Lewis Black

What’s behind this special connection you have with Milwaukee? It was alcohol. I just have always had an affinity for the whole area. You guys just seem to get it. If it weren’t so f—ing cold, I probably would’ve moved to Chicago and spent more time there.  What are some of your favorite haunts in town? Bartolotta has great restaurants. And the bars I’ve just stumbled into, which are too many to mention. Water Street. I spend way too much time on Water Street. When you know it’s one of those streets that you might have been found dead on,…

Comedy

He’s gone from stand-up comedian to a sitcom about life as a stand-up comedian to hosting a Web series featuring cars, coffee and interviews with, you guessed it, comedians. But Jerry Seinfeld still stands and delivers, too. These days, the 60-year-old is married and raising the couple’s three kids, which might sound like a sitcom pitch. But he says he’ll never do another one of those. Oct. 10. Riverside Theater. When the new year approaches, you expect two things: the ball dropping in New York, and Jim Gaffigan dropping into Milwaukee. Married to a Milwaukeean, he keeps celebrating the holidays…

Family-Friendly Fare

1. What happens when a group known for making beautiful music adds a world-renowned violinist to its ranks? Does it make beautiful-er music? We can’t answer that without further mangling the Queen’s English, but we will be in the audience to see what happens when the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra welcomes violinist Frank Almond as its first artist-in-residence. Oct. 15. Schwan Concert Hall.  2. The city’s second-largest theater company – and yes, it’s a kids troupe – begins its 28th season with a world premiere of Eric Coble’s Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars. First Stage will re-create the streets…

In the Great Outdoors

Photo by Tom Bamberger.  Dancers have their signature apparel: tutus and toe shoes for ballet, top hat and tails for Broadway hoofers, T-shirts and Chuck Taylors for the postmodern crowd. But for Debra Loewen, artistic director of Wild Space Dance Company, the appropriate outfit might be a hard hat and steel-toed boots.  At least when she’s in the early stages of planning one of her company’s site-specific dance performances, which have been a fixture on the scene for more than 25 years. Through many of those events, Loewen has drawn on her deeply felt interest in Milwaukee as a “city…

Dance

1. Alverno Presents has formed a fruitful partnership with choreographer Molly Shanahan and her Mad Shak dance company. The group has been in residence at the school, and Shanahan has performed at the college with her company in 2009 and as a soloist in 2012. This year, Mad Shak is back with The Delicate Hour. To judge from Shanahan’s past work, it will be a fragile, beautiful thing. Oct. 24-25. Mitchell Hall.  2. Don’t be fooled by the iconic titles in the Milwaukee Ballet’s upcoming season. Many of these classics have been re-imagined by MB artistic director Michael Pink. Don…