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Movies & TV - May 27, 2020
Veteran journalist Joanne Williams nears completion of her first film
A generation of Milwaukeeans have watched Joanne Williams on television news. A fixture on Fox 6 and before that, TMJ 4, she joined MPTV as host and producer for "Black Nouveau” in 2012. But the Milwaukee native is now finishing her first film, "Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later."
Music - April 30, 2020
CHIEF drops new single in advance of concept album, "The Galleon"
If there ever was a time for a power-rocking concept album about a mysterious ship helmed by a frightening being ... Milwaukee's CHIEF, a trio led by Chris Tishler, thinks that time is now. And on Friday, the band drops the first single from the 15-song album, "The Galleon." "For Those Who Live A Light" will be released on Bandcamp, with the full-length double album coming June 20.
Living - April 22, 2020
Yes, you can (and should) garden during quarantine
Happy Earth Day, Milwaukee! Local gardening expert Melinda Myers says research now proves what gardeners have long understood. "Spending time in the garden and nature improves our mood, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and helps us focus," she says. Which means now is a great time to get planting, because during quarantine, many of us could use the exercise for our bodies and minds.
Movies & TV - April 17, 2020
Like the rest of us, TV and radio professionals adjust to working from home
While many of us can get by with Zoom meetings in sweatpants, members of Milwaukee's broadcast media community must still look and sound good, creating makeshift studios in their own homes, delivering news and content just like they always have.
OnMilwaukee News - April 16, 2020
Former Journal Sentinel, OnMilwaukee columnist Eugene Kane dies at 63
We're extremely sad to report that Eugene Kane, the longtime Journal Sentinel columnist who spent time working at OnMilwaukee near the end of his career, has died.
Tagged with: Eugene Kane, obituary
Milwaukee History - April 14, 2020
The 411 on the 414 area code
Milwaukeeans love our 414, the area code covering the city, the county and parts of Muskego and Brookfield. It's been since 1947, when Bell Telephone established it, along with 715, in Wisconsin. But why did they pick 414?
Music - April 11, 2020
Dandy Warhols release four-hour album to keep you calm during quarantine
The Dandy Warhols know you're bored right now. They are, too, having been forced to cancel a tour and self-quarantine like the rest of us. But in their stash of unreleased material, the band found a four-hour treasure trove of instrumental jams, and put it out online.
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.
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