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Monday, November 12, 2012

Dear MKE Film Series Continues with Arts Focus

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Jeannine Sherman
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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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Friday, October 12, 2012

VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Executive Director of Sales

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Jeannine Sherman
VISIT Milwaukee
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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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