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. “Framing Black Performance: Selma and the Poetics of Representation”: Friday, Feb. 28
Courtney Baker will give a lecture titled “Framing Black Performance: Selma and the Poetics of Representation” at UW-Milwaukee’s Curtin Hall, 3243 N. Downer Ave., Room 175 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Baker will provide an in-depth analysis of the film “Selma” and how it deals with representation as well as how cinema plays a role in the African American struggle in the 21st century.
2. The 35th annual Black Excellence Awards: Friday, Feb. 28
The Black Excellence Awards, hosted by the Milwaukee Times, is back for its 35th year. The awards honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans from Milwaukee. It also doubles as a scholarship fundraiser for high school seniors. The ceremony will take place at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.
3. Elections 101 training: Saturday, Feb. 29
Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing, also known as EXPO, is offering training on elections. The group will be breaking down what the different levels of government are and what they do, how bills become laws, how to register to vote, who is on the ballot and so much more. The training will take place at Welford Sanders Enterprise Center, 2821 N. Vel Phillips Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29.
4. Panel discussion: State of the black man: Saturday, Feb. 29
Leaders in the black community are participating in a panel discussion regarding the state of the black man in 2020. The discussion will take place in City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29. The event is free and open to the public.
5. Family night at Milwaukee Rec’s Twilight Centers: Saturday, Feb. 29
Milwaukee Recreation is hosting Family Night at its various Twilight Centers. There will be an open gym, a game room, open swim (sites vary) and more at various sites. The sites include South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., Pulaski High School, 2500 W. Oklahoma Ave., Bay View High School, 2751 S. Lenox St., and Madison High School, 8135 W. Florist Ave. Family Night will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Bonus: Family skate night at Center Street Park: Saturday, Feb. 29
Friends of Center Street Park is hosting family skate night at Center Street Park, 6420 W. Clarke St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29. Skates will be available to borrow for free but supplies are limited. The group is also looking for volunteers to hand out skates. Individuals interested can email email@example.com.