Take me (or at least a cutout version of me) to the ballgame.
Take me (or at least a cutout version of me) to the ballgame.

You can still sit in the stands (in cutout form) at a 2020 Brewers game

Last Thursday, the Brewers gave fans a chance to sit in the crowd – at least in photo-realistic cutout form – this COVID-afflicted season. And unsurprisingly, the fans showed up, buying up the initial "Cutout Crew" opportunities in 90 minutes. But don't worry if you swung and missed at that first pitch, because the Brewers are giving you another at bat, putting another round of cutouts on sale on Tuesday morning. 

The "Cutout Crew" – two-foot cutout likenesses created from submitted photos serving as a virtual crowd, sitting next to Bob Uecker's famed "Last Row" statue in and around Section 422 at the top of the Miller Park seating – will go on sale once again starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7 at the Brewers' website. Each cutout costs $50, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Brewers Community Foundation.

The cutout will then sit with Uecker throughout 2020 home games and hopefully make their way onto the FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcasts, so you can see yourself "cheering on" the Crew from the Uecker Seats inside Miller Park. Hey, it's a pandemic; we take what fun and happiness we can get.

Again, to save a seat for your Crew-cheering cutout crowd member, head over to the Brewers' website starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. – plus check the site out for tips on how to take the best possible photo for your fake fan. But remember: It's first come, first served, and they already sold out once before. So get there early – and we'll see you (kind of) at the ballpark! 

Finally, get ready for first pitch (for now).
Finally, get ready for first pitch (for now). (Photo: Milwaukee Brewers Facebook)

Brewers release 2020 regular season schedule, will open on road against Cubs

Get ready for Opening Day of the 2020 Brewers baseball season – take two. 

Major League Baseball announced the schedule for the upcoming COVID-shortened 60-game season on Monday night, revealing that the Milwaukee Brewers will start their truncated 2020 campaign on Friday, July 24 on the road against – who else? – the Chicago Cubs. 

After that three-game series at Wrigley Field and another three-game spat on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Brewers will then play their final home opener at Miller Park (before it becomes American Family Field next season) on Friday, July 31 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee will wrap up its last regular season home game at Miller Park on Sunday, Sept. 20, ending a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals before concluding the 2020 regular season on the road with three games against the Cincinnati Reds and a four-game series against the Cardinals.

In total, the Crew will play 10 games against each of its divisional foes – Cubs, Cardinals, Pirates and Reds – in addition to six games against the Minnesota Twins, four games each against the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, three games on the road against the Cleveland Indians and three games at home against the Kansas City Royals.

Here is the complete schedule:

  • Friday, July 24 – at Cubs, 6:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 25 – at Cubs, 12:05 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 26 – at Cubs, 1:20 p.m.
  • Monday, July 27 – at Pirates, 6:05 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 28 – at Pirates, 6:05 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29 – at Pirates, 6:05 p.m.
  • Friday, July 31 – vs. Cardinals, 1:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 1 – vs. Cardinals, 6:10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 2 – vs. Cardinals, 1:10 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 3 – vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4 – vs. White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5 – at White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 6 – at White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
  • Friday…
The bar at the Silverspot Cinema in Brookfield will soon be serving once again.
The bar at the Silverspot Cinema in Brookfield will soon be serving once again.

The S Bar at Silverspot Cinema in Brookfield will reopen July 8

The "S" in The S Bar apparently stands for "serving soon," as the restaurant and lounge found at the Silverspot Cinema in The Corners of Brookfield announced that it will reopen for lounge and patio service beginning Wednesday, July 8.

The Brookfield bar will be the first S Bar of Silverspot's six nationwide locations to reopen after shutting down earlier this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"We are excited to reopen the S Bar and hope to open the auditoriums for films very soon," managing partner Gonzalo Ulivi said, in a release. "We can’t wait for guests to return to enjoy the truly unique experience that we offer. We’re thrilled to be back!"

The S Bar will return with new protocols and cleaning procedures in order to halt the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about some of the lounge's new precautions, visit Silverspot's website – but in general, as with all activities these days, stay social distanced and wear a mask.

The S Bar will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon until 8 p.m. as well as Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. – now with brunch service, offering classic day-drinking cocktail favorites and dishes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lounge will also offer "beat the clock" happy hour pricing from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays, with $3 select drinks starting at 3 p.m., $4 select drinks beginning at 4 p.m. and $5 select drinks from 5 p.m. until the end of happy hour.

As for the theater itself, the Silverspot Cinema – which opened at The Corners just last July – has yet to announce a reopening date for screening movies but "plans to open its movie operations soon." Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more updates when Silverspot will yell "Action!" on going back to the movies – and for information on the status of other reopenings at The Corners of Brookfield, visit the town center's website

The Milwaukee Art Museum is planning to reopen on Thursday, July 16.
The Milwaukee Art Museum is planning to reopen on Thursday, July 16.

Milwaukee Art Museum announces reopening date, free admission for a month

The Milwaukee Art Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16, complete with altered hours, new social distancing procedures, a reserved part of the day for high-risk visitors and a month of free admission for all.

The Milwaukee Art Museum originally closed on March 15 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new protocols at MAM – developed by the museum's internal task force, following local, national and global regulations and recommendations – include required masks for all staff members and visitors, hand sanitizers installed at entrances and throughout the museum, a dedicated path guiding guests through the first floor works and galleries, new heightened cleaning procedures and enforced social distancing measures. Those measures including shifting admission to reserved timed ticketing in order to keep transactions touch-free and maintain the number of people inside the museum at a particular time. Guests will now reserve admission for a particular time slot up to two weeks in advance at the museum's website

In addition to these measures, some notable museum features and elements have been adjusted or moved. The museum store has been temporarily relocated to Windhover Hall while the cafe will now offer solely pre-packaged meals and coffee to go – whether out to the refurnished and appropriately spaced outdoor patio or elsewhere. 

The most enjoyable change for the museum's impending phased reopening, however, is free admission for all guests through Aug. 16, thanks due to a gift courtesy of the Krei Family in Memory of Melinda.

"The Milwaukee Art Museum has been an institution that our family has greatly enjoyed over the years. Melinda’s love of the facility, the programs, and the staff made the Museum a special place for her and our family," said Ken Krei, in a release. "My son, Andrew, and I are especially proud to provide support at a time when the reopening can be an important part of Milwaukee’s emergence from the effects of…