It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some events we think you shouldn’t miss. 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. MKE Black app launch party: Monday, Feb. 10
MKE Black is launching its new app, which showcases and promotes black establishments in the city, at the SkyBox Sports Bar, 2213 N. Martin Luther King Drive., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. The app contains listings and interactive maps of black businesses, events and other resources. To learn more about the app and its founders, click here.
2. Milwaukee Public Schools community conversation: Wednesday, Feb. 12
Milwaukee Public Schools wants to hear from the community regarding the schools’ discipline policies and practices. The conversation will take place at Marshall High School, 4141 N. 64th St., from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Community members will hear from the Milwaukee Public Schools senior team and board of directors. They will also be asked to address concerns and recommendations. To submit a recommendation, click here and to learn more about the discipline policy, click here.
3. How black is black enough? Wednesday, Feb. 12
The UWM African Student Association is hosting a conversation centered around the question: “How black is black enough?” The event will be held in the Wisconsin Room Lounge in the student union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Guest speakers include Dr. Troy Washington, Ameena Abubaker Yusuf, Vaun Mayes and Lavelle Young. Anita Mogaka will moderate.
4. Valentine’s Day dinner and dance: Friday, Feb. 14
United Indians of Milwaukee, 3126 W. Kilbourn Ave., is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with the dance to follow at 7:30 p.m. Attendees have the option of choosing tickets for a couple, single or dance only. The profits will help programming at the United Indians of Milwaukee.
5. Milwaukee Recreation’s daddy/daughter dance: Saturday, Feb. 15
Milwaukee Recreation is hosting its 17th annual daddy/daughter dance at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., on Saturday, Feb. 15. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m. with the dance to follow at 6:15 p.m. Fathers and daughters can choose to attend the dinner and the dance or just the dance. For dinner and the dance, tickets cost $30 for fathers and $10 for daughters; for the dance only, tickets cost $20 for fathers and $5 for daughters. To register, click here.
Bonus: Screening of “Love & Basketball” at Oriental: Thursday, Feb. 13
Black Lens MKE is screening “Love & Basketball” as a part of its Black History Month celebration. The film will be shown at the Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. The movie stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps as two childhood friends who aspire to be professional basketball players and find love along the way.