Performing Arts Preview

CONNECTING THROUGH THE ARTS

Fall in Wisconsin brings cooler weather and shorter days, but it also promises a bountiful harvest of fresh apples, dramatic vistas of colorful leaves, and a packed calendar of cultural events. This fall’s crop of performing, musical and visual  arts events are diverse and unique. From the soulful sounds of Canadian artist Bruce Cockburn to the hilarious Broadway musical “Something Rotten,” there’s something to delight just about everyone.

 

Music

The Bellamy Brothers, 9/14
Award-winning pop and country music duo The Bellamy Brothers have been entertaining audiences with their signature sound for 40 years. Join them at the Schauer for a concert that is sure to include top hits like “Let Your Love Flow,” “Redneck Girl” and “Lovers Live Longer.” Schauer Arts Center, 147 N. Rural St., Hartford, (262) 670-0560, schauercenter.org


Celtic Thunder, 10/13
World music artists Celtic are known for their unique take on traditional and contemporary Irish songs and theatrical live shows. In this special 10th anniversary show, Celtic Thunder will perform their top hits as well as some of their brand new songs. Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 286-3205, pabsttheater.org


Mozart in the Basilica, 10/19-10/20
Step back in time as you sit in the splendor of the Basilica and listen to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart’s moving “Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat major,” featuring bassoonist Catherine Chen. The concert will also include “Symphony No. 29.” The Basilica of St. Josaphat, S. 6th St. & W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 291-7605, mso.org


Bruce Cockburn, 10/27
The 12-time Juno winner and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Cockburn will perform his album “Bone on Bone.” Cockburn’s new album reflects his deeply held beliefs and meditates on the themes of mystic spirituality with songs like “Forty Years in the Wilderness,” “Jesus Trail” and “Twelve Gates to the City.” Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave., (414) 766-5049, southmilwaukeepac.com


Frank Basile Quartet, 11/9
Baritone saxophonist Frank Basile has been dubbed a “prized sideman” by The New Yorker and has performed with jazz’s top musicians and ensembles, including Michael Bublé, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Count Basie Orchestra. Basile has released three recordings, and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Frank Basile live with his band. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, (262) 781-9520, wilson-center.com


Visual Arts

Sable Elyse Smith, Ordinary Violence, through 1/29/19
Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who reflects on the themes of memory and trauma. In “Ordinary Violence,” Smith uses video, sculpture, photography and text to consider the impact of incarceration on prisoners and their families. Haggerty Museum of Art, 13th and Clybourn Streets, (414) 288-1669, marquette.edu/haggerty


Fiber Arts in the Digital Age, 9/27-1/13/19 
The digital revolution has transformed every area of life, including fiber arts. The exhibit “Fiber Arts in the Digital Age” examines how digital tools have changed the way fiber artists work, from using software to create their designs to digitally printing textiles. Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50 W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg, (262) 546-0300, wiquiltmuseum.com


Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, 9/28-1/6/19
In “Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America,” view the work of more than 40 designers who brought whimsy and playfulness to their work of creating furniture, textiles, films, posters and ceramics. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, (414) 224-3200, mam.org


Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, 10/12-2/11/19
In the middle of the 20th century, the House Committee on Un-American Activities questioned professionals from the Hollywood entertainment industry about their connection to communism. “Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare,” an exhibit organized and curated by Jewish Museum Milwaukee, will explore this period in American history. Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 390-5730, jewishmuseummilwaukee.org


Corey Fells: 100 Womxn Project, 10/13–1/13/19
Milwaukee photographer Corey Fells captured the stories of 100 minority millennials, each a first generation American, in the “100 Womxn Project.” The photos were taken over three seasons and reflect on how the women have overcome challenge and are working to achieve their dreams. Don’t miss the opening party on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 to 5 p.m. Museum of Wisconsin Art, 205 Veterans Ave., West Bend, (262) 334-9638, wisconsinart.org

 

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