Autumn officially begins this weekend, and there are plenty of fun things to do outside in the fall weather (or inside, if you prefer).
Enter the charming underworld of Damon Runyon’s dolls, hoodlums and missionaries in the Rep’s revival of this 1950 classic musical. Broadway veterans join Milwaukeeans Kelley Faulkner and Di’Monte Henning in the cast. The musical kicks off Tuesday, September 19 and will be shown all weekend and through October 29 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Quadracci Powerhouse (108 E. Wells St.). Use the code PRIDE when purchasing tickets online or call 414-224-9490 to attend a free pre-show reception on Thursday, September 21, with a special appearance from actor Nicholas Rodriguez.
On Thursday, September 21, through Saturday, September 23, the city’s best-dressed will shimmy into their most eye-catching outfits and sashay into the Milwaukee Athletic Club’s Grand Ballroom (758 N. Broadway) for the third-annual Milwaukee Fashion Week, a three-day sartorial extravaganza complete with live music, industry mingling and – of course – fashion shows. The nightly runway shows give audiences a chance to admire garments created by both Milwaukee-based and regional designers.
Local photographer Lois Bielefeld tells the emotionally charged story of Shorewood High School’s cross country team in these arrested black and white images on display at the Charles Allis Art Museum. On Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m., Bielefeld, whose daughter is one of the featured subjects, will personally lead a tour of the exhibition, which remains on view through October 22. The informal gallery walk-through is free with admission to the museum.
Last year, around 100,000 people came out to the China Lights festival to see the elaborate lanterns, hand-crafted by artisans and outfitted with multi-colored LEDs, displayed around the gardens. The event returns this year, from Friday, September 22, to October 22, with an even larger display of Chinese lanterns every night except Monday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park (9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners). The festival will also offer various cultural performances and demonstrations, such as acrobatics, and will have two stages of live entertainment set up in the garden. Food and beverages (with wide-ranging selections from Kowloon Chicken to Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds) will be also be available.
He may be retired, but former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver still knows a thing or two about staying in shape. Driver will be signing his new book 3D Body Revolution at Boswell Book Company (2559 N. Downer Ave.) on Friday, September 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book as well as admission to the signing.
On Saturday, September 23, this beer-centric 5K starts off at either City Lights Brewing Company (2200 W. Mount Vernon Ave.) or Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.), where registrants will enjoy a complimentary fresh beer before running (or walking) to the opposite brewery. Participants will also receive $1 off each beer at City Lights and Third Space for the rest of the day. Registration, which includes an event T-shirt, costs $35 and benefits Menomonee Valley Partners. The race starts at 11 a.m.
Fido and Fluffy are 100 percent welcome at this pet festival at Henry Maier Festival Park (639 E. Summerfest Pl.) on Saturday, September 23. Highlights include a pet costume contest, bier garden and dog park, shopping marketplace and a number of other family- and pet-friendly attractions. Don’t forget to check out the rescue animals looking for loving homes on Adoption Avenue. Admission and parking are free.
Roadcase Royale is led by Nancy Wilson, the co-founder of Heart, and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation. The duo is accompanied by Warfield’s lead guitarist and three members of Heart on the bass, drums and keys. The R&B/rock group is bringing their unique and powerful sound to the Pabst (144 E. Wells St.) on Sunday, September 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35.
Tuesday, September 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., join the editors of Milwaukee Magazine at Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Ave.) to celebrate everything that’s new and noteworthy in the Cream City. Snag an early release copy of our annual “Best Of” issue and meet this year’s award winners. Enjoy live music and complimentary appetizers and drinks, courtesy of Good City Brewing, Autumn Harvest Winery and Twisted Path Distillery. Tickets are $10.