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This is from ESPN.com's Eric Karabell, who is their fantasy baseball writer. The article does talk a lot about fantasy team impact, but I think it's still worth posting because it's a whole article about my man, Russell "The Muscle." It's an ESPN Ins......
If senior citizens wanted to serve as footrests, or stand in corporate lobbies as experimental artwork, I’d be the first one to put my feet up, admire the view and applaud their work. But the reality is far more insidious, and the time to respect our elders has passed....
Between DVRs, DVDs and daily ODs on cough syrup, today’s kids can pretty much raise themselves. Of course, you won’t find advice like that from the American Academy of Pediatrics, an anti-adult organization firmly in the pocket of Big Baby. Instead of heeding their cries for turning America into a child-welfare state, we need some straight talk to combat the curveballs thrown by those ...

Patriotism Redefined

Two months ago, I thought porking Ann Coulter was the ultimate way to serve this country. Then along came that rowdy band of patriots known as Blackwater to blow away my previous notion by blowing away Iraqi citizens for big-time cashola. Suddenly, those of us who thought we knew true patriotism were put to shame....

.357 String Band

.357 String Band has been called a “speedgrass” group, which is as good a term as any to describe their high-octane take on bluegrass, rockabilly and rowdy outlaw country. The group, which...

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

In addition to playing host to many wonderful multicultural exhibits throughout the year, the folks at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) also pride themselves on their active role in...

Greg Koch

Few Milwaukee acts better conjure the sound of gritty, electric Chicago blues than Greg Koch, a guitar virtuoso. Koch is one of Milwaukee’s most prolific players, performing guitar clinics and t...

UW-Milwaukee Fine Arts Quartet

It’s a surprising choice, given the local competition, but not undeserved. The Fine Arts Quartet, working from UW-Milwaukee since 1963, has earned a worldwide reputation as a distinguished chamb...

Kid Cut Up

In a city that can sometimes be close-minded about such things, Kid Cut Up and his fellow No Request Sound DJs broke invisible barriers by spinning both underground hip-hop as well as more broadly com...

Eddie Butts Band

Name an Earth, Wind & Fire song and there’s a pretty good chance that singer/drummer Eddie Butts and his band cover it. The same goes with Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross hits, too. The Eddi...

Danceworks

Danceworks is a company of dancers and choreographers who give concerts of original contemporary dance featuring multidisciplinary collaborations with guest artists. They also offer more than 70 class...

Jack Grassel

The prodigiously talented instrumentalist “plays the whole guitar,” he explained in a recent interview, “with bass and chords at the same time. This means we can play jazz without a...

Firestarter Films

You need more than just creative, ambitious filmmakers in order to have a thriving film scene; you also need outlets for their work to be screened in order to connect with people in the community. Fir...

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......

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......

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......

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...

Weier Not Amused

Hey, Cleveland. How ya doing, little buddy? I heard the news. It’s all over the television and newspapers. Lebron is going to Miami. Tough break, I know. It just doesn’t seem to make any sense. I mean, why would he leave the 33rd largest city in America, and the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of......

Weier Not Amused

I’m so happy right now I’m bursting with joy. Life is great. I just got promoted to floor manager at Bath & Body Works, my sister had a baby, and Craig and I couldn’t be happier. I know what you’re thinking. My relationship with Craig hasn’t always been in the greatest condition. The 2009 Brewers......

June 18, 2010

I’m almost willing to bet my weight in Pabst Blue Ribbon that anyone who spends an hour watching Aziz Ansari will walk away talking just like him. Start by proposing an everyday fact about life or a weird situation, drop down low into a sort of gangster dialect and finish it off by talking really fast in a high......

Weier Not Amused

Greetings Milwaukee. You don’t know who I am, but I know most of you. I see what you do. I know what you like. You can’t hide from me. There is no escape. Don’t be alarmed. I’m completely harmless to your physical well-being. I’m not going to kidnap you children or impregnate you daughters. No, I just sit, and I watch......

Weier Not Amused

Lock up your children and bar your doors and windows—no place is safe anymore. They lurk in parking lots, malls, and restaurants. They walk among us undetected. They are our friends and co-workers. They are seemingly normal people until one moment—BAM!—they strike. Who are these elusive creatures......

May 7, 2010

On Friday May 7th, Milwaukee welcomed to the Pabst Theater a Saturday Night Live alum, a movie man and that guy that does voice-over work sometimes—Norm McDonald. He looks, well…different, but his comedy was as fresh as ever. It’s been a long times since Norm McDonald was behind......

Weier Not Amused

So you go out on a Saturday night. Maybe you gel up your ‘do real nice or put on your shiny, dancing shoes. I don’t really know. It’s your Saturday night. So you’re still all like, “I’m going to see some music.” But what kind of music, son? Smooth jazz? A screaming girl with a guitar and a mohawk? Polka, yeah hey? None of the above. You are going to see a...

April 24, 2010

Demetri Martin delivered a classic musical, educational and freaking hysterical set at The Pabst Theater on April 24. The shaggy-haired, man boy busted out the large sketch pad and a tiny guitar, as well as some sweet piano accompaniment to give everyone a little insight into the mind of a lunatic......

Weier Not Amused

Hey Becky, it’s your birthday. Yay! Congratulations lady friend. You are 27 today. Oh my God, you are like so old. Jk. Lol. But, seriously. It’s your day. You call the shots. Whatever you want to do, it will happen. If you want to go out for a fancy dinner at a restaurant way out of my price range, and then insist......

Weier Not Amused

For those freaks in the world who are actually athletically talented, sports injuries are a common occurrence. If you get on the field, you are going to get hurt. There’s no crying in baseball. But for the rest of the population who would rather roll off the couch to get another beer instead of wearing......
For most workers, the year-end bonus no longer exists, having gone the way of company-paid holiday parties and gift turkeys. Indeed, such Yuletide Cheer is rare, except on Wall Street, which is licking its collective chops in anticipation of yet another round of big annual payouts. And why not? Extra effort means extra pay. And no group has worked harder at bringing down the economy and forcing a ...
All this ruckus over the financial rescue package is prompting many people to cook up their own plans for saving our economy. One innovative idea goes like this: Screw bailing out banks, give money directly to the American people. Internet message boards are chatting up the idea. Callers on talk radio are asking about it. One of my closest relatives rang me up this weekend to discuss it and I, in ...

The British bank rescue plan is coming! The British bank rescue

The British bank rescue plan is coming! The British bank rescue plan is coming! Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson doesn't resemble Paul Revere, our country's famous midnight rider, but he's definitely signaling that a British-backed effort to resolve the banking and economic crisis is on the way to America. Following the Brits lead, Paulson now wants to put taxpayer money directly into banks, often ...

A&E

2014 Best of Milwaukee Winners

For nearly 35 years, the Third Ward-located Katie Gingrass Gallery has enriched Milwaukee’s cultural scene with the exhibition of arts and artists of all stripes: the up and coming, the established, the antique, the regional...

2014 Best of Milwaukee Winners

Along with one of this year’s runners-up, Alem, Ethiopian Cottage is among the few places north of Chicago offering injera, a soft crepe-like sourdough bread serving as plate, utensil and the meal itself. Tasty East African...

2014 Best of Milwaukee Winners

Higher Education   Four-Year College   University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee uwm.edu   Runner-up: Milwaukee School of En...

2014 Best of Milwaukee Winners

Brookfield singer-songwriter Nora Collins hit the ground running. Though she’s only a few years removed from high school, the country/folk/pop singer plays shows at a...

2014 Best of Milwaukee Winners

“Everybody needs to be part of the solution,” Barbara Beckert told the Shepherd last year. Beckert, the director of the Milwaukee office of Disability Rights Wisconsin...

2014 Best of Milwaukee Winners

On Monday, my Lakefront tapper costs me $3.50. On Tuesdays, MGD or Leinie’s bottles are $2.50. All tappers (a good selection) cost $3 on Thursdays. Good but not that good, so what—aside from bumper...

at Lucille's Rockin' Pianos

...Gather up all your high roller friends and go over for an evening of world class entertainment and ghoulish good times at Lucille's Rockin' Piano on Saturday......

at Casablanca

Dance the night away, Halloween style, to the sounds of Erik Romero and Yusuf. FREE X Rated served by X Rated models......

at the Horny Goat Hideaway

...Carnevil will feature the side show act Dead Man's Carnival. Plus magic, music, fire eating, fire dancing, bed of nails, human pin-cushion......

His earmark obsession misses the mark

Republican presidential nominee John McCain has had few consistent themes in his campaign outside of his staunch belief that he’s a “maverick,” even though he supported President Bush 90% of the time in 2007; his insistence that he’s always put “country first,” even though his vice presidential pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah......

In McCain’s World, Women Aren’t Equal

Sure, Republican presidential nominee John McCain chose working mom Sarah Palin as his running mate to help him persuade women that their fortunes would rise in his administration. But how’s that working out in reality? The duo is famously pro-life and wants Roe v. Wade to be overturned by the Supreme Court......

His health care plan would take money from Medicare

Republican presidential nominee John McCain is trying to argue that his plan to break up the current employer-based health care system will result in a tax credit for individuals and no financial harm to the government. The free market will sort it out, apparently, and his proposed $2,500 individual tax......

Why the Keating Five matters

Sen. John McCain likes to say that the “appearance of impropriety” created by his intervention on behalf of Charles Keating, a wealthy benefactor who was under investigation, propelled him to become a campaign finance reformer, a truth teller, a straight talker who’s above politics. But the Keating Five scandal......

His “old boys’ network” is well connected

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential nominee John McCain has been promising to take on the “old boys’ network,” first in Washington, and now on Wall Street. But as Democratic nominee Barack Obama countered, that would be like calling a “staff meeting” of McCain’s campaign. Indeed....

His tax plan would benefit the rich

In Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s hour-long acceptance speech last Thursday, he mentioned Iraq only twice, Russia three times and taxes eight times. But did McCain speak the truth about his tax plan? “I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can,” he told the Republican Party faithful gathered......

McCain tells lies about Hurricane Katrina

On the third anniversary of the deadliest hurricane in American history, it’s appropriate to remember the 1,800 people who lost their lives in the storm, the countless residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast who lost their homes, and the promise made to the victims that the negligence and disorganization displayed by the Bush administration would never happen again....

His birth control dodge continues

I don’t usually duck an issue, but I’ll try to get back to you,” Sen. John McCain told a Los Angeles Times reporter in early July. The uncomfortable moments documented on video—and in a Planned Parenthood campaign ad—show the presumptive Republican nominee squirming and stammering when he was asked why he voted against a 2003 bill that would require private insurance ...

Who Loves You, Baby

The media is in love with Barack Obama. If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny.” That’s the message that John McCain’s campaign wants you to believe: The adoring media is “in the tank” for Obama and never challenges him; Obama has been anointed “The One”; and McCain can’t get a break, especially when......

He won’t invest in war veterans’ education

Republican presidential candidate John McCain makes much of his loyalty to and support for this nation’s armed forces, as well as the suffering he endured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. So why won’t he support a new and improved version of the G.I. Bill for those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan?...
This year, I decided to experiment a little with the gravy. Although there is nothing wrong with your mom’s turkey gravy, who knows, maybe you’d like to try something different this year. This sauce is not really like gravy, it is much more concentrated and meant to be drizzled over the dish, not poured. I hope that you......
Thanksgiving is here once again, and everybody has advice on how to cook your turkey this year, so I won’t be weighing in. I feel that the dressing is almost as important as the turkey, and unfortunately, a lot of people tend to minimize its role on the Thanksgiving table. This recipe is......
Admittedly, there is not very much time left to utilize your grill, but this recipe can be made in the oven as well. The key is to marinate the pork for at least an hour, and overnight is even better. Since part of the recipe uses corn husks, corn on the cob is a perfect accompaniment for this dish. The corn husks should be soaked......
There is nothing quite as satisfying as a good potato salad. Creamy, salty, crunchy and tender all at once. My mom makes it with a lot of hard boiled egg, and a little vinegar gives it the zesty flavor that puts it over the top......
This dish is so simple anyone can do it, including your kids. There is a trick, however. You need to serve this dish and eat it IMMEDIATELY! The recipe calls for a lot of butter, and if it cools off too much it will solidify. The starch in the pasta water will serve to thicken it, too. Other than that, it is wonderfully creamy and tasty......
This is a recipe which requires a fair amount of time and effort, but it is well worth it. Commercial ravioli are bland, too perfect versions of the real thing. Good homemade pasta is nutty, toothy heaven and you can make so many different fillings from savory to sweet. I sometimes make dessert ravioli with butternut......
Here’s my take on the classic dish. For me, the key is to make sure that the chicken is super crispy, not overcooked, and I don’t like to bake the chicken for very long. Use a little sauce, don’t drown it. Use fresh mozzarella, not the hard block of cheese......
I love this dish for its simplicity, and the results are always overwhelmingly positive. You should end up with what I like to call “grill fries”, crispy on the outside and puffy potato goodness on the inside. A good companion dish for any grilled protein, dip them in whatever sauce you like. I prefer to drizzle them with a nice hot sauce like Cholula......
I made this dish for a family picnic and it lasted for about 15 minutes. This dish is simple, fresh and tasty.Make sure that the shrimp are thoroughly cleaned and that you don't overcook them. They only need to be in the boiling water for about 30 seconds, and then put into an ice bath immediately.Boil them with the......
An essential part of your cooking arsenal, shrimp scampi is not only easy to make but is a classic dish that always gets a compliment from your guests. The origins of this dish are fought over but at this point in time there are so many versions that it really doesn't matter what you use for your crustacean. I also like to add a little chili......

Scott Walker is looking out for inner-city residents

Last week, Jim Doyle asked Washington for $519 million dollars to use to upgrade transit in Wisconsin. Would that money go for busses in the inner-city? Transit for the disabled? Bus ticket vouchers for homeless shelters?...

Unconstitutional Legislation Won’t Spur Private Investors

Why would any private investor want to get into bed with the Federal Government? This is the sort of question that businesses have to ask themselves on a daily basis- why would a consumer want to do business with our company? With the government bailouts of companies like AIG, it is a question that the Federal Government needs to ask itself. Why would private investors want to accept bailout fu...

Bonuses fly in the face of common sense

Some things are just unbelievable. They defy all common sense. Like the time my wife chose Cleveland as a vacation destination. It wasn't even a good idea at the time, yet somehow, it happened. Such was my thought when it was revealed that executives employed by the hapless insurance giant AIG were to be paid $165 million in bonuses....

The Bush Administration Was Reckless

When the barn is on fire, the bold will take action to douse the blaze, and the useless will stand around, jaws agape and scratching their beards, wondering just how the heck this thing got started in the first place. I fall squarely into the latter category, and anyway, voluntary participation in extinguishing conflagrant agricultural structures......

Democrats Cannot Evade Responsibility For Much Longer

Lately, we've been hearing the word "inherited" a lot. Not in a good sense, as in "you've just inherited a million dollars from an uncle you'd never met". No, this word is being repeated ad nauseam by the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress to refer to the current economic crisis. They are stating categorically that they have inherited this state of affairs from President George W. Bu...

Radio talker's speech distills conservatism to its essence

In his "first ever address to the nation" delivered to the Conservative Political Action Committee last Saturday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh electrified attendees of the conference by distilling conservative ideals down to their essence- the freedom of every American to achieve greatness through individual effort, unencumbered by "onerous taxes, regulations, and too ...

Progressives can't dismiss his influence

I first started listening to the Rush Limbaugh program during the Clinton Administration, or as Rush liked to call it “America Held Hostage.”  Regardless of what you may think of his political views, you must admit that the guy can be funny and charismatic in a way that Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are not....
An AP story reporting on Jim Doyle's proposed budget starts with this sentence: "Taxes will go up on smokers, the rich, and large companies." What a surprise. Doyle's budget targets the Democrat's axis of evil- Big Tobacco, Big Money, and Big Oil. Doyle proposed his budget in a 34-minute speech last Tuesday. The speech was like an overlong car chase in a low-budget action m...
Faced with a huge deficit, Governor Doyle unveiled his new budget plan last week, and was immediately attacked by everyone who happened to have a soapbox nearby. Unless you serve donuts for a living, you can't please all the people all the time. I'm not going to defend all aspects of 2009 Assembly Bill 75, but faced with a huge deficit, Doyle presented a realistic, if unfortunate, package of spend...

From Serb Hall to St. Sava

Milwaukee’s Serbian community, numbering about 2,500 prior to World War I, gained in population after World War II. Serbian villagers and political refugees found shelter here through fraternal benevolent lodges formed to aid fellow countrymen. As early as 1912 a call went out in Milwaukee for......
Despite its central location in Milwaukee County, many locals aren’t aware of the historic and architectural treasure trove that is the National Soldiers Home Historic District. Situated in the shadow of Miller Park on the grounds of the Zablocki VA Medical Center, the district includes an impressive collection of 25 post-Civil War......
The domestic dog, a descendant of the gray wolf, has been the working and companion animal most closely tied to humans, a relationship that dates back 15,000 years. According to professor Jean Aigner, former chair of the University of Alaska anthropology department, there is firm archaeological evidence that Arctic natives harnessed dogs as draft and pack animals for at......
Wladziu Valentino Liberace’s entrance into the world foreshadowed a career renowned for dramatic entrances. On May 16, 1919, in West Allis, Frances Zuchowski, a Polish-speaking young woman from Menasha, and her husband, Salvatore Liberace, a professional......

Developing Milwaukee’s harbor

In the era when Milwaukee was little more than a trading post in the wilderness, nearly everything and everyone traveled by water. The future belonged to settlements with good harbors, and Milwaukee, with the largest bay and......
When Columbia St. Mary’s debuted its new state-of-the-art hospital in October, it was a momentous step in its 160-year history of providing health care to the people of Milwaukee. When the hospital first began caring for patients, Milwaukee was a young frontier settlement, a place of opportunity for foreign immigrants seeking work and a better life......
If you ask, you’ll find that Milwaukee abounds with compelling immigrant histories. Many people are eager to share stories of how they or their ancestors came to live in Milwaukee, as well as what the city was like and how it treated them when they arrived. Strength......
If you’ve ever had to provide someone with employment that includes job security, a competitive salary, health insurance and a retirement plan, you have to appreciate that Northwestern Mutual has been providing jobs—really good jobs, with perks that extend way beyond the gourmet lunch in the cafeteria—to members of our community......
Milwaukee has been home to a number of trailblazing artists, but none of them walked the line between obscurity and worldwide acclaim that Amund Dietzel did. When he began tattooing in 1907 it was an art form that existed on the periphery of mainstream culture, the stuff of carnival sideshows. But within......
Cathedral Square, the green gathering space in the heart of Downtown Milwaukee, serves as a point of convergence for popular events like Bastille Days, the East Town Market and the city’s favorite Thursday night tradition, Jazz in the Park......
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 This year marks the Shepherd Express’ 24th annual Best of Milwaukee, the longest-running readers’ choice poll in the city. Each year, we ask readers to vote for their favorite Milwaukee-area businesses, events...

Brendon Small brings cartoon death metal to life

If “Metalocalypse” co-creator Brendon Small could disabuse one notion about his Cartoon Network program, it’s that he’s lampooning metal. Sure, there are nudges and inside jokes, but the entire show is built upon...
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Best of Milwaukee, making it the longest-running readers' choice poll in the city. Each year, we ask readers to vote for their favorite Milwaukee-area businesses, events and personalities. We then tally the votes......

The Shepherd Express has a position opening for a Business Manager

The Shepherd Express is seeking to hire a Business Manager who will handle all business-related matters for the company. The Shepherd is looking for a smart, well-organized, energetic, upbeat person w...
For 20 years, the Shepherd Express has had Milwaukeeans weigh in on the city’s best food, shopping, arts, nightlife, politicians and personalities for the annual Best of Milwaukee awards, the city’s longest-running readers’ choice poll. The results of this year’s vote will run in next week’s issue, but they’ll be announced first at a Tuesday night award ceremony...

(This time without hope and robots)

Wayne Coyne was 16 when he realized he would die. He was working at the fast-food restaurant Long John Silver’s when a robber held it up, putting a gun to Coyne’s head. Though he was uninjured, the incident left him with an awareness of his own mortality that would shape the way he lived. Most mornings Coyne wakes up and literally looks death in the eye......

6pm at Vnuk's

...Hot Tub Time Machine starts John Cusack, who was most recently in the film 2012. To get your chance to get into the advanced screening of this movie (Thursday, March 25) you need to be at Vnuk's......

6:30pm at Vnuk's

...To get your chance to get into the advanced screening of this movie (Tuesday, March 16 at the Majestic at 7:30pm) you need to be at Vnuk's (5036 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy) by 6:30pm on Friday, March 12 to win a movie pass......

6pm at The Tracks

"Remember Me" is a drama centered on two lovers whose newfound relationship is threatened as they try to cope with their respective family tragedies; starring Twilight's Robert Pattinson and LOST's Emilie de Ravin. Come out to The Tracks......

7pm at The Tracks

...Come out to The Tracks (1020 E. Locust St.) on Saturday, March 6 at 7pm for your chance to win passes to the advanced screening on Tuesday, March 9 at AMC Mayfair Mall at 7:30pm....

6pm at Vnuk's

"Brooklyn's Finest" stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes. If you want a chance to see this movie before it hits the theaters, then make your way out to......
My dad just turned 80. I could devote many column inches on the enormous impact my father has had on the fabric of so many people's lives over the years (google “John Rosenberg AppalRed” or “John Rosenberg......
Super Tuscan. Yet another WineSpeak term that can make a novice wine drinker feel over his or her head -- like "full malo" or "highly extracted." This term for certain Italian reds was all the rage for a few years, and I think has died down just......
Hand it to the folks at Planet Bordeaux. They're a creative bunch. As I've mentioned before, Planet Bordeaux is the marketing arm of the winemakers who produce Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur wines. These are the wines that often get lost between the more inexpensive “vin de pays......
Hangovers -- a hazard of the occupation. No one can work with wine without tipping back too much from time to time. The morning after. The headache, the nausea, and the sun, as Nicholas Klar once wrote, "is like God's flashlight." Nobody to blame but yourself......
I love it when I’m lucky enough to score a couple of wine samples. I opened the box to discover a couple of cabernets from Lake County, California -- two 2005's from Snows Lake Vineyards named "One" and "Two." "One" was 100% cabernet sauvignon. "Two" was a 3-1 blend of cab sauv and cab......
There are occasional perks to being a shamelessly self-promoting fledgling wine writer. Every now and again, perks appear. Several weeks ago, I was working with my fellow blogger Harlan Weikle, proprietor of "Here's Cooking at You, Kid." We did some commentary on the Build a Better Burger......
One of many wine-related befuddlements is trying to understand what the big deal is about oak. If you listen to some wine folks at (usually higher-end) tastings, as part of the oenological word salad that they're coming out with -- they make reference to oak, the amount of time spent in oak, oaky flavors......
“Do you like dogs?” The Sweet Partner in Crime and I had been dating for a few weeks when she invited me to swing by her place for some food and a glass or three of wine. My family had had dogs while I was growing up, although my sister was much more interested in them. I like pooches, though, and since I had some......
"You know, Mike -- by nature, you're a cynical bastard. But when you write about wine, you always find the good stuff. Have you ever run into a wine you didn't like?" Actual quote from a recent conversation. And it's a good question. I mean, I'm usually pretty lucky with......
Ah, Italian wine. Love it. Love it. Love it. As the foodie that I am, I’m hard pressed to come up with wine that goes better with a meal than Italian wines. After all, one of the few things that Italians do better than making wine is cooking, and because they’ve been making wine as long as they have, winemakers in......

at the Mason Street Grill

With old acquaintances or new, Mason Street Grill is the place to be on January 1. Reservations for their American, wood-grilled classics or the Chef’s Five Course Tasting Menu are available from 5pm-9pm......

at The Rogue

...Enjoy a spectacular spread of chef-prepared classics accompanied by Mimosas, Bloody Marys and much more. The perfect beginning to an exciting new year. Add an overnight stay on Saturday, January 1 for......

at Kenadee's

...Watch the Rose Bowl Game (3:30pm) and later the UFC match, Edgar vs. Maynard at 9pm! Enjoy $3 Badger Bombs, $5 Bloody Mary's and free wings......

at Bradford Beach

...Jump-in time is at noon and will end at 2pm. The plunge is taking place at Milwaukee's lakefront at Bradford Beach on January 1, 2011. Get there early to ensure a good spot......

at Whole Foods Market

...The brunch is from 11am-3pm New Year's Day. Chef Jordan Short will provide the perfect cure to your New Year's Eve hangover with a delicious brunch for your aching stomach......

at Turner Hall Ballroom

Turner Hall Ballroom is hosting a big dance party on New Year's Eve, starting at 9pm. With Real Soul and Funk music on original 45rpm's all night......

at CRISP

Drink specials will include $2 PBR, $2 JAMO, $10 Fishbowls, and $20 bottles of Champagne. CRISP will hosting a large lineup of DJs, including: DJ D1, DJ Mythos, Chris Grant, Horse Force......

at Envoy

Envoy is letting you celebrate New Year's in style with a Dinner and Champagne Brunch. On December 31, 2010 head over to Envoy for an 8 oz. Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail......

at Lucille's

Lucille's Rockin' Pianos is hosting a New Year's Eve Party with a few different packages (Gold, Silver, VIP Packages 1 & 2)......
Each year, the RunUp to the Runway committee seeks out up-and-coming designers poised to make an impact on the fashion industry. After much scrutiny, the best of the best receive the honor of showcasing their designs at RunUp to the Runway — a full-scale fashion event held at the incredible Milwaukee Art Museum....
About Us RunUp to the Runway is an event sponsored by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League's Evening Associates in collaboration with the Milwaukee Art Museum. Just four years ago, RunUp to the Runway began as a complement to the Symphony Style......
To purchase tickets for Run up to the Runway 2008, please visit www.mam.org RunUp to the Runway will take place on October 17 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Prices are as follows:...
For more information, please call or Email: Lynn Miller 414-226-7852 miller@mso.org For press inquiries, please contact Al Krueger, Comet Branding, at 414.672.8777 or al@cometbranding.com....

Save The Date - October 17, 2008

Join 500 of your closest friends at the city's hottest nightspot for the most sylish in fashion, art, food and drink. Run Up is an event sponsored by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League's Evening Associates and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Ticket information at MAM.org or by calling Lynn Miller at 414-226-7852....

Friday, July 4, 2008

In less than half a year, Milwaukee’s Atlatl has transformed itself from virtual unknowns to one of the city’s most likeable bands. Of course, they’ve had some help. Radio Milwaukee 88.9 has all but adopted the band, giving their day-dreamy single “Hey Man” the kind of airplay the station usually reserves for Atmosphere and Curtis Mayfield. The song deserves the expos...

Day 10 and Final Winner: Joann Stern

Congratulations, Joann Stern, you are the day tenth and final winner of the Guitar-A-Day Giveaway. Others winners include: Linda Kaehler, Jenny Holland, Erik Zlevor, Ritchel Aniceto, Henry Rios, Doreen Grabarczyk, Steve Tuma, Jim Hanke, and Susan Budziszewski. Please watch your email for notification of how to pick up your guitar....

Save the Date

Save The Date The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League presents: Symphony Style, a Fashion Show Gala at the Milwaukee Art Museum on November 14, 2008. Featuring couture by Peggy Jennings. An evening of scintillating music, tantilizing food, beautiful people, and a couture fashion production that rivals New York's Fashion Week. The mood is magic and everyone comes to celebrate....
Presented by the MSO League's Evening Associates, the Symphony Style Fashion Show Gala is the original premier couture fashion event in Wisconsin. For 44 years, the world's finest design houses have graced Milwaukee with the best in haute couture. Featured have been the designs of such greats as Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Ermenegildo Zegna, Zang Toi and Badgeley Mi...
2007 – Bill Blass 2006 – Douglas Hannant & David Chu 2005 -- Zang Toi & Ermenegildo Zegna 2004 -- Monique Lhuillier & Ermenegildo Zegna 2003 – Badgley Mischka...

Peggy Jennings

The prerequisite for success is customer satisfaction. Peggy Jennings and husband/partner Herb Kosterlitz began their company in 1980 and quietly built a business providing apparel to satisfy the social needs of America’s most discriminating women. Unlike the overwhelming majority of designers, they manufacture every piece in their own factory to ensure a superb level of quality. Production...
To purchase tickets for Symphony Style 2008, please visit www.mso.org * Reserved cabaret table for 4 on runway includes vodka service and access to Quarles and Brady VIP Room as well as the Valentina Lounge: $1500.00 (***) * VIP front row runway seat includes access to Quarles and Brady VIP Room as well as the Valentina Lounge: $300.00 (***) * Premier ticket includes reserved seat i...
Since its inception in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has consistently received critical acclaim for artistic excellence. Today, the MSO continues to reach new heights under the baton of the organization's fifth music director, Andreas Delfs,......
Mission Statement The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League supports the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and its goals through fundraising projects, educational programs and audience development. Fundraising The MSO League has donated $2.2 million to the MSO over the last eight seasons. In the past season, volunteers donated 13,809 hours to MSO, which represents $269,414 in value (at $19.51/hour as ...
For more information, please call or e-mail Lynn Miller 414.226.7852 miller@mso.org For press inquiries, please contact Al Krueger, Comet Branding, at 414.672.8777 or al@cometbranding.com....
Soaring unemployment. A plummeting stock market. Economic recession with no end in sight. Things don’t get any better for business brokers. “The best years we had were under Jimmy Carter, when unemployment was 12.5%, and mortgages were 20%,” says Jim Kops, owner of A-1 Business Brokers Inc. “[Business brokers] did very, very well, and that’s what I think is right ar...
Contrary to the headlines, banks are still lending money. As long as you have excellent credit, your ability to secure a loan or a line of credit is largely immune to the current economic meltdown that has turned the nation’s top lenders into wards of the state. Those with less than excellent credit face higher......
Yes, but be patient—unfavorable information cannot just be deleted. The data that go into your credit score can be divided into five categories. Payment history: This is the most crucial component of your credit. Make your loan, utility and other bill payments on time. Pay down large loan balances with more than just the minimum......
It's not just mortgage payments that are keeping homeowners up atnight-housing expenses in general are on the rise. A recent study by the Center for Housing Policy, the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference, reveals that rising housing expenses, including property taxes, insurance, utilities and more, are impacting virtually all segments of the housing market, including renters....
Who is responsible for the current economic meltdown? The answer is, without equivocation, the U.S. government. It is not that the government set up programs that helped poorer people buy houses beyond their means; it is that the government closed its eyes and let the unfettered free market do as it pleased. The people who hate government got into power and pushed this “government can do not...
Jack Daniels, co-owner of Milwaukee-based Hot Water Products, one of the largest distributors of thermal solar panels in the Midwest, isn’t one to go with the flow. “We’re not waiting for business to come to us,” says Daniels, whose partner, Howard Endres, began selling high-efficiency water heaters and boilers in 1998....
Welcome to the Brewery Credit Union, the best place to save and borrow,” says a friendly, recorded voice at the other end of the line. At a time when banks and other lenders look more like wards of the state than the venerated institutions they once were, it’s difficult to imagine that anyone is still happy to lend money, or......
When Glenda Carter was growing up barefoot in a small Mississippi Delta town, she and her friends had a favorite expression: “Let it ride.” “It meant, ‘Let it go, move on,’” Carter says. “If someone hurt themselves playing, the other kids would say, ‘Let it ride’—shake it off and move on.”...
What can you do with a stop sign that hasn't already been done? That question nagged Rick Bergholz, CEO of Traffic and Parking Control Co. (TAPCO) for decades. Eight years ago he found the answer: a solar-powered, Wi-Fi stop sign that detects cars as they approach the intersection. The technology morphed into Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), or what Bergholz calls "high-tech solutions to...
The financial "bailout" bill will pass Congress and be signed by the president. The only questions are when that will happen and what it will contain. The "when" should be within days of Congress' return this week. The content is obviously more difficult....