The first weekend of November offers plenty of reasons to leave the house.


La Bohème

The Milwaukee Ballet Company starts its season on Thursday, November 2 with Artistic Director Michael Pink’s wordless interpretation of Puccini’s La Bohème set to live music played by an in-house orchestra. Take a trip to 1950s Paris, where the cast pirouettes through charming cafés and jetés across city streets. The company first staged Puccini’s classic tale in 2012 and presents it again this year to sate audiences craving an encore. The Marcus Center (929 N. Water St.) performance will run through Sunday, November 5.


Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival

For 32 years, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been presenting an annual LGBT Film/Video Festival, an event that spreads awareness of LGBT issues and champions the work of indie filmmakers. The festival kicks off Thursday, November 2 and runs through Sunday, November 12. Check the festival schedule for times and locations.


Photo by Getty Images

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

Get it – literary, this – at this two-day fete for bibliophiles. Internationally best-selling author Nickolas Butler gives the keynote address, and scores of publishers, authors and booksellers transform the venue’s exhibition room into a living library at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha (1500 N. University Dr., Waukesha) from Friday, November 3 to Saturday, November 4.   


Contemporary Art Society Benefit Auction

Start flexing your bidding hand for this annual art auction and gala on Saturday, November 4 at the Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Dr.), organized to raise funds for new museum acquisitions. It’s a great way to start – or augment – your art collection, all for a good cause.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Art Museum

Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France

RELATED  19 Photos from Opening Day at the Wisconsin State Fair

French painters including Manet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Chagall and Picasso have wowed audiences with their expressive brush strokes and unconventional compositions for more than a century. Beginning Saturday, November 4, see more than 150 works, including Impressionist and Cubist masterpieces, at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s (700 N. Art Museum Dr.) biggest show. 

Fall Fun

Full Frost Moon Walk

Naturalist Naomi Cobb will lead an after-dark walk through Lynden Sculpture Garden’s (2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.) grounds on Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m. Participants will experience the sensory changes of the Full Frost Moon season during the hike, which will be followed by a bonfire with stories and treats.


Veterans Day Parade

On Saturday, November 4, salute our nation’s troops at this patriotic parade, complete with floats, bands and military equipment on display. Many veterans will march as well, with flags – and heads – held high as civilians cheer them on. Use the parade route map to decide where to set up chairs. 


PopCon Milwaukee

Pop culture nerds unite! This annual get-together of multi-genre entertainment concerns all things nostalgia, including meet-and-greets with athletes (MLB all-time hit leader Pete Rose), actors (Lee Meriwether, Flash Gordon) and comic book artists (Mike Grell and Arvell Jones), plus collectors displaying and selling classic memorabilia, Q&A panels and, of course, a staple at any fan convention: cosplaying. The event will take place Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center (6401 S. 13th St.). 


Peppa Pig Live!

The posh British piglet Peppa and her family return to The Riverside (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Sunday, November 5 for an action-packed live show. The animated characters appear as life-size puppets in this singing and dancing extravaganza. Tickets for the show, which starts at 5 p.m., cost $35-$59.

RELATED  11 Things to Do This Weekend: August 9-12


Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Real Estate

Brooklyn-based indie rockers Real Estate have been constructing dreamy, seemingly effortless songs since 2009. A recent lineup overhaul forewarned a change in sonic direction, but on 2017’s In Mind, the band’s sounds are as carefree and breezy as ever. Catch them at Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 N. 4th St.) on Sunday, November 5.