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Off the Cuff
Monday, July 18, 2011
“We wanted to build upon the current culture and diversity program of the city's ethnic festivals,” says Milwaukee Chinese Community Center (MCCC) President Peng Gao, of the inaugural Chinese Culture Fest, a two-day celebration of Chinese culture held July 23-24 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Admission to the museum will get you into the festival, which...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

County residents work hard to see dog parks on the rise

The service road leading to the entrance of Granville Dog Park (11718 W. Good Hope Place) is lined with cars on a surprisingly early spring evening, as dogs and dog owners select one of the two snow-covered paths leading into the park. Secluded in the...
Eat & Drink
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011
In High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America (Bloomsbury USA), food historian and cookbook author Jessica Harris (The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent, Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons: Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking) journeys into the complex and often...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011
In 2006, investigative journalist and author Michael Pollan revealed the enormity of “industrial organic” to the mainstream in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The organic movement, a “fringe movement” from the 1960s, had become big business and “the fastest-growing corner of the food industry.” Through no fault...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

The holiday for the rest of us

Free of all the trimmings of other December holidays, Festivus, celebrated on Dec. 23, encourages behavior otherwise frowned upon at family gatherings and holiday parties. If one individual challenges another individual to a wrestling match, drunkenly or otherwise, it isn’t a cause for concern. The “airing of grievances” is expected, and in some cases...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

‘Little Green Book’ offers guide to recently legalized cocktail

When the United States lifted its ban on absinthe in 2007, it ended a 95-year-long misconception. And now, such a short time later, a broad spectrum of brands and options are available for the elixir that was kept away for far too long. The Little Green Book of Absinthe...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Native American veterans honored, reintegrated into communities

The grandfather of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) producer and host Patty Loew was among the 12,000 Native American men who enlisted in World War I. “I imagined him standing up there taking the oath to defend the Constitution, as all recruits do, and I thought about how ironic it was that he wasn’t a citizen and didn’t have any protection under the Constitution,” Loew says...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Distilling spirits in the land of beer

Wisconsin’s three craft distilleries have not shied away from distilling American whiskey, despite encountering some reluctance and skepticism from those who question whether good whiskey can be crafted outside of certain states. Death’s Door Spirits, Great Lakes Distillery and Yahara Bay Distillers...
Books
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010

Justin Halpern’s Twitter page in book form

A year ago, the author of Sh*t My Dad Says (HarperCollins), Twitter phenomenon Justin Halpern, was a relatively unknown comedy writer who had moved in with his parents after his long-term girlfriend broke up with him. As a writer for Maxim.com...