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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:16:03 CDT


The Charmant Hotel in La Crosse is the sweet spot for a Driftless vacation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:02:00 CDT

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in La Crosse. While I was there, I had the treat of staying at the Charmant, a boutique hotel managed by Aparium Hotel Group, the operators of Milwaukee's Iron Horse Hotel.

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Water and Wells today: Mayor lights tree and BMO breaks ground

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:01:00 CDT

Mayor Tom Barrett will be on hand Thursday afternoon as the City of Milwaukee celebrates its 104th annual Christmas tree lighting at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Earlier today, BMO Harris Bank broke ground on its new tower just across the street.

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Rapper Supaman talks Standing Rock and mixing Native traditions with new beats

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:26:00 CDT

Before he takes the MAM After Dark stage Friday night, OnMilwaukee chatted with rapper Supaman about finding his voice between two cultures, his experience at Standing Rock and being a proud Native American in 2017.

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Von Trier "secret" mural now bathes in black light

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:30:00 CDT

Earlier this week, OnMilwaukee broke the story about the Von Trier "secret" mural. Here are a few more photos of the mural, now with black light shining on it.

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Pfister Narrator reflects on the joy of the job

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:11:00 CDT

Earlier this year, Nicole Mattke was chosen as the 10th Pfister Narrator and almost halfway through the year she describes it as her "dream job."

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Packers want to host the NFL Draft, but could Green Bay accommodate it?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:02:00 CDT

During the Packers' annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field in 2016, team president Mark Murphy made some waves by revealing that Green Bay had applied to host the NFL Draft. But does the area have the hotel rooms to accommodate such a big event?

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Meet Lexie Dorsett Sharp, the uptight principal in "School of Rock"

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:03:00 CDT

OnMilwaukee chatted with Lexie Dorsett Sharp earlier this week about the show, Joan Cusack, the importance of music education and why she could never play the part of "Annie." The live musical comes to the Marcus Center next week.

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New menu at Cucina Italian Restaurant pays homage to regional Italian fare

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:03:00 CDT

Changes have been brewing at Cucina Italian Restaurant, 725 E. Woodlake Rd. in Kohler. That's thanks to influence brought to the restaurant by chef and manager Bill Terranova, who began his tenure in late 2016.

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Matt's Hallmark Holiday Hell: "Miss Christmas"

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:56:00 CDT

For my first Hallmark movie torture session, I thought it would be best not to stray too far from my comfort zone - and what would be better than a Hallmark movie that takes place in Wisconsin!

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3 Dishes: Patrick Murphy of Kindred

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:01:00 CDT

In this series, we ask chefs to recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. In this edition, we talk with Patrick Murphy of Kindred about creating comforting, memorable fare that's appropriate for sharing.

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Kimpton Journeyman offers visitors every reason to fall for the Cream City

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Whether it's a staycation or a trip to a new locale, the place you stay when you visit a city can set the tone for your entire trip. That's why it pays to seek out spots like the Kimpton Journeyman, where the location is just as compelling as the hotel itself.

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"This Is Us" recap: "Number One" gives Kevin the spotlight and a little sympathy

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:06:00 CDT

I got my wish, as "Number One" started off a three-episode run with each show dedicated to an individual member of the Big Three. WOO! Annnnd we're starting with Kevin. Well, you can't get everything you want.

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Steve Novak talks Bucks, Downtown development and Milwaukee's NBA reputation

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:02:00 CDT

During a recent interview, we talked to retired NBA player Steve Novak, an area native who's now a Bucks broadcaster, about the city's Downtown development, the perception of Milwaukee within the NBA, which local places he used to recommend and more.

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16 bygone Milwaukee hotels

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:01:00 CDT

Take a walk down memory lane - assuming you're old enough to remember any of the 14 old Milwaukee hotels.

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Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-off Extravaganza is on Nov. 16

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:01:00 CDT

It's almost time to get into the holiday spirit, and what better way to get festive than attending the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza on Nov. 16.

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Thrillist names Five O'Clock Steakhouse among best in nation

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:03:00 CDT

National publications are taking a hint from OnMilwaukee readers these days, it seems. In our 2017 Dining Month Readers Poll, you selected Five O'Clock Steakhouse among your favorites in the city in two categories. And now Thrillist has done the same.

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7 great reasons to check out Cantina Tequila and Taco Bar on Old World 3rd

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:07:00 CDT

It's been just over three weeks since Cantina moved into the space at 1110 N. Old World 3rd St. that formerly housed Matador. We got a look at some of Cantina's top offerings. And here are seven good reasons to check it out.

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Huge upset win at Iowa State gives Panthers something to smile about

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:04:00 CDT

The Panthers made major men's college basketball headlines Monday night; refreshingly it was for something good, and it was on the court. Milwaukee blew out Iowa State on the road, cruising 74-56 against the heavily favored Cyclones and having perhaps its best moment in two years.

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Sleek and stylish, DoubleTree makes a solid base for business travelers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:01:00 CDT

The DoubleTree by Hilton is exactly what a business traveler or visiting Marquette parent could ask for: consistent quality and a comfortable night's rest when the bulk of your day is earmarked for standing on a trade show floor.

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Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Athletic Club

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Of course, I've seen it, anchoring the intersection of Broadway and Wells for decades. But the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, was one of those places I took for granted, not thinking about it too much. Until I couldn't seem to stop seeing little reminders of it everywhere.

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"Dancing with the Stars" recap: The final four - and why each will or won't win

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:56:00 CDT

Who will win next week in the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars"? I went through each remaining contestant to see why they've got a chance and why they'll come up short. The results ... really shouldn't surprise you.

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Two killer performances make The Rep's "Murder for Two" a bloody good time

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:01:00 CDT

Something funny is afoot at the Stackner Cabaret. It's Milwaukee Rep's "Murder for Two," a farcical whodunit full of shady suspects, frenetic character shifts, multiple murder weapons, plot twists and death-defying piano playing.

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Progress is good, but motels still struggle with interstates

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:01:00 CDT

The 2006 animated movie "Cars" takes place in Radiator Springs, a once-vibrant city infused with Route 66 travelers that deteriorated when the interstate was built and droves of drivers ditched the slower roads. This happened in Milwaukee, too.

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A fetching conversation with Matt Daniels, the man behind First Stage's Snoopy

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:16:00 CDT

It isn't often that someone gets to interview one of their idols - but recently, I was lucky enough to talk to the man (OK, fine, dog), the myth and the legend himself: Snoopy. Or at least the man who plays him in First Stage's "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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Robin's picks: 5 days of Milwaukee live music musts

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:26:00 CDT

I often get asked - by out of towners and locals alike - what is there to do here? So I've decided to share my weekly picks of cool happenings in and around our lovely city. Here are my places to be for the festive week ahead.

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Meet the artist who painted the surprise mural found in Von Trier

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:33:00 CDT

Von Trier owner John Sidoff began to remove the German mural and, to his surprise, found another mural which is currently on display at the bar. Then, the 93-year-old artist who created it was found in Washington State.

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5 glam glasses styles to spice up your ensemble

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:56:00 CDT

One of this season's go-to accessories is also super practical for most people: glasses. We have partnered with Wisconsin Vision to show you how to style the biggest trends in the eyeglasses this season.

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Chicago travel blogger mom finds big fun in Milwaukee

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:03:00 CDT

We've read a lot of travel articles about Milwaukee and often see the same ol' same ol' suggestions. But this one really rang true. It's written by a Chicago mom named Kristen Maxwell who really seems to have explored Brew City and discovered solid and original places to hang out.

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Who and what is featured at the Bucks' third Milwaukee Mondays game tonight?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:02:00 CDT

The third Milwaukee Mondays game is tonight's 7 p.m. matchup between the Bucks and the Memphis Grizzlies at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. It features T-shirt designer Sconnie Nation and local musician Trapper Schoepp.

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3 dishes: Joshua Rogers of Smyth

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:03:00 CDT

In this series, we ask chefs around the city to recommend three dishes that embody the best of what they offer. This time, we talk with Joshua Rogers of Smyth at the Iron Horse Hotel about his approach to food as well as the impact his team has on the menu.

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Milwaukee Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show returns to State Fair Park

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:04:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show returns for its fourth year at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, running Dec. 8-10, with 64 of the nation's leading fishing and outdoors vendors exhibiting products and services for ice fishing and winter sports enthusiasts.

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On the Burger Trail: The Plaza Burger at Cafe at the Plaza

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:03:00 CDT

For as many times as I've dined at the Cafe, I've never ordered a burger. So, I ordered up the cafe's namesake burger: The Plaza Burger featuring a half-pound beef patty, Wisconsin cheddar and American cheeses, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a brioche bun.

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Bay View's Kinn Guesthouse offers an intimate, yet social experience

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Bay View's first hotel, the Kinn Guesthouse, at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., may be small - it only has eight guest rooms - but it offers a big experience. It's the kind of place guests will remember long after visiting.

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The rambling, non-recap Packers game review: Week 10 vs. Bears

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:07:00 CDT

For the first time since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone a month ago, the Packers looked like a football team with a plan on Sunday in Chicago, running the ball, rushing the passer and snapping their three-game losing streak with a 23-16 victory over the Bears.

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Researcher spreads word on effects of tobacco advertising on youth, minorities

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 12:06:00 CDT

A study analyzing tobacco sales and advertising in city ZIP codes found that black and Latino communities are more likely to be exposed to tobacco marketing than white communities, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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OnMilwaukee's best dining of 2017-18

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:26:00 CDT

Find the best dining options of the 2017-2018 season.

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Milwaukee brunch guide

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:29:00 CDT

The weekly grind hardly allows time for a.m. bacon, eggs and hash browns, and if there is time to whip 'em up, they're usually scarfed down fast. That's why weekend brunches are such a relaxing treat. Check out our list of the local Sunday morning hot spots and take some time to savor simple and elaborate breakfast treats.

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Birch + Butcher retail space now open at North End

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:03:00 CDT

The butcher shop portion of Birch + Butcher, the new restaurant and superette located in the North End's Denim Park development opened softly this weekend, serving fresh hot coffee from Chicago's Dark Matter and a selection of fresh meat cuts, cheeses and charcuterie.

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Plant-based essential oils boost the mind, body and spirit during the holidays

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:01:00 CDT

Ease into the hectic holiday season with the help of aromatherapy. The fragrances of plant-derived essential oils have long been used to improve the health of our mind, body and spirit.

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Streetcar expansion sparks worries over gentrification

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 10:57:00 CDT

Walker's Point and Bronzeville residents like the sound of the Milwaukee Streetcar one day extending into their neighborhoods, but it's hard for some to ignore the threat of gentrification, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.

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Get Your Ass In Here: Ned's Pizza

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:01:00 CDT

Since 1969, Ned's Pizza on 27th Street has quietly but firmly dominated the classic pizza scene. Some call it the "Zaffiro's of the South." Get in there, Milwaukee.

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Burning Through Brew City: Hot Head's 414 Fire fried chicken

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:16:00 CDT

After our first test of Hot Head's spice level landed a little lukewarm, the Bay View restaurant actually went back to the kitchen and challenged us with a new hellish concoction: 414 Fire fried chicken. And how could we say no to a challenge?

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Chris Robinson talks leaving The Black Crowes and being truly happy

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:46:00 CDT

The singer-songwriter-guitarist walked away from megawatt arena spotlights and big paydays of The Black Crowes in 2010 to form The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which will perform at Turner Hall Ballroom on Nov. 17.

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Hidden Gem: Ollie's

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:04:00 CDT

The small corner tavern was previously named Fresh Bar and The Pitt, but it became Ollie's, aptly, when Louise and her husband, Ollie, bought the bar in 1993.

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Poet, restaurateur, union leader: Mosby was a Milwaukee renaissance man

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:02:00 CDT

Bill Mosby did a bit of everything once he arrived in Milwaukee from Memphis, Tennessee in 1935.

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Help bring home the Goldmann's sign

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:01:00 CDT

The sign from Milwaukee's iconic Goldmann's Department Store - which closed in 2007 - is for sale. Now, one Milwaukeean is working to bring it back to Brew City.

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Thank Cod it's Fryday: Jonny Hammers

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:26:00 CDT

Jonny Hammers is a spot with personality and a distinctly friendly vibe. And if the rumors I've heard are true, the kitchen puts out better-than-average bar fare. In fact, there were all the indications that this could well be the perfect spot to encounter a true hidden gem of a fish fry.

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Breaking: Ax throwing lanes approved for Bay View

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:53:00 CDT

Ever wanted to repeatedly hurl an axe against a wall? Well, soon you will be able to. Safely.

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Pioneering Water Street Brewery celebrates 30 years as city's first brewpub

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

When Water Street Brewery opened at 1101 N. Water St. in 1987, the idea of a tavern that made its own beer was so new to the city that a newspaper headline put the phrase "brew pub" in quotation marks. Now, with four locations, Water Street Brewery is celebrating 30 years.

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Join Lakefront Brewery and Tom Hanks (kind of) for "Hanksgiving" at the Avalon

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 17:56:00 CDT

Why celebrate a regular Thanksgiving with the usual relatives when you can celebrate Hanksgiving with your relatives, friends AND America's dad, the one and only Thomas Jeffrey Hanks?

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