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Off the Cuff
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Bert Kessler is celebrating the third anniversary of his clothing company, NEWD, by kicking it into a higher gear. His lines of high-quality cotton basics feel as comfortable as your own skin and have been quickly expanding since Kessler began dedicating 100% of his time to the business...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Shaking up the Brew City

Move over movies, music and drama: There is a new act in town. The cheeky entertainment and scanty sartorial style of the Brew City Bombshells Burlesque is ready to tap into taboos and shake things up in Milwaukee. There are many misconceptions about burlesque. Literally, it means "In an upside-down style." For lead vocalist of Milwaukee’s Brew City Bombshells, Chanel le Meaux, burlesque means artistry and empowerment...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

Larry Widen shares his love of films with Milwaukee

His poise and salt-and-pepper hair are the only indications of his age. Sipping on Mountain Dew, Larry Widen, owner of Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse and the Times Cinema, speaks with the wide-eyed excitement and energy of a child. Widen really likes Batman. Batman collectibles decorate the Rosebud Cinema’s lobby and his office, and the Batman insignia decorates the inside of his wrist. It’s obvious that after putting in his time in corporate America, Widen has finally found...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

Doing Business on Humboldt Avenue

Dining and entertainment is at the heart of every great neighborhood, but what happens when its main artery is blocked? The Humboldt Avenue Bridge has been under construction for a year and is a lifeline for many restaurants and bars bordering the Milwaukee River. Plagued by the recession, these restaurants are not fully blaming the bridge construction for slow sales, but agree that it is an obstacle...
A&E Feature
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Challenges for East Side Project

The Humboldt Avenue bridge construction has encountered new challenges that will delay completion of the project. Jeffrey Polenske, City of Milwaukee engineer, met with area business owners last week to report on recent developments. While attempting to lay the foundation...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Filling seats in an age of distraction

Bucks game or the opera? Bar crawl or the symphony? TiVo or a play? With endless options for consumers, arts organizations are in fierce competition for your time. To keep ahead, they are reaching out to audiences like never before, including programs aimed at that elusive younger demographic...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

Ballet school for young and old

When you think of the Milwaukee Ballet, visions of sugarplum fairies probably dance though your head. But there’s much more to the organization than holiday performances of The Nutcracker, especially in the realm of dance education. The Milwaukee Ballet School offers something for everyone and, now, everywhere. Increased enrollment, state-of-the-art studio space and national recognition are creating a buzz in every corner of the city. Both a training ground for professional dancers and a way to stay fit, the Milwaukee Ballet School serves nearly 2,000 students year-round, ages 3 to 85. Increased marketing efforts upped the school’s enrollment by 20% in 2007, prompting the construction of a top-notch...

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