Our must-see events in May
Through May 19
Haggerty Museum of Art
In 1983, the Haggerty’s founding director invited superstar artist Keith Haring to paint a construction fence surrounding the museum, just seven years before his untimely death. Now the Marquette Visualization Lab has created a “mixed reality” experience that allows visitors to take in the work up close while learning more about its context.
Local troubadour Trapper Schoepp is having a good year. In January he released Primetime Illusion – which includes a song that Schoepp co-wrote with Bob Dylan – and now he’s getting ready to launch a major international tour with his bandmates. Catch his show tonight so you can tell your friends you saw him before he made it big.
Tired of all that stifling spring sunshine and fresh air? Then spend your afternoon inside a dimly lit dive bar, sifting through vintage leather jackets and Sex Pistols records. In honor of Mother’s Day – evidently the most punk rock of holidays – the first 100 moms to step inside will receive a free gift.
FREE — Once a month, members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra pack up their clarinets and cellos and schlep them over to a local Colectivo for a free performance. The specific performers and the location change each month but the overall quality doesn’t. Weather permitting, they’ll be playing outside tonight, under the faint glow of the fairy lights that make the coffeehouse’s lakefront location so inviting.
A critic writing for The Washington Post called this surprisingly heart-warming musical about the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks “an antidote for what ails the American soul.” Now a touring production of the Tony winner – based on the true story of what happened when dozens of planes were diverted to a tiny Canadian town and locals there hosted the stranded travelers – is finally coming to Milwaukee.
In the three years since comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark launched their true-crime podcast, they’ve amassed hundreds of thousands of fans, or “Murderinos,” and topped iTunes’ comedy podcast charts. Their Milwaukee shows sold out almost immediately, but you’ll likely find scalpers (the ticket-selling kind, not the killing kind) nearby.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee
Every month, Latino Arts Inc. hosts a painting (and eating) event. This time they’re taking the party to 88Nine’s rooftop terrace, where participants can soak up enviable views of the city while painting a Milwaukee-themed Lotería card. Your $25 admission fee includes everything you’ll need to make the card, plus two tacos from Meat on the Street.
Irish-born indie rocker Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s debut album rocketed to the top of the British charts. But the singer-songwriter – who is 29 but holds his own with 79-year-old soul legend and collaborator Mavis Staples – has yet to receive much recognition on U.S. soil. Let’s hope that changes soon.