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1. Florentine Opera delivers a Valentine's Day combo of romance and music
Nothing says "I love you" like romantic music, and the Florentine Opera delivers with a Valentine's Day weekend full of romantic music from opera, operetta and musical theater. It promises to be better than candy.
2. Milwaukee Fringe Festival premieres this summer
Milwaukee Fringe Festival, a new, city-wide art fest, is a two-day performance and visual art event celebrating Milwaukee's arts scene. It will take place Downtown from Aug. 27-28.
3. Alverno Presents closing permanently at end of season
Alverno Presents, the performing arts series of Alverno College, will end for good at the close of the 2015-2016 season.
4. Can you help ID these Tula Erskine works?
This morning I received a note from Nancy Aten, who was scanning works by Milwaukee artist Gertrude Kundman Erskine to be included in Erskine's archive, when she came upon 8x10 photographs of a series of six works that especially caught her attention. Do you recognize them?
5. Northern Brewer can teach you how to make a winning wine
Northern Brewer is a homebrew supply store that also offers classes for all of your brewing needs. OnMilwaukee's Zoe Benjamin decided to get in on the fun at their wine and mead making class.
6. New Riverside marquee is being installed now; unveiling is on Monday
The new Riverside marquee and sign will be unveiled at an event on Monday, Dec. 14, but a crew is out there today working on the marquee, which Mayor Tom Barrett has said is designed to evoke West Wisconsin Avenue when it was lined with theaters.
7. Broadway blockbuster "Hamilton" is coming to Chicago
This afternoon, the Chicago Tribune reported that the hit musical "Hamilton" will begin its first national tour right here in the Midwest on Sept. 27, 2016 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.
8. Pinterest and Etsy lovers: Save the date for re:Craft and Relic shopping event
re:Craft and Relic is a two-day, indoor ticketed shopping and entertainment event that aims to be the premier marketplace for antiques, vintage, art, handmade goods and collectibles.
9. Amy Schumer comes to BMO Harris Bradley Center on Dec. 4
2015 has gone pretty well for Amy Schumer and now she'll be wrapping up her breakout year with a seven-city arena tour that includes a stop at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday, Dec. 4.
10. Milwaukee Art Museum director Keegan announces retirement
Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, recently announced his plans to retire in May 2016.
11. Get social at The Streets of Old Milwaukee
As Milwaukee Public Museum prepares to reopen the 50-year-old Streets of Old Milwaukee patrons are encouraged, starting next week, to stop in front of the new streetcar entrance to the beloved exhibit and snap a photo to share.
12. World famous "Dracula" opens weekend run at Milwaukee Ballet
How about Dracula as sex -symbol? That is part of what's in store for audiences when Milwaukee Ballet opens a run of Michael Pink's world famous production of "Dracula." Oct. 22 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
13. Florentine brings another Puccini opera with "Madama Butterfly" this week
Next weekend the respected Florentine Opera opens "Madama Butterfly," the last of Puccini's trio of great works, for a two performance run Oct. 16 and 18 in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
14. "Romeo Is Bleeding" heals violence through Shakespearean tragedy
When Donté Clark read Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" he realized that the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets was similar to the struggle in his city - Richmond, Calif. - where North and Central Richmond have literally been at war for decades. "Romeo Is Bleeding" screened today as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival.
15. Milwaukee Art Museum will reopen collection galleries on Nov. 24
After a 14-month, $34 million renovation and reinstallation, the Milwaukee Art Museum announced that it will reopen its collection galleries to the public on Nov. 24.
16. "My Skinny Sister" offers meaty commentary on eating disorders
Because "My Skinny Sister" explores a teenaged ice skater's eating disorder, it had the dangerous possibility of falling into the cheesy After-School Special / Lifetime Movie category. Luckily, it didn't. The Swedish film runs two more times during the Milwaukee Film Festival.
17. Lapham lands on MPL wall of fame
Last night, Milwaukee Public Library upped the number of Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame inductees when it added Increase Lapham to the Badger State pantheon.
18. The Moth MainStage to feature John McGivern and more
The Moth Mainstage comes to Turner Hall Ballroom on Wed., Sept. 16 for a night of storytelling in "Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee." Actor John McGivern will take the stage, along with OnMilwaukee's Molly Snyder, and three other tale tellers.
19. Splinter Group's "Bug" is a disturbing and frightening journey to madness
It's a rare moment when the first sound of a cricket can herald a passionate and directed descent into a chilling madness with one victim leading the other into a complex version of hell. But that's what happens in the distinguished production of Tracy Letts "Bug," which opened this weekend at Splinter Group under the direction of Jim Farrell.
20. Walker's Point Center for the Arts names new director
Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) named Ana Melo as its new executive director. Melo, who started on Aug. 10, grew up in the Walker's Point neighborhood. She is a bilingual community leader with a history in the arts, youth programming and nonprofit sustainability.
21. Adler's Fall Comedy Classic brings Sklar Brothers and more to Turner Hall
This morning, Turner Hall Ballroom announced Adler's Fall Comedy Classic, an evening of comedy hosted by 102/1's Adler and featuring The Sklar Brothers, Brody Stevens and Nikki Glaser. The night of stand-up is set for Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.
22. Mystery One turns its final page
Twenty-two years after opening in a small location at 2109 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee's only crime-focused bookshop, Mystery One Bookstore, is turning its final page.
23. Love affair with long-dead man fuels Iannone's triumph
Angela Iannone, one of the finest actors ever to grace a stage in Milwaukee, has been engaged in a love affair for the past six years with a man who died when he was only 59 years old.Not only that, but the man died in June of 1893. Edwin Booth was his name, the finest actor of his time, the brother of the man who killed Abraham Lincoln and the object of desire for Iannone who has crafted a series of play about this lover.
24. Downtown fish sculpture gets a facelift
In 1998, the City of Milwaukee commissioned San Francisco artist Cork Marcheschi to create a "Dream With The Fishes" and it is now in the process of getting a remodel.
25. MAM opens "Art and the Global AIDS Crisis: Eggs Benedict" on Thursday
The Milwaukee Art Museum today announced the opening of a special presentation, "Art and the Global AIDS Crisis: Eggs Benedict."