Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week.
• Is it too early to get excited for the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival? It is never too early to get excited for the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival. So here we are, in December, getting pumped for something that’s practically a year out. Yes, late September and early October can’t come soon enough…Hm? What’s that? Oh, Milwaukee Film is moving the fest to mid/late October and early November? Whaaa?
Yep, the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival—the fest’s 10th annual installment, no less—will run October 18-November 1, three weeks later than usual. Why the change? “Festival organizers hope the later dates will expand programming opportunities to gain access to premieres from such renowned festivals as the Toronto International Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, and Telluride Film Festival,” says Milwaukee Film in a press release. “Fine by us. We’ll just bring a heavy jacket when we’re waiting in line for the Stop Making Sense dance party,” says Milwaukee Record right here. [Milwaukee Film]
• Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry is among the current and former Miramax and Weinstein Company board members named in a lawsuit against the companies and their former head, Harvey Weinstein. The lawsuit, filed by six women, claims that the companies and board members worked to “perpetuate and conceal Weinstein’s widespread sexual harassment and assault,” and that the cover-up is equatable to civil racketeering. [The New York Times]
• The Times Cinema will be closed from now until December 14 for remodeling. More than 210 new (and wider) seats are being installed, tables and chairs in the auditorium are being removed, and new carpeting is being added. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Speaking of remodeling, the Milwaukee Brewers will overhaul the PNC Club Level concourse at Miller Park in time for the 2018 season. New food options, a hospitality station, and a renovated “marketplace concept” are among the changes. [BizTimes]
• The folks at the future Up-Down arcade bar in Milwaukee won’t be taking any of your alt-right shit, apparently. A group of assholes at Up-Down’s Minneapolis location were kicked out and banned for “homophobic and racial comments.” Up-Down Milwaukee is expected to open in 2018 in the former Comedy Cafe on Brady Street. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Summerfest officials announced that shipping supply company Uline will continue to sponsor the fest’s Uline Warehouse stage. What’s more, the stage will be completely overhauled in time for Summerfest 2019. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Twisted Path Distillery’s new tasting room opens today at 5 p.m. [LoriFredrich.com]
• Bayshore Town Center has a new owner. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• What the fuck is this shit? [Urban Milwaukee]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!