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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Buzzed About Art: The city's art world is abuzz with the priceless donation of Anthony Petullo's prestigious 312-piece outsider art collection to the Milwaukee Art Museum. At the President's Circle opening, MAM head Dan Keegan welcomed the crowd and Board President Ray Krueger introduced Petullo, who charmed the audience with his story of “Accidental Genius.” In the filled Lubar Auditorium was his wife, Bev, and extended family. Event sponsors Donna and Donald Baumgartner and Stephen and Nancy Einhorn were thanked for their generosity, as well as MAM curator Margaret Andera and designer John Irion for preparing the exhibit.

In the audience were Dave Fantle, Wisconsin's peripatetic deputy secretary of tourism and his wife, Cathy; Larry Oliverson, Friends of Art president, and his wife, Donna; always-dashing Ald. Robert Bauman; Gail Groenwoldt, Contemporary Art Society president; Christine Symchych and her fiancé, Jim McNulty; Katherine and Jeff Murrell; Rose Spano Iannelli and her husband, Mike Iannelli; the ever-spiffy Joe Pabst; and plastic surgeon Tony Krausen and his wife, Susan. A contingent from the new Leslie Hindman Auctioneers included owner Leslie Hindman, Heidi Von Hagke, Margaret O'Neill and artist Sara Mulloy. The always-entertaining Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra performed.

Happy B-Day:
INdustri Café pals and patrons poured into the restaurant to celebrate its "1-1-1 INdustri Anniversary Party" (one year, one month, one day). Owners Robert Klemm and Christopher Miller greeted guests while Element 13's Jim Donaldson and Mike Gaethke entertained. The event was a Who's Who of fellow restaurateurs: Scott Sebastian from Sebastian's in Racine; Bryan Schmidt, Dream Dance's general manager; National Café's Nell Benton; Diane Dowland, owner of Monkey Bar; Krzysztof Zielinski of Transfer Pizza and VIA Downer; and Brad Chrzanowski, Replay Sports Bar's GM.

Also dropping in were Brian Francis, Mulligan's and Lucky's Irish Pub owner; Jose Zarate of La Fuente; Ramses Alvarez, executive chef of Water Street Brewery Group; David Kressin, owner of The Noble; and Sean Henninger, Times Square Pizza. From Ten Bells Bar were owner Lee Guk and bartender Nick “Smitty” Smith. Watching the swirl were Klemm's parents Bob and Lynn Klemm, proprietors of Memories Ballroom Dinner Theater, Port Washington.

Other well-wishers included Blush Beauty's Sarah Brucker, excited about her new Mequon digs. Local tattoo artists included Alex Trevino of Ink 101 and Tom Aldana from Super Star Tattoo—the latter tatted up Klemm's amazingly decorative arms. Real estate agent Lisa Blythe of Lisa's List and photographers Josh Pietrykowski and Michael Wessel had a grand time. Bloggers included MilwaukeeFood.com's Andrew Swofford, Paul and Lori Fredrich of BURP! Where Food Happens, Stephen Carlson from Your Milwaukee Dining, and Brian and Angie West, owners of Alcoholmanac magazine.

Clive Promhows, owner/artist/designer at Live Artists Studio; Mary Herman with Cathy Stadler from KingsHead Hair Salon; cheesemaker Bob Wills; Altec Roofing's Dieter Wegner; Rachel Fell of Yelp Milwaukee; pet masseuse Jessica Dragan; and José G. Pérez, 12th District aldermanic candidate all circulated.

Art Invasion:
Balmy winter weather brought out a horde to the Nut Factory's eighth annual February open house. Founder/lighting designer Chris Poehlman flew in from Philadelphia for this year's event, organized by Brent Budsberg and Shana McCaw. Other artists included Michael Davidson, whose dad, artist William Davidson, stopped by, as well as Annushka Peck, Melissa Emerson-Froebe, John Horvath, Tara Bogart and photographer Brian Holoubek.

Schlick Cycles showcased “intelligent” bikes, with co-owners John Schlick and Greg Smith and his wife, Wendy, hosting sculptor Dave Lunz; Tony Berger; oncologists Beth Gore and Stuart Wong; and Leanne and Jack Lake. Checking out studios were Mike Flanagan; 1451 Renaissance Place director Andrea Taxman; photographer Troy Freund; Milwaukee Water Council's Rachel Wilberding; artists Demetra Copoulos and Carlos Schmitt; Trish Hundhausen; assistant D.A. Zach Whitney; and Stacy LaPoint, owner of Fresh Is Best.

Carol Curley
, who wrote for the old Crazy Shepherd in '81 and is now a Bon-Ton art director, photographer Jenny Bahn and John Augustine enjoyed Milwaukee Hot Dogs from a cart manned by co-owners Tom Kuhns and Angel Perez and his son Angel III. Kathy Papineau served her Localicious soup, helped out by Maggie Gerstner and her BF James Evans. Art Elkon reminisced about his family, which once owned the Nut Factory, where their Top Crop Nuts were roasted.

Up Nort':
Attorney Tom Cunningham and Mary Ritchie were in Toronto recently, following their daughter Isabel “Izzy” Ritchie of the Strumbellas. At the Rivoli Café's full house, the Canadian bluegrass/rock fusion band performed from its debut CD, My Father and The Hunter. The younger Ritchie performs violin, viola and vocals.

Road Trip:
Once a month, Sardine in Madison hosts a family-style ethnic dinner worth an expedition. B&D checked out the latest, a Basque feast with braised lamb and pan-seared trout to die for, prepared by chefs John Gadau and Phillip Hurley. At the sold-out event were ex-Milwaukeeans Rita Renner and Brian Fischer; and the Center for Family Policy and Practice's Magda Kmiecik and Jill Groblewski. Manager Susan Schueller hosted, looking forward to Sardine's March Dijon feast.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the March 8 issue of the
Shepherd.

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