boys and more. The taproom will be open all day to the public. The fest takes place June 17 starting at 12 noon at Good City Brewing Company, 2108 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee. Admission is free, and VIP passes are also available for $45. Only those 21 years or older will be admitted. 414-539-4343 or goodcitybrewing.com

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