Crazy times, eh? With every venue, theater, and public space closed due to COVID-19 concerns, our normally bustling events calendar is pretty barren. So here’s what we’ll be watching, playing, reading, and listening to at home instead. Stay safe, Milwaukee.
MONDAY, MAY 18
Community Live Table Read on YouTube
Community is back! Sort of! The cast of cult comedy classic that still holds a special place in the hearts of viewers returns today for a live table read. Proceeds from this rare reunion event benefit COVID-19 relief organizations.
Days Of Our Lives on NBC
Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives. Since 1965, this daytime soap opera has chronicled “the lives, loves, triumphs and tragedies of families in a Midwestern town.” If you’re stuck at home and looking for a brief escape from the dreadful hell of modern day existence, tune into Days Of Our Lives today or any other week day from now until the end of time.
TUESDAY, MAY 19
Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything on Netflix
Stand-up mainstay Patton Oswalt’s latest comedy special, I Love Everything, is said to cover topics like: “Turning 50. Finding love again. Buying a house. Experiencing existential dread at Denny’s.” Check it out when it premieres on Netflix starting Tuesday.
Off Book Podcast
Every week, musically-gifted improvisors Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino are joined a comedian guest and then proceed to compose and perform an original musical off the top of their heads. It’s usually impressive, oftentimes hilarious, and something you should welcome into your podcast rotation immediately.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20
— Joe Pera (@JosephPera) May 18, 2020
Ultimate Tag (series premiere) on FOX
It’s finally happened. We’ve reached the point as a society where we’re selling extreme games of tag as an entertainment experience worth televising. The series premiere of Ultimate Tag airs May 20. If you’re almost convinced this show is worth watching but you need a local tie-in to fully commit, you’ll be glad to learn this FOX series is hosted by Pewaukee, Wisconsin’s own Watt brothers.
THURSDAY, MAY 21
Rock The Stream with Devil Met Contention on Facebook
The fine folks responsible for the Rock The Green music festival are doing their part to bring entertainment and charity to this dark point in time with Rock The Stream, a streaming concert series that helps to highlight Milwaukee musicians and benefit environmental nonprofits. This Thursday’s act is Devil Met Contention, which is playing to raise money for River Revitalization Foundation. The stream starts at 7 p.m. and viewers are encouraged to support the organization here.
Holey Moley on ABC
As far as interactive network game shows go, ABC’s Holey Moley is actually quite entertaining. The lighthearted, family-friendly, and surprisingly funny miniature golf competition continues when the second season tees off on Thursday, May 21.
FRIDAY, MAY 22
Apocalypse Drive-In at Bounce Milwaukee
In the immortal words of Joe Bob Briggs: The drive-in will never die. So let’s prove it! Beginning this Friday and Saturday—and continuing through mid-April or the end of the world, whichever comes first—Bounce Milwaukee will transform itself into the Apocalypse Drive-In. Want to see both kid- and adult-friendly dystopian films projected on the side of the Bounce Milwaukee building (2801 S. 5th Ct.)? Want to have food and beverages from Bounce Milwaukee delivered to your vehicle, with all parties respecting the new normal of social distancing? Want the films to be free, and the whole thing to be sponsored by Milwaukee Record? Then you’re in luck! Or as “in luck” as anyone can be these days.
SATURDAY, MAY 23
Company Brewing 5-Year Anniversary Live Stream on Instagram
Despite the current state of the things, Riverwest’s Company Brewing is celebrating its five-year anniversary all month long. On May 23, the brewery will mark the occasion with a Five-Year Anniversary Live Stream on Company’s Instagram page, complete with performances by Armstrong Ransome, Connor LaMue, Dad, David Wake, DJ Bizzon, Jay Anderson, L’Resorts, Tarek Sabbar, and more. If you’re able to make it down to the brewery by Saturday, you can pick up a six-pack of Company Brewing beer to enjoy as you watch the stream.
Come To Daddy on Amazon Prime
Elijah Wood stars in Come To Daddy, a 2020 horror film about a son going to visit his estranged father, only to find out he’s not all he’s cracked up to be. Violence and suspense ensue. You can stream this on Amazon Prime starting May 23.
Apocalypse Drive-In at Bounce Milwaukee
Night two, baby!
Ready Or Not on HBO
Samara Weaving and Adam Brody star in this 2019 horror flick with an inventive twist.
SUNDAY, MAY 24
Run (Season Finale) on HBO
According to HBO, which will air the season (and series?) finale of the program this Sunday, “RUN follows a woman whose humdrum life is thrown upside down when she receives a text from her college sweetheart inviting her to drop everything and meet him in New York to fulfill the pact they made 17 years previously.”
Rocketman on Hulu and Amazon Prime
The 2019 Elton John biopic is available to stream on Hulu and via Amazon Prime starting Friday, May 22. Assuming you’re taking all of our other viewing recommendations to heart, you probably won’t be able to watch Rocketman until sometime Sunday.