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I admit it: I am not a Packers fan. I tried to get it up for football for a number of years -- I was married, after all, to a guy from Green Bay -- and I even went to a couple of games. But I never got snared by the ol’ Lambeau lair.

So, like other non-football fans, I grocery shop during games. (And I complain, every time, about the lack of buns selection.) And sometimes I mouth off on Facebook -- as well as during my weekly segment with Kramp and Adler -- about how annoyed I am with Packermania.

But this Web site,, takes it a few yards too far. It’s disrespectful to people with disabilities and it generates unnecessary negativity.

This site, ironically, one of the reasons what I don’t like about sports. (Except duck-pin bowling, croquette and all-girl roller derby.) Nobody has to suck. In fact, nobody has to be a winner or a loser. Yeah, yeah, I know: wrap me in a rainbow poncho and draw a yin-yang on my neck, but seriously. It’s just not the way I play my game in this life.

However, all of my Pack smack talking aside, I don’t think anyone sucks and, truth be told, a part of me is happy for my Packers-loving friends. Even though I am so sick of green and gold that -- at this point -- it looks more like baby puke and urine to me.

The feminine Phair was backed up by a bunch of boys.
The feminine Phair was backed up by a bunch of boys. (Photo: Royal Bonde-Griggs)

A Phair review

Last night, Liz Phair fans showed up at Turner Hall Ballroom to check in with the iconic ‘90s rocker who dominated the indie scene, then the college radio scene, then clamored for pop princess status -- fell on her pretty face -- and disappeared for years while she produced music for television among other projects.

Last July, she self-released an album called "Funstyle," and then apologized on her Web site for doing so.

"You were never supposed to hear these songs. These songs lost me my management, my record deal and a lot of nights of sleep. Yes, I rapped one of them. I'm as surprised as you are. But here is the thing you need to know about these songs and the ones coming next: These are all me. Love them, or hate them, but don't mistake them for anything other than an entirely personal, un-tethered-from-the-machine, free for all view of the world, refracted through my own crazy lens. This is my journey. I'll keep sending you postcards. - Liz"

So the big question last night for some Phair fans was, "Where is she now?"

Not surprisingly, like all of us, Phair doesn’t easily fit into a niche. On the one hand, she looked like a total L.A. girl with long blond hair and a skinny girl body in a tight bodice. She referenced her all-raw diet, but also poked fun at it. "Am I glowing yet?" she asked. "No? And why do I keep running to the bathroom? I’m sorry. That was inappropriate. I have a little bit of Tourette’s."

She also complained about the Milwaukee weather and invited fans to visit her in L.A. We can’t blame her for that, it was negative degrees outside last night.

But on the other hand, she delivered a 90-minute concert of pure rock ‘n’ roll, opening with "Supernova" from her successful 1994 "Whip-Smart" album. She sounded great (despite the questionable acoustics in Turner Hall), looked like she was having a blast ("I used to be terrified, but now I really enjoy being here," she said) and proved to be conscious of her predominantly aging hipster fan base by ch…

The Bruisers have a new floor to flatten.
The Bruisers have a new floor to flatten.

BrewCity Bruisers and Trek have something in common

According to a recent press release from real estate group Cassidy Turley Barry, both the BrewCity Bruisers and the Trek Bicycle Corporation have leased new spaces.

BrewCity Bruisers leased 9,696 square feet of practice warehouse space at 415 S. 3rd St.

The Trek Bicycle Corporation leased 82,800 square feet of industrial space at 1007 S. 12th St. in Watertown. Trek will use the space to manufacture and distribute bicycles.

The Pfister will soon announce its third artist in residence.
The Pfister will soon announce its third artist in residence.

Vote for a Milwaukee artist

I learned two things about The Pfister this morning: that it houses more Victorian art than any other hotel in the world and that it has an artist in residence program. In fact, it has had one for two years, and now, you can vote for one of six local artists to win the honor for the third year.

The finalists include local artists Shelby Keefe, Stephen P. Ohlrich, Jeremy Plunkett, Kate Pfeiffer, Anthony Suminski and Jim Zwadlo.

To vote, just log onto the Pfister’s Web site or you can do it via Twitter (#ArtistInResidence) or by texting 22333. The voting closes on Saturday, Feb. 13 and the selection committee will announce the winner soon after.

In the meantime, check out the work of these six finalists at Gallerie M, inside InterContinental Milwaukee, during January Gallery Night on Friday, Jan. 21.

The Pfister’s artist-in-residence program features a working art studio and gallery that's open to hotel guests and visitors. The program encourages the public to interact with the artist and experience the art-making process for themselves.