Common Core is not the problem: testing, paranoia, and pandering are
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:18:00 CDT - Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finally got off the fence and called for the state's lawmakers to "repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin." Clearly an attempt to motivate his base, Walker's statement -- like most anti-Common Core sentiments -- missed the mark on what the real problems are and opened up an ugly can of worms.

Renovations change movie-going experience
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:07:00 CDT - The new seats, sound system and other renovations have completely changed the movie-going experience at Marcus Theaters - all of them for the better.

Division catches up with the Brewers
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:10:00 CDT - For the bulk of the season - 96 of 99 games played heading into tonight's action - the Milwaukee Brewers have enjoyed a share, or solo grip, on first place of the National League Central. The division has caught up however, and this series with Cincinnati could be looked at as the start of a new season altogether.

Stone Creek launches Case Studies series
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:02:00 CDT - If you've stopped in to Stone Creek lately, you may have noticed a new line of coffees for sale at the counter. The packaging is snazzy and silver, with hand-drawn depictions of various coffee processing methods on the front of each label.

Upcoming beer dinners showcase collaboration
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:09:00 CDT - Sometimes the best things originate from collaboration. Such is the case with three upcoming beer dinners, which showcase the magic that partnerships can achieve.

"Planes: Fire and Rescue" is an improvement, but only technically
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:00 CDT - Thankfully, "Fire and Rescue" is a step above its predecessor, if only because the movie was actually made for big screen consumption this time. Gone is the stiff, antiseptic joylessness of the first film, now upgraded to mere bland competence. If "Planes" was like eating cardboard, "Fire and Rescue" is slightly more digestible cardboard. So progress?

The lock up: 3 steps for securing your bike and foiling thieves
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:26:00 CDT - The strongest protection you have against bike theft is the perceived difficulty of what it would take to actually acquire your bike. Every lock can be cut, but in a row of bikes, you want to make sure yours looks the most annoying to acquire.

Fromme is uber-committed to German Fest
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:16:00 CDT - Festa Italiana ends today, and German Fest is up next. In preparation for next weekend's festival of all things German, chats with Klaus Fromme, who has been the executive director and president of German Fest since 1981.

Cedarburg man invents garage door opener app
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 CDT - Recently, Jacob Tabak helped develop an Android app called Timehop. With this technical know-how and successful design under his belt, Tabak turned his attention to his more pressing problems: a closed and locked garage door, full hands and the desire to solve human needs through better technology.

Social Circle: What are the upsides of a cooler-than-average summer?
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:21:00 CDT - There seems to be a lot of complaining on social media about the un-summery summer weather this year, but many members of the Social Circle are quite fond of it. But not everyone, of course.

A chat with chamber blues creator Corky Siegel
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:36:00 CDT - All musicians create new music. Even the most derivative Top 40 hit features a new combination of notes and lyrics. Very few, however, can claim to have come up with a whole new genre of sound. Chicago blues extraordinaire Corky Siegel is one of those few.

Ren Faire artist spends hours creating very-temporary chalk drawings
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:06:00 CDT - Imagine putting 16 to 18 hours into a painting or drawing, only to have it washed away by rain a few days or even hours later? Such is the reality for Stacey Williams-Ng, a Milwaukee artist who spends numerous weekends at the Bristol Renaissance Faire chalking masterpieces on the cement.

15 years in numbers
Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:01:00 CDT - As we celebrate 15 years in Milwaukee media, takes a mathematical look at just how much has happened in our city since 1998.

Sun, 7 Apr 2013 06:02:00 CDT - This is where we're going to collect ideas for stories that eventually can put on the budget.

A Meditation on reggae: A great roots harmony trio plays Shank Hall
Sat, 17 Mar 2012 09:03:00 CDT - In honor of this weekend's Milwaukee performance by The Meditations, we present five great 1970s reggae harmony groups - not an easy list to narrow down.

Second season of "Cedar Cove" debuts this weekend
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:58:00 CDT - When the Hallmark Channel tackled an adaptation of Debbie Macomber's series of books last year, I wrote that it was important to create niche content to build an audience. It seems that Hallmark has found a popular niche.

5 things to watch for in the Brewers' second half
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:03:00 CDT - The Milwaukee Brewers return from the all-star break tonight in Washington, and the push for the playoffs begins with just 66 games remaining in the regular season. Here are five things to watch for as the Brewers try to reach the postseason for the second time in four years.

Story Hill BKC preps for August opening
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:12:00 CDT - The newest restaurant in Story Hill, run by the owners of Maxie's and Blue's Egg, is expected to open in about a month.

Festa uncorks focus on regional wines
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:50:00 CDT - Festa Italiana is putting a new spin on its wine offerings this year, with a trio of tents along the lakefront walk that salute the diversity and quality of Italy's regions, from the north down to the south.

#WeWant bluetooth speakers, portable charger, USS Milwaukee T-shirt and more
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:01:00 CDT - #WeWant bluetooth mini-speakers, a fan shaped puzzle, a portable charger and more!