Ghosts, drums and home-work on tap

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - TAP WEEKEND - CHRIS FO­RAN

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

Para­nor­mal par­adise

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

Last call

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.

MICHAEL SEARS/MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL COURTESY OF MICHAEL BROWN STEVE C. MITCHELL/INVISION/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS AN­GELA PETER­SON/MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL RICK WOOD / MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL MARK HOFF­MAN/MIL­WAU­KEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

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.

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