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My Gold Mask, shot in black and white, hit the main stage Sunday

My Gold Mask, shot in black and white, hit the main stage Sunday

Jim Newberry

The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival celebrates its fourth year this weekend, turning a big chunk of Logan Square into a full-blown arts district for a few days. Friday through Sunday the stretch of Milwaukee between Kimball and California will play host to work from more than 100 artists in four curated exhibitions; dance, theater, film screenings, and performance art; an art market and two open-air bazaars; and local food and drink, including Revolution Brewing beer, Lula Cafe sangria, and stuff to eat from popular food trucks. Of course there's also tons of music, most of it also local, on three stages. The main stage (near the Illinois Centennial Monument at Milwaukee and Logan) features mostly pop, rock, and international music; Cole's stage (Milwaukee and Belden) leans toward garage and country; and the Hairpin Arts Center (2800 N. Milwaukee) hosts jazz in the afternoon and evening on Saturday and Sunday and afterparties with the Vocalo DJ Collective on Friday and Saturday at 9:45 PM. The main-stage lineup on Friday includes Disappears, the Mutts, and This Is Cinema, while the Cole's stage hosts the Yolks, Rabble Rabble, Big Colour, and Village. On Saturday Nomo headlines the main stage, after Loyal Divide, Cains & Abels, Del Rey, Unicycle Loves You, and others; the Cole's stage showcases female-fronted bands all day, among them the Runnies, Ruby Yo, Tyler Jon Tyler, Trinity, Moritat, and Swimsuit Addition. At Hairpin the roster is Cameron Pfiffner and guests; a trio of Guillermo Gregorio, Jason Roebke, and Brian Labycz; and a duo of Josh Berman and Matt Schneider. Sunday's main-stage lineup ends with a set by Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux (see Soundboard), after My Gold Mask, In Tall Buildings, Eastern Blok, Speck Mountain, and others; the Cole's stage starts up in the late afternoon, and hosts Al Scorch, Weepin Willows, Lawrence Peters, Mike Musikanto, and Deadbeat. Beginning at 4 PM, Hairpin presents David Hernandez & Street Sounds and a series of duos: Jason Adasiewicz and Nate McBride, Jim Baker and Josh Abrams, and Mars Williams and Kent Kessler. Admission proceeds benefit nonprofit organization I Am Logan Square. Each day's main-stage headliner (Disappears, Nomo, and Ana Tijoux) plays an aftershow at the Empty Bottle that same night.

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