Michael Holloway
Entertainment at a Distance

Flowers, Music, Bikes and Beer

Not to mention a pre-1975 car show. Lots to do this week.

By - May 27th, 2021 04:18 pm
The Domes. Photo by Dave Reid.

The Domes. Photo by Dave Reid.

There’s plenty to do in Milwaukee this weekend while practicing safe social distancing. Check out some vintage hot rods at the first ever Pre-1975 Car Show at the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, where you can enjoy cheap PBR, live music and more. And this week is your last chance to check out the Mitchell Park Domes Spring Floral Show, which will end on May 30. Or get outdoors and join the Urban Ecology Center for either an urban bike ride or a mud-mural making event.

Last Call: Mitchell Park Domes Spring Floral Show, May 27-30

Entitled “Seasons of Legend,” the show looks at the ways different cultures have crafted intricate stories to explain the changing of the seasons. The show is divided into five sections, each exploring a different folklore legend. For safety purposes, the domes are now offering time slot reservations. For more information on admission fees and reserving your time slot, click here.

Ongoing: Florentine Opera’s La Vie en Rose Digital Performance 

Florentine Opera Company has returned to the stage, but is maintaining some of its digital options from its experience with virtual performances. A digital copy of a recent sold-out performance is now available for purchase. The performance, titled “La Vie En Rose” after the famous song by Edith Piaf, can be purchased for $25. To purchase virtual tickets, click here. To read Urban Milwaukee’s coverage of the opera’s current season, click here.

Ongoing: Florentine Opera’s Eric Ferring Performance Available Digitally

As part of its return to the stage, Florentine Opera welcomed young break-out tenor Eric Ferring to perform in Milwaukee for the first time accompanied by Laurann Gilley, a pianist and coach with the Ryan Opera Center. That performance is available to stream digitally and tickets are $25. Click here for more info.

Ongoing: Skylight Music Theatre’s KidsWrites Available Digitally

Skylight Music Theatre presents KidsWrites, a writing workshop for students in grades three through eight designed to inspire them to write lyrics and dialogue based on a theme. Those pieces of writing are then turned into musical numbers and performed by Skylight Music Theatre actors. This year’s theme — Time Capsule — is pandemic-inspired. The performances are entirely virtual and available for free streaming on Skylight Music Theatre’s website.

Ongoing: Florentine Opera Presents Little Mahagonny 

Florentine Opera recently made its recent return to the stage with a production of Little Mahagonny. The Baumgartner Studio Artists performed the Kurt Weill musical in the newly renovated Uhlein Hall — the first production to do so. The performance is now available digitally. For more information, click here.

Ongoing: Milwaukee Public Museum’s Nelson Mandela Exhibition

The Milwaukee Public Museum is teaming up with America’s Black Holocaust Museum for the U.S. debut of Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition. This virtual tour will take visitors on a journey through Mandela’s life, highlighting his work as a freedom-fighter and political leader. The educational event will feature previously unseen film footage and photos and will showcase over 150 historic artifacts and personal items from the Mandela family and museums from all over the globe. Click here for more information.

May 27: Harley-Davidson Virtual Gallery Talk

The Harley-Davidson Museum continues its series of virtual gallery talks with a discussion titled Custom Culture — Harley-Davidson & Pop Culture. The event will explore the ways in which Harley-Davidson motorcycles were featured in various forms of media, including Marvel films, iconic TV shows and more. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased here.

May 28: Mud Murals and Soil Science

Join the Urban Ecology Center (1500 E. Park Pl.) for a family-friendly event exploring what’s underneath the ground we walk on. The program will take a closer look at the dirt at the Ecology Center as well as what lives within it. Afterwards, a mud mural will be painted with some compost mud. The event requires registration to attend and will cost $9 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Children under the age of three receive free admission. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 28-30: Gathering Place Pop-up Beer Garden

Gathering Place Brewing Company is popping up on Flour and Feed’s pedestrian Plaza all summer long. The Riverwest-based brewery will be slinging its craft beers from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and food trucks will come and go depending on the days.

May 30: Pre-1975 Car Show at the Best Place

Travel back in time with a pre-1975 vintage car show at the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery. Located on the grounds of the former Pabst Brewery outdoors on Juneau Ave., the show gives families the opportunity to check out some unique vintage hot rods while enjoying live music, $3 PBRs and food. The event is supported by the Rebel Rousers, TroubleShooters and Wisco Maniacs car clubs, so there’s sure to be something that catches your eye. The event is cruise-in and free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 2: Bike Trip to Hawthorn Glen

It’s time to dust off the bike and embark on a fun and casual ride with the Urban Ecology Center. The ride will take you from the Ecology Center’s Washington Park branch (1859 N. 40th St.) to the new space of 25-acres of woodland prairie at Hawthorn Glen. Along the way, learn about urban trails as you bike through the city. Registration is required for the event, and will cost $9 for members and $14 for nonmembers. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Equipment will be provided by the Ecology Center if needed.

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