Welcome to the week: May 13-17
If you’re worried about that cold, empty feeling in the pit of your stomach, or you’re growing a wee bit concerned about that urge to stick your head in an oven, don’t worry—you’re simply coming to the slow realization that spring has yet to truly spring in Milwaukee, even though we’re now entering mid-May. Sure, there have been a handful of lovely days where the entire city goes apeshit and everyone gets pulled over on Lincoln Memorial Drive, but these isolated pockets of joy have been tempered by endless days of clouds, rain, and sub-50-degree temperatures. Happily, there’s plenty of nifty shit going on this week to keep your spirits high—schizophrenic weather be damned.
Tuesday night finds the suddenly reunited Fall Out Boy playing a sold-out show at The Rave. If you haven’t managed to scare up a pair of tickets—or, you know, you just don’t like Fall Out Boy—then Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Turner Hall might be the Tuesday night show for you. Us? We’ll be at BRMC (look for our recap Wednesday morning), but our hearts will be at the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Bingo Casino for the nation’s best comedian to recently star on a celebrity diving show. No, not Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Louie Anderson! And no, we’re not kidding.
Thursday night is a particularly packed night of musical fun, with Futurebirds playing the Cactus Club behind their new Baba Yaga album, Of Montreal doing its frequently brilliant/frequently insufferable thing at the Pabst Theater, and Hellogoodbye doing whatever it does at The Rave. But the two shows we’re most looking forward to have little to do with music: Local storytelling series Ex Fabula stages its final show of the season with a “lost in translation” allstar event, while local artists/filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon premiere their highly anticipated Sign Painters documentary at the Oriental Theatre.
Finally, on Friday night, you can enjoy the musical styling of Flying Lotus at Turner Hall, take a bite of the comedy/music sampler plate at the Cactus Club’s monthly comedy show, or head over to Jokerz Comedy Club and check out the guy who made all the funny noises in the Police Academy films, Michael Winslow. And if you have to ask which show we’ll be at, you clearly don’t know us very well.