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Now: Killer coffee and cerveza!

Fuel serves beer?!

It's true: Riverwest's Fuel Cafe started serving beer today. A sign in front of Fuel reads "Our beer is so fresh it's still a little warm."

The beer list include $3.50 bottles of various Lakefront beers, Ale Asylum, Pacifico and Point. Schlitz Tall Boys are available for $3.

I did not order one because I was in midday caffeine mode, but the addition of alcohol was noted. I look forward to washing down a Buttafuoco or a cheesy tomato sandwich with a Pacifico very, very soon.


Know a good teacher? Send him or her my way!
Know a good teacher? Send him or her my way!

Looking for teachers for the teacher spotlight

Starting in September, will run a six-week series of articles called the teacher spotlight. The articles will run in the Kids & Family channel on the site.

Every Monday, will showcase an outstanding Milwaukee Public Schools' teacher. Hence, if you would like to nominate one, please e-mail me at with his or her name, the school where they teach and contact information.

Happy back to school, Milwaukee.


The Brew City Bruisers are one tough team.
The Brew City Bruisers are one tough team. (Photo: Royal Bonde-Griggs)
Even the really rad skaters wipe out.
Even the really rad skaters wipe out. (Photo: Royal Bonde-Griggs)
The jam.
The jam. (Photo: Royal Bonde-Griggs)
Three cheers for the Beerleaders!
Three cheers for the Beerleaders! (Photo: Royal Bonde-Griggs)

The Brew City Bruisers could kill me features a series called "Switch Shift" that requires the editors to work a few hours at a job that's very different from their usual work. For example, managing editor Bobby Tanzilo worked as a used record shop clerk, senior editor Drew Olson flipped burgers at George Webb and I was a magician's assistant for master illusionist David Seebach.

For about a year, publisher Andy Tarnoff and I have chatted about the possibility of me taking a "shift" as a member of the Brew City Bruisers female roller derby team. This sounded like fun to me, and I even picked potential names: Molly Ringworm or Molly McBlooder.

So with all of this in mind, my kids and I went to the last Brew City Bruisers' bout on Saturday night.

It was my sons' first time seeing live roller derby -- I had seen a bout once before -- and, as always, the bad asses-on-wheels put on an entertaining show and a great fight despite their losses. (In the first half, the Brew City Battlestars lost to the Steel City B-Unit, 124 to 195; and in the second half, the Brewcity Allstars lost to the Steel City Steel Hurtin', 45 to 168.)

However, while watching the bouts, I came to the conclusion that there is no way in hell I could hang with these surly rollers.

My mediocre skating skills -- developed solely during the ‘80s at Waukesha Skateland -- are not going to help me in the least. These grrls are competitive speed demons with a crap-ton of talent and skill. Sadly, I came to the conclusion that if I attempted a single lap with my sub-par skating abilities I'd end up extra-flat roadkill in fishnets.

Maybe Molly Ringworm will lace up in the next life.

Wesley Tank perfors as the rapper Stumblesome. He will release his first film on Friday.
Wesley Tank perfors as the rapper Stumblesome. He will release his first film on Friday.

Five questions for filmmaker Wesley Tank about "In Clamatore"

Local musician and filmmaker Wesley Tank will release his first feature film, "In Clamatore," on Friday, Aug. 13 at the Alchemist Theater, 2569 N. Kinnickinnic Ave.

The show starts at 9:30 p.m.and admission is $5.

Tank, who is also known as the rapper Stumblesome and the lead singer of Atari hip-hop band Antler Antennas, recently gave me the low-down on his first movie and more. When did you start creating "In Clamatore?"

Wesley Tank: The first dialogues started emerging from my pen in 2005. We starting shooting in July of 2007 and finished shooting in June of 2008. I finished editing in July of 2010.

OMC: What is the film about?

WT: Letting go versus holding on. Nature and community. Tales the wind in each season of a post-post apocalyptic parade of ghosts. A son has died, but it's not about grief. It's about people responding to their environment and their relationships. It's about going into a world and it's about the post-film experience. It's about light reflecting from the screen to your retina, and the way you feel when you hear the sounds.

OMC: Where was the film shot?

WT: Nearly everything was shot in abandoned homes in the backwoods of Spring Green and Dodgeville.

OMC: What did you learn from making this film?

WT: I discovered myself. I learned and continue to learn what art manifests. I got a deepened connection to nature. I also learned what the film was about.

OMC: What are your goals for this film?

WT: My sincerest hope is for its messages to console and heal the collective consciousness of our seemingly perilous planet. That is, via distributor, film festival, world tour, the Internet, achievement of some sort of controversial cult status and providing an anchor for my career so that I may be allowed to make more films.

I am toying with the idea of putting the distribution rights up on eBay for a minimum bid of $1 million plus royalties. Or releasing it for free on t…