The days are getting shorter, but there's still as much to see and do – plays, concerts, festivals – as ever.
Through Dec. 16
If you consider Mr. Darcy your ideal man, you’ll want to hitch up your Regency-style skirt, or trousers, and hurry over to the Rep, where the theater company is staging a “sequel” to Jane Austen’s iconic Pride and Prejudice, set in the English countryside.
Boswell Book Co.
You rarely hear the words “slam poet” and “superstar” used to describe the same person. But they fit Andrea Gibson, who won the first iteration of the Women of the World Poetry Slam and has performed at venues around the country. Reserve a copy of her latest book through Boswell, and she’ll sign it at the event.
Wisconsin Expo Center
During this celebration, which takes place around the end of the harvest season, thousands gather to sample traditional Hmong dishes, cheer on ceremonial dancers and singers and take part in activities like pov pob – a ball-tossing game commonly played between young adults looking for love.
Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
To commemorate the return of the Neapolitan Crèche to the Milwaukee Art Museum galleries (the 18th-century nativity scene hasn’t been on view at the MAM since 2013), curator Tanya Paul will discuss the work and its historic significance.
A Ukrainian-born troubadour who travels the world with his guitar, Estas Tonne finds inspiration in flamenco, Latin and Romani music. If you’re on the fence about attending his Cream City concert, listen to his hit “Song of the Golden Dragon,” which has received more than 50 million plays on YouTube.
The Back Room @ Colectivo
At this live storytelling competition, contestants get five minutes to tell a story that relates to the theme (this time around, the theme is “instincts”). A panel of judges selects a winner at the end of the night, and the champ gets a chance to compete again.
Climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and listen to members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform the score of the third Harry Potter movie live, while the film plays on a giant screen alongside them. Ten points for Gryffindor if you come in costume!
Dec. 14-16, 21-22
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan
Watch members of the Wisconsin-based Warped Dance Company reimagine The Nutcracker ballet for a 21st century audience. How? By replacing the classic dance scenes with stunning aerial acrobatics.
Photos by Lauren Schmitt of Double Vision Films
Basilica of St. Josaphat
Every year, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra fills one of the city’s most beautiful churches (modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome) with the sounds of one of the most beloved choral works in Western music. Christopher Seaman conducts the symphony, and Cheryl Frazes Hill directs the chorus.
The Rave claims to put on “the Midwest’s longest-running New Year’s Eve event,” and we aren’t going to argue with them. The Swedish DJ duo Dada Life (who set a Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Pillow Fight at one of their 2013 concerts) headlines the event this year.
The Globetrotters have been shooting hoops since the 1920s, when the Chicago-based players (fun fact: they didn’t actually play in Harlem until 1968) began dazzling crowds with their fancy footwork and hand-eye coordination. Today they’re known as much for their comic high jinks as their athleticism, but they’re still pretty impressive to watch.