Bastille Days begin in Cathedral Square, and the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, has two different plays opening this weekend.
Shakespeare strikes twice in Milwaukee this weekend. On one end of town, Optimist Theater presents As You Like It as its “Shakespeare in the Park” production for the year, beginning Friday, July 12. This year’s free show is located in a different spot than it has been the past three years, though – Optimist stages the comedy at Kadish Park, in Riverwest, rather than Alverno. The play runs July 12 to 21, and all performances begin at 8 p.m., although access to the park begins at 7 p.m.
Further south, the Alchemist Theatre continues its Year of Fear with King Lear, also opening on Friday, June 12. Directed by Leda Hoffman, this performance of Shakespeare’s family tragedy runs from July 12 to 27. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. every evening; tickets are $23 at the door, but are available online for $20.
This week’s Starry Night Concert at the Wilson Center features the Dang-Its, a country/bluegrass group based out of Madison. This humorous and unusual show is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerlach Outdoor Theater in Mitchell Park. Picnics are encouraged, but food and beverages are also available for purchase at the venue.
Now that Summerfest is over, Milwaukee’s weekly festivals resume with Bastille Days at Cathedral Square Park. Complete with a miniature Eiffel Tower, Bastille Days attracts over 250,000 visitors each year for French food and wine demos, roaming entertainers, live music and the annual Storm the Bastille run on Thursday. Events begin at 11 a.m. and run through midnight every evening except Sunday, which goes until 9 p.m. A full list of events and vendors can be found online.
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Milwaukee Art Museum: Celebrating 125 Years of Art, through Aug. 10
Milwaukee Art Museum: 30 Americans, through Sept. 8
JMKAC: Uncommon Ground, through Sept. 6