Rage Room MKE is ready for your fury.
Rage Room MKE is ready for your fury. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)

Rage Room MKE invites you to smash the crap out of their stuff

The world has gone bananas, so if you find yourself wanting to smash things more than usual, it’s perfectly understandable. But rather than destroying personal or public property, Rage Room MKE invites you to their facility to beat the crap out of their junk.

Rage Rooms have opened worldwide – including one in Bay View – in the past few years and offer spaces to safely vent frustrations and have fun through bashing breakable items with bats and clubs.

At Rage Room MKE, which recently opened in a warehouse space in Butler, three smash-tabular experiences are available. The "Free-style Rage" room allows smashers to pick a box of glass and ceramic items – the boxes are filled with different fragile items from small plates to large vases – and destroy them with a variety of blunt objects.

There’s also a "Bad Day At The Office" rage room that’s aptly set up like a corporate workspace with a computer, telephone, desk, lamp and other office-y items to demolish. "The Lane of Pain" invites folks to throw items at scores of glass bottles and is smartly sponsored by Central Standard Distillery.

Participants wear suits, helmets, gloves and closed-toe shoes to ensure safety. The rooms are disinfected with an anti-microbial system every 90 days as well as given daily deep cleans.

The smashable items are retrieved from companies who empty out houses. Once smashed, the remains are recycled rather than brought to a landfill.

Rage Room Milwaukee can accommodate individuals, couples and groups of all sizes.

"People come here mostly for entertainment and because it’s such a unique experience, but many people have told me afterward that they also got out stress and frustrations," says chief smashing officer, Patrick Nienow. "There’s therapy mixed in with the fun."

For hours, rates and more information, go here.

Take a look at some smashing in action with this video featuring the author’s son, Levi Edler:

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Enrollment is open for summer intensives at the Milwaukee Ballet.
Enrollment is open for summer intensives at the Milwaukee Ballet.

Milwaukee Ballet offers rare, in-person program this summer

The Milwaukee Ballet is one of only a few ballet companies offering "in person" summer intensives this season. Because of COVID-19, most of the programs in the United States this summer are virtual.

The modified program runs from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31. Sign-up is happening now.

The Milwaukee Ballet's program is modified for the health and safety of the staff and students: everyone must wear masks, the common areas and lockers will not be in use, dancers will not partner, there is increased cleaning and sanitizing of the facility and more

"We are able to do this for a few reasons," says Anne Metcalfe, the managing director for the Milwaukee Ballet.

According to Metcalfe, the main reason this is possible for the Milwaukee Ballet is because the new facility is built for physical distancing. The building has seven huge studios, 8-feet-wide hallways, large stairwells, lots of outside space for breaks, many bathrooms and an advanced HVAC system.

The Milwaukee Ballet also has two doctors on their Health & Safety Committee – an ER physician with a Masters in public health and a neurologist.

"We have been incredibly cautious and science driven in our approach," says Metcalfe. "We are incredibly motivated to make this work."

Mural of George Floyd on the corner of Holton and North in Riverwest.
Mural of George Floyd on the corner of Holton and North in Riverwest. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)

Check out the new Riverwest murals with this convenient route

Everything's different these days, including how we entertain ourselves beyond our homes. Making up new ways to safely have fun is the new going to the pool, the new going to the museum and the new going to the movie theater.

Thus, we suggest an afternoon of "mural touring," either by bike or by car. Last week, we offered up the South Side mural route and now, we present the brand-spanking-new Riverwest mural route. 

Riverwest has always been a community that values art and action, so it's no surprise the neighborhood has many new murals reflecting on the need for justice during this time of unrest.

Get in, let's go muraling, Milwaukee.

  • Start on the corner of Holton Street and North Avenue – you can pull into the parking lot in front of the building – to check out murals of Dontre Hamilton, George Floyd and more. Artists include Justin Stone, Cristy C. Corso, Jaqui Tavares, John Fleissner, Dominque White, Chacho Lopez, Zach Black, John Tierney, Mike Davenport, Josh Ebert, Jon Bartels, Chloe Higgins, Adam McKee and Aaron Rodgers.

  • Head north on Holton Street.
  • Take a right at Center Street. The Solow Bouldering Club building on the corner is covered in murals both on the front (Holton) and the side (Center Street).
  • Go half a block (or less!) east on Center Street and hang a quick left into the alley. Let the "bomb pops" lead the way. Art by Nick Hetzel, Brian Hibbard, Jordan Guth and more.

  • Drive through the alley and turn left on Hadley Street.
  • Turn right on Holton Street.
  • On the left, note the mural of Breonna Taylor by Chris Burke and Ruben Alcantar at Locust and Holton.

  • Once you pass Locust, take a quick turn off Holton into the alley on the side of the grocery store for more murals of Nipsey Hussle, Vel Phillips and more.
  • Take a right on Buffum Street and then a right on Chambers.
  • Take a left on Holton.
  • While heading north on Holton – at Townsend Street – there will be a mural on your left on the west side of the st…
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Lion mask by Gold Gable Studio.
Lion mask by Gold Gable Studio.

Where to buy masks locally

Many Milwaukeeans are choosing to wear masks when going out into public, which may lead to diminishing the spread of COVID-19. To meet the need of the community, many local designers, artists and makers are selling or donating masks.

Please note some of these makers are producing small runs and / or finding it difficult to receive the materials needed for mask-making, so please be understanding.

Here is a list of local mask-makers to check out:

Artery Ink

Women-owned Artery Ink has two designs – hearts and lungs – and are selling masks here for $13.

Brass Rooster Hat and Mask

The Bay View hat maker is now making more than 100 masks daily to donate and sell. Many styles available; pattern created by shop owners John and Kate McLaughlin. The masks can be shipped anywhere for an extra $5. Large-volume orders accepted. To order, send an email to TBRMASKS@mail.com.

Flyblooms

Artist and maker Tiffany Miller, owner of FlyBlooms and a member of the Bronzeville Collective, is making colorful masks for $5-10. Find out more here.

Gold Gable Studio

A portion of proceeds are donated to food pantries.

Halo 


Bay View maker Stacie Cherubini, owner of Halo Artisan Skin Care, has pulled back on skin care production to make fabric masks and hand sanitizers. They are available through Halo's Etsy shop and curbside pickup. Mask styles come in tie-style or fitted for men, women and children. Order here.

Milwaukee Bucks

Face coverings are now available through the Milwaukee Bucks and all proceeds will go directly to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Check them out here.

Cinch Tailoring Company

This Riverwest-based tailor is making masks. To find out more, click here

Combat Corner

Menomonee Falls-based apparel company Combat Corner is now making masks, and donating 10 percent of sales to the United Way Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Find out more here about plain and patterned masks. 

Hyde Park MKE

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