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. 414 Day (and weekend) at La Gente Art Gallery: Friday, April 14 through Monday, April 17
Starting on 414 Day and continuing through the weekend, 4Waukee (created by Radaya Ellis) leads a multimedia celebration of Milwaukee culture. The four-day event includes performances by Milwaukee artists such as Emmitt James and Ammorelle; a multimedia gallery exhibition; a movie screening; and community conversations. The event begins on Friday, April 14 and continues through Monday, April 17 at La Gente Art Gallery, located at 2478 N. Murray Ave. Tickets are $16 for a day pass and $40 for the whole weekend.
2. Sip and Paint in Metcalfe Park: Saturday, April 15
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges has organized a free “Sip and Paint” with a lunch provided and art kits to take home. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. The exact location will be texted to those who RSVP, but it will be in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood.
3. Muskego Way block cleanup: Saturday, April 15
Muskego Way Forward has organized neighborhood cleanups at different sites in the Muskego Way neighborhood through April, and the group is looking for volunteers to help beautify the area. This weekend’s cleanup is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and begins at the corner of West Becher Street and South Muskego Avenue.
4. Learn more about MPS overnight summer camp: Saturday, April 15
MPS is offering a free overnight summer camp to MPS students currently enrolled in grades four through eight. Parents can learn more about the overnight summer camp at an information session taking place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 at Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center, located at 1130 N. 60th St.
5. Premiere of “Soulmate”: Saturday, April 15
Eleven years after Milwaukee-based poet Brit Nicole wrote her poem “Soulmate,” students from Arts @ Large have turned the poem into a short film by the same name. The film follows a young woman’s journey through poetry and art before attending an event where she meets her soulmate. You can see the film and meet Nicole and the student producers at the film’s premiere from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at Arts @ Large, located at 1100 S. 5th St.
BONUS: Urban Ecology Center call for art: deadline Friday, April 14
The Urban Ecology Center is looking for art from artists of all skill levels for an exhibition running from June 3 through August commemorating the 10th anniversary of Three Bridges Park., which is along the Menomonee River between South 27th and 37th streets. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 14.
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