April 27-May 3
Monday, April 27
Our pals at Milwaukee Film wrap up their 6-week “Monday Night at the Movies” series with Anvil! The Story of Anvil, a biopic of sorts about a Canadian metal band who long and largely invisible career influenced a new generation of metal bands like Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica. The film follows now aged front men Lips and Robb Reiner as they set out to record their thirteenth album and revisit childhood dreams. Don’t have a ride to Mequon? No problem. Milwaukee Film, TCD, The Wicked Hop and WMSE have you covered with a bad ass party bus! Come to the Wicked Hop (345 N. Broadway) early for drink specials and “Burger Madness” and then hitch a (FREE) ride to the theater with our crew of rabble-rousers. The bus leaves promptly at 6:30 PM, so don’t be late! To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 28
Experimental Tuesdays: Der Reise (The Giant)
UWM Union Theatre
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
7 PM* FREE
If you haven’t been to any of the Experimental Tuesdays screenings yet, now would be a good time to go. This week the UWM Film Department presents are rare screening of Micheal Klier’s 1983 “city-symphony.” Der Riese is a collection of videos taken from remote-controlled surveillance cameras stationed in various cities throughout Germany and the recordings are presented without commentary. Images taken from shopping centers, airports and train stations are shown in contrast to those from offices, hospitals and private spaces, leaving the viewer to create their own narrative.
You don’t have to be an artist to attend Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School- hell, you could even draw stick figures, just as long as you have a good time doing it. Think “cabaret meets art school”, and you’ve got Dr. Sketchy- vivacious models in fabulous poses, quirky comedy sketches, booze and of course, drawing techniques. Bring your sketchpad to The Tool Shed this Wednesday for an art lesson you’ll never forget.
Kenilworth Unlocked: A site-specific play
UWM Department of Theatre
Kenilworth Square East
1925 E. Kenilworth Pl, Suite 508
7:30 PM *$5
Tonight marks the premiere of Kenilworth Unlocked, an ongoing series of works written, directed and performed by students in UWM’s Theatre department. Kenilworth Unlocked takes the audience on a tour of the building’s history and architecture, focusing on the relationship between security and creativity. The series runs through Sunday, May 3rd with performances at 7:30pm each night (except Sunday, with one performance at 2pm).
Thursday, April 30
Screening of Milwaukee Stories
Milwaukee Art Museum- Lubar Auditorium
700 N. Art Museum Drive
5:30-7:15 PM * FREE
Milwaukee Film handed out video cameras to five are teens in the hopes that, through a bit of mentoring, they might learn how to express themselves through film. This year Milwaukee Stories collaborated with Running Rebels to present five intense and inspiring films. After the screening, the filmmakers will be on hand for a brief panel discussion as well.
Friday, May 1
If you’re in the mood for travel this week, head south to Racine for the Racine Art Museum’s Free First Friday. You’ll get free admission to the RAM, plus there will be hands-on art demos, a gallery talk and behind-the-scenes exhibition tour with critically acclaimed enamelist Jamie Bennett and a free concert by the Fifth House Ensemble.
Collisions in the Cosmos
Manfred Olson Planetarium
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
7 PM* $1
Learn how asteroid impacts and galaxy collisions helped shape the Solar System millions of years ago and how the Universe continues to change. Later, compare city sky with dark country sky and search for projected planets, nebulae and galaxies. Bring a date and gaze at the stars together!
Saturday, May 2
RedLine is an “urban laboratory” that nurtures contemporary local art and the community by offering artists resources for creative growth and enhanced visibility. By training artists to serve the community as educators and providing outreach programming, RedLine seeks to further inspire future generations. This fundraiser and silent art auction will feature 50+ pieces made by local artists and all proceeds will go to benefit the RedLine Print Shop.
1340 N. 6th Street
9:00 AM * FREE
PhotoCamp is the “non-conference” for anyone and everyone who loves photography. You don’t even have to be a photographer to attend, but you do have to bring your passion for the medium. Attendees will spend the entire day (this event runs 9am-9pm) taking pictures, leading info-sessions about various techniques and sharing tips and tricks along the way.
Free Comic Book Day
141 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha
11:00 am-5:00 pm
Uh, ’nuff said. FREE COMIC BOOKS. All you have to do is show up with a non-perishable food item to donate to the Waukesha Food Pantry and you’ll get a free comic. Plus, some dudes are going to hang out wearing Star Wars costumes AND there will be prize drawings AND free cake. I’ll see you there.
Flight of the Conchords
The Riverside Theater
116 W. Wisconsin Ave.
7 pm & 10 pm * $35 general seating
Your favorite Kiwi digi-folk band is back in town- with two shows for double the fun! The duo bring their off-beat musical styling to Milwaukee, and after playing to a sold-out crowd last year, they’ve wised up a bit and scheduled two shows this Saturday. I’ll be there, sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to hear “Part-Time Model” and probably laughing like a goon.
Sunday, May 3
First Sunday Free Class
731 E. Locust
1-2:30 pm* FREE
After a long weekend of whooping it up, you’re bound to need a little R&R. Drop into the Riverwest Yogashala for a free introductory class into Iyengar yoga. It’ll help your body recuperate from the weekend and prepare you for the week ahead!