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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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Teens Grow Greens and Milwaukee chefs are teaming up

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Teens Grow Greens

Teens grow greens

Teens Grow Greens is a non-profit internship program where young adults grow food and most importantly, themselves.

During a nine-month paid internship, teens develop life skills through hands-on experience growing fresh ingredients.

Their vision is to grow teens who are purposeful leaders in their own lives, the lives of others, and the life of their environment.

To support the program and showcase what they’ve learned, the Chef’s Dinner is Teens Grow Greens’ annual event where the teens create, cook and serve the dinner with Milwaukee’s best chefs.  

It’s being hosted by Steph Crosley, Heidi Marcelle and Robert Barnard at The Atrium with Chefs from Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, The Colour Palate, Cloud RedThe Tandem and Bougie Berries.

We’re looking forward to supporting this cause at the Chef’s Dinner on Thursday, May 31 where there’s sure to be some creative and delicious dishes as the imaginations of the youth and the skills of professional chefs come together.

Beers Beans Burrito Brunch

The Beers Beans Burritos brunch event at Hawthorne Coffee roasters is bringing all of these together on Sunday. Raised Grain Brewing Company, Taco Moto and Hawthore are all combining forces for the hottest brunch collab of 2018 (so far).

This brunch will feature a special release of Raised Grain’s Black Walnut Coffee Stout featuring Hawthore’s Colombia Los Naranjos coffee. And, Taco Moto will be there to serve up some tasty breakfast burritos and breakfast tacos to go with it.

A Dessert Affair

Tomorrow at noon, you can enjoy one of the first sweet Saturday afternoons of spring along Milwaukee’s lakefront with the Lake Park Bistro team for a Dessert Affair— a four-course lunch created by Pastry Chef Courtney Allison and Chef de Cuisine John Raymond paired with tastes of champagne.

The menu features a chilled strawberry and pinot noir soup, a savory blue crab, creamed spinach and mushroom filled mille-feuille pastry, brie grilled cheese, a rhubarb and pistachio roulade and more.

Spur 16

A new development called Spur 16 is coming to Mequon. It will bring “community living” to the suburbs. This is part of a national trend of these community living-style campuses popping up as a new way of suburban living, especially designed to attract millennials.

Spur 16, along with apartments and condos, is bringing community gardens as well as its own outdoor farmer’s market and indoor public market. And, St. Paul Fish Co. will set up shop in a building right next to these markets in the complex. It sounds like an ideal spot for passionate foodies and localvores alike.

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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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Pick up this LP of all Wisconsin artists on Record Store Day

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New Age Narcissism is preparing Milwaukee students to perform in front of thousands

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Refugee students share their personal stories at Alverno College

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Go see ‘A Quiet Place’ even if you don’t like horror movies

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In “A Quiet Place,” a family is forced to adapt a lifestyle where they live in silence and are full of caution at every act they commit, as they try to remain hidden in sight and sound from intelligently vicious creatures that have begun to override Earth.

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“A Quiet Place” is worth the watch. Especially in the theater. To add to the quiet suspense happening on screen, trying not to break the silence in the theater during this thriller is a challenging and intense experience.

Even if you’re like us and don’t normally like horror movies, there is a lot to appreciate about this one. You’ll feel scared, but not too scared, and overall, entertained. Without excessive gore and jump scares, it relies more smartly on anticipation and tension to be chilling in an understated and creative way. It’s original, it’s well-executed and well-performed.

Real-life married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt and child actors Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe were all fantastic in their own way. They gave this movie a surprising amount of heart.

Krasinski’s performance was a heroic “love letter to his children” about the lengths he would go to protect them.

Blunt’s acting makes you hold your breath while she delivers the most terrifying and anxiety-filled scenes by enduring pain while remaining completely silent.

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Simmonds, a deaf actress, gives a performance that is a triumph for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

And Jupe, the courageous brother, makes us feel afraid of monsters again as we see his fear through a child’s perspective.

These are performances that leave you wanting more. But not in a sequel. Rather, these characters draw you in to want to know more about them in a prequel.

Watch the trailer for “A Quiet Place” below and listen to the full playlist above for more on the movie before you see it, the spoiler edition for after you leave the theater and a discussion about the issue of farts in the world of “A Quiet Place.”

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Remembering Vel Phillips, a Milwaukee civil rights icon

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Vel Phillips shattered gender and racial barriers while fighting tirelessly for civil rights as human rights. She championed the fight for fair housing and to improve social and economic justice for underrepresented communities.

She fought for these things up until her death. Even in her older age, she marched against the war in Iraq, she helped other people get elected, she was writing a memoir of the Milwaukee civil rights movement…the list goes on.

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Today, it is more important than ever that we remember her legacy as she charted a path for justice for African Americans, women, and the city of Milwaukee that, to this day, we are still striving to achieve.

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Vel Phillips wearing a sticker that reads, “We’re here for Wisconsin human rights legislation.”

“She was a lonely warrior for a long time,” Mayor Tom Barrett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “There were others who were behind her, but certainly among elected officials, she was, at the local level, without question the leader.”

In a 2000 interview with the Journal Sentinel, Phillips said, “I had the burden of representing every African American in the city. No matter where they lived, I was their alderman and they called me—if they had their electricity turned off, if they needed a job, if they wanted a streetlight repaired, whatever. They felt close to me. What could I say to them? I’m not your alderman? I couldn’t say that.”

Nevertheless, she persisted and made the people’s battle her battle.

Phillips died Tuesday night, hours after the Milwaukee Common Council had finished voting on establishing an annual award in her honor.

A friend of Phillips and Alderwoman Milele Coggs pushed to create the Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award.

“I believe in giving people their flowers (although Ms. Phillips preferred plants) while they are living,” Ald. Coggs said. “It was cruel irony to get the notice last evening of her passing but I am glad we had the chance to honor this trailblazing woman and hopefully the award will become just one of many small ways of keeping her legacy alive.”

Ald. Coggs is also planning another tribute:

“Out of the many conversations we had, there is one that I regret we never finished…it was about her desire to have a street permanently named in her honor. I am committing myself to working diligently with my colleagues to make her request a reality. Another small tribute to a woman on whose shoulders many of us now stand.”

In addition to Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Vel Phillips was an inspiring role model to many. And her legacy will continue to inspire us to push harder, demand more and finish the work she started.

On her 90th birthday, The Journal Sentinel asked Phillips how she would like to be remembered someday. She wanted people to know:

“That I was always helping people who had less and needed more than they even dreamed of. That I was able to make a difference in people’s lives. Because I certainly had a lot of people who made a difference for me and did good things for me and made me feel special.

“And it started with my mother saying, ‘What did you do today that was good?’ “

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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.

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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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MKE Stories

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So many Milwaukee stories to tell! And here’s where we tell them.

Positive “Community Stories” about our neighbors who are making Milwaukee a better place.

Interesting stories about Milwaukee’s growing restaurant scene, and The Moody Cook’s smart take on food and food culture.

And thoughtful stories on the people who continue to create Milwaukee’s rich culture of performing and fine arts.

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