Finish the year with our bang-up collection of culture.
➸ Dec. 2
Put on your dancin’ pants and get thee to Turner Hall Ballroom for what will surely be a rowdy, glitter-filled fiesta. The Milwaukee headliner will be accompanied by Minnesota’s Har Mar Superstar and Detroit’s Flint Eastwood. turnerhallballroom.org
Rafael Francisco Salas: Pastoral Testimony
➸ Dec. 2-Feb. 28
The United Community Center’s Latino Arts Gallery will exhibit the works of local artist Rafael Francisco Salas. His surrealist landscape and still-life paintings depict Wisconsin’s sometimes-conflicting eccentricities. latinoartsinc.org
Traumas of Policing: Stories from Milwaukee’s Youth
➸ Dec. 3
A group called the Youth Video Collective created short films about how segregation, racism and interactions with law enforcement have affected their lives. Washington Park’s Urban Ecology Center hosts a screening.
Milwaukee Hmong New Year
➸ Dec. 3-4
The city’s Hmong community rings in 2017 with a song and dance contest, a pageant, plenty of traditional foods and a whole lot more at State Fair Park Exposition Center. mkehmoobnewyear.com
➸ Dec. 9-10
This Wisco-born Americana-bluegrass trio will play two shows in the intimate confines of Colectivo’s Back Room to promote their latest album, Cartoon Moon, released this fall. pabsttheater.org
Milwaukee Bike Bazaar
➸ Dec. 10
Buy a bike, sell a bike or participate in biking-related arts and crafts at the Lindsay Building for the ninth two-wheeled soiree. bfw.org
Ex-Fabula’s Story Slam: Perfect Storm
➸ Dec. 14
Mastering the craft of storytelling is a never-ending journey. This month you’ll get to witness nine strangers on that expedition as they tell personal, somewhat improvised tales. exfabula.org
Cheers to Charity
Milwaukee Wave Star Wars Game ◆ Dec. 3, wisconsin.wish.org
Put on your furriest wookie duds and head to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena for a little Euro football courtesy of the Milwaukee Wave. Five percent of ticket sales go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
An Evening of Elegance ◆ Dec. 10, creamcitylinks.com
This African American women’s service and scholarship group hosts a soiree at the Hyatt Regency Hotel to benefit their education programs and more. Music from MKE’s Davis Family Band will keep your feet a-movin’.
Blutender: Holiday Spirits ◆ Dec. 12, unitedwaygmwc.org
If you take the Pfister Hotel’s elevator up to swanky lounge Blu on this day, you’ll find a happy hour during which 10 percent of the proceeds and all the tips go to United Way.