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Go hog wild at Baconfest MKE

Don’t pack away your holiday fat pants just yet, Milwaukee’s fourth-annual Baconfest MKE will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s Event Center.

Appropriately, the event is hosted by 102.9 THE HOG.

Attendees will have the chance to chomp on bacon-filled creations from local chefs. Although it's not an "all you can eat" feast, the website guarantees "there will be plenty to fill your belly."

There will also be a cash bar serving beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Piglets, I mean kids, are welcome to attend with a parent or legal guardian. 

Tickets for the event are $35 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The price includes $15 in casino play and a 2015 Baconfest MKE T-shirt. There is a maximum capacity of 2,500 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

Oink.

Get your gifts for the year before February.
Get your gifts for the year before February. (Photo: Stephanie Bartz)

The Waxwing will close in February

In 2012, Steph Davies opened The Waxwing, a local art and handmade gifts boutique at 4415 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood.

Recently, Davies learned that her lease would not be renewed because landlord Nat Davauer plans to use the space to expand his business, Draft and Vessel, located next door. 

As a thank you to customers, artists and the community, Davies will throw a farewell bash on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 10 p.m. The shop will be open regular hours until then. 

Davies is not sure what her next professional step will be, but she plans to spend more time on her artwork and with her family.

"I can’t thank everyone enough for their patronage and support over the past three years," says Davies. "You have helped me make what was once just an idea blossom into an amazing creative space that has been more successful and more inspiring than I ever could have imagined."

Carini will fire up its new pizza oven next month.
Carini will fire up its new pizza oven next month. (Photo: Mike Vitucci)

Carini's adds Neopolitan-style pizzas

Since opening in 1996, Carini’s La Conca d’Oro has offered authentic Sicilian dishes. Soon, it will offer Neopolitan-style pizzas, too.

Gregg Carini, whose parents Peter and Jan Carini own the restaurant, serves as the chef along with his father.

The restaurant's new pizza oven – an Acunto Mario from Naples, Italy – heats to 900 degrees and creates what Carini describes as a "lighter pizza" that is traditionally not cut, but rather eaten with a knife and fork or by picking it up.

The new pizza offering will be available in mid-January following the building of a new kitchen.

"A few places are serving this kind of pizza," says Carini. "Not many, but it’s getting more popular."

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.com for a full report in early 2015.

Jeff Poniewaz reading in the 2008 Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon.
Jeff Poniewaz reading in the 2008 Woodland Pattern Poetry Marathon. (Photo: woodlandpattern.org)

Milwaukee's poet laureate passes away

Writer, educator and lifelong Milwaukeean Jeff Poniewaz (pronounced poen-yeah-VAHSH) passed away last week after a long illness.

Jeff was known as an "eco-poet" and was named Milwaukee’s poet laureate in 2013. He taught "Literature of Ecological Vision" and "Whitman & Ginsberg" at UW-Milwaukee from 1989 to 2009.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti called Jeff's epic "September 11, 2001"  the "best poem I've seen on 9/11." Ginsberg praised Jeff's work for its "Whitmanesque / Thoreauvian verve and wit."

I did not know Jeff very well, but I heard him read many times over the years and shared a bill with him on a few occasions. He was the long-time partner of Milwaukee poet, Antler, and a beloved friend to many. 

RIP, Jeff.