Erin Petersen
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July 27-August 2

By - Jul 27th, 2009 07:30 am
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Monday, July 27


Carrie A. Meyer : Days on the Family Farm
Next Chapter Bookshop
10976 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon

Carrie A. Meyer discusses everyday life on an early 20th-century Midwestern farm in her new book, Days on the Family Farm. Based on meticulous records kept by farm wife May Lyford, Meyer showcases the evolution of farming from horses to automobiles and tractors.

Tuesday, July 28

Swing Nouveau
6:30PM * FREE
Humboldt Park
3000 S. Howell Ave.

There are only a handful of free shows left in the Chill on the Hill Series; if you haven’t made it down yet, what are you waiting for? Tonight, put on your best twirling skirt and dapper-est duds for Swing Nouveau, Milwaukee’s most ferocious 15-piece big band. Don’t forget to pack a few extra non-perishables in your picnic basket to donate to local food pantries.

Wednesday, July 29

Take Me Out to Alverno
6PM * $40
Alverno College
3400 S. 43rd St.

If only all back-to-school celebrations were like this. Come to the Alverno campus to sample beers from Stonefly, Lakefront, Capital and Water Street Breweries, and sign up for the silent auction where you can win rad prizes like vacation packages, artwork and even a tandem skydive!

Thursday, July 30

Our Craving, Their Hunger
5PM * Donations Welcome
La Merenda
125 E. National Ave.

Joy Bach and Peter Sandroni, Executive Chef and Proprietor of La Merenda invite you to a very sumptuous fundraiser. Sample traditional Filipino cuisine and make selections from La Merenda’s gourmet small plate menu while you help fill the food pantry at the Hunger Task Force. Monetary donations are always welcome, but for this event, please be sure to bring at least three non-perishable food items for those in need. Plus, 20% of all food sales will go to benefit the Hunger Task Force of Wisconsin. Call ahead to reserve a spot: 414.389.0125.


De La Buena
7Pm * FREE
Alterra on the Lake
1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

If you haven’t had a chance to hit up Alterra’s  Musica del Lago series yet, come on down this week for some familiar favorites when Milwaukee’s own Afro-Cuban 10-piece spices up the lakefront. These shows are totally free — radical — but they also crowd fast, so come down early, get yourself a nice Americano from the lovely baristas at Alterra and stake out some real estate before it fills up!

Friday, July 31

Danceworks DanceLAB: Art to Art
7:30PM * $15
Danceworks Studio Theatre
1661 N. Water St.

Local choreographers collaborate with film, music, theatre, and visual artists in the fifth installment of this experimental concert series. Tonight, you can catch intriguing collaborations between some of Milwaukee’s up-and-coming choreographers, musicians and sculptors.


Queer Zinester Roadshow
Cream City Collectives
732 E. Clarke Street

The Queer Zinester Roadshow makes a stop in Milwaukee on its three-city tour. Get your ass (and your notebooks, drawing pens, etc.) to the CCC tonight for readings from seven radical queer writers and zinesters as they read from their zines and share their stories. The roadshow features (among others) legendary zinester and co-founder of the Denver Zine Library Kelly Shortandqueer, plus Riverwest’s own Milo Miller and Christopher Wilde, founders of the Queer Zine Archive Project.

Saturday, August 1

Nuclear-Free Wine Tasting
1-3PM * $35
1818 N. Hubbard

Here’s a guilt-free excuse to drink wine in the afternoon. Join your pals at Roots for a sampling of several domestic, organic and “bio-dynamic” wines and cheeses — all in an effort to prevent the construction of nuclear reactors in Wisconsin. After the tasting, special guest Dr. Arjun Makhijani will speak about the effort to keep our nation free of carbon and nuclear energy sources. Tix are $35 at the door, but if you call early you can snag one for only $25. Call 414.964.5158 for reservations.

Crosby, Stills & Nash
8PM * $45
The Riverside
116 W. Wisconsin

Forty years after their first show together at Woodstock, CSN is back on tour! I think it best to reserve any negative sentiments about whether a group of grandpa-aged musicians will be able to deliver a good performance after four decades of … well, hard living. The fact of the matter is that a trio of rock n’ roll legends are coming to Milwaukee. Nuff said.

Wauwatosa Historical Society Firefly Art Fair
Aug. 1-2, 10am-5pm * $4
Kneeland-Walker House
7406 Hillcrest Dr., Wauwatosa

The Firefly Art Fair celebrates its 23rd year in 2009, featuring work from artists across the nation. The art on display spans a wide variety of mediums and you can feast your eyes on everything from ceramics to leather art while taking in a gorgeous view of the Victorian gardens at the Kneeland-Walker House.

Sunday, August 2


Bradford Beach Triathlon
Bradford Beach
2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Bradford Beach hosts its first-ever triathlon! If a half-mile swim followed by a 12-mile bike ride topped off with a 5K run (and that’s just the Sprint distance) isn’t your thing, but come down to the beach anyway and show your support!

Categories: Life & Leisure, VITAL

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