Kenosha Calendar: Lot of laughs on tap at Public Craft Brewing

Plenty of options for live music and art lovers this weekend
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.

Need a laugh? How about a half dozen?

Best Bet

Crimson Jester Productions brings “Out in Public” comedy show to Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St. Friday (Feb. 25)

The show includes six comedians with music by Beaker, billed as a comedic punk band. The lineup includes headliner Rich D’Amore with Joseph Torres, Emilio Lopez, Darrel Cochran, Ricky Madeja. Jordan Pauley is the evening’s host. 

Headliner D’Amore is based in Madison and has performed throughout the area. He has been featured in recent comedy showcases including Madison’s Comedy Week, Comedy for a Cause and Groove Roulette. 

Tickets are $15, available only at the door. 

Top Picks 

This week’s Top Picks feature live music from a wide variety of genres – from indie/folk to blues to country and hip-hop, with the latter two sharing the stage. 

Country Hip-Hop Bash at The Brat Stop

Take two diverse styles, put them on the same stage, and wait for magic to happen. Bella Cain and Too Hype Crew share a twin bill Saturday (Feb. 26) at The Brat Stop, 12304 75th St. Doors are at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. starting with Bella Cain, followed by Too Hype Crew. Both bands alternate playing two one-hour sets each. 

Billed as “more than a party band, more than a tribute band,” Too Hype Crew is a tasteful tribute to the fun hip hop and party anthems of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and early ‘00s, featuring an all-live six piece band, MCs, and Fly Girl dancers. Bella Cain is one of the area’s most popular country bands, familiar to live music fans across genre lines.

Tickets are $17.44 plus fees.

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Ivy Ford

Ivy Ford always gives music lovers cause for celebration, and her Friday (Feb. 25) appearance at Fusion also happens to be her birthday party. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the downtown venue, 5014 7th Ave.

Ford is a well-respected blues singer, musician, entertainer. She is a heavy hitter on the Chicago music scene and continues to showcase her talents all over, from New Orleans to a recent Blues Camp in France to frequent appearances in Kenosha. 

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Violet Wilder

The beautiful music of Violet Wilder feels like a perfect match for the cozy confines of Blue House Books, at a special After Hours event set for Saturday (Feb. 26) at 7 p.m.

The  SE Wisconsin-based iindie-folk trio incorporates piano, guitar, viola, miscellaneous percussion, and lush three-part harmony.

The $10 tickets are available prior to the event at the store, 5915 6th Ave. A, or online,

Blue House will be open before and after the unplugged performance, with 10% of sales going to the band.

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Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave. is shining a spotlight on singer-songwriters with a triple bill Friday night beginning at 9 p.m. with Brittany Lumley, followed by Daniel and His 3 A.M. Saints at 10 p.m. and Spare Animals at 11 p.m. 

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Restaurant Week continues through Sunday. For details, see an overview of this popular event, as well as a feature on the work that went into putting it together. A full list of participants and menus can be found at visitkenosha.com/RW

Day Tripper 

The Milwaukee Zoo Polar Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin is set for Saturday (Feb. 26) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. presented by Old National Bank. To register and find out more about the event, please visit the official Polar Plunge website.

Event highlights include categories such as Extreme Plunge, Cool Schools Plunge, Toss Your Boss, and there’s even an option called Too Chicken to Plunge.

In addition to jumping into ice cold water (or watching others try that) to raise money for a good cause, there will be music and food available at the event. All festivities are at the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

McNamara McCarthy School of Irish Dance March 12-13 at Ashling on the Lough

Heads Up

St. Patrick’s Day is huge in our area, and events start early! Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th St. has announced two performances of the McNamara McCarthy School of Irish Dance, set for Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m. 

The Lineup 

THURSDAY, Feb. 24 

Music 

Rhythm Dogs Blues Jam featuring Marie Martens, 8 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave.

Carthage Performing Art Series presents Bridge and Wolak music/comedy duo, 7:30 p.m. in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. Tickets $10 general public/$8 seniors. This event will also be livestreamed.

Bridge and Wolak at Carthage College’s A.F. Siebert Chapel

Theater

KUSD Theater Arts presents “As She Likes It” at 7:30 p.m., Indian Trail High School Auditorium, 6800 60th St. Tickets are $13 for the general public, $11 for senior citizens, and $6 for KUSD students/staff. 

Art 

“1-Inch-by-1-Inch Challenge,” a show featuring detailed pieces, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Artworks, 4513 Sheridan Rd. (through Feb. 27)

V Crushable exhibit at the H. F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College campus, 2001 Alford Dr. Sculptures and paintings created by Noah Kashiani and Kelly Reaves, Noon-8 p.m. (Through March 11). Free. 

African American Club exhibit highlighting notable Black Kenoshans,10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Pl. and Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. (throughout Black History Month).

Artist of the Month: Mitch Braver, Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St. (throughout February). 

Scared Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

Selections from the Collections: Inuit Art. Prints and sculptures from the Arctic Circle. Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 6).

Chiwaukee Prairie Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha Public Museum. This exhibit is a photo journal of the preservation of Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area located in Kenosha County.

Family

Kenosha Public Library Virtual Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. on KPL’s Facebook Live 

Downtown Story Walk, “When the Snow is Deeper than My Boots are Tall.” The story is told page-by-page in the windows of local businesses. See online map for all locations. Free and always open. (through March). 

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. 

Britney Lumley/Daniel and his 3 AM Saints/Spare Animals at Union Park Tavern

FRIDAY, Feb. 25 

Music 

Britney Lumley/Daniel and his 3 AM Saints/Spare Animals, 9 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave. 

Rust Belt, 9 p.m. 58 Below, 504 58th St. 

RealTime Noise, 9 p.m., The Brat Stop, 12304 75th St. 

Rust Belt at 58 Below

Theater 

KUSD Theater Arts presents “As She Likes It” at 7:30 p.m., Indian Trail High School Auditorium, 6800 60th St. Tickets are $13 for the general public, $11 for senior citizens, and $6 for KUSD students/staff. 

Lakeside Players present “High School Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 58th St. Tickets $15 general public, $12 students/senior citizens. 

Carthage College invites the community to enjoy the Carthage Theatre production of “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Nora Carroll at 7:30 p.m. 

Art 

 “1-Inch-by-1-Inch Challenge,” a show featuring detailed pieces, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Artworks, 4513 Sheridan Rd. (through Feb. 27).

V Crushable exhibit at the H. F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College campus, 2001 Alford Dr. Sculptures and paintings created by Noah Kashiani and Kelly ReavesNoon-8 p.m. (Through March 11). Free. 

African American Club exhibit highlighting notable Black Kenoshans,10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Pl. and Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. (throughout Black History Month).

Artist of the Month: Mitch Braver, Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St. (throughout February).

Scared Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

Selections from the Collections: Inuit Art. Prints and sculptures from the Arctic Circle. Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 6).

Chiwaukee Prairie Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha Public Museum. This exhibit is a photo journal of the preservation of Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area located in Kenosha County. 

Potpourri 

5 for 5 February to benefit Kenosha Little Libraries, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Ave. 

Artsy Afternoons at the Kenosha Public Museum

Family 

Artsy Afternoons, 2 p.m. (ages 5-6), 3:30-4:30 (ages 7-10), Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave., Explore the amazing world of art through the eyes of artists and see how their artwork can inspire your own. Try new techniques and get your creativity flowing. All materials included. Space is limited in these free programs – advance registration required.

Kenosha Public Library Virtual Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. on KPL’s Facebook Live

Downtown Story Walk, “When the Snow is Deeper than My Boots are Tall.” The story is told page-by-page in the windows of local businesses. See online map for all locations. Free and always open. (through March). 

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.

The Angry Squirrels

SATURDAY, Feb. 26

Music 

The Dirty Wellies, 7 p.m., Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th St. 

The Angry Squirrels w/ Doghouse Society, 8 p.m., 58 Below, 504 58th St. 

Sweet Shieks (Music from the 10’s, 20’s & 30’s) 8- 11 p.m., Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave.

Bella Cain and Too Hype Crew, 8 p.m., The Brat Stop, 12304 75th St., $17.44. 

Theater 

KUSD Theater Arts presents “As She Likes It” at 7:30 p.m., Indian Trail High School Auditorium, 6800 60th St. Tickets are $13 for the general public, $11 for senior citizens, and $6 for KUSD students/staff. 

Lakeside Players present “High School Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 58th St. Tickets $15 general public, $12 students/senior citizens. 

Carthage Theatre presents “The Revolutionists,” 7:30 p.m., Wartburg Theater, 2001 Alford Dr. Tickets $14 for adults; $10 for seniors; $8 for students. 

The quarter next to Jo Thul’s acrylic pour painting reflects the tiny scale of pieces in the “1-Inch-by-I-Inch Challenge.”
PHOTO: BILL ROBBINS

Art

 “1-Inch-by-1-Inch Challenge,” a show featuring detailed pieces, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Artworks, 4513 Sheridan Rd. (through Feb. 27). 

V Crushable exhibit at the H. F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College campus, 2001 Alford Dr. Sculptures and paintings created by Noah Kashiani and Kelly Reaves, Noon-8 p.m. (through March 11). Free. 

African American Club exhibit highlighting notable Black Kenoshans,10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Pl. and Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. (throughout Black History Month).

Artist of the Month: Mitch Braver, Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St. (throughout February). 

Scared Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

Selections from the Collections: Inuit Art. Prints and sculptures from the Arctic Circle. Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 6).

Chiwaukee Prairie Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha Public Museum. This exhibit is a photo journal of the preservation of Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area located in Kenosha County. 

Potpourri 

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: Move and Groove (ages 0-3), boxes available at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis at all Kenosha Public Library branches. This playtime box for children ages 0-3 is filled with things to help you and your child  play, move and have fun together.  The box includes materials to make a shakie tube, a rhyme cube,  colorful ribbon wands for play, and other movement activities to engage your child. This box is designed for one child, limit 2 per household. Free. 

Downtown Story Walk, “When the Snow is Deeper than My Boots are Tall.” The story is told page-by-page in the windows of local businesses. See online map for all locations. Free and always open. (through March). 

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.

SUNDAY, Feb. 27 

Music 

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

Open Mic with Daniel and his 3AM Saints, 4-8 p.m., Fusion, 5014 7th Ave. 

“The Revolutionists” at Carthage College

Theater 

Lakeside Players present “High School Musical,” 2 p.m., Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 58th St. Tickets $15 general public, $12 students/senior citizens. 

Carthage College invites the community to enjoy the Carthage Theatre production of, “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson, and directed by Nora Carroll, 3 p.m. 

Art 

Dome-A-Rama, Dome Class with Michelle Ranee at Kenosha Fusion. All supplies included (moss, bark, fungi, and more!), 3-7 p.m., $25. Please register in advance. 

“1-Inch-by-1-Inch Challenge,” a show featuring detailed pieces, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Artworks, 4513 Sheridan Rd. (through Feb. 27).

V Crushable exhibit at the H. F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College campus, 2001 Alford Dr. Sculptures and paintings created by Noah Kashiani and Kelly Reaves, Noon-8 p.m. (through March 11). Free. 

African American Club exhibit highlighting notable Black Kenoshans,10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Pl. and Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. (Throughout Black History Month).

Artist of the Month: Mitch Braver, Public Craft Brewing, 628 58th St. (throughout February). 

Scared Scars, Shadowed Ground – Battlefield Photographs by Larry Stuart, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Museum, 5400 1st Ave. This visual narrative of 25 archival photo prints captures the emotional essence of the famous and forgotten stories of the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

Selections from the Collections: Inuit Art. Prints and sculptures from the Arctic Circle. Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 6).

Chiwaukee Prairie Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kenosha Public Museum. This exhibit is a photo journal of the preservation of Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area located in Kenosha County. 

Potpourri 

5 for 5 February to benefit Kenosha Little Libraries, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Studio Moonfall, 5031 7th Ave. 

Family 

Downtown Story Walk, “When the Snow is Deeper than My Boots are Tall.” The story is told page-by-page in the windows of local businesses. See online map for all locations. Free and always open. (through March). 

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. 

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