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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

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Dear Ruthie wants to ham your bingo.
Dear Ruthie wants to ham your bingo.

Drag queen bingo to benefit LGBTQIA students

The UWM LGBT Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association plans to start a scholarship fund for LGBTQIA students and hopes to disburse aid in 2015. (LGBTQIA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, a-sexual and ally.)

To get there, however, the group needs to raise at least $10,000. One of the board members has offered a $5,000 match to be donated after the first $5,000 is raised. So far, they’ve raised a little over $1,000 and will host its first fundraising event on Wednesday, Nov. 26 to raise more.

The event is "drag queen bingo" at Hamburger Mary's, 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., and will feature ten games of bingo called by the sassy and hilarious Dear Ruthie. It starts at 8 p.m. Bingo cards are $10 each and the event is cash only.

This event, fondly referred to as "Hambingo," will sell out, so reservations are necessary. Call (414) 988-9324 to make one.

Everyone who attends Hambingo that night gets a goody bag and most of the prize packages are worth between $300 and $500, including prizes from local restaurants, coffee shops, hair salons, fashion boutiques, bars and bakeries. 

A romantic overnight for two at a Downtown hotel and a theater package will also be in the mix of prizes along with a raffle, drink specials, singing and drag queens.

"Basically, everything you need to start your holiday weekend off right," says Susie Seidelman, board member of the UWM LGBT Alumni Association.

All proceeds will go toward the LGBTQIA scholarship.

"Over the past decade and really over the past year, we've seen huge victories for equality, but these victories do not mean our problems are solved. LGBTQIA people are disproportionately affected by all kinds of negative problems, and LGBTQIA kids drop out of school at much higher rates than their straight peers," says Seidelman. "We're starting this scholarship to proactively deal with this aspect of the problem."

Scholarship donations are also accepted through the UWM Foundation's website. In step …

The long-awaited East Branch opens Saturday.
The long-awaited East Branch opens Saturday. (Photo: Bobby Tanzilo)

New East Library opens Saturday

I was sad to see the East Library go.

Sure, it was outdated, maybe even a bit dank, but it was my childhood library. The one where my dad read to me "Harold and The Purple Crayon" and I later discovered Judy Blume. I studied there often while in college, took my sons there to get a library card as soon as they could write their names and spent 10 summers in the Super Readers' Club.

However, when I saw the sneak peek of the new library in Bobby Tanzilo's article earlier this month, I had to admit the new digs looked really cool. Read Matt Mueller's interview with the band Mad RED Kat, which will perform at the event, here.

After 18 months of construction, the new East Branch Library, 2320 N. Cramer St., celebrates a grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment, crafts, tours and a ribbon cutting at noon. 

So for now, I’ll put my nostalgia in the drop box and check it out. (Sorry, geeky library humor.) 

Milwaukee gets a Christkindlmarket.
Milwaukee gets a Christkindlmarket.

Best Place hosts a German Christkindlmarket

Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery and Mader’s Restaurant have partnered to create an authentic Christkindlmarket – a German Christmas market – that will run from Thursday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Nov. 23.

The event will be held at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 W. Juneau Ave. Admission is free.

Over 15 vendors will sell steins, Hummel figurines, Christmas ornaments, German chocolate candies, cookies, gingerbread, marzipan, Advent calendars, hand-sewn clothing, spices, cheeses and wreaths. The Best Place gift shop will also be open.

Entertainment will include German dancers Peggy Mueller & Friends and the Mardi Gras Society featuring Rheinischer Verein Gruen-Weiss. 

German food and beverages will be for sale including schnitzel, sauerbraten, strudel, bratwursts, potato pancakes, pretzels, stollen, Gluhwein (hot spiced wine) and German beer. 

Father Christmas will make an appearance daily and will host a breakfast on Sunday after a 10 a.m. mass. Guests will also be invited to hear costumed storytellers, decorate cookies and participate in tree-lighting and keg-tapping ceremonies. 

And of course guests are encouraged to snap a photo or selfie with the on-site statues of Captain Frederick Pabst and King Gambrinus, the Patron Saint of beer. Best Place owner Jim Haertel demonstrates:


Tabu opened this weekend.
Tabu opened this weekend.

Cafe La Paloma morphs into Tabu

Cafe La Paloma, 606 S. 5th St., reopened this weekend as Tabu, a Latin-themed dance club and restaurant.

Cafe La Paloma was originally owned and operated by Jose Chavez, who extended the business to Sandy Rivas this summer. Rivas and her husband operated the space as Cafe La Paloma for a couple of months, but it did not take off.

"There’s a lot of competition in the neighborhood," says Rivas.

Tabu is currently open on Fridays and Saturday and features a DJ playing primarily Latin music.

"We decided to try something different," says Rivas.

The space has been completely redecorated with the brightly colored walls now black and white. There is also more lighting and a VIP lounge in the lower level.

Within a week or two, Rivas plans to reopen the restaurant as a dinner destination and for now is serving appetizers during club hours.

Prior to Cafe La Paloma, the space was a club, Texture.