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Travel & Visitors Guide - Nov. 14, 2017
Sleek and stylish, DoubleTree makes a solid base for business travelers
The DoubleTree by Hilton is exactly what a business traveler or visiting Marquette parent could ask for: consistent quality and a comfortable night's rest when the bulk of your day is earmarked for standing on a trade show floor.
Marketplace - Nov. 7, 2017
Vintage stereo equipment finds new life through Milwaukee's Craigslist vendors
A few years ago, CNET ran a story posing the question, "How can 30-year-old receivers sound better than new ones?" Ben Carp still hears about this article all the time, and for the most part, he agrees with it.
Marketplace - Nov. 4, 2017
24 hours with the new iPhone X
If Apple wants its customers to think differently, this phone is the most different one yet. There's a lot to like about this flagship device ... but also quite a bit that will annoy you at first. But if you're committed to using an iPhone, you'd better get used to it. Apple has shown the world the future of mobile phones, and there's no going back.
Marketplace - Oct. 28, 2017
Fall motorcycle gear guide
Milwaukee is a city that's in love with motorcycles, even though our summer riding season is a bit shorter than in other places. But bikers here are a hearty bunch, gearing up to extend their riding into fall and beyond.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Oct. 25, 2017
Sturgeon Bay provides perfect entry to Door County fall family fun
Sturgeon Bay feels quite a bit different than Fish Creek and Sister Bay; it's a place where people live and work, and it's much more than a tourist trap. It's also a great home base for a fall family vacation in Door County.
Dining - Oct. 20, 2017
8 not-too-gross foods for your zombie survival kit
Building a bug-out-bag is a smart idea. Whether preparing yourself for a tornado or something more sinister (like the zombie apocalypse, for example), experts suggest you have three days of supplies on hand for whatever life throws you. Publisher Andy Tarnoff did the taste testing so you don't have to.
Dining - Oct. 17, 2017
Old-school Baked Alaska finds new life at The Packing House
It doesn't get much more old-school than Baked Alaska. And, to the best of our knowledge, very few places in Milwaukee still serve it. One place that does, however, is the very retro supper club that is The Packing House.
Living - Sept. 25, 2017
Let's talk about patriotism and the national anthem
The arranged marriage of patriotism, the national anthem and the American flag is completely broken. Anyone who can't see this isn't looking hard enough. So let's not just stand and mumble our way through the national anthem anymore. Let's follow our hearts and our consciences, and respect those who have a different viewpoint than we do.
Buzz - Sept. 22, 2017
Milwaukee Talks: Kato Kaelin
On Tuesday, we published a piece looking at some of Glendale-native Kato Kaelin's, uh, passionate tweets about the Brewers and the Packers. After it ran, Kaelin offered us some clarification on tweets.
Sports - Sept. 19, 2017
Why does Kato Kaelin hate the Packers and the Brewers?
Kato Kaelin, America's most famous (infamous?) houseguest, has a lot of things to say on Twitter these days. A self-described Brewers and Packers fan, he has some pretty harsh words about his favorite teams on social media.
Music - Sept. 15, 2017
Blues Brothers tribute band hits all the right notes
Kieron (Elwood Blues) Lafferty and Wayne (Jake Blues) Catania don't just look and sound like the Blues Brothers - they melt into the characters. At first, I felt like was looking for reasons to remind myself they weren't the real deal, but by "Rubber Biscuit," I embraced it.
Milwaukee History - Sept. 15, 2017
10 weird old Milwaukee TV commercials
If you go back into the '80s and '90s, you'll see some weird commercials on Milwaukee television. Asking around the office, we all had some spots to share - but a lot of these gems remain only in our memories. Thankfully, some still exist on YouTube.
Arts & Entertainment - Sept. 2, 2017
Retired MPD detective uses Milwaukee as backdrop for first crime novel
Larry Powalisz was an MPD officer from 1973 to 2001. Even though he now lives in Houston, Milwaukee was a natural setting for his first crime novel, "Circle of Terror," which weaves local history and fiction - often in such a vivid way that it's hard to tell what's real and what's invented for the reader.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Aug. 25, 2017
#Adulting our way through Door County
"Adulting" has a pretty negative connotation on social media. But when you're in your forties, there's no better way to experience the magic of Door County. Farm-to-table dining, galleries and great coffee, it's time to indulge your grown-up side.
Living - Aug. 20, 2017
An amateur's guide to shooting great night photos
Gtting good photos of the total solar eclipse will be hard. Not only will you need some proper filters and a bunch of prep time, but you will probably spend more energy in composing the shot than you will in actually seeing the eclipse. Shooting great night photos, however, is relatively easy.
Marketplace - Aug. 18, 2017
Made in Milwaukee: GE Healthcare
In Milwaukee, GE Healthcare's engineers and developers are coming up with the latest innovations in the ultrasound industry. The company first entered the medical ultrasound industry in 1990 and expanded its operations in Milwaukee County to become a global industry leader in just 11 years.
Music - Aug. 17, 2017
Odelay: Beck brings back his fun side in long-anticipated show
Beck Hansen's music has always been a Venn diagram of art, with balls-out unironic rap occupying one circle, and beautiful melodic folk in the other. Right in the middle is when Beck rocks, and it was super cool to see all slices of him a live performance.
Tagged with: Beck, Riverside
Music - Aug. 16, 2017
10 great Beck samples
Even though it's almost as rare as a solar eclipse, Beck is known to play an amazing show when he comes to Milwaukee or Chicago. Amazingly, he finds a way to replicate some of his great samples, but live, in concert. However, those catchy loops are part of what made his early records great.
Tagged with: Beck, Riverside Theater
Milwaukee History - Aug. 8, 2017
10 old Milwaukee names we can't stop saying
Maybe we're just being subversive when we refer to local landmarks and institutions by their long-gone old names. Here are 10 that we hear a lot (plus a few bonus ones at the end). Anyone know where we can find a TYME Machine?
Dining - July 27, 2017
$7 Downtown Milwaukee lunch challenge: Real Chili
Feel free to argue, but I contend Real Chili is the best chili in America. And it's still pretty cheap. You can get a bowl of chili with one 75-cent topping for under $7, but a soda will push you over.
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