Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Sun, 17 Jun 2018 05:01:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Here’s the Denim Park Summer ’18 Concert Series lineup http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/heres-the-denim-park-summer-18-concert-series-lineup/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/heres-the-denim-park-summer-18-concert-series-lineup/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 05:01:38 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51537 Though Milwaukee seems to have every weekend covered in terms of entertainment, it’s always refreshing to see bands perform in the city’s collection of weeknight concerts. Events like Chill On The Hill, Jazz In The Park, Tosa Nights, River Rhythms, Musical Monday, and Cafe Hollander’s new Patio Performance Series help tide over weekend warriors and […]

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Though Milwaukee seems to have every weekend covered in terms of entertainment, it’s always refreshing to see bands perform in the city’s collection of weeknight concerts. Events like Chill On The Hill, Jazz In The Park, Tosa Nights, River Rhythms, Musical Monday, and Cafe Hollander’s new Patio Performance Series help tide over weekend warriors and satisfy suburban commuters who want to some enjoy some of the city’s talent before Friday rolls around.

Adding to that weekday tradition is The North End‘s Denim Park’s summer concert series. On select Tuesday and Wednesdays between June and mid-September, a diverse collection of performers take the stage on the corner of Water and Pleasant streets to play free and family-friendly shows. This year, a total of 10 bands will play over the course of as many nights. Unbeknownst to us, the series actually kicked off last week with SistaStrings, but there’s still loads of great music in the weeks ahead.

From the zydeco sounds of Vitrolum Republic to the formidable folk stylings of Trapper Schoepp, and the undeniably awesome De La Buena, there’s a reason to head to Denim Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays throughout the summer. Here’s who’s playing this year’s Denim Park Summer Concert Series:

June 13: SistaStrings
June 20: Vitrolum Republic
June 27: Trapper Schoepp
July 3: DJ Lolo & Friends
July 11: Mera Storm
July 18: Kelli & The Soul Mates
August 1: Rocket Cat
August 8: Layers & Layers
August 15: De La Buena
September 11: Father Sky

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Here’s what’s going on at today’s Good City Fest 2018 http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/heres-whats-going-on-at-todays-good-city-fest-2018/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/heres-whats-going-on-at-todays-good-city-fest-2018/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 14:06:32 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51533 Can you believe Good City Brewing has only been around for two years? Since opening in early 2016, the craft brewery has been an instrumental part of the gradual resurgence of the city’s East Side. They’ve established a regular presence on Milwaukee draft lines and store shelves. Along the way, they added a killer rooftop […]

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Can you believe Good City Brewing has only been around for two years? Since opening in early 2016, the craft brewery has been an instrumental part of the gradual resurgence of the city’s East Side. They’ve established a regular presence on Milwaukee draft lines and store shelves. Along the way, they added a killer rooftop patio and an on-site performance hall, and they just announced they’ll be opening a spacious taproom in the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena. Good City has a lot to celebrate, and they’ll do just that on June 16 during the brewery’s second anniversary celebration.

Today’s Good City Fest 2018 will feature food, live music, and special beer releases during the daylong party at the Farwell Ave. taproom. The event will double as the release for Salud, a tequila barrel aged Imperial Pilsner Good City brewed in collaboration with BelAir Cantina. Rarities from the brewery will also be tapped throughout the day, including Strahl Hefeweizen Cask (noon tapping), Rye Barrel Aged Lord Lyon (1 p.m.), Knob Creek Bourbon Barrel Aged Lord Lyon (1 p.m.), Velocity IPA with Grapefruit Cask (2 p.m.), 2017 BA Density (3 p.m.), and Belgian Quad (4 p.m.).

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Milwaukee festival without a generous serving of local music. Here’s who’s playing:

3 p.m. — The Bang Bang
5 p.m. — Cozy Danger
7 p.m. — Pretty Beggar
9 p.m. — Andy Noble and Kid Millions

Though music doesn’t start until 3 o’clock, the party kicks off at 11 a.m. Celebrate two huge years for Good City Brewing and prepare for even bigger and better things in year-three.

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Tucked Away: Filis Cafe brings big taste to a little place in Cudahy http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/tucked-away-filis-cafe-brings-big-taste-to-a-little-place-in-cudahy/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/tucked-away-filis-cafe-brings-big-taste-to-a-little-place-in-cudahy/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:29:42 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51412 Between beloved and well-established local staples and a steady wave of new bars and restaurants popping up in and around Milwaukee almost every week, worthwhile dining and drinking gems can occasionally get lost in the shuffle. With Tucked Away, Milwaukee Record digs deep with the hope of unearthing some of these gems. As the oft-maligned south […]

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Between beloved and well-established local staples and a steady wave of new bars and restaurants popping up in and around Milwaukee almost every week, worthwhile dining and drinking gems can occasionally get lost in the shuffle. With Tucked Away, Milwaukee Record digs deep with the hope of unearthing some of these gems.

As the oft-maligned south shore suburb of Cudahy continues its identity shift, there remains one question that shrouds the misunderstood city as it becomes a more appealing place to spend time: what’s there to eat? That’s not to say there aren’t viable options. You just need to know where to look. Cursory searches are sure to unlock a wealth of absolutely accurate rave reviews of Lala’s Place on Layton Ave. If Mexican food isn’t what you’re craving, the fish fry at Joe’s K Ranch is nothing to scoff at. Want a good burger? Well, there’s two Cudahy businesses embroiled in a burger beef about whose is the best (and they’re both good, for the record).

Adding to the subtly solid reputation of Cudahy dining is Filis Cafe (5018 S. Packard Ave., 414-585-9576). Though it’s located on the main drag of revitalized Packard Ave., the unassuming storefront of the diminutive diner could be missed if you’re not looking for it. Despite its size, the small suburban diner packs a world of flavor in the dozens of items listed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in its voluminous menu. Almost more impressive than the food itself is that fact that everything is dirt cheap. With trendy bites currently holding firm in nearby Bay View and Oak Creek opening its borders to any chain restaurant that comes knocking, we happily took a trip to Cudahy for a familiar breakfast feast at an overlooked establishment.

The space: Like we said, this place is tiny. The dining room is a few hundred square feet and consists of four red and black vinyl booths, a quartet of four-top tables, a TV (which provided the restaurant’s soundtrack via audio from a game show), and three video poker machines. The spacial constraints don’t impact the level of comfort, however. In fact, it was downright cozy being among the select few patrons enjoying a late morning breakfast. The lack of seating also paid positive dividends in regard to our service, as our server was close by and ready to check in on us. After leaving, we realized our coffee never dipped below the half-full mark.

Milwaukee Record‘s food: Filis Cafe opens each day at 6 a.m., likely to feed third shift workers clocking out at the nearby ATI Ladish plant and other early-risers in the quiet community. The breakfast offerings occupy two pages of the tome of tastiness that is the diner’s menu. There, you’ll find all the usual suspects—eggs, pancakes, omelettes, skillets, and more—as well as an underlying-but-undeniable Mexican influence that shows itself with numerous offerings that feature chorizo, and unconventional Milwaukee greasy spoon specials like their breakfast quesadilla.

We took the hint and opted for a Mexican Skillet ($8.49), which was a cast iron pan piled high with tender chunks of fried potatoes, a generous covering of two types of cheese, sauteed onions and green peppers, tomatoes, ample hunks of spiced chorizo, all of which was topped with three eggs prepared to our specifications (we asked to have them over hard…come at us!). It was goddamn glorious and more food than we could’ve hoped to receive. Still, we ate every last bite…not to mention the pair of fluffy, butter-soaked flapjacks that accompanied it. Each entree comes with toast or two sizeable pancakes, by the way. Between that dynamic duo and the cup of crappy coffee that somehow accentuates a meal at a diner, we left satisfied, caffeinated, and full for just $10 before tip.

Though breakfast seems to be the main focal point, Filis is open all day and offers patrons lunch staples like burgers and sandwiches, a dinner menu that alternates from American standbys like pork chops and steak, an array of Italian and Greek mainstays, and (mostly) traditional Mexican entrees. Save for a select few seafood dishes, nothing tops the $10 mark. From malts and meatloaf to mole and biscuits & gravy, Filis has you covered all day long.

The verdict: Next time you’re weighing the pros and cons of waiting to eat brunch somewhere in Milwaukee proper, consider spending that time taking a short drive down Packard Avenue to enjoy a big breakfast at a tiniest little diner in Cudahy. You’ll be glad you did.

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We dropped by ‘The Morning Blend’ to talk about poop http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/we-dropped-by-morning-blend-talk-about-poop/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/we-dropped-by-morning-blend-talk-about-poop/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:00:59 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51499 We’ve sung the praises of the Milwaukee County Transit System in these pages before. The bus is great, the bus is easy, and the bus has amazing drivers. But did you know that MCTS is also a useful tool for teaching kids how to go poop on the potty? You will soon enough! Yep, we’re […]

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We’ve sung the praises of the Milwaukee County Transit System in these pages before. The bus is great, the bus is easy, and the bus has amazing drivers. But did you know that MCTS is also a useful tool for teaching kids how to go poop on the potty? You will soon enough!

Yep, we’re gonna talk about potty training here. Sigh. On Friday, Milwaukee Record‘s own Matt Wild returned to the set of TMJ4 chat show The Morning Blend to explain how an unexpected gift from MCTS helped his daughter overcome her fear of “going #2.” It’s kind of a cute story, and it involves a prop. Staying on theme, hosts Molly Fay and Tiffany Ogle also quizzed Matt about his ill-advised plans to swim the Milwaukee River. Will Matt return in August to talk about this disgusting adventure? Will he wear a wetsuit to the show? Is he indeed the Carrot Top of The Morning Blend? Find out below!

(As always, thanks to The Morning Blend for having us! It was another great day to shine.)

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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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232 consecutive Friday fish frys and counting: Walleye Weekend (again) http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/232-friday-fish-frys-walleye-weekend/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/232-friday-fish-frys-walleye-weekend/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:15:12 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51486 Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here. [Editor’s note: The following piece is identical to last year’s piece on Walleye Weekend (except for the final photo of the fish) because Walleye Weekend is wonderful and Walleye Weekend never changes. Caleb’s fish fry streak remains unbroken […]

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Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday night fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here.

[Editor’s note: The following piece is identical to last year’s piece on Walleye Weekend (except for the final photo of the fish) because Walleye Weekend is wonderful and Walleye Weekend never changes. Caleb’s fish fry streak remains unbroken at 232.]

This past week I traveled to my hometown, Fond du Lac, for Walleye Weekend, which is a free festival that claims to be the “World’s Largest Walleye Fish Fry.” The biggest draw of Walleye Weekend is to walk back and forth about a dozen times along the lakefront of Lake Winnebago, and see people that you haven’t seen in a decade. While folks are doing this they usually stack up plastic beer cups as high as possible, just to make sure that Fond du Lac doesn’t slide down in the following year’s “Drunkest Cities in America” list. There’s also the annual Mercury Marine fishing tournament, and of course the fish fry. The festival has been going on since 1978, and I’ve been going pretty much every year since the mid 1980s. From my perspective, nothing much has changed. That’s pretty much Fond du Lac in a nutshell. Nothing much changes there.

As I got to the park I bought a $2 wristband for beer at one of the information booths—yes, in Fond du lac information booths are used mainly to sell beer wristbands—and did a quick walkaround and grabbed a beer before heading to the fish tent. I’m glad I got in line when I did, because when I walked past again an hour later, the line had tripled in size.

The fish fry at Walleye Weekend has been exactly the same for every year that I can remember. In my view it is excellent, but that is probably just nostalgia taking over my brain. In reality it probably is not much better than average. There is an option to get one or two pieces of walleye with the meal (why on Earth someone would only want one piece of fish is beyond me), and it comes with some of the creamiest coleslaw and potato salad you can find. It also comes with a piece of rye bread. The fish, coleslaw, and potato salad taste exactly the same every year. It is my belief that I could come back to Fond du Lac 50 years from now and sit under the same tent, on the same picnic table, and eat the exact same food. Actually, if I don’t die from eating too many fish fries along the way, I’m sure it will happen.

After eating the fish fry I bought some cheese curds for dessert and thought I’d check out the bands. The headlining act at this year’s Walleye Weekend was cheesy late-’80s hair metal band Winger. I’m glad they played Saturday and I wasn’t there for that, because I just tried to listen to a whole song and now I’m going to have to blast the Ramones for three hours to cleanse my ears.

Most of the bands at Walleye Weekend are cover bands, and that is all that I “saw” on Friday. One band I saw was covering Van Halen songs, including “Panama,” and the singer was really trying to pull off a Bono look. Another band introduced Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by screaming, “Who wants to hear more cowbell?” Then they brought up someone to hit a cowbell obnoxiously during the song. The guy next to me in the beer tent exclaimed, “They do this every fucking time they play this song!” At one point I did hear a band cover Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sitta,” which is arguably the best radio hit of the late ’90s, but still, cover band after cover band just gets old.

It then dawned on me that with all the consistent mediocrity over the years, one thing has changed. As a child I remember Wally the Walleye. Wally was like Mickey Mouse at Disney World, except he drove a boat on wheels and reigned as king of Walleye Weekend. At that point it became my goal for the rest of the night to locate Wally. I asked at two of the information booths, and was probably getting in the way of people trying to buy beer wristbands, but they offered no information on Wally. I went to the merch tent and was told, “He’s probably around here somewhere.” I asked a police officer and he didn’t have any idea where Wally might be, either.

Finally, I flagged down the driving Walleye Weekend boat and asked them. It was apparent that the boat they were in was not the same one that used to be driven by Wally. They gave me the most disturbing answer of the evening by simply saying, “I think he’s dead.” I was broken. It was like telling a child that Mickey Mouse was dead when they’re at the Magic Kingdom. During my quest for Wally I saw three ATM’s inside of Porta Potties, four fish hats, a live bird on someone’s shoulder, and a few mullets. Later on I saw that a Facebook page related to Walleye Weekend was posting pictures of a little plastic fish and calling it Wally. Come on guys, you’re not fooling me. I remember!

Rating: Consistent halfway decent fish fry, people walking around with walleye hats, nice view of lake, lots of beer, a boat that drives, where’s Wally?, cover bands, cover bands, and cover bands. Do I dare return to Fond du Lac during the county fair where Ted Nugent is playing for the second time in less than a decade? I don’t know if I can handle that much Fond du Lac. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

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Here’s the lineup for Cafe Hollander’s new Patio Performance Series http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/heres-the-lineup-for-cafe-hollanders-new-patio-performance-series/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/heres-the-lineup-for-cafe-hollanders-new-patio-performance-series/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:10:12 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51479 If there’s one thing Milwaukee loves more than live music, it’s live music played outdoors. Even though the city is already chock full of festivals, block parties, and a variety of other festivities, it hasn’t stopped new ones from popping up. Adding to Tonic Tavern’s weekly Listening Party series and our Friday Nite Music concerts […]

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If there’s one thing Milwaukee loves more than live music, it’s live music played outdoors. Even though the city is already chock full of festivals, block parties, and a variety of other festivities, it hasn’t stopped new ones from popping up. Adding to Tonic Tavern’s weekly Listening Party series and our Friday Nite Music concerts outside Colectivo’s Lakefront Cafe is a brand new event that will bring musicians to Cafe Hollander almost every Wednesday this summer.

Starting June 20, Cafe Hollander on Downer Avenue will host acoustic acts on its newly-updated patio. The Wednesday night series kicks off with Evan Christian and will continue through August 29. Adding to the free entertainment are food specials, $4 pours of Bofferding beer, as well as Ramborn cider and Luxembourg Rosé that are both exclusive to Lowlands Group establishments.

If you’re looking for a mid-week music fix between festivals this summer, you can find it at Cafe Hollander. Here’s Cafe Hollander’s Patio Performance Series lineup:

June 20: Evan Christian
June 27: Jen Cintron
July 11: The Acoustiholics
July 18: Mighty Fine Shindig
July 25: Jake Williams
August 1: Jarrett Hendrickson
August 8: Caribbean Eclipse
August 15: Ben Wagner
August 22: B~Free
August 29: TBA

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MKE SEX: My crush has a feeding fetish http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/mke-sex-my-crush-has-a-feeding-fetish/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/mke-sex-my-crush-has-a-feeding-fetish/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:05:37 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51492 Dear MKE SEX, During one of those late night tell-all conversations that close friends have after drinking too much, a dude I’m really into said he has a feeding fetish. Specifically, he likes to be fed. I just don’t get it. I’m a gay man who hangs out with a lot of gay men. In […]

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Dear MKE SEX,

During one of those late night tell-all conversations that close friends have after drinking too much, a dude I’m really into said he has a feeding fetish. Specifically, he likes to be fed. I just don’t get it. I’m a gay man who hangs out with a lot of gay men. In my circle, we’re all very concerned with health and fitness. We count our macros. We work out at the gym. As a gay man, I’m having a hard time reconciling the idea that someone would intentionally do something as unhealthy as overeating, and potentially becoming overweight. Should I talk to my new crush about the potential dangers of this fetish? What should I say?

Thanks!
I’ll Have the Salad

Dear Salad,

For the folks who aren’t aware, feeding fetish (also known as feederism and gaining fetish) is deriving sexual arousal and/or pleasure from one partner feeding the other partner, with the implicit goal of weight gain. The intended weight gain varies from couple to couple, from a few pounds to 50 or more. Sometimes one partner (the feeder) will literally feed the other (the feedee), spooning food into their mouth. In other relationships, the feeder simply provides prepared food for the feedee to eat.

In our fitness-centered, youth-worshipping culture, this fetish may seem extreme. Why would anyone want to gain weight? And why would you want your partner to look fat? This goes against the grain of everything we’re taught about good looks, long term goals, New Year’s resolutions, feeling great, and being happy (™).

The thing is, unless your crush asked you to participate in some way, your opinion about feederism is irrelevant. Your concern may well be for him and his health. But check yourself, and ask yourself if your distaste might be rooted in our culture’s deeply entrenched fatphobia. We believe that being overweight is the same as being unhealthy. The reality is that health is much more complex than that. Size doesn’t dictate anyone’s ability to eat nutritious foods, move their bodies, take their meds, participate in great conversations, have wonderful relationships, and (most importantly) be healthy.

Adults who engage in fetishes are typically pretty well educated about the risks of their activities. When they consent to participate, they are weighing the potential negative outcomes against the pleasurable experience. Like all kinks and fetishes, it’s possible to take it too far. Sometimes folks will gain so much weight that other health problems are exacerbated, or their mobility is negatively impacted. Occasionally, you’ll learn about a feeder who is using food to control the feedee in abusive and non-consensual ways. But most of the time, consensual feederism is just one more type of kink that folks find sexy, sensual, and fulfilling. And that’s the most important thing.

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 a question at mkesex@gmail.com and she’ll get back to you with an answer.

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The catnap coziness of all the cats at the new Sip & Purr cat cafe, ranked http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/cat-nap-coziness-cats-new-sip-purr-cat-cafe-ranked/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/cat-nap-coziness-cats-new-sip-purr-cat-cafe-ranked/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 05:30:03 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=51415 ack in May, as we left Milwaukee Film’s monthly member screening at the Oriental Theater, we noticed a small crowd assembled in the dusk on the sidewalk of Ivanhoe Place, the relatively quiet block that connects bustling Prospect and Farwell Avenues. We cautiously approached, wondering what had drawn this spectacle. Had something possibly gone wrong […]

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Back in May, as we left Milwaukee Film’s monthly member screening at the Oriental Theater, we noticed a small crowd assembled in the dusk on the sidewalk of Ivanhoe Place, the relatively quiet block that connects bustling Prospect and Farwell Avenues. We cautiously approached, wondering what had drawn this spectacle. Had something possibly gone wrong with an axe being wielded in an East Side bar? Had a pop-up ramen shop…popped up?

To our relief, the crowd was gathered for something so delightfully unfathomable that we were rendered momentarily speechless: the lights were on, and through the large and welcoming street-facing window, 10-15 adoptable kitties were making themselves at home for the June 1 opening of Sip & Purr, Milwaukee’s first-ever cat cafe.

Fast forward two weeks, when we could finally get a 6 p.m. reservation in Sip & Purr’s Cat Lounge, which, according to the impossibly friendly staff, has been booked solid nearly every available hour since opening. Sip & Purr is divided into two distinct sections. There’s the Cat Lounge, which requires reservations, a signed waiver, and an admission fee that goes towards the care of the cats and “gets you one hour of smiles, snuggles, and fun.” There’s also the cafe side, which serves a simple but impressive menu of salads and shareable plates—many of them vegan and gluten free—along with desserts, coffee, wine, and other beverages. The Cat Lounge—cage free and full of places for both kitties and humans to relax—is viewable (and highly enjoyable to watch!) from the cafe side, but “no cat has ever stepped paw” in the cafe, so those with allergies or buzzkill friends who “aren’t cat people” need not worry.

We arrived a bit early to sign our waivers, and grabbed a couple glasses of rose and a cheese board with seasonal fruit, candied nuts and bread. The young men behind the cafe bar were attentive, friendly, and more than ready to answer our rapid fire questions (Yes, they love cats! Yes, they’ve been busy! Yes, 11 cats have been adopted so far! Yes, they’ll take our picture by the sign that says “Eat. Drink. Pet Cats”!) At exactly 6 p.m. our Cat Concierge, Megan, emerged from the Cat Lounge and announced that the reservations could enter. She quickly went over the rules and adoption information, and for the entire hour displayed a sincere advocacy and gentle protectiveness over the cats, while also being a bubbly, approachable, and well-informed leader to the human guests. Also, she wore amazing cat shoes.

Now, on to the cats, who all arrived from Lakeland Animal Shelter and are available for adoption. We’re not sure if it was the lazy summer evening, their regular post-dinner snooze time, or exhaustion from the love and affection of Sip & Purr’s staff and recent guests, but most of the kitties were more interested in getting petted while they catnapped than playing with the many toys available. Fine by us! We doted on them and even stole a kiss or two of a couple pink noses. While all were thoroughly enjoyable and would make for wonderful companions (adopt them!), some were truer masters of the catnap. Here are our rankings of who was able to achieve the most maximum levels of blissed-out comfort during our visit.

10. Dante
A newer arrival to Sip & Purr, and a bit of a shy guy according to Megan. Dante is a sweetheart, but chose to chill underneath a table.

9. Harley
Also a newer arrival to Sip & Purr, Harley decided to forego the multiple cozy options for relaxing for a more spartan position on the floor—but well within reach of human loving!

8. Valor
Valor, age 2, opted for a more traditional cat bed. He didn’t move from it during our hour, but he did entertain an occasional toy.

6 & 7. Dominic (left) and Julianna (right)
These two also chose more standard cat beds for their snoozes, but Julianna—5 years old but sooo tiny!—faced the wall, which was hilarious to us for some reason.

5. Ezra
Ezra, the youngest kitty at only 10 months according to Megan, is relaxing in a cat-sized human-shaped bed. We repeat. A CAT-SIZED HUMAN-SHAPED BED.

4. Patrick
This 3-year-old fellow is very sweet, but didn’t budget from his comfortable cat tube affixed to the wall.

3. Jaxonnet
Jaxonnet is Sip & Purr’s oldest current adoptable cat at 10 years, but that didn’t keep this mature lady from picking a fun place to nap! She lounged for a full hour in a what can only be described as a cat tunnel fashioned to appear as a pair of clown’s pants.

2. Sylvester
Lovingly described as the occasional grouch, Sylvester stole our hearts by combining our favorite things: orange cats and being glued to the television.

1. Tobias
No cat—perhaps no living being—has ever been as cozy as 4-year-old Tobias, who tried out a few different positions and even snuck a toy in his brown cocoon. Congratulations, Tobias!

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