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Scooby, Scooby-Doo, where are you?
Scooby, Scooby-Doo, where are you?

Have you seen Milwaukee's Scooby van?

When "Scooby-Doo" the movie came out in 2002, Cudahy’s Gene Gureski decided to paint his 1974 Chevy van to look like The Mystery Machine that appears in the film.

Gureski enjoyed the cartoon as a kid and so when the movie was released, and he already had a similar van, he decided to create his very own Mystery Machine.

"I worked on the stenciling and painting a little at a time until it was done," says Gureski.

The van is originally from California and Gureski does not drive it after October, so it's free of rust. The paint job still appears brand new, mostly because Gureski touches it up regularly. He plans to completely repaint it this winter, keeping the same design. 

Gureski takes the van to car shows around the state, and is also spotted driving it around Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.

His dog, Vera, is often in the Mystery Machine with him.

"People always ask me, ‘Is that Scooby?’ and I say, ‘No, that’s Scrappy,’" jokes Gureski.

And yes, he has "Scooby snacks" in the car for Vera – and other dogs he meets in his travels.

"People know me around here as Scooby-Doo," says Gureski. "That works for me."

Vintage 38 will offer wine from around the globe.
Vintage 38 will offer wine from around the globe.

Vintage 38 coming to Greendale

Vintage 38 will open in the historic Broad Street area in Greendale in November – the exact date has not been released.

The contemporary lounge will offer a rotating selection of wines from around the world, craft beers and light fare. Vintage 38 will also host book clubs, music performances, fundraisers and community gatherings

"Greendale is a wonderful tight-knit community where people care about and support each other. It is important to reflect those ideals in Vintage 38," says owner Jennifer Lyden, a Los Angeles native who traveled around the world experiencing other cultures and learning about their wine styles for 20 years.

Follow Vintage 38’s progress via the Facebook page and stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.

WEDMKE is not your average wedding expo.
WEDMKE is not your average wedding expo. (Photo: Andy Stenz Photography)

Say "I do" to WEDMKE

Getting hitched? Turner Hall Ballroom just announced a unique wedding event, called WEDMKE, Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The engagement, ahem, will include a curated selection of local vendors and will be geared toward alternative options for a unique and personalized wedding. Vendor applications will be accepted through November 30.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 12 and are available online or at The Pabst / Riverside box offices. Single tickets cost $12 and couples are $20.

"It’s a smaller event, so each vendor will get face time with each person that walks through the door," says Andy Nelson, PR director of The Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall Ballroom. "Our goal is to really connect vendors with couples. This not your average wedding expo."

Put this powerful documentary on your must-see list.
Put this powerful documentary on your must-see list. (Photo: Facebook)

"Romeo Is Bleeding" heals violence through Shakespearean tragedy

The first time Donté Clark read Shakespeare’s "Romeo & Juliet" he was in high school, and like many high schoolers, he didn’t understand it nor particularly like it. But when he read the play again a few years later, something clicked. Clark realized that the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets was similar to the struggle in his city – Richmond, Calif. – where North and Central Richmond have literally been at war for decades.

Clark – with the help of students from the RAW Talent Program where he works as artistic director – wrote a modern version of "Romeo and Juliet" and calls it "Té’s Harmony." Filmmaker Jason Zeldes learned about the project through his cousin who is also Clark’s mentor, Molly Raynor, and documented the six-month process leading up to the performance of "Té’s Harmony" which eventually became the documentary that debuted at the film festival this afternoon called "Romeo Is Bleeding."

The story unfolds through Clark’s eyes, who has lived in Richmond his entire life and has lost dozens of friends and family members to gun violence, crack cocaine and incarceration. Clark, who lives in North Richmond, grew up with the belief that people living in Central Richmond even though they were poor and black like he is, were his enemy.

As a child he dreamed of being something "really big" when he grew up, like a drug dealer. Although he started out a high school troublemaker, he wrote a poem during a workshop with Raynor and friends thought it was so good that he stole it off the Internet. This gave Clark an incredible amount of confidence and he started to spend more time writing and less time on the streets.

The deeper he went into his writing, the more he realized what was really happening in Richmond – as well as across the United States – and that the violence had little to do with drugs or money, but was rooted in anger.

"It’s about being hurt. ‘I’m hurt and so I’m going to hurt you back.’" Clark says at one point …