Ghosts, drums and home-work on tap
Do-overs galore at NARI
If spring is the time for fresh starts, is fall when we find ways to make what we have a little better? If so, the timing’s good for the Milwaukee NARI Home & Remodeling Show, this weekend at Wisconsin State Fair Park’s Exposition Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. More than 100 home improvement and remodeling exhibitors will be there to give you ideas, along with everything from a session on home brewing by craft brewer MobCraft to presentations by “construction guru” Nick Kerzner. The show runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (yes, TVs will be showing football). Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door, free for veterans with I.D. and kids younger than 18. Info: milwaukeenari.org
Get ready for explanations for the unexplainable and believable looks at the unbelievable: The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference spreads out across Milwaukee Friday through Sunday, with an expansive and engaging variety of performances, conversations and screenings at diverse locations around town. Highlights include: Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee’s exploration of the Milwaukee Theater, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; David Parr’s “Midnight Magic Show” at the Brumder Mansion, 3046 W. Wisconsin Ave., at midnight Friday; the Milwaukee Paranormal Film Fest at the Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St., starting at noon Saturday and running until midnight with movies inspired by the paranormal, including the spooked-in-Wisconsin documentary “Haunted State: Whispers From History Past,” and “Wraith,” filmed last year in the Fox Cities; and a day of speakers, panels and workshops starting at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave. Admission prices vary; check the conference website for details and tickets. Info: milwaukeeparacon.com
Banging the drum
If you’re ready for a brand-new beat, or just want to hear some great ones, check out Saturday’s DrummerFest, in its 17th annual edition at Cascio Music Co, 13819 W. National Ave., New Berlin. The free event includes performances by drummers Daru Jones (whose résumé includes playing with Jack White and Talib Kweli), Joe Saylor (“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”) and Will Kennedy (Yellowjackets); drum clinics and prizes. The doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Info: interstatemusic.com/drummerfest
Beet Street in Bay View
Beet Street, a fall street festival with music, food, a farmers market, craft brews and more, fills the street in front of Goodkind, 2457 S. Wentworth Ave. Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. There’s an outdoor stage with four music acts, including rapper Milo and Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, and even a baking contest hosted by Pie Incorporated. Admission to the street festival is free; a 21-and-over after party at Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., costs $10. Info: Beet Street 2017 Facebook page
Fall fun at Schlitz Audubon
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center hosts its Fall Festival Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to autumn staples including horse-drawn wagon rides and fall nature hikes, there are activities including pumpkin bowling and games of Quidditch. Admission is $10, $5 for youths and members of the nature center, 111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside. Info: sanc.org
A spooky walk
It’s still a couple of weeks away, but the Friends of Grant Park are already in the mood for Halloween. Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave., South Milwaukee, hosts “Trek ’n Treat,” a nature hike exploring the “haunts of nature,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. Info: Friends of Grant Park Facebook page
Music to help disaster victims
“Los Sonidos Unidos” is a benefit concert to raise money for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico City. The event includes performances from players in the Latino Arts String Program, members of De La Buena, Bahia, Bombazo with Pandanza Dancers, Cache and other local bands, and food from several local vendors. It’s just a donation of $20 (or more) at the door for the show, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. 4th St. Info: Los Sonidos Unidos Facebook page
This weekend’s your last chance to catch these: “Wittenberg”: Windfall Theatre’s wild mashup of Martin Luther, Hamlet, Faustus and The Eternal Feminine, winds up its run Saturday at Village Church Arts, 130 E. Juneau Ave. Info: windfalltheatre.com.
“Hot Mikado”: Skylight Music Theatre’s Gilbertand-Sullivan-meets-Cotton-Club production runs through Sunday at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. Info: skylightmusictheatre.org.
“Frank Lloyd Wright: Built for the Prairie”: The exhibit of the Wisconsin architecture giant’s early designs, along with his furniture, stained glass and textile work, closes Sunday after a nearly threemonth run at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive. Info: mam.org.
“Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune”: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s staging of Terrence McNally’s get-real romance ends its run Sunday 10/ 15 in the Studio Theatre at Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway. Info: milwaukeechamber theatre.com.
Right: Georgia Hillsman of Cedarburg helps build a scarecrow at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Fall Fest in 2015. Below: "Haunted State: Whispers From History Past" is showing at the Milwaukee Paranormal Film Fest, part of the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference this weekend. Left: Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, shown at Lollapalooza in 2015, are playing at the Beet Street festival Saturday. Below: Students from the Latino Arts Strings Program will perform Sunday at Los Sonidos Unidos, a benefit for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and last month's earthquake in Mexico City. Rapper Milo, one of the Journal Sentinel's Bands to Watch for 2017, is headlining the Beet Street festival Saturday. Cindy Lodwick of All American Window and Door Co. sets up for the Milwaukee NARI Spring Home Improvement Show at State Fair Park. The fall edition runs Friday through Sunday.