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The Local will contribute to the revitalization of 5th Street in Walker's Point.
The Local will contribute to the revitalization of 5th Street in Walker's Point.

Updated: Club Anything transitioning into The Local

Todd Novasic, the owner of  Club Anything, 807 S. 5th St., is converting the gothic / industrial bar into a new concept. I spoke to him earlier tonight and received more information about the change over.

"It's been a long time in the works," says Novasic. "I've grown up. My tastes have changed."

Called The Local, the new bar and music venue will feature local bands, beers, booze and more. 

There will be more than 60 beers available, all of which are from Wisconsin, as well as Wisconsin-based spirits.

Every Wednesday is "Witchcraft Wednesday" and all craft beers are $3. On Thursdays, it's '80s and '90s music and prices. Fridays, including this Friday, offers live, local music and Saturday nights will feature variety acts of all kinds.

The space has been freshly painted, most of the goth decor has been removed and the beer garden was updated.

Novasic opened the space in 1996 as the Sanctuary and rebranded it as Club Anything in 1999.

In the near future, he will open The Local at 4 p.m. for happy hour. It's currently open seven nights a week starting at 9 p.m.

Novasic is currently hiring staff and looking for artists to create live paintings for a weekly "arts and crafts" event that will also work in conjunction with quarterly Gallery Nights.

For now, The Local is a work in progress.

"In the not so distant future, the rest of the pieces of the puzzle will be in place," he says.

Tell the truth. Tell the time.
Tell the truth. Tell the time.

Time is not irrelevant for this Facebook group

Groups exist on Facebook for bands of all genres, for people who love cats (like, a lot a lot) and for parents in search of advice or cyber shoulders to cry on.

Hence, it's almost – almost – not surprising that there’s a group dedicated to posting the correct time. (By the way, it’s 10:14 a.m.)

George Geankoplis started the group – called, aptly, "What Time Is It?" – and so far 130 people share his "sheer joy of sharing the time."

"I felt as though time aficionados were underrepresented on Facebook and a platform for sharing the correct time would be a valuable addition," he says.

Is this a joke? Well, yes. And yet, people do share the correct time all the time.

"11:03," posts Laurie Kern.

Geankoplis would prefer if all of the posts were uniform. So, instead of "11:03," Kern – if strictly adhering to the rules – should have posted "It’s 11:03." 

In a perfect world, Geankoplis would prefer people added "a.m." or "p.m."

"It's not a group for funny comedy jokes, or making sure people notice how original and creative you are. It's a group for posting the correct time in the simplest written or graphic form possible," says Geankoplis.

I like time as much as the next guy and so, last week, I joined. For my first post, I typed "7:23." But at the very same second of posting, the time changed to 7:24. And so, of course, I apologized to the group for the misinformation.

Although extremely time sensitive, the group is supportive to newcomers and they assured me it was OK. Geankoplis posted at 7:25, "That's well within the parameters of the page. Well done, excellent first try."

Geankoplis has a few disclaimers on the page, so members don’t blame the group for a missed interview or flight take-off.

"This page is not a clock and should at no time be used as such," reads the fine print. "Consult a clock for the correct time in your area."

By joining the group, members must accept that the page administrator has "all rights to any phrase or though…

The legendary Rosie Flores makes a stop in Brew City tonight.
The legendary Rosie Flores makes a stop in Brew City tonight.

Flores to rock(abilly) Kochanski's

This afternoon, I had a phone conversation with alternative country / punk / rock musician Rosie Flores while she was in the candy aisle at a truck stop somewhere between Minneapolis and Milwaukee.

Flores, who has a gig tonight at Kochanski’s, finds inspiration in junk food, although she doesn’t eat much of it.

While touring, which is often, she looks at the candy for sale and if an item reminds her of a story from her life, she buys it, photographs it and then writes the related story. She plans to finish a book, a collection of memoirs called "Wacky Truck Stop Candy and Road Stories," by the end of the year.

In the meantime, she has dozens of gigs across the country. Originally from San Antonio, she resides in Austin when she’s not on the road.

At 63 years old, Flores still likes life on the go, but admits it can be difficult.

"I really enjoy the people I travel with and I enjoy the people I meet," she says. "The hard part is not getting enough sleep and lugging suitcases and having to stay so organized. I’m constantly wondering, ‘Where are my strings? My picks? My favorite brassiere?’"

Flores’ music career began at the age of 16, when her father helped her buy musical equipment to start an all-girl band, called Penelope’s Children, in her garage.

"My dad jump-started my musical career. I had girls’ rock camp in my garage and it was a pretty wonderful way to grow up," she says.

By the time she was 18, Flores was touring, fronting her punk band, Rosie and The Screamers, and later an all-female countrified band called The Screaming Sirens.

In 1995, Flores, dubbed the "Rockabilly Filly," joined Wanda Jackson on a coast-to-coast North American tour and then toured as a member of Asleep at the Wheel in 1997. She also appeared on "Austin City Limits" and "Late Night With Conan O’Brien."

Flores has 11 albums, including her latest on Bloodshot Records called "Working Girl’s Guitar." She had a recording deal with Warner Brothers in the late ‘…

Cafe La Paloma esta abierto.
Cafe La Paloma esta abierto.
Tortilla soup!
Tortilla soup!

Cafe La Paloma reopens in Walker's Point

Cafe La Paloma, 606 S. 5th St., quietly reopened this week after it closed in April.

The new operator, Sandy Rivas, is leasing the space from Jose Chavez who owns the building and originally opened the Mexican restaurant and bar last year.

Chavez is still promoting and consulting for the restaurant, but he decided to leave daily management to focus on his art and music.

For now, Rivas is keeping the space and menu similar to what it was while under Chavez’s direction. There is less art on the walls than before, but Rivas says she is still looking for the right decor from local artists with a Latin flavor. There is also a mammoth paper maché "monster" in the space now.

The patio and the restrooms have been repainted and Rivas has more decor plans in the works.

Dishes are now made with all grass-fed meat and some local produce, in the future, with include entirely local produce. The cafe will also host live music occasionally.

During my visit, I sampled a few of the sauces, guac and chips (guacamole is now made table side), tortilla soup and flan, all of which were the same high quality of the Paloma past. The kitchen is now run by Rivas’ husband, Ricky.

"We are in the process of getting feedback from customers and deciding exactly where we want to go with the menu," says Rivas, who has lived in Milwaukee her entire life.

Cafe La Paloma has a new margarita menu which includes classic blends along with more daring versions like a spicy mango and a horchatita, made with RumChata.

"Some are twists on old favorites," says Rivas.

Cafe La Paloma – both the restaurant and patio – is open every day from 11 a.m to 9 p.m.