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

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Stop in for a slice.
Stop in for a slice.

Soprano's Pizza opens in Times Square Pizzeria space

Rakesh "Ryan" Rehan opened Soprano’s Pizza & Grill, 605 S. 1st St., in the former Times Square Pizza, next to the Mobile Gas Station in Walker's Point Plaza.

Soprano’s offers pizza by the slice, the pie – including gluten-free pizza – along with appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Rehan also owns two Cafe India restaurants – on located next door to Soprano’s and the other in Bay View – as well as the liquor store that’s also in the Walker’s Point Plaza. 

Last week, I spoke to former owner of Times Square, Sean Henniger, and he said he was still planning to reopen his pizzeria in another Walker’s Point location in 2015.

Soprano’s is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate everything "My Little Pony" this weekend.
Celebrate everything "My Little Pony" this weekend.

Weekend festival welcomes "My Little Pony" fans of all ages

Wisconsin's first annual "My Little Pony" fan convention – called "Ponyville Ciderfest" – is expected to bring 600 fans to the Hyatt Regency this weekend, Nov. 7-9.

Originally a television show geared toward young girls, "My Little Pony" now has fans of all ages and both genders, including grown males who refer to themselves as "Bronies" – a term combining "bro" and "pony." 

Bronies have a large Internet presence and profess their "My Little Pony" or MLP (as they call it) admiration on Facebook, Twitter and dedicated message boards. Some Bronies are specifically smitten with the show "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," which premiered on The Hub in 2010.

Although there are women who identify as a "Brony," there is also an all-female group called "Pegasisters."

"Ponyville Ciderfest" will feature many actors from the TV show including: Andrea Libman (voice of Pinkie Pie / Flutteershy), Peter New (voice of Big Mac), Sam Vincent (voice of Flim), Michelle Creber (voice of Apple Bloom), Ingrid Nilson (voice of Maud Pie) and G.M. Berrow (author of "My Little Pony").

Events include The Grand Galloping Gala, an apple pie bake-off, a Saturday night concert filled with "My Little Pony" fan musicians and performers, collectible card game tournaments hosted by Enterplay and more.

Because Bronies are known to be kindhearted, pop culture enthusiasts who just like to get their geek on with other Bronies, I don't judge. Giddy up, guys.

Dave Chappelle cracked up the audience every night of his six-show run at The Pabst Theater. (So far, anyway.)
Dave Chappelle cracked up the audience every night of his six-show run at The Pabst Theater. (So far, anyway.) (Photo: CJ Foeckler)

Chappelle packs the Pabst

In 2005, after a two-year run on the incredibly popular Comedy Central series, "Chappelle's Show," comedian Dave Chappelle abruptly ditched the limelight and went to South Africa.

After nearly 10 years of more or less being off the radar with the occasional stand-up gig, comedian Chappelle decided to embark on an earnest comeback tour and many presumed – although some questioned if – he could bring it back.

The answer is yes. Tonight’s show was one of six sold-out Milwaukee Pabst Theater performances that have so far received rave reviews and social media commentary.

Indeed, Chappelle delivered many laugh-out-loud lines and scenarios. In true Chappelle form, he talked frankly, intelligently and hilariously about race relations, Paula Deen, family life and more.

Chappelle opened with Milwaukee-flavored comedy that, at first, seemed forced. Open with the same local-specific jokes over several nights and they are bound to get better, but an example of the strengths Chappelle provided throughout the night is when he revisited the joke referencing the one black character on "Happy Days" (Sticks, the drummer in Richie’s band). Chappelle brought up how supporters had to fight for the Sticks character and also how it’s equally challenging for a "Sticks" to exist in modern-day Milwaukee.

Making people laugh is one thing, but getting them to think and converse after the show is another. And this, perhaps, is Chappelle’s greatest gift.

There were moments that were downright hilarious. He admits to putting one of his sons in public school and one in private school "as an experiment."

But there were also moments that were at best complicated and at worst questionable.

He includes in one run a bit about being lost while traveling and how finding a Starbucks in Mississippi made him feel relieved, because a gay man working behind the counter is like a "canary in a coal mine" (if he isn’t scared to be there, a black man shouldn’t be either).

Yet, at one poin…

Mr. Webo's opened in early 2013.
Mr. Webo's opened in early 2013.

Mr. Webo's appears closed

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Locavore, the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2014."

For part of September, Mr. Webo’s Mexican restaurant, 2301 S. Howell Ave., had irregular hours. Then a sign appeared on the door saying it was closed for remodeling. Now the signs are off the building, there’s paper on the windows and the phone number has been "changed" with no forwarding number.

According to Wisconsin Court System Circuit Court Access records, building owner Parshotam Singh and Mr. Webo's Roman Torrez have a jury trial scheduled for Nov. 3-5c.

Things aren’t looking good for Mr. Webo’s. The space, which is centrally located, seems to turn over every few years. (Guanajuato had a good run and moved only after the owner bought a building a few doors to the south.)

I checked out Mr. Webo's when it opened and had a good experience. Subsequent visits were less impressive and the general opinon of the place was spotty.

Bay View finally got an Indian restaurant with Cafe India but some residents still wish for a Thai or Japanese place. What’s next for this high-profile space?