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Windfall Theatre's run of "November" opens Oct. 12.
Windfall Theatre's run of "November" opens Oct. 12.

Coming soon: "November"

Timing, it is said often, is everything in life.

If that's true, then Windfall Theatre ought to be in for a magic run of "November," the David Mamet play that opens Oct. 12.

With election day right around the corner for all of us (thank God) the play gives us a preview of the world of politics as seen through the slightly skewed glasses hanging off Mamet's nose.

The play revolves around hapless President Charles Smith before his second term election day. His funds are drying up. His strategies have gone awry. And his advisers have scrambled out of town. Plus, his wife is trying to figure out which White House furniture she wants to take home.

As we watch our own candidates wobble toward their own finish line, watching fictional (but not so far from the truth) candidates do the same will provide a much-needed diversion.

With this campaign we can laugh, because we are supposed to, as opposed to all of the real campaigns.

This is a president who complains about the presidency "being full of too much stress and too little opportunity for theft."

The production at Windfall features one of Milwaukee's favorites, Robert W. C. Kennedy, who promises to make a deliciously hilarious president, struggling with how to raise money from the annual turkey pardon.

This is Windfall's 20th season of professional theater in Milwaukee. "November" will be staged at the Village Church at 130 E. Juneau Ave.

The production runs through Oct. 27, and tickets are available by calling the box office at (414) 332-3963.

Alex is picky when it comes to breakfast joints.
Alex is picky when it comes to breakfast joints.

Dining with a kid ain't always easy

For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

I have a 4-year-old grandson named Alex. He is a wonderful and slightly mysterious little boy.

And I'm facing an incredible dilemma about our breakfast outings.

Alex can be moody for some reason that nobody can figure.

Every Tuesday Alex sleeps over and when morning rolls round it's time for him and me to go get some breakfast. The first week it was George Webb, where he had pancakes, sausage and orange juice. The second time it was George Webb again and the same menu.

Before the third time I suggested Ma Fischer's, but Alex announced he that he didn't like Ma so we went back to George's. The next time I suggested Denny's but he vetoed that choice, as well.

Now, I have nothing against Webb's, but I'd like to try something else. I can use some help here, folks.

A burger and a chuckle at Club Charlie's

For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

I love surprises when it comes to restaurants and I really got one over the weekend, along with a great, great laugh.

The place is called Club Charlie's and it's in the Third Ward at 320 E. Menomonee St.

I had a couple of hours to kill before a play, yet the reviews on Yelp seemed a little mixed. But I was willing to roll the dice for a burger and fries.

They offer lots of choices so I had a burger with Swiss and blue cheeses. I asked the server if I should have fries or the homemade chips. She said fries and added that the chips weren't that popular.

I appreciated the honesty.

Food came quickly and I wondered what the reviews were about. The burger was fresh and done medium rare, just like I wanted. The cheese was melted over the meat, not melted on the bun, which is one of the hallmarks of a great burger.

And the fries were as promised. Thin and crisp on the outside while tender and chewable on the inside.

What sewed it up for me was a sign inside Charlie's.

"If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer, it just seems longer."

Maybe it's old, but it made me laugh. And a laugh with a good burger makes for an all-around great stop.