A sign on the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse, 6823 W. North Ave., in Wauwatosa, says the venue, closed for a few months now, hopes to reopen soon. Today, an author with local ties confirmed an event at the theater.
In February, we reported the closing of The Rosebud and its sister theater, The Times, 5906 W. Vliet St. The following day we wrote that Anchor Bank, the theaters' new owner, planned to reopen the venues and had "appointed former Rosebud owner Jay Hollis to manage both theaters throughout receivership."
Today, Paul Hoffman – a Wauwatosa native working as a journalist in Indiana – told me that he has confirmed an event for his new book, "Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher," at The Rosebud on Oct. 13.
"Yes!," he wrote in an email. "The theater is reopening – probably mid-August."
The website for the theaters has a landing page, but links to the theaters' individual web pages are currently dead.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth update on The Rosebud and The Times and for a feature on Hoffman's book, which is the top-selling true crime Nook download at Barnes and Noble.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.