This musical comedy tells the story of Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, whose life was detailed in an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep. Jenkins developed a dedicated fan base for her loud and off-key singing, and her recitals were always filled with devotees. The Milwaukee Rep’s Souvenir, which premieres Friday, September 8, and runs until November 5, is both delightful and uproarious.
Starting Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, Café Bavaria will be hosting live music and pouring lots of biers in honor of Oktoberfest on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The German gastropub has curated a list of German Oktoberfest biers along with Oktoberfest-inspired biers made locally. Mike Schneider will perform this Friday, followed by Polka Joel on Saturday.
Say goodbye to warm weather with an old-fashioned ice cream social at Raspberry Festival on Sunday, September 10, at the Jackson Historical Society (1860 Mill Rd., Jackson). Culinary fare includes Amish-made raspberry pie, brats, Honey Acres ice cream, hot dogs and lemonade. Enjoy performances by The Barn Band and dance group Pommersche Tanzdeel Friestadt. History buffs can sit in on class taught 1800s-style in the one-room schoolhouse or tour the church museum of Jackson History and log home on Jackson Historical Society’s grounds. The event begins at noon and goes until 5 p.m.
Celebrate all things tomato at the 11th annual Tomato Romp on Saturday, September 9. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Avenue, between Prospect and Oakland, enjoy food, drinks and live music. Maglio Companies donated 8,000 pounds of inedible tomatoes to be hurled through the air at the Rotten Tomato Fight For Hunger. Your $10 ticket to the fight, which begins at 4 p.m., benefits the Riverwest Food Pantry and includes goggles. For $25, sample a dozen different 5 oz. Bloody Mary samples and 3 oz. beer chasers at the Absolut Vodka Bloody Mary Challenge.
On Saturday, September 9, run, walk or skip your way through a nighttime luau-themed 5K complete with five themed “GLOzones” that are lit up in neon colors. Your registration packet includes a T-shirt, Super Glo necklaces and access to the finish line party. The music-filled course has endless photo ops, so don’t forget your phone or camera!
Check out the affordable and unique art at Mount Mary University’s 48th annual outdoor art show on Sunday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will feature original artwork priced for $100 or less from over 200 local and national artists. The diverse variety of art media will include ceramics, fiber art, glass work, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. Admission is $10 and goes toward student scholarships.
This is your once-a-year chance to ride your bike at the Milwaukee County Zoo. On Sunday, September 10, the Zoo’s annual bike ride fundraiser will help raise money for the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Choose between a 10-, 17- and 27-mile ride that starts at the Zoo and goes through the Menomonee River Parkway on the Oak Leaf bike trail. A 2.5-mile kids’ ride stays inside the Zoo. The registration fee includes zoo entry, parking, a continental breakfast, lunch and a long-sleeve T-shirt. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and don’t forget your bike helmet! Helmets are mandatory for participation.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s ninth annual Yacht Blast For Kids event will be held Sunday, September 10, at the Milwaukee Yacht Club (McKinley Marina, 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.). The event will be open to the public from 1:30 p.m. through 7 p.m. and will feature entertainment, a raffle, silent auction, lunch and viewing of the Packers game. After lunch, there will be activities for kids, games and the silent auction. A large screen TV will be showing the Packers game, which will be accompanied by pools, raffles and more. Admission, which includes lunch, is $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.