It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some events that can enrich your weekend. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “5 things” in the subject line by noon Thursday.
1. Ko-Thi celebrates 50 years with “Juba-Lee”: Friday, Aug. 2
Ko-Thi Dance Company is celebrating 50 years with its concert series, “Juba-Lee,” which starts Friday, Aug. 2. The show, held at the UW-Milwaukee Mainstage Theatre, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., will feature Ko-Thi’s signature works. Tickets can be purchased here. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. There are additional showtimes throughout next week.
2. HaRUNbee 5K walk/run for healthy birth outcomes: Saturday, Aug. 3
Kick off Bronzeville Week with the HaRUNbee 5K walk and run on Saturday, Aug. 3. This year’s run aims to raise awareness for healthy birth outcomes. To register, click here. The run starts at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of West North Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive near Pete’s Fruit Market. Here’s the full schedule for the week.
3. “RAG HEAD: An American Story”: Saturday, Aug. 3
“RAG HEAD,” a one-woman show, will be performed at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, on Saturday, Aug. 3. Sundeep Morrison stars in the show, which tells the story of hate, hope and American identity. Tickets can be purchased here. There will be two showings at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and one on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m. (Read a Community Voices about the issues raised by the show here.)
4. Group meditation with Meditate Milwaukee: Sunday, Aug. 4
Meditate Milwaukee is encouraging all Milwaukeeans to join a group meditation session at the Sojourner Family Peace Center, 619 W. Walnut St., on Sunday, Aug. 4. Group meditation is a monthly event. Doors open at 2 p.m. and meditation begins at 2:30 p.m.
5. The Underground Railroad in Milwaukee: Sunday, Aug. 4
In 1843, Caroline Quarlls left Missouri in search of freedom. Her journey on the Underground Railroad led her to Milwaukee. Kimberly Simmons, Quarlls’ great-granddaughter, will be speaking at Alice’s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St., on Sunday, Aug. 4. During A Healing Grove, Simmons will share her great grandma’s story. The talk starts at 4 p.m. Simmons will speak again on Monday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m.
About Ana Martinez-Ortiz
Ana serves as NNS’ newly created community engagement reporter and is responsible for writing stories that help our readers navigate their lives as well as making sure they know the fun things that are happening in their neighborhoods. You can email her here or call (414) 604-6397.