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Welcome to The Beacon’s Gallery Deck: your weekly guide to affordable community events.

The Milwaukee Public Museum

If you’ve been to Milwaukee, you’ve probably heard of the MPM. From the Puelicher Butterfly Wing to the Streets of Old Milwaukee, the museum’s immersive exhibits can make for a fun and educational weekend. Their current live-animal traveling exhibit, Survival of the Slowest, features nineteen habitats alongside live sloths, chameleons, and dozens of other species to check out. Can’t make it this week? Not to worry; the exhibit will be on display for the rest of the semester.

College student admission is $20 and includes access to the Milwaukee Public Museum’s permanent exhibits, Survival of the Slowest, and one planetarium program. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday between 10:00 A.M. and 4:40 P.M. You can buy tickets here.

Afro-Cuban All Stars at The Marcus Center

Afro-Cuban All Stars is a multi-generational orchestra that brings Cuba’s vibrant musical history live onstage, and they’re coming to Milwaukee on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30 P.M. You can purchase tickets starting at $20 on The Marcus Center’s website. Curious about what you’re getting into before committing to a concert? You can always check them out on Spotify first.

Cedarburg Art Museum

This local institution displays Wisconsin-centric art in an old Victorian house in Cedarburg. An exhibition of paintings by Charles Porteus opened this past Sunday, February 26th. The display features his oil and tempera paintings of local Wisconsin landscapes and urban Milwaukee alongside the Cedarburg Art Museum’s other art collections by local artists. You can learn more about Charles Porteus or the selection of art the museum has to offer on their website.

The museum is open from 1:00-4:00 P.M. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 12:00-4:00 P.M. on Sundays. Admission is free; a $5 donation per person is suggested.

Finally Friday at The Cedarburg Cultural Center

It’s March 3rd, which means it’s finally Friday night! Make your way over to Cedarburg to enjoy local art, a DIY project, and live music, all for $5. The doors open at 7:00 P.M., and Another One: A Grateful Dead Tribute Band takes the stage at 8:00 P.M.

Andy Braun at Coffeeville Company

Join singer-songwriter Andy Braun on March 4th for a selection of folk-rock hits from the likes of Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Young, The Beatles, and more. Grab a cup of coffee at Coffeeville Company in Jackson between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. and enjoy!

Swing Dance with Milwaukee Rebels

Bring back social dancing with the West Coast Swing Dance Club on Sunday, March 5th at 6:30 P.M. Social dances (like swing, which was popular in the 1920s-1940s) are practical styles of dance designed for partner improvisation at social gatherings. Believe it or not, it’s still around, and can be adapted to many different music genres. For $12 you can take a beginner’s lesson and learn the basic techniques needed to have you feeling confident on the dance floor at the next wedding or Dancing Through the Decades. No preregistration or dance experience is required, so grab a friend or venture out on your own and get swinging.

Did you take one of these suggestions? Tag us in your adventures on Instagram (@cuwbeacon)!

Have an event you think the CUW student body would enjoy? Let me know!

Mikayla Amack, editor of The Beacon

—Mikayla Amack is an editor, webmaster, and writer for The Beacon, the official student newspaper of Concordia University Wisconsin. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in mass communication, enjoys theater and music, and plans to graduate in 2023.