Every Friday, Stuff We Missed looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for, well, stuff we missed throughout the week.
• Here’s what you need to know about John Gurda: he’s a beloved and endlessly knowledgeable Milwaukee writer and historian, and if you discuss any aspect of Milwaukee history without getting Gurda’s express written consent he’ll sneak into your house in the middle of the night and break your kneecaps. Trust us.
Anyway, it’s Friday, so let’s just go ahead and watch Gurda talk about water for an hour. The video below comes from a recent Milwaukee County Historical Society livestream, in which Gurda gives a “lively illustrated look” at Lake Michigan and other Milwaukee waterways. Just like in his forever-awesome book and PBS special, Milwaukee: A City Built On Water!
Ah, hell, here are some more John Gurda videos. God bless this man. Enjoy! [YouTube]
• Drag superstar Trixie Mattel is now a co-owner of Milwaukee institution This Is It!—a.k.a. Wisconsin’s oldest LGBTQ+ bar. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Jazz-themed cafe and restaurant Sam’s Place, located at 3338 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., will open later this month. [OnMilwaukee]
• Ladies and gentlemen, The Weeknd will perform at Fiserv Forum on January 26, 2022. [Bucks.com]
• Speaking of Fiserv Forum: “We’ve submitted a plan to the City of Milwaukee to allow up to 25 percent capacity at Bucks games starting later this month,” said Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin in a recent press release. “We look forward to the city’s response and would be excited to welcome fans back to Fiserv Forum soon.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• The Brewers are working on a safety plan for Mill, er, American Family Field, too. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Squint and you’ll see that a pre-kickoff Super Bowl ad featuring an actor portraying Vince Lombardi also features some Milwaukee locations. [Urban Milwaukee]
• The 3rd Street Market Hall—a.k.a. the food hall coming to the first floor of the former Grand Avenue mall, and which is now located on the soon-to-be-renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive—looks pretty spiffy and will open this summer. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• The Democratic National Convention is refunding a number of Milwaukee businesses—including Potawatomi Hotel & Casino—due to the whole “the DNC didn’t happen” thing. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!