Laura Heller

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Smoke ’em while you got ’em: My Office
Smoke ’em while you got ’em

My Office

My Office has ferried its way through the bar scene with a pro-smoking environment for the past 30 years. What's going to happen once Milwaukee goes smoke free?

Festival season comes early this year

Festival season comes early this year

Going through film festival withdrawal? Never fear, Milwaukee Film's Winter Edition is here!

Last Call: Laughing Islands
Last Call

Laughing Islands

How is it possible to spend your whole life in Milwaukee and never visit the Comedy Cafe? Laura Heller checks it off her to-do list.

Last Call: Reinventing Friday Night
Last Call

Reinventing Friday Night

Getting out of my comfort zone on a Friday night proved redeeming. Milwaukee unveils to me, again, why I love it so much.

2009 Holiday Fun Guide

2009 Holiday Fun Guide

Skate your way through Milwaukee this holiday with art, music, decorations, carriage rides, artisan gift markets and more. There is something for everyone!

TCD 2009 Halloween Guide!

TCD 2009 Halloween Guide!

Haunted houses, pumpkin farms and favorite fall haunts are on the horizon.

2009 MFF: The Reel Scene II
2009 MFF

The Reel Scene II

Trouble understanding the film's ending? Chat with members of select MFF cast and crew during casual Q&A sessions.

MFF Preview: The Reel Scene
MFF Preview

The Reel Scene

Our behind-the-scene scout maps out the digs for music, stars and festivities in and around the film festival.

5Q: Five Questions for Ross Bigley
5Q

Five Questions for Ross Bigley

Milwaukee's Short Film Festival will feature strong titles and some film titans this season.

First Stage expands with diverse shows for the wee set

First Stage expands with diverse shows for the wee set

Highlights from the season include stagings of favorite children's book authors and one Tony Award-winning musical.

Percussion Work Performance @ Haggerty

Percussion Work Performance @ Haggerty

Milwaukee drummer and percussionist Jon Mueller

Unique Art at Carroll

Unique Art at Carroll

Eddee Daniel's new installation

Cream City Festival

Cream City Festival

Their First FREE Annual Music Festival

Gallery 2622 Presents Deone Jahnke

Gallery 2622 Presents Deone Jahnke

New Photo Collection

Afternoon Tea on the Terrace

Afternoon Tea on the Terrace

Pour over the history of tea while drinking tea!

Wisconsin Visual Artists 2009 Exhibition

Wisconsin Visual Artists 2009 Exhibition

A juried art show at Mount Mary college

MAM after Dark

MAM after Dark

DIY and Beer Tasting!

Rep’s Prop & Costume Garage Sale

Rep’s Prop & Costume Garage Sale

Costume pieces, props, furniture, and set decorations, including this amazing beach ball!

Milwaukee Film Announcement

Milwaukee Film Announcement

If you attend the special preview screening of Public Enemies on June 30, you’ll be helping raise funds for Milwaukee Film.  Film Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Historical Society have generously agreed to set aside a portion of the revenues from tickets reserved through Milwaukee Film. We like to think it’s a deal Al Capone […]

Scion Presents:  Hot*pop’s Guest Artist Series, Featuring Trevor Traynor
Scion Presents

Hot*pop’s Guest Artist Series, Featuring Trevor Traynor

Gallery Day Event! Milwaukee, WI — Saturday July 25, 2009 — 4 – 7 pm Please join us for Gallery Day as we welcome Trevor Traynor’s touring show, “I Shoot People.”  BBQ refreshments and giveaways throughout the day courtesy of Scion.  Music by DJ Kid Cut Up of No Request Sound.  Brought to you by […]

Free Summer Music in Milwaukee County Parks

Free Summer Music in Milwaukee County Parks

What's better than live music? We'll tell you what: FREE live music.

Summer in the Parks: August
Summer in the Parks

August

Copa de Praia August 1 Bradford Beach Soccer Tournament http://copadepraia.com/ Bradford Beach Triathalon August 2 The inaugural Milwaukee Bradford Beach Triathlon Series will consist of Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons.  Both events are open to individuals and relay teams. http://www.lakegenevasports.com/Milw_Tri/MilwTri.htm   River Flicks at Pere Marquette Fridays at Dusk River Flicks is a free outdoor […]

Summer in the Parks: July
Summer in the Parks

July

We continue our series of great activities to enjoy in Milwaukee's parks this summer with events for July: Bastille Days, the return of the Air and Water Show, the Great Circus Parade, the US Bank PGA Tour, and of course city-wide Fourth of July festivities.

Summer in the parks: June
Summer in the parks

June

Sure, June is well on its way, and with the advent of the first major festivals (PrideFest this past weekend, Polish Fest next weekend) and street parties (Locust Street Festival last weekend, Summer Soulstice on North Avenue this weekend), summer is officially here. Here's our slightly belated guide to everything you can do this month, all over Milwaukee, mostly for cheap or for free, in our beautiful and robust parks system, from glow-in-the-dark golf to beach volleyball to tranquil garden strolls.

Date Change for Spectacular! Spectacular!

Date Change for Spectacular! Spectacular!

A NEW DATE SET FOR SPECTACULAR! SPECTACULAR! A BURLESQUE BASH Proceeds benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America MILWAUKEE, WI – New date, same “Spectacular” event. Due to an unforeseen shipment conflict at our venue, Spectacular! Spectacular! A Burlesque Bash to Benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America has been rescheduled. The benefit […]

Newsmaker Luncheon to Feature Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ken Macha

Newsmaker Luncheon to Feature Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ken Macha

MILWAUKEE, WI – May 11, 2009.  Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ken Macha will be the featured guest of a Milwaukee Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on Wednesday, June 10. The public is invited to attend the Newsmaker Luncheon, which will include a discussion between Macha and a panel of local journalists. Macha also will take questions from […]

Jonathan West will be on “The Story” with Dick Gordon on Friday, June 5

Jonathan West will be on “The Story” with Dick Gordon on Friday, June 5

A quick note about something kind of cool happening today. As you may or may not now, Jonathan West has a 20-year history with The Sunset Playhouse.  He was an enthusiastic participant in his youth, was away from The Playhouse for many years doing very “un-Playhouse-like” things, and now has returned to the fold for […]

Lee Bergquist Book Celebration

Lee Bergquist Book Celebration

MPC Announcement Thursday, June 18, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. NEWSROOM PUB 137 E. Wells Street ~ Milwaukee, WI  53202 Lee Bergquist Book Celebration Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Lee Bergquist has completed a marathon – as in a marathon quest to publish his labor of love – Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete. To celebrate his […]

Free Family Day at Salvation Army

Free Family Day at Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Of Greater Milwaukee To Host Free Family Day Saturday, June 20 The Salvation Army Milwaukee Citadel Worship & Community Center, 4129 W. Villard Avenue will hold a free family day on Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 1-3pm.  Come and enjoy movies, refreshments, gym activities and more. This event is free and open […]

Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums Grand Opening

Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums Grand Opening

Villa Terrace Art Museum Renaissance Garden Opening Sunday, June 7, 2009 Free Admission The Villa Terrace Art Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, is proud to announce the opening of the Renaissance Garden on Sunday, June 7. In celebration of the occasion, the museum will extend FREE ADMISSION to all visitors for the day. (normally […]

Twitter Art

Twitter Art

Boris Ostrerov, a Milwaukee based multidisciplinary artist, is pleased to present his latest project titled, “Twitter Installation” at the Walkers Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) Annual Member’s Show on view from June 5th until July 2nd 2009. The “Twitter Installation” explores the phenomenon of Twitter, a micro-blogging service that is becoming an increasingly popular […]

Al Jarreau Benefit Concert Kicks-Off Gathering on the Green Festival

Al Jarreau Benefit Concert Kicks-Off Gathering on the Green Festival

The 2009 Gathering on the Green offers the rare opportunity to see Milwaukee’s own, seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau perform a benefit concert on Thursday, July 9, in Mequon’s Rotary Park. On Saturday, July 11, Gathering will commemorate 15 years of the best of the performing arts for the entire family with “A Red, White […]

Poet in Residence – Jack Collom at Woodland Pattern

Poet in Residence – Jack Collom at Woodland Pattern

(Milwaukee, WI) On Saturday, June 6, 2009, poet-in-residence Jack Collom will read from his latest collections of poetry Exchanges of Earth & Sky and Situations, Sings. Collom will also lead an eco-poetics workshop “What’s Funny? Nature?” on Saturday afternoon from 2pm-5pm. Jack Collom was born in Chicago, Illinois, 8 November 1931, and grew up in […]

Upcoming June Events at Racine Art Museum

Upcoming June Events at Racine Art Museum

Racine, WI     June 1, 2009 Upcoming June Events at RAM Free First Friday in June Friday, June 5 Visitors enjoy the Racine Art Museum for FREE the first Friday of every month. Free RAM admission 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Free Hands-On Art Event 4:00 – 8:00 pm Drop in and create magnificently colored magnets. […]

June Updates & July Events in the UWM Peck School of the Arts

June Updates & July Events in the UWM Peck School of the Arts

Events are listed by discipline (Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Special Events) except for exhibitions, which are listed at the end.  For updates, check our online calendar: arts.uwm.edu/calendar. Electronic images are available for most events: pmorris@uwm.edu BOX OFFICE INFORMATION The Peck School of the Arts Box Office is located in the Helene Zelazo Center […]

2009 Milwaukee Film Festival Submission Deadline Extended

2009 Milwaukee Film Festival Submission Deadline Extended

MILWAUKEE (June 1, 2009) – The Milwaukee Film Festival has extended the submission deadline for submitting films and videos of any length to June 30, 2009. All films/videos made in Milwaukee or by current Milwaukee filmmakers/video artists qualify for an entry fee waiver. Filmmakers just need to e-mail TJ@milwaukee-film.org to receive a fee waiver code. […]

2009 Farmer’s Market Guide

2009 Farmer’s Market Guide

Whether you feel like taking a stroll down the street or a day trip to one of Wisconsin's charming small towns; be you in search of local honey (which might help ward off allergies), artisan soaps and skin care products, fresh-baked bread and bakery, herbs and flowers or just some fresh green beans and potatoes for dinner; even if you just go to meet your neighbors and hear some music, Wisconsin's farmers markets are a many splendor'd thing. Bookmark this page and enjoy your locally-grown summer.

112-year-old American Flag found in School

112-year-old American Flag found in School

An American flag from the year 1897 was found in the attic area of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School at 3275 North Third Street. The flag, with some tears and other signs of wear was found after a recent fire, which was caused when lightning hit the steeple of the school. The flag […]