Brent Mitchell will be one of four acts performing Friday at Kenosha Fusion.

Kenosha Calendar: Options aplenty to hear live music

Fusion hosting four acts Friday as part of an 'intimate listening' show
Laura Marran

By Laura MarranKENOSHA.COM

After two decades in journalism, Marran earned her Master’s degree in Exceptional Education from UW-Milwaukee and has served as a special education teacher with Kenosha Unified School District since 2006. A Marquette University School of Journalism alum, Marran has lived in Kenosha since 1987.

Downtown is alive with the sound of live music this weekend, with many venues hosting both special events and regularly scheduled gigs. 

Best Bet 

“This is the type of show Fusion was designed to have.” 

No matter what comes next, that description is a strong recommendation from Aimee Crucianelli, who co-owns Fusion, 5104 7th Ave., with her husband and fellow musician Danny Crucianelli. 

Old Wolves

The high praise is for Friday’s show (Jan. 21) featuring four acts, headlined by Dead, Dead Swans, a folk group with Midwestern roots. Also on the special bill are Old Wolves, WT Newton and Brent Mitchell. 

“We have four very talented singer/songwriters that are going to do a little more storytelling style performances,” Aimee Crucianelli said. 

People will be asked to silence their phones and refrain from talking loudly during each act’s set, which is described as an “intimate listening” show. 

Admission is $10 at the door. 

Open Stage Thursdays at Kenosha Creative Space

Top Picks 

Kenosha Creative Space holds true to its name by welcoming all artists to its Open Stage night, Thursdays from 7-11 p.m. hosted by Miss B Havin (Haven Wells). Starting at 7 p.m. patrons can bring their own project to work on or to share with the community. Music starts at 8 p.m. Musicians of any genre, instrument or voice can perform or participate in an open jam. 

The event description speaks for itself:

“This is an Open Stage Night. This is an open studio night. This is a photo studio night. This is an open mic night. This is an open jam night. All are welcome to come hang out and Create @theSpace this and every Thursday.” 

Admission is free, donations and new ideas are always welcome.

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Courageous Conversation: Chaos or Community – How Do We Move Forward?

Kenosha Public Library presents the virtual event “Courageous Conversation: Chaos or Community – How Do We Move Forward?” 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 20). Tune in to watch a panel of community members, government officials and educators discussing Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and how we as a community can move forward. 

This free event will be streamed to KPL’s Facebook and is open to all. Registration is not required. 

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While the Pringle Nature Center has announced it will be closed through the month of January (see note below), some all-outdoor, limited contact activities are still scheduled.

A Guided Snowshoe Hike is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 22), (weather permitting) at Bristol Woods Park, 9800 County Hwy MB. Participants will receive snowshoes and instruction before setting out on a 1-mile hike over hilly terrain. This program is appropriate for beginners and experienced snowshoers alike, and is a great opportunity to try out the sport for the first time. Cost is $10 per participant ($5 for members).

Snowshoes are available to rent Tuesdays-Saturdays, no reservations are required (but please call ahead to confirm availability), and Sunday afternoons (12-3 p.m.) by reservation, when trail conditions allow. Cost is $5 for the general public, free for members. 

Note: A message on the Pringle Nature Center’s website details the January closing, including  more information on all programs including scheduled and canceled programs. 

Galley Night MKE

Day Tripper 

Milwaukee’s popular Gallery Night MKE is set for Friday and Saturday (Jan. 21-22) at locations throughout the city. Approximately 20 galleries are participating, with hotels and restaurants partnering with the event. 

The wealth of exhibits and related activities can all be found on the Gallery Night MKE website, which also includes a map of all participants, gallery details  and information to plan a visit to the two-day event. 

Heads Up! 

Each week, Kenosha.com will give Events Calendar readers advance notice of an event beyond this week’s listings that may fill up fast, have an early registration date, or something extra-special that falls on a weekday. This week, we bring you the latter: A one-of-a-kind event that kicks off a collaboration between the Public Craft Brewing and the Kenosha Public Museum system called  “PUBLIC Education.” 

The monthly series opens Tuesday, Jan. 25 with “We’ve Got a T-Rex,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the brewery, 628 58th St. co-hosted by the Kenosha Dinosaur Museum

From the event page: “Join (KPM) Curator of Education Nick Wiersum for a cold pint at PUBLIC Craft Brewing and talk about what Jurassic Park movies got right, how they’ve reignited a global passion for paleontology, and then have your childhood dinosaur dreams dashed as he completely ruins this movie franchise with science.”

Tickets are $15 for KPM members/$25 for non-members. First beer is provided. 

Fused Glass Pocket Vase Workshop at the Kenosha Public Museum

The Lineup 

THURSDAY, Jan. 20 

Music 

The Rhythm Dogs Blues Jam, 8 p.m. Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave

Art 

Annual Intercollegiate Exchange Show featuring Carthage College and UW-Parkside artists, 5-8 p.m., H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Dr. Free. 

Lemon Street Gallery Presents: Oh, So Appealing Juried Show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 4601 Sheridan Rd. 

Workshop: Fused Glass Pocket Vase, 6-8 p.m., Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave. Fee $25 Friends of the KPM/$40 non-members. For more information call (262) 653-4140. 

Potpourri 

UW-Parkside Men’s Basketball vs. Wayne State, 7:30 p.m., De Simone Arena. Game Day Sponsor: Lee Mechanical

Kenosha Public Library presents “Courageous Conversation: Chaos or Community – How Do We Move Forward?” 6:30 p.m. Tune in to watch a panel of community members, government officials and educators discussing Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and how we as a community can move forward. This event will be streamed to KPL’s Facebook. Registration is not required. 

Open Skate, City Ice Rink at Veterans Memorial Park, 625 52nd St. Daily 9 a.m. -10 p.m. (weather permitting). Free skate rental (first-come, first-served) available 4-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-8 p.m. Sundays. Photo ID required for skate rental. Free. 

Virtual Storytime at the Kenosha Public Library

Family 

Let’s Move (virtual, ages 0-5), 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Kenosha Public Library on Zoom for some fun interactive stories, songs, games, and more! This program will get your little one moving and grooving while learning early literacy skills. Registration required. 

Kenosha Public Library Virtual Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Books, fingerplays, and songs on Facebook Live

Uptown StoryWalk featuring “Augustus and His Smile” by Catherine Raynor in the windows of participating businesses. Route maps are available at any library branch or online. 

7th Heaven

FRIDAY, Jan. 21 

Music 

7th Heaven, 9 p.m., The Brat Stop, 12304 75th St., $10.

Chaîne de Gitane (Gypsy Jazz) , 9 p.m. Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave.

Dead, Dead Swans with Old Wolves, WT Newton and Brent Mitchell, 8:30 p.m., Fusion, 5014 7th Ave.

Art 

Annual Intercollegiate Exchange Show featuring Carthage College and UW-Parkside artists, 5-8 p.m., H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Dr. Free. 

Lemon Street Gallery Presents: Oh, So Appealing Juried Show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 4601 Sheridan Rd. 

Potpourri 

Free Book Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Ave. 

Open Skate, City Ice Rink at Veterans Memorial Park, 625 52nd St. Daily 9 a.m. -10 p.m. (weather permitting). Free skate rental (first-come, first-served) available 4-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-8 p.m. Sundays. Photo ID required for skate rental. Free. 

Family

Storytime Live, 10:30-11 a.m., Kenosha Public Library’s Facebook page. Presenters use books, fingerplays, and songs to help develop early listening and literacy skills in this classic storytime. No registration required.

Uptown StoryWalk featuring “Augustus and His Smile” by Catherine Raynor in the windows of participating businesses. Route maps are available at any library branch or online. 

Rick and Scott w/ Terry Peterson at 58 Below

SATURDAY, Jan. 22 

Music 

Would You Kindly? (Indie Rock), 8 p.m., Rustic Road Brewing, 5706 6th Ave. Free. 

Tail Dragger (Blues), 8-11 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave.

Rick and Scott w/Terry Peterson, 9 p.m., 58 Below, 504 58th St.

Die Monster Die/She Controls Me, 9:30 p.m., The Port, 714 50th St. 

Art 

Annual Intercollegiate Exchange Show featuring Carthage College and UW-Parkside artists, 5-8 p.m., H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Dr. Free. 

Lemon Street Gallery Presents: Oh, So Appealing Juried Show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 4601 Sheridan Rd. 

Potpourri 

UW-Parkside Men’s Basketball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 3 p.m., De Simone Arena, 4130 Petrifying Springs Rd. 

Guided Snowshoe Hike 1-2:30 p.m. (weather permitting), Pringle Nature Center at Bristol Woods. Participants will receive snowshoes and instruction before setting out on a 1-mile hike over hilly terrain, appropriate for all skill levels including beginners. $10/participant or $5/members.

HarborMarket Indoor Season, 9-1 p.m., Kenosha Union Club, 3030 39th Ave. 

Kenosha Public Market Indoor Season, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Vault, 625 57th St. 

Family

KPL Kids To Go: Puzzling Palooza To-Go Box (ages pre-school-9). Craft boxes to make a puzzle and marble maze are available at any KPL location starting at 9 a.m. No registration needed. Limit two per household. 

Uptown StoryWalk featuring “Augustus and His Smile” by Catherine Raynor in the windows of participating businesses. Route maps are available at any library branch or online. 

SUNDAY, Jan. 23

Music

Cy’s Piano Jam 4-7 p.m. Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave. 

Open Mic with Daniel Thompson and His 3 AM Saints, 4-8 p.m., Fusion, 5104 7th Ave.

Art

 Lemon Street Gallery Presents: Oh, So Appealing Juried Show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Family

Sunday Storytime, 2-3 p.m., Blue House Books, 5915 6th Ave. A., with special guest storytellers and activities for kids. 

Uptown StoryWalk featuring “Augustus and His Smile” by Catherine Raynor in the windows of participating businesses. Route maps are available at any library branch or online. 

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