March Agenda: Laugh, Cry, Listen

Our picks for March’s best events, including the Highland Community Players, Leon Bridges, GlobalFest, Tory Folliard Gallery, Skylight Music Theatre and more.

The Bully, The Liar & The Thief
March 2 and 4
Yes, the Highland Community Players are children, but this is the same group that staged a “Twin Peaks”-inspired show in 2014. The Highland Community School Auditorium will host this play that explores “how the labels children receive from adults can often lead to self-fulfilling prophecies.”

The Rashita Joneses with Surgeons in Heat, Trophy Dad, Tapebenders
March 4
Put on your skinny jeans and indulge in a night of homegrown rock, with flavors of pop, punk and psychedelia, at Cactus Club, one of the finest rock venues in town.

March 4-12
An old play about a soldier’s sordid affairs gets a new spin from Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson’s Theatre Gigante. James Butchart directs, accompanied by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan’s heralded score.

Crowns: A Gospel Musical
March 4-26
Gospel music and strong female relationships help teen Yolanda in her search for identity in this Skylight Music Theatre production of Regina Taylor’s play.

Leon Bridges
March 12
Leon Bridges’ 2016 seems to be as eventful as his 2015, which included a December “Saturday Night Live” performance in support of his debut album, Coming Home. As part of the soul singer’s tour that kicks off this month, Son Little will join in for the Riverside performance. Little is the ideal companion for a night of old-sounding tunes about contemporary topics.

Trace of Light by Rodger Bechtold/Tory Folliard Gallery.
Trace of Light by Rodger Bechtold/Tory Folliard Gallery.

Rodger Bechtold and Trina May Smith
March 18-April 9
Urban and mostly residential decay is painter Trina May Smith’s focus for this Tory Folliard showing. Surprising, however, is the Oshkosh artist’s use of vibrant colors to portray otherwise dreary decomposition. Similarly colorful are Rodger Bechtold’s impressionistic landscapes, which are on display concurrently.

Jackie Kashian and the Great Lakes Comedy Avengers
March 19
Fresh from opening for Maria Bamford, this South Milwaukee-raised comedian returns to a local stage for her performance with Milwaukee native Tom Clark, Mary Mack and Josh Casey at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Emeline Michel photo courtesy of Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.
Emeline Michel photo courtesy of Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.

GlobalFest: Creole Carnival
March 19
Unity through art is the goal of GlobalFest, which brings Jamaican, Brazilian and Haitian musicians – like Haiti’s Emeline Michel – to the ’burbs and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

‘March Agenda’ appears in the March 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.