The Friday Five for April 18

Open Studio at UW-Milwaukee’s Kenilworth Building Why? Because the future is here, and you have just three hours to see it. UWM’s Peck School opens the doors of its innovative facility to let you meander through hundreds of works in progress. Faculty studios are often crammed with new designs—past, present and future—and hallways are filled with exhibits, performances and artists eager to talk about their work. Opera on Tap at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Why? Because someone, somewhere had the grand idea of blending the world of opera with the world of beer. And you can bet it wasn’t…

Open Studio at UW-Milwaukee’s Kenilworth Building

Why? Because the future is here, and you have just three hours to see it. UWM’s Peck School opens the doors of its innovative facility to let you meander through hundreds of works in progress. Faculty studios are often crammed with new designs—past, present and future—and hallways are filled with exhibits, performances and artists eager to talk about their work.

Opera on Tap at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Why? Because someone, somewhere had the grand idea of blending the world of opera with the world of beer. And you can bet it wasn’t long before Milwaukee opened its chapter. Opera on Tap hosts discussions and performances around town, and this one features contemporary work from three composers with Milwaukee ties. Nathan Wesselowski and Joel Kenneth Boyd are local composers whose work has been featured by Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Daron Hagen is a celebrated national figure who grew up in the area, and is in town to direct his show, I Hear America Singing, at the Skylight Theatre.  




Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center

Why? Because it’s a program tailor-made for spring. The dazzling energy of Mendelssohn’s overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The folksy dance-like rhythms of Bartók’s Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra. The lush, blooming beauty of Chausson’s Poème for Violin and Orchestra. And the youthful energy of Prokofiev’s suite from Romeo & Juliet. MSO Concertmaster is featured in the two violin works. And Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements leads a group of actors to present scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet to go along with the music. Young Hungarian conductor Rossen Milanov is on the podium.


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Colin Stetson

Alverno Presents’ Solo Flight

Why? Because there is still time to catch two of the three installments of this cutting-edge music, dance, and performance mini-festival. Friday night, Jeanine Durning repeats her fascinating solo performance, inging, at Lynden Sculpture Garden (see my review here). Saturday, Arcade Fire’s Colin Stetson and his very large saxophone performs at Alverno’s Wehr Hall. Saturday morning, all three artists join Inova Gallery director Sara Krajewski to discuss their work (Todd Wehr Auditorium at MIAD). See one or all. 

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Paul Kosidowski is a freelance writer and critic who contributes regularly to Milwaukee Magazine, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and national arts magazines. He writes weekly reviews and previews for the Culture Club column. He was literary director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from 1999-2006. In 2007, he was a fellow with the NEA Theater and Musical Theater Criticism Institute at the University of Southern California. His writing has also appeared in American Theatre magazine, Backstage, The Boston Globe, Theatre Topics, and Isthmus (Madison, Wis.). He has taught theater history, arts criticism and magazine writing at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.