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1. 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."
2. Was the giant slip 'n' slide a success?
Here's a review - and a video - of today's giant waterslide that stretched across four blocks in Downtown Milwaukee.
3. Off The Wall's "Spring Awakening" is a wrenching morality play
In a place that has hosted such decadent theater as a blistering "Cabaret" and a shockingly brutal "Trainspotting" it is stunningly surprising to find a morality play being staged in the tiny black box of Off The Wall Theatre.But that's what you get with the production of "Spring Awakening," the multiple Tony Award winning musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.
4. 20,000 pages of kindness inspired by one empty Little Free Library
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about how my Little Free Library had been emptied out, repeatedly. Two days later, I received a very generous email.
5. Walker mural creates controversy, conversation
This past week, a mural with Gov. Scott Walker's face and the words "down with the bitches and the hoes" went up on the side of the building that houses South Shore Gallery & Framing, 2627 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
6. Powerful and passionate "These Shining Lives" shines with Umbrella Group
Based on a true story of the radium girls, who suffered radium poisoning from their jobs at a watch plant, Umbrella Group stages and poignant and powerful production of "These Shining Lives." The performance of Libby Amato is one of the best of the season.
7. World Stage's brutal and frank "Bent" sends chills up your spine
"Bent" is a 1979 play about the Nazi persecution of gays. It's a brutal story and a brutal play that opened a production by TheWorld's Stage Theatre Company at 10th Street Theatre. It is about a frank a play to hit Milwaukee stages this season and is well worth the price of admission.
8. Optimist's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is perfect for a lovely summer's night
Optimist Theatre is committed to bringing free Shakespeare in the Park to Milwaukee every summer, and this year's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is an example of the high quality work they do. It makes you wish they did more than one performance each year.
9. Memorable music helps "Motown the Musical" overcome scanty script
"Motown The Musical" is based on the life of Berry Gordy, who founded the recording giant in a tiny house in Detroit. The production is full of outstanding songs and great performances that overcome the incredibly weak script.
10. APT's "The Island" is a harrowing tale of bitter discrimination against black me
"The Island" is a play about the brutality and pain of apartheid in South Africa. But it is also more than that - a tale about the obligation to protest against unworthy conditions. It is a difficult and meaningful play to watch.
11. APT'S "Streetcar" delivers everything a theater lover could ever desire
"A Streetcar Named Desire" won the Pulitzer Prize for Tennessee Williams and the American Players Theater delivers a performance that is up to the reputation of the play. Tracy Michelle Arnold, who plays Blanche, has never been better.
12. APT opens season with "An Iliad," a tour de force for James DeVita
"An Iliad" was staged 15 months ago by Milwaukee Rep, and the same play and actor open the season for American Players Theatre. in a spectacular production. There are now messages and wonders to behold in this staging.
13. Harley Museum show traces the life and work of Hog icon Willie G. Davidson
This weekend, the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., launches its summer exhibit, which focuses on the life and work of Willie G. Davidson, grandson of one of the founders of the iconic Milwaukee motorcycle company. Thanks to his creative design work and his efforts to buy back the company from AMF in 1981, Willie is, himself, an icon to Hog enthusiasts.
14. Cirque Italia water circus comes to Milwaukee this weekend
This weekend, Cirque Italia - a traveling Italian water circus - will splash down at Milwaukee's Italian Community Center for a collection of shows running Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7.
15. "Camino Real" a journey through the dark halls of Tennessee Williams' mind
"Camino Real" is one of the plays by Tennessee Williams that is rarely produced. It is a troubling play without a real story, but it's an important play and Dale Guzman stages an amazing production at Off the Wall Theatre.
16. Public Museum offers free admission on first Thursdays
The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) and Kohl's Department Stores announced their partnership with Kohl's Thank You Thursday, offering free general admission to the museum on the first Thursday of every month, starting Thursday, June 4.
17. Iron Horse Hotel events celebrate summer speed
The Iron Horse Hotel - located at 500 W. Florida St. - celebrates summer and speed with a viewing party for American Pharaoh's upcoming horse racing Triple Crown bid and a Bike Night event series.
18. Haggerty Museum of Art announces summer 2015 exhibition lineup
The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University will present three exhibitions featuring the permanent collection "Construction Fence" by Keith Haring and others inspired by its concept. "Current Tendencies IV: Topography Transformed," "Out of the Vaults: Keith Haring" and "On View(s): Highlights from the Permanent Collection" open on Thursday, June 18 and run through Sunday, August 30.
19. "Book of Mormon" bashes into Milwaukee like a profane, hilarious maniac
"The Book of Mormon" won nine Tony Awards and the hilarious musical has landed in Milwaukee. It's like a punch in the gut that makes you laugh and laugh watching this show poke fun at just about everything that creeps into the script.
20. Marquette names new Haggerty Museum of Art director
This afternoon, Marquette University announced that Susan Longhenry - currently the director of the University of New Mexico affiliated Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, N.M. - has been named as the new director of the Haggerty Museum of Art.
21. Windfall's "City of Angels" is a ponderous evening of complex storytelling
"City of Angels" is a complicated story, made even though by three hours of singing and acting that doesn't shed much light on the stories. More than anything, this production needed cutting.
22. In Tandem's "Little by Little" is full of love and joy
"Little by Little" is free of dialogue, but it's a story we have all heard before: three friends and the love that intrudes on that friendship. The wonderful songs and music carry the audience into a cloud of warmth and joy.
23. Quirky Garofalo delivers smart and funny commentary
Actor, activist and comedian Janeane Garofalo entertained a large audience with her tangent-laden but spot-on comedy and conversation at Turner Hall tonight.
24. MPM's Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit comes alive this weekend
The Milwaukee Public Museum's beloved Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit will be livelier than usual this weekend, as interactive activities and costumed actors take to the streets for guests' education and entertainment.
25. Rep's "Peter and the Starcatcher" shows just how easy it really is to fly
The final show for the Milwaukee Rep this season is a spectacular prequel to the story of Peter Pan, the boy who would never grown up. It's a show that will remind you of all the great bedtime stories you have ever heard.