Culture Calendar: August

August’s can’t-miss happenings.

Aug. 4
The Illinois-born indie folk singer has a unique vocal power with electric guitar skills to back it up, both of which will be on display at her Turner Hall debut.

Bleachers, Charli XCX, Borns
Aug. 5
“I Wanna Get Better” rocker and fun. frontman Jack Antonoff brings his show, as well as Charli XCX – the young British pop phenom – to the Rave for a highly danceable night.

John Hitchcock's 'Cotton Electric'
John Hitchcock’s ‘Cotton Electric’

Water Liars, Twin Brother, Christopher Porterfield
Aug. 6
One of the city’s beloved small venues, the Cactus Club, hosts two beloved local acts along with Water Liars, a soulful Mississippi three-piece. A great night of music is made better by the intimate confines.

Waukesha BluesFest
Aug. 7-8
Son Little’s timely, topical and irresistibly catchy blues repertoire might make his Aug. 8 show the best of the month. It should not be missed.

Plein Air at the Fair
Aug. 10
The Wisconsin State Fair is getting into the art business, in a way, by hosting its first-ever plein air competition on Aug. 10. We’re all for bringing a little creativity to this 164-year-old institution.

Mexican Fiesta
Aug. 21-23
A jalapeno-eating contest is just the beginning of this dance, art and lucha libre-filled festival, one of the perennial highlights of festival season at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. We recommend you don’t leave your wrestling mask at home.

John Hitchcock: National Sanctuary
Aug. 22-Jan. 29
This accomplished printmaker uses mixed media for thought-provoking, vibrant installations, some of which will be displayed this month at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

‘Culture Calendar’ appears in the August 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
The August 2015 issue is on newsstands August 3.

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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.