Visiting writers remind us Milwaukee is more than just beer and brats (again)
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- City of Milwaukee planning new and exciting ways to ticket your car
- The Milwaukee streetcar project is still happening, whether you like it or not
- Prove you love Milwaukee by donating to a worthwhile local Kickstarter campaign for a change
- Cruel and vengeful God chuckles softly to self, announces first Summerfest headliner
- Milwaukee is a finalist in “The Mayors Challenge”—but could it actually win?
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 throughout the week.
• Don’t you love it when out-of-town magazines or websites come to Milwaukee and write nice things about it? And don’t you love it when everyone on your Facebook feed proudly posts those stories? Yeah, we’re getting sick of that shit, too. But for those of you who aren’t, it’s worth noting that Chicago magazine and the Twin Cities’ Star Tribune recently sung the praises of Milwaukee. Chicago hung out at the MAM and County Claire, while the Star Tribune did the whole “Milwaukee is more than just beer and brats!” thing by filing a story entitled “Beyond just beer and brats.” Them fancy out-of-towners like us! They really like us!
• From the “Forget What We Just Said” desk: The Milwaukee County Parks Department is hoping to add some beer gardens to a handful of city parks. According to the Business Journal, “the idea is to create a picnic atmosphere at the parks reminiscent of days gone by.” Let it be known that The A.V. Club cannot endorse this idea enough.
• Mary Louise Schumacher reports that the once-controversial Janet Zweig “Pedestrian Drama” pieces are finally in working order. The five kiosks can be found near the Northwestern Mutual building on Wisconsin Avenue.
• Wisconsin poet laureate Bruce Dethlefsen will read at Woodland Pattern Jan. 15, says the Journal Sentinel. Dethlefsen regularly visits schools and libraries to promote reading and writing, despite Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to save the state a cool $2,000 by killing the poet laureate program. The Wisconsin Academy Of Sciences, Arts & Letters now runs the program.
• Tap Milwaukee chatted with Stephen Strupp of Sat. Nite Duets. The band celebrates the release of its new Summer Of Punishment tomorrow at Turner Hall. (In case you missed it, it’s really, really good.)
• Milwaukee Magazine revealed what a few local record labels—including Dusty Medical and Latest Flame—have in store for 2012.
• Bay View Gallery Night will get two nights in 2012. A Facebook announcement sets the dates at June 1 and Sept. 28.
• There were a slew of show announcements this week, including: Delta Spirit at Turner Hall March 22; Jane’s Addiction at The Rave March 24; Cinematic Titanic at the Pabst Theater April 28 and 29; and The Black Keys at the Bradley Center (!) May 16.
• It was a great week for great headlines, but there can be only one Best Local Headline Of The Week. This week the honor goes to OnMilwaukee.com and “Admit it, you love ‘Red Solo Cup’ too.” Congrats! (Also: No, we don’t.)