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Festival Guide - June 26, 2017
Rebel Stage turns 10 as Summerfest celebrates 50
While Summerfest celebrates its 50th festival, the most unique stage at the Big Gig - the Rebel Stage - is preparing for its 10th year. And it all began in true rebel style.
Music - June 22, 2017
40 years on "Two Sevens Clash" still captures militant zeitgeist of punk, reggae
It was 40 years ago today that The Clash, Sex Pistols and other like-minded fellow travelers fueled the punk revolution in the U.K. and the Ramones, Patti Smith and others did the same here. It's also 40 years since the release of Culture's "Two Sevens Clash," which helped bring punks and dreads together.
Festival Guide - June 22, 2017
Summerfest picks: Bobby Tanzilo
Tis the season for 11 days of nearly non-stop music at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Here, Bobby Tanzilo scours the Big Gig schedule to make some suggestions for must-see acts at Summerfest 2017.
Festival Guide - June 22, 2017
Summerfest 50: The 1990s
While Summerfest was finding its legs in the 1970s and growing bigger and bigger in the 1980s, the following decade was more one of building on the success of the Big Gig, entrenching it deeper into the Milwaukee psyche and lore.
Music - June 21, 2017
Local landmarks glow orange to salute Make Music Day
New York, Chicago, London, Lagos, Milwaukee, Madison and Platteville. These are just some of the dozens of cities in the U.S., U.K. and Nigeria that are celebrating Make Music Day today. Here, a trio of landmarks will glow orange and there will be music, of course.
Bars & Clubs - June 21, 2017
5 O'Clock Steakhouse Lakefront / Sprecher beer dinner benefits St. Ben's
On Friday night, Five O'Clock Steakhouse, 2416 W. State St., hosts the fourth annual Milwaukee Legends Beer Dinner in support of Capuchin Community Services - House of Peace and St. Ben's Community Meal.
Music - June 21, 2017
8 highlights of the Rolling Stones' "Exhibitionism" show in Chicago
The Rolling Stones' "Exhibitionism," which runs through July 30 at Navy Pier in Chicago, includes more than 500 artifacts, nearly 200 original artworks, a room full of flamboyant outfits worn by the band members across the years, videos, photographs, concert posters, guitars and more.
Milwaukee History - June 20, 2017
Urban Spelunking: Benjamin Church House
Lately, I've been nosing around old houses in Milwaukee. I mean, really old houses. This time, we go inside the oldest surviving Milwaukee house: Benjamin Church House, begun in 1843 on 4th and Court Streets, across from where Golda Meir School now stands.
Bars & Clubs - June 14, 2017
Drink Wisconsinbly Pub pairs a 5K with a curd fest to balance the calorie count
Maybe you don't feel guilty guzzling cheese curds, but some of us are counting calories, you know. Surely, we're the ones that Drink Wisconsinbly Pub & Grub had in mind when it announced that its "first annual" Curd Fest would also include a 5K run as part of its first-year festivities.
Arts & Entertainment - June 12, 2017
Events highlight the neighborhood that inspired Rosenblatt's art
Beginning on Friday, June 16, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., kicks off "Moments & Markers: An Adolph Rosenblatt Retrospective," which runs through Aug. 27. There is also a full slate of related events.
Milwaukee History - June 9, 2017
Tom Terris and the world's most unique nite club
This morning, the lovely people at The Vanguard asked about Club Terris, and sent a few images from old matchbooks that showed the nightclub's rather unique layout, with a wrestling ring surrounded by a bar. Here's what I was able to whip up in about half an hour.
Living - June 9, 2017
Open Road Angels host benefit ride for local radio legend Larry Hansen
Larry's Benefit Ride, Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m., takes place at the Okauchee American Legion Post, N50W34750 Wisconsin Ave. It will help raise money for local radio veteran Larry Hansen to buy a prosthetic leg after he was hit by a driver while working on his car.
Festival Guide - June 8, 2017
Summerfest 50: The 1980s
While Summerfest was in growth mode in the 1970s, the next decade brought the Big Gig to an entirely new level, introducing us to Bo Black and building the Marcus Amphitheater.
Sports - June 7, 2017
Where do you run, Milwaukee?
Everyone has their favorite places to run, based on a variety of factors including convenience, location and more. Here are my favorites around town. Tell us which Milwaukee routes inspire your best jogging times and distances.
Dining - June 7, 2017
Every day is like sundae; happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day and even though it's Wednesday, it sure feels like a sundae. In fact, in Wisconsin, where ice cream and the related frozen custard are beloved, every day is like sundae.
Milwaukee History - June 6, 2017
Urban Spelunking: Bahn Frei Turner Hall & Ron-De-Voo Ballroom
These days Turner Hall means a very specific building on 4th Street between State and Highland. But a century ago, you'd have had to be more specific, because there were at least two other Turner halls. Here, we take a look inside one.
Music - June 4, 2017
It was 30 years ago today; U2 reprises "The Joshua Tree" at Soldier Field
Two years after Irish quartet U2 played a string of nights at the United Center in support of its "Songs of Innocence," the band returns to the Windy City - to the even bigger Soldier Field - to rekindle the magic of its classic "The Joshua Tree," released 30 years ago.
Dining - June 2, 2017
It's National Donut Day, though 49% Americans apparently couldn't care less
OnMilwaukee celebrated National Donut Day at Cranky Al's this morning, but "Donut Index" data suggests 49% of Americans are lukewarm on doughnuts. Hmmm.
Festival Guide - June 1, 2017
Summerfest 50: The 1970s
Summerfest followed its big 1968 debut with an even larger - though still diffuse - schedule in '69. But dramatic changes began in 1970 and continued throughout the decade as the Big Gig became bigger and bigger.
Festival Guide - May 31, 2017
First Look: Summerfest's new Miller Lite Oasis
When you visit Summerfest 2017, you'll see a shiny new Miller Lite Oasis area with about a half-dozen bars, a new Miller "brew house" serving beer straight from the valley, improved sightlines, a new Summerfest merch store and more. Here's your first look.
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