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Milwaukee Buzz - Nov. 2, 2015
Santa Cycle Rampage goes from free to fee
The Santa Cycle Rampage has been bringing joy via nearly 700 Santas, Mrs. Clauses, elves, Krampuses (and even a Menorah or two) to Milwaukee for 15 years, but while this ride has become as traditional as a Bing Crosby classic, this year the format is evolving. If you want to participate, you'll be expected to pay.
Milwaukee Buzz - Oct. 28, 2015
7 Halloween costumes that can never be made sexy
Sexy Halloween costumes. Some people love 'em. Some people hate 'em. Some people want Halloween to remain rooted in terror, while others love the inherent liberation in pretending to be something they're not (or something they wish they could be). There is a lot of chatter around the internet about which costumes SHOULD never be made sexy. But I'm telling you these costumes COULD never be made sexy...
Tagged with: halloween, costumes, News - Sept. 3, 2015
Introducing the new OnMilwaukee logo
As OnMilwaukee enters its 18th year, we are once again looking at how we do things, what we stand for, and how we can improve. And so we have unveiled a new logo to help steer us on a productive path.
Living - July 25, 2015
Take a lap with the Riverwest 24
The Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike races through the Riverwest neighborhood, enters its 8th year and welcomes 1,200 riders and several hundred volunteers. It's popularity has remained at something of a fever pitch despite the only prizes being ice sculptures with hot dogs inside.
Living - July 18, 2015
53212 Unity Ride aims to connect two similar, yet diverse neighborhoods
The 53212 Unity Ride hopes to help bridge that demographic gap with an slow-rolling, exploratory bike ride that will bring together numerous community organizations from several diverse neighborhoods to look at gardens, murals and other historic points of interest.
Sports - July 15, 2015
The Admirals new logo skates between fan bases
It's a combination between the regalness of the old, 1997 skin-clad Admiral and the more recent 2006 bare-boned version. This new logo seems to be designed to split the difference between the desires of the fans of the either, but as a result it loses some of the dynamism of both.
Arts & Entertainment - June 24, 2015
Timothy J. Reynolds' journey to Twitch
Timothy J. Reynolds, who goes by the online handle turnislefthome, is a digital artist who specializes in adorable lowpoly 3D renderings of cartoon cars, imaginative, pastel and otherworldly landscapes, and video game inspired nostalgia.
Travel & Visitors Guide - May 8, 2015
6 things I learned in Germany
No matter how far away you go for vacation, it's hard not to keep track of the similarities and differences of the cultures that you encounter along the way. Here are a few notes Jason McDowell kept during his visit to the motherland.
Sports - April 2, 2015
The new Bucks logo is better, but is it good?
Basketball is a game that involves quick moves, clever tactics, and constant energy, but there is nothing dynamic about this logo. The whole thing is mirrored from right to left. There is nothing interesting about that. I want this deer to be doing something. Not running or fighting or playing basketball, but something as simple as turning its head would tell me it's a three-dimensional living, breathing, exciting team.
Marketplace - March 13, 2015
Bublr is back with new stations and pricing
Bublr, the city's first bike share system, rolled out last year and was subsequently rolled back in before winter. But while the wheels were only on the ground for a limited time, the company still deemed it a success, coasting through the finish line with an impressive 5,500 trips. What was not so successful, however, was the confusing pricing. So as Bublr gears up to return, the company announced a new, simpler pricing structure.
Dining - March 4, 2015
Ramen party is a perfect pairing with Wisconsin winters
Ramen for a dinner party is an exciting and relatively inexpensive theme to craft a dinner party around. At its very basic it only requires a few veggies and a handful of noodles, but it has the ability to unfold possibilities like a flower. During a ramen party, there is something of a slow, orchestral build until suddenly the cymbals are crashing, the violin bows are fraying and the tubas are blasting fortissimo.
Music - Nov. 5, 2014
NO/NO is not The Delphines (but it used to be)
The Delphines' club shows were frequent and album releases were fast and furious. Eventually a full length album called "Hush" was released, but shortly afterward the band quietly broke up. Disappointment followed. How could we allow this to happen? This band felt like it was composed of sun-bleached driftwood, waiting for a match to drop and set fire to the music scene. It was a band that made Milwaukee's music scene vibrate. So I was surprised this morning when my phone lit up with a message...
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 6, 2014
The Steampunk Circus celebrates 40 years of the Milwaukee Public Theatre
The theme is Steampunk, which is essentially a Victorian alternate reality in which electricity was never discovered, but steam-powered clockwork-based technology continued to move forward regardless. Thus the fashion show should feature gears, glass and leather laden corsets, top hats and other Victorian-esque paraphernalia.
Milwaukee Buzz - Aug. 7, 2014
Engage your community with the Amazing Milwaukee Race on Bikes
This week's weather has been a fine example of what makes summers in Milwaukee so beautiful. Looking ahead to the five day forecast it appears this fine example will continue. If you're looking for an excuse to get outside and make the most of it by engaging in a friendly competition, doing some good for your community, and maybe even learning something, too, you might consider signing up for the Amazing Milwaukee Race on Bikes (AMRoB) taking place this Sunday, Aug. 10 at noon.
Milwaukee Buzz - Aug. 6, 2014
Ev'ryday I'm Bubln': First look at Bublr Bike Share
Midwest BikeShare announced their second kiosk opening today and the city is abuzz about it (or maybe they're bubbling about it?), so I had to check it out.
Arts & Entertainment - Aug. 1, 2014
Express yourself at the State Fair with uncoverbodyart's face and body painting
If you're into unique forms of self-expression, Michael Mejia of uncoverbodyart is an artist to check out. Mejia's artistic style tends to be animalistic, with tigers, razor-toothed fish and exaggerated lizards. Beyond animals, Mejia's pattern work is also beautiful and surprising.
Living - July 21, 2014
The lock up: 3 steps for securing your bike and foiling thieves
The strongest protection you have against bike theft is the perceived difficulty of what it would take to actually acquire your bike. Every lock can be cut, but in a row of bikes, you want to make sure yours looks the most annoying to acquire.
Tagged with: bike, bicycling, bike locks,
Milwaukee Buzz - May 13, 2014
Pedal to the metal: A race between cars and bicycles
Wednesday, Wednesday, WEDNESDAY marks the middle of Bike to Work Week, and what better way to roll over the hump with a little competition, a friendly wager, and some additional cash for a local non-profit? The competition? A race between David Hobbs--a driver in the Indianapolis 500 and owner of David Hobbs Honda - and Ward Fowler, founding partner of the bicycle-friendly Colectivo Coffee.
Arts & Entertainment - May 2, 2014
Kpolly brings "Fake A$$ Rappers" to reality
Until now the "Fake A$$ Rappers" series of illustrations has only been shown for limited runs throughout Milwaukee. However, since the project has grown in scope, a new medium was necessary. "The book seemed like the best venue for them, especially since I'm adding so much more content 'about' the rappers," says artist Kristopher "Kpolly" Pollard. "Their albums, songs and sample lyrics. It'll be a lot of fun."
Travel & Visitors Guide - April 21, 2014
Adventure cycling shows off the beauty of Wisconsin's back roads
As I clicked my gears into lower and lower speeds, I found myself desperate for just one more cog in back. Just a few more teeth that wouldn't ever come. So I resigned myself to what I had, reached into my back pocket, pulled out a peanut butter energy bar and concentrated on spinning and eating. My mind alternated between stopping and walking and continuing to push through...
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