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August's can't-miss happenings.

Lissie
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.

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

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