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Renee Bebeau's food package paintings will be on display through October.
Renee Bebeau's food package paintings will be on display through October.
This will give you the munchies.
This will give you the munchies.
Chips and soda. Classic.
Chips and soda. Classic.

Frozen yogurt shop doubles the delicious with food art

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, 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."

Since it’s Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com and my friend, Renee Bebeau, has created an abundance of food paintings that range from adorable to stunning, it seems like the perfect time to blog about her yummy art.

You can see it for yourself at Yo Factory, 2203 N. Farwell Ave., where she has a collection of paintings of packages. The show runs through October.

My favorite aspect of her collection is that the whimsical-yet-realistic nature of the paintings are super eye catching, but what makes viewers pause is the way the pieces evoke a memory or a curiosity of what’s inside.

The Good & Plenty painting, my personal favorite of the lot, literally had me salivating for that one-of-a-kind flavor and texture of black licorice dipped in a crunchy candy coating. I even had to buy a box the next day.

The retro Doritos bag is another fave – especially once knowing the story behind it.

"I bought a Doritos taco-flavored retro bag at Target that sat in my old studio for about four years waiting to be painted. I was so inspired when I saw that old-looking bag, but alas, I tossed it when I moved," says Bebeau. "Then, the urge was so strong to paint it, that I had to go in search of this retro bag again. I again found it at Target and painted it finally last year – that was as satisfying to finish as it was to open the bag and taste them afterwards."

The story behind the Zagnut bar painting is good, too.

"The Zagnut bar is a reference to the movie ‘Beetlejuice’ – when he tries to lure a fly to him with a Zagnut bar and then tosses the candy bar and eats the fly instead," Bebeau says.

Bebeau also likes to paint bottles – the glass 7-UP bo…

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Flea needs one of these.
Flea needs one of these.

A rock 'n' roll Packers T-shirt

After watching last week's Julius Peppers interception against the Minnesota Vikings, Fred Gillich – designer and owner of Too Much Metal – spontaneously yelled out, "‘Red Hot Julius Peppers’ for the touchdown!"

Immediately, Gillich decided that was a joke worth printing and voilá, the "Red Hot Julius Peppers" T-shirt is now available in home (green), away (white) and a retro green for women. The shirts cost $25.

They are available at Gillich's shop, The Too Much Metal Showroom – in the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St. – or online

"For the last three years, I've been making alternative Packers shirts for the alternative sports fan," says Gillich. "There are a ton of people that don't identify with wearing a football jersey with a big number it. It's just not rock and roll. But we still love our Packers, so I'm showing my love for our team."

I’m one of those "alternative sports fans" for sure and one of my all time favorite T-shirts is another of Gillich’s creations, a Brewers shirt that looks more like a Motley Crue concert tee. 

"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" screens two more times during the Milwaukee Film Festival.
"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" screens two more times during the Milwaukee Film Festival.

"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" tackles complexity of Women's Lib Movement

"She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry" documents the impassioned and sometimes audacious women who challenged and changed women’s roles in the 1960s by starting the Women’s Liberation Movement.

The film provides an often detailed overview of the quest to change the lady landscape of American Society. It is particularly good at showing how central to the movement women organizing other women was, from consciousness-raising meetings to indie publishing and other outreach efforts.

"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" offers many first-hand accounts and interviews with Betty Friedan and the many other women associated with the National Organization for Women (NOW) along with many of the younger, and often more radical, women activists.

"She's Beautiful When She's Angry" screens on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at The Oriental Theatre and on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at The Downer Theater. 

The filmmakers piece together historical footage in a careful narrative to demonstrate how, at the time, women were unable to receive birth control (without a marriage license); couldn’t get a mortgage or credit card without their husband’s signature; how they often couldn’t prove they were raped and how women were treated like slaves, mommies or sex workers while on the job.

"She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry" shows how quickly the movement exploded and how much change occurred in a short period of time.

The film was in the works for more than a decade and provides a complex look at the movement and celebrates the successes from the minor to the major, such as the Boston Women’s Health Collective’s publishing of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" which has educated millions of women around the world about women’s health and sexuality.

It also includes how the movement’s leaders successfully lobbied Congress for a childcare act – only for it to be vetoed by President Richard Nixon – and the Jane Collective, a group of women who received medical training to provide 11…

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They usually are. Especially when filled with criminal amounts of cheese.
They usually are. Especially when filled with criminal amounts of cheese.

Expressing myself with eggs (and sriracha)

For the eighth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, 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."

I'm no food artist, but for some reason, I have a penchant for expressing myself with sriracha on omelets. I have made all of the omelets for my partner, who usually photographs them. We named the series "Hot Eggs."

Sometimes we fantasize about opening a diner that would offer custom-made omelets adorned with whatever word the customer requested. But that could get weird – and not "in a good way" weird.

I have been doing this on and off for about four years. Most times, the spicy words reflect my mood or something that’s happening in my life, but sometimes my word choice is completely random. Like the time I wrote "Japan" on one for no reason at all.

However, I went through some pretty egg-cellent phases. For a while, I scripted Milwaukee words (like "bubbler" and "Laverne"). For another period of time I made only "hairband omelets" because, after all, who doesn’t want a little hair in their eggs? (I have a photo of the Def Leppard omelet but it’s too ugly to share.)

I also have an X-rated series – omelets I’ve made on mornings when my kids were not around – but they will not be included here. Sorry, but I enjoy my job and would prefer to hold onto it for at least 100,000 more breakfasts.

Here are five omelets from my "Hot Eggs" series. Don't ya kinda wonder what's inside 'em?

1. Aw, good for me

2. I must not have been hungover while making this 

3. Is this art? Most likely not

4. This is what he gets for breakfast when he annoys me

5. This can be taken a variety of ways. Let's focus on the "Alice In Wonderland" reference, mmmkay?

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