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The Print: MKE conference comes to town, Ilana Setapen solo at the MSO, Milwaukee Opera mixes rock and art, Marcus Center hosts Sam Cooke's music; local playwrights get the spotlight.

By - Mar 19th, 2013 04:00 am
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A detail of Zhiyuan Cong’s Paradise, on view at MIAD. Photo by Kat Murrell.

Visual Art

The Southern Graphics Council (SGC) International Conference will be held in Milwaukee this year in conjunction with Print: MKE, MIAD, and UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. This is a unique event for Milwaukee’s print artists to showcase and get feedback about their work as well as attend seminars and network with other printmakers from around the country. The conference will be held March 20-23 at various locations throughout Milwaukee. Fees, schedule, and additional information is available on Print: MKE’s website.


Ilana Setapen

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s associate concertmaster, Ilana Setapen, will be the featured solo violinist in pieces by Stravinsky, Prokoflev, and Berio at Uihlein Hall this Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. The concert will be conducted by Edo de Waart and will also feature the voices of the Swingle Singers for Berio’s final medley, who originally premiered the work in 1968. Tickets are $22-102 and are available online or at the box office: 414-291-7605.

The Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents a fun mashup concert this weekend at the Wisconsin Conservatory of MusicGuns N’ Rosenkavalier. As the name suggests, the performance aims to highlight the similarities between popular stage music of yesterday and today with a rock-recital that jumps between Kate Bush and Springsteen to Brahms and Schubert. The recitals run March 22-24, and tickets are $15-25. For more information or to order tickets, visit their site or call 1-800-838-3006.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

A highly-awaited triple bill between Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Richard Thompson will grace the Pabst Theater Tuesday, March 19. The seasoned musicians will combine their borderline-country ballads and technical mastery for a one-of-a-kind show that is a must-see for any classic singer-songwriter fan. Tickets are $65 online or at the Pabst’s box office: 414-286-3663.

We Six will perform The Wonder of Stevie at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Helen Bader Concert Hall this Thursday, March 21. The resident sextet will perform fully instrumental jazz renditions of some of Stevie Wonder’s greatest hits. Tickets are $12-22 and are available online or by calling 414-276-5760.

The String Academy of Wisconsin will present two Spring Concerts this Saturday, March 23 at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m. Each program lasts approximately one hour, and will feature violin and cello groups varying from beginners to advanced players aged 4 to 18. Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, visit SAW’s website.

Stars with special guests Milo Greene & Said the Whale will be at Turner Hall on March 25. Every good indie fan knows Amy Millan’s repertoire either as a solo artist, with Broken Social Scene, or in collaboration with Torquil Campbell and Stars, so reserve a space while you can; it’s likely to be a full house. Tickets are only $18.50 and are available online or through the box office: 414-286-3205.


The Marcus Center presents The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke for four shows only: March 22-24 at Vogel Hall. Darrian Ford will perform some of the soul singer’s top hits as well as some lesser-known songs in a tribute to the late Chicago minister’s son’s musical legacy. Tickets are $55 online or at the box office: 414-273-7206.

The Alchemist Theatre opens Hashtag Mayhem by Jeffrey James Ircink on Thursday, March 21. The show consists of six short plays that reveal the dark sides of their characters with themes involving revenge, religion, sex, and secrets. Each performance includes a screening of the short film “Pass The Salt, Please” and nightly giveaways from the Horny Goat Hideaway, Cream City Rickshaw, and Roots Salon. The show runs through April 6. Tickets are $15 and are available online or at the box office: 414-426-4169.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival will be held at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre March 21-24, and will present one-act plays written by the winners of their high school playwriting competition: Matthew Lewis, Ariel Ludlum, and H’Vyn Jones. The plays explore relationships revolving around teenage characters and their family members. More information is available on MCT’s website. Tickets are $18.50 and are available online or at the box office: 414-291-7800.

Special Events

The Milwaukee Art Museum presents MAM After Dark: Mad Men this Friday, March 22, from 5 p.m. until midnight. The evening is chock-full of things to do, such as cocktail tutorials from Bittercube, a poetry slam, live music by Majestic Mudd, and a DJ set by Chris Schulist of Milwaukee’s Dope Folks Records. Brass Rooster will also be selling custom-made 1960s-era hats. Admission is $13 at the door, $8 in advance, or free to museum members.

Last Chance

Carte Blanche Studios: Lysistrata, through March 23

Off The Wall Theatre: The Man in the Glass Booth, through March 24

In Tandem Theatre: Beast on the Moon, through March 24

Skylight Music Theatre: Pump Boys & Dinettes, through March 24

Sunset Playhouse: Over the Tavern, through March 24


First Stage: Pinkaliciousextended through March 27

The Rep: A Raisin In The Sun, through April 14

Milwaukee Rep: Ring of Fire, through May 5

Milwaukee Art Museum: Color Rush, through May 19

<a href=”” rel=”attachment wp-att-216797″><img class=”size-full wp-image-216797″ title=”Kentridge Coffee Pot” alt=”” src=”” width=”220″ height=”271″ /></a> William Kentridge, Self Portrait as Coffee Pot, 2011. Image courtesy Inova.

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