Welcome to the week: October 14-18
More movies, the return of vaudeville, comedy threesomes, Neko Case, and more.
Remember when Milwaukee was in the throes of cinematic passion for 15 days during the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival? Of course you do, because the fest just wrapped things up last week. But if you thought this week would be the perfect time to take a break from all that moviegoing lovemaking, cuddle, and maybe light a post-coital cigarette, think again. Beginning this Thursday and continuing through Sunday, the 28th annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival will host nearly 20 films that highlight and celebrate the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual community. All screenings will take place at the UWM Union Theatre, expect for the opening-night selection, I Am Divine, which will screen Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre. The critically acclaimed documentary from director Jeffrey Schwartz examines the colorful life of drag superstar Divine (a.k.a. Harris Glenn Milstead), who became notorious for, well—how can we put this delicately?—eating dog shit in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. For a complete schedule of films, check out the fest’s website, and look for our chat with fest programmer Carl Bogner this Wednesday.
If you’re hungry for some off-the-beaten-path and non-projected entertainment this week, you’re in luck. Ever-popular local stortytelling series Ex Fabula hosts its first Story Slam of the season Tuesday night at the Times Cinema, with a sure-to-be delightful “trust me” theme. Friday night at the Pabst Theater, beloved alt comedians Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, and Kristen Schaal team up for a perfectly named “MirmanHodgmanSchaal Sandwich-To-Go” show, which should be comedy nirvana for fans of Flight Of The Conchords and Bob’s Burgers. Also on Friday night, Detroit-based performance troupe The Hinterlands set up shop at the Pitman Theater for The Circuit, a mutli-genre, multi-media piece that celebrates, recreates, and reinterprets the traditions of American vaudeville. The show, which is part of Alverno Presents’ 54th season, also takes place Saturday night. Oh, and it may or may not involve Juggalos. Look for our interview with Hinterlands founding co-artistic director Richard Newman tomorrow.
Finally, there’s something called music. Untouchably awesome Brooklyn group The Men blow into town Thursday night for a can’t-miss, sure-to-be-dude-tastic show at the Cactus Club. On Friday night, the testosterone will be dialed back a bit when Neko Case plays the Riverside Theater. Both artists have new albums out this year, so why not check them out, forget about work, and spend Monday doing what everyone else is doing: not a lot. Welcome to the week!