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February’s must-dos include dinosaurs and chocolate.

Photo by Wayne Rokicki.

Photo by Wayne Rokicki.

Mitten Fest
Feb. 6
Local bands and rare keg tappings in the streets of Bay View, all courtesy of beer haven Burnhearts, even in the throes of winter. That’s the gist of Mitten Fest, because this is Wisconsin, and the fun doesn’t end when the last leaf has fallen.

Science on Tap: Dr. Paul Sereno
Feb. 11
Suds and science? Yes, please. You can sip slowly at the Milwaukee Public Museum while listening to a lecture by University of Chicago-based Dr. Paul Sereno, a paleontologist whose discoveries include the first skull of a theropod herrerasaurus, and a plant-eating dino called nigersaurus.

Dorian Gray
Feb. 12-21
Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink is putting his pirouette on the Oscar Wilde classic at the Pabst Theater, with the help of the ballet’s orchestra.

Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.

Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.

In Celebration of Chocolate
Feb. 19-21
Cooking classes and scotch tastings are nice, but spending a weekend (or just an evening) doing those activities with chocolate is much, much better. So eat, drink, create and take in the chocolate sculptures at Kohler’s “In Celebration of Chocolate” event.

Fiesta Mexico-Americana
Feb. 20
Grammy award-winning Mexican group Los Lobos will provide the beats for the folk dancers of Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at this Marcus Center show.

Photo by Tom Davenport.

Lizzo. Photo by Tom Davenport.

Lizzo
Feb. 20
“I can’t wash it away/so you can’t take it from me,” singer Lizzo says of her dark-brown skin in the slow-churning “My Skin.” She’ll swing by Turner Hall Ballroom to perform her latest album, Big GRRRL Small World, which also features everywhere-man Justin Vernon.

In the Chamber
Feb. 25-27
Present Music’s listening sessions at four different venues (details at presentmusic.org) offer the chance to hear the music of six acclaimed composers, including Kamran Ince and Caroline Mallonee.

The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral by Thomas Cole.

The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral by Thomas Cole.

Nature and the American Vision
Feb. 26-May 8
The Milwaukee Art Museum will showcase an exhibit from the New York Historical Society’s collection of landscape paintings, including Thomas Cole’s heralded series of five stirring landscapes, “The Course of Empire.”

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

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