City Life – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:42:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg City Life – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Milwaukee is a world-class city. Please enjoy the extensive coverage of an alderman building a house http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/milwaukee-is-a-world-class-city-please-enjoy-this-extensive-media-coverage-of-an-alderman-building-a-house/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/milwaukee-is-a-world-class-city-please-enjoy-this-extensive-media-coverage-of-an-alderman-building-a-house/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:37:21 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60948 Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week. • We write about some pretty goofy shit here at Milwaukee Record. Burying free George Webb hamburgers in the woods. Listening to pre-recorded music at Summerfest. Shedding a tear for the Shops of Grand Avenue. […]

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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.

• We write about some pretty goofy shit here at Milwaukee Record. Burying free George Webb hamburgers in the woods. Listening to pre-recorded music at Summerfest. Shedding a tear for the Shops of Grand Avenue. It’s kind of what we do. So while we don’t want to be a pot calling the kettle black (and god knows we understand the need for #content), we have to ask: What the fuck is up with all the media coverage of Ald. Tony Zielinski building a house? Seriously.

Yes, in case you missed it and are itching for a story that wouldn’t feel out of place in a neighborhood Facebook thread and/or the Dodge County Pionier, a city that constantly calls itself “world-class” is currently all about a Bay View alderman and his wife building a house in Bay View. The house is kind of big and it’s kind of modern, and it kind of doesn’t fit in well with nearby houses. Some neighbors are peeved. One neighbor even filmed the house with his drone!

And that’s it. That’s fucking it. No code violations. No called-in favors. No unearthed burial grounds. Nothing. Just a dude who, yes, has fought against similar out-of-place developments in Bay View, and, yes, has his share of critics, but still. A house. A fucking house. And cranky neighbors. Maybe it’s good for a chuckle, and maybe the house is pretty tacky, but is this ripped-from-Nextdoor story really worth the time (and the additional drone footage) of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘It’s hideous’: Bay View residents bristle at towering three-story mansion being built by Ald. Tony Zielinski

or WISN…

Milwaukee alderman labeled a ‘hypocrite’ for erecting ‘tone deaf’ Bay View home

or FOX 6…

Alderman Zielinski under fire for home he’s building in Bay View; he calls it ‘a personal matter’

or CBS 58?

Milwaukee Alderman’s new home towers above neighbors, draws criticism

Okay, maybe CBS 58, but come on, Milwaukee.

• Speaking of public figures and their private residences, former governor Scott “We don’t want Wisconsin to become like Milwaukee” Walker and wife Tonette are renting a condo in—get this—downtown Milwaukee. The rent for the Walkers’ new “pad” is listed at a cool $2,975 per month. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Longtime broadcaster Mike Gousha will step down from his UpFront public affairs show on Channel 12 at the end of February. Gousha is leaving the show in order to focus on his full-time gig at Marquette University Law School, where he serves as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy. [BizTimes]

• Milwaukee one-man band Bum Alum will release a debut record this summer called The Breaks. In the meantime, enjoy the single “All Things Said,” which is super good. [Soundcloud]

• Canary Coffee Bar is coming to downtown “sometime in late spring or early summer.” Canary will be located in the Hotel Wisconsin at 720 N. Old World 3rd St., and will offer an experience “that’s not unlike a craft beer bar.” [OnMilwaukee]

• The new La Merenda Market, located around the corner from La Merenda at 809 S. Barclay St., is open. [OnMilwaukee]

• The new Glorioso’s Appetito, located at 1020 E. Brady St., is open, too. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• NEW ZED KENZO. [Shepherd Express]

• What else? Um, there’s some new playground equipment in Cathedral Square Park? [OnMilwaukee]

• And Margaret Rozga is Wisconsin’s new Poet Laureate? [Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service]

• And things aren’t going well for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel[Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Wisconsin-iest headline of the week: “Woman arrested in St. Francis for allegedly hitting man with wooden cribbage board.” [CBS 58]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!

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Bounce Milwaukee offers free admission to families affected by government shutdown http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/bounce-milwaukee-offers-free-admission-to-families-affected-by-government-shutdown/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/bounce-milwaukee-offers-free-admission-to-families-affected-by-government-shutdown/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:30:41 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60952 The country is now 27 days into the government shutdown and, despite the pleas of the Milwaukee Common Council, it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon. Hundreds of thousands of government workers and federal contractors have been furloughed, including many people living in and around Milwaukee. As those workers prepare for […]

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The country is now 27 days into the government shutdown and, despite the pleas of the Milwaukee Common Council, it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon. Hundreds of thousands of government workers and federal contractors have been furloughed, including many people living in and around Milwaukee.

As those workers prepare for their fifth straight week without pay, some local businesses are stepping up to help—or at least provide a temporary distraction to—those impacted by the shutdown. Joining generous gestures by the likes of Doc’s Smokehouse, Casablanca, Enlightened Brewing Company, and Stock House Brewing (more details on those offers here) is Bounce Milwaukee. Yesterday, the Milwaukee fun land extended the following offer to help those who are enduring the financial stress of the ongoing shutdown “make some memories with [their] children.”

From the Facebook post:

“From Monday, January 21st through Friday, January 25th, we’ll provide a free Bounce wristband for any federal employee or federal contractor furloughed from work or working without a paycheck. We’ll also provide Bounce admission for up to three dependent children. No purchase is required. Simply bring in proof of your employment and status.”

Though it doesn’t put money in the bank accounts of those affected, it’s nice to see local businesses stepping up to help make life a little bit easier for furloughed federal workers.

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R.I.P. Shops of Grand Avenue food court, most everything else in the Grand Ave. http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/r-i-p-shops-of-grand-avenue-food-court-most-everything-else-in-the-grand-ave/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/r-i-p-shops-of-grand-avenue-food-court-most-everything-else-in-the-grand-ave/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:56:11 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60860 It’s over. It’s finally over. Earlier this month, we announced that “the end is nigh for the Shops of Grand Avenue.” Today, the end has come. An afternoon walk through the doomed/currently-being-redeveloped downtown mall revealed that the third-floor food court—most recently home to a Qdoba, a Panda Express, a Tomato, and that’s it—has been shut […]

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It’s over. It’s finally over.

Earlier this month, we announced that “the end is nigh for the Shops of Grand Avenue.” Today, the end has come. An afternoon walk through the doomed/currently-being-redeveloped downtown mall revealed that the third-floor food court—most recently home to a Qdoba, a Panda Express, a Tomato, and that’s it—has been shut down. “Where the hell are the restaurants?” asked a lady next to us when faced with a “3rd floor access restricted” wall blocking the escalators. Lady, we’re wondering the same thing.

A few stores remain open throughout the rest of the mall, but not many. For a detailed rundown of what’s changing (and what’s staying the same), click HERE. Below, enjoy some pictures of the once-mighty Grand in its final days (and of the high-end apartments coming to the Plankinton Arcade).

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13 weird and wonderful things to discover at the Mitchell Park Domes http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/13-weird-and-wonderful-things-to-discover-at-the-mitchell-park-domes/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/13-weird-and-wonderful-things-to-discover-at-the-mitchell-park-domes/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:55:57 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60725 he Mitchell Park Domes—or simply “the Domes,” if you’re nasty—are Milwaukee treasures. For half a century, the Domes have faithfully served as distinctive Milwaukee landmarks, as educational tools filled with a bewildering (and valuable) collection of plant life, and as a place to take your squirrely kids in the winter. Looking for a faux-tropical vacation? […]

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The Mitchell Park Domes—or simply “the Domes,” if you’re nasty—are Milwaukee treasures. For half a century, the Domes have faithfully served as distinctive Milwaukee landmarks, as educational tools filled with a bewildering (and valuable) collection of plant life, and as a place to take your squirrely kids in the winter. Looking for a faux-tropical vacation? Try the Tropical Dome. Dreaming of a sojourn to the desert? Visit the Desert Dome. Itching to check out some model trains or some people who are really into steampunk? The ever-changing Show Dome has you covered.

But oh, there’s so much more to discover in these conoidal wonders. Plants, plants, and even more plants are one thing, but what about “fairy gardens” straight out of an Arthur Conan Doyle fever dream, and/or poison dart frogs? Here are 13 weird and wonderful things to seek out during your next Domes visit.

TEQUILA RECIPES!

FAIRY GARDENS!

STEVE THE BEARDED DRAGON!

 

REAL BIRDS, FISH, AND POISON DART FROGS!

FAKE SCORPIONS, SPIDERS, AND SKULLS!

POKEMON!

30-FOOT WATERFALLS COMPLETE WITH HIDDEN TOY TRUCKS!

LIVING STONES!

BUDDHA!

PLANTS THAT HAVE CHANGED HUMAN HISTORY!

THOSE INFORMATIONAL CRANK MACHINES THAT ARE SOMEHOW NOT NARRATED BY JOHN GURDA!

HUMAN GNOMON ANALEMMATIC SUNDIALS! (OUTSIDE)

STAINLESS STEEL WIRE MESH TO KEEP THE DOMES FROM FALLING APART! (INSIDE)

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A lot of people are riding The Hop, but let’s figure out how to complain about it anyway http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/a-lot-of-people-are-riding-the-hop-but-lets-figure-out-how-to-complain-about-it-anyway/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/a-lot-of-people-are-riding-the-hop-but-lets-figure-out-how-to-complain-about-it-anyway/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:15:55 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60803 The Hop, you may have heard, is doing pretty well. An average of 2,297 people rode the thing in November, the same month the 2.1-mile streetcar system launched with a “Grand Hop-ening.” Now, The Hop has released some ridership numbers for December, and they’re not too shabby. While the total number of rides stayed steady—76,125 in […]

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The Hop, you may have heard, is doing pretty well. An average of 2,297 people rode the thing in November, the same month the 2.1-mile streetcar system launched with a “Grand Hop-ening.” Now, The Hop has released some ridership numbers for December, and they’re not too shabby. While the total number of rides stayed steady—76,125 in November; 76,044 in December—the average daily ridership rose from 2,297 in November to 2,453 in December. Ridership on Mondays and Tuesdays saw a nice bump, too.

“Our ridership numbers show that the city is embracing this new asset, and that people are riding for a wide variety of reasons,” Mayor Tom Barrett says in a press release. “We’ve seen some fantastic crowds on weekends as the streetcar attracts business and activity downtown, and we’re also seeing an uptick during the week as more and more riders utilize the system to connect with their jobs, residences and other destinations. The early returns on The Hop have been very encouraging, and we look forward to seeing continued ridership in the year ahead.”

BUT NOT SO FAST. Because the streetcar remains a strangely contentious issue, some folks will still figure out how to complain about it. So, here are the trenchant Facebook comments you’re sure to encounter in the next few hours:

• “Yeah, but check back when the novelty wears off.”
• “Yeah, but check back when it isn’t free.”
• “Yeah, but check back when it’s nice outside.”
• “Yeah, but check back when it’s really cold outside.”
• [that meme of Barrett saying “A trolley will fix this”]

Here’s the full press release, preceded by some choice “literature” that was being handed out at the grand opening.

MILWAUKEE – Ridership of The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, continued to grow during December, as over 76,000 riders hopped on board during the streetcar’s first full month of operations. The 76,044 total rides during the month represents an average daily ridership of 2,453, up from the 2,297 daily average in November. The December growth was fueled in part by increases in early week ridership, with average Monday ridership jumping from 1,357 in November to 1,789 in December, and average Tuesday ridership increasing from 1,622 to 1,952 month over month (excluding holidays).

“Our ridership numbers show that the city is embracing this new asset, and that people are riding for a wide variety of reasons,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “We’ve seen some fantastic crowds on weekends as the streetcar attracts business and activity downtown, and we’re also seeing an uptick during the week as more and more riders utilize the system to connect with their jobs, residences and other destinations. The early returns on The Hop have been very encouraging, and we look forward to seeing continued ridership in the year ahead.”

Below is a breakdown of The Hop’s ridership in 2018:

December:
76,044 – Total Rides
2,453 – Average Daily Rides

November:
76,125 – Total Rides
2,297 – Average Daily Rides (Nov. 5-30 only; excludes the 16,409 opening weekend riders)

2018 Totals:
152,169 – Total Rides
2,382 – Average Daily Rides (Excludes opening weekend)
4,882 – Highest single-day total (Saturday, Dec. 15)

To learn more about The Hop, including schedules of operations and tips for safely sharing our city’s roadways, visit www.thehopmke.com. To receive real-time information regarding streetcar service including alerts regarding service interruptions or changes in the operating schedule, please follow @HopAlerts on Twitter.

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For what it’s worth, Common Council approves resolution asking President Trump to end government shutdown http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/for-what-its-worth-common-council-approves-resolution-asking-president-trump-to-end-government-shutdown/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/for-what-its-worth-common-council-approves-resolution-asking-president-trump-to-end-government-shutdown/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 06:03:00 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60713 onday morning, for what it’s worth, the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved a resolution asking President Donald Trump to end the government shutdown already. The resolution was originally sponsored by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs; a motion to unanimously sponsor the resolution was later approved. Here’s the full text of the resolution. Have a good day […]

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Monday morning, for what it’s worth, the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved a resolution asking President Donald Trump to end the government shutdown already. The resolution was originally sponsored by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs; a motion to unanimously sponsor the resolution was later approved.

Here’s the full text of the resolution. Have a good day at work, if you’re indeed working.

Title
Substitute resolution urging the President and the United States Congress to act quickly to end the on-going Federal government shutdown.

Analysis
This resolution expresses the City of Milwaukee’s concern for the welfare of those who are suffering from the on-going Federal government shutdown and urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to act quickly to pass legislation ending the shutdown. The City Clerk shall send copies of this resolution to the President of the United States and all members of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation.

Body
Whereas, On December 22, 2018, the President of the United States and the United States Congress failed to agree on the timely appropriation of sufficient funds for the 2019 fiscal year or a temporary continuing resolution, resulting in a shutdown of Federal government offices and services that continues to this day; and

Whereas, The Federal government shutdown has furloughed hundreds of thousands of government employees, leaving them facing the uncertainty of lost wages, while thousands of “essential” government workers have been required to continue to work without compensation; and

Whereas, The closure of Federal offices and loss of funding has caused hundreds of government-backed programs to completely cease operations; and

Whereas, The shutdown has halted the issuance of small business loans and permits needed by local businesses to maintain and expand operations, and has interfered with hiring by closing down employee verification systems; and

Whereas, The Internal Revenue Service has been largely shuttered, leaving significant doubt as to whether tax refunds will be processed in a timely manner; and

Whereas, The government shutdown has halted mortgage approvals under programs designed to help individuals purchase homes with low down-payments and at low interest rates; and

Whereas, There is growing concern that a prolonged shutdown could cause Department of Agriculture-run programs, including SNAP and WIC, that provide nutritional assistance to low-income individuals and their children, to run out of funds and miss payments as soon as February 2019; and

Whereas, Federally-subsidized housing programs that provide housing for low-income households, including the Section 8 voucher program, are also affected by the government shutdown, which could result in tenant evictions; and

Whereas, The harm to Milwaukee residents and businesses from the Federal government shutdown is immediate and on-going, and will continue to be felt long after the shutdown ends; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the City of Milwaukee expresses its concern for the welfare of Milwaukee’s residents and businesses suffering from the on-going Federal government shutdown; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Common Council urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to act quickly to pass legislation ending the Federal government shutdown; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the City Clerk shall send copies of this resolution to the President of the United States and all members of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation.

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15 headline puns you’ll probably see about the Bradley Center roof demolition http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/15-headline-puns-youll-probably-see-about-the-bradley-center-roof-demolition/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/15-headline-puns-youll-probably-see-about-the-bradley-center-roof-demolition/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 19:55:17 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60659 n October 1, 1988, the Bradley Center opened with an exhibition NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers. Who won? Milwaukee did. This meaningless game kicked off 30 meaningful years of large-scale events enjoyed by multiple generations of Milwaukee BC-goers. And now, we’re blowing it up. Technically, Sunday’s demolition of the BMO […]

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On October 1, 1988, the Bradley Center opened with an exhibition NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers. Who won? Milwaukee did. This meaningless game kicked off 30 meaningful years of large-scale events enjoyed by multiple generations of Milwaukee BC-goers. And now, we’re blowing it up.

Technically, Sunday’s demolition of the BMO Harris Bradley Center’s roof isn’t “blowing it up,” but the honest explanation of what’s happening isn’t as exciting. One would never read a story with “shape charge” or “seating bowl” in the headline, would one? With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the headline puns you’ll likely see in local and national articles about this next step in the Center’s demolition come Monday morning. Enjoy!

1. Razing The Roof
A take on the phrase “raising the roof.” “Razing” means “destroying.” “Roof” means “roof.” Get it?

2. Watch The Bradley Center Roof “Blow Up” On Social Media
Because you know everyone and their mother will be posting photos and videos of the big event.

3. The “Center” Of Attention / The “Center” Of Attraction
Because we’re paying ATTENTION to the demolition of the BMO Harris Bradley CENTER. And because there’s an old News 4 special from when the thing was built called “The Bradley Center of Attraction.”

4. BMO Harris Bradley Center Blows Its Top
True. Most would picture this as a dramatic building explosion with debris flying all over town, but, again, it’s not. It’s a shape charge-driven implosion whose noise will be mostly inaudible outside the immediate area.

5. BC Goes Topless
We hope nobody uses this one.

6. Love MKE. Blow Up A Roof
It worked for that car!

7. A Bowl With No Lid
Don’t you hate when that happens?

8. Charge!
Because it’s a sports arena and also there are explosive charges that will cause the roof implosion.

9. Bucksplosion
Sure.

10. Bango Boom
Childish-yet-effective wordplay featuring the current mascot and former home of the Bucks.

11. [something about the BC having a Miller Park-style retractable roof]
It’s bound to happen.

12. The Bradley Center Roof Is About To E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
For all you Akira fans out there.

13. Sunday (Implo)sion-Day
A play on “Sunday funday,” and not a good one.

14. No Banners In The Rafters
Because the rafters will be gone. We definitely have banners, tough guy.

15. Dust-In Diamond
We’re hoping somebody misunderstands their assignment, writes an article about what they think is an old Brewers stadium, and uses this pun about Milwaukee regular, Dustin “Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers” Diamond, as part of the title. See, because there’s going to be a huge amount of dust falling into the arena.

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Aquaman, Piano Man, and blowing the roof off the Bradley Center, man http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/aquaman-piano-man-and-blowing-the-roof-off-the-bradley-center-man/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/aquaman-piano-man-and-blowing-the-roof-off-the-bradley-center-man/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 06:35:40 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60621 Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week. • Woo! What a week for Milwaukee! Where do we begin? How about… • Aquaman! Yeah! Fucking Aquaman was in Milwaukee! Actor Jason Momoa—a.k.a. Aquaman—dropped by the Harley-Davidson Museum on Tuesday and posted some pictures on Instagram. […]

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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.

• Woo! What a week for Milwaukee! Where do we begin? How about…

• Aquaman! Yeah! Fucking Aquaman was in Milwaukee! Actor Jason Momoa—a.k.a. Aquaman—dropped by the Harley-Davidson Museum on Tuesday and posted some pictures on Instagram. Paying tribute to both Harley and Elvis Presley (Tuesday would have been the King’s 84th birthday), Momoa wrote: “First off. Happy birthday to the king love u Elvis. Secondly I love u @harleydavidson mahalo for the amazing tour. It was an honor to make the pilgrimage to the Mecca and third Milwaukee you are amazing. Wisconsin I’m so impressed. The future is exciting another check of my bucket list #findyourfreedom. #cheeseheads #happybirthdayking. #harleyforlife Aloha j.”

Momoa—who, again, is Aquaman—also visited the Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations factory in Menomonee Falls, and posted a picture of himself wearing a cheesehead. [FOX6]

• Billy Joel! Yeah! Fucking Billy Joel is coming to Milwaukee! The Milwaukee Brewers announced Thursday that the Piano Man will play Miller Park on April 26. The show will be Joel’s first Milwaukee gig in 11 years, and his only Midwest stop of 2019. A reminder to Miller Park staff: STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE! [TMJ4]

• The roof of the BMO Harris Bradley Center! Yeah! The roof of the BMO Harris Bradley Center is gonna get blown up on Sunday! But, um, it won’t be that exciting, apparently. The Milwaukee Bucks and the contractors supervising the operation are stressing that the only highlight for onlookers might be an “ambient dust cloud.” Because the charges will be detonated from inside the arena, folks won’t be able to hear much, either. Oh, and keep your drones at home. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Have you heard about this? The Improv is coming to…The Corners of Brookfield? The national comedy club chain announced it will begin construction of a three-stage, 13,049-square-foot space in The Corners this summer. The new Improv—Wisconsin’s first—is expected to open in 2020. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• A real-time app for The Hop is coming “as quickly as possible.” In the meantime, you’ll have to wait all of 10 minutes until the next one comes around. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Last September, Madison-based Maurer’s Foods announced it would open an Urban Market grocery store in Northwestern Mutual’s 7Seventy7 apartment building this January. That opening has now been pushed back to spring. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Trapper Schoepp released a video for “What You Do To Her,” a track from his upcoming album Primetime Illusion. The song, which features Nicole Atkins, tackles the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. The video was animated by Milwaukee artist Casey Hoaglund. [Billboard]

• XO Cocktail Parlor will open soon at 326 E. Mason St., a.k.a. the former 42 Lounge. According to owner Larry Taylor: “I’ve always had a vision to do something different in Milwaukee, and XO has been an idea that I’ve really refined over the years. I feel as if now is really the right time to capture the imaginations of the young professionals and millennials who are tired of the corner bars and nightclubs that we already have. My goal is really to bring some balance to the things that already exist in the area.” [OnMilwaukee]

• Whiskey Bar, 788 N. Jackson St., will close on February 2. According to owner Mike Vitucci: “We have been the only tenant in this building for 10 years and knew someday this building would be razed and there will be an incredible development opportunity which we hope to be part of in the upcoming year. Soon, that multi-story incredible project will be unveiled.” Also, OnMilwaukee had an “epic” Mad Men-themed staff party there 10 years ago! [OnMilwaukee]

• The Kil@Wat restaurant in the InterContinental Milwaukee hotel closed Tuesday. The restaurant will remain closed as the hotel transforms into Saint Kate, an “arts hotel” that will feature a “new theater, a gallery space, an artist-in-residence studio, event spaces, and new culinary concepts.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• That Bay View Subway joint at 2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. is closed. [Urban Milwaukee]

• That Bay View Subway joint at 2121 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. will be a poke place—the neighborhood’s first! [Urban Milwaukee]

• The Chicago Tribune mentioned Milwaukee. Great job, Milwaukee! [OnMilwaukee]

• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!

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MKE SEX: “Resuming intimacy” after childbirth http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/mke-sex-resuming-intimacy-after-childbirth/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/mke-sex-resuming-intimacy-after-childbirth/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 06:05:24 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60575 Dear MKE SEX, I had my first baby about two weeks ago. Pretty basic birth through the old vagine—it wasn’t as traumatic as I thought it would be. You know what was traumatic? When I was leaving the hospital and the nurse told me I shouldn’t have sex for six weeks. She said I’d see […]

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Dear MKE SEX,

I had my first baby about two weeks ago. Pretty basic birth through the old vagine—it wasn’t as traumatic as I thought it would be. You know what was traumatic? When I was leaving the hospital and the nurse told me I shouldn’t have sex for six weeks. She said I’d see my doctor for a check up around then, and he’d give me “the go-ahead” to “resume intimacy,” whatever that means. I asked her why I had to wait that long, and she said it was because I might bleed that long. First of all—yuck! I better not bleed that long, because she also said I can’t use tampons right now and six weeks of pads is a real problem for me. But also, even if I am bleeding, I don’t care about that! My husband and I have sex on my period all the time. We just put down a towel and plan a shower afterward.

Since you always encourage people to be safe, but also to be sexually fulfilled, I thought I’d ask you. I don’t really have to wait six weeks, do I? I miss my husband and our sex life already, and it seems like a long, long time!

Thanks,
Been A Long Time

Dear Long Time,

Congratulations on your new bundle! I hope you’re adjusting to your new sleep (or lack of sleep) schedule, and getting to shower occasionally. This can be a challenging time in a person’s life. It can also be difficult to find a new routine in your relationship that keeps you connected. It’s wonderful that you’re already interested in sex (and intimacy, I’m guessing), and it’s a real bummer that you have to wait a little while.

Most people are told to wait until six weeks, but it’s kind of an arbitrary number. The important thing is to wait for penetration until the bleeding has stopped. Postpartum bleeding lasts between three and eight weeks (though some are done sooner, and some bleed even longer). If you had a tear in your perineum or vulva (with or without stitches), you also want to wait for penetration until the tissue has had some good healing time. A minor tear (first or second degree) will take about three weeks to recover most of its integrity. Anything more severe than that (third or fourth degree), and you really should give it a full six weeks. And if that’s the case, it’s also a good idea to have your sutures checked out by your healthcare provider before resuming all the kinds of sex.

Since you’re an adult, you ultimately get to decide what you’re doing with your body. In order to do that, you should know why it’s a good idea to wait until the postpartum bleeding stops. (HINT: It’s not because of the mess!) When you’re pregnant, your baby’s placenta is attached to the inside of your uterus. It’s about the size of large salad plate. And after your baby is born, the placenta detaches and is expelled from your body. The place inside your uterus where your placenta was attached is now like an open wound. As your uterus shrinks, the placental site also shrinks, but it doesn’t close completely for a while. That’s where the blood is coming from in those postpartum weeks. So as long as you’re bleeding, the placental site is still a wound, and your cervix is still at least a little open (similar to how it is when you have your period every month). Until your wound has healed and your cervix has closed, you run the risk of getting an infection if you put anything in your vagine.

But you know what? Even if you choose to skip penetration, there’s a whole lot of other sexy stuff you can do in those first few weeks. Clitoral stimulation (with fingers, toys, or a mouth) are all safe. Orgasm is also safe, as long as you’re listening to your body. Mutual masturbation can be a very sexy and safe activity for you and your husband. If you feel up to swapping hand-play or oral sex, give it a try. If it doesn’t feel great the first time, wait a few days or a week and try again. You’re probably going to want to use lube to make things more comfortable.

For folks who give birth via c-section: the same guidelines about penetration and bleeding apply to you, too. When you do resume sex, try to pick positions that minimize external pressure on your abdomen. Also, it’s a good idea to wait until at least three weeks postpartum before trying for an orgasm. There’s no way to visually monitor the healing of the internal sutures, so better safe than sorry. When you do try, be sure to stop if you have sharp pain in your incision. Wait a full week before trying again.

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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The end is nigh for the Shops of Grand Avenue. Here’s what’s changing (and what’s staying the same) http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/end-nigh-shops-of-grand-avenue-whats-changing-whats-staying-same/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/end-nigh-shops-of-grand-avenue-whats-changing-whats-staying-same/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:02:16 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60531 his is it, folks. The end times. The finale. The curtain call. The last chance to witness the Shops of Grand Avenue in all their faded glory before they’re transformed into a 21st century apartment complex/office building/food hall/something. The last chance for mall walking. The last chance for Panda Express. The last chance to soak it […]

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This is it, folks. The end times. The finale. The curtain call. The last chance to witness the Shops of Grand Avenue in all their faded glory before they’re transformed into a 21st century apartment complex/office building/food hall/something. The last chance for mall walking. The last chance for Panda Express. The last chance to soak it all in. The last chance to kill a few minutes on your lunch break and maybe pick up a PopSocket for your phone.

Yes, changes are coming to the long-neglected Grand. The mall is technically still open—a handful of stores remain, and Panda Express, Qdoba, and Tomato are still kicking it in the food—but time is running out. Most stores will be closed or relocated by the end of February, after which most of the building will be shut down for renovations. Wanna experience the haunting magic of a dead mall while that mall is still open? Get down there today!

But before you do that, here’s a handy rundown of all the things (that we know of) that are scheduled to change in the $65 million redevelopment—and a few things that aren’t going anywhere at all, thank you very much.

CHANGING: The name
So long, Shops of Grand Avenue; hello “The Avenue.”

CHANGED: The website
Proof that this is really happening.

CHANGING: The first-floor concourse
You know, where the singing animatronic bears used to set up. (R.I.P.) This area will be transformed into 3rd Street Market Hall, a destination food hall that will boast more than 20 local vendors and will “showcase food preparation with open kitchens, while also providing a place to hang out while people-watching, working on a laptop, or playing bocce and other games.” The all-local, 35,000-square-foot 3rd Street Market Hall will be overseen by Omar Shaikh of SURG Restaurant Group. Vendors that have already signed on include Stone Creek Coffee, Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, Char’d, Waterford Wine & Spirits, Milk Can, and Donut Monster. (There will be 20 vendors in all.) There will also be a separate beer hall (in the former Applebee’s space), pingpong tables, and—as required in 2019—retro arcade video games. It’s expected to open in fall 2019.

CHANGING: The third-floor food court
Gee, remember when there used to be a Culver’s up there? And a Rocky Rococo? Such beautiful times. Anyway, the third floor will soon be office space. Engineering, planning, and design firm Graef USA has already committed moving its offices there. Graef will occupy 35,000 square feet of the former food court—more than 60% of the entire third floor. NEWaukee will likely have to find a new spot for their Night Market “VIP balcony.”

CHANGING: The second floor
More office space. Tenants to be announced.

CHANGING: The part where Boston Store used to be
This separately owned portion of the mall will be renovated into street-level retail space. Floors two through five will be office space.

CHANGED/CHANGING: The second floor of the Plankinton Arcade
The second floor of the eastern part of the mall—a.k.a. the historic Plankinton Arcade—is currently being converted into 52 high-end apartments. The new development, known as the Plankinton Clover, will also include an “amenity alley” across from where that Brew City clothing store used to be. Future residents and office workers will be able to enjoy a fitness center, a conference room, further office space, and, get this, retail stores. Elsewhere, future apartment-dwellers are getting a movie theater, a club room, a dog grooming area, and a place to put their bikes. The apartments, ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms—will be ready in January and March.

STAYING THE SAME: The first floor of the Plankinton Arcade
Don’t worry, because TJ Maxx isn’t going anywhere. Hopefully that fruit stand will stick around, too.

STAYING THE SAME: The lower level of the Plankinton Arcade
TRUE Skool is staying put. So is the Underground Collaborative, an 8,000 square foot venue/gallery/comedy club/rental space. “It’s exciting to be surrounded by all the new development in these historic buildings,” says Matt Kemple, founder and manager of the Underground Collaborative. “We have a lot to offer residents in the area looking for unique events. The UC is right in the middle of it; condo dwellers won’t even have to go outside to enjoy a world premier play or hilarious comedy show.”

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