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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.
Festival Guide - July 9, 2017
8 things I saw at Summerfest, presented with minimal commentary
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then sometimes it's best to let them just speak for themselves. Here are eight photos I took that made me look twice during Summerfest's 2017 run.
Festival Guide - July 8, 2017
Summerfesters still swoon for Huey
Rereading my review from 2009, I see that Lewis' set list hasn't changed much in the last seven years ... and why would it? The order has flipped: he opened with "The Heart of Rock & Roll" this time instead off closing with it. But this very tight band, which has been performing in almost the same incarnation since 1979, played hit after `80s hit.
Festival Guide - July 6, 2017
Gone, but not forgotten: Summerfest's homemade wine coolers
Up until just two years ago, Summerfest offered something very unique at a few of the beer stands on the grounds. If you looked hard enough, you could find special red and white wine coolers, with the closely-guarded secret ingredients, that were made just for the Big Gig.
Festival Guide - July 6, 2017
Nineteen Thirteen: When only cello, drums make hauntingly hard-to-describe sense
Nineteen Thirteen is high art, a pairing of two unlikely instruments and a style that is totally its own. This is a group that sounds at home at the Jazz Estate or Linneman's, but eclectically and wonderfully out-of-place on the BMO Stage. But also not.
Festival Guide - June 29, 2017
Ageless Chili Peppers still simmer on Summerfest's soaked opener
Original founders Anthony Kiedis and Flea, buffeted by longtime drummer and Will Ferrell doppelgänger Chad Smith, plus former touring guitarist Josh Kinghoffer, looked like the crazy, ripped, tattooed, formerly drunk uncles you always wish you had (or at least I wish I had). And they put on one of the best Summerfest shows I've ever seen.
Festival Guide - June 27, 2017
Summerfest picks: Andy Tarnoff
OnMilwaukee Publisher Andy Tarnoff might as well call Summerfest 2017 his "guilty pleasure tour." But he's not ashamed. Here's who he's seeing at the Big Gig.
Dining - June 22, 2017
If you take away my black coffee, I will kill you
I love black coffee, so I took a little umbrage to a new study published in the journal Appetite, which cited a connection between black coffee drinkers and sadists, psychopaths and narcissists.
Tagged with: coffee, psychopaths, Airplane
Marketplace - June 2, 2017
Made in Milwaukee: Barbicide and Lucky Tiger
In an industry where positioning a brand as retro vintage is suddenly new and trendy, Milwaukee's Lucky Tiger doesn't even need to even try. Trademarked in Kansas City in 1935, the iconic men's brand actually stretches back to a barber shop from the 1920s, when it was a very large line of tonics and hair products.
Music - May 13, 2017
Who stole the show: Hall & Oates or Tears For Fears?
Such an unlikely pairing. The blue-eyed soul of Hall & Oates, or the Brit pop of Tears For Fears? Who was better Saturday night at the Bradley Center? Depends who you're asking.
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