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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.

Chakaia Booker will be at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Thursday.
Chakaia Booker will be at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Thursday.

MAM showcases works by Chakaia Booker

Manhattan-based artist Chakaia Booker uses cut tires to create outdoor sculpture, and the Milwaukee Art Museum will showcase her provocative work as part of its ongoing On Site Installation series from Sept. 30 to Feb. 13, 2011.

The name of the installation is "On Site: Chakaia Booker" and it will feature about a dozen of her works which range from figurative to abstract.  The pieces incorporate weaving, basketry and African dance.

Booker will give a lecture and tour of her installation at the museum on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5:45 p.m. The event is free with paid museum admission.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and active military. Children 12 and under are free.

Flirt offers contemporary and fun apparel.
Flirt offers contemporary and fun apparel.

Two new boutiques!

Two new boutiques recently opened in Milwaukee. Flirt, 317 N. Broadway, is the fifth boutique for the former Commission Row, joining Lela (co-owned by Stephanie Sherman, the wife of Jeff Sherman), Falcon, Lorena Sarbu and Anthropologie.

Flirt is owned by Jenny Gale, the former co-owner of Mequon boutique, Gossip.

"Flirt complements the other stores on this strip. It's a different price point and there's something for everybody," says Gale. "We're really happy to be here."

In early September, 5 Hearts opened at 153 N. Milwaukee St. It's owned by Mary Jo and Kelly Mansell, the wife and daughter of Kohl's Corporation chairman, Kevin Mansell.

 

River Horse was once a popular party spot in Riverwest.
River Horse was once a popular party spot in Riverwest.

River Horse is closed

River Horse, a bar in Riverwest, closed yesterday. According to a message on Facebook, the bar -- formerly located at 701 E. Center St. -- is closed temporarily, but owner Scott Radke has yet to comment on the future of the popular corner tap.

River Horse opened in 2002 and hosted many neighborhood events, Packers' bashes and dance parties. Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for more information regarding the future of River Horse.