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Trump in Milwaukee.
Trump in Milwaukee.

Where Donald Trump stands tall in Downtown Milwaukee

Donald Trump is a big piece of the modern day political puzzle.  But, did you know that The Donald also is a big piece of a sliding mural puzzle in Downtown Milwaukee?

Yep.  Trump stands tall on the moving mural in the iconic Safe House in Downtown Milwaukee.  So, of course, I had to reach out to the Safe House and see what the deal was.  I got this back from Agent Blonde, aka Peggy Williams-Smith, vice president of food and beverage at the Marcus Corporation, the new owner of the Safe House, 779 N. Front St. 

"I happened to decode an email asking about the world’s largest moving puzzle that is clandestinely located within the privacy of your Safe House.  The puzzle was painted by a local artist, by the name of Carl Rupert," wrote Blonde. "Throughout the years, the characters on the puzzle change. Mr. Trump was not always on the puzzle, but he has been on it for quite some time."

In addition to the puzzle, Mr. Rupert also created the Safe House mascot, Yugyps, "as well as many of the cartoons you see throughout the secret location," added Blonde. 

Haven’t been to the Safe House in a while?  Stop in, and check out the  mural that graces an entire wall in the middle of the restaurant.  There’s a button that makes it move, and it’s a puzzle that can be solved. Trump, of course, plays a role in the puzzle’s solution. 

It’s up to, like most things at the Safe House, to solve the puzzle.  It’s also up to you, to decode the political puzzle that’s being pieced together for next fall.

Same fish, new lights and now a full light show, too.
Same fish, new lights and now a full light show, too.

Downtown's newly lit fish are flashy, fast and fun

The fish are back, Milwaukee.

As we first told you, the "Dream with the Fishes for Aurora" art piece on the Milwaukee RiverWalk on the side of Riverside Theater has been rebuilt. 

And, Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. Mayor Barrett will help relaunch the fish with an official lighting ceremony. First, though, we have some new video of the light show that will take place every evening on the hour beginning at 7 p.m.

In 1998, the City of Milwaukee commissioned San Francisco artist Cork Marcheschi  to create a sculpture to be installed on the brick façade of the Empire Building, located on the RiverWalk.

Marcheshi designed a sculpture consisting of various fish shapes, bubbles, waves and buoys made of aluminum, vinyl and stainless steel with neon lighting.  Tthe neon – thanks to the Milwaukee Riverwalk District (MRD) – is now replaced with LED lights.  This type of lighting will last for years, and provide vivid illumination that allows for assorted animations of the sculpture. 

Every night beginning at 7 p.m. until midnight, the sculpture displays a special light show on the hour.  The rest of the time, the fish are brightly lit in various sequences.  

The CP Holiday Train.
The CP Holiday Train. (Photo: A. Gordon )

Report: CP Holiday Train scheduled to make Milwaukee stops again this year

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has become a pretty big deal.  Not only for its local philanthropic efforts but, of course, for its festival lights that help launch the Christmas and holiday seasons in the United States and Canada.

Today, Metro Parent Magazine reports that the Holiday Train will stop in Wauwatosa thanks to the efforts of two Girls Scouts in the city.  Last year, the train stopped at 10 cities in Wisconsin, including Sturtevant, Milwaukee and Hartland. 

I’m sure Milwaukee's Intermodal Station will again be a stop this year as well as Wauwatosa and other train stop cities.  The full schedule will be released in mid October. 

Since it began in 1999, the CP Holiday Train has covered more than 100,000 miles and raised nearly $10.6 million and 3.6 million pounds of food for local food banks. 

Mashable, like most, loves Wolski's.
Mashable, like most, loves Wolski's.

Mashable closes Wolski's

Writer, photographer, multimedia producer and former Milwaukeean Jake Naughton closed Milwaukee’s beloved Wolski’s in a recent piece for Mashable.

The visually stunning piece titled, of course, "I Closed Wolski’s" is a quick review and profile of one of the city’s oldest taverns and what Naughton calls, a "prototypical American corner bar."

A photo from the Mashable piece.

Mashable boasts a monthly unique readership of 42 million. About this many claim to have closed the iconic Wolski’s. Read and enjoy the entire Mashable piece here. And, read Molly's 2010 piece about those who have not yet closed Wolski's.