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Thursday, August 6, 2014
By Jill Hauck
It’s time for a trip down memory lane, everyone! The Harley-Davidson Museum’s exhibit, The American Road, is a chance for you to take a road trip without leaving home and remember the good old days when the family packed up the car and headed out for its annual summer vacation.
The exhibit celebrates the rise of the road trip as an American ritual, starting in the 1930s when it became a popular vacation choice for many families.
My Dad, Bill Parrish, was a firm believer in mixing it up for our summer road trips. Over the course of my childhood, my family hit about 47 states. The trips were filled with games, songs and picnics at road side tables. I remember seeing all the billboards along the road in Arizona, which drew everyone into the tourist arena at Tombstone to witness the re-enactment of the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral.
When I walked into The American Road exhibit, the memories all came back to me. It was like walking back in time to my childhood. There were cars that looked like the ones my father owned, license plates that resembled the ones we counted on our trips and giant billboards that I recognized from the open road.
Harley-Davidson’s brand is based on strong family values and the importance of America’s open roads. The American Road exhibit is a great reminder of the importance of family, making memories and always being up for an adventure.
The exhibit runs through Sept. 1 so be sure to check it out!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Kyle Cherek
Host of Wisconsin Foodie
There was a time, many decades ago, in Milwaukee's culinary history, when—much like America’s culinary reputation at-large—a comment about its depth and relevance would elicit a smirk. (Mind you, though the classics weren't always classics, Milwaukee did them well. It was a man from Milwaukee who invented the supper club; this unassuming city gave the world the fish fry as a Friday institution; and it “pioneered” beer pairings—wink, wink.) However, aside from a few high-style dining options, courtesy of its grand hotels and its strong German heritage, Milwaukee didn't paint too far outside the lines when it came to gastronomic variety, interest, or excellence.
That all changed as the 1980s became the 1990s, when three nice Italian boys opened their eponymous restaurants. Sandy D' Amato (former chef/owner of Sanford) as well as Joe and Paul Bartolotta (brothers/owners of Ristorante Bartolotta) gave Milwaukee the spark which, in the course of a generation, has encouraged an inferno of creative cooking and transformed this city into an epicurean destination.
Summer is one of my favorite times as a foodie to engage every corner of our city and its delicious fare—from elegant French to BBQ. The summer of 2014 heralded a “Best Chef: Midwest” James Beard Award-win by the current chef/owner of Sanford, Justin Aprahamian. To be lauded nationally, just as the summer season began, is simply more evidence of Milwaukee's ascendant dining scene.
With the exception of Los Angeles and New York City, Milwaukee has opened more successful restaurants per capita during the recent economic downturn than any other city. The national press has become aware of our heat. It seems that every other week, friends from my favorite restaurants or bars tell me that the New York Times, Travel Channel, or Esquire has paid them visit and a compliment.
Of course we have known just how good the eating is here for a long time. As good Midwesterners, I think we are apt not to brag much. My adage is that we don't wear our hearts on our sleeves, as other folks do; we just roll them up and go to work. And now the ‘other folks’ are noticing.
With this kind of momentum, no doubt, the dining scene is only going to get better. There are more than a dozen interesting new restaurants slated to open in the next six months alone. Our neighborhoods are enlivened with great boutique chef/owner restaurants, and the fabric of our city is becoming ever more colorful. We are glad that the world at-large is catching on, but we are going to keep doing it here, for us, and make the rest of the world feel welcome when they come.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist
This weekend is my favorite weekend of the whole summer – it’s time for Milwaukee’s Original Haus Party: German Fest!
German Fest has been a tradition in my family since the very beginning – my parents got engaged at the third German Fest in 1983, so I guess it’s my family’s very first tradition! They’ve gone every year since, except for the year I was born (my birthday falls on or around the festival dates) – not a bad track record! I grew up loving German Fest, and even though I’ve since experienced a variety of other local festivals, this is still the one that holds my heart.
First, let’s talk about the food. Every year, German Fest fans chow down on more than 20,000 Usinger’s Brats, 5,000 chickens, 10,000 pounds of sauerkraut and five tons of potatoes made into delicious potato pancakes. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to delicious traditional foods! My top pick is always and forever spanferkel. When you see whole pigs roasting in a tent just outside the stand, you know that’s the place you have to stop. I only ever get my spanferkel fix at German Fest, so it’s the treat I go back to year after year.
Oh right – there’s also bier! Grab a boot and enjoy the special German Fest Bavarian Weiss Beer or an assortment of Miller on draft. If you’re not a beer fan, there’s also Schlink Haus wines, specialty liqueurs from Niche Wine & Spirits and freshly brewed European-style Kaffee (coffee). Whatever you choose, make sure you have a glass in hand to wave for a rousing rendition of “Ein Prosit”!
If you’re a polka fan, this is your moment to get up and join the dancing crowd (watch your step – some of these people look like polka professionals, and they can really move!). There’s nothing quite like a polka or some yodeling while at German Fest (I myself happen to be a proud third prize winner in the German Fest yodeling contest), but you’ll also hear a fun mix of fan favorites and modern cover songs from German “party band” Chikeria. New this year is the Jams on Tap concert series – your ticket to see Three Dog Night ($15), Bret Michaels ($20) or Plain White T’s ($15) headline the BMO Harris Pavilion Stage also includes admission to German Fest.
Music and food aren’t enough for you? Get ready to say “awww” at the Dachshund Derby und Wiener Dog Costume Contest. Adorable dachshunds racing on their stubby little legs? Too cute. For those interested in German culture, the options are, unsurprisingly, vast. The Glockenspiel is a live performance that brings a German cuckoo clock to life – you won’t want to miss this crowd favorite. The Mardi Gras Royalty are also a highlight; you can catch them in the German Fest Parade or the Mardi Gras Show (both on Saturday) or just enjoy the stunning costumes as they wander the grounds. Plus, enjoy shows of traditional clothing and handcrafts, a genealogy exhibit and more.
See you on the lakefront for German Fest, 7/25-27. Prost!
Tuesday, July 11, 2014
By Stephanie Castillo
For being born and raised in Milwaukee, I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of what the Cream City has to offer. I’ve been to the Domes. I’ve tailgated at Brewer games. I’ve even danced up on stage at Irish Fest. But Milwaukee, being the quirky city that it is, always has a way of surprising me with hidden gems. For example, Evolution Milwaukee Gastro Pong – Evo for short – a table tennis facility, bar and restaurant located in the city’s trendy Third Ward, 233 E. Chicago St.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to see what Evo is all about, when my boyfriend and friend were in town. The unique artwork on the building’s exterior immediately grabs your attention from the street and fits seamlessly with the artsy, stylish vibe of the Third Ward.
Upon arrival, I was seriously impressed by the sheer size – Evo has nearly 17,000 square feet of space, featuring 13 top-notch table-tennis courts, two bars, three private rooms, a pro shop, lounge and a full-service restaurant.
If this all sounds a bit familiar, you’re probably remember Evo under its former name, SPiN Milwaukee, which was part of the New York-based SPiN franchise. Evo changed its name back in February, when owners Scott and Susanne Mayer decided to take the business independent, so it could evolve with the community and become more Milwaukee-focused.
If you loved SPiN, don’t be alarmed – much of Evo’s offerings have remained the same. But now, they’ve amped up the menu to include more local food, and changed the walls to warmer colors to make it a bit less New York club-like.
Pro tip: you absolutely must check out the Wild Boar Rueben sandwich. Or, if you’re feeling something lighter, the Matzo Ball soup is also a fantastic dish.
My friends and I had a great time checking out the ping pong action, as well as playing with the giant Jenga set. We were also super pumped to find out that they have live music/DJs weekly – major bonus!
Whether you’re a hardcore pong enthusiast, recreational basement player, foodie or just looking for a less awkward place to take that girl you met at the bar on a date, Evo’s got you covered. What are you waiting for, Milwaukee? Get your pong on!
Friday, July 11, 2014
By Chelsie Layman
Communications & Social Media Assistant
The Milwaukee Art Museum has opened its latest feature exhibition, “Kandinsky: A Retrospective”, which runs through Sept. 1, 2014. This exhibition features many works seen for the first time in the United States, including the massive Juryfreie Murals on display. I had the pleasure of seeing the exhibition (five times, but who’s counting?) and here are the nine reasons why you need to visit today.
Pro tip: If you are tight on cash, or just looking to save some money the museum offers free admission the first Thursday of each month, thanks to Target.
9 Reasons why you need to visit Kandinsky: A Retrospective, today.
Buzzfeed has proven that everyone loves a good list, so here you go.
This exhibition has taken three years of coordinating between the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Centre de Pompidou.
“Kandinsky: A Retrospective” is an in-depth look at the career and life of Wassily Kandinsky, in addition to the works of some of his contemporaries.
Wassily Kandinsky’s staff identification card from the Bauhaus, Dessau, 1926
Photograph on board
4 3/4 × 3 1/2 in.
Centre Pompidou - MnamCci - Bibliothèque Kandinsky
The exhibition features Kandinsky’s massive Juryfreie Murals for the first time in the United States. These murals were brought in on massive canvases and then unrolled and pulled to fit the walls of the room in the exhibition.
Fun Fact: Kansinsky was said to have Synesthesia, meaning he heard colors. Many of his abstract works were inspired by symphonies and the colors he heard within them.
COLORS! All of the colors
(Russian, 1866 – 1944)
Small Worlds I (Kleine Welten I), 1922
9 3/4 × 8 9/16 in.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris
Bequest of Mrs. Nina Kandinsky in 1981
© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/ Philippe Migeat / Dist.RMN-GP
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Wassily Kansdinsky is credited with creating the first purely abstract works.
Let’s be honest, you’ve probably heard Kandinsky’s name at least once in that required art appreciation class. Well, now is the time to go see his works up close and personal. While you’re at it, make it a guided tour and refresh your knowledge so you can school your friends on art.
The exhibition includes a video of Kandinsky painting, which is a treat to watch (tip: try to imagine the colors if the video had been filmed in color)
After taking in all of the amazing artwork, you are bound to be hungry. That means it’s time to head downstairs to the Cafe Calatrava to check out the menu coordinated to the exhibition, this food is almost too pretty to eat, almost.
© Milwaukee Art Museum
Monday, June 30, 2014
By Stephanie Castillo
Brats on the grill, fireworks in the sky and red, white and blue everywhere – all these signs point to everyone’s favorite summer holiday, the Fourth of July! Whether you’re barbecuing ribs and enjoying sparklers in your backyard or taking in one of the many neighborhood parades, Milwaukee offers up countless options for celebrating Independence Day.
Kick off the weekend by taking in the Fireworks Kite Festival at Veterans Park on July 3. This fun festival will feature the Giant Kites of Yves LaForest. Families can enjoy flying kites from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. up until the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
You won’t want to miss the Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks later that night at Veterans Park, along Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront just north of the War Memorial Center. Fireworks begin at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.
Looking for some good old-fashioned Independence Day fun? Check out Wauwatosa’s Fourth of July Celebrations. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from 80th & North Avenue and proceeds west to 104th St. Family activities and fireworks will take place in Hart Park.
If you’re not around Wauwatosa, look at this ultimate Milwaukee guide to find out when and where your local Fourth of July festivities are taking place.
You won’t want to miss this – world-class volleyball pros duking it out at Bradford Beach July 3 – July 6 for the AVP Milwaukee Open! Olympic stars Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, April Ross, Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb will all be there for a fun Fourth-of-July weekend of beach volleyball, music, food and other interactive activities. General admission is free.
Step back in time for the Old World Fourth of July at Old World Wisconsin from July 4 – July 6. Three days of old-fashioned fun, games and patriotic activities, like climbing the greased pole, ice cream making, pie-eating contests and tug-o-war – what could be better? Admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children, $14 for students and senior citizens and $43 for a family of four.
Calling all rockers! Spend your Fourth of July with iconic rock ‘n roll band Motley Crue as they give a concert at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest. Don’t miss their Final Tour – grab your tickets now from the Summerfest box office, Ticketmaster or Walmart. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
By: Adam Von Rothfelder
Ready for your fastest 5k? Or maybe it’s your first 5k? No matter how experienced a runner you may be it's time to storm the Bastille with speed, stride and, of course, style! Join us as we follow a 5k training program set over the next three weeks to prepare to weather the STORM on July 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. in downtown Milwaukee.
The Storm may take to the scenic streets of Downtown Milwaukee's EAST TOWN area; however, our training plan will take you along the majestic Milwaukee River. Aided by mile markers, you can use our training map, which follows the River. Along the route, runners are often inspired by encouraging cheers from kayakers and boaters and the energy of downtown. Feel free to alter our provided course based on the mileage you plan to hit for the day, your stride, breathing and time splits. Waste no time – join us in stride, speed and safety as we all prepare for the GREATEST STORM YET!!
Wednesday: Walk 10 min, Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 10 min., Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min. Jog, 5-7 min. Walk, 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 30 min
Monday: Walk 10 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat.
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 5.5 min., Walk 4 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 6 min., Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 12 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 4 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min., Run 1 min. walk 1 min. Run 2 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 10 min., Jog 10 min., Walk 5 min.
Monday: Brisk walk 30 mins w/ 5 x 1 block sprints
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 10 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min, Run 2 min. walk 1 min. Run 2.5 min, Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: We take to the STORM!! Do your best and have a great time!!
Adam is the owner and lead trainer at Drench Fitness Boutique in Downtown Milwaukee.
|| Monday, June 09, 2014
By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
French: Coupe du monde de football
Italian: Campionato mondiale di calcio
English: The World Cup
Every four years, people across the globe turn their attention to what might be the biggest sporting event in the world – the FIFA World Cup™ soccer tournament. Starting on Thursday, June 12, hundreds of millions of people from every continent tune in to see which country will be crowned World Cup champion.
Even though this year’s World Cup is being held in Brazil, more than 3,000 miles away from Milwaukee, there are plenty of ways to join in on the global celebration right here in our own backyard!
Nomad World Pub, located toward the east end of Brady Street, will continue its World Cup celebration tradition with Nomad World Copa 2014 – a five-week festival filled with events and activities. The bar’s festivities include a daily Brazilian-themed “village” in the adjacent courtyard from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., featuring food provided by Bel Air Cantina, a full bar with drink specials, daily giveaways and more. Numerous HD TVs will be set up inside and outside the bar for viewing the games. Nomad will also be throwing two block parties outside the bar during the World Cup: One for the United States’ game against Portugal on Sunday, June 22, and one for the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13. The final event, “Brasil on Brady,” will have a stage for Brazilian dancers, a drum troop and live music by the Samba Unit and De La Buena, along with a Jumbotron for watching the final game.
Looking for something a little more family-friendly? Check out Lakefront Soccerfest, presented by the Milwaukee County Parks and Milwaukee Soccer Development Group, on Sunday, June 15 at Veterans Park on the city's lakefront. In addition to celebrating the World Cup, the festival aims to bring people together to focus on family, diversity, sustainability, health and wellness and fairplay. They will also host a day's worth of friendly tournaments for kids ages seven and up.
Another option is to head to Transfer Pizzeria, which plans to combine soccer, drinks and pizza into one fantastic viewing experience. All the games will be shown live in their newly renovated back room, with multiple TVs, including a 10-foot, high definition projection screen. Join Transfer’s Unity Club for food and drink discounts during the games.
Uihlein Soccer Park, home of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, is also getting in on the action. The Club is hosting a free viewing party for the U.S. vs. Portugal game on Sunday, June 22. This event will be held at the complex on a big screen on one of the park's indoor soccer fields from 4-8 p.m. One field will feature game viewing, on another, inflatables for children, with youth soccer matches on the third. In addition to these activities, there will be raffle prize drawings and a special appearance by Fuleco, the official 2014 World Cup mascot, who will be present to take photos with fans.
One of the best things about Milwaukee is the melting pot of cultures you can find within the city. Rarely is this more evident than during the World Cup. Walk into one of our many soccer bars and you're guaranteed to see fans wearing the colors of teams from all over the world. So whether you're a hardcore fan who can name all 32 teams in the tournament, or someone who's never watched a minute of soccer in your life, I encourage you to take part in the celebration in some way. After all, this opportunity only comes around once every four years!