If you haven’t scoped out the Bucks’ new arena yet, your first chance to see it in basketball action comes tonight as our fearsome deer open the preseason against their Windy City rivals.
Oct. 6-Jan. 6
Milwaukee Public Museum
Cozy up to brilliantly colored tree frogs, fearsome-looking horned frogs and even deadly poisonous dart frogs. This traveling exhibition boasts lots of live amphibians hopping through habitats painstakingly created to replicate their natural environments. It’s also chock-full of hands-on activities and special programming for visitors of all ages.
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm – whose work is featured in Sculpture Milwaukee’s 2018 Wisconsin Avenue installation – creates colorful surrealist sculptures that seem to revel in humor and horror in equal measure. Tonight, Graeme Reed, from the Museum of Wisconsin Art, talks about the artist’s unique approach to figuration.
Oct. 12-Feb. 10
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Experience the tumult of our country’s McCarthy years, when anyone deemed “un-American” faced public scrutiny and scorn. Even A-list Hollywood celebrities, including several from Wisconsin, feared being blacklisted for real or imagined communist sympathies.
The Chef’s Table
Consider this evening event kind of like a real-life version of “Top Chef.” You can taste nine sample-sized dishes from some of the best chefs in the city over the course of the friendly competition, and clear your palate with a swig of champagne between bites.
The culinary and ceramic arts collide at this popular fundraiser benefiting food pantries and meal programs around Milwaukee. Local chefs dish hearty soups into beautifully hand-crafted ceramic bowls, which patrons take home with them at the end of the evening – to remind them that many in the city go hungry.
The leaves are a riot of color, and so are the walls of many Milwaukee galleries. Over this event, which begins Friday evening and ends Saturday afternoon, you can chat up local artists while admiring their latest masterpieces.
Struggling to motivate yourself to start up a running regime? Well, if you sign up for this popular 5k, now in its fifth year, you can reward yourself with a post-workout beer (plus a sweatshirt and commemorative pint glass). Reason enough to hit the gym.
At this annual fundraiser for Local First, you can sample dishes from Milwaukee vendors – like Purple Door Ice Cream and Saz’s State House – and vote for your favorites. Everyone who purchases a ticket also receives four free Lakefront pours, a haunted brewery tour and a chance to compete in a costume contest with a cash prize.
Fourteen bars and restaurants along Brady will be holding coordinated costume contests, with frightfully good drink specials and prize packages offered to lure costume-clad revelers to their premises. And at midnight, the 14 winners will battle it out for top honors and bragging rights.