Bill rouleau

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Acme Records is an outlet for Shopkeeper's vinyl passion

Published Aug. 25, 2012

Despite the loss of some great indie record shops over the years, record stores are not dead. In fact, one is opening soon in Bay View, right up the street from what is likely the longest-lived record shop in town, Rush-Mor. Ken Chrisien, better known to local music fans as WMSE DJ Shopkeeper Ken, is living up to his on-air moniker and opening Acme Records and Music Emporium soon at 2341 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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Touchdown shots make Packers scores sweet, slurry

Published Jan. 28, 2011

If you've ever watched a Packers game in a Wisconsin sports bar (or, really any bar), you know about the tradition of post-touchdown shots. They're usually green and, fortunately, on the weak side. They're always free.

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Sic 'em on Vick

Published Jan. 8, 2011

This Sunday, if you bring in a photo of you and your dog to Palomino, bartenders Bill and Katarina will reward you with a free shot. Then, for each Packers touchdown, they'll each donate $5 toward the Brew City Bully Club. It's an organization that supports community awareness of pit bulls, while working to end dog fighting and more.

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The weirdest of work requests

Published Oct. 11, 2010

Most of us have pretty normal jobs, working for the weekend just like everybody else. That's not say, however, that within our jobs, really weird stuff doesn't happen all the time. In fact, polling a few Milwaukeeans everyone was quick to point out a time when in their very normal job, someone asked them to do something very, very abnormal.

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Biketoberfest is on, but everybody be cool

Published Oct. 8, 2010

I've been biding my time until now, when I can finally let the cat out of the blogging bag and let you know that Biketoberfest, the super-fun biking bar crawl, rolls this Saturday night at 6 p.m.

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Dogs in costume? Yeah, I'm there.

Published Sept. 30, 2010

This Saturday marks the seventh annual Dog Day Afternoon, a dog- and family-friendly event in Bay View that I mark on the calendar never to miss.

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Gear yourself up for the Tour de Farce

Published May 28, 2010

Next weekend, Andy Tarnoff will participate in one of his favorite annual events, the epic Tour de Farce bike pub crawl through the streets of Bay View and beyond. He highly, highly recommends that you tune up your bicycle and join him on this most unique adventure. It's about as much fun as you can possibly imagine on an early summer night.

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A bevy of Bay View happenings

Published Oct. 9, 2009

The unofficial mayor of Bay View (and my good friend) Bill Rouleau is at it again. Bill has obviously been busy, because three of the best events the neighborhood puts on all year go down over the next few weeks, and I plan on being at each.

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Bingo at the 'Mino

Published Feb. 10, 2009

I've never worked at a bar, but based on empirical evidence, I'm guessing that Mondays are, generally speaking, slow nights in the tavern business. Maybe it was the $1 cans of PBR and Tecate that brought in a good crowd to the Palomino last night. But I'm guessing it was mostly the free bingo.

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NPR highlights Milwaukee's "Bipolar Plunge"

Published Jan. 2, 2009

Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's "Morning Edition," gave Milwaukee's own bicycle "Bipolar Plunge" its 15 seconds of fame this morning, using the event to tease its 8:30 a.m. newscast.

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Biketoberfest 2008 is on, rain or stars!

Published Oct. 17, 2008

Twice a year, one of my favorite Milwaukee events goes down -- but you'll never find it in any tourist pamphlet or Visit Milwaukee guide book. The June version is called the "Tour de Farce," and Saturday night's event is "Biketoberfest." I can best describe the fun as a pub crawl -- by bicycle.

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"Dog Day Afternoon" barks canine fun

Published Oct. 9, 2008

Created by Bill Rouleau and Dan Duchaine of Bay View's Rush-Mor Records, "Dog Day Afternoon" brings together dogs and dog owners from all over the city for a day of canine fun and resident relaxation.

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Tapping a pint of Brewers fever

Published Aug. 12, 2008

Bill Rouleau shares my unhealthy and rabid obsession with the Brewers, and I know he had something up his sleeve when I saw his coy smile as he walked over with a pint of Guinness.