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Community members will gather for hope and healing at Alice's Garden.
Community members will gather for hope and healing at Alice's Garden. (Photo: Alice's Garden Facebook)

Artists, healers and activists unite for #BlackLivesMatter gathering

"It’s not the activist who everyone knows who makes all of the change; it’s the everyday person, the person who says ‘Hey, I’m one person and what can I do?’ There are a whole lot of ‘one persons’ out there who together are making a big, big difference and it’s encouraging." – Angela Walker, Breaking down racial barriers

In recent weeks, headlines have been rife with news of police brutality against members of the black community. Lives have been lost. And hearts are heavy.

But community members are rising up in an effort to promote unity and healing for Milwaukee and beyond. One such effort will take place on Wednesday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Alice’s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St.

The evening will will focus on the harsh realities faced by black men and women in our communities and country. During the gathering, artists, healers and activists will stand in unity, acknowledging the work that must be done to ensure that black lives in America matter.

"This is a time of reflection and healing, a time to comfort, encourage and empower one another as we contemplate ‘What can I do?’ after the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Wisconsin's Jay Anderson," says co-organizer Malkia Stampley, producing artistic director for the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble.

"We know that everyone will not leave with an action plan, but we are hopeful seeds will be planted and that people know they are not alone during this difficult time," notes Stampley.

During the event, words of encouragement and empowerment will be shared by a variety of community leaders and members of the arts community including Ferne Caulker-Bronson, founder of Ko-Thi Dance; Venice Williams, executive director of Alice's Garden; Tarik Moody, 88.9 radio personality; Jeff Frank, artistic director of First Stage Milwaukee; and Kari Hanson, visual artist and community arts specialist for MPS.

Artistic expressions will also be offered from Julie Roubik (classical violist), members of …

You could win a box of filled with cheese curds and other cool stuff.
You could win a box of filled with cheese curds and other cool stuff.

Summer gets cheesier with second annual Summer of Curds Giveaway

If you don't love cheese, look away from the screen right now. But if you do, you're going to want to keep reading all the way to the end of this article.


Because that's where I'm going to tell you how to win an awesome box of cheese curd paraphernalia just like the one you see up there (the box includes a big bag of fresh cheese curds, two cheese coozies, a T-shirt, a magnet and a coupon for buy one, get one free cheese curds from Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, the official "cheese curd capital of Wisconsin").

But first things first: If you call yourself a Wisconsinite, you owe it to yourself to head over and visit, "the only resource committed to helping you find and devour this delightfully squeaky snack."

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has really outdone themselves with this site, which focuses on everything you ever wanted to know about cheese curds. Like a tutorial on how cheese curds are made. Or how about information on how to keep your curds fresh or what some of the best places are to find them?

You can also check out delicious cheese curd recipes like: 

I know you're getting hungry just thinking about it.

But before you head off to Clock Shadow Creamery to get yourself a bag of freshly made cheese curds, be sure to enter the contest.

Winners (94 of them total) will be randomly selected daily all summer long. However, the contest ends Sept. 21, so enter now!

It's time for the Big Gig. But Milwaukee offers a host of other spots for Chicagoan festival-goers.
It's time for the Big Gig. But Milwaukee offers a host of other spots for Chicagoan festival-goers.

Chicago Tribune offers Brew City tips for Big Gig-goers

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It’s no surprise that Summerfest is a draw for folks both near and far. After all, it’s the biggest friggin’ music festival in the world. But lately, folks are seeing the city behind the Big Gig, and that’s even better.

Take for instance this article published today in the Chicago Tribune, which outlines 10 things to do in Milwaukee during Summerfest.

It’s a very good list and includes some of the best things to do during our great Milwaukee summer, including planting your butt in a beer garden, heading to Lakefront Brewery or Great Lakes Distillery, exploring the Riverwalk, taking a Milwaukee Food & City Tour and climbing up the North Point Lighthouse.

There’s also a plug for the pork shank in apple demi-glaze at Mader’s, and an affectionate shout-out for Colectivo Coffee (which Chicago better be cozying up to, considering a cafe is coming their way).

And I was happy to see the author didn’t miss recommending a trip over to the Milwaukee Art Museum, though if it were me doing the writing, I’d add a trip to Cafe Calatrava or the East End Wine Bar, because Chef Jason Gorman has taken art museum cuisine to a whole new level in both places.

Surely there are other hidden secrets to be explored in our amazing city (here are 100 more suggestions for you). But hey, you gotta start somewhere.

Say happy birthday to Sr. GeorgeAnn if you see her.
Say happy birthday to Sr. GeorgeAnn if you see her.

Happy Birthday, Sr. GeorgeAnn! May you (and the fruitcake) live long & prosper

Last winter, we told the tale of Sister GeorgeAnn Krzyzanowski, director of buildings and grounds at Mount Mary University, and her legendary fruitcake.

Well, wouldn't you know it, today is her birthday.

And apparently, the fact that she makes hundreds of fruitcakes (to raise money for scholarship) isn't the only fun thing about Sr. GeorgeAnn. Hints: flamingos, Green Bay Packers, Star Trek.

To wish her a very happy birthday, her friends and colleagues at Mount Mary University worked up a video sharing 10 interesting facts about this legendary woman.

If you attended Mount Mary, you might know some of them. But, we're going to bet there are a couple you may not know. And, if nothing else, the video is a whole lot of fun.

Mount Mary posted the video to its Facebook page about an hour or so ago. 

Last we checked, the post on Facebook had a couple hundred likes. But feel free to head over and add yours – or a message for Sr. GeorgeAnn if you so desire.