Hannah McCarthy
MKE This Week

May brings new music, dance and theater

Figaro at the Florentine, Arlo Guthrie in South Milwaukee, Springdances at UWM, an Irish play at the Irish Center, and it's almost Ride Your Bike to Work Week.

By - May 7th, 2013 04:00 am


Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro comes to Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center on May 10 and 12. This classic opera performed by the Florentine Opera Company tells of love, intrigue, and madness in the court of Count Almaviva. Grammy award winner Daniel Belcher will reprise his role as Figaro from the Florentine’s Barber of Seville, staged in 2007. Tickets are available online, or at (414) 291-5700, beginning at $35.

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie brings nostalgia, humor, and music to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. Son of the legendary Woody Guthrie, Arlo represents a new generation of music reminiscent of the past. Tickets range from $38 to $48 and can be purchased online.

Il Divo comes to the Riverside Theater this Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. The “Best of Il Divo” tour features remakes of popular songs accompanied by a full orchestra. Tickets are available online starting at $45.50.

As their finale to the ninth season of Frankly Music, the FM Chamber Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s String Sinfonia in b, Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 22, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 in G at Schwan Concert Hall at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online starting at $10.

Orlando Pimentel and Elena Abend, of Elisio Ensemble.

Orlando Pimentel and Elena Abend, of Elisio Ensemble.

Elisio Ensemble founders Elena Abend (piano) and Orlando Pimentel (reeds), Milwaukeeans transplanted from Venezuela, focus on Latin American music, traditional and beyond.  Abend, Pimentel and their Eliso friends will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Latino Arts Hall at the United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for 60 and over, $15 for full-time students, and $8 per student in groups of 10 or more. Our Dinner & A Show special features Café el Sol’s Friday fish buffet before the performance (beverage and not included) for $32. Order online.


Local composers and UWM Dance department faculty collaborate to present their spring show Springdances: Impermanence this Thursday at 7:30 PM. This three-night show focuses on the nature of dance as both fleeting and enduring though a variety of settings, accompanying orchestrations, and the photography of Vivian Maier. Tickets are $17 for adults, with faculty, student and senior discounts available. Tickets are available online or by calling 414-229-4308.


Based on life events of author Patricia Burke Brogan

“Eclipse” is based on the experiences of author Patricia Burke Brogan in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries.

The Irish Cultural Heritage Center hosts Patricia Burke Brogan’s play Eclipsed from May 9-May 13. Eclipsed is based on Brogan’s true experiences as a young novice in one of the notorious Magdalene Laundries when unwed mothers were forced to work to redeem themselves in 1960s Ireland. All shows are pay-what-you-can; for more information visit the play’s listing.

Theatre Gigante will present an adaptation of Electra, the Greek classic of betrayal and vengeance, at Kenilworth Studio 508. The production will include infusions of poetry, dance and music by Seth Warren-Crow. Music, poetry and dance drive this performance, which will take place at 7:30 PM from May 10 though May 18. Tickets, $16.50 to $26.50, are available by calling 414-229-4308.

First Stage’s Young Company will present Gathering Bluea stage adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel by Eric Coble. The play tells the story of an orphan named Kira who uses her unique talents to spare her life in a society where the weak are cast aside. First Stage Young Company will run their show from May 10-19 at Marquette’s Helfaer Theatre. Tickets are $10, and are available by e-mailing helfaer.boxoffice@marquette.edu or by calling (414) 288-7504.

Special Events

Bike to Work Week 2013 kicks off Monday, May 13, with a bike-themed fashion show from 4-8 p.m. at Stone Creek Cafe, 5th and St. Paul. Transfer/VIA will provide pizza and Stone Creek will offer samples, discounts and brewing demonstrations. Vulture Space, the Grand Avenue’s bike resource, is helping to organize a full week of events, including a bike-themed film festival. For the full schedule, visit the Vulture Space website.

To read a Third Coast Daily article about a particular show, please click on the show title. For more information about the show itself, please click on the venue.

Last Chance

Alchemist Theatre: House of Horrors, through May 11

Smithereen Productions: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, through May 11

Boulevard Theatre: Living Out, through May 12

Sunset Playhouse: Lucky Stiff, through May 12


Windfall Theatre: A Little Night Musicthrough May 18

Soulstice Theatre: The Memory of Water, through May 18

Skylight Music Theatre: Sing Me A Storythrough May 19

In Tandem Theatre: Apartment 3A, through May 19

Milwaukee Art Museum: Color Rush, through May 19

Next Act Theater: The Mystery of Irma Vep, though May 25

Milwaukee Rep: One Night with Janis Joplin, through June 2

Milwaukee Art Museum: 125th Anniversary Celebration, through Aug. 10

Milwaukee Art Museum: Veterans Book Project: Objects for Deployment, through Sept. 2

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