Culture Calendar: January 2016

Our picks for January’s best events, including First Stage, Riverwest Fem Fest, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Alverno Presents, Milwaukee Ballet, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Milwaukee Record’s Local Coverage.

Klassik. Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.
Klassik. Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

➸ Jan. 15-Feb. 14
Millennials will remember Louis Sachar’s book and the eponymous Shia LaBeouf-starring film, but there aren’t many opportunities outside of First Stage to see the twisted tale of Stanley Yelnats and the wayward juvenile detention facility live. Don’t miss the chance.

Local Coverage
➸ Jan. 15
Milwaukee Record is hosting its second cover fest, known cheekily as Local Coverage. Milwaukee acts like Klassik, GGOOLLDD and the WhiskeyBelles will create their own versions of each other’s songs at Turner Hall Ballroom.

Fem Fest
➸ Jan. 21-24
The second Riverwest Fem Fest features a stellar and wide-ranging musical lineup, ranging from Hello Death and Sista Strings to the adult campers of Ladies Rock Milwaukee. Catch the jamming at neighborhood locales such as the Riverwest Public House and Company Brewing.


Photo by Gabrielle Revere.
Karen Gomyo. Photo by Gabrielle Revere.

The Firebird
➸ Jan. 22-23
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is like a master juggler, balancing the need to appeal to a wider audience while still offering up classical masterpieces. This month is no different. The MSO plays hits from Elvis (Jan. 15-16) just a week before Karen Gomyo and her loaned 1703 Stradivarius violin play Stravinsky’s suite from The Firebird.

Agnes of God
➸ Jan. 22-Feb. 14
It’s a murder mystery set in a convent involving a young nun, her dead newborn and a rainbow of questions that need answering. Renaissance Theaterworks performs the thriller, with Laura Gordon as the psychiatrist tasked with finding some of those answers and Flora Coker as Mother Superior.

Photo by Alex Clark.
Photo by Alex Clark.

Milwaukee Ballet II
➸ Jan. 30
The next generation of professional dancers will perform contemporary and classical pieces, including three new works by international choreographers Lee-Wei Chao, Ilya Kozadayev and Petr Zahradnicek at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

How To Write A Popular Song
➸ Jan. 30
Charles K. Harris grew up in Milwaukee before writing one of the best-selling songs of the early 20th century. Similar to Alverno Presents’ Foster Project in 2013, it’s Field Report’s Chris Porterfield’s turn to honor an American songwriting legend.

‘Culture Calendar’ appears in the January 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Correction: The correct date and choreographer names have been updated for the Milwaukee Ballet’s South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center performance. We regret the error. 



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.