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Milwaukeeans make a mean cupcake.
Milwaukeeans make a mean cupcake.

Prepare for competitive cupcake-ing

The sprinkles, they claim, are gonna fly this weekend at Iron Cupcake Milwaukee's "Pro / Am Cupcake Clash."

The competitive cupcake competition takes place Sunday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (voting closes at 12:30 p.m.) at MSOE's Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway.

Duff Goldman from the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes" will be a special guest at the event, along with Food Network Cake Challenge competitors, Vinny and Michelle Garcia.

Tickets cost $6 and they are available at the door. Cupcake-tasting tickets are $1. Beverages -- from milk to beer -- will also be for sale.

 

Don't comb the streets for "Hair" tickets -- buy 'em!

The love-rock musical "Hair" celebrates the Age of Aquarius and more when it untangles on the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' stage Feb. 22-24.

OnMilwaukee.com readers can receive a special discounted rate of $49 per ticket -- which is a 28 percent savings -- if you type in the password ONMKE when purchasing online tickets at Ticketmaster.com.

"Hair" was first performed in 1967 and has continuously toured ever since. The musical depicts the '60s hippie counter-culture that engaged in a "sexual revolution" and the anti-war peace movement. The controversial show features profanity, the use of illegal drugs and skimpily clad actors, which may give you more or less of a reason to check it out.

The "little" El Rey opened 35 years ago on Chavez Drive, which was then called 16th Street.
The "little" El Rey opened 35 years ago on Chavez Drive, which was then called 16th Street.

One El Rey market to open, another to close

Between buying bags of tortilla chips and eating a tamale in the El Rey cafe, I tracked down co-owner Ernesto Villarreal and asked him about the future of his chain of grocery stores.

Villarreal confirmed that his smallest supermercado, located at 1023 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr., will close at the end of February or early March.

"It depends on how quickly we sell our stock," he says.

The 35-year-old grocery store is closing because it's located across the street from the mega-sized El Rey, 916 S. Cesar E. Chavez Dr., which opened in 2007.

"We have been planning to do this for a while," says Villarreal.

Villarreal also confirmed that a new El Rey grocery store will open in about six weeks on the corner of 51st Street and Oklahoma Avenue. The new store is about the same size as the other large-scale market, and will eventually feature a cafe.

Little Ginny makes an adorable cheesehead.
Little Ginny makes an adorable cheesehead.
Waylon in his Packers ensemble. Oh yeah.
Waylon in his Packers ensemble. Oh yeah.
Looks like wee James really is saying, "Go Pack!"
Looks like wee James really is saying, "Go Pack!"
Vincent passed out after the game, like many of you.
Vincent passed out after the game, like many of you.
Emerson's dad refers to him as "the smallest Packers backer."
Emerson's dad refers to him as "the smallest Packers backer."
One reader pointed out that "kids" don't have to be human. This is Naima and, according to her mom, she loves Aaron Rodgers.
One reader pointed out that "kids" don't have to be human. This is Naima and, according to her mom, she loves Aaron Rodgers.
Cooper for the tackle.
Cooper for the tackle.
Liam is a total cheesehead.
Liam is a total cheesehead.
Ta da! It's Scout!
Ta da! It's Scout!
Sorry, Nigel, but your team got stomped on. (OK, that's an overstatement, but ...)
Sorry, Nigel, but your team got stomped on. (OK, that's an overstatement, but ...)
Packer sibs unite: Sophia, Adler and Izzy!
Packer sibs unite: Sophia, Adler and Izzy!
Asher was nervous when the Packers were unraveling during the third quarter. He came back around a little later.
Asher was nervous when the Packers were unraveling during the third quarter. He came back around a little later.

So cute: photos of kids in Packers gear

One of the most fun aspects of parenting is getting to dress your baby or toddler in whatever you want. Including merch from your favorite Green Bay-based football team.

Nobody really knows if little Rocky is a Packers fan, but his mom and dad are, so until he can voice otherwise, he’s sporting the green and gold. And you know what? It looks really, really  cute.

So, if you have a photo of your kid in Packers gear and want it included in this Packers Kids Wall of Fame, e-mail it to me. And then get yourself another coffee. Between parenting and Sunday night Super Bowl action, you really need it.