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Do not miss these musical performances, art exhibits and letter openers. Yes, really.

Photo courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour
➸ Oct. 9-11
More than 45 artists from Newburg to Mequon will open their studios for travelers and locals alike, similar to Milwaukee’s gallery nights, but with the added bonus of having the state’s fall foliage in its multicolored prime.

Seeing is Believing: Photographs from the Collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
➸ Oct. 11–Jan. 17
The Sherlock Holmes author had a collection of photography that captured a slice of history too juicy to ignore: those who used early photographic techniques combined with Oujia boards and trances to contemplate the existence of the afterlife. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center plays host.

Chance the Rapper
➸ Oct. 16
The 22-year-old Chicago emcee performs with an energy and vocal range that is rare among contemporary rappers, and he’ll bring both to The Rave for this month’s show.

Photo by Emily Soto.

Photo by Emily Soto.

RAM Collects: Wood Letter Openers by Norm Sartorius from Ronald and Kay Springwater
➸ Oct. 18-Feb. 7
The Racine Art Museum shows off 44 of Norm Sartorius’ letter openers, antiquated office tools that have been given new life in this woodworker’s hands. His letter openers are carved from exotic woods in a rainbow of colors and forms that are very sharp.

Melanie Martinez
➸ Oct. 21
The former “Voice” singer, whose music embraces Lana Del Rey’s melancholy and Sylvan Esso’s beats, struck out on her own last year with her debut album, Cry Baby. Tears are unlikely at her Turner Hall performance.

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Nordstrom Beauty Bash
➸ Oct. 23
On its opening day, the long-awaited department store launches with a beauty event that promises drinks, snacks and free swag, plus offerings from its roster of beauty brands. Makeovers sweeten the deal.

Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival
➸ Oct. 23-24
The latest addition to the beer festival calendar promises to bring some of the biggest breweries in the American craft beer world to the Harley-Davidson Museum. The fest is as much about sampling as education, and will feature classes on topics such as maximizing hops flavor and the importance of H2O.

‘Culture Calendar: August’ appears in the October 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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