Boris and Doris On the Town
visited the packed premiere: Julia
Taylor, her granddaughter Olivia and Stig Ostling; fabric artist Laura Goldstein; Jill Schwartz and her daughter Gabriella; Cempazuchi owner Bryce
Clark; Carolyn White and Leon
Travanti; artist Linda Vitamvas
with her husband, Dr. Gerald; Ken Hanson, his son Harry and Mary Louise Schumacher;and
Claire Stillman with her adorable
daughters Jewell and Bethie.
Steven and Rusti Moffic were dressed in the vintage clothing
from their portrait. However, Elaine
Erickson did not wear her photogenic swimsuit, nor was Nick Pabst wearing his birthday suit as he did in his picture, and Mark Tenorio did not bring his featured
dogs, Olive and Max.
Admiring the collection
were Carol and Leonard Lewensohn;
artists Stanley Ryan Jones and Nathaniel
Stern; MIAD instructors Judith
Harway, Fahimeh Vahdat and Kim
Tondryk; photographer Francis Ford;
writer Bill Embly with the Rep’s Leslie Fillingham; and attorney Peter Goldberg.
Meanwhile, guitarist Erik Thorn performed in the lower level
lobby while art lovers perused the working space of Bridget Griffith Evans and the new Safi Studios, the latter showing
the contemporary abstract works of Jane
Gates, Dianne Soffa and Tom Kovacich.
Photographer Dave Bernacchi
displayed Pabst memorabilia in his gallery, while Cheryl Komp and Kimberly Drofner drummed up business for the Best Place at the
Historic Pabst Brewery.
Back in the lobby,
B&D ran into Shepherd Express
publisher Louis Fortis, who was
still jet-lagged from his trip to Beirut,
he taught “a semester course jammed into six weeks” at the Hariri Canadian
University-Beirut. No kidding. The course, titled "Global Shifts in the
World Political Economy from World War II to the Present,” sounded a bit
intense. Fortis said one of the highlights of his trip was a dinner at the home
of a Lebanese criminal court judge selected by the United Nations to preside at
the international tribunal on the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik
Hariri. Fortis said that it felt like a Le Carré novel because he took a cab to
a downtown location, waited on the street, and then was picked up in a vehicle
driven by the military and complete with blackened windows. That vehicle took
him the rest of the way to the judge’s heavily guarded home. Despite Lebanon’s 15-year civil war and the occasional
assassination, Fortis said that Beirut
was extraordinarily interesting and also very safe. "It's a European city
located in the Middle East," he said.
One more stop was made
at Moda Salon, where stylist Cherrie
Hanson displayed her beautiful photographs of soap bubbles filmed on a
northern Wisconsin lake. Fellow stylists Antonio Fred and Robin Bub were on duty, while Rolfer Brian Moore and his wife,
Suzanne, and chiropractor Ronald
O’Connor and Natalie Kahn stopped by.
Outside, B&D bumped
into Carl Templer and developer Lori Gensch, as well as
soon-to-be-published-again writer Kathryn
Davis and First Weber Realtor Derse
Smith, who were heading to Rustico, where Smith’s son Brad Todd is the manager. He and Rustico owner Brian Zarletti will soon open Stubby’s roadhouse in the old Bayou
Movie Shorts: Gal Friday Films (GFF), a new
women-owned film production company, threw a hot party at Best Place to raise muy $$ for Missed Connections,
a short musical film based on Craigslist personal ads. GFF is the brainchild of
the creative, effervescent duo of Kara
Mulrooney and Susan Kerns.
The party was made even
hotter with fire dancer Shawn Gurath
and DJs Frank Straka and Brian Z,
with the soiree further enhanced by Rehorst vodka drinks created by writers Cara Ogburn and Erik Chandler. The
beverages—"Hottie on a Bike" and "You're a Farmer!"—were
based on lines and characters from the film. Giant love-themed cupcakes from
Aggie's Cakes were also popular.
A Who’s Who of
Milwaukee’s artistic set made the scene: filmmakers Tate Bunker, Ryan Plato, Ryan Sarnowski, Laura Bennett, Sitora
Takanaev, and Mike Krieger;
artist Jessica Steeber and Heather and Seth Warren-Crow; Kings Go
Forth bassist Andy Noble with Tina Poppy from Violetville Vintage and
guitarist Dan Flynn, along with
model Elizabeth Bolin; Belle Fiori
floral designer Erika Herman; Ex
Fabula co-founder Leah Delaney; and
Cedar Block director Brent Gohde.
Mark and Laurie Foote from Flexible Films circulated, as did
an ecstatic Andy Buchenot, armed
with a newly minted English doctorate after successfully defending his dissertation.
Not Even Noah: Kate Kramer and lighting designer Christopher Poehlmann are known for
their great parties. But for the latest, no one showed up because it was the
“Night of The Flood.” The couple had invited friends to see their just-listed
mid-century modern home in Fox Point, but the high water prevented anyone from
It’s Showtime: A delightful debut comedy by Nicholas Cialdini, Boomtown: The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Squandering a Century, just
played at Bay View’s magical Alchemist Theatre. The talented cast included
ComedySportz regulars Dylan Bolin and
Tim Higgins; Cynthia Kmak with Milwaukee’s Meanwhile improv group; Kristina Felske, now working in Chicago; Sharon
Nieman-Koebert; and Grant Collins.
The play was enhanced by
the music of Centanni keyboard artist Joe
Hite and director John Schneider.
Enjoying the theatrical antics were Judy
Rohan; Milwaukee Comedy Festival founder Matt Kemple and his wife, Dawn;
actor Andy North; Alchemist Theatre
co-founder Aaron Kopec; plus Cialdini’s
wife, Mariella, who left their
3-month-old Mia with a babysitter
for the first time.
If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at email@example.com. Their next column will appear in the Aug. 12 issue of the Shepherd.