6 Cultural Events You Won’t Want to Miss This October

Make the most of Milwaukee’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene this month.

1. “External Strife, Internal Peace, Eternal Love” by Nehemiah Edwards

OCT. 7-MARCH 12 | SAINT KATE – THE ARTS HOTEL

Nehemiah R. Edwards – also known by his moniker, Nemogreater – uses playful angles and demons in his work. A lot of his pieces are meant to make you think about morality and vices. His latest work is going up in The Closet at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel this month. 

2. Frank Almond and Emi Ferguson

OCT. 16 | SHARON LYNNE WILSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS

This classically trained duo are taking the stage at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Frank Almond will be on violin, and Emi Ferguson will be playing flute and singing. If you want to learn more about the famous violinist, read our feature about him here

3. “Like Magic”

OCT. 13 | THE SUGAR MAPLE 

Storytime with Ex Fabula is at the Sugar Maple this month. The “StorySlam” is a chance to share true, personal stories to a live audience, but without notes or props. Attend to listen in, or throw your name in a hat for a chance at the mic. At the end of the night, a secret ballot will be cast to crown and audience favorite. 

From left: Michaela Lacy, Alea McHatten, Nicole Acosta, and Megan McGee; Illustration by Gabriela Riveros

 

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4. Roméo et Juliette

OCT. 14-16 | UIHLEIN HALL AT THE MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

The Florentine Opera is bringing a Shakespearian classic to life this month. The music will be sung in French. The show will star Duke Kim as Roméo and Emily Pogorelc – a Milwaukee native making her Florentine Opera debut – as Juliette. 

Florentine Opera; Photo by Mike Miller, courtesy of UPAF

5. Day of the Dead Ofrendas

OCT. 20-NOV. 18 | CAFE CON ARTE

Día de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday to celebrate and remember those who have passed. Traditions involve parades, foods and also making altars and placing offerings, or ofrendas, on them. Latino Arts will be showing off some of these displays for a month in honor of the events. 

6. Mightmare, Rat Bath, Kat and the Hurricane, and Dandy L. Freling

OCT. 29 | CACTUS CLUB 

These four bands will make for one fun night at the Cactus Club, with genres spanning from punk country to spooky garage surf music – perfect for its Halloween-weekend date. Go if you love live music and supporting local artists. Donations will also be accepted to support the 21st street Housing Cooperative. 

Marielle Allschwang and The Visitations at the Cactus Club; Photo by Joe Kirschling

 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine’s October issue.

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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.