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'Til death do us part, Milwaukee.
'Til death do us part, Milwaukee.

My Milwaukee tattoo

I threatened to honor Milwaukee with permanent skin ink for many years, and admired others who boldly adorned their bodies with Brew City devotion. In 2007, I even wrote an article about Milwaukee tats, and last week, I finally got one.

I went to Adambomb, 2028 N. Martin Luther King Dr., and owner Adam Werther tattooed the Milwaukee Tool logo on my left forearm. I know I am not the first Milwaukee patriot to pick this, but it has appealed to me for many years.

After owning four houses in Milwaukee, I spent a lot of time (and money) in local hardware stores, and every time I saw the red-and-white Milwaukee Tool logo on a sign or box, I admired its jaggedy font and the badass lightning bolt beneath it.

My tattoo was done entirely in black ink and it took Adam about three hours to complete the six-inch indelible image. I have numerous tattoos, but I have never had this much black ink applied. The process ranged from almost painless to annoying -- especially near the wrist -- even though I have a pretty high threshold for pain and am one of those wack-a-dos that actually likes the feeling of getting tattooed.

The healing process, however, has been painful at times. My tattoo went from weepy to scaly and my entire arm is so sore I joked with a friend about wishing I was born with detachable limbs.

But for the love of a town that Alice Cooper calls "Mila wau kay," it is worth it.

Run over to RunUp!
Run over to RunUp!

Still time to RunUp to the Runway

RunUp to the Runway unfurls in the Milwaukee Art Museum for the fourth time on Friday, Oct. 15 from 5 p.m to midnight.

The runway portion of the evening kicks off at 9 p.m. with the work of up-and-coming senior fashion students from Mount Mary College, followed by celebrated designers at 10:30 p.m.

The event also includes live music by I’m Not A Pilot and Jordan Lee from 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, cocktails. appetizers from Cafe Calatrava and beauty bars from Groom, Erik of Norway, Neroli and Well Spa.

Tickets are $50 for front row seating; $35 for reserved seating and $20 for standing room. Members can receive reserved seating for $25 or standing room for $10. Click the link below to buy tickets.

Crusts on or off? One should be so lucky to have the choice.
Crusts on or off? One should be so lucky to have the choice.

Share the PB&J love

October is the fourth-annual Dining Month on All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delicious features, chef profiles, unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2010."

Crunchy, smooth, grape, raspberry or strawberry?

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin kicks off the eighth annual PB&J Challenge at Catholic East Elementary School, 2461 N. Murray Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The challenge runs throughout the month of October and asks students to donate jars of peanut butter and jelly for hungry children.

The public can also donate these goods at any area Pick ‘N’ Save by putting them in barrels featuring Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks Mascot. Or they can make a donation via the Website.

Approximately 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin rely on food supplied by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin each year.  The food bank is the largest, private, non-profit distributor of food in the state.

Check out the changes at Alterra. And have a free glass of wine while you're at it.
Check out the changes at Alterra. And have a free glass of wine while you're at it.

Free party at Alterra on Prospect

The renovations at Alterra Prospect are finished, and today, the cafe celebrates with a grand reopening / Milwaukee Film Festival After-Party.

The free event runs from 2 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30. The Milwaukee Film Festival After Party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. 

The celebration includes a Milwaukee Cup tasters Championship at 2 p.m.; Alterra presents "Waste Land" screening at The Oriental at 5 p.m.; live music with Bahia at 8 p.m. and performances by spoken word artists from the upcoming festival film "Mark My Words" at 9:30 p.m.

Earlier this year, construction at Alterra Prospect began and includes expanded seating and an "outdoor room." Other new developments are an expanded menu and a brewed-by-the-cup coffee bar.