Our Grand Despair at the UWM's Turkish Film Series.
Last weekend kept you busy. And you were probably glued to The Weather Channel on Monday and Tuesday—or hiking over to the Lake Michigan shore to watch the waves. But now it’s time to head out to the concert hall or gallery. Or see a movie that doesn’t involve eviscerated teens or men in tights.
#5: Turkish Film Series at UW-Milwaukee’s Union Theatre.
Why? Because Turkey is turning out some of the most interesting and acclaimed films of recent years, with several awards and nominations at international festivals to their credit—if you haven’t yet seen 2011’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, that should seal the deal. This weekend-long festival includes a new documentary by one of the leading lights of Turkish cinema, Fatih Akin (Polluting Paradise) and Our Grand Despair, the last film by the acclaimed young director Seyfi Teoman, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in May. All screenings are free.
#4: Theresa Caputo at the Riverside Theatre.
Why? Because we couldn’t resisthttp: a shout out to TLC’s Long Island Medium. For it is certainly serendipitous that she appears shortly after the Hurricane Sandy altered her native landscape. Or is it??!! Judging from the two nearly sold out Riverside shows, folks are eager to glimpse the future through Theresa’s clairvoyant eyes. And she’ll certainly talk about that “funny feeling” she got a few months ago when she was looking out into the Atlantic: “Oh my Gawwdd. I think something is going to happen.”
#3: The Klezmatics at UW-Milwaukee’s Zelazo Center.
Why? Oy! Need you ask? This New York-based sextet has been bringing Klezmer music to the masses for over 25 years. And in the process, it has blended the music’s singular sound with everything from jazz to funk to the heartland folk of Woody Guthrie (the 2006 Guthrie album, Wonder Wheel, won the Grammy for Contemporary World Music). The group’s recordings are celebrated, its imagination is wide-ranging, but there is nothing like a Klezmatics concert, which will certainly have the usually reserved audiences at the Zelazo Center dancing the Hora in the aisles. One of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School’s “Year of the Arts” events that celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary.
#2: Day of the Dead Celebration at Latino Arts.
Why? Because El Dia de Muertos is upon us. And if your recent Halloween was all about Kit Kat Bars and slutty nurse costumes, you might extend your celebration into traditions that reflect on the bridge between this life and the next with a little more gravitas. Latino Arts gives you two ways to do it. The Mexican folk band, A Flor de Piel, led by multi-Grammy nominee Renato Cerón plays a concert of traditional music from Cuba, Mexica, Puerto Rico and elsewhere on Friday night. And before the concert, stroll down the hall to the opening of Latino Arts’ annual exhibit of Ofrendas, altars constructed to commemorate those who have recently died.
#1: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center.
Why? Because the young British conductor Michael Francis has been making a habit of around the world of “filling in” for conductors who didn’t show up. In recent months, he’s stepped in for Valery Gergiev, John Adams, Andre Previn and Jeffrey Kahane. But this show is all his own, a program that features Cesar Franck’s late Romantic symphony, and Hindemith’s more modern symphony Mathis der Maler. It’s also a chance to hear one of the MSO’s most talented soloists, Todd Levy playing the sunny bright Clarinet Concerto of Carl Maria von Weber.