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Unscripted, unrehearsed, unapologetically unpolished

MKE Arts Live!
Radio Milwaukee & UPAF, hosted by Adam Carr

Come As You Are

MKE ARTS LIVE! is not about appearances. It’s not about flawless execution or “getting it right” (whatever “it” is). It’s about getting real, getting to the bottom of—and appreciating—how Milwaukee’s performing arts community consistently produces a wide range of stellar performers and performances while many similar-sized cities’ scenes are positively moribund. 

Slated for October to coincide with National Arts & Humanities Month and presented by UPAF and Radio Milwaukee, MKE ARTS LIVE! is a series of four variety shows featuring interviews, panel discussions, live performances, audience interaction, and shockingly candid behind-the-scenes perspectives. With local raconteur Adam Carr as your host and guide, you’ll meet actors, businesspeople, educators, writers, directors, and musicians.  You’ll get a glimpse of what they’re doing to keep world-class performing arts in Milwaukee, and you’ll walk away with an intimate understanding of why they’re doing it.

If you’re already an MKE culture vulture, this is a no-brainer. If you’re as yet uninitiated, you’ll get an up-close look at what’s on offer, what tickles your fancy—and how lucky you are to live here.

Show dates and topics:

Discovering MKE

Monday, October 2, 6 p.m.

Perspectives from folks who moved to Milwaukee from elsewhere and are active in making Milwaukee a great place to live.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee Performance Space: 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee 53204

Arts Education

Monday, October 9, 6 p.m.

Great stories about how arts education is woven into our lives from youth through adulthood.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee Performance Space: 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee 53204

The Art of Art

Thursday, October 19, 6 p.m.

What goes on behind the curtain? Performing artists and the production people who bring these shows to life tell us their stories.

MIAD Frederick Layton Gallery: 273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee 53202

Dinner and a Show

Monday, October 30, 6 p.m.

How does a local brewer and restaurateur benefit from performing arts shows? What spot does a principal dancer patronize—and what does he order?

88Nine Radio Milwaukee Performance Space: 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee 53204

No tickets or RVSP necessary. No dress code. No excuses. Just be there—and be ready for something you can only experience right here. Right now. In Milwaukee.

(Can’t make it in person? All events will be live streamed on the 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and UPAF Facebook pages.)