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The Friday Five for May 24
A Tupperware queen (yes, a Tupperware queen), songs bound for New York, David Sedaris, a punk cellist and the MSO does Brahms. What a weekend.

Dixie Longate

Dixie’s Tupperware Party at the Marcus Center

Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 3:00 and 8:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m., 929 N. Water St.

Because Summertime is for Leftovers. And no one is better prepared to school you in the fine art of potato salad storage than Dixie Longate, who left her Alabama trailer park home to travel the country singing the praises of burpable plastic. She will tell you about her three kids, Wynona, Dwayne, and Absorbine, Jr., and she’ll keep you abreast of all the technological developments in America’s favorite multicolored tubs, bowls and Jell-o molds. The creation of Kris Andersson, who started selling Tupperware it as an unemployed actor in 2001, the show moved from living rooms to fringe festivals to Off-Broadway, and has been touring on and off ever since.

Waiting: A Song Cycle at Tenth Street Theatre

Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. Sunday, 628 N. 10th St.

Because the old New York “tryout” isn’t dead. Just as big Broadway musicals used to play Boston or Buffalo before travelling to the Big Apple, this show plays Milwaukee for a weekend before it heads to the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. Produced by the local theater group, World’s Stage, this musical about different kinds of relationships has undergone some revision work since it’s 2011 premiere at St. Olaf College. The project is the doings of recent UW-Milwaukee Peck School graduate Gretchen Mahkorn, who wants World’s Stage to stage world premieres and the best of contemporary theater.

David Sedaris

David Sedaris at Boswell Book Company

Sunday 2:00 p.m., 2559 N. Downer Ave.

Because for all his best-selling superstardom, Sedaris still seems like the droll little elf—Crumpet—from his best known “story,” wherein he writes (and reads) of cranky Santas and beleaguered elves at Macy’s Department Store. Sedaris will be headlining a Riverside Theatre show in the fall, but if you want to brave the lines, you can meet him up close at a real bookstore, something he no doubt would appreciate. After a very funny foray into the realm of fractured fairy tales (Squirrel Meets Chipmunk), he’s back with a collection of fanciful autobiographical anecdotes (Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls), which includes an account of his first colonoscopy.

Leah Coloff

Present Music’s Multitude at Turner Hall Ballroom

Friday 7:30 p.m., 1032 N. 4th St.

Because Milwaukee’s world-class new music ensemble concludes its season with a concert that lives up to its name, including music, art, dance and cupcakes!  Music includes a piece by self-proclaimed punk cellist Leah Coloff, a world premiere by Sean Friar that explores the sounds of the electric guitar, and several pieces by vocalist/composer Ted Hearne. Before the music starts, grab a beer and peruse the wall of cupcakes by Brooke Thiele and Lilly Coyle.

Edo de Waart

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center

Saturday 8:00 p.m., 929 N. Water St.

Why? Because Beethoven was Beethoven, but there are those who believe that it was Brahms who brought the Romantic Symphony to the pinnacle of perfection. And here’s your chance to judge for yourself. Edo de Waart conducts Brahms First and Fourth Symphonies in a single program, and we expect he’ll bring his rigor, intelligence and generous spirit to the enterprise. 

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