On Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, more than 150 Milwaukee-area buildings will open their doors for the fifth annual Doors Open Milwaukee. Historic Milwaukee’s massive, free-to-the-public event will include office buildings, museums, churches, hotels, and even Milwaukee City Hall itself (more on that one tomorrow). Also included in the dizzying array of sites will be the majestic Milwaukee Theatre, a downtown landmark that, recent shows from Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen aside, remains criminally underused. That should change this Saturday, however, as the Milwaukee Theatre will offer a wonderfully geeky bonus to its Doors Open presence: In advance of an October 3 performance of “The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses – Master Quest,” Milwaukee Theatre will play host to a Zelda-themed scavenger hunt. If you’ve ever wanted to dress up as Link and putter around a rambling downtown theater looking for Deku Nuts, here’s your chance.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., intrepid explorers on the Milwaukee Theatre tour are encouraged to keep their little elfin eyes peeled for Zelda-y swag such as the Master Sword, the Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Rupees, Lon Lon Milk, and more. (No word yet on whether there will be thousands upon thousands of smash-able pots.) Those who stumble across special tokens can win prizes and tickets to the October show. The grand prize will be a meet-and-greet with the show’s conductor, who will no doubt offer up a baton and the immortal words of “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this,” to the lucky winner.
Also, be sure to recreate this classic Zelda commercial during the tour. Milwaukee Theatre and Doors Open will love it.