Performing Arts

John Nienhuis

Of all the things you can be grateful for this week, the one that often tops the list is love. (Awww.) Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s entire season is devoted to the theme of “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Mark Frohna

Lerner and Lowe’s musical My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, in which the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle is made over into a society lady as an experiment by Professor Henry Higgins.

David DeSilva / Axis Dance Company

This week one of the more innovative and inspiring modern dance companies in the country will call Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Arts Center their temporary home. Axis Dance Company is based in Oakland, California, and draws on the equal talents of able bodied and disabled dancers alike to expand on the idea of what movement can be and is for.

KACM Theatrical Productions

Jim Morrison lived fast and died young, like some other notorious rock stars.  The leader of the 1960s and 70s rock band The Doors is best-known for songs such as “Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “People Are Strange.”  But you probably know him for his poetry – the kind that doesn’t generally come with musical accompaniment.

Photo by Dan Bishop

The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, is just about here. In celebration, music and dance will be playing out among the landscape of the Lynden Sculpture Garden this weekend. The performance is a special collaborative performance of the 17th Century Purcell classic The Fairy Queen.

Present Music

This Friday evening, Milwaukee's Present Music presents its season finale concert, called "Present Music Nation," at The Warehouse. One of the pieces that can be heard is from a new community collaboration called ComposeMilwaukee.

Quasimondo Theatre /

The Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí is famous for works like his painting The Persistence of Memory and his Dada film, Andalusian Dog.

Dalí himself was nothing if not eccentric and grandiose – and highly imaginative. He wrote of his love of “everything that is gilded and excessive” and his passion for luxury.

Adam Ryan Morris

A little over 6 years ago, a new theater company came onto the Milwaukee stage. Uprooted Theatre was formed by four Wisconsin African American theater professionals who wanted to ensure their stories were being told and actors of color were being hired – and not just for “black” parts.

Kathy Wittman / Florentine Opera

This weekend is the final production in this year’s Florentine Opera season. Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love is a frothy, fun romp featuring beautiful singing and a light-hearted plot.

For this production, the opera has been updated to take place in Napa Valley’s wine country.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The Milwaukee Rep has teamed up with the Cincinnati Playhouse to produce the prequel to Peter Pan.

The Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher, opens Friday. The story features Peter Pan's backstory, answering such questions as: Why didn't Peter want to grow up and where did the lost boys come from?