The East Side erupted in violence 45 years ago

Published May 5, 2015

Nestled between Wyoming Place mansions and St. Mary's Hospital, is the venerable Water Tower Park. In the 1960s, the park had become a popular gathering spot for all manners of young people, including the founders of the city's underground scene, political radicals, street theater performers and, of course, musicians who played drums, guitars or anything else that made enough noise to drive the mansion mavens up the walls.


Former Milwaukeeans find serenity and community in small-town Viroqua

Published Aug. 7, 2014

There are about 4,400 people living in Viroqua, the county seat of Vernon County, and it's located just over three hours west of Milwaukee. In recent years, myriad Milwaukeeans relocated to the town and last month OnMilwaukee.com went to find out why.


Thurman's can't be dead

Published April 18, 2013

According to an employee, Thurman's 15, 1731 N. Arlington Pl., is closed for repairs. The bar, he says, will reopen in the future but was unsure when. I really hope this is true.


Madison prof recounts commune life

Published Dec. 13, 2007

Sandra Eugster's memoir shares what it was like to live in a '60s commune. She reads at Broad Vocabulary Jan. 20.


Dr. Bronner attempts to save the world with soap

Published Oct. 26, 2006

Ralph Bronner, son of "Dr. Bronner," lives in Menomonee Falls. He is the vice president of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, a 60-year-old company based in California. This is the family's interesting story.


Ren Faire: Not just for geeks anymore?

Published Aug. 8, 2006

You won't catch me sporting a corset and chatting in an Elizabethan accent, but I have learned - thanks to the enthusiasm of a friend and the fact my kids really dig it -- to appreciate the Bristol Renaissance Faire.


Treasured coop profits from neighbors' "junk"

Published July 15, 2005

The Riverwest Coop's 4th Annual Rummage Sale is set for this weekend. The three-day event will move inside this year to Our Lady of Divine Providence, and according to organizer Wendy Mesich, the sale will be the most bountiful one to date.


Nude beaches crack the sunbathing norm

Published June 9, 2004

Like yoga and veggie burgers, "nudist colonies" aren't just for hippies anymore. Milwaukee's Paradise Beach attracted thousands of bathers until it closed in 1993, and Mazo Beach near Madison is still popular.