Boris and Doris On the Town
On the market’s upper
level, activists mingled and chatted prior to the awards presentation.
Circulating were Karen Campbell, WCF
board president; Linda Honold,
director of Wisconsin Voices, and her husband, Reynolds; attorney Jackie
Boynton; Kathy Ronco, director
of Highland Community School; singer David
Drake of Organic Arts Ltd.; and Debbie
Davis, head of the new Time Exchange in Riverwest. A clutch from the D.A.’s
office, including John Chisholm, was
joined by former D.A. Mike McCann.
All were there to
applaud as the Jack Rosenberg Award for lifetime commitment to social justice
was given to Assistant D.A. David Lerman,
a community restorative practice coordinator for Milwaukee Public Schools. A
moving tribute to Lerman was offered by Custer High School
junior Jatash Jackson, one of the
MPS spoken-word artists who presented their work during the evening. MPS
teacher Matthew Hoffmann organized
the pupils’ poignant readings.
The Outstanding Grantee
of the Year Award was presented to the Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods
Coalition (GJLN), with director Pam
Fendt accepting. In her talk, she recognized the work of Robert Kraig, executive director of
Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and Matt
Brusky, its political director.
The evening was
organized by Jeff Streier and Cindy Fesemyer, niece of
publisher/Eastmore Realty’s Leonard
Sobczak, who was in the audience, as were Mary Kelly, Public Market culinary instructor Liz Crawford and Barb
Chudnow. B&D also bumped into The Kitchen Table Project’s Martha Kipcak, who was catching up with
Lianna Bishop, leaving for summer
farm work at Tipi Produce in Evansville.
Jazz on the Go: Multifaceted Victor DeLorenzo—singer, songwriter, actor, studio owner, jingle
writer and visual artist—has a new gig lecturing on “my life in spite of it
all.” DeLorenzo’s new manager, Linda
Lindquist, is keeping him busy on the museum and university circuit,
including UWM’s History of Rock and Roll classes. In addition, he performed the
other night in the cozy backroom of Bay View’s Sugar Maple.
Drumming for Prestige
Atlantic Impulse, his latest musical incarnation, DeLorenzo was joined onstage
by Jason Wietlispach and John McCoy for a jazzy, space-age
sound. In the audience were Rick Ollman,
Deborah Clifton and John Kishline,
and Mike Hoffmann. Holding down the
fort out front was artist/musician Adrienne
Pierluissi, who owns the bar with husband Bruno Johnson.
Flying High: Eagerly awaiting the Milwaukee
Ballet’s world premiere of Peter Pan,
B&D sneaked a rehearsal peek. The preview was worth it, watching Peter (Michael Linsmeier) and Wendy (Susan Gartell) fly through the air with
the help of an elaborate pulley system. Impish Tinkerbell (Luz San Miguel) and roguish Captain Hook (David Hovhannisyan), plus the rest of the cast, were also put
through their Neverland paces by Michael
Pink, Milwaukee Ballet artistic director and the show’s creator.
Pink has worked on the
production for five years, doing a lot of last-minute Skype-ing with English
composer Philip Feeney. The
elaborate set design is by Rick Graham.
The extravaganza is set to open May 13.
Artistic Chef: D&B swung into the Milwaukee Art Museum to meet the museum’s new
executive chef Thi (“T”) Cao and
check out his mouth-watering new Café Calatrava menu. The lakeside eatery was
packed with Café regulars such as Alverno professor Jodi Eastberg and her husband, John,
the Pabst Mansion’s senior historian. In an
unsolicited testimonial, the latter proclaimed the MAM restaurant to be “the
best lunch place in town.”
David vs. Goliath: Businessman Todd Kolosso claims he will be the one to finally unseat GOP Rep.
James Sensenbrenner, the ultimate Washington
insider with 30-plus years in Congress. Kolosso held his first “friend raiser”
at the Oakcrest Tavern in Shorewood, with pals and politicos such as Sheldon Wasserman stopping by. On hand
were Kolosso campaign manager Leah Horn
and volunteer coordinator Sara Graves,
as well as Patricia Najera, Ed Heinzelman, Neil Wallace, Tom Hibbard
and Ramona Kitzinger. Consultants Katie
Prown and Kelly Herda were in the crowd.
Music ’n Books: B&D stopped in at the
soon-to-close Open Book to check out its singer/songwriter series, catching up
with Richard Olson and his son Uriel, Tom Blood from the Blood Stones, and Deb Roland, singer/songwriter/music teacher. Listening in were
series organizer Kelly Finkowski and
pals Sean Higgins, James Weber and Kimberlee Kautzer; Lois Malawsky and Jay Larkey; and Keith Schmitz, the force behind
Open Book, and his wife, Lana Cramer.
If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their next column will appear in the May 20 issue of the Shepherd.n