Here comes another one of those tests that help determine just what kind of city we are.
The owners of Silk Exotic, a strip club on the northwest side of town, are asking again for a tavern license to put a strip club right Downtown at 730 N. Old World 3rd St. (former¬†Velvet Room, Martini Mike's and, most recently,¬†Rusty's Old 50.
They tried this a little over a year ago and they were turned down by city fathers. Lots of excuses and reasons, but the heart of the opposition was that people don't want a strip club Downtown.
Now we'll fight that battle again, and I, for one, hope the city fathers see the value of having half-naked girls dancing in our Downtown. I've been to dozens and dozens of big cities in this world, and I'm hard pressed to come up with one that doesn't have a strip club or two.
People point out, accurately, that many conventioneers like going to strip clubs. What happens at the convention stays at the convention. It's important to understand that a strip club is not a sex club. It's erotic dancers. Or exotic dancers.
I think that Visit Milwaukee (Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau) and Spirit Milwaukee ought to get behind this effort and lobby on behalf of the strip club. Let's move Milwaukee a little closer to the current century and a little further away from our blue-nosed history.
For those who have good memories, the strip club would be located next door to the site of the old Princess Theater, the first adult movie theater in Milwaukee. So there.
I don't get it... I've seen more bare breasts on Water Street than I have at any strip club. The entertainment district is exactly where a venue like this belongs. Would they rather put them in a more residential neighborhood? Look, I can go anywhere to pay $14 for a bottle of High Life, but I'd rather do it someplace closer to home with bare naked ladies involved.
3 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published May 4, 2017
There are many people in Milwaukee who lead very public lives. One of them, surely, is David Stearns, the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. We sat down with him to see what makes him tick.
Published May 2, 2017
With a May 8 deadline looming, the war of words over a proposed strip club Downtown is escalating. A coalition of powerful business interests remain opposed, with the mayor and members of the Common Council on the other side, using Minneapolis as an example.
Published April 30, 2017
Let us all agree about what Junie B. Jones is not. She is not a crook. She is not a nutball. She is not in love with Handsome Warren. What she is, though, is the center of a wonderfully funny story, "Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook."
Published April 29, 2017
Theater can make you feel a lot of things, most of them wondrous, but on rare occasion it can make me feel like a dummy. And that's what I felt like after seeing "Jane Eyre," the final show of the season at The Rep, which opened Friday night.
Published April 27, 2017
It's impossible to stop thinking about the production of "Carnival" currently being staged at In Tandem Theatre, which I reviewed on opening night last week and is a fascinating example of what can happen when you stretch yourself and dream big dreams.
Published April 25, 2017
Start with a girl, beautiful and rich. Then add in her uncle and guardian who wants to marry her so he can get the money and toss in a high-born stranger who also wants the girl's hand in marriage. What you have is Florentine's "Barber of Seville."
Published April 22, 2017
For 15 years, under the guidance of art therapist Lori Vance, ExYoMKE has gone one-on-one with some of the most disaffected children in Milwaukee, children of all races and genders, and tried to help them see the world through the eyes of an artist.
Published April 22, 2017
One of the most wonderful evenings at a theater is when the show starts on a high note and just keeps getting better and better until you get to an ending where your heart is lying on the floor and your eyes are clouded with tears. That's "Carnival."
Published April 21, 2017
"The Fantasticks" is a simple little musical, the longest running in history, about a boy and a girl and being in love. The problem in the Off the Wall Theatre production is that the boy can't hold up his end of the deal, and the whole production suffers.
Published April 20, 2017
When I'm moved, I write, and fortunately, with OnMilwaukee, I have a place for that writing. The series of Uber tales from the road have run intermittently, but this story, more than anything else, proved that words and social media have the power to spark action, to make a real difference.