Agenda: 10 Can’t-miss Happenings in May

What to check out in May at Cactus Club, Boswell, Milwaukee Theatre, Riverside Theater, Racine Art Museum, Anodyne, Skylight Music Theatre and more.

0516_Chris-Cleave_Everyone-Brave-is-Forgiven_iStock_book_HiRes_clipMike Krol, Sat. Nite Duets, Midwives
➸ May 5, Cactus Club
A night of rock in a few different flavors.

Chris Cleave
➸ May 5, Boswell  Book Company
The British author discusses his latest, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, about a World War II-era affaire de cœur.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
➸ May 11, Riverside Theater
Film buffs and galaxy geeks will enjoy watching America’s favorite astrophysicist judge space movies for accuracy.

Sammy Arechar. Photo by Tom Grimm.
Sammy Arechar. Photo by Tom Grimm.

Express Yourself Milwaukee
➸ May 12, Milwaukee Theatre
Kids and artists of all stripes come together to display works made during a year-long arts immersion program.

Cream City Comedy Festival
➸ May 12-15, multiple locations
Venues around town will host the inaugural free fest with 11 opportunities to see stand-up.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
➸ May 13-June 12, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
A clever rodent teaches children about the importance of sharing and the dangers of impulsiveness in this classic First Stage rendering.

Photo courtesy of the Pabst Theater Group.
Photo courtesy of the Pabst Theater Group.


The Godfather Live
➸ May 20, Riverside Theater
Watching the film with Pacino might be the only way to top this screening with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performing the score.

The Pirates of Penzance
➸ May 20-June 12, Broadway Theatre Center
Skylight Music Theatre brings back Frederic and Mabel for another staging of this comic opera.

Swing Chevron, Áthas and Thistledown Thunders
➸ May 20, Anodyne Coffee’s Roastery
A night of Irish, bluegrass and swing music with, perhaps, a cup or two of coffee.

Rosette Brooch 36-16, by Linda Threadgill, courtesy of Racine Art Museum.
Rosette Brooch 36-16, by Linda Threadgill, courtesy of Racine Art Museum.


Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art
➸ May 22-Sept.4, Racine Art Museum
RAM gets serious about ornamentation with heavily layered works that can make a statement.

‘Agenda’ appears in the May 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.