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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.
Marketplace - May 11, 2017
Pet painter captures personalities of animals, owners
Milwaukee artist Ava Herrider is an animal lover, but it took her a few career changes to settle upon pet portraiture as her full-time job. Last year, she decided to do what moves her: "paint things people love," as she says. In other words, their pets.
Marketplace - May 5, 2017
Made in Milwaukee: Lamplight TIKI
TIKI torches, the outdoor oil lamps synonymous with beach parties and backyard barbecues, aren't made in Maui or Malibu. Nope, the company is based in Menomonee Falls, a city slightly less frequently associated with Polynesian party ware.
Marketplace - April 28, 2017
Made in Milwaukee: Mofoco Enterprises
VW built 21 million Beetles up until 2003. Thousands of those iconic Bugs are still on the road, and one Milwaukee company exists solely to build and rebuild their air-cooled engines. Mofoco, started by Randy Henning, is now owned by his son, Roy, and quietly services VW customers around the world.
Travel & Visitors Guide - April 25, 2017
Nope, we don't border Canada. I checked.
While planning next week's trip Up North, I started wondering just how much of Wisconsin I've seen over these last 37 years. So, I downloaded a map and started drawing on it, including the route I have planned for next week.
Tagged with: Trump, Wisconsin map
Milwaukee History - April 14, 2017
The 411 on the 414 area code
Milwaukeeans love our 414, the area code covering the city, the county and parts of Muskego and Brookfield. It's been since 1947, when Bell Telephone established it, along with 715, in Wisconsin. But why did they pick 414?
Sports - April 12, 2017
The actual age of the '82 Brewers - in 1982
Maybe it was all the hard living back then. Maybe it was all the mustaches. But how old was this motley Brewers Crew back in '82?
Sports - April 3, 2017
Who are these guys?
The Brewers lost 89 games in 2016, finishing 30.5 behind the Cubs. Then they got rid of Chris Carter, Martin Maldonado and Tyler Thornburg. Is there anywhere to go but up?
Tagged with: Brewers, Opening Day
Marketplace - March 14, 2017
Customer service still makes the difference at Mequon Ace
In a market with plenty of big box stores, how does owning a neighborhood Ace Hardware store in this era make sense? Easy, says owners Bob and Kristin Nell. It's about customer service.
Marketplace - March 8, 2017
Let's stop worrying about the daily newspaper
You may be surprised to read this from OnMilwaukee Publisher Andy Tarnoff, but claiming newspapers are dead is at best myopic, and at worst, just wrong. They simply occupy a different place in society now.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Feb. 6, 2017
5 weird things I saw in Vegas
Perhaps you're in the mood for eating some midnight sushi or buying a Rolex. Or maybe you want to gamble on the sinking of the Titanic. Las Vegas is your place for weirdness. Here's just a sampling.
Sports - Jan. 17, 2017
Listen to the Packers-Cowboys game called by drunk, NSFW Australians
I don't entirely know what we're watching here, but I know it's funny and extremely inappropriate.
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