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POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

January 1
Bradford Beach

Welcome the New Year by saying goodbye to 2017’s unwanted baggage – and clothing. At this free event, which begins around noon, swimmers strip down to their skivvies for a midwinter dip in the lake. There’s no official prize for the plunge, but bragging rights are better than trophies anyway.


Photo by Joan Marcus

WAITRESS

January 2-7
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

This musical, inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s 2007 film of the same name, satisfies as much as a slice of protagonist Jenna’s pie. Jenna dreams of winning a small-town baking competition and spending her winnings on a new, better life. Her story is sweet, but not cloyingly so.


50TH ANNUAL WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS SHOW

January 6-7
84th & Greenfield Ave.

More than 175 wedding professionals roll out the white carpet at this annual event, peddling cake-decorating, dress-making, photo-taking and just about everything else you might want for your walk down the aisle. The twice-daily fashion shows aren’t to be missed.


ANIMAL FARM

January 9-February 11
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater

George Orwell wrote Animal Farm more than 70 years ago, but his story about the residents of Manor Farm is still startlingly relevant. The Rep’s adaptation of the classic political novel reminds us that power still corrupts, and many politicians still care more about lining their pockets than providing for their constituents.


MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

January 12
BMO Harris Bradley Center

Can Giannis Antetokounmpo measure up to the towering talents of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant? Find out, at what’s sure to be one of the most talked-about games of the season.

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Photo courtesy of STEM Forward

FUTURE CITY COMPETITION

January 13
The Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kern Center

STEM Forward takes the old adage that “children are our future” literally, inviting middle school students to create and present a city of tomorrow using SimCity software and recyclable model materials. The winning team scores an all-expense-paid trip to Space Camp.

Photo courtesy of STEM Forward


THE ZACH PIETRINI BAND

January 18
Good City Brewing

Milwaukee’s masters of Americana are launching a multi-city tour, with stops as far afield as Nashville and Tampa. See them here before they fly south for the winter.


LESLIE ODOM JR.

January 19
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

The inimitable Leslie Odom Jr. has been working “non-stop” since leaving the cast of Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical. Fortunately, the Tony winner has found time, after releasing a Christmas album and taking a star turn in Murder on the Orient Express, to sing alongside the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


RUSSIAN TRANSPORT

January 19-February 11
Renaissance Theaterworks

Milwaukee’s only entirely women-founded, women-run professional theater company celebrates its 25th season. Join in the anniversary festivities by attending its latest production, which puts a spotlight on a family of Russian immigrants beguiled by a sinister relative.


Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum

ALLIED IN THE FIGHT: JEWS, BLACKS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

January 19-March 25
Jewish Museum Milwaukee

This inspiring exhibition shows us how the leaders of our local black and Jewish communities worked (and continue to work) together to fight for civil rights. Photos, letters and other archival materials bring their legacy to life.

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WISCONSIN RUMMAGE-O-RAMA

January 20-21
Wisconsin State Fair Park

Didn’t get what you wanted over the holidays? Maybe you’ll find something you like among the thousands of items at this indoor flea market, chock-full of antiques, collectibles, handicrafts and overstock goods. Go early to beat other bargain hunters.


DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT

January 21-February 25
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

One of Dr. Seuss’ most iconic characters, the Cat in the Hat reminds us that we can “find magic wherever we look.” We can certainly find it in this spirited and family-friendly play, produced by First Stage.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Youth Arts Center


BØRNS

January 26
The Riverside Theater

Only 25, Garrett Clark Borns (stage name Børns), has already come close to topping indie charts with his electroloop hits. And the Michigan native is slated to release a new album this month, just in time for his Milwaukee appearance.

Photo courtesy of The Riverside Theater


WAYNE BRADY

January 27
The Riverside Theater

Wayne Brady headlines Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2018, an annual fundraiser and comedy showcase. The actor, singer and host of “Let’s Make A Deal,” has been making audiences laugh for decades, since being cast in “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”


MEMBER SWAP DAY

January 28
Participating Milwaukee Museums

Seven Milwaukee museums are participating in this literal free-for-all. If you’re a member of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Grohmann Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee Public Museum or Villa Terrace Art Museum, you can get into the other six cultural institutions for free. ◆


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

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