Pay Santa a visit, learn how sparkling wine is made or watch the MSO perform the Harry Potter score alongside the film screening.


Illustration by Cameron K. Lewis

Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee featuring Roberto Harrison

Voted “Best Poetry Series” in Milwaukee Magazine‘s Best of Milwaukee 2017 awards, Poets Read Some Stuff Someplace in Milwaukee is a quarterly poetry reading that will feature the city’s current poet laureate, Roberto Harrison, on Thursday, December 14. Harrison, voted in MilMag’s Best of Milwaukee 2017 awards as the Milwaukeean most likely to make you cry (with his inspirational free verse), will take the stage along with Oscar Mireles, Madison’s current poet laureate, and UWM PhD candidate Su Cho. The reading, held at Var Gallery & Studios (643 S. 2nd St.), kicks off at 7:30 p.m. 


Photo by Jeff Marini

Exploring Wine Series: Sparkling

On Thursday, December 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., learn the methods for producing sparkling wines and taste five to six options from around the world for $25 at The Ruby Tap Tosa (1341 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa). 


Matt Braunger at the Underground Collaborative

Gifted comedian Matt Braunger is taking his stand-up act to Milwaukee’s Underground Collaborative (161 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. Matt has appeared on a long list of TV shows, including Chelsea LatelyConanThe Late Show with David Letterman and more. Tickets cost between $18 and $20.


“Jingle Jangle Jam” Part II

This holiday event hosted by J3 Studios (2852 N. Oakland Ave.) combines a hip-hop oriented concert with an art gallery for a one-of-a-kind artistic experience showcasing talented young artists from Milwaukee and Chicago on Friday, December 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Art of all mediums will be on display and for sale by the artists, while Fanetic, Braindead, Trip, MerckX and WVS perform with special guests. 

Photo by Brock Daul Photography

Handel’s Messiah – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

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Presenting one of the world’s most cherished musical works, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform at three different venues – St. Mary Catholic Faith Community (9520 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners), the Cathedral of St. John (812 N. Jackson St.) and St. Josaphat Basilica (2333 S. 6th St.) – between Friday, December 15 and Sunday, December 17.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert With the MSO

Let the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra cast a spell on you. From Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17, it performs the magical John Williams score to a special screening of the second Harry Potter film live, while the movie plays on the big screen at the Riverside Theater (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.). A magical night for wizards and muggles alike.


Density Day

On Saturday, December 16Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Ave.) releases bombers of its Barrel-Aged Density Imperial Stout during a daylong soiree. Good Citizen Loyalty Members get in at 9:30 a.m. and the rest of you beer fans can enter at 10 a.m.


Photo by Madelaine Kuehn.

Holiday Fun

Santa at the North Point Lighthouse Museum

Bring the kids to the North Point Lighthouse Museum (2650 N. Wahl Ave.) in Lake Park on Sunday, December 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. to get pictures taken with Santa in his maritime workshop and learn about the legend of Christmas and history of the North Point Lighthouse. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for adults age 65+ and children ages 5-11. Children under 4 years old get in free.

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