City Life – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:40:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg City Life – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Dustin Diamond will host a ’90s costume contest at On The Border on Halloween http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/dustin-diamond-90s-costume-contest-on-the-border-halloween/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/dustin-diamond-90s-costume-contest-on-the-border-halloween/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:55:26 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57594 Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week. • The last time we checked in on former Saved By The Bell star (and longtime Wisconsin resident) Dustin Diamond, the man once known as Screech was, um, playing Harvey Weinstein and getting stabbed to […]

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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 last time we checked in on former Saved By The Bell star (and longtime Wisconsin resident) Dustin Diamond, the man once known as Screech was, um, playing Harvey Weinstein and getting stabbed to death in a music video. The gig was timely not only for referencing the just-disgraced film mogul, but for (inadvertently?) referencing the time Diamond stabbed some dude in a Wisconsin bar on Christmas and then went to jail. Talk about capturing the zeitgeist.

Now, roughly one year later, we are pleased to inform you that Diamond will host a ’90s costume contest at On The Border gentlemen’s club on Halloween night. Yes, it’s “Saved By The Border.” For those who remember Diamond’s short-lived “Bayside Bash” parties at Turner Hall, we suspect this event will be similar, but with more dollar bills and exorbitant convenience fees on the ATMs. Happy Halloween, Milwaukee/Franklin.

• That Starbucks on the corner of Brady Street is closing. [Urban Milwaukee]

• That Subway on Brady Street is closed. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A new restaurant, Merge, will open in November in the former Yokohama on the East Side. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A new restaurant, Don’s Diner, will open in October in the former c.1880 in Walker’s Point. [OnMilwaukee]

• A tweet went viral. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee! GO BREWERS.

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“It’s a family event, but it’s not square”: Pumpkin Pavilion returns to Humboldt Park Oct. 17-20 http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/family-event-not-square-pumpkin-pavilion-returns-humboldt-park-oct-17-20/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/family-event-not-square-pumpkin-pavilion-returns-humboldt-park-oct-17-20/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 05:35:15 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57395 The Pumpkin Pavilion, a four-day, family-friendly celebration of the spooky, the macabre, and the just plain weird, will be held at Bay View’s Humboldt Park October 17-20. The Halloween-themed event was created more than a decade ago by Bay View resident Bill Rouleau, co-owner of Rush Mor Records, and two of his friends. Rouleau has […]

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The Pumpkin Pavilion, a four-day, family-friendly celebration of the spooky, the macabre, and the just plain weird, will be held at Bay View’s Humboldt Park October 17-20.

The Halloween-themed event was created more than a decade ago by Bay View resident Bill Rouleau, co-owner of Rush Mor Records, and two of his friends. Rouleau has since partnered with the Bay View Neighborhood Association to organize the celebration.

Originally, the Pumpkin Pavilion was held at the Beulah Brinton House. However, the event quickly outgrew its venue, and has been held at Humboldt Park for more than five years. Rouleau notes that the event gets bigger and better every year.

“It’s become like a snowball—we just do it every October. Every year there is a different tweak,” he says. Rouleau estimates that the event attracts thousands of visitors and participants each fall.

The Pumpkin Pavilion boasts a number of fun and educational activities for folks young and old.

On Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18 from 5-9 p.m., people can get in touch with their creative sides and carve a pumpkin, to be displayed at the Grand Pumpkin Lighting, 7 p.m. on Friday.

Or, folks can pay homage to the King of Pop and get their blood pumping with a “Thriller” dance lesson.

Park visitors can take a ride on a horse-drawn hayride, listen to an “Animals of the Night” talk given by a Mitchell Park Domes employee, and watch a Tom Burgemeister magic show. Or, they can sit back and relax and enjoy the 1988 classic Halloween film Beetlejuice, which will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 20.

New this year, Michael Timm, MKE Water Stories Program Manager for nonprofit organization Reflo, will host a geo catching demonstration. Also, Milwaukee Makerspace will display life-size models of translucent jellyfish, talking pumpkin heads, and other oddities.

“Every year, we hit up a local artist. Halloween is fun, but it can also be a creative event,” Rouleau says.

Pumpkin Pavilion performers include the Hot And Dirty Brass Band, New York group Samonik, the Dick Satan Trio, and the Prismatic Flame fire dancers.

Getting in the Halloween spirit can work up an appetite. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand to quiet grumbling bellies and quench thirsts.

This year, the event will be “a lot more pedestrian-friendly,” according to Rouleau. Park Road, the main street running through Humboldt Park, will be blocked off to car traffic.

The Pumpkin Pavilion organizer says the event makes him “really happy to be in the neighborhood.”

“It’s a great way to get people onto the park. It’s really for kids of all ages,” Rouleau says. “It’s a family event, but it’s not square.”

Rouleau adds that the event is always seeking volunteers, especially to clean pumpkins for carving. Those interested in donating their time can click here.

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Relive Beet Street Harvest Festival 2018 with these photos http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/relive-beet-street-harvest-festival-2018-with-these-photos/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/relive-beet-street-harvest-festival-2018-with-these-photos/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:55:01 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57348 hough rain put a damper on last year’s festivities, Beet Street Harvest Festival, thankfully, came back for a third year. And it was amazing! Spearheaded by Cactus Club and in association with Goodkind and Palomino, the block party was a day of food, drinks, live music, baking competitions, and festival fun for all ages in […]

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Though rain put a damper on last year’s festivities, Beet Street Harvest Festival, thankfully, came back for a third year. And it was amazing! Spearheaded by Cactus Club and in association with Goodkind and Palomino, the block party was a day of food, drinks, live music, baking competitions, and festival fun for all ages in Bay View.

From noon to 6 p.m., a chunk of Wentworth Avenue between Goodkind and Cactus Club was blocked off for the occasion. In addition to the music outside, Cactus Club offered local and internationally noted talent all afternoon long, followed by a 21+ after party at the bar. Goodkind opened for brunch, and other food vendors were on hand, too. As always, Palomino hosted the Great Midwestern Pie Championship as well. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a day in the middle of October.

If you missed it, you messed up. Fortunately, Milwaukee Record was there to take in the third annual Beet Street. Here are just some of the patrons, performers, pies, and other things that helped make Saturday unforgettable. (All photos by Brianna Griepentrog unless otherwise noted.)

Photo by Tyler Maas

Photo by Tyler Maas

Photo by Tyler Maas

Photo by Tyler Maas

Photo by Tyler Maas

Photo by Matt Wild

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In case you blinked last week, here’s all the new shit they’re building in Milwaukee (Oct. 7-13) http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/blinked-last-week-all-new-building-milwaukee-oct-7-13/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/blinked-last-week-all-new-building-milwaukee-oct-7-13/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:45:59 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57295 Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” Or maybe it’s a “reboot” or a “reimagining,” like that crappy Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes. However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of new […]

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Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” Or maybe it’s a “reboot” or a “reimagining,” like that crappy Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes. However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of new shit.

• Have you ever taken a ride on a wooden roller coaster and thought to yourself, “Gee, I wish I could live in a high-rise apartment building made of wood?” Of course you haven’t, but Milwaukee’s New Land Enterprises wants to build a high-rise apartment building made of wood anyway. It would be a lot like the American Eagle at Six Flags, except not.

Here’s the scoop: New Land wants to build a 21-story, 410,000-square-foot, 201-unit mass timber luxury apartment building on a long-vacant site at the northeast corner of N. Van Buren St. and E. Kilbourn Ave. It would have a pool on the sixth floor. It would have a “wellness floor.” Oh, and if completed, the 238-foot-tall building would be the “tallest timber structure in the Western Hemisphere.” Holy crap.

“Mass timber is an amazing building tool,” says New Land’s Tim Gokhman. “Its carbon sequestration and renewability properties are coupled with the stunning aesthetics of natural wood beams. It’s a true marriage of form and function.”

Gokhman hopes to break ground on the so-called “Ascent” in 2019. Also: there are only a few weeks left to check out Fright Fest at Six Flags. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A five-story, 118,00-square-foot industrial building in Walker’s Point will be converted into 116 “upscale” apartments. The 100-year-old building, located at 214 E. Florida St., was recently sold to a Minneapolis-based developer for a cool $3.8 million. Construction work on the so-called “Maxwell” is expected to begin within a month. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Speaking of old Walker’s Point buildings scheduled to get the “converted into apartments” treatment, a long-in-the-works project to convert a three-story, once-condemned warehouse located at 425 W. National Ave. is finally moving forward. When finished, the building will feature 12 apartments and 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail. [BizTimes]

• An opening ceremony was held for two newly redeveloped buildings in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. The Welford Sanders Historic Lofts and Enterprise Center and the nearby Fifth Street School Apartments boast a combined total of 107 new apartments—95 percent of which are “offered at reduced rates based on income.” [Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service]

• A new 30-unit apartment building just north of Brady Street is set to open in January 2019. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Voces de la Frontera Inc. put in an offer to buy the former Forest Home Library for a cool $450,000. The Milwaukee civil rights organization wants to spend $100,000 sprucing the joint up, and eventually move its operations there. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Plans are still in motion—if a bit delayed and modified—to turn the shuttered 37th Street Elementary School into 49 affordable, senior apartments. [Urban Milwaukee]

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Steve Martin and Martin Short, and 4 more just-announced Milwaukee shows http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/steve-martin-martin-short-just-announced-milwaukee-shows/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/steve-martin-martin-short-just-announced-milwaukee-shows/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:15:38 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57362 ver have one of those Mondays where a bunch of good Milwaukee shows are announced at once? Of course you have, because today is one of those Mondays. Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Riverside! Horseshoes & Hand Gernades at the Miller Caves! “The Mads” from MST3K at the Times! (Okay, that last one […]

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Ever have one of those Mondays where a bunch of good Milwaukee shows are announced at once? Of course you have, because today is one of those Mondays. Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Riverside! Horseshoes & Hand Gernades at the Miller Caves! “The Mads” from MST3K at the Times! (Okay, that last one isn’t really “just-announced,” but we just found out about it this morning.) Here are those shows and more, with info from their respective press releases.

The Mads from Mystery Science Theater 3000
Friday, November 2 + Saturday, November 3 @ Times Cinema
Two nights! A different film each night! The Mads! Live Movie-Riffing with “TV’s Frank” Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Join MST3K‘s Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu at the The Times Cinema in Milwaukee, WI for an evening of fun and laughter as they screen some endearingly bad films and roast them, live-and-in-person, in the same style as their classic TV series. Ticket price includes meet and greet event, photos, and autographs. If this show were rated it would probably be PG-13, but keep in mind it is a live show so anything could happen!
Tickets: $25 for Friday night; $25 for Saturday night

The Found Footage Festival
Saturday, November 24 @ The Back Room @ Colectivo
Hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show With David Letterman) return home for the holidays with a guided tour of their all-time favorite VHS finds. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
Tickets: $12 advance / $15 day of show

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Saturday, December 29 @ Miller Caves; Monday, December 31 @ Pabst Theater
Bluegrass mavericks Horseshoes & Hand Grenades return to the Pabst Theater on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2019! The band has ignited stages since 2013 with their high energy shows alongside everyone from Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band to Railroad Earth and Merle Haggard. In addition to their New Year’s Eve show at the Pabst Theater, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will take the stage for an especially unique performance in the legendary Miller Caves on Saturday, December 29. Tickets for the show at the Miller Caves are only available with the purchase of tickets to the New Year’s Eve show at The Pabst Theater—see both shows for only $60! Don’t miss this one of a kind opportunity to see a fantastic live show in the caves where Fredrick Miller first stored his famous Miller beer over 160 years ago. A very limited amount of tickets to the show at the Miller Caves is available.
Tickets: $25 advance / $29.50 day of show; $60 Miller Caves + NYE

Umphrey’s McGee
Friday, January 25 + Saturday January 26 @ Riverside Theater
Umphrey’s McGee has announced their 2019 Wax On, Wax Off tour, kicking off on January 11th with a double header in Richmond, VA. Umprhey’s McGee will play with special guest The Marcus King Band on Milwaukee’s date. The tour announcement follows Umphrey’s McGee’s surprise 10-track companion album, it’s you. Their most recent single, “Upward” from it’s you quickly became a fan favorite.
Tickets: $32.50 per night in advance / $35 day of show; $60 both nights

Steve Martin and Martin Short
Friday, April 19 @ Riverside Theater
Steve Martin and Martin Short, featuring Jeff Babko, will perform at the Riverside Theater. In “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t,” the comedy legends present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their iconic careers, most memorable encounters, and of course, their legendary lives in show-business. The tour also features renowned pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko.
Tickets: $75.50 – $250

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MKE SEX: Let’s talk about the vaginal microbiome http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/mke-sex-vaginal-microbiome/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/mke-sex-vaginal-microbiome/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 05:10:47 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57168 Dear MKE SEX, I think my vagina smells better when it is regularly fucked. And it doesn’t matter if we use condoms or not, or even if it’s PIV [ed. note: penis-in-vagina] sex—it can be hands/mouth etc. But! Jilling off doesn’t do the trick. If I am fucked on a regular basis my pussy smells […]

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Dear MKE SEX,

I think my vagina smells better when it is regularly fucked. And it doesn’t matter if we use condoms or not, or even if it’s PIV [ed. note: penis-in-vagina] sex—it can be hands/mouth etc. But! Jilling off doesn’t do the trick. If I am fucked on a regular basis my pussy smells great. When it has been too long, or not frequently enough, that’s when my balance goes wonky.

What say you?
Need It On the Reg

Dear On the Reg,

Folks like you are an inspiration to me as a sex educator. You know your body, you know what you want, and you’re willing to talk out loud about it. Also, you are living proof that sex doesn’t ruin a vagina. Sex doesn’t somehow make a person dirty. Your very lived experience shows that sex can, in fact, create a really healthy vaginal environment.

The vagina has its own ecosystem, now more commonly referred to as the vaginal microbiome. It is comprised of trillions of microorganisms (mostly lactobacillus and other bacteria, with some fungi and viruses too) existing in a healthy balance. Just how delicate that balance is depends on a lot of different factors like your genetic make-up, your overall health, your diet and hydration, your typical level of sexual activity, where you are in your reproductive life cycle, and other things we haven’t figured out yet.

Like with all living ecosystems, there are always new organisms growing and old ones dying off. Some of those flora are there to protect the body from invaders. During sexual activity with a partner, all kinds of new and foreign bacteria are introduced to the vagina. The protective portions of the microbiome spring into action, resulting in a spectacular battle royale that (ideally) leaves just about the right number of microbiota alive, and achieving a wonderful and aromatic balance inside your vagina.

Since I don’t know exactly what your masturbatory habits are, I can only make a guess at why jilling off doesn’t make you smell the same as sex. Oral, manual, or PIV sex with a partner gets you all sorts of new microbiota and promotes that balance we talked about before. But during masturbation, you’re probably using your own hands or sex toys that are familiar to your body, which means very few if any new bacteria in your vagina. This isn’t a bad thing (at all!). It just means that you’ll smell like your own typical self, instead of the extra special scent you like so much.

This is also why healthcare providers and sex educators frequently tell folks not to douche on a regular basis. When you introduce cleansers, herbs, or antiseptics to an otherwise healthy and balanced vagina, you can kill off a whole slew of the helpful bacteria.

Of course, like everything else with human beings, this isn’t true for all people. Some folks have a pretty delicate ecosystem or especially sensitive vagina. For those people, new partners, new toys, new body washes, or even new clothes can cause various ailments or irritations including soreness, yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and others. Often this self corrects over time, but some may need to change up their routine to completely resolve these issues.

Curious about cunnilingus? Anxious about anal? Do you have questions about queefs or problems with your prostate? Lucky Tomaszek is the education coordinator at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique, Milwaukee’s only mission-driven, education-focused sex toy store. Send her an email at mkesex@gmail.com and she’ll get back to you with an answer.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Beet Street 2018 http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-beet-street-2018/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-beet-street-2018/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:50:34 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57148 Though rain put a damper on last year’s festivities, Beet Street Harvest Festival is, thankfully, coming back for a third year. Spearheaded by Cactus Club and in association with Goodkind and Palomino, the Saturday, October 13 block party will be a day of food, drinks, live music, baking competitions, and festival fun for all ages […]

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Though rain put a damper on last year’s festivities, Beet Street Harvest Festival is, thankfully, coming back for a third year. Spearheaded by Cactus Club and in association with Goodkind and Palomino, the Saturday, October 13 block party will be a day of food, drinks, live music, baking competitions, and festival fun for all ages in Bay View.

From noon to 6 p.m., a chunk of Wentworth Avenue between Goodkind and Cactus Club will be blocked off for the occasion. In addition to the music outside Cactus Club will offer local and nationally-noted talent all afternoon long, followed by a 21+ after party at the bar. Goodkind will be open for brunch, and other food vendors will be on hand, too. As always, Palomino will host the Great Midwestern Pie Championship as well. What better way to spend a day in the middle of October.

Given the event’s relatively short history and the abundance of components involved with the sprawling block party, we could understand how potential attendees might be a little confused about what they’re to expect. In effort to get you up to speed and entice more of you to join in on the fun that’s planned for Saturday (rain or shine!), we’ll detail everything you need to know about this year’s Beet Street Harvest Festival.

Who’s playing again?

Unofficially, things kick off Friday night with a “Beet Street Pre-Party” that will bring Dramatic Lovers—who’ve taken an extended break from playing out as they finish their debut record—to the Cactus Club’s stage to headline a show that doubles as BUHU’s album release show. LUXI will open, helping to make this an amazing way to set the weekend into motion before Saturday’s block party.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a block party without tons of music. This year’s list of performers is the most eclectic lineup yet. Afrofuturistic indie duo OSHUN will headline the outdoor stage. Inside, Cactus Club will feature the likes of Oozing Wound, Zed Kenzo, Slow Walker, Dog In Ecstasy, and more over the course of the day. Here’s the full lineup.

Outside (acts listed headliner to opener)
5 p.m. — OSHUN
4 p.m. — Law/Less
3:30 p.m. — Pie Contest and announcements
2:30 p.m. — SESSA (feat. member of Yonatan Gat)
1:30 p.m. — Black Thumb
12 p.m. — DJ Dave Arnevik

Cactus Club
5:30 p.m. — Dogs In Ecstasy
4:15 p.m. — Fat Tony
3:45 p.m. — Cadence Weapon
3:30 p.m. — Hua Li
3 p.m. — TAJ
Noon — WMSE DJs

Cactus Club After Party (21+, $10)
1 a.m. — Platinum Boys DJs
12:45 a.m. — Oozing Wound
11:15 p.m. — Zed Kenzo
10 p.m. — DJ Tuga and La Chancha
9:15 p.m. — Slow Walker
8 p.m. — DJ Dripsweat
7:30 p.m. — B~Free featuring For The Culture
6 p.m. — DJ 88

What’s to drink?

So much stuff. Not only will Cactus, Goodkind, and Palomino all be offering full bar service inside their establishments, there’s also going to be a collaborative Bloody Mary bar. Best yet, Cactus Club will be set up outside and serving up mocktails, wine, and ciders (in both hard and N/A form), Red Bull bombs, a variety of Pabst Milwaukee Brewery beers, and an array of specialty seasonal cocktails that incorporate Great Lakes Distillery spirits and Espolon tequila.

What kind of food can I expect?

It wouldn’t be a festival without tons of great food. This year boasts the widest range of dining options of any Beet Street to date. Though Goodkind has scaled down its involvement this time around, the restaurant will be open for an extra special Saturday brunch (dubbed “Beet Street Brunch”) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Otherwise, Goodkind will also be selling apple cider donuts to go. Speaking of tree fruit, Patterson Orchards will be selling caramel apples outside.

In other dessert-related news, Honeypie’s “Snack Wagon” will make the few-block journey to sell brownies, cookies, and both sweet and savory pies. Palomino will serve up gumbo at the stand, too. Algo Dulce, a Xicana-owned and environmentally-conscious operation, will sell Mexican sweet treats. Elsewhere on Wentworth Ave., Beet Streeters can enjoy cuisine from El Comedor taco truck, Centgraf farms, Milwaukee Canning Company, and a bi-weekly youth-lead cafe pop-up called Sabor Verde.

Will Cactus Club be showing Saturday afternoon’s Brewers NLCS game?

Yes. Go Brewers.

Tell me more about these pie events.

Palomino/Honeypie owner Valerie Lucks is a pie expert. She literally teaches pie classes. Throughout the morning, Palomino will be the site of The Great Midwestern Pie Championship, a pre-heated contest where amateurs and pie professionals alike will have their work judged as they vie for sweets supremacy. The “Best In Show” winner will take home $150 and a coveted Best In Show Ribbon. Other winners in each category—Wisconsin Ingredient Pie, Fall-Inspired Pie, Chocolate Pie, Boozy Pie—will take home gift certificates from Honeypie, SmallPie, and Palomino. The Pie Championship winners will be named on stage. You can find more details and registration info here.

Unfortunately, after a long, messy experience in the inaugural Beet Street, the pie-eating contest was put to rest. Sorry, folks!

What else is going on?

The harvest festival will also have a beneficial and community-focused angle, as there will be on-site presence from groups like Grassroots Southshore (voter registration), LSS Refugee Resettlement, Friends Of Milwaukee Public Library, Sixteenth Street Community Health Clinic, Compost Crusader, Urban Ecology Center, Freespace/The New State, UMOS, Girls Rock Camp. These organizations will be around to inform and engage visitors with a variety of activities. There will be a Punk Rock Rummage Sale. The family-friendly festival will also host an Urban Pumpkin Patch in association with BVNA Pumpkin Pavilion.

That’s everything. There’s literally nothing else you need to know about Beet Street. We’ll see you Saturday!

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Get into the Halloween spirit with some top-notch Lake Drive Halloween decorations http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/halloween-spirit-top-notch-lake-drive-halloween-decorations/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/halloween-spirit-top-notch-lake-drive-halloween-decorations/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 05:02:50 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57182 Do you like fall? (Yes.) Do you like Halloween? (Of course.) Do you like elaborate outdoor Halloween decorations? (Yes, of course). Then please enjoy these photos, courtesy of Wendy Schreier, of some ghoulishly good Halloween displays along Milwaukee’s fancy-schmancy Lake Drive. BOO!

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Do you like fall? (Yes.) Do you like Halloween? (Of course.) Do you like elaborate outdoor Halloween decorations? (Yes, of course). Then please enjoy these photos, courtesy of Wendy Schreier, of some ghoulishly good Halloween displays along Milwaukee’s fancy-schmancy Lake Drive. BOO!

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Bay View neighbors honor fallen city inspector Greg Zyszkiewicz with “Zombies for Ziggy” http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/bay-view-neighbors-fallen-city-inspector-greg-zyszkiewicz-zombies-ziggy/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/bay-view-neighbors-fallen-city-inspector-greg-zyszkiewicz-zombies-ziggy/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 05:45:07 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=57086 o honor the memory of a beloved neighbor who loved Halloween, residents of Pine Avenue in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood are decorating their blocks, Walking Dead-style, for the month of October. City inspector and longtime Bay View resident Greg Zyszkiewicz—known as “Ziggy” to family and friends—was shot and killed while on the job in March 2017, […]

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To honor the memory of a beloved neighbor who loved Halloween, residents of Pine Avenue in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood are decorating their blocks, Walking Dead-style, for the month of October.

City inspector and longtime Bay View resident Greg Zyszkiewicz—known as “Ziggy” to family and friends—was shot and killed while on the job in March 2017, during an attempted carjacking.

“My husband and I used to call him ‘The Godfather of Pine Avenue,'” says Christine McGovern, a neighbor of the Zyszkiewizes for over a decade.

McGovern recalls the city inspector getting into the Halloween spirit by dressing up as Jason from Friday The 13th and wielding a fake chainsaw.

She thought of the “Zombies for Ziggy” idea as a fun seasonal tribute to the city inspector several months ago. To encourage more homes to participate, McGovern and fellow Bay Viewer Jen Freiheit passed out flyers along Pine Avenue. Three of Ziggy’s children and his widow, Ola, reside on the Bay View street.

“Hopefully we can make it a fun, silly Halloween thing,” McGovern says.

Several Pine Avenue residents, including McGovern, have already gotten into the Halloween spirit, creating zombies out of spray-painted Styrofoam heads (purchased at JoAnn Fabric and donated by Taylor & Burton hair salon), PVC piping, and old clothes. Some folks have even used soldering irons to create “rotting flesh.”

Last month, Hawthorne Coffee Roasters hosted a “zombie-making” workshop, complete with instruction by area puppeteer Julia Teeguarden.

Freiheit and McGovern, both mothers, feel that their children, along with adult residents, have enjoyed working on the ghoulish decorations so far. Even after his death, Ziggy continues to make a positive impact on Bay View.

“Greg is bringing our community together again,” McGovern says.

A generous man, Ziggy was very active in his community, running marathons to benefit various charities and donating to the Fisher House, an organization that provides temporary housing for families of veterans who are hospitalized.

McGovern hopes “Zombies for Ziggy” is the start of a Pine Avenue tradition.

“If we can do this year after year, we will,” she added.

Anyone interested can join the “Zombies of Bay View” Facebook page to see zombie-making tips and photos.

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5 things Milwaukee County residents can do before the November midterm election http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/things-milwaukee-county-november-midterm-election/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/things-milwaukee-county-november-midterm-election/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 05:50:03 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=56955 Our weekly Tracklist is brought to you by the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival he 2018 midterm election is set for Tuesday, November 6. It’s gonna be a big one: All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate are up for grabs. Whether […]

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The 2018 midterm election is set for Tuesday, November 6. It’s gonna be a big one: All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate are up for grabs. Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative, on the right side of history or on the wrong, you should totally vote. Seriously: put all that political social media rage to use and VOTE, for christ’s sake.

So what can you do in the meantime? Plenty. If you live in Milwaukee County, here are five things to keep you busy. You’ve got about a month, so no excuses.

1. FIND OUT WHAT YOU’RE VOTING FOR
The November 6 election is for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator (in odd-numbered districts only) Representatives to the Assembly (in all districts), Milwaukee County Sheriff, and Milwaukee Clerk of Circuit Court. Plus, Milwaukee County residents will vote “yes” or “no” on the following referendum: “Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?”

2. GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES
All Milwaukee County residents will vote on for the following candidates. You’ve got about a month, so read up. (Wanna see what your specific ballot will look like? Go here.)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor
Scott Walker / Rebecca Kleefisch (Republican)
Tony Evers / Mandela Barnes (Democratic)
Phillip Anderson / Patrick Baird (Libertarian)
Michael J. White / Tiffany Anderson (Wisconsin Green)
Maggie Turnbull / Wil Losch (Independent)
Arnie Enz (The Wisconsin Party)

Attorney General
Brad Schimel (Republican)
Josh Kaul (Democratic)
Terry Larson (Constitution)

Secretary of State
Jay Schroeder (Republican)
Doug La Follette (Democratic)

State Treasurer
Travis Hartwig (Republican)
Sarah Godlewski (Democratic)
Andrew Zuelke (Constitution)

United States Senator
Leah Vukmir (Republican)
Tammy Baldwin (Democratic)

Milwaukee County Sheriff
Earnell Lucas (Democratic)

Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court
John Barrett (Democratic)

3. REGISTER TO VOTE
You can register to vote by mail (deadline: October 17), online (deadline: October 17) in-person at your municipal clerk’s office (deadline: November 2), or at the polls on Election Day (7 a.m.-8 p.m.). Do it all here. Oh, and you’ll need to provide a Proof of Residence document. You’ve got about a month. (Need to check your voter registration status? Go here.)

4. FIGURE OUT WHERE TO VOTE AND WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING ALONG
Find your polling place here. Bring along an acceptable photo ID when you go to that polling place. There you go. You’ve got about a month.

5. VOTE NOW
Through the magic of absentee voting, you can skip the churches, gyms, and befuddled senior citizens that make Election Day so special and vote right now. First, see #3 and register to vote. Then request an absentee ballot here. Fill that sucker out, and get it back to your municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. There. You voted. Thank you.

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