The Milwaukee Common Council just can’t quit Sydney Hih
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Since sifting through dull newspapers, hyperbolic blogs, and overflowing RSS feeds for meaningful news can be an arduous process, News Net catches and compiles both the amusing and the significant reports that were overlooked over the weekend. Here are some things to think about as the workweek begins.
• Since being slated for demolition back in March, Milwaukee’s historic Sydney Hih building has been stuck in a holding pattern of ill-fated pleas for historic designation, ill-fated pleas for restoration, and ill-fated pleas that somehow involve the Black Eyed Peas. On Friday, the Milwaukee Common Council voted 13-1 to deny the crumbling landmark an interim historic designation, though Ald. Bob Bauman, who is a proponent of saving the building, used a “parliamentary tactic to delay the effect of the vote.” The Journal Sentinel’s Mary Louise Schumacher has more on the entire love/hate saga.
• Staying within the dilapidated confines of Sydney Hih, OnMilwaukee.com asked local musicians and artists whether they think the building should stay or go.
• Alverno College’s always-terrific Alverno Presents program announced its 53rd season late last week. A few highlights include the seventh annual Global Union festival (Sept. 15), Jon Mueller’s “Death Blues” (Nov. 16-17), and Cedar Block’s “May The Schwartz Be With You” (April 20, 2013). A preview show entitled “Coming (And Going) Attractions” is scheduled for July 15 at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.
• Red Letter Media’s increasingly ridiculous/awesome Half In The Bag tackled The Amazing Spider-Man. Hilarity and a fair amount of gore ensues.
• If you ever wanted to watch fucked-up cinematic classics like The Holy Mountain and Pink Flamingos in the company of likeminded strangers, you’re in luck. Nick Woods and Andrew Swant have announced their aptly named “Nick and Andrew’s Fucked Up Midnight Movies.” Beginning July 20 and continuing every Friday until August 24, Woods and Swant will screen a slew of cult films at Jackpot Gallery in Riverwest. The screenings are free, though a strict bring-your-own-chair policy will be enforced.
• The Milwaukee Comedy Festival announced its seventh annual blowout, scheduled for Aug. 3-11. The fest will feature 14 different shows over nine days, including 24 comedy groups and 13 stand-up acts from Milwaukee and around the country. The shows will take place at the new Next Act performance space, 255 S. Water St.
• This week’s recommended shows: R. Ring at Cactus Club July 10; Northless at Cactus Club July 13; The Coathangers at Cactus Club July 15; Canopies at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn July 15; Lisa Gatewood and Chris DeMay at Tonic Tavern July 15.