Milwaukee Ballet II headlines the week’s arts offerings.
Seasonal affective disorder is no match for art, music, and chili.
The holiday favorites are supplemented by some offbeat fare.
Before Milwaukee native Tom Laughlin hit it big with “Billy Jack,” he made a film here that scandalized the priests and nuns at Gesu church.
MKE fills with epic sound this week, courtesy of our own: Skylight’s “Les Miserables,” Carroll Players’ “Spring Awakening,” MSO’s Schubert, Present Music’s “Thanksgiving,” and Vic and Gab at MKE Unplugged.
While the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra and “Beyond Glory” honor our troops, Alverno Presents, Soulstice Theatre, Theater Red, Florentine Opera and others present compelling performances.
In addition to special events like the El Dia de los Muertos Parade, “Night of the Living Dead (The Puppet Show)” and the Haunted Brewery Bash, Quasimondo and the Milwaukee Ballet present anticipated shows and special music performances abound.
Angry Young Men’s puppet version of “Night of the Living Dead” will be staged at the Oriental this year, its sixth iteration in Milwaukee.
Broadway hit “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” and The Rep’s “Forever Plaid” bring us back to the 60′s, Indigo Girls at the MSO and a screening of “Ghostbusters” at the Rosebud visit the 80′s, and Halloween creeps into Milwaukee’s special events.
The festival opens tonight at the Oriental with “I Am Divine,” a doc on the infamous drag queen of the same name, and continues through Sunday at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.