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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

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Untapped Tours of Milwaukee has been showing off the best of Brew City to tourists and natives alike.
Untapped Tours of Milwaukee has been showing off the best of Brew City to tourists and natives alike. (Photo: Untapped Tours)
Untapped Tours has its own 11-person minibus for round-trip transportation.
Untapped Tours has its own 11-person minibus for round-trip transportation. (Photo: Untapped Tours)

Get in a spooky mood with haunted pub crawl

October and September is high season for haunted houses, haunted corn mazes, haunted hikes ... but if you prefer a little liquid courage while you get your spook on, check out Untapped Tours’ Haunted Hops and Evil Spirits Pub Crawl.

Pub crawl organizer Mike Awve has recently returned to his hometown of Milwaukee after spending several years in other cities cutting his teeth in the tourism industry. He enjoyed stints in Alaska, San Francisco and at the Grand Canyon. "After that, I got a lot of good experience and decided to move back home and start up my own business," he said.

He began Untapped Tours of Milwaukee in May and spent the summer giving tourists and natives alike the a whimsical and historic look at the city. July was his biggest month, he said, when he had over 228 people tour throughout the month – and since he can only fit 11 in his bus, that amounts to a lot of sold-out tours.

On a traditional Untapped Tour, participants will get to see the city’s main attractions, starting with City Hall and The Pabst Theater and followed by a photo op with the Bronze Fonz, a jaunt to the East Side, lakefront and Third Ward and a stop in Walker’s Point for a cheese and ice cream tasting at Clock Shadow Creamery.

Other highlights include the Milwaukee VA Soldier’s Home and a drive down Wisconsin Avenue to the Tripoli Shrine Center and Marquette campus. The tour wraps up at Lakefront Brewery, where everyone gets a tour of the facilities and a beer sample.

The autumnal incarnation of the Untapped Tour is geared a lot more towards locals – showing Milwaukeeans a side of the city they may not know about.

"The summertime is when we have a lot of visitors in town, but once it starts getting colder and dark, people in Milwaukee are looking for something to do," said Awve.

Untapped Tours is partnering with Horny Goat Hideaway, 2011 S. 1st St., for a tour of its facility and a pumpkin beer for all participants. Then, it’s on to Great Lakes Distillery, 616 W…

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Eric Jon Mahlum, Richard Carsey, Rob Tucker  and Andrew M. McMath in "I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett."
Eric Jon Mahlum, Richard Carsey, Rob Tucker and Andrew M. McMath in "I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett."

"I Left My Heart" delivers on the old-school glamour

I don’t think I’m going to surprise anyone by saying that many classic American standards, if not performed with a certain verve and originality, can sound just that – standard. Old. Boring. Done to death.

In fact, it’s one of the most frequent complaints I hear about Tony Bennett and his music, and I think it’s what hit him hard at the dawn of rock – jazzy pop doesn’t have the drama that an electric guitar does, and modern audiences are addicted to drama. In a certain sense, the music itself is no longer enough.

There’s also always a certain risk with tribute shows. What, exactly, are they paying tribute to? The music? The persona? The on-stage presence? The Rep got it just right earlier this year with "One Night With Janis Joplin," a blow-your-hair-back celebration of all three of those very important elements. I was curious to see how their latest tribute, "I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett" would stack up.

First, I have to mention the venue. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been to the Stackner Cabaret, but for some reason this just really struck me last night how lucky we are to have this space. If you ask me, the Stackner Cabaret is the unsung hero of the Milwaukee date night.

Within these close-together walls of exposed concrete masonry, sandwiched comfortably in the darkness between the bar area and the stage, a certain magic happens. Less gimmicky than a dinner theater and so much classier than a bar, the cabaret space evokes an era of culture, gentleness and refinement. You feel like you’re in an old movie.

It was, of course, the perfect spot for this salute to Tony Bennett, whose voice and music also represents that era. The Stackner added a nice touch by placing vintage photos of Bennett on the walls.

The show started off with high energy as Eric Jon Mahlum took the stage to sing "Steppin’ Out With My Baby;" he was soon joined by the other two starring tenors Andrew McMath and Rob Tucker. The three gave a nic…

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Dear Ryan Braun ...
Dear Ryan Braun ... (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Eight questions for Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun spent last week calling up Brewers season ticket-holders for a little one-on-one apology action, probably hoping to make up for that rather impersonal statement

I'm not a season ticket-holder, as you probably could have guessed. I find the rules of baseball to be denser and more confusing than the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the original Latin. But I do enjoy going to baseball games, in the same way that I enjoy watching South Korean television shows on Hulu: nothing make any sense, but the exposition is enjoyable.

So Braun probably won't be calling me. But if he did, he would probably regret it instantly. Not because I'm mad mat him (we all screw up, dude), but because these are the questions I would probably ask him.

1. Is a run the same thing as a point? I can't remember from tee ball.

2. "DL" doesn't mean "down-low," does it? I've probably got that wrong.

3.  Did you know that you aren’t allowed to rub licorice on a baseball? Have you ever done that, and if so, are you sorry for that, too?

4. Put Larisa on. I want cooking tips.

5. What conditioner do you use? Your hair is super beautiful and swoopy. Also, can I have some?

6. The internet on my phone is super slow at Miller Park. Can you do something about that?

7. Which sausage is your favorite?

8. Would you be willing to watch "Field of Dreams" with my husband? That would really save me some money on an anniversary gift. I'm just warning you, though, he might cry.

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Paper Source, opening at Bayshore on Sept. 20, is a paperie, gift and scrapbooking destination.
Paper Source, opening at Bayshore on Sept. 20, is a paperie, gift and scrapbooking destination.

Paper Source opening Sept. 20

We’ve heard a lot in the last few months about the ongoing changes at Bayshore Town Center, including the closure of Bravo!, the addition of 8-Twelve, a new Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub and the opening of shops like Ulta Beauty and Athleta.

Paper Source is the latest addition to the mall family, with an opening date of Sept. 20. The high-end paperie, gift retailer and scrapbook destination will be located next to LA Fitness and Coldwater Creek. It will be the very first store in Wisconsin for Paper Source and their 73rd nationwide (they expect to reach 80 by the end of the year).

"We will continue to expand in 2014," said Paper Source. "In 2013 alone we are opening 15 stores ... it has been an exciting milestone during our 30th anniversary year."

The company was founded in 1983 by Sue Lindstrom, who was inspired by the Japanese tradition of paper-making. It’s still headquartered in Chicago, the site of its very first store, and Paper Source says that many products are still made there. "We even mill our own papers." 

The store also incorporates in-store demonstrations and workshops on subjects like scrapbooking, embossing and stamping. For more information or to order products online, visit paper-source.com.