Erin Petersen

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Milwaukee Film kicks off 3rd annual film festival

Milwaukee Film kicks off 3rd annual film festival

The 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival brings world-class cinema to our fair city, featuring an intriguing line-up of films from around the world - and our own backyard.

Made in Milwaukee: A labor of love
Made in Milwaukee

A labor of love

In its ninth year, the annual festival has grown by leaps and bounds. But no matter how big Made in Milwaukee becomes, it's still all about the love.

A portrait of the past: Wisconsin’s tavern history and culture
A portrait of the past

Wisconsin’s tavern history and culture

A look into the state's tavern culture reveals the long and storied history of the corner bar.

Art under Glass: The 2011 Milwaukee Domes Art Festival
Art under Glass

The 2011 Milwaukee Domes Art Festival

Over 75 artists will transform the Domes this weekend for the 2nd annual festival, bringing fine art to Milwaukee's gold-medal winning park.

Winter Fest comes to Milwaukee

Winter Fest comes to Milwaukee

The new (indoor) event hopes to extend Milwaukee's festival season into the holidays with ten days of wintry, family-friendly activities.

German Fest: Milwaukee’s “original haus party”
German Fest

Milwaukee’s “original haus party”

This year's fest is better than ever, with a brewing competition, a battle of the bands, and all the German delicacies you know and love.

Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt comes to MPM
Cleopatra

The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt comes to MPM

This fall, the Milwaukee Public Museum brings 150 ancient artifacts to the public view, offering a glimpse into the life and legacy of Egypt's enigmatic Queen.

Hurricane Story: A conversation with photographer Jennifer Shaw
Hurricane Story

A conversation with photographer Jennifer Shaw

The Milwaukee native visits Boswell Books with "Hurricane Story," a toy camera narrative of her evacuation from New Orleans just before Katrina made landfall.

Polish Fest lights up the lakefront

Polish Fest lights up the lakefront

Make room for pierogi and work on your best "na zdrowie!" Polish Fest is here and better than ever with a new Vodka Lounge and the return of the fireworks display.

Experimental Happy Hour: “Molecular Mondays” at Bar 360
Experimental Happy Hour

“Molecular Mondays” at Bar 360

Potawatomi's Bar 360 introduces a funky new cocktail menu, featuring a few interesting twists on the average martini.

Exploring Milwaukee with Ex Fabula

Exploring Milwaukee with Ex Fabula

The storytelling group begins a new project to document stories from our city's diverse communities, centered around the life and times of "terminal Milwaukeean" Tom Crawford.

Downtown welcomes Zaafaran, an experiment in culinary fusion

Downtown welcomes Zaafaran, an experiment in culinary fusion

The new restaurant hosts its grand opening tonight, featuring a diverse menu devoted to the intense, fragrant flavors of Southeast Asia.

Creative sustenance with MK-Eat

Creative sustenance with MK-Eat

TCD checks in with Daniel Kelly after the inaugural indie dinner party/fundraiser, and chats with The Parachute Project, winners of the first-ever MK-Eat grant.

A tavern crawl of “historic” proportions

A tavern crawl of “historic” proportions

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. offers a taste of Riverwest's heritage, one storied tavern at a time. History buffs and beer nerds: this is the pub crawl for you.

Funny Muthas: An ode to TV moms
Funny Muthas

An ode to TV moms

In honor of Mother's Day, a former latch-key kid pays tribute to the funniest mamas from the small screen.

UW-Waukesha hosts first annual Pride Prom

UW-Waukesha hosts first annual Pride Prom

UW-W hosts its first ever Pride Prom, offering college students and high school seniors "a festive experience that celebrates diversity and welcomes all."

Op/Ed: GOP’s campaign of fear misleads the public on Title X
Op/Ed

GOP’s campaign of fear misleads the public on Title X

By law, abortion services are not paid for with federal funds. So why is the GOP saying otherwise in its attempt to defund Planned Parenthood?

Urban Gardens lead the way for water policy in Milwaukee

Urban Gardens lead the way for water policy in Milwaukee

In response to a proposed water shut-off, urban agriculture advocates are collaborating with the City to work on alternative systems and leading-edge policy.

Creativity at work: The Cultural Alliance embarks on a new path
Creativity at work

The Cultural Alliance embarks on a new path

The organization is expanding its mission to serve the M7 region's creative economy, starting with a new name. Say hello to Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Inc.

The Pfister names a Narrator: Hello, Stacie Michelle Williams
The Pfister names a Narrator

Hello, Stacie Michelle Williams

The new storyteller plans to delve into the history of the hotel and its colorful employees, giving voice to the untold stories housed within The Pfister.

Historic Milwaukee asks: What is Riverwest?
Historic Milwaukee asks

What is Riverwest?

For the 30th anniversary of its Spaces & Traces tour, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. honors the people and places of Milwaukee's most diverse neighborhood.

Milwaukeeans gear up for a P.O.W.E.R. walk

Milwaukeeans gear up for a P.O.W.E.R. walk

On Friday morning, more than 100 people will begin the 82 mile trek from Milwaukee to the State Capitol -- traveling entirely on foot.

Redefining “normal” to educate, build empowerment

Redefining “normal” to educate, build empowerment

With the program "Normal in Schools" director Robyn Hussa uses the arts to educate teens and stem the epidemic rise in eating disorders among young adults.

5Q: Sustainable living and design with Josh Foss
5Q

Sustainable living and design with Josh Foss

The self-styled "Metro Hippie" visits the NARI Home Improvement Show, offering tips on green living and DIY projects.

ADversary: Super Bowl ads- The Good, The Bad, The Strange
ADversary

Super Bowl ads- The Good, The Bad, The Strange

For Super Bowl XLV car makers step it up, junk food gets weird and Groupon sets a new low.

“Blue Valentine” opens in Milwaukee

“Blue Valentine” opens in Milwaukee

Derek Cianfrance's tragic love story wowed audiences at the 2010 Milwaukee Film Festival.This weekend, the controversial drama returns to the Oriental Theatre.

Ridiculous Art: A Q&A with Chad Edwards
Ridiculous Art

A Q&A with Chad Edwards

An "art show for people who don't like art shows" opens tonight. Curator Chad Edwards discusses the exhibition-and the art of not taking yourself too seriously.

5Q: Fashion and Fairy Tales at Milwaukee Gay Arts Center
5Q

Fashion and Fairy Tales at Milwaukee Gay Arts Center

Pear Photography and actress Elizabeth Shipe re-imagine beloved fables - in fabric and on film - in the exhibit "Urban Fairy Tales," opening this Friday.

Milwaukee’s creative sector: Turning ideas into action
Milwaukee’s creative sector

Turning ideas into action

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee unveils key strategies on how to translate Milwaukee's creative assets into economic growth with "Creativity Works"

Pfister announces 2011 Artist in Residence finalists

Pfister announces 2011 Artist in Residence finalists

Get to know the artists - Anthony Suminski, Shelby Keefe, Jeremy Plunkett, Kate Pfeiffer, Steve Ohlrich and James Zwadlo - and cast your vote.

ADversary: White Out
ADversary

White Out

Top-selling mag "Elle" is suspected to have dramatically lightened the skin of one of its cover models, furthering the harmful myth that whiter is better.

ADversary: DOOM!
ADversary

DOOM!

Ok, not really. But if the first pop culture headlines in 2011 are any indication, it's going to be a rough year.

ADversary: Favorite commercials of 2010
ADversary

Favorite commercials of 2010

After a disappointing batch of Super Bowl ads, the outlook for TV advertising seemed grim. Not so! My picks for some of the funnier ads of 2010.

Mummies of the World: Bridging the past to the present
Mummies of the World

Bridging the past to the present

Beginning today, the Milwaukee Public Museum will play host to over 150 rare visitors who have traveled a long way to get here -- both in distance and in time.

The Giving Season: Songs for the Soul
The Giving Season

Songs for the Soul

The holiday feast may be over, but plenty of Milwaukeeans are still hungry.This Saturday, Linneman's hosts local singer-songwriters hoping to change that.

Lions and Tigers and Zombies? Yes, please

Lions and Tigers and Zombies? Yes, please

The ladies of Broadminded Comedy are at it again with a hilarious series of musical sketches that poke fun at pop culture, politics and, of course, zombies.

The Giving Season: Cranksgiving
The Giving Season

Cranksgiving

Local bike messengers offer a different approach to charitable giving with an annual food drive on two wheels.

Art meets History at “Death of Industry”

Art meets History at “Death of Industry”

The Milwaukee Art Reform Syndicate invites creative minds to explore the city's industrial past -- and its rebirth.

MARN looks Beyond the Canvas

MARN looks Beyond the Canvas

The fruits of MARN's recent Menomonee Valley-inspired, multi-medium plein air event exemplify its growth and bright future. Check out the work this weekend at Helios.

Cardinal Stritch offers a French connection

Cardinal Stritch offers a French connection

The Fox Point campus opens its incarnation of the national Tournees Film Festival with a full month of innovative French cinema.

The Milwaukee Public Museum gets hoppin’

The Milwaukee Public Museum gets hoppin’

From the carnivorous African Bullfrog to the exotic Fire-Bellied Toad, the MPM's "Chorus of Colors" offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family.

The art of (slow) food

The art of (slow) food

Slow Food WiSE pairs "good, clean, fair food" with amazing works of art this weekend as part of the slow food movement's national day of action.

Would you be my date to the prom?

Would you be my date to the prom?

The annual Pedal Pusher Prom boasts "no free food, no free drinks-- just the most awesome night of your life." See you on the dance floor.

Support your local noisemakers

Support your local noisemakers

The Borg Ward was created with concepts of sustainability and shared responsibility at its core.Three years later, the collective is thriving in Walker's Point.

Waking up Milwaukee

Waking up Milwaukee

The All City People's Parade gives voice to Milwaukeean's hopes and fears, and celebrates the diversity of fair city with a larger-than-life parade.

Chez Jacques: brunch, a la francaise
Chez Jacques

brunch, a la francaise

Chez Jacques offers both traditional French fare and a twist on classic American breakfast favorites that will have you coming back for more.

ADversary: The doctor is out (of her mind)
ADversary

The doctor is out (of her mind)

She should have left it at the apology. But instead, Dr. Laura turned a vitriolic rant into a self-serving sympathy campaign.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin turns 75

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin turns 75

From its humble beginnings as a volunteer clinic in Milwaukee in 1935, PPWI has grown to become Wisconsin's largest provider of reproductive health care.

How to make your best friend’s wedding cake (and not screw it up)

How to make your best friend’s wedding cake (and not screw it up)

Martha Stewart's got nothin' on this.

Words to live by: Be Good, Go Local
Words to live by

Be Good, Go Local

Julie Courtright wants to expand the GOOD Movement in Milwaukee. So she decided to hop on a pogo stick and get the conversation started.

ADversary: Gorge, Covet, Spend
ADversary

Gorge, Covet, Spend

One privileged, affluent white woman's search for everything.

Do this, don’t do that

Do this, don’t do that

The summer of 2010 shall henceforth be known as the Summer of Boycotts. But it's sort of a good thing.

Mission to M.A.R.S.

Mission to M.A.R.S.

What are these rusty fans doing on the corner of 1st and Pittsburgh, and better yet, what is the Milwaukee Art Reform Syndicate?

Ride On: The Milwaukee Bike Plan
Ride On

The Milwaukee Bike Plan

The proposed plan would add over 300 miles of bicycle infrastructure to the city, making the streets safer and more accessible to cyclists. TCD talks to the Bike Fed's Kevin Luecke about his vision for a bike-friendly Milwaukee.

Gearing up for the Riverwest 24

Gearing up for the Riverwest 24

Last year, I rode for 22 hours and ended up with sore knees and a serious fear of bike seats. I can't wait to do it again. Find out how you can be a part of this amazing event.

Pure Evel

Pure Evel

The Harley Davidson Museum pays tribute to legendary American folk hero Evel Knievel with a career-spanning retrospective opening this weekend.

ADversary: Isolation? There’s an app for that
ADversary

Isolation? There’s an app for that

Dear smartphone users: could you put it away during the show, please? You're blocking my view ... and being ridiculous.

Smoke ’em while you got ’em: The Polish Falcon
Smoke ’em while you got ’em

The Polish Falcon

People gather at the Falcon for cheap drinks, good conversation and most of all, a sense of community that will outlast this ban and other changes that the future may bring.

Sunday Brunch: siga siendo mi corazon
Sunday Brunch

siga siendo mi corazon

Riverwest's Latin-inspired Cafe Corazon is a neighborhood gem and is perfect for low-key weekend brunching.

Happy Hour: Bob’s Punch
Happy Hour

Bob’s Punch

Robert Biermann serves up shots of his special "punch" on the regular, but like most recipes, it's never the same twice.

ADversary: Judging a book by its cover
ADversary

Judging a book by its cover

Here's what happens when what could have been an unapologetic feminist anthem is rehashed in favor of shock value over substance.

Happy Hour: El Vencedor
Happy Hour

El Vencedor

Daniel Dufek offers up a fragrant and spicy twist on a classic summer cocktail, just in time for another warm weekend in Milwaukee.

5Q: The Tattooed Kingpin
5Q

The Tattooed Kingpin

Suspension acts, burlesque and live body modification : the Beer City Tattoo Convention rolls back into town this weekend.

Warrington Colescott: 60 years of satire
Warrington Colescott

60 years of satire

"Satire has always been an element in my work," says Colescott, "but as I got older, I began to attempt to say things that were a bit more complicated."

“No day but today”

“No day but today”

The Skylight Opera Theatre takes a risk and hits a high note with their production of Rent.

ADversary: Defending menses
ADversary

Defending menses

"Hello, I'm looking for the Red Tent" --Kotex takes the schlock out of feminine hygiene.

“The first art disaster movie”

“The first art disaster movie”

Banksy never intended to make a film. He didn't intend to create an "art" monster either, but sometimes these things just happen.

City officials take a holistic approach to public safety

City officials take a holistic approach to public safety

After three fatal shootings in nine months, Riverwest calls upon its residents and elected officials to proactively curb crime

Milwaukee protests Arizona’s SB 1070

Milwaukee protests Arizona’s SB 1070

Thousands of people marched down National Avenue Saturday calling upon President Obama to move on Immigration Reform. Words and photos from the march.

No bugs were harmed in the making of this art

No bugs were harmed in the making of this art

Roaches in bathwater, an all-beetle tribute to The Beatles and bugs masquerading as Victorian society folk. The RAM's latest infestation is a pleasant surprise.

ADversary: Culture Jamming the cereal aisle
ADversary

Culture Jamming the cereal aisle

Is General Mills funding rain forest destruction? The short answer: maybe

Everything is fine: Q & A with Crispin Glover
Everything is fine

Q & A with Crispin Glover

What does it mean that taboo has been ubiquitously excised in this culture’s media? Crispin Glover wants you to think about it.

Threads: Street Scene
Threads

Street Scene

A handful of great looks that Threads found out on the town this Gallery Night

Making it Home

Making it Home

A regional film festival aims to help people re-connect with nature, and with each other.

Gallery Night guide:Party on the pavement
Gallery Night guide

Party on the pavement

TCD's picks for where to go and what to see this Gallery Night --plus a chance to win tickets to "Street Seen" at the MAM.

ADversary: Impending doom
ADversary

Impending doom

Do you ever get the feeling that our culture is becoming increasingly more like the movie Idiocracy? No, really.

Making a comeback: Broad Vocabulary
Making a comeback

Broad Vocabulary

After a year of grassroots organizing, Milwaukee's feminist bookstore is back in business.

ADversary: Video Gaga
ADversary

Video Gaga

Murder, jailhouse nudity and...Miracle Whip? Seriously, what's up with "Telephone?"

MFF Winter Review: Lola Montes
MFF Winter Review

Lola Montes

After reaching the peak of her career, Lola Montes is forced to participate while her life is exploited, pandering to bloodthirsty crowds as the "repentant whore."

ADversary: Really, Lindsay?
ADversary

Really, Lindsay?

On Wednesday, besmirched child star Lindsay Lohan filed suit against E-Trade for allegedly using her likeness in an ad that aired during the Super Bowl. Now she wants $100 million.

ADversary: Whopper in Paradise
ADversary

Whopper in Paradise

There's nothing like a flame-broiled burger, framed by palm trees and glaring at you from the freeway.

Last Call: The S**t List
Last Call

The S**t List

This week in Last Call: Veteran bartendress Erin Petersen shares a few lessons in bar time etiquette.

Dear Valentine’s Day: No thanks
Dear Valentine’s Day

No thanks

Secret admirers, panty roses and cat vomit: a reflection of past valentines.

ADversary: That was it?
ADversary

That was it?

TCD's Erin Lee Petersen introduces a new column that analyzes the advertising we consume on a daily basis - beginning with the most hotly debated ad in Super Bowl history.

You be the judge: help choose the Pfister’s 2010 AiR
You be the judge

help choose the Pfister’s 2010 AiR

Six Milwaukee artists vie for the city's most prestigious residency in a show at the InterCon's Gallerie M (you can vote, too!); painter Reggie Baylor reflects on his time at the Pfister.

Gallery Night January 2010: Highlights
Gallery Night January 2010

Highlights

The first Gallery Night of 2010 is busting at the seams.

Uplifting Art: Bras for a Cause
Uplifting Art

Bras for a Cause

The Third Ward's friendliest "toy store" hosts an unlikely exhibit and fundraiser for Gallery Night.

The Christmas Virgin

The Christmas Virgin

TCD's Erin Petersen recounts the strange circumstances that led to her very first Christmas celebration at age 18.

5Q: Five questions for Vanessa Andrew
5Q

Five questions for Vanessa Andrew

Eclectic, artistic, utilitarian, decorative, one-of-a-kind: Madam Chino offers a local alternative to the malls this holiday season.

Ex Fabula wants to hear your story

Ex Fabula wants to hear your story

No diatribes, no pageantry, no one-man shows. Milwaukee's newest live storytelling event puts a modern twist on the age-old pastime.

Photo Gallery from the 2009 Milwaukee Zine Fest

Photo Gallery from the 2009 Milwaukee Zine Fest

Dozens of indie publishers and artists turn out for a day of DIY press, plus a few words from QZAP's Milo Miller.

Celebrating DIY Press: The 2009 Milwaukee Zine Fest
Celebrating DIY Press

The 2009 Milwaukee Zine Fest

Take in this all-day expo of handmade, independently produced radical literature from Milwaukee and beyond.

Fly Over Country soars at Racine Arts Council

Fly Over Country soars at Racine Arts Council

A fresh batch of work from four, exceptional local artists highlights some of the vibrancy being produced in the Midwest.

Help the hungry, feed your soul

Help the hungry, feed your soul

Flux Design pairs up with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin for the 6th Annual Feed Your Soul, using fine art to make a big impact on hunger in Milwaukee.

In Search of Gore: A selection of horror gold
In Search of Gore

A selection of horror gold

All the scary movies you'll need to prepare for a hauntingly eerie Halloween!

All in a day’s fun: Swan’s Pumpkin Farm
All in a day’s fun

Swan’s Pumpkin Farm

Amid rides, rows of corn and pumpkins for pennies per pound, TCD's Erin Petersen learns about holiday cheer with a trip to a nearby farm.

Gallery Night: Off the beaten path
Gallery Night

Off the beaten path

TCD guides you around the city to see the best Gallery Night ever.

ArtBeat: A Milwaukee Arts Extravaganza
ArtBeat

A Milwaukee Arts Extravaganza

A funky, eclectic mix of art and performance combine to create a variety show like nothing you've ever experienced in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Film Fest opens with gala at Discovery World

Milwaukee Film Fest opens with gala at Discovery World

With high-speed races and an elegant party, MFF hosts an opening night to remember.

MFF Preview: Let’s Go To The Movies!
MFF Preview

Let’s Go To The Movies!

The 2009 Milwaukee Film Festival launches a whirlwind, 11-day event with a thrilling go-karting documentary, an over-the-top gala and loads of star-studded surprises.

All-City People’s Parade Weathers the Storm

All-City People’s Parade Weathers the Storm

The All-City People's Parade resurrects as part of Laborfest on Sept. 7.

On Peaches and Ropes: Better Sex with Midori and Lee Harrington
On Peaches and Ropes

Better Sex with Midori and Lee Harrington

Milwaukee's favorite "adult" boutique is hosting two fabulous sex educators this week: Midori and Lee Harrington, who talk to TCD about their philosophies and approaches.

What’s Happening: August 24-30
What’s Happening

August 24-30

The Florentine Opera comes to Riverwest, Brewcity Bruisers say 'thanks' with a free picnic and concert, MAM After Dark celebrates all things DIY and Motorhead proves you're never too old to shred.

The Tool Shed Presents : Sexy Summer School
The Tool Shed Presents

Sexy Summer School

Read on to see how you can win a free ticket to the Tool Shed's Sexy Summer School!

What’s Happening : August 17-23
What’s Happening

August 17-23

This week: gear up for the 2009 Gay Softball World Series with an art opening at the MKGAC, rock out WMSE's Radio Summer Camp and hit the lakefront for the Milwaukee Wine Festival and Mexican Fiesta.

What’s Happening: August 10-16
What’s Happening

August 10-16

This week: The Sugar Maple hosts another Pecha Kucha, fall in love with Daniel Johnston at Turner Hall, get a little Celtic at Irish Fest and do your part to make Milwaukee sparkle with a good old-fashioned clean-up in Estabrook Park.

What’s Happening : August 3-9
What’s Happening

August 3-9

Celebrate Domestic Partner provisions; Arab World Fest; 5K Run/Walks on the Hank Aaron Trail and the lakefront; Milwaukee gets inked; Pabst & Co. bring you the indie, pop, electonica and whatever it is Tori Amos is doing these days.

What’s Happening: July 27-August 2
What’s Happening

July 27-August 2

This week: Free summer concerts, beer and bubbly tastings, The Queer Zine Roadshow, Crosby, Still and Nash make a stop at The Riverside and Bradford Beach hosts its first triathlon.

What’s Happening: July 20-26
What’s Happening

July 20-26

This week: indie rock invaders, Milwaukee Film hosts a sudsy fundraiser, The Riverwest 24 and Downer Avenue Classic shred the streets, German Fest raises a few steins and a very special Gallery Night party - with US!

Pedaling Toward Progress: Part 4: The Bella Donnas
Pedaling Toward Progress

Part 4

TCD's Summer Bike Series continues with The Bella Donnas- an all-female cycling group ready to make their mark in Milwaukee. Photos by Brian Jacobson.

What’s Happening

What’s Happening

Country legends come to Potawatomi, Brewing Grounds for Change contemplates the global water crisis, bonfires blaze at the beach and Festa Italiana lights up the lakefront.

Shuffling Priorities: How MARN is Pushing Art to the Top of The List
Shuffling Priorities

How MARN is Pushing Art to the Top of The List

In times of financial duress, priorities are re-structured and during the shuffle, funding for the arts is sent to the bottom of the pile. MARN's Executive Director Melissa Musante wants to make sure that the arts get shuffled back to the top.

What’s Happening: July 6-12
What’s Happening

July 6-12

This week: Jazz in the Garage, The Great Circus Parade, a whole slew of free flicks and The Man, The Myth, The Legend ... Tom Jones.

What’s Happening : June 29-July 5
What’s Happening

June 29-July 5

This week: Summerfest continues the rockin', The Oriental goes vintage for the premiere of Public Enemies and freshest ways to celebrate Independence Day!

The Man in the Mirror: A Tribute
The Man in the Mirror

A Tribute

TCD staff remembers The King of Pop.

Pedaling Toward Progress: Part Three: The Pedal Pusher Society
Pedaling Toward Progress

Part Three

In Part Three of TCD's June Bike Series, Erin Petersen checks in with The Pedal Pusher Society, Milwaukee's premier female bicycle gang. Photos by Brian Jacobson.

Meet The Pedal Pusher Society

Meet The Pedal Pusher Society

TCD introduces you to The Pedal Pusher Society, and the ladies that make the wheels spin! Photos by Brian Jacobson.

What’s Happening: June 22-28
What’s Happening

June 22-28

This week: Cycling through Kettle Moraine, WWE Smackdown (hell yeah!), movie screenings galore and of course, The Big Gig.

What’s Happening: June 15-21
What’s Happening

June 15-21

This week in Milwaukee: Movies on the Patio, WUWM discusses race relations in the city, summer festivals and Father's Day fun.

Pedaling Toward Progress: The Bike Federation of Wisconsin
Pedaling Toward Progress

The Bike Federation of Wisconsin

In part two of TCD's Summer Cycling Series, Erin Petersen talks with Shea Schachameyer, Encouragement Manager for the Bike Federation of Wisconsin and also the developer of Milwaukee's Bike Racks on Buses campaign.

What’s Happening: June 8-14
What’s Happening

June 8-14

This week in Milwaukee: Grizzly Bear attacks The Pabst, Milwaukee celebrates Pride, 48-Hour Film screenings and a crap-ton of free music!

Bike to Work Week schedule: June 6-12
Bike to Work Week schedule

June 6-12

Your complete guide to Milwaukee's bike to work week: pit-stops, press conferences, Bike to the Brewers game, bike-in movies and more.

The Riverwest 24

The Riverwest 24

It starts tonight! Here's our feature from June!

What’s Happening: June 1-7
What’s Happening

June 1-7

This week: $10 shows at The Pabst, abstract art, beer tasting from around the world and the Miller Lite Ride for the Arts. YAY SUMMER!

What’s Happening: May 25-31
What’s Happening

May 25-31

This week: Memorial Day Parade, beer tastings, cheap eats downtown and an evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. Yay!

RACINE, Part two: Meerkats, sand dollars, 8 tracks and PROM
RACINE, Part two

Meerkats, sand dollars, 8 tracks and PROM

Our escapades in Racine continue with the zoo, a mad dash for kringle, the best thrift shopping on the I-94 corridor, and the main event: the 2009 Racine Prom.

SUMMER TRAVEL: RACINE: Jellyfish, biscuits and Marvin Gaye
SUMMER TRAVEL

RACINE

Economic catastrophe got you down? Sad that a luxury vacation to an exotic locale isn't in your cards for at least five years, or possibly eternity? We know how you feel ... but we also know how to have fun, wherever, whenever and however. This summer, TCD and VITAL Source are proud to launch our SUMMER TRAVEL SERIES, featuring regular old people taking exceedingly uncommon day trips, staycations and adventure escapes to unexpected destinations in Wisconsin and (only slightly) beyond. To kick start the series, Racine native and all-around foxy lady Erin Petersen took Senior Editor Amy Elliott and Cultural Zero DJ Hostettler on a whirlwind day trip to Racine, WI, for art, prom and kringle.

What’s Happening: May 18-24
What’s Happening

May 18-24

This week- buy local and save, Museum Day(s), Animal Collective, Barbeque and the beach.

What’s Happening: May 11-17
What’s Happening

May 11-17

This week: free concerts, comfort food, fundraisers and the BEST RUMMAGE EVER.

Fasten Closes Storefront; Sparrow Takes Flight

Fasten Closes Storefront; Sparrow Takes Flight

On April 30, Fasten Collective closed the doors to its retail space in Bay View for good.  I’d heard murmurings here and there of the store closing, and like most people assumed that it was yet another beloved Milwaukee institution that sadly, fell victim to the economy. As it turns out, I was wrong. About […]

What’s Happening: May 4-10, 2009
What’s Happening

May 4-10, 2009

This week: experimental music, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and a Mother's Day brunch guide that will FINALLY get your mom off your back. Maybe.

Celebrate easy Green Living at The Domes

Celebrate easy Green Living at The Domes

The Green Living Festival shows Milwaukee how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

Fasten Collective store closing

Fasten Collective store closing

TCD received this press release today regarding the closing of Fasten designer collective store in Bay View.  Fasten will continue to thrive in Milwaukee, however the store front will now be filled by Sparrow Collective. Read on for more details! Dear Fasten Patrons, The Fasten Co-op was established way back in 2003 as an idea. […]

Carousel Resurrects the Slide Projector

Carousel Resurrects the Slide Projector

Last Friday, on the hottest and most beautiful day of the year, it was difficult to stay indoors. But the promise of a quirky and intriguing slide show was tempting enough to bring me in. As I settled into my seat in the back room of Woodland Pattern, I didn't know what to expect from my first Carousel.

What’s Happening: April 27-May 3
What’s Happening

April 27-May 3

Welcome to What's Happening, your weekly guide to the goings-on.

Party like it’s 1933: A night on the town with TCD
Party like it’s 1933

A night on the town with TCD

The TCD crew takes you on guided tour of Depression Era cocktails for the 21st century.

Gallery Night Guide: April 17, 2009
Gallery Night Guide

April 17, 2009

Where to go and what to see on Gallery Night.

Carousel: 35mm Slideshow @ Woodland Pattern
Carousel

35mm Slideshow @ Woodland Pattern

Celebrating the artistic possibility and readily available charms of a technology and a medium being shuffled off to obsolescence, Carousel: The 3rd Annual Milwaukee Invitational 35mm Slide Show invites a diverse – and cross country – league of artists to work in a form they haven’t tackled before: they were each asked to generate a […]

Beyond The Fonz

Beyond The Fonz

Notes from FUEL Milwaukee’s “Beyond the Fonz” event this week at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

Lincoln Park Part Two: Denouement
Lincoln Park Part Two

Denouement

It’s official: Takashi Soga’s proposal has been approved for the Lincoln Park site. On March 13, the public art committee voted in favor of Soga’s project, bringing some closure (for now) to what has been an arduous and controversial process. First things first, though: some corrections and clarifications need to be made. In Part One […]

The Battle for Lincoln Park

The Battle for Lincoln Park

    The turnout for the Milwaukee County Public Art Committee meeting at Lincoln Park on March 7th was surprisingly low. For a moment, I thought that I’d gone to the wrong place. It was a particularly dismal day, and as the rain made soup of the lush green landscape, it was hard to keep […]

Photo Gallery: Random Exposure 2006
Photo Gallery

Random Exposure 2006

Pictures from VITAL's Random Exposure show August 10, 2006 at the Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design, exhibiting the top 50 entries. Diamonds laid down hot jams like butter on breakfast toast, Vucciria put out a spread almost too beautiful to eat and Point Brewing Co. kept everyone well-libated with beer and fine sodas. Wow. Thanks to the over 250 fine VITAL readers that came down and shared the evening with us. We love you.

Photo Gallery: VITAL’s Smashing Halloween 2006
Photo Gallery

VITAL’s Smashing Halloween 2006

The VITAL crew parties hard on Halloween with a costume party at Bremen Cafe.

Photo Gallery: PrideFest 2007
Photo Gallery

PrideFest 2007

Milwaukeeans flock to the lakefront to show their pride!

Photo Gallery: VITAL’s 5th Birthday
Photo Gallery

VITAL’s 5th Birthday

VITAL held a massive 5th Birthday Carnival and Karaoke Ball at Turner Hall on March 10. It was a blast. Photos by Lacy, Kurt Johnson and Jason Groschopf.

Photo Gallery: Bay View Bocce Fest 2007
Photo Gallery

Bay View Bocce Fest 2007

Team VITAL rocked Bay View's Bocce Fest. We passed the semi-finals but somehow missed the cue that we'd made the finals and disbanded the team before the showdown, possibly walking away from the title without even knowing it.

Photo Gallery: The Big Dig, October 2007
Photo Gallery

The Big Dig, October 2007

Aaron Soma and Amy Elliott document a dig through the inventories of Flipville, Bullseye, Musical Memories and LotusLand and visit the site of now-defunct Audie's Records.

Photo Gallery: VITAL’s 6th Birthday Funhouse
Photo Gallery

VITAL’s 6th Birthday Funhouse

We celebrated our 6th birthday at MOCT Bar, 240 E. Pittsburgh. Our staff was joined by several hundred of our closest friends. Hope you were, and if you weren't we wish you had been!

Photo Gallery: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ The Pabst
Photo Gallery

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ The Pabst

March 20th, 2008. Photos by Erin Landry

Photo Gallery: Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary
Photo Gallery

Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary

Photos from Harley's 100th Anniversary Parade, August 30, 2003!

Photo Gallery: PrideFest 2008
Photo Gallery

PrideFest 2008

Thousands of people braved tornadoes, hail and Neo-Nazis to show their pride!

Photo Gallery: Random Exposure 3
Photo Gallery

Random Exposure 3

You've heard the stories, now see the pictures! Hundreds of VITAL readers gathered at the Eisner American Museum of Advertising and Design for an evening of intimate imagery, delectable dining, lovely libations and booty-shaking beats. If you were there, look for your beautiful face in this gallery.

Photo Gallery: Center Street Daze 2007
Photo Gallery

Center Street Daze 2007

These pictures from Center Street Days were taken with a Kodak 35 Special from 1941 that I got from a Goodwill I used to work at. --Tim Edgar

Photo Gallery: “Family Album” January 2008 Gallery Night
Photo Gallery

“Family Album” January 2008 Gallery Night

An evening dedicated to the talented artists that made VITAL a success.

Photo Gallery : Sinners + Saints April 2008 Gallery Night
Photo Gallery

Sinners + Saints April 2008 Gallery Night

Local artists grace our walls with work inspired by angels and demons!

Photo Gallery: America’s Gallery Night October 2008
Photo Gallery

America’s Gallery Night October 2008

America's Gallery Night , October 2008. Friends and lovers pay homage to America with work inspired by the landscape and folklore of this great nation. Music by The Dim Peepers+ PBR + party dresses = best Gallery Night EVER.

Choreographers vie for top spot in Milwaukee Ballet’s “Genesis”

Choreographers vie for top spot in Milwaukee Ballet’s “Genesis”

Next month, three choreographers will get a unique opportunity to showcase their work during Milwaukee Ballet’s third international choreographic competition, Genesis: Choreography for the Next Generation, March 26-29. Held every other year, the competition demonstrates Milwaukee Ballet’s continued commitment to generating new and innovative works. While ballets internationally often follow the same model, Milwaukee Ballet […]

Broad strokes: A new collaborative
Broad strokes

A new collaborative

The space at 2241 South Kinnickinnic Avenue that once housed Broad Vocabulary, Milwaukee’s first and only feminist bookstore, sits barren. The signature cornflower blue exterior stands out among other shops and restaurants, but inside, all that remains are stark walls and empty shelves … for now. Around Milwaukee, in conference rooms and libraries, in bars […]

2008 Holiday Fun Guide

2008 Holiday Fun Guide

What can we say about the holidays? For most of us, this time of year can cause serious anxiety as we ultimately find ourselves shuffling from store to store, desperately trying to hold our own among ravenous holiday shoppers. And every year, we end up stuck at yet another awkward family dinner where we try […]