Br(OK)en Genius. Credit: Invisible Epistle by Photos by C.M.P./CMPerceptions Curative Compositions You want Milwaukee to be healed. “Well, how are you being the healer?” asks spoken-word artist Brit Nicole. She’s talking about Milwaukee’s segregated past and present, the city’s persistent, ugly open wound. Six spoken-word artists will attempt to be part of the solution at […]
Br(OK)en Genius. Credit: Invisible Epistle by Photos by C.M.P./CMPerceptions
You want Milwaukee to be healed. “Well, how are you being the healer?” asks spoken-word artist Brit Nicole. She’s talking about Milwaukee’s segregated past and present, the city’s persistent, ugly open wound. Six spoken-word artists will attempt to be part of the solution at this month’s performance of Br(OK)en Genius, which will see their performances set against music and photography, all of which is organized by artist Christopher McIntyre, whose work was featured in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Wisconsin 30 exhibit. The performances will surely offer stirring reminders of the city’s inequalities, and more importantly, its potential for restoration. (Claire Hanan)
➞ Br(OK)en Genius (Nov. 21-22). South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. 901 15th Ave., South Milwaukee, 414-766-5049, southmilwaukeepac.org.
When it comes to the young playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, you can pick your superlatives: “a bold new talent,” “the richest dialogue of any scribe of his generation,” “divine genius.” His writing has tackled material as diverse as spirituality in the Deep South, the psychological dynamics of a high school choir, and an adaptation of Antony and Cleopatra set in French colonial Haiti. Milwaukeeans will get their first taste of McCraney’s resonant poetic imagination with In the Red and Brown Water, the story of a high school track star who puts off college to care for her ailing mother. This production is a joint project of Marquette University and Uprooted Theatre, and is directed by Uprooted’s Marti Gobel. (Paul Kosidowski)
➞ In the Red and Brown Water (Nov. 6-16). Helfaer Theatre. 525 N. 13th St., 414-288-7504, uprootedmke.com.
photo by Danni Trester; courtesy of Jennifer Angus
University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Jennifer Angus creates art with, shall we say, an interesting medium. It may not be for the squeamish. Angus uses thousands of painted insects (now deceased) to create geometric quilt-like patterns on the walls of the museums housing her work. With her insect patterns, which mirror the delicate shapes of the insects’ own wings, she makes environmental statements, like calling for an end to deforestation. And taken together, the patterns, insect statues and diorama scenes are like a children’s playroom in a Tim Burton movie. (Claire Hanan)
➞ Jennifer Angus: Tell Me a Story (Nov. 7-Feb. 8). Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. 2220 N. Terrace Ave., 414-271-3656, cavtmuseums.org.
Allison Welch: American Girl. Changes for Allison as Kirsten Larson, by Allison Welch
Nineties kids, mark your calendars. Icons of your childhood have been given actual life in the form of the photography exhibit American Girl by artist Allison Welch. She’s taken her exhibit to Poland, Italy, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, re-creating the costumes and settings featured in the American Girl doll series, even handstitching replica outfits, thereby reanimating Kirsten, Samantha, Josefina and the gang. The photos and costumes will provide a life-sized study of the characters, whose stories were formative experiences for many a millennial. (Claire Hanan)
➞ Allison Welch: American Girl (Nov. 1-30). Inspiration Studios. West Allis. 1500 S. 73rd St., 414-587-3474, inspirationstudiosgallery.com.
Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill. Courtesy of Christopher Calloway Brooks
Cab Calloway has been dead for two decades, but his spirit and orchestra live on, now under the direction of his grandson, Christopher Calloway Brooks. The orchestra comes to town for Big Band Grandstand, a special performance to benefit WMSE 91.7 FM. The station’s big band authority, Dewey Gill, will kick off the evening with a DJ set of vintage recordings. And the Wisconsin Hybrid Theater, a troupe that regularly performs live radio dramas on WMSE, will be there to keep the spirit of the evening firmly planted in the time when the Cotton Club was the place to be. (Paul Kosidowski)
➞ Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill (Nov. 2). Turner Hall Ballroom. 1040 N. Fourth St., 414-286-3663, turnerhallballroom.org.