February’s must-dos include dinosaurs and chocolate.
➸ 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.
➸ 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.
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.
➸ 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.
➸ 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.
➸ 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.”