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Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Garden Smiles: After a rare rainstorm, Lynden Sculpture Garden was blessed by the weather gods for its inaugural Harry & Peg Bradley's Backyard Barbecue. Braise, recently named by Bon Appetit as one of the country's top 50 new restaurants, created a spectacular meal, including a scrumptious pig roast. Guests at the sold-out event of 200-plus were greeted by musicians Catherine Kolb and Julie Slightam, while Vegas magician Ben Seidman, an ex-Shorewoodian, dazzled the crowd.

Working through the evening, artist Pamela Ruschman created a beautiful oil painting that was then auctioned off. Bradley Family Foundation board members hosted. Among them were David Uihlein, with his wife, Julia, son Charlie with girlfriend Rachel Parent; daughter Liza with her husband, David Sadoff; Sarah Zimmerman with her husband, Steve, and sons Joe and Nate; Fran Croak with his wife, Judith; and Margie Lund, with her husband, Mike Lund, an associate of Croak at Stafford Rosenbaum, an event sponsor. The Brico Fund's Lynde Uihlein also circulated.

Kathy Beronja
from principal sponsor Baird came with a group. Parents with children included Susanna and Justin Mortara, Kristin and John Sheehan, Laura and John Emory and Stephanie and Aaron Gardner. Fancying the Lynden's art were Denasha Scott and her husband, George Charnecki, Alden and Gus Taylor, Gail Kursel and her husband, Franz Backus, Hetty and Dick Tollefson, Ten Chimneys' Keith MacKay and the Milwaukee Art Museum's Mel Buchanan. Volunteers included photographer Thomas Hellstrom; artist/curator Nicholas Frank; urban agriculture educator McNeal Stepien, whose husband, Jeremy, is Lynden's education director; and Jenni Groot, Lynden's former education assistant, now off to grad school.

Memorial Banding:
A moving evening at Shank Hall raised funds for the Sikh community after the horrific temple massacre. Partnering for the concert were Violent Femmes' Brian Ritchie, Shank Hall's Peter Jest and Kirtan with Ragani and her musicians. Other entertainers included The Danglers' John Sparrow and Dave Gelting, Silas Ritchie on electronics, bassist Michael Kashou, guitarist Peter Roller and Matthew Skoller on harmonica.

Adding to the experience were beautiful visuals created by Dale Kaminski and Reuben Fortier from PakaPaka Light Show. Inspired by the music, poet/artist Suzanne Rosenblatt, Joanna Jobson and Diane and Dale Pautzke were moved to dance. In the packed audience were activist Jim Godsil, Anne and Randy Sprecher, pals Pattie Savage, Gaurie Rodman, Sandy Friedman and Maria Pandazi; and Ian Powell and George Darrow from Trance & Dance Band. The event raised $3,100.

Celebrating Moons:
Bob Joehnk of Wells Fargo Advisors hosted a 2Moon soiree with “chic white” as suggested attire. Snappy in a Moroccan tunic, Joehnk chatted with Andy Nunemaker and Wendy Slocum, all fellow past board members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, as Slocum's husband, Peter, visited with Joehnk's sister Liz and brother Tom and wife Kristeen. Joe and Tami Sweeney related that their son Conor, Paul Ryan's press secretary, was phoned in Italy by his boss about a certain GOP veep candidacy.

Reveling in the Lake Michigan bluff-side view was attorney Randy Reinhardt, Heather Krause of Krause Funeral Homes, Louise Kempe, Tabatha DiRubba from GLOW Salon, Jimmy Taylor, and Bob Schneider, who owns Bahama Bob's in Gulf Shores, Ala. Guests savored Russian kabobs by caterer Arturo Zakhurints, with poolside music by classic rockers Fat Pig. During a band break, Joehnke's son Bobby performed a hilarious comedy routine, amusing clothiers David and Patti Aversa and CPA Pete Dhein, there with his wife, Catherine.

Beach Blowout:
After postponing July Fourth fireworks because of drought concerns, Atwater Beach capped a fun-filled evening with a pyrotechnic display a month-plus later. Neighbors sipped Barefoot Wine and Big Bay Brewing beers, chowing on barbecue while the bands played on. Featured were Fred Bliffert & The Atwater Beach Blues Band with Fred Bliffert, Mary Broad, Peter Roller and vocalist Mark Saichek, followed by Lil' Debbie & The Tone Gods highlighting Bobby Wo, Debbie Parker and Tall Mike Cornwell; and Dukster.

Event organizer Jay Urban welcomed a crowd that included Mary Broad's sister Sharon Broad Maier, founder of Atwater Bright Beginnings, and their mom Peggy Broad, a still young 89-year-old; Poco Loco's Dean Gardner; Randy Eidenberger; Rose and Kurt Glaisner; and Sandy Pasch, making a last-minute push toward her eventual primary victory in the 10th Assembly District race.

Oil and Vinegar:
“Iron Chef America” judge Mario Rizzotti led an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting at Glorioso's Italian Market, with market controller Amanda Dentici making sure all went well. Sampling were Andrea Taxman, Jacquie Crema, sommelier Steve Rickun, Louis Santini, Potawatomi's food and beverage manager Donald Sally, and Sprecher Brewing's Tom Strelka with his wife, Angela. From Renaissance Theaterworks, celebrating its 20th season, were Jennifer Rupp and Lisa Rasmussen raffling off a three-play package.

Afterward at Thai-namite, B&D spotted Theatre Gigante's Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson having just returned from New Mexico. The couple, along with their beloved dog Mama, was dining outside with Leni Vozlic, Isabelle's cousin from Slovenia, along with Theatre Gigante supporters, doctors Tom and Pat Bachhuber.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the Sept. 6 issue of the
Shepherd.
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