Dec. 2 | THE BRADLEY SYMPHONY CENTER
Legendary drummer Stewart Copeland will be rocking with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a guest singer and guitarist. And yes, they’ll play hits like “Roxanne,” “Every Breath You Take” and more by The Police. The unexpected pairing makes more sense when you consider Copeland’s career as a composer.
DEC. 3-MARCH 27 | MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM
Photographer An-My Lê was 15 when the U.S. military evacuated her and her family from Saigon in 1975. Her wide, sweeping shots explore the “peripheries of battle,” like military training and re-enactments. MAM’s exhibit is the first comprehensive survey of her work.
In our annual love fest for the city we call home, readers and editors alike give mad props to the people, places and things that rev us up right now. From restaurants to remodelers, we’ve curated more than 100 reasons for you to get out and explore Milwaukee.
DEC. 3-12 | MILWAUKEE YOUTH ARTS CENTER
Based on a true story, this play recounts the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was beaten and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming. Unlike most First Stage productions, this one contains strong language and mature content. It is recommended for viewers over the age of 13.
4. Santa Hustle
DEC. 5 | VETERANS PARK
This 5K and “Kids Dash” is a beloved Milwaukee tradition. Hustlers get a sweatshirt and a finishers medal, plus a white beard and hat for participating. Onlookers get the joy of seeing hundreds of Santas race around Veterans Park.
DEC. 10-26 | UIHLEIN HALL MARCUS CENTER
Clara, the sugar plum fairy and more than 200 lavishly costumed dancers take the stage for this holiday classic that’s been running since 2003. Plus, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra is there to bring Tchaikovsky’s score to life as a snow machine turns the stage into a picturesque winter wonderland.
DEC. 11 | RIVERSIDE THEATER
Come on down! You could be the next contestant on “The Price Is Right Live.” Drew Carey won’t be in the house, but you could win prizes including appliances, vacations and even a new car if you get picked to play. Expect classic games like Plinko, Cliffhangers and The Big Wheel.
DEC. 11 | NŌ STUDIOS SKYLINE BAR + LOUNGE
Nō Studios – the local arts center founded by Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley – opened a rooftop bar with a 360-degree view of Milwaukee in May. This party is an opportunity to gather, network and relax at the space’s two outdoor patios while enjoying the full bar.
DEC. 15 | BOSWELL BOOKS
Rachel Kapelke-Dale, a Milwaukee native now living in Paris, publishes this debut novel about a trio of dancers at a French ballet school this month. She’ll talk about the tense thriller with Christina Clancy, the Madison-based author of Shoulder Season.
THROUGH DEC. 24 | PABST THEATER
The Milwaukee Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol has been an annual tradition since 1976 (with a virtual interlude in 2020). Charles Dickens’ world comes to life with elaborate set design and period costumes at the historic Pabst Theater.
DEC. 31 | PABST THEATER
Wisconsin’s own Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is celebrating a whole decade of making music together and the release of their new album, Miles in Blue. The crew of five “Americana mavericks” blends bluegrass with folk, using the sweet sounds of string instruments to set the tone. They’ve scheduled their anniversary party for NYE in MKE.