Matt Wild – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:56:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Matt Wild – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Reminder: Oriental Theatre isn’t closed for good (Milwaukee Film is taking over and will reopen it soon) http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/oriental-theatre-closed-milwaukee-film-taking-over-reopen-soon/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/oriental-theatre-closed-milwaukee-film-taking-over-reopen-soon/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:16:34 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51825 Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week. • If you’ve seen the Oriental Theatre’s marquee in recent days (or if you’ve checked the Oriental’s Facebook page), you may have seen something alarming. “Thank you MKE for 42 great years. Landmark Theatres,” reads […]

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Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week.

• If you’ve seen the Oriental Theatre’s marquee in recent days (or if you’ve checked the Oriental’s Facebook page), you may have seen something alarming. “Thank you MKE for 42 great years. Landmark Theatres,” reads the marquee. “Landmark Theatres operated the Oriental Theatre for 42 years and it is now closed,” reads the Facebook page. Wha?!

Worry not, Milwaukee, because in case you missed it, the famed East Side icon isn’t gone for good. Yes, the Landmark-era Oriental screened its final film on Thursday, but last year, Milwaukee Film signed a long-term lease for the historic theater. The organization will officially take over operations in July.

For now, Milwaukee Film has closed the Oriental in order to get a head start on $10 million worth of renovations (restrooms, sound, and projection are up first). And there’s more!

Later phases include expanding the theater’s concessions area in the lobby, improving seating in the balcony, adding a bar and concessions in the mezzanine level, and upgrading second-floor restrooms.

Earlier this year, Jonathan Jackson, Milwaukee Film’s chief executive officer and artistic director, said programming for the Oriental would evolve after the 10th annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, with the goal of making the movie palace more of a “calendar house” showing a mix of more international fare, classic movies and thematic programming—much like what the Oriental featured there when it was a single-screen venue in the 1970s and ’80s.

Milwaukee Film is aiming to reopen the theater in early August. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Hello Death released a new album, For Those With Many Hearts, and oh gosh, it’s lovely. A release show is set for June 23 at the Walker’s Point Anodyne. [Bandcamp]

• The Milwaukee Common Council has officially banned e-cigarettes on city property, as well as in public spaces where smoking is already prohibited. [FOX6]

• VISIT Milwaukee has created an “Original Brew City Beer Map” that highlights 62 beer-related sites in and around Milwaukee. The tourism organization is printing up 500,000 of the things and distributing them around the city. You can find a digital copy here. [BizTimes]

• View MKE, a.k.a. the new restaurant setting up shop in the former Wolf Peach space, will open June 25. View will specialize in “globally inspired cuisine and shareable plates.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Milwaukee metal/hardcore band Knaaves released a video for their song “January.” According to the group:

This song is about the sensationalized unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, an aspiring actress who was brutally murdered in Los Angeles in the 1940s. We knew we wanted to allude to the death but not recreate it with the video. After brainstorming a few ideas, we brought them to our good friend and former bandmate, Brian Radmond of Radmond Media. Brian added some great perspective and really helped bring this to life with his directing skills. Our bass player, Amanda recruited her sibling to play the role of the victim and one of the detectives is played by Peter J. Woods, a predominant noise artist in Milwaukee. Having our friends and family involved in this project provided another layer of excitement. We are stoked with how it turned out.

Knaaves’ next show is June 23 at the Shorewood Legion Hall. [YouTube]

• Want more Milwaukee music videos? Of course you do. Here’s one from Lyric Advisory Board, “American Carnage.” The group will celebrate the release of its debut album, The Great American Novelty, tonight at Linneman’s. [Vimeo]

American Carnage from Andrew Gralton on Vimeo.

• The Milwaukee Brewers dressed up like Bob Uecker and it was wonderful. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The Lowlands Group has announced its cycling events for 2018, including the Café Centraal Bay View Classic (June 29) and the Café Hollander Downer Classic (June 30). [OnMilwaukee]

• Evan Rytlewski talked to Surgeons In Heat about their excellent new album, Bored Immortals. A release show is set for June 29 at Cactus Club. [Shepherd Express]

• The completely revamped US Cellular Connection Stage at Summerfest looks pretty slick. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• There’ll be lifeguards at Atwater Beach in Shorewood this summer. [OnMilwaukee]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!

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Pabst Milwaukee Brewery is bringing back classic “Red, White & Blue” beer http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/pabst-milwaukee-brewery-bringing-back-classic-red-white-blue-beer/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/pabst-milwaukee-brewery-bringing-back-classic-red-white-blue-beer/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:36:56 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51845 The weather may be cold and kind of miserable, but summer is officially here. And what better way to celebrate the summer season—and the impending Fourth of July—than by tipping back a classic beer that celebrates the ol’ red, white, and blue? On Sunday, July 1, Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom will throw a beer […]

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The weather may be cold and kind of miserable, but summer is officially here. And what better way to celebrate the summer season—and the impending Fourth of July—than by tipping back a classic beer that celebrates the ol’ red, white, and blue?

On Sunday, July 1, Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom will throw a beer garden launch party for the re-release of Pabst’s vintage “Red, White & Blue” beer. Limited edition crowler releases and posters, free Klements bratwurst, a live mural demonstration, and a DJ will all be featured. Oh, and a beer that was first brewed in 1899. Here’s the full press release:

PABST MILWAUKEE BREWERY THROWS IT BACK WITH RE-RELEASE OF RED WHITE & BLUE
Classic beer to be reintroduced July 1 at Klements-sponsored beer garden launch party

MILWAUKEE (June 22, 2018) – Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom is bringing back Red White & Blue just in time for July 4th. The brew will be re-released at a beer garden launch party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 1.

First brewed in 1899 as a 4th of July celebration, this vintage American Session Lager will be the brewery’s newest release. The beer’s 3.2 ABV and 10 IBU stay true to its past recipe, retaining the iconic “honest beer for an honest price” slogan.

“Red, White & Blue holds years of history in its name, most notably for its patriotic brand post World War II,” said John Kimes, Pabst senior staff brewer. “We look forward to re-introducing this vintage American brew back to Milwaukee in anticipation of the Fourth of July.”

The Red, White & Blue beer garden launch party, sponsored by Klements, will feature limited edition crowler releases and posters, free Klements bratwurst, and a live mural demonstration by BigShots Robot, along with a DJ. The launch party will take place in the outdoor beer garden at Pabst Milwaukee Brewery on Sunday, July 1.

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin was on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ and she brought some Spotted Cow http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/sen-tammy-baldwin-late-night-seth-meyers-spotted-cow/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/sen-tammy-baldwin-late-night-seth-meyers-spotted-cow/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:05:11 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51827 Politics, politicians, and life in general: it’s enough to make you drink. So why not crack open a cold one if you’re going to discuss the hellscape that is 2018? That’s just what U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin did Thursday night when she dropped by the set of NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers. Yes, Baldwin […]

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Politics, politicians, and life in general: it’s enough to make you drink. So why not crack open a cold one if you’re going to discuss the hellscape that is 2018? That’s just what U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin did Thursday night when she dropped by the set of NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers. Yes, Baldwin was there to talk Trump, reelections, special interests, Big Pharma, and being openly gay, but she was also there to spread the good word of Wisconsin beer. Namely New Glarus Brewing‘s ever-popular Spotted Cow.

“You come from Wisconsin, which is known for cheese and beer,” Meyers says, much to the dismay of every Wisconsinite who loses it when people say that. “And a lot of other things!” Baldwin replies, much to the delight of every Wisconsinite who says that very thing when confronted with the first statement. From there, Meyers and Baldwin break out the Spotted Cow (identified only as a “famous beer”) and talk turkey.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon had Dave Matthews sing some Cardi B songs. Watch Meyers and Baldwin drink some Spotted Cow below…

…and watch the rest of Baldwin’s appearance, too.

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You’d be ‘Better Off Dead’ than to miss our screening at Avalon Theater July 18 http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/youd-be-better-off-dead-than-to-miss-our-screening-at-avalon-theater-july-18/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/youd-be-better-off-dead-than-to-miss-our-screening-at-avalon-theater-july-18/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:30:34 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51773 Four weeks. Twenty weekdays. That’s approximately how long you have until we screen the 1985 dark comedy classic Better Off Dead at Avalon Theater. On Wednesday, July 18, Milwaukee Record, the Avalon, and new series sponsor Lakefront Brewery will celebrate this hilarious ’80s masterpiece in all its gonzo glory. Tickets are $2 (plus $3). Buy them […]

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Four weeks. Twenty weekdays. That’s approximately how long you have until we screen the 1985 dark comedy classic Better Off Dead at Avalon Theater. On Wednesday, July 18, Milwaukee Record, the Avalon, and new series sponsor Lakefront Brewery will celebrate this hilarious ’80s masterpiece in all its gonzo glory. Tickets are $2 (plus $3). Buy them here.

Directed by Savage Steve Holland and starring a fresh-faced John Cusack, Better Off Dead follows the wacky suicidal misadventures of Lane Myer (Cusack) as he struggles with his ex-girlfriend Beth (Amanda Wyss), his snow-snorting best friend Charles de Mar (Curtis Armstrong), his nasal spray-snorting neighbor Ricky (Dan Schneider), his bizarro parents (David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby), his How To Pick Up Trashy Women-reading little brother Badger (Scooter Stevens), a prototypical ’80s jock/bad guy (Aaron Dozier), and a homicidal paper boy (Demian Slade). Oh, and those drag racers who talk like Howard Cosell. And the guy who runs Pig Burger. Oh well, at least there’s French foreign exchange student Monique (Diane Franklin), who can totally fix Lane’s ’67 Camaro but has a phobia of, eh, how you say? Octopus? Testicles?

Can Lane beat Roy Stalin in the big ski race down the K-12? Can he make it through one shift at Pig Burger without imagining an elaborate burgers-and-fries claymation video of Van Halen’s “Everybody Wants Some!!”? Did John Cusack really hate this movie when it came out? (Probably, but he’s warmed to it in recent years.) Can Charles find real drugs? Find out Wednesday, July 18, 7 p.m., at Avalon Theater. Just walk, drive, or bus down Kinnickinnic Avenue, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.

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The last time we checked in on the Milwaukee streetcar (give us a few more weeks before we finally call it “The Hop”), people were taking pictures of the thing. But a lot has changed since then—for one, it’s alive! Well, it’s test running, anyway. Here’s footage of the streetcar prowling around in the middle of Monday night like some kind of ghost vehicle sent to steal your soul and/or drop you off in front of the Public Market for lunch:

Creepy! Even creepier: the 16 (!) simple but somewhat worrying “tips” for living with the streetcar. Sixteen!

On Tuesday, The Hop (sigh) launched “HopSmart,” an initiative aimed at educating motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians on how to deal with the streetcar, its tracks, and its deadly, deadly wires. “We know Milwaukeeans are eager to get a closer look at this new, modern transportation option,” the HopSmart site says. “That’s why we’re here with a few tips to help you HopSmart during this period of on-track testing.”

Here are those tips, in full. We’ve added emphasis on the kinda crazy ones that make The Hop seem less like a tourist-friendly bus on rails and more like a potential serial killer.

Tips for Motorists
The Hop streetcars share the road with other vehicles, and streetcar operators navigate the route just like any other car, truck or bus. They obey the same traffic rules and right of way. But, streetcars are obviously bigger than other vehicles on the road, so it’s important to be patient and leave a safe space between your vehicle and the streetcar.

• When sharing a lane with a streetcar, be prepared to stop.
• If you’re driving in front of a streetcar, avoid braking suddenly unless there’s an emergency.
• Never make a right turn in front of a streetcar, and when turning left, always be on the lookout for streetcars as well as vehicles approaching from the opposite direction.
• When parking along the streetcar route, make sure your entire vehicle, including side mirrors, is completely inside the striping on the road. And be careful before opening your doors.
• Never park your vehicle on the tracks, even temporarily.
• Streetcars are fairly quiet, so be sure to check your mirrors and be aware of your surroundings when driving on the streetcar route.


Tips for Cyclists
Bicyclists are sharing roads with streetcars all across the country, but there are a few important tips to help make everyone’s journey more enjoyable.

• Track grooves are slightly wider than a typical bike tire, meaning bikes can potentially get stuck in the track way. Always avoid riding between the rails, where it can be difficult to maneuver in the tight space.
• When crossing the tracks, always do so in as close to a 90-degree angle as possible, and ride in an upright position as opposed to leaning into the turn.
• When making a left turn across streetcar tracks, do so in two stages. First, cross in the right lane through the intersection. Second, pivot to the left to cross the tracks perpendicularly at the next traffic signal.
• Streetcar tracks can become slippery when wet, so always exercise caution when biking near the tracks in rainy or snowy weather.
• Much of the streetcar route includes clearly-marked bike lanes, but an alternative route is typically only a block away for less comfortable cyclists.

Tips for Pedestrians
Pedestrians should be alert when walking along any city street, but especially so when on the streetcar route.

• Only cross streetcar tracks at designated crosswalks, and always wait for the appropriate signals.
• Never cross or run in front of an approaching streetcar, and never enter the trackway from between two parked vehicles.
• Streetcars are fairly quiet, so both LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the route.
• When walking along the streetcar route, take a break from your electronic devices. Remove your headphones so you can hear the streetcar’s warning bells, and don’t walk and text when crossing streetcar routes.
• Don’t climb poles or touch downed wires near the streetcar track. Always assume that all overhead power lines for the streetcar are hot.

The streetcar will be fully operational this fall. You’ve been warned.

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Get a jump on Bastille Days with a screening of ‘Amélie’ at Avalon Theater July 11 http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/jump-bastille-days-screening-amelie-avalon-theater-july-11/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/jump-bastille-days-screening-amelie-avalon-theater-july-11/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 05:20:40 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51689 You know you’re in the thick of another Milwaukee summer when Bastille Days rolls around. The ever-popular French festival returns for its 37th year July 12-15 at Cathedral Square Park, bringing with it all the wine, entertainment, and Storm the Bastille 5k run/walks Milwaukee has come to expect. But if you need just one more […]

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You know you’re in the thick of another Milwaukee summer when Bastille Days rolls around. The ever-popular French festival returns for its 37th year July 12-15 at Cathedral Square Park, bringing with it all the wine, entertainment, and Storm the Bastille 5k run/walks Milwaukee has come to expect. But if you need just one more thing to get you in the mood, you’re in luck: On Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m., Bay View’s Avalon Theater will team up with the East Town Association to present a special screening of the delightful 2001 French film Amélie. Fun!

Good grief, has it really been 17 years since this movie came out? Yep! Nevertheless, is there a better way to kick off this year’s Bastille Days than by watching Audrey Tautou at her most Audrey Tautou-iest? Nope! Take it from Roger Ebert:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” is a delicious pastry of a movie, a lighthearted fantasy in which a winsome heroine overcomes a sad childhood and grows up to bring cheer to the needful and joy to herself. You see it, and later when you think about it, you smile. Audrey Tautou, a fresh-faced waif who looks like she knows a secret and can’t keep it, plays the title role, as a little girl who grows up starving for affection. Her father, a doctor, gives her no hugs or kisses and touches her only during checkups—which makes her heart beat so fast he thinks she is sickly. Her mother dies as the result of a successful suicide leap off the towers of Notre Dame, a statement which reveals less of the plot than you think it does.

Are all tickets only $5, and will the Avalon be serving up some delicious French menu items inspired by the film? You better believe it.

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Greetings, Professor Falken: SafeHouse will screen 1983’s ‘WarGames’ June 25 http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/greetings-professor-falken-safehouse-screen-1983s-wargames-june-25/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/greetings-professor-falken-safehouse-screen-1983s-wargames-june-25/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 05:10:52 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51669 10 PRINT “Remember 1983’s WarGames? You know, the one with Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy? The one where Broderick hacks a NORAD supercomputer and almost starts World War III because he thinks he’s playing a friendly, fictitious game of Global Thermonuclear War with the thing?” 20 PRINT “Yeah, great movie. Anyway, Milwaukee’s own top-secret organization, […]

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10 PRINT “Remember 1983’s WarGames? You know, the one with Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy? The one where Broderick hacks a NORAD supercomputer and almost starts World War III because he thinks he’s playing a friendly, fictitious game of Global Thermonuclear War with the thing?”

20 PRINT “Yeah, great movie. Anyway, Milwaukee’s own top-secret organization, the SafeHouse, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of WarGames with a not-so-top-secret screening on Monday, June 25. Fun!”

30 PRINT “What’s more, the film will be followed by a live discussion and Q&A session with the Movie Geeks United podcast. Host Jayme Duvall will be chatting with SafeHouse GM Sean Burke about the classic Cold War flick, which also features Dabney Coleman. Remember Dabney Coleman?”

40 INPUT “YES or NO”, a$

50 IF a$ = “YES”, GOTO 60; IF a$ = “NO”, GOTO 30

60 PRINT “Yeah, he was great, too. Anyway, the event is free and it begins at 6 p.m. The only winning move in Global Thermonuclear War may be not to play, but you’ll need to actually show up at the SafeHouse on June 25to see WarGames.”

70 GOTO 10

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MKE Music Rewind: Fahri, “The Island Cannibal King” http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/mke-music-rewind-fahri-the-island-cannibal-king/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/mke-music-rewind-fahri-the-island-cannibal-king/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 05:05:14 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51677 In our weekly MKE Music Rewind, we revisit a notable Milwaukee song that was released before Milwaukee Record became a thing in April 2014. or someone who works with words for a living, I’ve never been much of a student of song lyrics. Lines and couplets flit past me in favor of melody and harmony. […]

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In our weekly MKE Music Rewind, we revisit a notable Milwaukee song that was released before Milwaukee Record became a thing in April 2014.

For someone who works with words for a living, I’ve never been much of a student of song lyrics. Lines and couplets flit past me in favor of melody and harmony. Fussed-over poetics and deeply drawn metaphors are lost on me. Even in songs where the lyrics are delivered clear as a bell, there’s something in my brain that simply resists processing the words. Except in Weird Al songs. I can sing pretty much any Weird Al song from memory.

But it’s no longer Weird Al Week here at Milwaukee Record, so let’s not talk about Weird Al. Let’s instead talk about a criminally underrated band from Milwaukee’s recent past, Fahri. Formed in 2005 in a “small northern suburb of Chicago,” the group’s two principle players—Sarah Long and Miles Murray—eventually made their way to Milwaukee and became a staple of monthly show calendars. Funny, then, that Fahri only released two official albums: 2010’s Perfect Present and 2012’s Final Disconnect Notice. The latter, a perfectly named send-off record if there ever was one, contains one of my absolute favorite Fahri songs, “The Island Cannibal King”:

The sound is immediately and recognizably Fahri’s: melodic but off-kilter, pretty but fuzzed-out, a latter-year Sonic Youth with a knack for a hook. “The Island Cannibal King” is a gorgeous haze of a song, with Murray both swimming through that haze and soaring above it. What, exactly, is he singing about? I haven’t the foggiest.

And I really don’t want to know. Sure, I can pick out a line here and there (“Hey folks / Bet you never thought I’d get the best of you”?) but I prefer to enjoy “The Island Cannibal King” the same way I would enjoy it live: head down, bobbing, letting it all wash over me. Words can make a song, but there’s also a certain power—and mystery—in the things left unsaid.

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Look on the 8 finalists for best “unique and unusual foods” at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair and despair http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/8-finalists-best-unique-unusual-foods-at-wisconsin-state-fair-despair/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/8-finalists-best-unique-unusual-foods-at-wisconsin-state-fair-despair/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:15:55 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51607 Three words: Wisconsin State Fair. From August 2-12, the annual celebration of all things Wisconsin will offer up oodles of entertainment, animals of every kind, that DNR shack where you can renew your hunting and fishing license, and bleacher sex. Oh, and food! Yes, a dizzying and/or worrying cornucopia of bizarre foodstuff will once again be […]

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Three words: Wisconsin State Fair. From August 2-12, the annual celebration of all things Wisconsin will offer up oodles of entertainment, animals of every kind, that DNR shack where you can renew your hunting and fishing license, and bleacher sex. Oh, and food! Yes, a dizzying and/or worrying cornucopia of bizarre foodstuff will once again be available for purchase, satisfying even the most exotic on-a-stick taste buds. Plus, cream puffs are a thing and the pig races are always kind of fun.

But anyway, let’s stay on food. Enter the 2018 Sporkies contest, which aims to cut through the deep-fried madness and identify the eight best “unique and unusual foods” of the State Fair. Look on this year’s finalists, Milwaukee, and despair:

Deep-Fried Spinach Lasagna Bites – Albanese’s Roadhouse
“A lasagna noodle rolled with a blend of three cheeses and spinach. Breaded with Italian bread crumbs and fried to golden brown. Served with our famous homemade marinara that’s been with us for five generations.”

Pig Candy Cannoli – Brew City
“This little piggy went to the candy store! State Fairs favorite ingredient tuned into a sweet confectionary treat! A Pig Candy shell – 4 slices of house candied sweet & smokey beer candy bacon formed into a ‘cannoli type’ shell. Filled with a cream cheese and mascarpone candied bacon cheesecake filling garnished with candy bacon bits and bacon sea salt.”

The PorkSTACKular – Budweiser Pavilion
“1/3 lb. of 100% pork belly patty perfection, stacked high with crispy, smoky, bacon and deep-fried pickle fries, covered in gooey melted Swiss cheese, drizzled with delectable sweet n’ spicy ‘hot’ honey, served on a buttermilk caramelized-onion naan bread bun.”

Saz’s Breakfast Bombs – Saz’s Taste of Wisconsin
“Sweet cream cheese stuffed French toast bagel bomb surrounded by triple thick brown sugar and spice smoked bacon On-a-Stick. Served with a side of house made rum raisin cream cheese frosting for dipping.”

S’mores Beer Float – Slim McGinn’s Irish Pub
“Bring on the camp fire! Point Brewery’s Milkshake Malt Porter beer is served up with Cedar Crest Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream in a chocolate syrup/graham cracker crumb rimmed glass. A toasted marshmallow floats on top! Adults Only!”

French Onion Soup On-a-Stick – Slim’s PBR Park
“Ooh la la! Caramelized onions are mixed with mozzarella and Swiss cheese and hand rolled into a wonton skin and deep-fried. Each wonton is cut in half and the end is capped by a baguette crouton and put on a stick. Homemade onion au jus is served on the side for dipping.”

Deep-Fried Turducken On-a-Stick – Water Street Brewery
“A southern classic and a John Madden Football Favorite to the State Fair! We took the mighty TurDucken made it mobile & On-a-Stick! Fresh roast turkey, duck confit & fried chicken breast layered with homemade stuffing and gravy, battered and On-a-Stick. The TurDucken is then drizzled with WSB Amber beer gravy and Wisconsin cranberry sauce.”

Wisconsin Hot Chicken Bombs – Water Street Brewery
“A mobile version of Nashville hot chicken that is made specific for the Wisconsin State Fair! Mashed potatoes are loaded with Wisconsin cheddar cheese, corn and fried chicken, then hand rolled, breaded and deep-fried. Each bomb is injected with Water Street Brewery Amber Beer gravy for a burst of flavor. Each bomb is dipped in our hot sauce and garnished with a pickle.”

The winner of the 2018 Golden Spork Award will be announced during the fair on Wednesday, August 8 at the Associated Bank Amphitheater at 11 a.m. Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek will host the ceremony. Celebrity guests like LeRoy Butler and Jon McGivern, meanwhile, will be tasked with deciding if the PorkSTACKular holds a pork candle to the Pig Candy Cannoli, as well as explaining how the hell you can get soup on a stick.

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Someone paid $25,000 for a signed Prince guitar that probably wasn’t owned or played by Prince http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/someone-paid-25000-signed-prince-guitar-owned-played-prince/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/someone-paid-25000-signed-prince-guitar-owned-played-prince/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:20:05 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51497 Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week. • The BMO Harris Bradley Center is in its final days. The soon-to-be-replaced arena’s last major public event was back in April, and its final private event is in July. So long, old place named after […]

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Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week.

• The BMO Harris Bradley Center is in its final days. The soon-to-be-replaced arena’s last major public event was back in April, and its final private event is in July. So long, old place named after a bank and a conservative businessman; hello new place that will theoretically be named after something. And what better way to celebrate than by unloading a bunch of stuff and making a little cash on the side!

On Tuesday, a single bidder known only as “Orange1997” spent a cool $44,025 in an online auction of old Bradley Center memorabilia. Mr. 1997 made off with a Fender Telecaster signed by Prince at a 1997 Bradley Center show ($25,000), as well as “guitars signed by Garth Brooks ($1,575), James Taylor ($3,550), Bon Jovi ($4,250) and Neil Diamond ($9,650) as well as microphones signed by members of NSYNC ($3,550).” Leading up to the auction, the Bradley Center noted that bidders “should assume that the instruments and microphones in the auction were not owned by or played by the musicians.” Huh.

Other stuff that sold: a microphone signed by Cher ($400) and an ice skate signed by Nancy Kerrigan ($460). All $160,000 raised from the auction will be used to help cover costs of closing the Bradley Center. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Speaking of arenas, there’s now a big sign/group of letters/Instagram magnet that says “BUCKS” outside the new Milwaukee Bucks arena. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The owners of the sloooowly redeveloping Shops of Grand Avenue think a Target would be pretty neat. They’re also holding out for a grocery store. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Surgeons In Heat are great and they’re releasing a new album June 22 and their album release show is June 29 at Cactus Club and you should go. [YouTube]

• Summerfest’s new North Gate isn’t just a gate anymore—it’s a “community plaza”! The renovated area “features a new turnstile area, box office, benches and seating areas and interactive play areas, including a ‘percussion jam garden,’ ‘chime garden’ and interaction electronic sound and light sculptures.” [BizTimes]

• More Summerfest-related news: MC Lyte, Tony! Toni! Toné!, and Bobby Rush will headline the inaugural Black Arts Fest MKE August 4 on the Summerfest grounds. [Shepherd Express]

• The Downer Theatre’s Almost Midnight movie series has a bunch of good stuff lined up for this summer, including Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (June 15-16), Blade Runner: The Final Cut (June 22-23), and Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (July 13-14). [OnMilwaukee]

• Milwaukee opened its 8,000th poke place, this one in the Third Ward next to the new Shake Shack. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The Underwear Bike Ride is back, baby. The body-positive, “PG-13” bike ride spins its wheels tonight. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Want some nifty art on bus shelters? Of course you do! [Urban Milwaukee]

• Evan Christian will close his Walker’s Point venue Gibraltar on July 29. The Milwaukee musician “hopes to reopen the business in a new space at a later date, but in the meantime, he is focusing on his music.” [OnMilwaukee]

• Some dumb site called Milwaukee one of the worst cities in the U.S. (again), so let’s all get angry about that (again). Great job, Milwaukee![Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!

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