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Friday News Drop: MKE-TV, meditation and post-holiday lights

A three-person television crew films a host in sunglasses and a blue blazer interviewing a man with long hair and a beard in a food-truck park.
VISIT Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s a big city with a lot going on. Catch up before spending your weekend either purposely or accidentally ignoring the news.

Hey, we’re on TV!

Milwaukee’s getting the star treatment in a four-episode series hosted by David Caruso of Dynamic Events, who will be at the mercy of (in a good way) eight prominent Milwaukee folks as they take him to their favorite spots around the area. The eclectic mix of tour guides includes:

  • Noel Alvarado, celebrity sneaker artist and owner of None Above, LLC
  • Paul Bartolotta, chef and co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants
  • Sandra Dempsey, founder of Source TEN, a video production company with an influence on marketing to the Hispanic community
  • Jesus Gonzalez, co-owner of Zocalo Food Truck Park and owner of Mazorca Tacos
  • Derek Mosley, Milwaukee Municipal Court Judge and director of Marquette Law School’s Lubar Center
  • Mauricio Ramirez, muralist
  • DJ Shawna, Milwaukee Bucks official DJ
  • Samantha Timm, curator at St. Kate – The Arts Hotel

The promo video revealed a few of the places that’ll show up on screen — Sherman Phoenix, the AmFam Amphitheater, 3rd St. Market Hall and America’s Black Holocaust Museum, to name a few. VISIT Milwaukee is the driving force behind the show, which Plum Media produced and distributed to 13 markets throughout the Midwest.
The first episode premieres Feb. 18, and in Milwaukee you can catch it on TMJ4. More information, including details about airings in other markets, are available on the VISIT Milwaukee website.

Start the New Year in quiet contemplation

If you’re among the people who go in for the craziness of New Year’s Eve — or even if you’re not — it might be nice to start 2023 in more of a zen place. You’ll get your chance on New Year’s Day, when Meditate Milwaukee takes over (maybe “peacefully occupies” is more apt) the Riverside Theater.

Started in 2019, the community project is a live music and guided group meditation held on the first Sunday of the month, typically at Sojourner Family Peace Center. They’re going a bit bigger this time around at the Riverside, which tops out at 2,450 people.

The free event features seven musicians, and you don’t need any meditation experience to take part. Organizers just ask that you register in advance — which 777 people have already done as of yesterday — at the Meditate Milwaukee website.

Immerse yourself in a ‘Lightfield’

The holiday lights at Cathedral Square Park can’t stay up forever. Fortunately, BID #21 has more illuminating entertainment lined up as we continue winding our way through winter.

Ukrainian and Canadian artist duo HYBYCOZO will bring an immersive geometric art installation titled “Lightfield” to the park, which will have it on display from Jan. 19 through May 5. The large-scale, multicolored experience will include eight ground pieces and 16 hanging lanterns similar to what you see in the gallery below.

The first night on display will double as a preview party for Gallery Night MKE and will run from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will also be weather-appropriate drinks, s’mores and DJs adding to the experience the first weekend, Jan. 19-20.