Agenda: Top Events for April 2016

Cultural happenings and athletic adventures. Our picks for April’s best events.

Florentine After Dark
➸ April 1-2
The Florentine’s current crop of studio artists – soprano Ariana Douglas, mezzo-soprano Katherine Fili, tenor Thomas Leighton and baritone Leroy Davis – will perform cabaret classics at the opera’s Wayne and Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center.

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Mamiffer, Jon Mueller
➸ April 3
Both acts deal in richly layered soundscapes that will make for one fascinating night of aural exploration at Cactus Club.

Nick Offerman
➸ April 7
The mustachioed “Parks and Rec” actor will drop by the Riverside to discuss his latest book, Gumption, which retells familiar stories of his favorite historical and pop culture figures and explains why they’re so dear to him.

30x30x30
➸ April 15
Thirty Milwaukee artists have been busy creating 30, six-inch mini-masterpieces each, all of which will be unveiled at Var Gallery in time for Gallery Night.

Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest
➸ April 23-24
That’s right. More than 300 of these fluffy beasts will be present and accounted for at the Washington County Fairgrounds, along with fiber artists and instructors who will teach you to knit.

Photo by Tim Fuller.
Photo by Tim Fuller.

Fences
➸ April 26-May 22
David Alan Anderson, a Lunt Fontanne Fellow, stars as Troy in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s performance of August Wilson’s Fences – the story of an African American former baseball player trying to make a life for himself and his family in an industrial post-war city.

Photo courtesy of the BrewCity Bruisers.
Photo courtesy of the BrewCity Bruisers.

Sports Report

Bucks vs Orlando MagicApril 1
We’re in it for the cereal bowl giveaway.

Brewers vs San Francisco Giants April 4
The home opener presents the best opportunity to dust off your mini grill.

The Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF TourApril 9
Study the art of riding animals.

BrewCity Bruisers Bout #4April 23
Your second-to-last opportunity of the season to see the four women’s roller derby teams face off.

‘Agenda’ appears in the April 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.