It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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1. “The Rise and Fall of Black Milwaukee’s Blue Collar Middle Class”: Friday, March 5
The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at UW-Milwaukee is hosting a conversation titled “The Rise and Fall of Black Milwaukee’s Blue Collar Middle Class.” The talk will feature guest speakers Sheila Chocran and Dr. Michael Rosen. It is scheduled to take place over Zoom at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5. To register, click here.
2. Gallery exhibit: Korean Paper Kong-Yea Crafts: Friday, March 5
Arts @ Large has a new gallery exhibit: “Korean Paper Kong-Yea Crafts.” The purpose of the exhibit is to introduce the art of Korean paper Kong-Yea to a larger audience. The exhibition will be on display at Arts @ Large, 1100 S. 5th St., from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5. The exhibition includes a selection of SeonJoo So Oh’s favorite artworks and will run throughout the month.
3. Melanin & Headwraps pop-up: Saturday, March 6
T’Keyah Bennett, the founder of Melanin & Headwraps, is having a pop-up shop at the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. The pop-up will be located at the Kujichagulia Producers Cooperative. Melanin & Headwraps is dedicated to helping women of color engage in self-care.
4. First Stage’s 27th annual Make Believe ball: Saturday, March 6
First Stage is hosting its annual Make Believe ball from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. The ball will take place virtually and begin with a livestream program, featuring selected scenes and songs from past First Stage productions, followed by a dance party. There will also be a silent auction. Click here for additional information.
5. Milwaukee County Transit System route changes: Sunday, March 7
The Milwaukee County Transit System is entering into its first phase of the MCTS NEXT system redesign on Sunday, March 7. The redesign includes more high-frequency routes, improved connections to resources and more. Read: Bus routes throughout Milwaukee County will change beginning March 7. Here’s what you need to know.