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Brady Street celebrates a Festivus for the rest of us

Brady Street celebrates a Festivus for the rest of us

Seinfeld fans' favorite "un-holiday" takes over Brady Street this Saturday. Plus: TCD's Festivus carol from the 12 Songs Holiday Project.

Bob Dylan in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center

Bob Dylan in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center

Even after 50-plus years in the spotlight, Bob Dylan continues to evolve. The gravely-voiced, blues-based style of his recent work took center stage on Thursday night.

Winners & Losers: Election Edition
Winners & Losers

Election Edition

Barack Obama wins a second term as President of the United States, Romney-Ryan comes up short in Wisconsin, and Tammy Baldwin makes history.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

UW-Madison scientists help predict Hurricane Sandy, Obama and Baldwin see gains in the Marquette Poll, the Milwaukee Bucks season begins, and more.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

Dan Shafer runs down the winners and losers of the past week in Wisconsin. Plus, a few words on the tragic shooting in Brookfield.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

The Packers win big, President Obama has a strong debate, Kevin Kavanaugh is convicted of stealing from veterans, and 85 anti-voting billboards pop up.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

Kelly Rindfleisch pleads guilty, Dave Wineland wins the Nobel Prize, the FBI will investigate the Derek Williams case and the U.S. economy shows signs of life.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

The season ends for the Milwaukee Brewers (and Ben Rouse), the first presidential debate is held, and a La Crosse news anchor has a message for bullies.

“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” at MFF
“Mea Maxima Culpa

Silence in the House of God,” at MFF

Alex Gibney's new documentary, "Mea Maxima Culpa," exposes abuse in the Catholic Church. The film makes its U.S. premiere at the Milwaukee Film Festival.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Opening with Milwaukee Pride
Milwaukee Film Festival

Opening with Milwaukee Pride

Local pride was out in full force at the Oriental Theatre and Discovery World for the Opening Night of the Milwaukee Film Festival, and social media was buzzing.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

Replacement refs, Gov. Walker, Tommy Thompson, the Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee-area employment, and more in TCD's look at the week that was.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

Obama and Baldwin see a jump in recent poll numbers, Lt. Brian Murphy makes a public appearance, and Act 10 gets shot down but the confusion continues.

#CreamCity Soundcheck Celebration: Social media recap
#CreamCity Soundcheck Celebration

Social media recap

Team TCD was out at the Cream City Soundcheck Celebration at Turner Hall. See our collection of social media posts from the night here.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

The Brewers keep fighting, BMO Harris makes a donation, Glenn Grothman opposes wind farms, Next Chapter closes its doors, and the Packers defeat the Bears.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

Victory Garden Initiative pitches a winner, Kestrel Aircraft gets a tax credit, a scam hits the Sikh community, Bill Clinton delivers a powerful speech, and more.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

The "Cheesehead Mafia" rises at the Republican National Convention, Paul Ryan gets fact-checked, Johnny Thomas is acquitted, Harleys rumble into Milwaukee, and much more.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

Lt. Brian Murphy, the Sue Black firing, Rembrandt Etchings at UWM, J.B. Van Hollen's voter ID crusade, and a whole lot of crazy in this week's Winners & Losers.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review

Tommy Thompson wins the GOP Primary, Eric Hovde's political career ends, the latest from the John Doe investigation, "Wally-Gator" is discovered and more.

Sue Black out as Milwaukee County Parks Director

Sue Black out as Milwaukee County Parks Director

Award-winning Parks Director Sue Black is no longer an employee of Milwaukee County.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (8/12/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (8/12/12)

Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's vice presidential nominee, the Greatest Generation is honored at Miller Park, and more on the GOP Primary for U.S. Senate.

Reflections on the Sikh Temple tragedy

Reflections on the Sikh Temple tragedy

The unspeakable acts of hatred and violence that occurred last Sunday have been difficult to process, but beacons of hope have emerged from this dark hour.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (8/03/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (8/03/12)

This week: the race for U.S. Senate heats up, MPS announces no teacher layoffs, new health care benefits for women, and another event-filled Milwaukee weekend.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (7/27/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (7/27/12)

News on State Sen. Tim Cullen, the Milwaukee Jobs Act, Sydney Hih, the Milwaukee Water Council, the "Image Task Force," State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa and more.

“Shut Up and Play the Hits”: LCD Soundsystem’s last dance
“Shut Up and Play the Hits”

LCD Soundsystem’s last dance

A sold-out Downer Theatre was treated to a one-time screening of concert documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits," LCD Soundsystem's grand finale.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (7/13/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (7/13/12)

Results from latest Marquette University Law Poll, Bradford Beach, Kathy Nickolaus, local film screenings and more in this week's look at the week that was.

True Blue: Midseason Email Exchange – Part Two
True Blue

Midseason Email Exchange – Part Two

Dan Shafer and Michael P. Bischoff exchanged emails to recap the harrowing first half of the Milwaukee Brewers 2012 season and take a look at the road ahead.

True Blue: Midseason Email Exchange – Part One
True Blue

Midseason Email Exchange – Part One

Dan Shafer and Michael P. Bischoff exchanged emails to recap the harrowing first half of the Milwaukee Brewers 2012 season and take a look at the road ahead.

Summerfest 2012: Best Recap Ever
Summerfest 2012

Best Recap Ever

Neil Diamond wasn't the only one tweeting about Milwaukee during Summerfest. Check out the best tweets from Summerfest's biggest names.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (6/29/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (6/29/12)

A bizarre homicide case makes its way to the State Supreme Court, Gov. Walker reacts to the healthcare ruling, and Summerfest winners and losers from Day 1.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (6/22/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (6/22/12)

Controversy in numbers surrounds the Milwaukee Police Department, the Estabrook Park beer garden holds its grand opening and #VOTEMILLERPARK floods ESPN.com.

TCD’s Winners & Losers: FINAL Recall Election Edition
TCD’s Winners & Losers

FINAL Recall Election Edition

The votes have been counted and the results are in: Scott Walker is still Wisconsin's Governor, the first in U.S. history to survive a recall election.

Wisconsin Recall Election: The Final Week
Wisconsin Recall Election

The Final Week

TCD has compiled all things Wisconsin recall from all across the web. Today's update comes with more than 100 new links. Plus: real-time updates with everything #wirecall on Twitter.

True Blue: Take me out to the Downtown Tailgate
True Blue

Take me out to the Downtown Tailgate

Brewer fans brought their grills and coolers to 4th and Wisconsin on Friday night to watch the Crew take on Arizona on a massive outdoor screen. Photos by Jennell Jenney.

Up in the air with the 128th Air Refueling Wing

Up in the air with the 128th Air Refueling Wing

TCD was aboard a KC-135R Stratotanker with the 128th Air Refueling Wing to witness a mid-air refueling of a B-2 Stealth Bomber. Photo gallery by Lacy Landre.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (5/04/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (5/04/12)

Gov. Walker's campaign war chest overflows, Tom Barrett takes the lead in the Democratic primary and much more in TCD's look back at the week that was.

Young Professional Week: Building the next wave
Young Professional Week

Building the next wave

With Young Professional Week, the group's largest event to date, Ian Abston and Newaukee aim to make Milwaukee a "next generation city."

True Blue: Deconstructing Brewers X-Factor Rickie Weeks
True Blue

Deconstructing Brewers X-Factor Rickie Weeks

Rickie Weeks is yet to play a full season at an All-Star level. So why does Dan Shafer think he's among the best in baseball?

Winners & Losers: Spring Election Edition
Winners & Losers

Spring Election Edition

While Kathy Nickolaus double-checks the votes in Waukesha County, TCD has your Spring Election Winners & Losers.

John Hodgman, “Deranged Millionaire,” at Turner Hall

John Hodgman, “Deranged Millionaire,” at Turner Hall

"Deranged Millionaire" John Hodgman's Turner Hall show had moments of brilliance, but was too scattered to be called a success.

True Blue: Milwaukee Brewers 2012 Season Preview
True Blue

Milwaukee Brewers 2012 Season Preview

There is hope for the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers, and we have Shyam Das, who cast the deciding vote in Ryan Braun's appeal, to thank.

Shelby Keefe’s Pfister farewell

Shelby Keefe’s Pfister farewell

Shelby Keefe's legacy painting, "Reflecting on the Day," was unveiled during a warm farewell reception at the Pfister Hotel.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (3/23/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (3/23/12)

Bob Uecker gets a Miller Park statue, Justice David Prosser fights ethics charges, redistricting is challenged and more in this week's Winners & Losers.

True Blue: Growing up Brewers, Bold predictions for 2012
True Blue

Growing up Brewers, Bold predictions for 2012

Dan Shafer's "True Blue" column opens with the tale of a boy whose family was literally made possible by the Braves, plus three Brewers predictions for 2012.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (3/09/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (3/09/12)

GTAC moves on, new jobs reports are released, dairy farmers set a state record, and John Axford tells the truth.

VETransfer named White House “Champion of Change”

VETransfer named White House “Champion of Change”

VETransfer will be honored as a "Champion of Change" as part of President Obama's "Win The Future" initiative. The event will be streaming live on whitehouse.gov.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (3/02/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (3/02/12)

A Brady Street staple plans to expand, mining legislation hits a major roadblock, and a bipartisan bill aimed at helping Wisconsin veterans is signed into law.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (2/24/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (2/24/12)

Ryan Braun wins his appeal, Russ Feingold makes the rounds, and the Koch brothers are back in the news. TCD's look at the week that was.

President Obama stresses “Made in America” during Milwaukee visit

President Obama stresses “Made in America” during Milwaukee visit

At the Master Lock plant in Milwaukee, President Obama promotes the company's efforts to "insource" jobs and urges Congress to reform the tax code.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (2/10/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (2/10/12)

Charges against Kristin Seimits and Darlene Wink, messages from Russ Feingold and Hari Trivedi and a ruling on Prop 8 in TCD's look at the week that was.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (2/03/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (2/03/12)

Take a look back at the week that was in TCD's week in review.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (1/27/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (1/27/12)

On this week's list: Prince Fielder, campaign fundraising, Harley-Davidson, startling unemployment statistics and the ongoing John Doe investigation.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (1/20/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (1/20/12)

Between one million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker and the Packers second and final loss of the season, it's been quite a week in Wisconsin.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (1/13/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (1/13/12)

On this week's list: Master Lock, Darryl Winston, Wisconsin manufacturing, wind power, government employees, NDAA, and the coming recall storm.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (1/06/12)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (1/06/12)

This week's hot topics in Milwaukee: Quarterbacks, paywalls, foreclosures, election candidates, and the newly accused.

Winners & Losers: TCD’s week in review (12/29/11)
Winners & Losers

TCD’s week in review (12/29/11)

Free rides on New Year's, award winning artists, the UW System, state IDs, and the Green Bay Packers highlight our look at the week that was.

Winners and losers: TCD’s week in review (12/22/11)
Winners and losers

TCD’s week in review (12/22/11)

Frankenbuses, Solidarity Singers, Bike the Hoan, Tom Barrett and Chris Abele, Jim Sensenbrenner and Michelle Obama's posterior, and so much more.

TCD’s weekly winners and losers (12/16/11)

TCD’s weekly winners and losers (12/16/11)

Hunger Task Force, the ACLU, BadgerCare, and Ryan Braun highlight our weekly list.

TCD’s winners and losers

TCD’s winners and losers

The Green Bay Packers, Gov. Scott Walker, Rep. Paul Ryan, LGBT rights and access at the state Capitol in Madison highlight our weekly list.

Like/Dislike: TCD’s weekly winners and losers
Like/Dislike

TCD’s weekly winners and losers

On the list: the Walker recall, gun carry, the Milwaukee Bucks, Badgercare, Bon Iver, Packers stock, Ndamukong Suh and more. Check out ours and add your own.

SDC seeks answers to Milwaukee’s “poverty problem”

SDC seeks answers to Milwaukee’s “poverty problem”

As the recession drags on, poverty in the U.S. - and in the Milwaukee metro - continues to rise. Today, one out of six Wisconsin residents live below the line.

2011 Brewers brought the love back to this baseball town

2011 Brewers brought the love back to this baseball town

Do you finally have that “Written in the Stars” song out of your head? If so, it’s time to look back.

Thousands gather Saturday to “Occupy Milwaukee”

Thousands gather Saturday to “Occupy Milwaukee”

As the wind howled through the heart of downtown on Saturday, thousands gathered to Occupy Milwaukee.

Opening Pandora’s thoughts

Opening Pandora’s thoughts

Founder Tim Westergren opened Pandora's box for a "Town Hall" discussion at the Iron Horse Hotel.

Milwaukee Brewers: Gateway to the pennant
Milwaukee Brewers

Gateway to the pennant

Three games in three days between two heated rivals with one goal in mind. Get ready for takeoff, Brewer fans!

Preview: Do-or-die Friday at Miller Park
Preview

Do-or-die Friday at Miller Park

Elimination baseball at Miller Park means it's time for a breakdown. Unless, of course, you're going to the game, in which case, you should be tailgating.

Roll out the Barrel: Scenes from the Brewers Playoff Rally
Roll out the Barrel

Scenes from the Brewers Playoff Rally

The scene was electric as the MLB Central Division Champions, your Milwaukee Brewers, were greeted by thousands of fans at the Summerfest grounds.

Turning art into action: “Interrupters” panel discussion
Turning art into action

“Interrupters” panel discussion

It's a conversation that's not always easy, but with "The Interrupters" getting things started, Milwaukee leaders sat down to discuss inner city violence at Marquette University.

MFF Review: “The Last Mountain”
MFF Review

“The Last Mountain”

Led by Bobby Kennedy Jr., West Virginia activists fight to stop the questionable practice of mountaintop removal mining in MFF's environmental spotlight film, "The Last Mountain."

Milwaukee Film: Starting the conversation
Milwaukee Film

Starting the conversation

Milwaukee Film aims to keep the discussion going long after the screening with one of the newest additions to the festival, "Conversations."