It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please submit your news by clicking here at least two weeks in advance.
1. Adams Garden Park Art Gallery Night: Friday, April 22
“Rain Chains,” an exhibition by artist and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sculpture professor Glenn Williams with artworks from Milwaukee-born artist William Nolen, Jr. (born 1939,) will be unveiled as part of Gallery Night MKE. The unveiling event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at Adams Garden Park, located at 1836 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
2. ArtWalk on Vliet Street: Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23
This part pop-up, part brick-and-mortar celebration of Vliet Street’s art and retail community covers two days of food trucks, art and shopping. Stop by between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22 or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 to take part. More information and locations here. The walk Friday takes place on W. Vliet Street from 40th Street to 60th Street. The walk Saturday takes place on 47th Street to 60th Street.
3. Student entrepreneur pop-up market: Saturday, April 23
Support student businesses that are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or woman-owned at this pop-up event organized by the MKE Entrepreneur Incubation Program, Newline Cafe and the Urban Ecology Center. Businesses in this popup are part of the MKE Entrepreneur Incubation Program, which offers “Marquette students that come from majority low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented backgrounds entrepreneurial skills to host pop-up events through a community-minded lens.”
The pop-up will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at 3628 W. Pierce St.
4. Book Signing: Wisconsin African-Americans in the Civil War: Saturday, April 23
Jeff Kannel, author of “Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African-Americans in the Civil War,” will be available to talk about his research and sign books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Sherman Perk Coffee Shop, located at 4924 W. Roosevelt Drive.
5. Family Gathering at Rooted MKE: Sunday, April 24
Rooted MKE, a new bookstore and makerspace in Washington Heights, is hosting the first of its monthly family gatherings from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at Rooted MKE, located at 5312 W. Vliet St. All ages are welcome to join in reading a BIPOC children’s book and creating a piece of art based on the book. Tickets are $10 and include food. More information here.
BONUS: Earth Day Neighborhood Gatherings and Cleanups
Many neighborhoods have gatherings and cleanups going on this weekend, primarily on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. Check out what is going on in or near your neighborhood here.