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Sunday, May 17, 2009
It's not just Hollywood producers combing the shelves of comic book stores these days. Although big-box McMedia outlets and the ease of Internet commerce have forced the shuttering of several locally owned bookstores, the comic shop has heretofore managed to thrive in Milwaukee. It's all in the experience. Pointing and clicking at the icon for the latest Jonah Hex serial or any of the No Fear Shakespeare graphic novels bleeds all joy out of the comic-buying experience, which is a treat for the senses-the smell of fresh (and old) ink, the visual nuance of a perfectly colored cityscape at dusk...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Though fluorescent-filled mega-bookstores with chain-brand coffee will do in a pinch, Milwaukee's true lovers of the written word prefer the warm glow that emanates from an independent bookstore. Despite tough times for small businesses, city readers can still rely on favorites like Little Read Book in Wauwatosa or the unique Renaissance Books, a treasure trove of old and newer books found right in General Mitchell International Airport. And Mystery One Bookstore not only serves up crime and intrigue, but also regularly brings in authors to sign books and speak directly to their readership...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Most would agree that surgery, auto repair and law enforcement are best left to professionals. Some might choose to add sports to this list, and for those who prefer to watch rather than do, Milwaukee serves up professional spectator sports year round. Enjoy a brat bedaubed in Secret Stadium Sauce along with a beer or two and cheer on the Major League Baseball Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, one of the finest places to view a ballgame in the nation. Even if the weather outside is frightful, with Miller's retractable roof, every day's a great day for a ballgame...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
...Milwaukee's theater scene provides programming for tastes that run from classic to eclectic. The Milwaukee Rep features it all within its three spaces-the Quadracci Powerhouse, the more intimate Stiemke Theater and the Stackner Cabaret (featuring musical revues). Next Act Theatre and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre focus on character-driven plays. Then there's Boulevard Theatre, always giving a break to local talent thanks to Artistic Director/resident funny guy Mark Bucher. When it comes to children's theater, First Stage provides a wide variety of entertainment...
Sunday, May 17, 2009

The pros and cons of the city's social life

I have enjoyed beer in a great many places: breweries, plazas and pubs in Europe; karaoke halls and outdoor restaurants in Southeast Asia; beaches, clubs and parades in South America; and cafes, festivals and ballparks coast to coast right here in the United States. Nobody does beer like Milwaukee. It begins with an utter lack of pretension; Milwaukeeans are true blue. What you see is what you get. And love it or hate it, drinking is what we do best. For better or worse, alcohol also brings out the best and worst of Milwaukee...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

An Insider's Guide to Milwaukee

Talk to someone who has recently moved to Milwaukee from a larger place like New York, Boston or San Francisco, and ask what they think of our town. Invariably you'll hear, "I didn't expect to be saying this.." or "I was totally surprised..." followed by, "This is a great city!" The Shepherd Express City Guide is an annual celebration of some of the factors that make Milwaukee special. With descriptions of hundreds of restaurants and festivals, the City Guide is a close look at the places that add flavor and color to Milwaukee.

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