Hotcakes Gallery, 3379 N. Pierce St., has its grand opening this month Friday, February 6 from 5 to 10 p.m featuring a solo show of work by Chicago-based artist Jeremiah Ketner. Sign up for show updates at Hotcakes Gallery shows contemporary fine art in everyone’s price range. Owners Mike Brenner and Susan Kriofsky seek out artists from around the the country with new ideas who believe everyone should be able to appreciate and buy art. Many people think they can’t afford art, Hotcakes plans to show people they CAN buy great work they’ll be excited about between $5 and $200.

The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave, is showing “Musing: Watercolors by Anne Miotke,” from February 4 to March 28. The opening reception is Wednesday, February 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Miotke is a master of realistic watercolor painting. The exhibit consists of about 35 watercolor paintings of various sizes; subjects feature organic matter such as fruits, vegetables, floral subjects, drapery, and artifacts from her travels to five continents. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. See

UWM’s Institute of Visual Arts (inova) begins its spring exhibition cycle February 6. The opening is Friday, February 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibits feature work by Leslie Bellavance (USA), Douglas Holst (USA), and Lin Chuan-chu (Taiwan) in Gallery One. Work by the painter, musician, designer and dj Dzine remains in Gallery One through September 2004. In Gallery Three, inova opens its undergraduate exhibition, Presence (through February 21), highlighting work from graduating students in a variety of media All inova exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery One is at Vogel Hall, 3253 N. Downer Ave. and is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Gallery Three is in the Art Center Building, 2nd Floor, 2400 East Kenwood Blvd. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Miramar Theatre featured the graceful steps of the Iberian Spanish dancers in La Luna Gitana, Spanish flamenco dance in January. You can see them perform next at The Coffee House on March 13. The Coffee House is at 631 N. 19th. St. (19th. and Wisconsin Ave). (414)299-9598

Vieux et Nouveau on Brady and Franklin is showing oil and acrylic portraits by Juliet Mathes, Zombie Monkey by Gabe Lanza, Blue Guitar by David Heino, abstracts by Mike Davis, new acrylic works of food subjects by Amanda Hanlon and from the Alfred Bader collection, Roy Grothwol’s Winterscape. Art will be featured through February 15; regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more info call 414/287.9049.

The Green Dragon Cafe, 2010 N. Farwell, hosts a display of “Daydreams & Dark Visions: pages from an Electric Daybook” through February 13. The Green Dragon Cafe is smoke free and kid-friendly, and is open 10:30 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Sunday. For more info call 414/431-1959.

“Still We Rise,” original art by Charly “CARLOS” Palmer, is on display Friday, February 13, at Strive Media Institute, 1819 N. King Dr.

Waiting for Godot is playing at Boulevard Theatre from February 19 through March 7. Samuel Beckett’s dark comedy will show Thursdays through Sundays at the 2252 S. Kinnickinnic theatre. Tickets are $10 to $21, and can be reserved by calling the 24-hour ticket line at 414/744-5757. Visit for more information.

Greer Oaks Art Gallery presents its Second Annual Black History Show February 1 through March 7, Monday through Friday by appointment; Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m., at 2463 N. Palmer St. For more info call 414/264-2049.

The Red Car Gallery, an urban art gallery specializing in contemporary and visionary artwork, is featuring a solo exhibition of Milwaukee artist Peter Carlson. “Long Distance” will run through April 4, and includes Carlson’s paintings and three-dimensional work, including “The Black Planet Series” constructed from found objects. Red Car Gallery, 907 S. 1st St., is open Wednesdays noon to 5 p.m., Fridays noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.