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Buzz - May 26, 2016
Urban Spelunking: H. G. Goll House
You've heard about the Fred Goll Mansion on Prospect Avenue in the news in recent months, but what of Henry G. Goll and his mansion on Kilbourn Avenue in Concordia? We went inside the house for a look at it and the story of its ill-fated namesake.
Dining - May 25, 2016
A taste for National Wine Day
Today is National Wine Day - though I admit I celebrate this event considerably more than once a year - and it seems like the perfect time to share some of the wines I've been tasting lately.
Buzz - May 24, 2016
16 pieces of old MECCA memorabilia
Last year, we took you inside the Milwaukee Theater (formerly the Auditorium) and the Arena to get a look behind the scenes at these local landmarks. This time, we dig into the archives to find treasures from events held in those venues.
Bars & Clubs - May 23, 2016
UPDATE: Pabst microbrewery project at The Brewery now on track for fall opening
Pabst's return to the former brewery site - via a micro-brewery and tasting room in the former First German Methodist Church/Forst Keller restaurant - was projected to open by summer. But a fall 2016 opening is now more likely.
Travel & Visitors Guide - May 19, 2016
Pamper yourself during your vacation after the family vacation
Nearby Chicago is the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway filled with, well, whatever you want, even if what you want is not a whole lot of planning, but just time to relax.
Travel & Visitors Guide - May 17, 2016
Sneak peek: 14 views of the progress at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
We got a peek inside the new Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, slated to open in the Third Ward this summer, including looks at the spaces that will host the Tre Rivali restaurant and the rooftop Outsider bar.
Kids & Family - May 17, 2016
Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
Typically, Milwaukee's oldest buildings reveal themselves readily. But sometimes, behind facades of glass and steel, you can find a portal into Brew City history. One such place is the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St., a facility that glows like a new building.
Music - May 16, 2016
Julius La Rosa dies ... in Crivitz?!
To you, Julius La Rosa was the guy who was famously fired on the air by Arthur Godfrey. To me, he's that guy singing "Eh, Cumpari" and "Mama Rosa" on 45s I inherited from my grandmother. La Rosa died last week at age 86 ... in Crivitz.
Music - May 12, 2016
Nineteen Thirteen's full-length debut is a moody, ethereal soundtrack
While in the past, Milwaukee's Nineteen Thirteen drew on other talents, by the time it set out to record its new CD, Janet Schiff and Victor DeLorenzo were going it alone. "Music for Time Travel" is released Friday, May 13 at The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.
Buzz - May 12, 2016
Urban Spelunking: Usinger's stables / "Art's Garage"
A reddish brick building at the intersection of two alleys north of the Bradley Center has most recently been used as storage for the arena. Its days are numbered as it is slated to come down soon to make way for the new arena. So, of course, I went inside to learn more.
Marketplace - May 11, 2016
Urban Spelunking: 15 views of the Pabst Warehouse / Global Water Center II
Most everyone who notices the building at 326 W. Florida St. in Walker's Point does a double take. What's an old Pabst building doing down here, so far from the old brewery complex? Let's take a look at the place that will become the Global Water Center II.
Buzz - May 10, 2016
Urban spelunking: The Tavern Room
While seemingly half of Milwaukee thinks their houses were once home to speakeasies, the Becker-Fitch House has perhaps the most amazing secret basement bar this town's ever seen. You can go inside during's HMI's Spaces and Traces event this weekend.
Bars & Clubs - May 5, 2016
Cocktails for Cinco and beyond
It's Cinco de Mayo and now that I'm back on tequila - thanks to a switch to much higher quality tequilas than I used to taste - I've got a trio of Milagro Tequilas to sample and three recipes to make it happen.
Marketplace - May 5, 2016
Progress report: Adventure Rock / Belay Apartments
Adventure Rock has begun offering hard hat tours of the new climbing gym it will open in June as part of Mandel Group's 46-unit Belay Apartments development on the corner of Commerce Street and North Avenue in Riverwest. This morning, we got a look inside.
Marketplace - May 4, 2016
Progress report: Aperture at The North End & Fresh Thyme Market
Tenants have already started moving into the third phase of The North End complex along North Water Street, and the Fresh Thyme Market is shaping up to open next month. We got a peek inside.
Arts & Entertainment - May 3, 2016
MPL launches Stories from the Stacks video series
Milwaukee Public Library has launched a new video series called "Stories from the Stacks," and the segments offer a mix of interesting stories about the library, including a powerful one about an author that wrote a book at the Central Library while she was homeless.
Marketplace - May 3, 2016
Urban Spelunking: Former Laacke & Joys complex
Rarely have I felt the pressure to write one of these spelunking stories so quickly. But, in this case, time might be of the essence. That's because last week I got a tour of the trio of buildings that were home to Laacke and Joys before it vacated a couple years ago and demolition was expected to start if not quite any minute, then certainly any day.
Kids & Family - May 3, 2016
UPDATE: Garfield School redevelopment gets WHEDA funding
Last year, the city approved a plan by Maures Development Group to redevelop a set of buildings, including the Henry Koch-designed former Garfield Avenue School, into mixed-income housing, a new America's Black Holocaust Museum and more. What's up?
Kids & Family - May 2, 2016
Great teachers make their mark every single day
When I became a dad and my kids neared school age, I hoped they'd have a teacher like the one who made a lasting impression on me. A few years into their school careers, I can honestly say that my wish has already come true.
Music - April 30, 2016
XCleavers' Hunnicutt returns to share "Dangerous World"
After a long hiatus from making music full-time, Carter Hunnicutt (of Those XCleavers and Flat Rabbits) is back in the game. He releases a six-track CD, "Dangerous World," at Circle A Cafe in Riverwest on Sunday, May 22. We got him talking...
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