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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.
Buzz - Sept. 13, 2019
8 OnMilwaukee articles banned by Google
Never once in my 21 years of owning OnMilwaukee have I claimed our publication is specifically "family friendly." Still, we don't usually go "blue" just to shock people (the exception being 2015's tongue-and-cheek listicle, "13 bar bathrooms to have sex in"). So I was amused to peruse this list of articles banned by Google AdWords.
#RaiseMKE - Sept. 12, 2019
Friendship Bakery moves closer to opening in Riverpoint Village
The space in Riverpoint Village Shopping Center where the North Shore Bistro used to live has sat vacant for four years. Soon, though, a non-profit group called Friendship Circle, will open a bakery and cafe in the former restaurant that will employ adults with special needs.
Buzz - Sept. 5, 2019
Life after TV: Bart Adrian now teaches the meteorologists of tomorrow
It's been nine years since viewers saw meteorologist Bart Adrian on FOX6, the station he called home for 28 years. He's not retired, though. Now, Adrian is a senior lecturer in Atmospheric Science and Mathematics, and a STEM outreach specialist at UW-Milwaukee.
Buzz - Aug. 13, 2019
Bird scooters return to Milwaukee
Bird, the scooters that dotted the sidewalks of Downtown Milwaukee last summer, will rejoin the scooter scene on Wednesday, as part of the city-run pilot program. They will join the 500 Lime scooters already on the streets.
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Festival Guide - July 5, 2019
Right here, right now: Jesus Jones marks 30 years with first show here since '02
Thanks to a forward-looking approach to this one-off mini tour, Jesus Jones not only played Summerfest for the first time this year, they also marked their 30th anniversary with their first show in Milwaukee in 17 years. I don't know where I was in 2002 when they apparently played here last - I knew, however, I wouldn't miss this one. And the several hundred Gen Xers at Summerfest were right there with me.
Tagged with: Summerfest, Jesus Jones
Festival Guide - July 4, 2019
5 questions for Jesus Jones
If you listened to alternative rock on the radio or watched MTV in the early `90s, you certainly remember Jesus Jones. The techno-inspired foursome from southwestern England formed in 1988, but songs like "Right Here, Right Now," "Real, Real, Real" captured a time when both the world and the music business were changing right in front of our eyes.
Festival Guide - June 27, 2019
5 new pieces of Big Gig swag to scope out in the Summerfest Store
Now in its third year, the permanent Summerfest Store on the festival grounds is offering more swag than ever for the 2019 Big Gig. Here's a look at some of the new merch.
Buzz - June 25, 2019
DOT's clever dynamic message boards drive home safe habits
You know those clever messages you read on the freeways, telling you to put your phone down or to buckle up? They start in a conference room at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation inside the Intermodal Station. They come from a brainstorming session every few months, bringing together the DOT's creative and communication team, along with law enforcement and traffic engineering staff.
Marketplace - June 16, 2019
#WeWant: Summer breezes
June is that brief time in Milwaukee when the weather is great. You can leave the windows open, forget about the AC, and even spend some quality time in your backyard soaking in the start of the season. Here are a few items I'm enjoying this month that make it even cooler by the lake.
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