Brise Soleil, Milwaukee Arts

Brise Soleil wing atop Milwaukee Art Museum; (c) Soul Of America

Milwaukee Arts

Milwaukee Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: The over-sized Brise Soleil sculpture atop the new Quadracci Pavilion instantly became Milwaukee’s defining icon of the 21st century; Brise Soleil “wings” open when the museum opens and closes when the museum closes. 217-feet wide and affixed to a spire like strings on a harp, the wings “flap” (close and open) each day at noon for visitors’ enjoyment, weather permitting; not to be outdone, the MAM is notable for works by African American artists in its permanent collection since the 1920s. Resulting from a buying spree in the 1990s, the museum now boasts fascinating range of works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Richard Hunt, Sam Gilliam, and a prominent Haitian Art exhibit.
ADMISSION: $12 Adults, $10 Students w/ID, Military or 65+, Free Age 12-
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10a-5p, Thu 12a-8p
ADDRESS: 750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PHONE: 414-224-3200

Haggerty Museum of Art
DESCRIPTION: Located on Marquette University campus, this major museum features a 20th century African Art collection. Rotating exhibits often include works by African American artists.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-4:30p; Thu 10a-8p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 530 North 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PARKING: Wells StreetParking Structure fee-based
PHONE: 414-288-1669

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
DESCRIPTION: Hosts celebrated performing organizations such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Opera, Wisconsin’s only fully professional grand opera company, and the Milwaukee Ballet.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 11:30a-9p, Sat Noon-9p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PHONE: 888-612-3500 or 414-273-7121

Milwaukee Repertory Theater
DESCRIPTION: How about dinner and a play? The Rep features a main house, studio theater and cabaret nightclub; among its wide-ranging performances, the Rep has featured JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE by August Wilson and JELLY ROLL by Vernel Baggers.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 108 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PHONE: Ticket Office 414-224-9490

Pabst Theater
DESCRIPTION: A lavishly renovated century-old landmark that has become Milwaukee’s midsize indoor concert venue for national acts that range from Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, and comedy; Babyface and Taj Mahal play here.
BOX OFFICE: Mon–Fri Noon-6:30p and 2 hours before start times of events
ADDRESS: 144 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PHONE: 800-511-1552 or 414-286-3663

Riverside Theatre
Situated along the Riverwalk, the aptly named theatre is known as an excellent venue for magic shows, musicals, and other off-Broadway productions.
BOX OFFICE: Mon–Fri Noon-6:30p and 2 hours before start times of events
ADDRESS: 116 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PHONE: 414-224-3000

Miller High Life Theatre
DESCRIPTION: 4,100-seat venue that features an elegant domed rotunda and matching lobby underneath; one visit inside and you’ll know why this excellent theatre attracts touring Broadway shows.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 500 West Kilburn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PHONE: 414-908-6000

Northern Lights Theater
DESCRIPTION: Potowatami Casino hosts the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater; despite or perhaps, because of its intimate size, the theatre hosts national performing artists such as Patti LaBelle in a dinner table setting; the casino has a preferred guest program and downtown shuttle with several nearby hotels.
BOX OFFICE: open three hours prior to shows and 30 minutes prior to on sale time
DAYS & HOURS: 24/7
ADDRESS: 1721 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PARKING: valet parking available; free self-serve parking onsite
PHONE: 414-645-6888

Grohmann Museum
DESCRIPTION: Milwaukee School of Engineering is home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work; Eckhart G. Grohmann Collection comprises more than 700 paintings and sculptures from 1580 to today placed on three floors of themed galleries. The venue includes a spectacular rooftop sculpture garden, café and store.
ADMISSION: see website
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat Noon-6p, Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 1000 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI MAP
PHONE: 414-277-2300

Fireside Dinner Theatre
DESCRIPTION: one of the Midwest’s most popular theatre venues destinations and the only Actor’s Equity dinner theatre in Wisconsin; open since 1964, Dick and Betty Klopcic build an intimate, 60’ X 60’ pyramid-shaped restaurant and named it The Fireside after the cozy fireplace at its center; of course they also offer fine as well in this multi-award-winning dinner theatre is a favorite destination for couples, families and tour groups; they try to treat everyone like family – worth the long drive from Milwaukee.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 8:30a-8p, Sun 8:30a-5p
DAYS & HOURS: daily/nightly
ADDRESS: 1131 Janesville Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI MAP
PARKING: free onsite
PHONE: 800-477-9505


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