Erin Petersen
What’s Happening

August 17-23

By - Aug 17th, 2009 07:00 am
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Tuesday, August 18

ueclogoPaths to a Sustainable Future
6:30PM * $5
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E. Park Place

It terrifies me to think of the future when I’m reminded of how severely our resources are being depleted and the effects this will have on the planet and our civilization – almost to the point that I’d rather not think about it. But it’s a reality, folks, and we HAVE to do something about it. Thank goodness  for the Urban Ecology Center. This evening, members of the Transition Initiative will present ideas to help our community address the challenges we encounter in the face of climate change, peak oil and economic instability and strives to create a culture of sustainability. Call ahead to register- 414.964.8505.

Wednesday, August 19

A Night of Art & Music
5PM * $25
Milwaukee Gay Arts Center
703 S. 2nd Street

From August 29th to September 5th, the Milwaukee region will play host to over 4,000 baseball fans for the 2009 Gay Softball World Series. A whole slew of Milwaukee businesses and non-profits host this one-night-only art event and silent auction to benefit this annual event and help put the spotlight on our city’s rich and diverse LGBT community.

Thursday, August 20

wmseWMSE Radio Summer Camp Kick-Off
7PM * $10
Turner Hall Ballroom
1032 N. 4th Street

Cowabunga! WMSE has given Milwaukee a music festival that’s truly great. Spend the next four days gallivanting through some of the city’s hottest venues and bbq-in’ in Cathedral Square Park.  Tonight’s show sets the party off with indie legends Sometime Sweet Susan, The Dim Suns, Juniper Tar and the Trusty Knife. It’s gonna be a great show, followed by an even better weekend. For a full lineup of shows and events, check out wmse.org.

Friday, August 21

Milwaukee Wine Festival
August 21-22 * $20 advance, $30 at gate
Milwaukee Art Museum
500 N. Art Museum Dr.

Two days + 150 wines + victuals from the likes of Kil@wat, Mason Street Grill and the Milwaukee Chop House and you’ve got yourself an elegant – and delicious – weekend. This festival is perfect for seasoned sommeliers and fair weather winos alike, with wine and bubbly from over 30 vineyards plus live music and informational sessions from wine reps. Cheers!
mexican-fiestaMexican Fiesta
August 21-23
Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Dr.

Between the beers at WMSE Summer Camp shows, the culinary delights of Milwaukee Wine Fest and the food at Mexican Fiesta, I predict that the entire city will gain 20 pounds this weekend. Come on down to the lakefront and burn off some of those unwanted calories with a little Salsarengue dancing at the Fiesta, and then go ahead and fill your belly with some of Milwaukee’s best Mexican cuisine and maybe just a nip of tequila.

Saturday, August 22

Beauty X’Change
6PM *
Bavarian Inn
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale

Though it may sound redundant or even cliche, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES. Just because mainstream fashion chooses to ignore that fact doesn’t mean that you have to. Celebrate Full Figured Fashion Week with a plus-sized fashion show from X’Change Modeling, a non-profit organization and social networking tool for women.

SilverCityDance1Silver City Asian Festival
10AM-8PM
W. National Ave., between 35th and 40th St.

East meets West at the Silver City Festival– a full day of Asian heritage, music and food. Tons of vendors and entertainment stages will be spread across five city blocks, plus live martial arts demos and a parade!

Sunday, August 23

Sexy Summer School: Joystick Secrets
5PM-7PM * $25
The Tool Shed
2427 N. Murray

The Tool Shed kicks-off the Fall class season with Sexy Summer School– a series of tantalizing workshops hosted by internationally known sex experts. Tonight’s class is Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man with acclaimed writer, lecturer and Japanese rope artist Midori.

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