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Cats can't wear condoms, so it's up to you to spay or neuter your animal pals.
Cats can't wear condoms, so it's up to you to spay or neuter your animal pals.

Colorful dancing condoms prevent cat overpopulation

In case you were wondering, cats can’t wear condoms – but if only they could.

According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) senior vice president, Daphna Nachminovitch, just one female cat and her offspring can produce a staggering 370,000 kittens in seven years.

"Dogs and cats can't wear condoms, so PETA is calling on their guardians to take responsibility and spay or neuter their animal companions," says Nachminovitch.

To further the point that Mittens isn’t able to cloak his joker, representatives of PETA will be in Downtown Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 4, dressed up in large pink and blue condom costumes and holding signs that read "Condoms Won't Work: Fix Your Cat."

The condom-clad PETA people will be at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Old World Third Street at noon. The plan is to "dance around and hand out leaflets on animal sterilization."

The Phoenix will open in the former Duplex in June.
The Phoenix will open in the former Duplex in June. (Photo: Andy Tarnoff)

Phoenix Lounge takes over Duplex space

Robert King and Ryan Bonen will soon open The Phoenix Lounge in the former Duplex, 785 N. Jefferson St. King and Bonen also own the Bad Genie Rock Lounge, which is next door to the future Phoenix, and the kitchen inside Yield Bar, called Comiskey’s, 1932 E. Kenilworth Pl.

According to King, The Phoenix will be a "laid back craft cocktail lounge with small plates that are world-street food inspired."

The building has been gutted and is in the process of being completely remodeled. King says they are planning for a June opening.

"We think Jefferson Street has an amazing bar culture and we just want to give people another reason to head to our block," he says.

King and Bonen, both from Chicago, met at Marquette University. "We’ve been looking to expand for some time now, so we’ve always had a plan to open more establishments," says King.

Rain or shine, hopeful RW24 riders show up every May 1 to sign up for the 24-hour bike race.
Rain or shine, hopeful RW24 riders show up every May 1 to sign up for the 24-hour bike race.

Riverwest24 registration process switches gears

This year, the process to apply for a coveted spot in the Riverwest 24 will change. The RW24 is a 24-hour bike race that takes place every summer, this year it’s on July 29-30, and people come to ride individually or on teams from all over the country.

However, everyone must sign up in person on May 1 at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St.

The event is limited to about 1,000 riders (500 of which are volunteers and automatically have a spot) and because it has gotten so popular in past years, people started showing up days – yes, days – in advance to camp out and get in line for a spot.

According to co-organizer Steve Whitlow, he and other volunteers will hand out about 2,000 "raffle" tickets for the 500 remaining open spots from 10 a.m. to noon at the Public House.

"We’ll start pulling winners around 12:30 p.m.," says Whitlow.

The winners will then get in line for the registration process, and are guaranteed a spot in the race.

"We want to make the registration process more equitable," says Whitlow. "Not everyone can take three days off to day drink and stand in line."

Mayor Tom Barrett with survivor Dawn Helmrich on Denim Day 2013.
Mayor Tom Barrett with survivor Dawn Helmrich on Denim Day 2013.

Why you should wear jeans to work on Wednesday

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and in order tor raise awareness, Mayor Tom Barrett endorses Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27 as a way to build a community of support for survivors.

"On April 27th, I invite all City of Milwaukee employees and local businesses to wear jeans and show that you, too, stand in support of survivors," says Barrett.

Denim Day – an international movement that encourages people to wear jeans to raise awareness about sexual assault – was started years ago after a woman in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. The man was originally convicted, but later a judge overturned the conviction because it was decided the victim was wearing tight jeans and, therefore, because she most likely had to assist in the removal of the pants, she gave consent to the rape.

This year’s efforts focus on the importance of engaging men and boys to end sexual violence. However, it is also important to acknowledge the challenges faced by men and boys who have experienced assault because one in six men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before the age of 18.

"Like all victims, these experiences have negative impacts on their health and wellbeing. This is why it is essential to involve all members of our community to end sexual violence," says Barrett.

For more information, go to denimdaymke.org or the Facebook page. For Denim Day stickers, please contact Erin Perkins, at the City of Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at eperkin@milwaukee.gov or (414) 286-2997.