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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

VISIT Milwaukee Launches Milwaukee365.com

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VISIT Milwaukee Launches Milwaukee365.com

User-friendly site offers new way to experience the city

MILWAUKEE – December 5, 2012VISIT Milwaukee has officially launched a new virtual key to the city’s wide range of arts, sports and entertainment events. With the roll-out of Milwaukee365.com, the city joins the ranks of Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Austin, Phoenix and more than 30 other major cities nationwide in offering this all-inclusive, citywide go-to-guide, which makes it easier than ever to find all the fun events in Milwaukee, book tickets and GO.

In a collaboration with local arts groups and utilizing Artsopolis software originally developed in the Silicon Valley, VISIT Milwaukee has designed a website unique to the city’s 365-needs. Visitors and residents will find a one-stop-shop of event information, including links to purchase tickets, connect with social media, read and post user reviews and more.

“VISIT Milwaukee is thrilled to bring Milwaukee365.com to the Greater Milwaukee Area,” says Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “It represents the most robust events site Milwaukee has ever seen and has already received 50,000 visits in its test phase.”

The colorful, user-friendly website is separated into 15 categories or themes, including “Theater,” “Free Events,” “Festivals” and “Kids & Family” for easy navigation. The keyword and advanced search feature allows users to quickly find events by individual and phrase keywords, date, category type or location.

Rave reviews have come in from more than 700 organizations that have already showcased their events in the test phase. Organizers are treated to a website which allows for events to be showcased in the best way possible, through customization and the ability to upload multiple photos and videos. Additional benefits include the ability to track traffic to the organizations’ websites, sell tickets, sell merchandise and even receive donations.

And the best news of all for organizations submitting events is that Milwaukee365.com is absolutely free of charge, regardless of how much content is uploaded.

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, 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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Monday, December 03, 2012

Five Ways to Beat Holiday Stress This Season

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Jeannine Sherman
VISIT Milwaukee
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Five Ways to Beat Holiday Stress This Season

Milwaukee Tricks to Keep You Singing “Joy to the World,” Not “Blue Christmas”

MILWAUKEE – Dec. 3, 2012 – Hectic shopping malls, strings of lights with burnt-out blubs and overnights hosting the in-laws got you stressed out as the holidays draw near? Have no fear! Check out this list of ways to keep your yuletide anxiety at bay in Milwaukee.

1. Avoid Obligation Overload: Don’t say “YES” to every event and invitation. Only say it to the good ones. Like parties that you don’t have to bring anything to. Or the ones with amazing decorations like the Twilight Tour or Dickens Dinners at the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion.

2. Don’t Skip [ALL] of the Sweets: Enjoy your favorite dessert. Just don’t enjoy 12 of them in one sitting. Bite-sized treats are best, like the handmade truffles and chocolates at Indulge on Milwaukee Street.

3. Pause and Put Your Feet Up: Don’t forget to relax for just a minute or the season’s delights will pass you by. Sip hot chocolate at Alterra Coffee or book a Chocolate Mint Pedicure at the Pfister Hotel’s Well Spa.

4. Let the Experts Do the Cooking: If you can’t even craft a proper box of Mac ‘n Cheese, leave the culinary creations to the pros. Like Chef Matt Baier at Dream Dance Steak. I’ll have the Bacon-wrapped Venison with whiskey pecans, thank you.

5. Plan a Va-(or STAY)-cation: Book a trip so you have something to look forward to once it’s 2013 and the hustle and bustle is just a distant memory. Or, even better, WIN one by entering VISIT Milwaukee’s “Spoiled Rotten” Sweepstakes that includes the following fabulous prizes:

  • A two-night Room & Relaxation package stay at the historic Pfister Hotel including a service of choice in WELL Spa + Salon, spa amenity and complimentary parking
  • A basket of goodies including plush robes for the winner and their guest, provided by Potawatomi Bingo Casino
  • Dinner at AAA Four Diamond restaurant, Dream Dance Steak, located inside Potawatomi Bingo Casino
  • Two admission passes to the breathtaking Santiago Calatrava designed Milwaukee Art Museum, an institution with more than 30,000 permanent holdings
  • Two admission passes to the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion where you’ll marvel at stunning woodwork, sparkling crystal chandeliers and elegant interiors dating back to 1892
  • A tasting and tour for two at Wisconsin’s first distillery since the Prohibition age at Great Lakes Distillery
  • A gift card to Alterra Coffee, Milwaukee’s finest coffee roaster and café focused on sustainability and fair trade
  • A gift certificate for brunch for two at The Eatery on Farwell
  • Dinner for two at one of the fabulous SURG Restaurants – Carnevor, Umami Moto, Ryan Braun’s Graffito, 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill, Distil or MiKeys
  • Dinner for two at Cubanitas, Milwaukee’s only restaurant dedicated entirely to Cuban fare
  • Dessert and drinks for two at Indulge, a stylish wine room with more than 300 wines, decadent artisan chocolates and hand-made truffles

Even entering to win is stress free – just fill out the form with your name and contact information and you’re in. Additional entries can be earned by sharing the sweepstakes with friends and family so they can list you as a “referral” for the contest. For additional information, terms and conditions and more, go to visitmilwaukee.org/spoiledrotten or
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through our Facebook page.

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 2011 and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, 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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Monday, November 12, 2012

Dear MKE Film Series Continues with Arts Focus

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Dear MKE Film Series Continues with Arts Focus

Local Artist Reginald Baylor tells his story

Milwaukee, November 12, 2012 – What is it about Milwaukee that makes it a hotbed of inspiration for creative talent like artist and former truck driver Reginald Baylor? The second of twelve films in the innovative Dear MKE series features the story of Baylor, and how Milwaukee’s vibrant artistic community encouraged him to realize his dreams.

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Brought up in Milwaukee and developing his pop art style at Homestead High School and the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, Baylor later moved to the West Coast arts scene, where he worked “behind the scenes” in galleries and installing exhibits. Baylor’s unlikely road to pop art success included a return to the Midwest and twelve years as a truck driver to make ends meet, while continuing to hone his skills and sell his work. An exclusive residency in an artistic community in Illinois first sparked the idea of actually earning a living as a working artist, and soon after, Milwaukee’s legendary Pfister Hotel came calling, naming Reginald Baylor their first Artist-in-Residence in 2009.

Working out of his visitor-friendly, first-floor studio in the Historic Third Ward, Baylor is in the vanguard of artists in Milwaukee’s creative economy who are putting the city on the map as a flourishing new arts and culture scene rivaling those of the East and West Coasts.

Reginald Baylor believes that Milwaukee has its own voice, its own brand of Milwaukee esthetics. “My success is not isolated, but part of a larger movement. I have progressed as Milwaukee’s creative economy has progressed.”

In a world so easily explored through the internet, Baylor maintains that creatives, not unlike residents and visitors, are looking for communities again. “We really like our city and our communities – from the Creative Professional community to the farm-to-table movement to the neighborhoods – and visitors and newcomers pick up on that vibe.”

Dear MKE is an innovative 12-part film series that seeks to dispel old perceptions and paint a picture of the many facets of Milwaukee as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. Enthusiastic feedback on the kick-off film, which made its debut at the Milwaukee Film Festival, has generated interest in upcoming films that will be launched over the next year.

Under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, Dear MKE is a first-ever collaborative project bringing together an all-Milwaukee creative team. The remaining documentaries will be released over the next several months, including four that will be chosen as a result of a Dear MKE story contest.

Dear MKE is on Facebook http://Facebook.com/DearMKE and Twitter http://Twitter.com/DearMKE.

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, Delta Air Lines, 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 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.

Stay
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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