From pet parades to comic cons, October’s got it going on.
Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center
It’s been 20 years since this Pulitzer Prize–winning rock musical about arty East Village residents contending with the HIV/AIDS crisis premiered. If you missed its original 12-year, 5,123-performance run, you shouldn’t wait “Another Day” to see it live.
What’s better than watching cute cat videos online? Watching cute cat videos premiere live on a big screen while listening to New York-based comic Carla Rhodes crack kitty jokes. And that’s exactly what this family-friendly event delivers.
Milwaukee Public Museum
Ever wanted to see a suit of armor in person? How about a shark-toothed sword or Apache revolver? Then come to the opening of the Public Museum’s edgiest fall show, an exhibition of more than 180 weapons and artifacts culled from the museum’s archives – on view through January 1.
The Riverside Theater
Monty Python co-founder and champion silly walker John Cleese answers questions about his life and work, followed by a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety. Expect audience members to recite their favorite lines along with the actors.
Pets of all shapes, sizes and species come together for the most aw-inspiring event of the month, put on to benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society. And yes, there’s a costume contest.
LUNCH MATINEE FOR GUYS AND DOLLS
Hear Alexander B. Tecoma talk about the costumes he designed for the Rep’s latest hit over lunch at the InterContinental. Then head to the theater to catch a showing of the play that topped an Entertainment Weekly list of “Greatest Musicals of All Time.”
The Back Room at Colectivo
This Austin-based band serves up folksy, often funny bluegrass music with a side of punk rock. The quintet is joined by up-and-coming solo artist Billy Strings.
The Riverside Theater
Two years after Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia passed away, a couple of Chicago fans decided to re-create one of the band’s concerts, playing every song on a 1981 set list. When the show sold out, they took their act on the road. They’ve been playing to packed houses ever since.
Historic Third Ward
Already one of the city’s buzziest neighborhoods, the Third Ward becomes the center of attention at this quarterly event. Dozens of gallerists extend their hours, stock up on wine and invite performers into their spaces to entertain visitors.
The Wisconsin Center
Groove to the beat of dozens of drums at this celebration of indigenous culture, with dancing, singing, drumming, costumes and more. Non-natives are welcome to participate, too.
Did this Sconnie city drink some polyjuice potion? Because it’s starting to look a lot like Hogsmeade. Magical vendors hawk their wares throughout town while visitors enjoy wizard chess, quidditch matches – and movie screenings.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Equally enamored of classical melodies and hip-hop beats, violinists Wil B. and Kev Marcus compose and play a style of multi-genre music that critics have dubbed “classic boom.” You won’t want to miss this explosive concert.
Each fall, the Wisconsin countryside is set aflame by the yellows, oranges and reds of autumn leaves. On this self-driving tour of one of Wisconsin’s most charming towns, leaf peepers can also peek inside nearly 20 artist studios.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center
Newbery Medal–winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo talks about her creative process and her latest picture book, La La La. Afterward, she’ll take audience questions and sign copies.
Wisconsin State Fair
Come for the lip-smackingly good chicken wings, and stay for the Halloween costumes, the live music and the wing-eating contest. Two complimentary drinks (beer, soda or water) are included in the early-bird ticket price for this 21-plus event. ◆