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OnMilwaukee News - March 31, 2020
Let's all laugh together
We're still doing April Fool's Day, but we're telling you about it in advance. No political jokes, no cancelled event pranks, and certainly, no jokes about coronavirus.
Tagged with: April Fool's
Marketplace - March 28, 2020
Local Harley dealer pledges to keep employees working through pandemic
House of Harley-Davidson has enacted a plan to keep its sales and service workers employed throughout this difficult time. Fortunately for the dealership, owner Jeff Binkert notes that the police motorcycles it services remain essential.
Sports - March 26, 2020's McCalvy pens Brewers official 50th anniversary book
While the start date of the 2020 Brewers season remains in questions, it's nonetheless the Crew's 50th anniversary season, and Triumph Books understandably tapped veteran beat reporter Adam McCalvy to write "The Milwaukee Brewers at 50."
Marketplace - March 24, 2020
Small business owners feel the pinch, cling to hope
Much has been written already about workers in the gig economy, as well as employees of the service industry. The economic shutdown from coronavirus has been nothing short of devastating for so many Milwaukeeans, and it will get worse before it gets better. I reached out to three Milwaukee business owners I know to see where things stand during this unprecedented time of crisis.
Marketplace - March 23, 2020
When your boss won't let you work from home: fight or quit?
For most office jobs, coronavirus means working from home, video and conference calls - and lots of multitasking with children out of school for the foreseeable future. But if your boss insists that you come to the office? Here are two stories of how Milwaukee employees handled it.
Music - March 18, 2020
DeLorenzo offers Femmes fans an Easter egg with "Trancephone" EP
It's been a while since Victor DeLorenzo released a solo album. One of the founding members of the Violent Femmes, and now half of the duo Nineteen Thirteen, DeLorenzo has put his attention toward the former: a unique blend of drums and cello that you have to hear to believe. But the itch to record something with more than two instruments brought DeLorenzo back into the attic studio behind his East Side home.
Bars & Clubs - March 2, 2020
Bartender confidential: Secrets and stories from behind the bar
Jessica Schlitz is a career bartender. With her years of experience, the 46-year-old Mequon native has seen a lot. But now that she's not currently bartending, she's willing to tell the stories most bartenders would never divulge.
Marketplace - Feb. 27, 2020
Minority-owned IronwoodDrive Financial Group leads by example
Michael Sheppard, the founder and managing partner of IronwoodDrive Financial Group, didn't come from a background in finance. He went to school to become an electrical engineer, and was later signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, when football didn't pan out, Sheppard turned his attention to the financial services industry, where he is one of a very small minority of African-Americans in his field.
Music - Feb. 3, 2020
Adele tribute band heats up Valentine's Day with show at Northern Lights
When Jennifer Schafer takes the stage at Northern Lights Theater on Valentine's Day, her Adele tribute band, Rumour Has It, is hardly just impersonating the British vocalist's hits. "I really like capturing just the essence of what she does," says Schafer, who also fronts a Heart tribute band and a classic rock cover band. "Adele is just really real. A lot of the music really speaks to me."
Buzz - Jan. 7, 2020
Meet Milwaukee's "butterfly guy"
Jason Auerbach is running for the open alderman seat in District 14, the Bay View position long held by Ald. Tony Zielinski. But while he's happy to talk about his ideas for Milwaukee, what really gets him fired up is the topic of monarch butterflies.
Marketplace - Dec. 2, 2019
Brass Bell brings old instruments back to life
Age had taken its toll on my alto sax, unplayed since 1992, so I brought it to Brass Bell in Glendale and asked if I could get it restored. A week later, the Conn sax was shiny and back in playing condition. Now the only thing that needs tuning up is me.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 26, 2019
Palec's music memoir highlights a life of earned experiences, happy accidents
In the 10 or so years that I've known Steve Palec - as a friend, associate and corporate real estate broker - I thought I knew all his stories. Nope, there are many more. His new memoir, "In Awe," drops on Dec. 2.
Marketplace - Nov. 18, 2019
American Science & Surplus still caters to kitsch fans, students of all ages
Even though American Science & Surplus has its roots in Chicago - the first store opened there in 1937 - this amazing Milwaukee landmark has been in town, with its own identity, for 38 years and counting. "Each store has a little bit of its own personality," says Kim Stenglein, store manager at the Milwaukee location, 6901 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Dining - Oct. 28, 2019
My pick for Milwaukee's best matzo balls
Whether you're dining at the Shorewood location, or their "newer" spot in River Point shopping mall, Benji's is spectacularly consistent, and has been so for my whole life - and much longer than that.
Buzz - Oct. 22, 2019
Milwaukee Talks: WUWM producer Joy Powers
Lake Geneva native Joy Powers has taken a circuitous route to get back to Wisconsin. The "Lake Effect" producer and reporter worked in and out of radio, including a stint at WBEZ in Chicago, before joining the staff at 89.7 WUWM.
Bars & Clubs - Oct. 15, 2019
Live Band Karaoke celebrates 10th anniversary making so-so singers sound good
It was 2013 the last time we told you about Live Band Karaoke. A lot has changed for the professional musicians who take regular old karaoke to the next level, not the least of which is a major upgrade in venues. This Friday, Live Band Karaoke will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free party at the freshly renovated Paulie's Pub and Eatery, 8031 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.
#RaiseMKE - Oct. 15, 2019
Morning Blend's Ogle celebrates the big 4-0 with 40 acts of kindness
Turning 40 is a major milestone. But instead of celebrating this midlife marker with black balloons or a pity party, Tiffany Ogle, the co-host of "The Morning Blend" is choosing to make a difference.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Sept. 27, 2019
Madison man recreates "Smokey and The Bandit" beer run ... but with Spotted Cow
A Madison IT consultant and his coworker recreated the 1977 "Smokey and The Bandit" beer run to and from Texarkana ... except with New Glarus' Spotted Cow. "When we went to work, we were like Santa Claus, handing out cases of beer," he says.
Bars & Clubs - Sept. 23, 2019
Tim Dillard returns to Milwaukee for beer release party
Tim Dillard, former Brewers pitcher, occasional OnMilwaukee contributor, social media bon vivant, and all around funny guy, is heading back to Milwaukee Friday. This time, the Nashville Sounds reliever isn't playing baseball - he's coming here to unveil a new beer brewed in his honor.
Marketplace - Sept. 21, 2019
First look: 24 hours with the new iPhone 11 Pro
Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 11 Pro is the best iPhone Apple has ever produced. But, unless you are upgrading from a much older phone, you may barely notice the difference. Here's a full review of Apple's new flagship iPhone.
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