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28 days of extracurricular highlights

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE

February 2 and 5
The Riverside Theater

“Come on down” to this live (non-televised) version of America’s longest-running game show, where select audience members get to spin “The Big Wheel” and compete for some of the same prizes as their TV counterparts.


URBAN CANDLELIGHT HIKE

February 3
Three Bridges Park

Enjoy a free scenic, candle-lit hike along the Hank Aaron State Trail, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., complete with a pit stop for s’mores. Register at urbanecologycenter.org. And check out the after party at Third Space Brewing.

Hank Aaron State Trail

Hank Aaron State Trail; photo by Adam Ryan Morris


2018 WISCONSIN ARTISTS BIENNIAL

February 3-April 8
Museum of Wisconsin Art

Every other year, the Museum of Wisconsin Art shines a spotlight on the state’s most promising artists – such as Shorewood photographer Lois Bielefeld. At the opening-day party, MOWA also awards $10,000 in cash prizes. And the museum extends a solo exhibition invitation to one artist.

Artists Biennial

Artists Biennial; images courtesy of Museum of Wisconsin Art


ice skating

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DREAM BIG

February 8-11
BMO Harris Bradley Center

Tinker Bell’s pixie dust is pretty potent stuff – strong enough to transport audiences of all ages to the wintry world of Arendelle, where characters from Frozen come to life. And other Disney princesses, such as Snow White, Jasmine and Rapunzel, ensure that the evening enchants from start to finish.


MXE MILWAUKEE MIXED

February 8-11
The Pabst Theater

Five choreographers team up with local musicians to create acrobatic song and dance numbers for this Milwaukee Ballet event. Writer (and occasional MilMag freelancer) Dasha Kelly delivers a spoken word performance to accompany a piece by Timothy O’Donnell, and 88Nine’s Jordan Lee kicks the evening off with a thumping pre-show playlist.

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JENS LEKMAN

February 9
The Back Room @ Colectivo

On Jens Lekman’s fourth album, Life Will See You Now, the indie crooner’s wit and voice are as strong as they’ve ever been. Sing along to songs new and old in this intimate concert venue before Lekman goes on to tour Australia and work on new music.


Ebony Stewart

Ebony Stewart

SPOKEN WORD ARTIST EBONY STEWART

February 14
Alverno College

Ebony Stewart, co-champion of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, delivers pithy spoken-word poems on sex, love and relationships – perfect for couples looking to step outside the (heart-shaped) box this Valentine’s Day.


ANIME MILWAUKEE 2018

February 16-18
Wisconsin Center

Tokyo may be 6,000-plus miles to the west, but Wisconsin’s largest anime convention is located right in Milwaukee. Fans who sign up for the three-day con can snag autographs and art from the stars, compete in karaoke contests and catch anime screenings.


CEDARBURG WINTER FESTIVAL

February 17-18
Downtown Cedarburg

See idyllic Cedarburg transformed into a winter wonderland at this February weekend festival, complete with an ice-carving contest, chili cook-off and camel rides. And don’t miss the Japanese-style “Snow Battle,” an event that’s part snowball fight, part dodgeball tournament.


FOOD AND FROTH

February 17
Milwaukee Public Museum

If you’ve always wanted to wander through the “Streets of Old Milwaukee” with a Brew City beer in hand, you’re in luck. At this after-hours fundraiser, you can eat and drink – more than 70 breweries poured samples last year – as much as you want while strolling through the museum’s exhibitions.


THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP AND TALKBACK SESSION

February 18
Marquette University

If you still haven’t seen The Blood is at the Doorstep, you’ve got another chance to catch the disquieting documentary, about the 2014 police killing of disabled Milwaukee man Dontre Hamilton. Director Erik Ljung and members of the Hamilton family discuss the film after its screening. The free event is currently at capacity, but check the film’s Facebook page for possible updates.

Blood on the Doorstep

Blood on the Doorstep; photo courtesy of Eric Ljung


The Wiz

The Wiz; illustration courtesy of Todd Wehr Theater

THE WIZ

February 23-March 25
Todd Wehr Theater

The Wiz blew through Broadway with the force of a tornado when it debuted there in 1975, earning seven Tony awards. And the residents of Oz are still as charming as ever, especially when belting out soulful songs like “Ease on Down the Road.”

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MAMA TRIED MOTORCYCLE SHOW

February 24-25
Eagles Club and BMO

Harris Bradley Center Few bikers brave frigid February temperatures in this city. But Harley fans can still show their hogs some love at this indoor invitational, showcasing more than 100 home-built bikes and a flat-track race around an arena that’s been sprayed with soda for maximum stickiness.

motorcycle

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MILWAUKEE COMIC CON

February 24
Wisconsin State Fair Park

Anyone who purchases a Comic Con ticket scores a free comic book. But the real gift? The hundreds of artists, vendors and special guests visiting the convention hall.


GREATER MILWAUKEE AUTO SHOW

February 24-March 4
Wisconsin Center

Test-drive the latest models from Chevrolet, Mazda, FIAT and many other manufacturers at this massive show. And be sure to check out the antique and luxury automobiles on display too, before playing a round of car-themed mini golf.


HAMBINGO TO BENEFIT WALKER’S POINT

February 28
Hamburger Mary’s MKE

Support the Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center while competing for prizes and taking advantage of drink specials at this boozy bingo event, hosted by drag divas Dear Ruthie and Karen Valentine. 


‘Agenda: February’ appears in the February 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find it on newsstands beginning January 29, or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.

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