Entertainment predictions for 2016

Entertainment predictions for 2016

The media industry will undergo its biggest transformation next year, predicts CNBC’s Julia Boorstin.
See all stories on this topic

2016: An arts, entertainment and pop-culture calendar

Ready or not, it’s 2016. Sure, there’s a presidential election (Wisconsin primary, April 5; general election, Nov. 8) and the Olympic Games (in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 5-21), but this year will have a lot of fun stuff going on, too. In that spirit, we offer a calendar of arts, entertainment and pop-culture activities on the docket for 2016 — by no means a complete list, but enough stuff for you to add to your to-do list. A head’s up, and a safety tip: A number of popular Milwaukee events, such as the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, don’t have official 2016 dates yet, so they’re not listed. But stay tuned. And some dates, especially movie release dates, are subject to change. Jan. 3: Final season of “Downton Abbey” premieres on PBS. Jan. 6: Season 2 of “American Crime” by Oscar-winning writer and Mequon native John Ridley debuts on ABC; also, the “farewell season” of “American Idol” begins its run on Fox. Jan. 8: “The Revenant” — the season’s second Oscar-magnet revenge Western, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu — opens in Milwaukee theaters.  Jan. 10: The Golden Globe Awards air on NBC, with Ricky Gervais as host. Jan. 14: And the nominees are … Oscar nominations are announced. Jan. 15-17: The Waukesha Janboree brings the winter to multiple Waukesha locations. Jan. 16: “Sesame Street” debuts on HBO. (The 35 episodes on the premium channel will air on PBS stations starting in the fall.) Jan. 17: “Wisconsin Wild and Tame,” a series of five exhibits exploring art-making in Wisconsin, goes on view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan (through Oct. 2). Jan. 19: The Milwaukee Repertory Theater stages “Of Mice and Men” (through Feb. 21). Jan. 21: A series of exhibitions celebrating women in art opens at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University (through May 22). Jan. 22-23: Winter Gallery Night & Day. Jan. 24: The truth apparently is still out there: “The X Files” returns for a six-episode “event” on Fox. Feb. 2: “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” debuts on FX. Feb. 5-6: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra celebrates “The Artistry of Jennifer Koh,” with the acclaimed violinist on hand, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Feb. 5: The latest from the Coen brothers, a 1950s set-in-Hollywood, all-star-cast comedy called “Hail, Caesar!” opens in theaters. So does “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies,” based on the oh-so-not-Jane Austen novel. Feb. 6: Mitten Fest, Milwaukee’s outdoor winter street festival, returns to Burnhearts, 2599 S. Logan Ave. Feb. 7: The most watched TV show of the year, Super Bowl 50, airs on CBS. The halftime show: Coldplay. Feb. 12: The Milwaukee Ballet paints a portrait (in dance) of “Dorian Gray” at the Pabst Theater (through Feb. 21). Feb. 12: A busy weekend at the movies in Milwaukee begins with new releases “Deadpool” (Ryan Reynolds as a smart-alecky sort-of-superhero), “Zoolander 2” (Ben Stiller’s back as the fashion model with the look) and “Where to Invade Next” (documentary with Michael Moore as, well, himself). Feb. 15: The Grammys air live on CBS. Feb. 15: “11/22/63,” the miniseries based on Stephen King’s time-travel thriller, premieres on Hulu. Feb. 19: “Race,” a drama about track legend Jesse Owens, opens in theaters. Feb. 20: The popular Food & Froth beer-and-dinosaurs event is held at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Feb. 24: “The Invisible Hand,” a new political thriller by Brookfield native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, is staged by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater (through April 3). Feb. 26: The exhibit “Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School” opens at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Feb. 26: Attention, John Stamos fans: “Fuller House” premieres on Netflix. March 3: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band bring their “River” tour to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. March 4: Skylight Music Theatre stages “Crowns — A Gospel Musical” at the Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center (through March 26). March 4: Campaign season returns in earnest: Season 4 of “House of Cards” debuts on Netflix. March 12: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to downtown Milwaukee. March 12-13: Winter Powwow, hosted by the Indian Summer festival, takes place at State Fair Park in West Allis. March 17-20: Flowers take over the Milwaukee Art Museum with “Art in Bloom.” March 21: The Who, with originals Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, perform a rescheduled show at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. March 21: It’s Season 22 (!) of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC. March 25: It’s a clash of two very different titans at the movies, with “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” both opening in theaters. March 31: Chicago, recently added to the rolls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Earth Wind and Fire play the BMO Harris Bradley Center. April 4: The rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers hold their season opener at Miller Park vs. the San Francisco Giants. (Hint: You’ll probably want to pick up a score card to see who’s playing.) April 8: Melissa McCarthy plays a brash ex-corporate titan in “The Boss,” opening in theaters. April 15: Ice Cube and friends open “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” Also new in theaters: Disney’s new live-action redo of “The Jungle Book.” April 15-16: Spring Gallery Night & Day. April 26: August Wilson’s “Fences” is on stage courtesy the Milwaukee Repertory Theater (through May 22). May 6: “Captain America: Civil War,” wherein Cap takes on Iron Man, opens in theaters. May 13 and 15: The Florentine Opera stages the classic “Die Fledermaus” at the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall. May 19: The Milwaukee Ballet steps through the looking glass with “Alice,” staged at the Marcus Center (through May 22). May 20: Skylight Music Theatre gets all Gilbert and Sullivan-y with “The Pirates of Penzance” at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre (through June 12). May 20: There goes the neighborhood: “Neighbors 2” opens in theaters. May 26: Renée Fleming performs with the Milwaukee Symphony at the Marcus Center. May 27: A big box-office battle at the movies for Memorial Day weekend, between “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (Johnny Depp) and “X-Men: Apocalypse” (Jennifer Lawrence and friends). June 2: Jazz in the Park begins in Cathedral Square Park (through Sept. 1). June 5: Janet Jackson, hopefully on the mend by then, headlines a show at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. June 10: The Avett Brothers perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion at Maier Festival Park. June 10: “American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood” exhibit opens at the Milwaukee Art Museum. June 10-12: PrideFest, the first lakefront festival of the year, is at Maier Festival Park. June 13: The Milwaukee Symphony spends “An Evening With Yo-Yo Ma” at the Marcus Center. June 17: Disney/Pixar’s long-awaited “Finding Nemo” sequel, “Finding Dory,” opens in theaters. June 17-19: Polish Fest takes place at Maier Festival Park. June 17-19: Lakefront Festival of Art returns to the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum. June 18: Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Old Dominion bring the country to Miller Park. June 24: “Independence Day: Resurgence,” minus Will Smith, opens in theaters. June 29-July 3, July 5-10: Summerfest is at Maier Festival Park. June 29: Selena Gomez headlines the Marcus Amphitheater on Summerfest’s opening day. July 1: Blake Shelton performs at the Marcus Amphitheater for Summerfest. July 1: “The BFG,” Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel about a girl who befriends a dreaded giant, opens in theaters. Mark Rylance, who played the Soviet spy in Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” is the Big Friendly Giant. July 14-17: Bastille Days lets its French flag fly in Cathedral Square Park and its environs. July 15: “Ghostbusters” — with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — opens in theaters. July 20-24: Waukesha County Fair returns to the Waukesha Expo Grounds. First headliner announced: Foreigner (July 22). July 22: “Star Trek Beyond,” the first in the franchise reboot not directed by J.J. Abrams, opens in theaters. July 22-24: Festa Italiana occupies Maier Festival Park. July 22-23: Summer Gallery Night & Day. July 23: Milwaukee Firkin Beer Festival returns to Cathedral Square Park. July 26: Vans Warped Tour re-ups at Maier Festival Park. July 26-31: Washington County Fair sets up camp at Washington County Fair Park in West Bend. July 29-31: German Fest hoists a few at Maier Festival Park. July 30: Twenty One Pilots performs at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Maier Festival Park. Aug. 3-7: The Ozaukee County Fair is held in downtown Cedarburg. First headliner announced: the Charlie Daniels Band (Aug. 5). Aug. 4-14: Cream puffs will be calling (again) at the Wisconsin State Fair in State Fair Park in West Allis. Aug 12-13: Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, curated by Justin Vernon, is back for a second year in Eau Claire. Aug. 12-13: Waukesha BluesFest returns to Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield. Aug. 18-21: Irish Fest reigns at Maier Festival Park. Aug. 26-28: Mexican Fiesta is back, also at Maier Festival Park. Sept. 9-11: Indian Summer wraps up the lakefront festival season at Maier Festival Park. Sept. 16: Two heroes to millions face off in movie theaters this day, with the opening of “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” with Renée Zellweger returning in the title role; and “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s biopic/drama about pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger — played by Tom Hanks. Sept. 23: Chris Pratt and friends ride in the remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” opening in theaters. Oct 1: Adam Levine and Maroon 5 perform at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Oct. 7: “The Girl on the Train,” the thriller based on the bestselling novel, opens in theaters. Oct. 21-22: Fall Gallery Night & Day. Nov. 4: Benedict Cumberbatch trades his Sherlock garb for a cape and amulet as “Doctor Strange,” the latest in the Marvel Comics canon to reach theaters. Nov. 18: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” J.K. Rowling’s prequel of sorts to the “Harry Potter” series, hits movie theaters, starring Eddie Redmayne. Nov. 23: This year’s Thanksgiving Eve movie feast includes “Bad Santa 2,” with Billy Bob Thornton returning as the title cynic; “The Great Wall,” a thriller by Chinese director Zhang Yimou and starring Matt Damon; and “Moana,” a Disney tale about a young woman who sets sail for a legendary island. Dec. 16: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first spinoff/stand-alone movie in the franchise, opens in theaters. Dec. 21: Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence play people awakened too early while on a spacecraft heading to a distant planet in “Passengers,” opening in theaters. Dec. 25: The 1996 board-game-on-steroids adventure movie “Jumanji” gets “re-imagined” just in time to open for Christmas. Piet Levy, Mary Louise Schumacher and Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.
See all stories on this topic

Year in review: Top entertainment stories in 2015

Often, we head to Nollywood and Hollywood for the juicy celebrity headlines but not so in 2015; the…
See all stories on this topic