THROUGH OCT. 17 | SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE
When his 1997 film of the same name − about out-of-work steel workers who give stripping a go − became a sleeper hit, Simon Beaufoy decided to turn the script into a play. The result is a musical comedy that’s just as campy and endearingly irreverent as its source material. It opens Skylight’s 2021-22 season, with the theatre planning to be back at full capacity again.
THROUGH DEC. 19 | HAGGERTY MUSEUM OF ART
The sea has been a lifelong preoccupation of the Cuban- born visual and performance artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons. It appears in her drawings, photographs and installations. And through it she explores the idea that the ocean represents both loss and memory, life and death.
OCT. 2 | MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! You’ll still have to pay to park at the zoo today, but your admission will be completely free. Which means you’ll have more to spend on snacks and souvenirs after meeting a few of your favorite animals.
OCT. 3 | DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE
Now celebrating its 40th year, this historic race starts and ends near Lake Michigan, at the Henry Meier Festival Grounds. And it’s a Boston Marathon qualifying course.
5. Hasan Minhaj
OCT. 3 | RIVERSIDE THEATER
Comedian Hasan Minhaj first rose to prominence as a “Daily Show” correspondent. Since then, he’s hosted his own Netflix show, “Patriot Act,” and snapped up a pair of Peabody and Webby Awards. Audience members will be asked to leave their phones with security before entering the theater.
OCT. 7 | 318 S. WATER ST.
Enjoy one more evening on the water before it gets too cold. A Milwaukee Kayak Company guide will lead paddlers on a sunset tour of the Menomonee River, past the Harley-Davidson Museum and other sites.
OCT. 13-24 | MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
It’s still not too late to see what might just end up being the most beloved Broadway musical of a generation. After a not-so-brief hiatus, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning modern masterpiece Hamilton has finally returned to Milwaukee.
OCT. 16 | 7720 HARWOOD AVE.
Shop for fresh pumpkins, cider and other autumnal treats at this open-air farmers market, the last of the season. There’ll also be live music and arts and crafts on site.
OCT. 28-31 | MILWAUKEE BALLET AT MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Enjoy contemporary pieces by three different acclaimed choreographers from around the globe when the Milwaukee Ballet makes its 51st season debut at the refurbished Marcus Center.
OCT. 31 | BEST PLACE AT THE HISTORIC PABST BREWERY
Hop into your vintage Corvette or Thunderbird and cruise on down to the Pabst Brewery complex for a unique car show supported by the Rebel Rousers, TroubleShooters and the Wisco Maniacs car clubs. The family-friendly show boasts live music, a full bar with cheap beer, and lots and lots of classic cars.