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Milwaukee Color
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
Before our days were On Demand, families used to sit in their living rooms each night to listen to radio shows, soaking up dialogue, music and sound effects to bring a story to life. When TV became popular in the 1950s, most of these shows went off the air. Then they resurrected on Web sites devoted to long-lost radio shows and on weekly nostalgia radio broadcasts worldwide. Here in Milwaukee, they found a champion...
Film
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Milwaukee film events draw attention

Having recently celebrated its first birthday, Firestarter Films is quickly gaining notoriety, and a following, for its bimonthly film festivals. Filmmakers and film lovers flock to the forum to screen independent films of any format or style, be it stop-motion animation, 3-D, documentaries or highlight reels of feature-length narratives. From its inception in November 2008...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Milwaukee company brings chocolate to bars and restaurants

It’s one of those ideas you kick yourself for not thinking of. While a dry martini is rarely served without an olive, or a gin and tonic without a lime, coffee liqueur- and cream-based cocktails are often left naked, without a single garnish to boost their character. Graphic designer Joe Hausch observed this vacancy within the world’s garnish caddies and came up with a simple but brilliant concept: the Cholive, featuring whole cream...
Milwaukee Color
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009

Milwaukee on ice

As the Olympic torch treks across Canada en route to Vancouver for the 21st Winter Games in February 2010, it’s only appropriate to look at Wisconsin’s contribution to the monumental sporting event. Milwaukee’s own Pettit National Ice Center is one of...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009

Bolzano Artisan Meats resurrects a lost art

To our great fortune, we’re in the midst of a culinary renaissance motivated by our appreciation for Old World methods of food production and the fine-tuned flavors that result. All around us, artisans are joining up to hand-make mustards, spirits, pickles and chocolates the way others form artists’ collectives and bands...
Milwaukee Color
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009
Why Christopher Latham Sholes and his typewriter aren’t as well known as Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone and Johannes Gutenberg and the printing press is curious. Whereas stories of the latter can be found in history books, Sholes and his major contribution to humankind are notably absent. Like many inventions, pinpointing...
Eat & Drink
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009
Mars’ Cheese Castle is Wisconsin’s first line of defense against marauding barbarians with Illinois license plates. The state with which we share our southern border taketh our coin by demanding a toll to travel its road. But our way is cleverer. Protected by timber ramparts and turrets, Mars’ Cheese Castle sits between Milwaukee and Chicago...
Milwaukee Color
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

Laborers with an iron will

Seated in an ergonomic chair in a comfortable, temperature-controlled office in the cozy embrace of today’s regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor, it’s easy to lose sight of just how bad our forebears had it. Here in Milwaukee, where industry was king...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

Wisconsin artists contribute to Las Vegas comic book

Bars are a haven for storytellers. Some of the best tales that have ever been spun were formulated over pints in a pub. J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote The Lord of the Rings, spent evenings in Oxford’s Eagle and Child pub, brainstorming with writing buddies like C.S. Lewis. Storytellers of all kinds—exaggerators, fabricators, travelers on a tangent—are drawn to the drinks and the guaranteed audience, even if it is just the bartender...

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