Established in 1969, the Marcus Performing Arts Center is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series, sponsored by Johnson Financial Group, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 20 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website at www.MarcusCenter.org. The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated veterans memorial in Milwaukee.
WHAT: Milwaukee and Atlanta, Georgia are the only cities to have celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday annually since 1984. The event is free admission and is open to the public. Parking is free and available at the Marcus Center Parking Structure on East State Street.
The Celebration will commence at 1:00 PM in Uihlein Hall and will include a multi-cultural performing arts salute to Dr. King. Representation from community organizations will include: Majestic Community Choir, Hmong American Friendship Association (HAFA) Girls, and The Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team. We will also include a Moment of Silence to honor former Writing Contest Winner, Sandra Parks.
Another highlight of our programming will include honoring those students who have interpreted Dr. King’s words through art, speech, and writing. This year, we are Celebrating the Legacy for 35 Years.
The event is sponsored by Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., BMO Harris Bank, Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc., Aurora Health Care, Landmark Credit Union, Educator’s Credit Union, and Hayat Pharmacy.
WHO: Speech, writing, and art contest winners
Student Groups in the Milwaukee Area
MLK Steering Committee
DATE: Sunday, January 20, 2019
TIME: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WHERE: Uihlein Hall – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
“We’re excited to be partnering with the Marcus Center as presenting sponsor of the upcoming Broadway Series,” said Johnson Financial Group CEO, Jim Popp. “There are so many cool things happening in Milwaukee right now. Having a great performing arts scene is incredibly important to the vibrancy of the city, so we’re really happy to have the opportunity to stay connected in this way.”
As a non-profit organization, who does not receive direct support from the United Performing Arts Fund, the Marcus Center’s earned income is critical to maintaining the facility for the Center’s resident partners and for enabling the Marcus Center to continue its extensive audience engagement efforts with veterans, families and the greater Milwaukee community including the over 150,000 students that visit the Marcus Center each year to attend various cultural and educational programs.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Johnson Financial Group,” said Marcus Center President & CEO, Paul Mathews. “Their support of the arts and our venue is an important part of keeping the Marcus Center, and our resident partners, financially strong as we work together to welcome the entire community into our building and on to our grounds.”
Nearly 800,000 people attend various events each year at the Marcus Center, including performing arts, children’s & education programs, community events, commercial presentations, business meetings, social gatherings, fundraisers and other special events. The Marcus Center continues to work on creating an open and welcoming place where all of the community can gather while adding significant economic impact to downtown Milwaukee. Touring Broadway events alone bring in up to 150,000 patrons to the Marcus Center each season. Johnson Financial Group’s partnership as the Broadway Title sponsor will help the Marcus Center to underwrite operating and capital costs for this key community asset plus allows us to keep rental costs for the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Youth Orchestra, First Stage, Black Arts MKE, Milwaukee Symphony, Optimist Theater, SueMo Dance Company and Milwaukee Ballet at an affordable level.
About Johnson Financial Group
Johnson Financial Group is a premier, privately owned financial services company offering banking, wealth and insurance solutions. As trusted partners, Johnson Financial Group associates work together to build thriving futures for business, individuals and communities. The nearly $5 billion financial services company operates in Wisconsin, Arizona and Minnesota. Principal owners of Johnson Financial Group are members of the Samuel C. Johnson family. Helen Johnson-Leipold is Chairman of Johnson Financial Group. For more information visit www.johnsonfinancialgroup.com.
or Ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more should call Group Sales at 414-273-7121, x210 or x213. Special church group pricing is also available. For more information, visit MarcusCenter.org.
ABOUT THE MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER, BILL MICHAELS WILL HOST THE LEGENDARY NBA CHAMP KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR’S LIVE ON-STAGE SHOW – BECOMING KAREEM
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Milwaukee, WI (Wednesday, August 29, 2018)–Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts are pleased to announce that Wisconsin Sportscaster, Bill Michaels, will be the host of BECOMING KAREEM, a live on-stage performance with legendary NBA champion, NY best-selling author, and recipient of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The show will be at the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall on Friday, September 7 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Marcus Center Box Office and can be purchased in person at 929 North Water Street, Downtown Milwaukee, online at MarcusCenter.org or Ticketmaster.com or by phone 414-273-7206. Groups 10 or more SAVE! and should call Group Sales at 414-273-7121 x 210 or 213.
BECOMING KAREEM Live On-Stage,based on the best-selling book by thesame name, is an exciting new multimedia conversation before a live audience, featuring one-on-one candid discussions about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s storied basketball career and his reflections on the people and places that impacted his view oflife.
BECOMING KAREEM will look back at the life of this extraordinary American who rose from a child of the housing projects in New York City to become an internationally known athlete, best-selling author, philanthropist, diplomat, political activist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Audiences will be captivated as they delve into topics that interest this modern Renaissance man… his love of music, his writing, his commitment to social justice and his thoughts on making the American Dream available to everyone. During the show, Kareem will talk about the seven most influential mentors in his life, including his UCLA Coach John Wooden, who became his lifelong friend; basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, who exposed the young high school star to all the material rewards that fame could bring; Muhammad Ali who inspired the young college student to become more politically active; internationalmartialartssensationBruceLee,whotaughtKareemaboutbalanceinthe mindandbody;and his life-altering meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while Kareem was still in highschool.
Each weekday from 10am-2pm Bill Michaels talks with them all, sports correspondents from Milwaukee to Green Bay to Madison, from New York to L.A. and everywhere in between; all of the newsmakers in the world of sports from Brett Favre to Robin Yount, JJ Watt, James Lofton, Chris Collinsworth, Joe Buck, Al Michaels, Kyle Schwarber, Ryan Braun, Aaron Rodgers and all of the names that make the games so special.
Bill has been recognized, for 3 straight years, as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Sports Talk Shot Hosts in the country per Talkers Magazine (The radio industry’s magazine of choice).
Bill is also the voice of volunteerism as well as the emcee of choice for just about anything from the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence to inspirational, informational and college commencement speeches. He is an avid golfer, boater and admitted sports junkie. He’s the guy who will teach your wife and kids Sports 101 and tell it like it is to the avid sports fan.
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This performance is sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Herb Kohl Philanthropies, Hallman Lindsay Quality Painters, Laughlin Constable, Visit Milwaukee, Saz’s Hospitality Group, BizTimes Media, ZY, OnMilwaukee and Steinhafels.
ABOUT THE MARCUS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Established in 1969, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center moves into its 49th year, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series, sponsored by Associated Bank, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 20 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website at www.MarcusCenter.org. The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated veterans memorial in Milwaukee.
Closing celebration set for Saturday, August 25!
MILWAUKEE, WI (TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018) – The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the final schedule information for the LIVE @ PECK PAVILION closing celebration, TASTE OF ISLANDS. Planned as a mini festival celebrating the music and food of the islands, TASTE OF ISLANDS will be presented on the Marcus Center grounds on August 25 from 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
The updated schedule is as follows:
3:00 pm – De La Buena
7:00 pm – Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Taste of Islands Artist and Vendor Market
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Milwaukee Art Museum’s Kohl’s Color Wheels
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Hands-on kids crafts
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm – Face Painting with Suzy Sparkles
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Half Twisted – Half Knot Balloons
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Lucky Diop African Drumming
Food & Drink:
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Sazama’s River’s Edge Patio will have a tasty Caribbean inspired menu including smoked jerk chicken wings, spiced rum beef riblets, chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick and more!
4 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm – SCHOOL OF RUM featuring rum tastings of Flor de Cana Seco (Nicaragua), Brugal Anejo (Dominican Republic), Diplomatico Reserva (Venezuela), Blue Chair Bay Pineapple Cream (USVI). First come, first served. Space is limited (21+ only).
New this year, in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools, the Marcus Center is collecting school supplies for area students and teachers! Visit our website at MarcusCenter.org for a list of needed items.
All performances and interactive experiences are free.
Artist vendors will be on site with original work available for purchase.
Marcus Center’s Peck Pavilion features fixed seats in a covered pavilion along the beautiful Milwaukee Riverwalk. Event is presented rain or shine.
The series is sponsored by Molitor Charitable Foundation. Media partners include: Urban Milwaukee, Miltown Moms, Shepherd Express and 88.9 Radio Milwaukee.
More information found on the Marcus Center website at MarcusCenter.org