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We’re finalists for the Milwaukee Press Club 2017 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition

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Here are our nominations for the 2017 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition:

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Best Use of Multi-Platform Reporting  

Laura Dyan Kezman
Nate Imig
Vianca Fuster
Tarik Moody
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88Nine Presents: At The Threshold, a video series that takes a closer look at the foster care system

Best Short Soft Feature Story    

Nate Imig
Laura Dyan Kezman
Vianca Fuster
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A Surprise Inside Carmex’s Global Headquarters

Best Use of Audio Within a Report         

Nate Imig
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Ward Irish Music Archives

Best Short Soft Feature Story    

Laura Dyan Kezman
Nate Imig
Vianca Fuster
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In The Wings: Carmex

Best Use of Multimedia              

Joey Grihalva
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MPS high school music program takes learning and creativity to a new level

Best Website Design

Tarik Moody
Amelinda Burich
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88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s website

Best Local News or Feature Website     

Nate Imig
Vianca Fuster
Laura Kezman
Tarik Moody
Makenzie Boettcher
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Congratulations, team!

To see the full list of the 2017 Excellence in Journalism nominations, head to the Milwaukee Press Club.

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Milwaukee drag queen Trixie Mattel is nominated for a James Beard Award (yes, really)

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Justin Carlisle of Ardent

This is the fourth year in a row that Carlisle has been nominated for a James Beard Award for Ardent. The fine-dining spot on Farwell Ave. with a seasonal menu was a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, a national award, in 2014.

Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie

This is Karen Bell’s first James Beard nomination for her contemporary cafe and butcher shop, Bavette La Boucherie, which offers sustainable and local meats prepared lovingly for their daily menu and for sale.

The James Beard culinary winners will be announced on May 7 in Chicago.

The media awards will be presented April 27. Trixie’s nomination falls under this category.

In the video, Trixie (aka, Milwaukee-native Brian Firkus) makes a glittery “Peanut Butter and Don’t Be Jelly” sandwich. But, more expertly, she teaches us how to make a cocktail that involves lots of shots, a pixie stick and a wind-up toy.

Watch the video below.


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See 70+ Milwaukee bands in one weekend, to support school art programs

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Arte Para Todos (art for everyone) was created as an answer to the defunding of art and music programming in schools. In 2017, they won Radio Milwaukee’s 2017 Humanitarian Award. In its first three years, the festival raised over $60,000, all donated to Milwaukee schools for art programs.

Arte Para Todos 2018

Beyond giving money to the arts, Arte Para Todos brings local artists into schools for performances, curates an annual music compilation and brings together visual artists to create the posters for each event.

Here’s who you’ll see at Arte Para Todos 2018:

Thursday, April 26 — Walker’s Point

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5:30 p.m. — Slimabean (414 Music Live)

Var Gallery
6:30 p.m. — King Myles
7:30 p.m. — Two Tones
8:30 p.m. — adoptahighway
9:30 p.m. — Hello Death

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
8 p.m. — Negative/Positive
9 p.m. — Kane
10 p.m. — Siren
11 p.m. — Zed Kenzo
(Featuring live art by Bigshot Robot)

8:30 p.m. — The bbys
9:30 p.m. — paLABra
10:30 p.m. — Cairns
11:30 p.m. — Dramatic Lovers

The Local
9 p.m. — Sex Scenes
10 p.m. — Crappy Dracula 2
11 p.m. — Ravi/Lola
12 a.m. — Close-Up DJs (until 2 a.m.)

Boone & Crockett Warehouse
8:30 p.m. — Matchstick
9:30 p.m. — YL64
10:30 p.m. — Strangelander
11:30 p.m. — De La Buena

Friday, April 27 — Bay View

Enlightened Brewing Co.
5 p.m. — Jump-off Point (one free beer to first 50 passholders)

6 p.m. — Bryan Cherry
7 p.m. — Joe Crockett
8 p.m. — Vinz Clortho
9 p.m. — Hello Face

The Tonic Tavern
8:30 p.m. — Tombo
9:30 p.m. — Von Alexander
10:30 p.m. — Dad
11:30 p.m. — Mortgage Freeman

Frank’s Power Plant
8 p.m. — J. Lamo
9 p.m. — Future Plans
10 p.m. — Bo & Airo
11 p.m. — Space Raft
(Featuring live art by dwellephant)

Puddler’s Hall
9 p.m. — Soda Road
10 p.m. — Yazan (NYC)
11 p.m. — River Rats
12 p.m. — Sundial Mottos

Cactus Club
10 p.m. — Lifetime Achievement Award
11 p.m. — Immortal Girlfriend
12 p.m. — Atheists & Airplanes
1 a.m. — TBA

Club Garibaldi
9:30 p.m. — Sugar Ransom
10:30 p.m. — Marielle Allschwang
11:30 p.m. — Taiyamo Denku
12:30 p.m. — Klassik
(Featuring live art by Dena Nord and Jenny Anderson)

Saturday, April 28 — Harambee

1:30 p.m. — Holly Haebig
2:15 p.m. — Kyle Kenowski
3 p.m. — Amanda Huff
3:45 p.m. — Yum Yum Cult

4th Quarter
2:30 p.m. — Simon Mustafa
3:30 p.m. — SIN BAD
4:30 p.m. — Slow Walker

Saturday, April 28 — Riverwest

Black Husky Brewing Co.
4 p.m. — Jump-off Point (one free beer to first 50 passholders)
4 to 7 p.m. — Milwaukee Record’s “Broken Up Band Bazaar”

Jazz Gallery
6 p.m. — SHAAM
7 p.m. — Caley Conway
8 p.m. — Mark Waldoch

Linneman’s Riverwest Inn
8 p.m. — Battlerat (MPLS)
9 p.m. — Sat. Nite Duets
10 p.m. — Paper Holland
11 p.m. — Wavy V

Riverwest Public House
7:30 p.m. — $hun Million$
8:30 p.m. — Apollo Vermouth
9:30 p.m. — Kenny Hoopla
10:30 p.m. — Jaill
(Featuring live art by William Hurst)

Circle-A Cafe
8 p.m. — Vanity Plates
9 p.m. — King Eye & The Squirts

8:30 p.m. — Camb
9:30 p.m. — The Drunkardly Bros
10:30 p.m. — Six Wives Of Richard
11:30 p.m. — Social Caterpillar

High Dive
All Night — Club Ritual (DJs Asher Gray & Richard Galling) with visuals by Shakylegs

Club Timbuktu
9:30 p.m. — Behind the Weekend
10:30 p.m. — Iron Pizza
11:30 p.m. — Gauss
12:30 a.m. — Fox Face

Mad Planet
10 p.m. — Ammorelle
11 p.m. — Shle Berry
12 a.m. — Liam O’Brien’s Faithless Followers
1 a.m. — Abby Jeanne
(Featuring live art by John Kowalczyk and Malvy Westbrook)

Company Brewing
10:30 p.m. — John Doe
11:30 p.m. — WC Tank
12:30 a.m. — VoodooHoney Horns
1:30 a.m. — Rusty Pelicans
With the APT 2018 Poster Series displayed in the windows

Sunday, April 29 — East Side

Urban Ecology Center
2 p.m. — Free Music Open Jam Session – Free Music encourages all people of any musical ability to explore sound and music together. This event is family friendly. Some instruments and various percussion will be provided, but bring anything you’ve got laying around at home. Ends at 4 p.m.

The Jazz Estate
4 p.m. — Long Mama
5 p.m. — Derek Pritzl
6 p.m. — Pay the Devil
7 p.m. — Devil Met Contention

Colectivo Back Room
8 p.m. — Phat Nerdz
9 p.m. — New Age Narcissism

Good City Brewing
8:30 p.m. — Colors of the Alphabet
9:30 p.m. — B~Free
10:30 p.m. — No Seatbelts
11:30 p.m. — D’Amato

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Wisconsin’s first IKEA set to open in Oak Creek this May

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The word on Milwaukee Hip-Hop Week from Alderman Rainey

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Hip-hop has always been political, but Ald. Rainey notes that today’s artists have been increasingly vocal about their political perspectives, especially on the presidency. This creates an opportunity for others to express their voices and connect national politics to local issues. This is exactly what he wants to do with Milwaukee Hip-Hop Week.

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Alderman Khalif Rainey courtesy of CopyWrite

“I think we have to create more opportunities for the unusual suspects to [be a part of the conversation]. To tap into people who are a-political and make them excited and engaged,” says Rainey.

By engaged, he means as voters, as one of the most important goals he has is voter registration. But, his vision is bigger than a rap-themed voter registration drive.

He wants to open the door to talk about violence in our community, with a platform for young people and the institutions who are working on these peace incentives to have an open forum for discussing the issues (pushing the people and not just the numbers).

He also wants to connect hip-hop to health initiatives. The age of the hip-hop community now includes members in their 50’s. This means the spectrum of health risks (including but not limited to obesity, colon cancer, and high blood pressure) is in fact hampering the lifestyle of many.

“We went from cats talking about drinking 40’s and smoking on the corner to cats actually meditating and being vegan. Still flowing though.”

He notes that there has been a cultural shift, where major hip-hop industry influencers like Jermaine Dupri, Slim Thug, Common, and The Game have been documented parting ways with destructive health choices and promoting positive alternative lifestyles. (Check out the documentary, “Feel Rich: Health is the New Wealth” (2017) narrated by Quincy Jones III, to catch that perspective.)

“As a culture and generation, we went from cats talking about drinking 40’s and smoking on the corner to cats actually meditating and being vegan. Still flowing though. You know what I’m sayin’? It’s been an evolution,” says Rainey. “People have grown as hip-hop has grown.”

Hip-Hop Week MKE will also attempt to tackle financial literacy.

“…mumble rappers or super lyrical rappers, it does not matter how they rap, they are talking about money,” says Rainey. “We are talking about being prosperous, comin’ up. One way or another that type of mentality is infused and weaved into your rhymes.”

He wants to discuss money moves like investing and local financial resources that can elevate opportunities for wealth for small businesses and individuals that are a part of the hip-hop community.

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Alderman Khalif Rainey courtesy of CopyWrite

Even though the week will cover all this realness, Ald. Rainey assures us that MC’ing, DJ’ing, graffiti art, B-boy dance and knowledge will be present too.

He’s become the face of the first ever Hip-Hop Week MKE, but he holds the scrutiny of its authenticity in his hands:

“I would love for someone to come challenge me on my hip-hop validity. We live this.”

There’s no word yet on which organizations and artists will be involved. But if Ald. Rainey’s vision becomes a reality, it seems like Milwaukee will have a big opportunity to use this genre as the artistic platform is it to critique and influence the city we live in. And, it sounds like it will be a great chance to celebrate our own Milwaukee hip-hop scene.

Ald. Rainey says: “I know the energy and momentum will continue to build, so I am reaching out [to people in the community] and seeing who’s willing to step up to be a part of this great new official city event. Who’s in?”

We have the same question. Who’s in?

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It’s a wrap for the iPic Theater and bowling alley at Bayshore this week

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John Ridley turns “no” into a positive for Milwaukee artists with NO STUDIOS

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Hey, Milwaukee Bands! Want to Play an NPR Tiny Desk Concert?

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March Madness Burger Series at Merriment Social

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Valentine’s Day in Milwaukee for low-budget procrastinators

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