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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Fall Trip to Milwaukee Filled with Arts, Culture and Cuisine

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A Fall Trip to Milwaukee Filled with Arts, Culture and Cuisine

The Numbers Don’t Lie, Milwaukee is Full of Fall Fun

MILWAUKEE – Oct. 25, 2012 – Hundreds of premiere theater, ballet, symphony and opera performances, thousands of masterpiece paintings and sculptures and countless culinary masterpieces to taste all add up to one unforgettable fall getaway to Milwaukee this season.

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Book a weekend stay at the AAA Four-Diamond, historic Pfister Hotel and gaze at the largest collection of Victorian paintings of any hotel in the world. If the view of those 80 masterpieces isn’t enough, head up 23 floors to Blu, the hotel’s martini lounge, to take in the splendor of the Milwaukee skyline. 

Must-See Visual Arts
Stroll up Wisconsin Avenue to see the Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum’s 90-ton wings with 72 steel fins. Sail inside and see the 30,000 piece permanent collection and the current exhibition’s 48 masterpieces in “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London” that includes one of the only self-portraits of Rembrandt that shows him in the act of painting.

See the 900 paintings and sculptures that make up the world's most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work at the Grohmann Museum. Three floors of galleries and a spectacular rooftop garden of 12 bronze, larger-than-life statues display more than 430 years of history.

From a permanent collection housing Old Masters to 20th century paintings and sculptures, to several rotating exhibitions each year, the Haggerty Museum is a bargain with an admission prize of $0.  

A stroll through the Historic Third Ward offers a stop at the Milwaukee Institute of Art Design and the largest concentration of art galleries in the city – many found in the Marshall Building that houses more than 20 artists’ studios in five floors of space.

Performing Arts
Now in its 59th season, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater is nationally recognized as one of the top regional theaters in the country. The Rep’s 11 shows in the 2012 – 2013 season range from modern dramas to long-standing classics, performed in three theaters with different atmospheres. The Rep's outstanding season includes a wonderful portrayal of Charles Dickens' classic story "A Christmas Carol," a long-running Milwaukee tradition.

Found in the Broadway Theatre Center, a replica of an18th-century European opera house, the Skylight Music Theater puts on 90 standing-ovation-worthy performances each year. This season, the Skylight’s lineup includes seven singing children from the Von Trapp family with “The Sound of Music” running Nov. 16 – Dec. 31.

From acclaimed interpretations of the classic to the contemporary, the Milwaukee Ballet performs it all with grace and beauty. Each season, the ballet goes through 600 pairs of pointe shoes and rehearses for more than 800 hours to prepare for performances like the holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," and coming up this spring, Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake."

Consisting of 83 professional full-time musicians, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs 140 classics, pops, family and educational concerts each season. From the music of "West Side Story" to classics such as "Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony," this season's offerings by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra suit any music lover's taste.

As the sixth oldest opera company in the United States, the Florentine Opera Company celebrates a long tradition of first-rate vocal ability, beautifully designed sets and costumes and outstanding choreography. The 35 outstanding performers of the company bring the passion of Bizet's "Carmen" and the humor of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" to the stage this season.  

Catch a Show on Tour
Tease your hair and put on your tallest shoulder pads when the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts presents "Rock of Ages," a mix of 28 '80s classics that accompanies a love-story between a small town girl and big city rocker.

Don’t miss a chance to see a show at Milwaukee's opulent jewel box, the Pabst Theater. Built by beer baron Captain Frederick Pabst in 1895, the theater’s gold leaf interiors and crystal chandeliers were almost non-existent when a fire took the building. Captain Pabst ordered his team to rebuild immediately, and in just 11 months, the theater was restored to the grand beauty we know today.

You Won’t Leave Hungry
Even Milwaukee’s culinary scene is a work of art with seasonal menus and delicious local ingredients. Try Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub’s upscale fare paired with one dozen of their beers, Braise Restaurant’s rotating menu that only takes one day to change or Rumpus Room’s comfort food menu and extensive drink list including more than 50 wines by the bottle, 75 bourbons, 75 scotches, 25 draft beers and 150 domestic brews.

For more information on fall events in Milwaukee, go to www.visitmilwaukee.org/arts.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Executive Director of Sales

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VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Executive Director of Sales

Milwaukee – Oct. 12, 2012 –  Jeff Baryenbruch has joined VISIT Milwaukee as Executive Director of Sales.

Formerly with the Greenwood Hospitality Group, Baryenbruch served as senior corporate director of sales & marketing, where he was responsible for directing corporate sales and marketing initiatives for brands including Hilton, Doubletree, Marriott Autograph Collection, Crowne Plaza, Wyndham and Radisson.  Prior to that Baryenbruch held a similar position with Richfield Hospitality in their Full-Service/Lifestyle Division. A Wisconsin native and graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout, Jeff Baryenbruch has also served as director of sales for Fairmont, Omni and Wyndham hotels in Chicago and Milwaukee.

“Jeff’s extensive experience in our major markets will enable him to make an immediate positive impact on VISIT Milwaukee’s conventions sales efforts,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Frontier Airlines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Brew City? Make that BOO City

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Brew City? Make that BOO City

Spooktacular, Ghoulish Fun and Entertainment in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – Oct. 11, 2012 – Spook yourself in to the spirit with Milwaukee’s ghosts, zombies, tricks and treats this Halloween season. From accommodations inhabited by spirits that taunt and terrify to a spooktacular time with the animals for little ghouls and goblins, Milwaukee offers a hauntingly-good time for all.

  • Sleep Tight with the Supernatural
    • A stay at Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast is not one for the faint-hearted, where spirits of former boardinghouse residents, mobsters and musicians hang around the 100-year-old corridors. These characters aren’t afraid to make their presence known, rumored to cause guests to have unusually vivid dreams.
    • “Treat” yourself to a night at the historic Pfister Hotel where visions have been reported of founder, Charles Pfister, greeting guests in the grandiose elegant hallways.
    • Dare to spend the night in the haunted penthouse at Shaker’s Cigar Bar, a former prohibition-era brothel and the scene of the brutal hacking murder of a poor, ill-fated bordello girl.
       
  • Thrills & Chills with Bites, Bars, Buses and more
    • To reach your quota of coffins and corpses this Halloween, visit Forest Home Cemetery, the resting place of some of Milwaukee’s most-famous spirits including the eternal homes of Beer Barons Pabst, Blatz and Schlitz.
    • Step through a portal to the other side on a Haunted Tour of Shaker’s Cigar Bar, offered every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Prepare yourself to see spirits from this former speakeasy, brothel, and murder site for sailors, call girls and dirty politicians.
    • Take a Milwaukee Ghost Tour through the “Bloody Third,” now known as Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward District. This one-mile walking tour introduces the haunted history, ghost stories and tales of true crime of the area, running through the end of October on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m.
    • Only the brave can face disembodied spirits, dark chambers, long spooky hallways, monsters, ghosts, and zombies at Milwaukee’s favorite haunted house during Hauntfest at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds Oct. 12 – Nov. 3.
       
  • Family-Friendly Fright
    • Little monsters will love the Milwaukee County Zoo’s family-oriented Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular, happening Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Little ghosts and goblins will love Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Not-So-Scary Halloween running October 25 – 27. Celebrate the fall season indoors with fun Halloween activities specifically created for young children. Enjoy tricks and treats, craft stations, a spooktacular scavenger hunt, and interactive story time!
    • Enter into the Enchanted Forest for an educational and entertaining 45-minute slightly spooky trek along a jack-o-lantern lit trail. After the hike enjoy indoor activities and refreshments at the Halloween Haunts at Wehr Nature Center Oct. 18,19,20 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Throw on your scariest costume and hop on the Trick-or-Chocolate Halloween Bus Tour with Milwaukee Food Tours, offered October 20 at 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. and October 27 at 10:00 a.m. This 3-hour family friendly tour features a bus tour through some of the most haunted areas, with the chance to “Trick-or-Chocolate” your way through Milwaukee. Round-trip transportation, desserts, non-alcoholic drinks, and guided-fun are included in the $50 per person price.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Frontier Airlines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Dear MKE Film Series Debuts

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Dear MKE Film Series Debuts

Milwaukee Icons, an Unlikely Artist and an Epic, 24-Hour Bike Race Now Online at www.DearMKE.com

Milwaukee – Oct. 3, 2012 – From the unlikely tale of a truck driver who became a successful artist to the endurance required to participate in a 24-hour bicycle race –

The Dear MKE Film Series is out to tell Milwaukee’s story like it has never been told before. Following a successful debut at the opening night of the Milwaukee Film Festival, the first films in the series are now available to the public at www.DearMKE.com.

Beginning with the soulful, opening strains of “Love You ‘Til I Die,” recorded in the early ‘70s by Milwaukee musician Bennie Cole, the Dear MKE kickoff film is a heartfelt love letter to Milwaukee. Filled with cinematic images of iconic Milwaukee landmarks and locals enjoying the city, the kickoff film sets the stage for a series of 12 short documentaries telling the stories of everyday Milwaukeeans.

Click the image below to see the kickoff film now:

“The Dear MKE film series is a unique image campaign in that we’re painting a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets through the stories of Milwaukeeans. We hope to dispelold perceptions of Milwaukee, drive brand awareness, entice new talent, attract new businesses, and bring more visitors – and remind locals why we embrace the essence of what makes life good here,” said Paul Upchurch, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

The online campaign is social in nature, designed for sharing – and attracting attention. “From major corporations and area businesses, to colleges and universities, to local attractions, we’ve had interest from a broad spectrum of the community in helping us increase the reach of this campaign by sharing with their own networks,” said Upchurch. 

This first-ever collaborative project brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee. The library of films Turner has been involved with has garnered more than 20 Golden Globe nominations and 25 Academy Award nominations – including four for Best Picture.

The Dear MKE kickoff film debuts alongside the first two short documentaries in the series. Local artist, Reginald Baylor, is profiled in a piece that showcases Milwaukee’s creative side and the vibrancy of the Historic Third Ward where the artist has a studio.  The series then takes viewers on a journey alongside Kohl’s clothing designer, Nicole LaBrie, as she attempts to conquer the Riverwest 24. This documentary highlights Milwaukee’s “can-do” spirit, its close-knit neighborhood communities and the loveable quirks that set us apart from other cities.

The remaining 10 documentaries will be released over the next several months, including four that will be chosen as a result of the Dear MKE story contest. The contest invites public participation in the project by asking people to send in their stories via photo, text or video, for consideration as part of the documentary series. The contest is open through Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Details of the contest can be found at www.DearMKE.com. Entrants whose ideas are selected will win a Milwaukee prize package valued at up to $1,000.

Dear MKE is on Facebook and Twitter.

The Dear MKE Film Series is a community collaboration that includes the following sponsors and partners.

Sponsors Production Sponsor  Media Sponsors
VISIT Milwaukee Jack Turner 88.9 Radio Milwaukee
Spirit of Milwaukee   OnMilwaukee.com
Marcus Theaters   Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Summerfest    
Master Lock    

 

 

 


Partners: AboutFace Media, Buzz Monkeys, Inc., Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Hanson Dodge Creative, Jigsaw and Milwaukee Film Festival.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Frontier Airlines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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