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The Route 15 bus offers an exhaustive north-south tour of the townships bordering Lake Michigan. With Bayshore Town Center on the northern end and a number of interesting neighborhoods along the way, this route is ideal for students......
Like Route 15, the 10 covers a large swath of the Milwaukee area—and the destinations from end to end are worth the journey. Moreover, while much of the 15's route covers the suburbs, the long east-west sweep of the 10 shows riders an interesting......
Route 30 is a relatively short route, but it's useful for students because it covers a significant portion of Milwaukee's Downtown and directly connects the Marquette and UW-Milwaukee campuses. When the bus reaches the latter......

Neighborhoods

East North Avenue is a hip neighborhood with classy, historic landmarks and popular modern destinations alike. Imaginative dining options and a respectable selection of bars make it the perfect place to go for a relaxing afternoon or fun night......

Neighborhoods

Riverwest, located west of the Milwaukee River and Upper East Side, is an artsy, comfortable neighborhood. It's home to interesting bars and shops, as well as proud homeowners genuinely devoted to creating a beautiful and welcoming......

Neighborhoods

There's nothing in Milwaukee quite like Brady Street. This half-mile-long stretch served as home to immigrant Sicilians and Poles, was later overtaken by hippies, suffered a decade of decay and experienced a rebirth in the 1990s......

Neighborhoods

The two marquee streets jutting through the towering cathedrals and ivy-riddled monoliths of Marquette University's Downtown campus make for a college kid's paradise: a refuge of greasy burgers and cold brews that come fast and......

Neighborhoods

The name says it all: This is more of an old-school, down-to-earth atmosphere in a Downtown area driven mostly toward the hip and the young. Old World Third is about the beer, the food and having a good time without any of the unnecessary......

Neighborhoods

Behold, the pantheon of Milwaukee nightlife: a dizzying strip of bars and pubs to satisfy all of your partying needs—and then some. Leave your self-respect and bring your dancing shoes, because it's going to be a heck of a ride......

Local Entrepreneur

In March 1993, Joe Bartolotta opened the doors of Ristorante Bartolotta in a lovely Cream City brick building in the heart of Wauwatosa. It instantly became a hit to diners and critics alike. He would continue to open new restaurants, all of them very......

Milwaukee Alderperson

Bob Donovan has long been the darling of the right-wing radio crowd, which helped him get re-elected to his relatively conservative Milwaukee aldermanic district. This past year, districts had to be redrawn because of population shifts......

Milwaukee County Supervisor

This young but tested county supervisor scored another victory this summer, when she helped to lead the successful fight for domestic partnership benefits for Milwaukee County workers. That follows on the heels of her cost-saving and smart......

Most Despised Politician / Milwaukee's Jerk of the Year

Since Scott Walker won both “Most Despised Politician” and “Milwaukee's Jerk of the Year,” it sounds like he isn't viewed favorably by Shepherd readers. The Wisconsin Constitution gives you a chance to do something about it......

Most Beloved Politician

Following in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln—who in 1840 jumped out of a second-story window of the Illinois state Capitol to deprive the Illinois House of Representatives of a quorum—14 Democratic senators left Wisconsin in an effort......

State Representative

Sandy Pasch made the leap from nursing to politics a few years ago and quickly became a shining star among the state's legislators. The leader of the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Caucus has been an outspoken supporter of access......

Public Park

I'd like my ashes to be scattered near here—maybe not in the sand right under the feet of the volleyball players, but in view of them. I'd like to spend eternity beside the lake, the tree-filled bluffs, the sunbathers, Frisbee players, wind surfers......

Buffet / Indian/Pakistani Restaurant

Since the belated arrival of Indian restaurants in Milwaukee during the mid-'80s, buffets have been a popular way to introduce the dishes of the subcontinent. Maharaja has been a perennial lunchtime favorite for Shepherd Express readers......

Burger

Sobelman's may have been bested by another Milwaukee burger place on the Travel Channel's “Food Wars” contest, but that did nothing to diminish the local standing of this beloved burger hub in the Menomonee Valley. Sobelman's burgers......

Cheap Eats

The atmosphere is dank and the plates are paper, but the prices are unbelievable. Nothing on the menu at Conejito's Place, Milwaukee's best-loved dive Mexican restaurant, costs more than $5. Bean tostadas, chopped-meat tacos......

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A new school year always brings excitement. Along with the opportunity to learn and grow in an academic setting, university students have a chance to explore the city. This year's Shepherd Express......
The food of Ethiopia can be fiery. Alem offers a gentler version, though their hot pepper sauce still has richness and depth of flavor. Try the doro wot, chicken with a hardboiled egg, prepared......
Although offering a wide variety of tea along with cucumber and watercress sandwiches for traditionalists, many items on the day menu follow an Asian theme......
A saloon with 1890s charm with a bar said to be the longest east of the Mississippi. The dining room serves burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads and a few dinner entrees......
Barnacle Bud's is hidden among old warehouses and grain elevators and is filled with nautical kitsch. The main draw is a large wooden deck overlooking the Kinnickinnic River. Yes, there is a boat dock......

BBQ

At Ashley's Barbeque, takeout is the only option. But with specialties not found at bigger chain restaurants and a family ownership history that extends back to the 1960s, it's an option worth taking......
In a plush contemporary setting, servers dressed as gauchos arrive at your table with skewers of grilled meats. You will be served as much as you wish, whether tender and garlicky sliced sirloin, lamb chops or chicken breast wrapped in bacon......
It's not exactly a tea-and-scones, steak-and-kidney pie kind of place, but there are touches of England among the tap beers, on the menu and in the decor......
The theme is Cajun, but the biggest draw is the multitude of seafood specials listed on the dinner menu. Start with oysters on the half shell or a half pound of crawfish tails, then choose from a broad menu of red snapper, king crab, prawns or a bouillabaisse loaded with assorted seafood......
This unassuming place is a mecca for those in search of authentic Jamaican fare. The jerk is a work of art with the flavors of allspice and a hint of scotch bonnet pepper......
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A full-sized airplane is skillfully integrated into the front marquee of Amelia's, fittingly situated across the street from the airport. “Amelia” references the glorious aviator Earhart, of course......
It's an ambitious idea for Milwaukee: taking an elevator to the third floor to drink. But at Cuvée, the ride is worth it......
The name doesn't do justice to how much fun this store actually is to behold. American Science & Surplus is an Archie McPhee catalog come to life......
The Borg Ward is a nonprofit DIY collective made up of artists, musicians, poets, thespians and more. Currently, its art gallery shows the work of four local artists; soon, the artwork of Ugandan youth will be featured......
In the 1980s, con artist David Hampton tricked a group of wealthy Manhattanites out of a great deal of money by claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son. In 1990, playwright John......
John Michael Kohler Arts Center offers a unique open-submission exhibition of photography based on the theme “It's Me Again.” Individuals of all levels of artistic experience and from all parts of the world have been invited to create displays incorporating a snapshot of themselves......
Most artists do not struggle in isolation, laboring away in a lonely space. But then again, some do. So goes the story of Wisconsin artist Bernard Gilardi. He painted devotedly in......
Photographer Tina Barney will be highlighted at the Haggerty for her nuanced approach. “The Europeans” is an American perspective on grand European families. Before......
A wild type of mystery animates Jennifer Steinkamp's “Mike Kelley 15.” Using computer animation and projection technology, this piece is one from a series of undulating trees......
If much of the excitement of choreographer Debra Loewen's site-specific performances comes from her inspired transformations of physical environments, the joys of her original......
This 20-voice women's vocal ensemble is Wisconsin's premier professional chorus and one of only a handful of professional women's ensembles in the country. This concert......
Early Music Now is calling its 25th anniversary “A Season of Celebrations.” The party is in full swing with this concert featuring imaginative collaborations between Shira......
This weekly summer mainstay draws some of the Midwest's finest jazz musicians. Pack your own picnic basket or sample food and drinks from local vendors and enjoy cool jazz in the summer heat......
On a hot summer day, the best time to enjoy the outdoors is in the morning. Why not start with an outdoor breakfast? On weekends, you'll find no shortage of places at which to enjoy brunch while seated outside. Finding a place......
Area farmers' markets are one of the best perks of Milwaukee's mild, sweet summers. These grassroots outdoor markets feature the area's freshest local produce along with artisan meats and cheeses, delicious prepared foods, locally roasted coffees......

Stirring sounds on the patio

When summer comes, Milwaukeeans emerge from the darkness of their homes to pursue sunnier activities, like window shopping in the Third Ward or walking along the lake. Our city is also known for outdoor music resonating......

Places to go without going far

Costly vacations may be out of the question for many of us this year, but we don't have to just hang around the house. Instead, plan a day trip. Much less costly than trips that require money for hotels and eating out, day trips can be accomplished......

Stage Actor

A number of Milwaukee actors have had terrific years in 2010, but it’s difficult to top the two accomplished performances by Milwaukee Rep resident actor James Pickering. In February, he played a blind Irish drunk in The Seafarer—the Rep’s best of the season. Months later, he played a dramatically different character......

Stage Actress

It’s tempting to award this title to Mary MacDonald Kerr, Jacque Troy or any of a wide selection of well-known Milwaukee actresses that turned in brilliant appearances this year, but the lesser-known Liz Mistele has arguably had a better 2010 than any actor in town. Mistele appeared in at least five shows in 12......

Milwaukee Author

Milwaukee is home to all kinds of writers—novelists and essayists, poets and journalists. But when we think “Milwaukee writer,” it’s impossible not to put John Gurda at the head of the list. More than anyone, he reminds us of our city’s unique and valuable heritage. Gurda became a local history superstar when his......

Movie Theatre

It’s a landmark as well as a cultural institution. Milwaukee’s only functioning movie palace from the 1920s is an architectural gem—an eclectic blend of the Near East and the Far East. Even the economic decision to split the old theater in three hasn’t diminished the Oriental’s splendor. Although it occasionally makes room......

Summer Festival

Milwaukee may be better known for its German heritage, but the city hosts the largest celebration of Celtic culture in the country. One of Milwaukee’s most vibrant ethnic festivals, Irish Fest reliably draws some of the most popular Celtic and Celtic-rock bands from around the world. Each year Irish Fest patrons......

Theater Company

It’s difficult to imagine a better year for a theater company than the one experienced by Youngblood Theatre in 2010. The new season was announced at the company’s end of a nationwide staged reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, and it included three edgy shows that all turned out to be critical......

Bookstore

Boswell is a shining example of why we need locally owned bookstores. They host author events big and small, both in-store and off-site. They carry top hits and book-club favorites, but also promote offbeat writers and local authors. You’re free to browse shelf after wonderful shelf in your quest for that perfect......

Pet Store

If you’re buying your dog food from a big-box retailer, you may want to think twice. Many commercially made dog foods are loaded with fillers like corn, which canines can’t digest. The Natural Pet in Bay View doesn’t sell any of the shameful (and arguably even unhealthy) pet products that bigger retailers do......

Record Store

There’s no better place in Milwaukee to stock up on used records than Bullseye, which sells a wide variety of rare and specialty records, sometimes at nearly half the price of what they’d go for in a bigger city like Chicago. Bullseye’s large jazz section offers some of the store’s best bargains, while the......

Best Vintage/Thrift Store

Stocking a boutique second-hand selection of jeans, jackets, T-shirts and accessories for men and women, Bay View’s Luv Unlimited is an invaluable resource for those who don’t have time to dig through heaps of polyester at the Salvation Army in hopes of finding something fashionable. The shop also works by trade......

Beer Selection

It’s not that Whole Foods’ beer selection is the largest in the city; it’s where the beer selection can be found that’s notable—on a long aisle of refrigerated shelves in a grocery store that offers an expansive variety of high-quality natural and organic food products. The store stocks a solid roster of imports, including a......

Grocery--Ethnic

Like the country it’s named for, Indian Groceries is a sensory overload, starting with the scent of spices filling the air. The aisles are crowded and stacked high with curry powder and dried chili, bottled chutney, coffee, tea and bulky bags of basmati rice. A frozen-food section pushes against the produce aisle. You can......

Farmer's Market

An oud player serenades passers-by one week and a trio of young cats plays ’60s jazz the next. The South Shore Farmers Market, a Saturday summer tradition in Bay View, is a social gathering for the neighborhood as well as an opportunity to buy locally grown produce, organic eggs and meat, artisanal......

Dojo

If all you’re looking for is a quick lesson in kicking some ass, the Futen Dojo isn’t the martial arts school for you. The dojo, with locations on the East Side and in Bay View, offers training in Kobudo, the ancient martial arts of Japan. Under the guidance of Kyoshi Michael Coleman, students learn ninpo, jujutsu and......

Hair Salon—Women’s

When Salon Thor opened in Bay View in 2007, the neighborhood didn’t exactly need another salon. But Thor and his staff have managed to become breakout stars in a crowded field, thanks to excellent skills, attention to customer service and the use of organic dyes and products instead of harsh, unnatural......

Yoga Studio

It’s hard not to be proud of yourself when you complete a yoga class at Bikram Yoga Milwaukee on the corner of Commerce Street and Humboldt Avenue on the city’s East Side. It is a challenge, to say the least: 26 yoga postures book-ended by two breathing exercises over the course of an hour and a half in a room......

Website

It is definitely self-serving for the Shepherd Express to list its own website, expressmilwaukee.com, as the critics’ choice, but it’s become the premier Milwaukee-focused website for tens of thousands of people in the area. Since the website received a complete redesign and upgrade two years ago, it has grown at a......

Urban Bike Trail

In Riverwest the abandoned railroad right-of-way that traverses the bluffs on the western banks of the Milwaukee River has long been used by locals and their dogs for quiet, solitary strolls through a forest of ash and cottonwood trees. Once a vital railroad corridor used by the Blatz, Pabst and Schlitz breweries for......

Favorite Brewer

Last year McGehee stormed onto the roster by hitting .329 in spring training, got his shot as a starter in May and earned the third-base job with blue-collar grit and a hot bat. He finished with a .301 batting average, 16 home runs and 66 runs batted in, ranking fifth in the vote for National League Rookie of the......

Favorite Buck

Last season, the electrifying rookie point guard helped lead the Bucks to their most regular-season wins in nine years. The previous year was spent in Italy as the first all-American to forgo college and play professionally in Europe. As for next season, his goals for the team include earning 50 victories, winning......

Favorite Packer

Off the field, the heart of the Packers defense is a partner in a winery in Napa Valley, Calif.—one of its labels being “TwentyFour by Charles Woodson.” And on the field, like a fine wine, the 13-year veteran seems to get better with age. Last season, The Associated Press named him NFL Defensive Player of the......

5 Favorites

A high-end cocktail lounge and dance club of the sort typically associated with Downtown and the Fifth Ward, Decibel stands out on North Avenue, where it offers a substantially more upscale alternative to the casual college bars that neighbor it. This chic space is outfitted with three bars, two DJ booths......

Live local, eat local

Over the last 15 years, the number of farmers’ markets in the United States has tripled. This growth spurt has occurred in Milwaukee as well, where more than half of the farmers’ markets currently operating have opened within the last decade and a half. Farmers’ markets are essentially about food......

Third and Fifth Wards, East Side, Bay View, Walker’s Point, Wauwatosa, Downtown Milwaukee and North Shore

In Milwaukee’s Historic Third and Fifth Wards, just south of Downtown, sleek modern structures share real estate with century-old factories and foundries that have found new life as art galleries, condos, design firms, trendy boutiques and see-and-be-seen dining hot spots. The neighborhood’s renaissance during the mid-1990s was anchored by the presence of the Milwaukee Institute of Art...
MAY Elkhorn Antique Flea Market May 16, June 27, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 Walworth County Fair Grounds, Highway 11, Elkhorn, www.nlpromotionsllc.com, 525-0820 Join throngs...

Local boutiques selling local designs

With fashion moving at runway speed, even the subtlest detail can make the loudest statement. A garment’s lines, the studding here, the way light plays off fabric, the feel against skin—these are the elements that designers and seamstresses get stoked about. The DIY (do-it-yourself) fad has gone...

Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide

Best known for their hot corned beef sandwich, this Shorewood mainstay has been serving up traditional deli fare for nearly 40 years. Whether it’s omelets or lox, a Reuben or a salmon salad, a fish fry or a beef brisket dinner that gets you salivating, Benji’s has it down......

Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide

Chocolate Factory 5900 N. Port Washington Road, 962-6770 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., 272-0400 W62 N577 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, (262) 377-8877 2120 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 542-540...

5 Favorites

Far from those faux-’50s diners insulting the landscape, Leon’s Drive-In, family-owned since 1942, is the genuine article. Time and fresh-made custard are frozen at this renowned South Side landmark, allegedly the inspiration for the Arnold’s Drive-In set on the TV show “Happy Days.” President Bill......

5 Favorites

Some of Milwaukee’s most fascinating art does not hang on museum and gallery walls, but rather exists in the opulent interior murals and ornate stained glass that adorn the Basilica of St. Josaphat. Beneath its awe-inspiring dome—among the largest in the world—visitors to the minor basilica can find relics not often......

Metro Milwaukee Dining Guide

EE-Sane 1806 N. Farwell Ave. The main menu is an extensive list of Thai items, with noteworthy options such as the fresh spring rolls and curries with more character than usual. But the more i...

Plus: Salaries rise with educational level

Students and their families make a lot of sacrifices for a higher education. There's the cost of tuition, books and supplies, and the potential for costly student loans that take years to pay back. There's the time and effort, too—endless studying and unpaid internships, often while working a full- or part-time job......

A look at local brew-pubs

Brew-pubs have been opening in and around the Milwaukee area since the '80s, and it's easy to see why they're so reliably popular. They serve big portions of comfort food in an open, inviting environment, for about the same price as a cookie-cutter......

The growth of local distilleries

Wisconsin distilleries, a relatively new trend, focus on small-batch, specialty spirits and liqueurs. These craft distillers stretch their creative chops to make exceptional products without rushing production. This means patrons may occasionally......

Wisconsin microbreweries challenge the major brewers

Based on TV advertising, any alien unfortunate enough to be subjected to an entire weekend of sporting events would report back to the mothership that Earthlings apparently have a choice between one of three beers, each of which makes one......

Wisconsin is also home to wineries

When most people think of wine country, California's many vineyards and wineries come to mind. But Wisconsin residents and visitors don't have to trek across the country to follow a wine trail. Our state has a thriving wine industry all its own......
Milwaukee classical music fans are blessed to have so many options available to them, as this smattering of highlights from the new music season makes crystal clear. The Fine Arts Quartet opens its season with a classical masterpiece and two 20th-century works......
In the fields of dance and hybrid performance, almost every work presented in our town is brand new. Debra Loewen is among the most original of the originators. She has been making dances here for so long that the life energy of our city is somehow always her subject and everything her Wild Space......
Off the Wall Theatre kicks off its season Sept. 2 with a production of Charles Busch’s campy comedy Psycho Beach Party. Jeremy Welter directs the talented Liz Mistele and Dear Ruthie. A week later, the Sunset Playhouse goes in a less campy though similarly silly direction with Steve Martin’s The......
During Wisconsin’s fall season, nature creates its own array of visual art. Against this vibrant outdoor backdrop, many exceptional indoor art exhibitions begin in September and October. On Oct. 9, the Milwaukee Art Museum displays European ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork and......

Reflections on a Folk Singer

“I like his smile,” my mother always says when we listen to John Prine. It's a smile that represents the man well. John Prine is an American legend who continues to write, sing and perform songs since his 1971 debut. He is now in his fifth decade......
Institution Type: four-year, private, Catholic Franciscan university Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and......
Institution Type: private university, offering three-year bachelor degrees Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and......
Institution Type: Catholic private women's college Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and......

7.5 out of 10

Ah, memories. I bought the first Tony Hawk game solely based on the reviews, and I bought the second game solely because it became the go-to video game in the dorms during college. Everyone was playing it. Everyone was losing sleep over it......

8.0 out of 10

In anticipation of the release of Penny Arcade's third game coming out next week, I made a point of downloading the first two “episodes” to give them a whirl. I had relatively few expectations......

5.0 out of 10

When you play the videogame of thrones, you give up … or you die. That about sums up this game, unfortunately. Created with the help of George R.R. Martin......

6.0 out of 10

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I seriously worry that “Americanizing” this series has hurt it. I know, I know … I usually hate Japanese storytelling. But when it came to the Ninja Gaiden series, the storytelling was for the most part pretty......

9.0 out of 10

I'm grading this game solely on the basis of its merits as a fighting game. I want to state that at the top because I want to go on record as saying the “story” of the game is absolutely ridiculous. Pandora's Box has landed in the arctic......

7.5 out of 10

I know I said I was going to review Ninja Gaiden, but I couldn't help pick up a copy of The Witcher 2 when I stopped by the local game store. Full disclosure: I have no idea whatsoever what happened in the first game. I picked this up on a whim......

7.5 out of 10

Since my nearest Blockbuster is now officially closed (and I'm struggling to figure out where the NEXT nearest one is), I thought I'd hop on down to the local video game store to examine the newly released, overpriced games. Ninja Gaiden 3?...
It occurred to me as I was fooling around with Mass Effect 3 this week that I was, in the heat of the excitement, perhaps a bit hasty in glossing over some of the things that really ticked me off about this game......

9.9 out of 10

Well, once again intergalactic politics has made a mess of things. You tried to warn them. For two freaking games, Command Shepherd tried to warn them all. The Reapers are coming! No, really, they're coming! And they're going to destroy......

7.0 out of 10

Oh sweet Jesus, I can't wait for Mass Effect 3 to come out. It's reached a point where I can't even enjoy other games for more than a few hours. Here is Asura's Wrath, a perfectly commendable game with colorful graphics, sleek style, and some decent......