What’s better than strolling out of bed with a fresh cup of coffee and listening to some of the most soulful Gospel music in town? The Backroom at Colectivo Coffee (2211 N Prospect Ave.) hosts the Milwaukee Gospel Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. The performances are free and all donations go to the Progressive Community Health Centers.
With 19 albums, 30 million albums sold worldwide and 16 Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight is bringing his musical journey to Milwaukee. The musician takes center stage at the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino (1721 W Canal St.) on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. Brian’s tour focuses on his newest album Genesis released in 2017.
The Minnesota sextet has been writing and touring on and off for the last 16 years and is ready to serenade Milwaukee. Trampled by Turtles takes its tour to the Riverside Theater (116 W Wisconsin Ave.) on Saturday, Jan.12, at 7 p.m. The band will feature songs from their latest album Life on the Open Road, referencing metaphors from the band’s yearlong hiatus until 2017. Tickets are $28.50 in advance or $32.50 the day of the show.
Do you need to make sure your favorite little furry one is up to date with all their health needs? The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission and Central Bark Westside (333 N 25th St.) will hold a Community Pet Clinic on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From shots to licensing, the clinic will offer low-cost services to ensure all pets are feeling their best.
Pajamas plus a few drinks equals the perfect night. The Onesie Bar Crawl makes its way to Milwaukee this Saturday, Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. to roughly midnight (depending on the individuals, we suppose). The Bar Crawl will begin at The Pub Club (1103 N Old World 3rd St.) and includes five venues (all a short walk), no covers, special food and drink deals and a photographer to capture all the memories. Grab your favorite onesie and get going!
Seen all the 2018 awards contenders? Not to fret, the Oriental Theatre understands. Oscar winner Barry Jenkins’s (of Moonlight fame) newest movie shows at the Oriental Theatre (2230 N Farwell Ave.) beginning on Thursday, Jan. 10, with showtimes at 4 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. The film, based on the James Baldwin novel, takes place in Harlem in the 1970s and follows an engaged couple as they embark upon a journey of support and hardships.
Join friends and make friends at a dinner filled with tasty food and plenty of beer. Barley’s Angels Beer Dinner invites all to enjoy beer pairings on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. They are partnering with Good City Brewing (108 N Farwell Ave.) for custom Good City pints and pairings. Tickets are $40 and must be paid upon check-in.
Fans of local talent and one-act plays, this is for you. The Young Playwrights Festival Showcase returns for the ninth time from Thursday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 13, at Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre (158 N Broadway St.). The showcase features the talent of the three winners from a local high school playwriting competition. Each performance consists of three one-acts and a talkback. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students.
Fun and Entertainment
Drag Queen Kim Chi returns to This is It (418 E Wells St.) on Sunday, Jan. 13, starting at 8 p.m. The newly remodeled space includes a new stage to see and enjoy Kim Chi even more. Kim, the “live-action anime character and high-fashion model,” specializes in constantly surprising and delighting audiences. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
Seth Myers in Milwaukee? Need we say more? The Emmy Award-winning writer and host of Late Night with Seth Myers comes to Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 7 p.m. at the Pabst Theater (144 E Wells St.). Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2019 presents the comedian on behalf of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Join Seth and the rest of Milwaukee for a night of pure laughter and entertainment. Much needed? We think so, too.
Calling all wizards, witches, alumni and current students. Oak and Shield Pub invites you to the Yule Ball to celebrate the Triwizard Tournament at Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave.) on Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 7 p.m. With magical DJs, plenty of potions and a Champion’s Waltz, the Yule Ball will be a night to remember for those 18+. Tickets are $25 with an optional $10 add-on to come an hour early and learn the waltz from professional dancers.