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Welcome back to another Gallery Deck: your weekly guide to affordable, off-campus events in and around Mequon.

The Back Room @ Colectivo

This week catch affordable concerts hosted at The Back Room @ Colectivo, a smaller venue owned by the Pabst Theatre Group. On Wednesday, April 5th, see rising pop vocalist Rachel Grae with Milwaukee’s multi-instrumentalist Emmett Mulrooney at 8:00 P.M. Tickets start at $15. Or you can see Stillhouse Junkies, a blues, funk, and bluegrass band from Colorado on Thursday, April 6th at 8:00 P.M. Tickets start at $12. You can find all artists coming to The Back Room in the next few weeks on their website.

Open Mic Night

The Cedarburg Cultural Center is hosting an open mic night on April 5th at The Annex at Foxtown. Kicking off the event is songwriter Trapper Schoepp. Schoepp will be sharing not only a few of his songs but what he’s learned about storytelling in songwriting. There are limited time slots, so those looking to perform can sign up when the doors open at 6:00 P.M. You can learn more about how to participate on their website. If you’re simply looking to enjoy some local music, poetry, comedy, or storytelling, the show will start at 7:00 P.M.

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum is currently host to four different exhibits and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Student tickets are $17. This Saturday, April 8th, the museum is hosting Slow Art Saturday, an hour-long program designed to encourage being in the moment through an in-depth exploration of art. Slow Art Saturday is included with general admission and will take place at 10:30 A.M.

If that doesn’t quite sound up your alley, then consider visiting later in the day for a tour from a museum guide highlighting the museum’s architecture and current pieces. This drop-in tour is included in admission and will begin at 2:00 P.M.

Doggy Day

Central Bark and Winston’s Wishes present Doggy Day, an animal-friendly festival hosted at Deer District on April 8th as a fundraiser for local dogs in need. Whether it’s helping dogs that can’t thrive in a shelter environment or supporting pups who simply need a different kind of attention, Winston’s Wishes aims to aid homeless dogs in need of extra care. Live entertainment, food and beverages, local vendors, and of course, many wagging tails will be available to attendees. Doggy Day is a free event and welcomes you to bring your leashed, well-socialized dogs along with you. Even without a dog, you’re welcome to drop in for some fun and to raise money for a good cause.

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.