Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 20:41:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 9 Milwaukee events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/milwaukee-events-celebrating-the-life-and-legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/milwaukee-events-celebrating-the-life-and-legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:55:44 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=61084 There’s a lot of hate, ignorance, and stupidity floating around these days, which makes this day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all the more needed. Looking for something productive to do today, Milwaukee? Here are nine ways to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who stood for anything but hate, ignorance, and stupidity. Martin […]

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There’s a lot of hate, ignorance, and stupidity floating around these days, which makes this day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all the more needed. Looking for something productive to do today, Milwaukee? Here are nine ways to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who stood for anything but hate, ignorance, and stupidity.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2019 @ Martin Luther King Library (310 W. Locust St.)
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
A full day of programming kicks off at 9 a.m. with a host of family-friendly activities, followed at noon by music, dance, and much, much more. If you attend only one Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, make it this one. Here’s the itinerary:

MLK Day: Family Morning of Service @ Bay View Community Center (1320 E. Oklahoma Ave.)
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Participants at this family- and toddler-friendly event will bring in and sort supplies (sealed toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, etc.) and put them together in care packages for those in need. Stories and discussion of Dr. King will follow, and lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required via email, however, at info@bayviewcenter.org. (Please list the names of all participants, including the names and ages of any children.)

Keeping the Dream Alive @ Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.)
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Youths ages 14-18 are invited to the Oriental for a screening and discussion of Personal Statement, a film by Juliane Dressner which “follows three Brooklyn teens who want to be the first generation in their families to go to college. Working as peer college counselors in their schools, they reach towards their own college dreams and fight for the right to a better future, for themselves and for their classmates.”

Allied in the Fight: Lunch and Learn with Curator Molly Dubin @ Jewish Museum Milwaukee (1360 N. Prospect Ave.)
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Jewish Museum Milwaukee Curator Molly Dubin will speak on the museum’s spring 2018 exhibit, “Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks And The Struggle For Civil Rights.” Per the museum, “the exhibit recounted the efforts made by Jewish and African American leaders, organizations, and community members in fighting for fundamental human rights before and during the Civil Rights era. They joined together in pursuit of equality and in combating prejudice and discrimination. Despite the relationship’s complexities, African American and Jewish communities became allied against injustice.” Coffee will be proved at this free event. RSVP here.

Back to the Vision of King @ Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center (1531 W. Vliet St.)
noon-2 p.m.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., Milwaukee County Parks Director Guy Smith, King Center Manager Dee McCollum, and other speakers will be on hand for spoken word and musical and arts performances. Light refreshments will be served following this free program.

M. L. King Day Justice Program and March @ St. Francis of Assisi Church (1927 N. Vel Phillips Ave.)
1-4:30 p.m.
For its 18th annual event, the Dr. Martin Luther King Justice Coalition will honor community members who have “gone to jail for justice” in the nonviolent spirit of Dr. King. A three-block walk to Dr. King’s statue will follow at 2:30 p.m., complete with an open mic.

The Blood Is At The Doorstep Film and Discussion @ Waukesha Civic Theatre (264 W. Main St.)
6:30 p.m.
Adults and teens are invited to this free screening of The Blood Is At The Doorstep, the Milwaukee-made documentary that delves into the 2014 police shooting of Dontre Hamilton. Maria and Nate Hamilton, as well as Nurturing Diversity’s Reggie Jackson, will be on hand for a post-film discussion.

Neighbors of the Dream @ Eastbrook Church (5353 N. Green Bay Ave.)
6:30-8 p.m.
Milwaukee Declaration hosts this “city-wide event to stand against racial divides.”

Youth Free Day @ Milwaukee museums
Milwaukee Museum Week kicks off with Youth Free Day at 15 participating Milwaukee museums. Here they are (*notes a museum that is free to kids and adults):

Betty Brinn Museum
Brew City MKE Beer Museum*
Charles Allis Art Museum*
Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear*
Discovery World
Grohmann Museum at MSOE*
Harley-Davidson Museum
Jewish Museum Milwaukee*
Milwaukee County Historical Society*
Milwaukee Public Museum
Mitchell Park Domes
North Point Lighthouse
The Pabst Mansion*
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum*
Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum*

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In case you blinked last week, here’s all the new shit they’re building in Milwaukee (Jan. 13-19) http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/in-case-you-blinked-last-week-heres-all-the-new-shit-theyre-building-in-milwaukee-jan-13-19/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/in-case-you-blinked-last-week-heres-all-the-new-shit-theyre-building-in-milwaukee-jan-13-19/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:45:39 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=61115 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.

• If you’ve ever strolled and/or stumbled through Pulaski Park on Milwaukee’s fashionable East Side and thought to yourself: “I wish I couldn’t afford to live here,” you’re in luck. Developer Jason Pietsch wants to build seven townhouses facing the park, each boasting 2,100 square feet of space, three bedrooms, a rooftop deck, and a two-car garage. At a recent neighborhood meeting (where folks “overwhelmingly endorsed the proposal”), Pietsch declined to name a price for the units, only saying: “I think the number starts with a 5.” Urban Milwaukee notes: “That’s $500,000, not $50,000.” [Urban Milwaukee]

• Can’t-stop-won’t-stop Milwaukee developer Joshua Jeffers recently snatched up two buildings on the corner South Sixth Street and West National Avenue in Walker’s Point. One of the buildings will be leased back to its former owner, The Council for the Spanish Speaking. The other building will be redeveloped. [BizTimes]

• Speaking of Jeffers, the ever-busy developer, along with Tony Janowiec, has signed contracts to buy the city block currently occupied by the Journal Sentinel building. The site will likely be redeveloped into a mixed-use deal with apartments and office and retail space. The Journal Sentinel could stay on as a tenant. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The fog is getting thicker, and the new Broadway Connection office building at 511 North Broadway is getting laaaaarger. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Chicago-based Ravine Park Partners wants to build a high-end, 200-unit apartment building on a vacant lot between North Milwaukee Street and North Broadway in downtown Milwaukee. The project is in the initial planning stages, and Ravine hopes to have a specific proposal ready by March. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District No. 21. is moving its offices to The Avenue, a.k.a. the just-about-closed-up Shops of Grand Avenue. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Milwaukee really wants a downtown Target. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Construction of a new apartment building where that beat-up Cousins Subs used to be on the corner of Oakland and Locust is coming along swimmingly, and Urban Milwaukee has the pictures to prove it. And don’t worry: Cousins will return to the first floor. [Urban Milwaukee]

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On The Record #149: Appreciating ‘MacGruber’ with Kristopher Pollard http://milwaukeerecord.com/podcast/on-the-record-149-appreciating-macgruber-with-kristopher-pollard/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/podcast/on-the-record-149-appreciating-macgruber-with-kristopher-pollard/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:25:01 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=61107 Spread the word, ya friggin’ turds. Ignoring the advice of pretty much everyone we asked, Milwaukee Record decided it would be a good idea to show MacGruber at Avalon Theater this month. As the January 23 screening approaches, we wanted to spend some time talking about the film, how it’s a misunderstood masterpiece, and why […]

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Spread the word, ya friggin’ turds. Ignoring the advice of pretty much everyone we asked, Milwaukee Record decided it would be a good idea to show MacGruber at Avalon Theater this month. As the January 23 screening approaches, we wanted to spend some time talking about the film, how it’s a misunderstood masterpiece, and why people should set aside their perceptions of the low-grossing 2010 cult comedy and give it a shot.

Joining host Tyler Maas in appreciating MacGruber is artist, one half of 88Nine‘s “CineBuds” show, and Milwaukee Film employee Kristopher Pollard. The pair recently met in a conference room at Milwaukee Film’s gorgeous new offices to talk about how each of them happened upon this under-appreciated SNL film, what makes it one of the funniest (if not the funniest) comedy of this young century, and what lines and scenes stand out to them. Warning: there are some spoilers in the episode, but who cares?! Hopefully this long discussion about MacGruber will help encourage you to come out to Avalon Theater on Wednesday.

This episode is brought to you by Surly Brewing, a Minnesota-based brewery and the official beer of On The Record. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Piles (“Blue Glue”) Chicken Wire Empire (“Reckless (Recluse)”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!).

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Milwaukee Record Recommended (January 21-27) http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/milwaukee-record-recommended-january-21-27/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/milwaukee-record-recommended-january-21-27/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:20:11 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=61077 Our fat-free, dolphin-safe Milwaukee events calendar is chock-full of things to do, but only a handful of events are worthy of the lofty honor of “Record Recommended” (patent pending). Here are our recommendations for the week of January 21-27, 2019. MONDAY, JANUARY 21 Louie Anderson @ Potawatomi Northern Lights Theater In a time when stand-up comedy […]

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Our fat-free, dolphin-safe Milwaukee events calendar is chock-full of things to do, but only a handful of events are worthy of the lofty honor of “Record Recommended” (patent pending). Here are our recommendations for the week of January 21-27, 2019.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21

Louie Anderson @ Potawatomi Northern Lights Theater
In a time when stand-up comedy is in a state of controversy and upheaval, Louie Anderson stands out as a warm, comforting presence. For 40 years, the Minnesota-born comic has entertained crowds with jokes about growing up in a dysfunctional family, dealing with his weight, and, in his latest special, being the proud owner of Big Underwear. But Anderson’s resume includes much more than self-deprecating stand-up. His 1989 book Dear Dad: Letters From An Adult Child chronicles his attempts to make peace with his abusive, late father. His Emmy-award-winning cartoon Life With Louie ran from 1995-1998 on Fox. He (briefly) hosted Family Feud, for goodness’ sake. His performance as Zach Galifianakis’ mother on the FX series Baskets, meanwhile, has netted him three consecutive Primetime Emmy awards. For other comics, being called over by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show would be hard to top. Anderson has managed to do so in his own idiosyncratic way.

SIN BAD + Gramma, Action Jelly @ High Dive

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22

Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J + Esham @ Club Garibaldi – CANCELED
This January and February, the two insane clowns from Insane Clown Posse—Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope—will play Milwaukee’s venerable Club Garibaldi. No, they won’t be playing together as ICP; rather, they’ll be playing separate solo shows, each with a fellow Psychopathic Records artist in tow. Fucking competing solo tours, how do they work?

Louie Anderson @ Potawatomi Northern Lights Theater

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

Milwaukee Record Presents: MacGruber @ Avalon Theater
We know what you’re thinking. As you read this, we’re sure you’re wondering to yourself, “Wait, isn’t MacGruber based on a bad, one-note Saturday Night Live sketch?” and “Wasn’t MacGruber a box office bust that was critically panned at the time of its release?” And, yes, both those things are true. Of course, if you’ve ever seen MacGruber, you absolutely understand why we’re going to screen it at Avalon Theater. It’s goddamn hilarious. If you missed it in theaters, you now have a chance to see MacGruber on the big screen. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat! Don’t make us beg. We’ll do it.

Neil Young @ Riverside Theater

Dirty Few + Rexxx, Saebra & Carlyle, Platinum Boys DJs @ Cactus Club

Louie Anderson @ Potawatomi Northern Lights Theater

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band + Grand Funk Railroad @ Fiserv Forum
Following five decades of rock and roll and countless timeless chart-topping hits, Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band are ready to say goodbye. Before he officially calls it a career, the Midwestern musical mainstay will come by the brand new Fiserv Forum as part of the “Roll Me Away Tour.” Even though another “last tour” isn’t necessarily off the table, when Bob Seger says he’s calling it quits, you’re inclined to believe him.

Shrek Retold @ Bremen Cafe

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Lyric Advisory Board + Faux Fiction @ Circle-A Cafe
Allen Coté isn’t one to mince words. Lyric Advisory Board’s first album of original material, The Great American Novelty, is a caustic takedown of society set to loose, country-fried rock and roll. “There ain’t no wrong or right / When you’ve got god on your side / Just another asshole down on his knees” is how Coté sets the tone on the opener, “American Carnage,” and the energy rarely lets up from there. Punctuated by some sizzling lead guitar work in songs such as “Drunk On Power” and “Heaven In The Suburbs,” the album is unabashedly political and ramshackle, even obnoxious at times, but not without its tender moments; the mellow interlude of “Chapter XI” and “Death In The Afternoon” provides some of the record’s most memorable melodies before kicking back into high gear with “Little Bourgeois Lice.” Radio-friendly, it ain’t.

Umphrey’s McGee + Marcus King Band @ Riverside Theater

Spillage (record release) + Lost Tribes Of The Moon, Cold Black River @ Club Garibaldi

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound @ Shank Hall

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

IshDARR + EMAAD, BoodahDARR @ The Rave/Eagles Club
What more can we say about IshDARR at this point? Since bursting onto the scene in his teens, the rapper—now in his early 20s—has taken both Milwaukee and the hip-hop world by storm. In the process, he’s amassed an impressive catalog (most recently punctuated by November’s awesome Slow Down, KID), earned millions upon millions of streams, and acted opposite Matthew McConaughey in last year’s White Boy Rick. The sky is the limit for IshDARR and you can see the Milwaukee emcee’s star continue its ascent during this show at The Rave. Emaad and IshDARR’s brother BoodahDarr will open.

Pablove Benefit Concert: Violent Femmes First Album All-Star Singalong @ Turner Hall Ballroom

OQ (EP release) + NO/NO, Ruth B8r Ginsburg @ Company Brewing

Guerrilla Ghost + Taiyamo Denku, Spade One, Susp3kts, John Doe, Armstrong Ransome, DJ Avets @ Walker’s Point Music Hall

Umphrey’s McGee + Marcus King Band @ Riverside Theater

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

Panic! At The Disco + Two Feet, Betty Who @ Fiserv Forum
If you missed Vegas-y Las Vegas group The Killers at Fiserv Forum back in September, please enjoy the Vegas-y Las Vegas group Panic! At The Disco at Fiserv Forum tonight.

King Tuff + Stonefield @ The Back Room @ Colectivo

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Cool parties! Chill out and enjoy some pictures of this weekend’s many ice bars http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/cool-parties-chill-out-and-enjoy-some-pictures-of-this-weekends-many-ice-bars/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/cool-parties-chill-out-and-enjoy-some-pictures-of-this-weekends-many-ice-bars/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 16:49:27 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=61007 hat killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age! And ice bars! Oh, excuse us…allow us to break the ice: Here’s a bunch of pictures of the many ice bars that popped up throughout Milwaukee this past weekend. St. Paul Fish Company, Cafe Benelux, and The Wicked Hop opened three hand-carved ice bars outside their Third Ward locations […]

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What killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age! And ice bars! Oh, excuse us…allow us to break the ice: Here’s a bunch of pictures of the many ice bars that popped up throughout Milwaukee this past weekend. St. Paul Fish Company, Cafe Benelux, and The Wicked Hop opened three hand-carved ice bars outside their Third Ward locations on Friday; Black Cat Alley, meanwhile, staged a “Fire+Ice” event on the East Side on Saturday. And hey! It was cold and snowy! Cool parties, Batman!

Enjoy these pictures, for they are the chilling sound of your doom!

ST. PAUL FISH COMPANY, CAFE BENELUX, THE WICKED HOP (PHOTOS BY WENDY SCHREIER)

BLACK CAT ALLEY (PHOTOS BY MATT WILD)

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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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263 Friday fish frys and counting: Kam’s Thistle & Shamrock http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/263-friday-fish-frys-and-counting-kams-thistle-shamrock/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/263-friday-fish-frys-and-counting-kams-thistle-shamrock/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:10:47 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60971 Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday fish fry since 2013. Follow along with his never-ending adventures here. s I neared the host’s stand, I quickly scanned the room, looking for an open table or a spot at the bar. None could be seen, so it seemed necessary to put in my name. But when I spoke, […]

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

As I neared the host’s stand, I quickly scanned the room, looking for an open table or a spot at the bar. None could be seen, so it seemed necessary to put in my name. But when I spoke, I didn’t say my name, but instead blurted out an alias, the first time I have done so. It’s not that I have grandiose delusions and think that anyone gives a shit that I am eating fish every week, really. It’s just that anonymity keeps my nerves at ease and allows me to actually enjoy my Friday fish fry, which is the birthright of every Wisconsinite. Anyway, putting a name in turned out to be pointless, because a spot opened up at the bar in about a minute, and I just decided to sit there instead of waiting for a table.

Located on the corner of 84th Street and Lisbon Avenue in the Nash Park neighborhood, within a mile radius of both Schneider’s Food & Drinks and Gard’s, Kam’s Thistle & Shamrock (3430 N. 84th St., 414-871-3977) has been open since early 2015. It is in a building that houses some apartments and a few other businesses, including Kam’s Corner Tap, which opened in 2010. The name comes from Jeff and Carey Young Kamermayer, who own the restaurant along with Jakub and Miriam Lepold (the Lepolds also own the whole building). From at least the late 1960s until about 1989 the space housed the Ole Lamp Inn, and in the following years it was home to the Loose Connection, the New Lamp Inn, Mixers, and Pete’s Pizza. Kam’s has been on my radar for a few years, and I always figured I’d get to it at some point. With only 1,941 Friday’s left to work with, now seemed as good of a time as ever to check it out.

After ordering an Old Fashioned, I started digging into the menu. Kam’s claims to have “Milwaukee’s biggest variety of fish,” and if by this they mean Friday fish options, they may be correct, although I can’t say for sure. The first fish section of the Friday night menu listed pollock ($10.95), cod loin ($12.95), baked cod (13.95), haddock ($12.95), smelt ($13.95), catfish ($13.95), baked catfish (14.95), and northern pike ($14.95). A combo, where a half order of two of these fish options is included, was $13.95. The second fish section of the Friday night menu listed grouper ($14.95), baked grouper ($15.95), blue gill ($16.95), lake perch ($16.95), and baked or deep fried walleye ($19.95). A premium combo, where a half order of two of these fish options is included, was $17.95.

Wait, there’s more! The third fish section of the menu listed salmon ($16.95), barramundi $17.95), and red snapper ($17.95). Shrimp ($13.95) was also on the Friday night menu, as was seafood chowder ($3.95 cup/$5.95 bowl). I thought that was it, and maybe it was, but when I compared the print menu to what they had online, the online menu also had rainbow trout ($16.95), flounder ($16.95), mahi mahi ($17.95), and arapaima ($19.95).

I asked if I could make a combo out of a fish from the first section and a fish from the second section and was told I could. (I thought perhaps the price would be $15.95—the midpoint of the price of the two combo prices—but I was charged the premium combo price.) I chose cod loins and perch, and requested potato pancakes and seafood chowder. The other potato options that were available were french fries, baked potato, “thistle chips,” and loaded baked potato (add $2.50).

I was asked if I wanted the chowder out before the rest of the meal, and I said I did, but everything ended up being brought at the same time. The bartender offered to take the chowder off of my bill when she noticed this had happened, but I waved off the suggestion as it was really no big deal, and everything had been brought out pretty quickly anyway. Comprised of shrimp, scallops, and clams, with lots of carrots and seasoning, the chowder was outstanding. It was served with a warm garlic-flavored roll, which made it even better.

Five pieces of perch and two cod loins came with the fish fry. The perch had a thin, flaky breading, which had an elasticity to it, allowing it to be pulled away from the fish a bit while still staying intact. The flavor of the breading was pretty light, as was the flavor of the fillets. The cod loins were thick and of high quality; the breading was not very crispy, and was light in flavor like the perch breading was. A tartar sauce that really packed a punch could have livened up the mild-flavored fish, but there was wasn’t anything too striking about it.

The potato pancakes were soft and a little moist, and almost melted in my mouth. There wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary about their flavor, but overall they were a fine effort. The coleslaw had perhaps a little more black pepper and red cabbage than usual, but otherwise was pretty run of the mill. The marble rye bread was fine, but I couldn’t stop thinking about how good the garlic roll was the whole time, and really just wished I had another one of those.

Kam’s Thistle & Shamrock has a few things going for it. For one, they have many fish options, giving diners plenty to choose from. Second, for a place that serves fried food, they are very health conscious. They avoid using high fructose corn syrup, they make their food from scratch, and they use monounsaturated-rich “100% high-oleic canola oil,” “real butter – no margarine,” and “Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt.” There were even some microgreens scattered on top of my fish. The many fish options and freshness of the ingredients are probably two of the main reasons why the place was so packed when I was there. From the way it seemed, Kam’s may very well be the hub of their neighborhood. But if you don’t live in the neighborhood yourself, I doubt you’d regret making the drive.

Takeaways: around a million or so fish options; fresh food made from scratch; a place to get a fish fry if you want to pretend fish frys are healthy; excellent seafood chowder complemented with a top-notch roll; high-quality, mild flavored fish; there’s a “combo” and a “premium combo” but no explanation on the menu on how to order a mid-grade combo, but you can do it; there’s a bar in the same building as a bar; the menu says that when you order smelt you get “approximately 17-20” of them, and I can just imagine that one dude who gets 16 and complains.

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Hear Direct Hit! cover Nickel&Rose before Local Coverage 2019 http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/hear-direct-hit-cover-nickelrose-before-local-coverage-2019/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/hear-direct-hit-cover-nickelrose-before-local-coverage-2019/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:55:03 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60964 Tonight is the night! Following months of planning and preparation, Local Coverage will take over Turner Hall Ballroom for another evening of fun philanthropy. If you’re unfamiliar with our annual benefit concert (and you haven’t read this helpful guide yet), the event features an eclectic mix of Milwaukee acts playing material from another Milwaukee artist […]

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Tonight is the night! Following months of planning and preparation, Local Coverage will take over Turner Hall Ballroom for another evening of fun philanthropy. If you’re unfamiliar with our annual benefit concert (and you haven’t read this helpful guide yet), the event features an eclectic mix of Milwaukee acts playing material from another Milwaukee artist they selected the previous fall. The final product of this unconventional cover show always ends up being equal parts unexpected and impressive. Plus, all proceeds from the event are donated to Milwaukee Women’s Center.

Among the most intriguing pairings from this year’s show—and the grouping we decided to save to close out the concert—is Fat Wreck Chords punk phenoms Direct Hit! adapting the traditional and emotional folk stylings of Nickel&Rose. In order to get people ready for Local Coverage and to give listeners an idea of what the band has been working on since drafting Nickel&Rose back in October, Direct Hit! went the extra mile and recorded a few covers this week.

Recorded by Joe Samara at the soon-to-be-opened X-Ray Arcade, Direct Hit! rearranged two tracks from last year’s Nickel&Rose EP, Americana, and one song from their Oh Sweet Love. You can hear the punk-tinged renditions of the duo’s material below and download it on Bandcamp for $5. Direct Hit! will donate all profits from the digital release to Milwaukee Women’s Center.

You can see Direct Hit! cover Nickel&Rose and watch five other Milwaukee acts perform amazing cover sets of one another’s material tonight (January 18) at Turner Hall Ballroom. Tickets are $12 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. (show at 7:30 p.m. sharp!). If these songs are any indication of what to expect, it’s going to be incredible.

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Mark Borchardt to receive Backbone of Wisconsin Horror Award at Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/mark-borchardt-will-receive-backbone-of-wisconsin-horror-award-at-milwaukee-twisted-dreams-film-festival/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/film/mark-borchardt-will-receive-backbone-of-wisconsin-horror-award-at-milwaukee-twisted-dreams-film-festival/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:45:58 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=60994 Mark Borchardt is a Milwaukee icon, as familiar as the wings of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the shores of Lake Michigan, or the jean shorts on that guy who sells hot dogs on the corner of Wisconsin and Water in the summer. The filmmaker’s latest project, the 40-minute documentary The Dundee Project, is available on DVD […]

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Mark Borchardt is a Milwaukee icon, as familiar as the wings of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the shores of Lake Michigan, or the jean shorts on that guy who sells hot dogs on the corner of Wisconsin and Water in the summer. The filmmaker’s latest project, the 40-minute documentary The Dundee Project, is available on DVD and VOD. His black-and-white classic Coven, which was featured in 1999’s American Movie, has its own wine. And this spring, Borchardt will be honored by the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival with its 2019 Backbone of Wisconsin Horror Award.

“The Backbone of Wisconsin Horror Award is given to someone that helps keep horror a thriving genre in Wisconsin,” reads a press release. “Mark has been a making movies in Wisconsin for years and his short film Coven has become a cult classic. He has been an inspiration to many horror filmmakers in Wisconsin and beyond. The award will be a custom design by Stinky Goblin Emporium. Mark will be presented with the award following the Twisted Wisconsin Short Block on Friday April 5th.”

The 2019 Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival is set for April 4-7 at the Times Cinema. Borchardt will be there, and so will Joe Bob Briggs! Milwaukee Record says check it out, man.

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