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Spring Has Sprung
The Friday Five for March 29. Option #1 finds Chick Corea, a jazz man who played with Miles Davis, in a duet with Bela Fleck.

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck play the Marcus Center.

#5: Mike Epps at the Milwaukee Theatre.

Why? Because he’s a veritable utility infielder of entertainment, with dozens of credits in film, television and music. But its his stand up comedy that got him his start—Def Comedy Jam appearances in 1995—and here Epps returns to the stage for an asppearance at the massive Milwaukee Theatre. Fellow Def-Jammer veteran Dominique opens.

#4: ART Milwaukee’s “ART Jamboree” at Milwaukee Makerspace.

Why? Because there will be beer (courtesy of 10th and Blake Brewery), spirits (courtesy of Great Lakes Distillery) and pizza (courtesy of Transfer). But the attraction here is the work of dozens of artists and artisans that bask under the ART Milwaukee sun, which brings them together and supports their work. Performers include the Boombox Babies, a hip-hop crew and musicians Sat. Night Duets. Which will provide a soundtrack as you meander through the displays by visual artists and other creative folks.

#3: Docufiction at the UW-Milwaukee Union Theatre.

Why? Because if you’re not baking hams, cleaning up after Seders or hunting down Easter bunnies, it’s a great weekend to immerse yourself in cutting edge films from around the world. The Union Theater hosts a “mini-series,” selected by Museum of Modern Art curator Sally Berger, which highlights recent films that combine fiction and documentary elements. Berger will speak at the Tuesday screenings. And while you’re there, set aside some time for the weekend’s main feature, Mekong Hotel, the new film by acclaimed Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).

#2: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center.

Why? Because something about Spring makes you want to go for Baroque, and the MSO obliges with another visit by early music specialist Nicholas McGegan. This time, McGegan brings a pair of vocalists with him—soprano Yulia Van Doren and countertenor Daniel Taylor—and a program that highlights some of Handel’s best operatic arias. And winds up with the much loved (but seldom heard) Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

#1: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck at the Marcus Center.

Why? Because it’s a match made in heaven. Veteran jazz master Corea has been at the center of the music since he played in Miles Davis’s various “electric” bands in the 1960s. Bela Fleck is one of the worlds great musical innovators, who just happens to play the banjo. The pair first hooked up in 2007 with a duet album (The Enchantment). There’s no new recording behind this tour, so expect a free wheeling evening of standards and improvisations that span several different genres. 

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