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Five YPWeek Milwaukee events you don’t want to miss

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  1. Bands and (Cold) Brews – Monday, April 23, 7:30-9 a.m.
    Kick off your week with a hot (or cold) cup of Pilcrow coffee and some live music courtesy of Milwaukee’s own Abby Jeanne.
  2. Becoming a (Boss) Lady – Monday, April 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    After your morning of coffee and tunes, scoot on over to Northwestern Mutual for an inspired lunch with boss lady Megan Man, Group Creative Director at Learnvest. She’ll share words of wisdom on how she grew a design org from 6 to 60 in two and a half years.
  3. Laughing Lunch – Tuesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Laughing Taco, 4 comedians to make you laugh and a pretty cool space to hang out in (though we may be a little biased).
  4. Political Open Mic – Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Dive deep into different aspects of Milwaukee’s education system – the highs and the lows. Hear from people on the left, right and center on their ideas for improvements. Good City Brewing is hosting so if things get dicey, there will be beer.
  5. Creative Mornings: Game – Friday, April 27, 8:30-10 a.m.
    If you’ve never been to Creative Mornings, what are you waiting for?! This monthly treasure puts the TG in TGIF. This month’s theme is “Game” and the CM team is bringing in game designer Peggy Brown.

This list is chronological and does not reflect an actual ranking of anticipated fun by the author.

Also, all of these are free events. There’s a lot more going on during YPWeek 2018, but some sessions ask you to pony up some coin. For a full list, click here.

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Boston Store’s going out of business sales mark the end of an era in Milwaukee

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The liquidation process in all Bon-Ton stores begins on Friday April 20 and is expected to run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. These going out of business sales include all the open Bon-Ton storefronts and their online shops for Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers.

The Boston Store is the last major department store standing in the Grand Avenue Mall. For more than a century, Boston Store called itself “The Heart of Milwaukee” in the middle of what used to be a line of bustling retail on Wisconsin Avenue.

But, for our city, this location is more than a department store. It’s also home to its headquarters. The closing will make a larger impact here where Bon-Ton has over 700 employees at the downtown offices.

The times are changing for the retail industry and for department stores. And though the challenge just got bigger, we’re looking forward to seeing what the new Grand Avenue mall owners plan to do to revitalize the space and create new jobs.

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The Green Bay Packers are celebrating 100 seasons

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A century in the making, 100 Seasons is an epic, 16-month celebration of the Packers’ rich history, which will be capped by the franchise’s 100th birthday on Aug. 11, 2019. A wide variety of events and activities will kick off over the next several months, with fans and community members invited to join in the numerous festivities.

100 seasons

Beginning in June, Lambeau Field Live will take the Packers on the road. This traveling interactive exhibit on the past and present of Lambeau Field will visit five locations around the state: Summerfest, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, EAA AirVenture, the Wisconsin State Fair and Taste of Madison. The exhibit will include a Packers Hall of Fame, alumni meet-and-greets and a virtual reality display.

Later in the summer, timed to coincide with the beginning of training camp, fans are invited to Lambeau Field for the Packers Experience festival. It will be a four-day, free fest for fans of all featuring live music, a replica team locker room, USA Football kids’ clinics, Packers alumni question-and-answer sessions, photo stations and prizes.

The Packers Experience will begin Thursday, July 26. Fans can join all the free festivities on:

  • Thursday, July 269 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, July 279 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 289 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 299 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Packers Experience will also feature a theater playing a 12-minute excerpt from the new documentary, “Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers.”

“Legacy” is a 10-part documentary series, featuring one- or two-hour films with each one dedicated to a decade of Packers history. The films will include never-before-seen footage and brand-new interviews with current and former players, telling the story of the Packers from the very beginning.

Additional portions of the documentary will be available on Packers.com and featured on game days this fall. “Legacy” will be completed in full in August of 2019, with the entire series available to view later in the fall of 2019.

A limited-edition 100 Seasons book will be published in 2019 and serve as a definitive history of the Packers. It will tell the story of the franchise from its birth in 1919 through the 2018 season and will include historic, engaging photographs.

100 Seasons will conclude with the Packers’ 100th birthday on Aug. 11, 2019.

The 100 Seasons celebration is now officially underway, with more information available on Packers.com/100 about each special event as the dates approach.

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Two Milwaukee DJs are opening a new event venue called The Ivy House

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The Ivy House

The indoor space, which will be named The Ivy House, is being redesigned to expose the cream city brick walls and windows that were covered up by the building’s previous owners. They said it will feature a modern and industrial aesthetic mixed with greenery, including ivy growing up the walls, and natural lighting to create a contemporary atmosphere.

The venue will also feature an outdoor space with a bar area, called Fernweh, that will be open to the public during summer months. Fernweh– a German word for wanderlust, or the urge to travel– will feature live performances by local artists and bands. It will remain open for the public even during private events in the venue’s main room.

They’ll also be working with food trucks and caterers for the events, since they won’t be offering house-made food.

Stay tuned for more info about events happening at this new space.

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How to celebrate Milwaukee Day on Saturday (4/14)

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Hit the Official Milwaukee Day Party

This “official” Milwaukee Day party is going down at Company Brewing starting at 9 p.m. You can jam to a live show by Tigernite, Midwest Death Rattle and Zed Kenzo while you sip on Company Brewing’s Milwaukee Day Lager, which has 4.14 percent alcohol. Get tickets here.

Photo by VisitMilwaukee

See the last show at Boone & Crockett

Give the Bay View location of B&C a proper sendoff with a show from Paper Holland and Devil Met Contention before the establishment reopens in Walker’s Point.

Explore Kenilworth Studios

Discover work by local art students at Kenilworth—a 6-floor, 500,000-square-foot, industrial artist studio space home to over 100 award-winning graduate students and faculty of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. Watch live art in the making. Experience four hours of art exhibitions, film screenings, live performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. It’s free and open to everyone from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the Milwaukee Public Museum

Celebrate Milwaukee’s rich biological and cultural history at the Milwaukee Public Museum with history lessons about the founding of Milwaukee and other Cream City curiosities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Check out the Harley-Davidson Museum

They’re giving free admission for anyone repping clothes emblazoned with “Milwaukee.” Plus, they’ll have food and drink specials at MOTOR, live music and more.

See a Milwaukee original movie premiere

Catch the premiere of Ashface, a horror film shot right here in the 414. It’s showing at the Times Cinema at noon.

Do yoga at the Oriental Theatre

Outdoor Yoga-MKE is hosting a one-hour meditation and yoga session on 4/14 at 10 a.m. at the historic theatre surrounded by their magnificent Buddhas and elephants.

See Lex Allen’s album release show

Lex Allen is taking over 414 Day at 9 p.m. at the Cactus Club to debut his new LP, “Table 7: Sinners & Saints.” And, he’s bringing special guests, DJ DRiPSweat, Max Holiday and DJ Lotusmark to the party.

Rep the diversity of the 414 with a Too Much Metal tee

Too Much Metal is honoring the many heritages and cultures that contribute to the intersecting experiences of Milwaukee. A broad range of cultural themed 414 t-shirts will be for sale in the shop on Saturday.

See Milwaukee hop-hop at Tonic Tavern

Breaking and Entering, Vincent VanGREAT, Kareem City and Yogi B & Keez will all be taking the stage at Tonic Tavern starting at 5 p.m.

Hit up Rogues Gallery

Doors open at 7 p.m. with beer coozie giveaways, live Milwaukee art, tattooing and music by DJ E-Rich.

Party at Snack Boys

The Milwaukee hot-spot for food and fun will get the party started at 9 p.m. with Milwaukee Day lager from Company Brewing and music by DJ Casey Soyk.

Hang out at the Riverwest Public House

They’ll have live New Orleans Jazz and bluegrass and specials on Milwaukee-made products.

Brush up on Milwaukee history

Historic Milwaukee will have $4.14 neighborhood posters and $4.14-off combo posters at the storefront, plus a free hour-long guided walking tour of downtown.

Visit Gallery 218

The Third Ward artist-run gallery celebrates its 28th anniversary with 4/14 prices, including free admission from 1-5 p.m. and $4.14 off t-shirts.

Find treasures at the Wastecap Architectural Salvage & Reuse Warehouse

The annual Milwaukee Day sale is back on with 41.4% off the entire store.

Drink at the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden

On the heels of the beer garden’s opening this week, the Milwaukee Day celebration on Saturday includes $4.14 brats and $4.14 liter refills of Miller and Leinies beers.

See a show at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn

The beloved Milwaukee live music club gets in on the Milwaukee Day fun with performances by The Fainting Room, Layers & Layers and Lyric Advisory Board.

Laugh at improv at Urban Harverst

First Five is giving some of our city’s finest comics five minutes of a VHS tape before leaving the rest up to their improv brilliance, supplemented by Hasenpfeffer’s rapid-fire comedy.

Shop local at the Milwaukee Makers Market

Buy goods from many of the area’s finest artists, crafters and makers who are are coming together at Discovery World on our beautiful lakefront.

Do your own thing

Support your favorite local spots or discover new ones. Just spend the day in Milwaukee or rep the 414 wherever you are.

Happy 414 Day!

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Get in gear for 100 Days of Biking in Milwaukee

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From June 2 to Sep. 10, 100 Days of Biking in Milwaukee will feature a variety of different cycling related events from breakfast group rides to an underwear bike ride and more.

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Milwaukee Bucks are drafting new players today (sort of)

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Bucks Gaming

From the press release:

The draft will consist of six rounds with each team selecting six players and will be snake order, with the order of picks reversing after each round. For instance, the team with the first overall pick will have the last pick of the second round, the first pick of the third round and so on. The team with the 17th and last pick of the first round will have the first pick of the second round and the last pick of the third round. The 102 players available in the draft will have been selected by the league following an extensive tryout process that began in January.

The draft lottery will be conducted by drawing ping-pong balls in random order from the official ball machine that is used for the NBA Draft Lottery. Every team will have one ping-pong ball with its logo featured. In the non-weighted lottery, each team will have an equal opportunity for the first overall pick.

Milwaukee Bucks will have the 10th pick in the first round of the draft. The players will receive a salary between $32,000 and $35,000. They will also receive medical insurance, a retirement plan, and housing.

Beginning in May, the 17 NBA 2k teams will compete in regular season games and playoff.  There will be a $1 million prize pool spread across tournaments and playoffs.

The teams will compete in a series of regular season games, tournaments, and playoffs. At stake: $1 million that will be distributed to winning teams throughout the season. According to a Journal Sentinel story, the esports league was led by Bucks co-owner Wes Edens.

The Milwaukee Bucks even built a gaming house and training center for their team, which is located in a renovated warehouse near Schlitz Park. The players will reside at the Moderne high-rise.

Bucks Gaming House

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How to do the Brewers home opener like a pro

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Do get to the parking lot early (if you are tailgating). The rule of thumb is that the lot opens 3 hours before first pitch, but for the Brewers home opener, expect the lots to open up earlier. I’ll be in line by 9 a.m.

Do dress warm. We were fortunate in 2010 with a warm, sunny 70 degree Brewers home opener, but the last few years have been on the cooler side. And, wear gloves if you plan on holding ice cold beverages.

Don’t forget the tailgating essentials: a table, chairs, a grill, charcoal, matches/lighter, serving ware/utensils, koozies and any games or activities that suit your fancy. I have a homemade tailgate kit that travels with to every game that includes napkins, serve ware, utensils, lighter, cooking spray, hand sanitizer, koozies, oven mitts, etc. If you plan on going to a lot of games this year, consider building your own tailgate kit.

Do bring your Bluetooth speaker with a good playlist to set a good vibe for your tailgate. Or, a radio if you want to stream our Studio Session with Of Montreal at noon.

Do bring a sealed bottle of water with you into the game. It will come in handy mid-game and save you a few bucks. You can also bring snacks into the game if you prefer your own food. You just cannot bring in any outside alcoholic beverages. Here’s a refresher of what is not permitted inside Miller Park.

Miller Park

Do avoid the lines at the home plate gate entrance. If there’s a long line, try entering by TGI Fridays or around the back on the south side of the stadium.

Don’t forget that you have to go through a metal detector when entering the stadium. So, other than your keys, leave your valuable metal things at home.

Do grab a game program once you enter the stadium. It will help you familiarize yourself with the team and give you some good reading during breaks in the game.

Do check out the Bud Selig Experience. It’s inside the stadium and a worthwhile few minutes of exploring and learning a bit more about the history of baseball in Milwaukee.

Don’t get up during critical points in the game. Wait until the inning is over or if there is a break in play. Your section-mates will appreciate you for this. If you are getting up to cheer at the bottom of the ninth inning, well that’s a different story.

Don’t limit yourself to hot dogs and tailgating snacks. Save some room for a bite to eat inside the stadium. Check out some of the new offerings for 2018. I’ve got my heart set on some fifth inning perogies.

Do save your tailgating leftovers. After the game, fire up the grill again and heat up leftovers while waiting for the lot to clear and avoid the gridlock and rush hour traffic. It’s a day game, so get the most out of it.

Don’t be sour to visiting fans. It’s the first game of the season. Baseball isn’t won in April. And, someday you may be visiting their backyard. So, just be nice.

Not interested in tailgating? Do take advantage of the many neighborhood bars that offer shuttles to Miller Park. Or, take a Bublr bike and park it at the new Miller Park station.

And probably the most important tip I can offer, do not forget your tickets at home.

Happy Baseball!

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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:

At the Threshold

At The Threshold, Episode No. 2: Carlos

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
Flip Eleven
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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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