Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 18-21

Monster trucks, the Cat in the Hat and an indoor flea market.


Photo courtesy of Good City Brewing

The Zach Pietrini Band

Milwaukee’s masters of Americana are launching a multi-city tour, with stops as far afield as Nashville and Tampa. See them at Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell) on Thursday, January 18 before they fly south for the winter.

Leslie Odom Jr.

The inimitable Leslie Odom Jr. has been working “non-stop” since leaving the cast of Broadway’s Hamilton: An American Musical. Fortunately, the Tony winner has found time, after releasing a Christmas album and taking a star turn in Murder on the Orient Express, to sing alongside the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Marcus Center (929 N. Water St.) on Friday, January 19

Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum


Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and The Struggle for Civil Rights

This inspiring exhibition at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee (1360 N. Prospect) shows us how the leaders of our local black and Jewish communities worked (and continued to work) together to fight for civil rights. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 19 and is on display until March 25.


3rd Anniversary Party at The Brass Tap

This weekend is a great time to make a trip to The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.). The bar celebrates its third anniversary on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20 with a tap list that’s nothing short of amazing. It includes Founders CBS Barrel-Aged Stout, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and a slew of barrel-aged goodness and rarities. I recommend trying most of them, but make sure to get a pour of Revolution Café Death, the barrel-aged coffee stout is delicious. Keep an eye on the event page to see what the pouring schedule looks like.

Extreme Sports

Tony Ochs. Photo courtesy of Monster Jam

Monster Jam

On Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, Monster Jam cruises into the BMO Harris Bradley Center (1001 N. 4th). There’s ATV racing, a timed obstacle course and head-to-head racing with speedsters (side-by-side UTVs) – complete with jumps of up to 40 feet. The freestyle competition is always an audience favorite. Drivers do stunts like donuts, balancing acts or nose-wheelies.


Wisconsin Rummage-O-Rama

Didn’t get what you wanted over the holidays? Maybe you’ll find something you like among the thousands of items at this indoor flea market, chock-full of antiques, collectibles, handicrafts and overstock goods. Go early (the event runs Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21) to Wisconsin State Fair Park (640 S. 84th St.) to beat other bargain hunters.


Russian Transport

Renaissance Theaterworks (158 N. Broadway), Milwaukee’s only entirely women-founded, women-run professional theater company celebrates its 25th season beginning Friday, January 19 and running through February 11. Join in the anniversary festivities by attending its latest production, which puts a spotlight on a family of Russian immigrants beguiled by a sinister relative.

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

One of Dr. Seuss’ most iconic characters, the Cat in the Hat reminds us that we can “find magic wherever we look.” We can certainly find it in this spirited and family-friendly play, produced by First Stage and performed at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (325 W. Walnut St.) from Sunday, January 21 through February 25.