Shepherd Express - Cover Story Sun, 20 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The Original Best of Milwaukee: A 25-year journey through Milwaukee’s finest - Voting begins Thursday, Sept. 24 Twenty-five years ago, the Shepherd Express launched the first Best of Milwaukee contest. From year one, the Best-of was generated entirely by you, the readers. Since its 1991 debut, this groundbreaking competition has continued to grow]]> Unique Gifts for the Holidays - Finding Treasures in Secondhand Shops E-retailers and big box stores are loaded for the holidays]]> 30 Years of the Shepherd Express Although his byline is infrequent, Louis Fortis—the publisher and editor of the Shepherd Express—provides the guiding vision for the newspaper's news coverage...]]> The Second Annual Best of Milwaukee Web Awards Winners Last year, the sister website of the Shepherd Express...]]> Who Will Succeed Herb Kohl? - Baldwin, Thompson and Neumann among big-name possibilities Wisconsin seems to be in perpetual campaign mode these days. But one of the standout races...]]> Packers 2011: The Drive for Five The Green Bay Packers own four of the trophies named after their greatest coach, Vince Lombardi...]]> What's Next for Wisconsin's Unions? - Enthusiasm and obstacles for organized labor Now that Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill is being implemented and Republicans...]]> Will the Real Alberta Darling Please Stand Up? - Flip-flops and bad votes triggered her recall Back in 1990, when Alberta Darling won her first election to the state Assembly, the media glowingly referred to her as a “liberal” “pro-choicer” who recognized the wisdom of gun control. Twenty-one years later, Darling, now representing the North Shore in the state Senate, is more likely to generate headlines for her political flip-flops, support...]]> Celebrating Craft Beer - As sales spike, festivals raise a glass to microbrews Perhaps the most telling sign of how bad the economy got in the late 2000s is that consumers cut back on an indulgence that historically had been one of the most recession-proof: beer. Sales of beer fell by more than 2% in 2009, and by about another 1% last year...]]> Who's Buying Wisconsin's Recall Elections? - Local and out-of-state groups show strong interest The unprecedented recalls of nine state senators have sparked the interest of organizations seeking an advantage in Wisconsin politics. For Republicans, it's a do-or-die moment. If the Democrats can flip three seats in the Senate, the GOP...]]> Wisconsin's New DNR - The agency wants to improve 'customer' service, but will the environment pay the price? Run it like a business. Improve customer service. Fast turnaround times. Those are the guiding concepts in a draft plan to reorganize the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) into a “charter agency...]]> A Show of Pride - PrideFest celebrates LGBT diversity Since it settled into its permanent home at the Summerfest grounds at Henry W. Maier Festival Park in 1996, Milwaukee's PrideFest has grown into one of the country's biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and...]]> The Imperial Governor - Walker reshapes and emboldens the executive branch In just five short months, Gov. Scott Walker has consolidated power in the executive branch like no other Wisconsin governor before him has. Instead of working within a system of checks and balances that has served the state well for decades, Walker has expanded the reach of an already powerful executive at the...]]> Cheap Getaways - Enjoy these free or inexpensive destinations all summer long No need to scrap your summer vacation because of budget-guzzling gas prices. These nine good-value options won't drain the tank. Free attractions are noted; others require a reasonable fee or donation...]]> Why End Earned Release for Nonviolent Offenders? - GOP votes for bloated, budget-busting corrections system As we go to press, the state Legislature is poised to kill off what could have been a big opportunity to keep communities safe and reduce the budget. Last week the state Senate voted to end the state's Earned Release Program, which allows certain carefully screened, nonviolent prisoners to be released before their entire sentence has been served in...]]> Entering the Forbidden City - Milwaukee Art Museum offers rare glimpse of treasures from China A rare glimpse into the Palace Museum of Beijing's Forbidden City awaits visitors of the Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition “The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures From the Forbidden City.” Ninety works were chosen from the Palace Garden of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795), an area long closed to the...]]> City of Bicycles - Milwaukee is enjoying a bike-friendly makeover Though the city is renowned for manufacturing motorcycles, Milwaukee also boasts an active bicycling subculture. With so many local bike clubs and group rides popping up around the city, it's not difficult to find one to suit any cycling niche. And now, as the city takes...]]> Kevin Smith's Traveling Therapy Session Beginning with the 1994 independent comedy Clerks, director Kevin Smith and longtime friend Jason Mewes have worked together on more than a half-dozen of...]]> The First Annual Best of Milwaukee Web Awards Last month, the Shepherd Express invited readers to vote at]]> Maritime and the Freedom of No Expectations Where a greener band might be giddy with hope after signing to a label like Dangerbird Records—home to bands including the Silversun Pickups and Minus the Bear, and one of a handful of large independent labels that's actually growing...]]> Elect JoAnne Kloppenburg to the Wisconsin Supreme Court We are wholeheartedly encouraging voters to elect Assistant Attorney General JoAnne...]]> How Walker's Budget Will Hurt Milwaukee - Lots of cuts, few bright spots It's nearly impossible to find any bright spots for Milwaukee in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed...]]> What You Can Do On Nov. 3, 2010, after the votes had been counted and the dust had settled...]]> Who Will Pay for Scott Walker's Cuts? Hint: It's not the wealthy Wisconsin is broke, Gov. Scott Walker has claimed, and it's time to...]]> Milwaukee Does Valentine’s Day - Readers take a halfhearted view of required romance Perhaps no other holiday has the ability to both depress and inspire like Valentine’s Day.]]> Frank Lloyd Wright for the 21st Century - Milwaukee Art Museum re-examines Wisconsin's great architect With his flowing cape, parson’s hat and mane of white hair, not to mention his...]]> Milwaukee’s Surprising Jobs Potential in the Creative Industries - A new study finds depth and breadth of creative ventures, but little recognition Milwaukee is known for our beer, our manufacturing might, our motorcycles and...]]> Archdiocese of Milwaukee Files for Bankruptcy - How will it affect sex abuse victims, parishioners and the church itself? It wasn’t entirely surprising that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings earlier this month. Indeed—former Archbishop Timothy Dolan floated the idea in 2003 shortly after he came to Milwaukee. But Archbishop Jerome Listecki’s...]]> The Walker Agenda - Will killing consumer protections really create 250,000 jobs? On his first day as governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker declared a state of “economic emergency” caused by “years of mismanagement” and a business climate that has “for too long been stifled by burdensome regulation, taxes and costly litigation.” But will the bills proposed in this special session of the state Legislature actually end the “economic emergency” and help to...]]> The Most Important Stories Not Reported in the Corporate Media If you rely on the corporate media for your understanding of our world, you’re not getting the whole story. Here are the top underreported stories, according to the editors of Project Censored. For the full report, go to The U.S. military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported...]]> Stick a Fork in It: 2010 News Quiz - 2010 is done. How much do you remember? What can we say about a year that included an earthquake in Haiti, a 500-year flood in Milwaukee and a political firestorm at all levels of government? 2010 provided plenty of drama (Gov.-elect Scott Walker’s high-stakes refusal of $810 million in high-speed rail funds) and laughter (ex-Packer Brett Favre’s alleged pics and texts). But how much of it do you remember? ]]> The Shepherd’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Picks You can always TiVo the giant ball and watch it drop later. As always, Milwaukee offers plenty of reasons to leave the couch on New Year’s Eve, with an assortment of concerts, dance parties and destinations for every demographic and budget. For readers still trying to determine where to enjoy their...]]> Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Taxes, the War on the Poor and High-Speed Rail Congresswoman Gwen Moore won a big victory last week when one of her signature bills, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. But that high was short-lived, since the Milwaukee Democrat had to confront a bitter choice: deciding whether she would support President Obama’s just-announced tax cut compromise, which includes an extension of George W. Bush’s tax cuts...]]> Reasons for Seeing ‘The Nutcracker’ Twice - A conversation with Milwaukee Ballet's Michael Pink I look forward to my second viewing of Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker with the Milwaukee Ballet. Here are some reasons: 1) To see what I missed. So much goes on in Pink’s ballets that you can’t catch it all in one viewing. I ask Pink if he is revising anything. “No,” he answers. “Every year people tell me they’re convinced I’ve changed a lot, when I haven’t changed anything. They see it with different eyes...]]> John Lennon’s Enduring Legacy - Thirty years after his death, the former Beatle casts a long shadow Thirty years ago this month, John Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment building by a mentally ill fan with a violent misinterpretation of Catcher in the Rye. The dual anniversaries of Lennon’s murder and what would have been his 70th birthday in October have brought with them the expected retrospectives that mark all Beatles milestones. EMI has reissued Lennon’s solo catalog...]]> The Critical Role of Community Health Centers - Ensuring access to health care, not just health insurance In the debate over federal health care reform—as well as the future of BadgerCare—most have focused on the expansion of access to affordable health insurance. But what good is insurance if patients can’t see a doctor? Enter the federally qualified community health centers, which are a critical component of health care in Milwaukee and around the country. They exist in high-poverty, high-need areas...]]> Teaching Great Cooking - Potawatomi's Culinary Academy Potawatomi Bingo Casino is known for the quality of the food served by its catering department, its award-winning Dream Dance restaurant and 10 other food venues within the complex. One reason for this is the casino’s Culinary Academy, a program modeled after courses taught at the Culinary Institute of America...]]> An Open Letter to the Next Wisconsin Governor - What Milwaukee needs you to do now It’s Election Day 2010. As the Shepherd goes to press, we don’t know who voters will select in voting booths across the state. But we do know that a new...]]> Please Vote on Nov. 2 We’re asking you to vote on Nov. 2. The last election for president brought a lot of hope for change in the way Washington—and politics in general—works. But democracy is a very messy process, especially in the American system of government, and it has been that way for the past 220 years. Unlike in a parliamentary system where the prime minister can deliver the votes, in the U.S. system the president or...]]> Universities Step Up Aid for Nontraditional Students - UW-Milwaukee's Career Transitions Center helps in the search for jobs It had been five years since David Krzyston voluntarily left the work force to care for his ailing parents. After they had passed, he decided to look for a job. But much had changed in the workplace, including a decrease in opportunities in his field of industrial sales. “I ended up selling cars at a low-paying job, working for people 25 to 30 years younger than myself,” says Krzyston, 56. As a young man...]]> Milwaukee’s Good Food Movement They are the people who will not leave this planet without first bettering it, the citizens who simply cannot live their lives ignoring the fact that they share a community with people who are suffering from hunger. The individuals devoted to improving Milwaukee’s food system contribute to the movement for various reasons—be it economic, social, environmental, spiritual, personal, educational or a combination of...]]> Why Republicans Dislike Leah Vukmir - Is she just too extreme for Wisconsin? In the western suburbs, voters in the 5th Senate District will have a big decision to make on Nov. 2. Should they cast a ballot for the incumbent, moderate...]]> Beer Styles A good beer holds as many flavors and aromas as a fine wine, a fact that has many cooks looking for a nice hoppy ale, rather than a dry pinot noir, to pair with a meal. To understand what makes an ale an ale and a lager a lager, you first need to know the building blocks of beer—malted grains, hops, yeast and water—and how they affect its character and flavor...]]> Growing Milwaukee Through the Arts - UWM's Peck School connects students, professionals Art is the best means human beings have found to face, understand, become and transcend themselves. It’s a cliché to note the large amount of art produced in Milwaukee, much of it original, made from scratch to reflect and address our human, national and global situations and to rethink the communicative possibilities and applications of the disciplines. There’s much concern about our city’s...]]> Shepherd Express Endorsements - Vote Sept. 14 If you were to describe the ideal candidate for Milwaukee County sheriff, you couldn’t do much better than Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews. He thoroughly understands the issues and problems facing Milwaukee County, and actually has realistic solutions to address these problems in the area of law enforcement and community security...]]> College Sports It’s been said that “athletics is America’s favorite exercise—to sit and watch.” That may be true for the armchair quarterbacks and point guards comatized by ESPN, but not so for the thousands of area college students who participate in sports, from intramural kickball to D-I hoops. For some, athletic participation may lead to a career—if not on the field or court, then to allied professions like sports medicine, management and education. ]]> Myths and Facts About the July Flood - And what you can do to prevent more overflows We’re still feeling the effects of the intense storm of July 22-23, when many neighborhoods and homes were flooded by up to 9 inches of rain in a very short span of time. Since the storm, many myths have circulated about what happened, what should have happened to prevent basement backups and sewage overflow into local waterways, and what can be done in the future to prevent flooding...]]> A Case for Change on the East Side - It's time to retire Sen. Jeff Plale Let’s face it: State Sen. Jeff Plale has been wrong on just about every issue that moderate and progressive voters in his district care about. The pro-corporate Democrat consistently votes against the best interests of the residents of his district, which runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline from UW-Milwaukee through the East Side, the Third Ward...]]> A World to Experience - Arab World Fest expands culture, understanding at Milwaukee's lakefront With the loosening of immigration laws in the 1960s, the promise of America became available to more people than ever. The years that followed changed the face—and flavor—of the country, even in cities such as Milwaukee. Many of those new immigrants poured in from the Arab-speaking Near East. Until the ’60s, Milwaukee’s Arab Americans...]]> The Riverwest 24-Hour Bike Race—Ride On! Anyone who has ever called Riverwest home can tell you how the East Side neighborhood generates a palpable energy that magnifies when the warm days of summer arrive. The area just west of the Milwaukee River is known throughout the city as a laid-back, affordable community that welcomes...]]> Brady Street Festival: Party in the Street! Every year “The City of Festivals” brings us a multitude of ever-evolving venues and celebrations to draw us in and entertain us. On Saturday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., another clear winner for Milwaukee is the Brady Street Festival, a free event that has really come into its own. Thanks to the hard work of forward-thinking Milwaukeeans like Julilly Kohler...]]> Will Wisconsin Join the Tea Party? - Right-wing groups and the grassroots evaluate candidates While we don’t yet know the full extent of tea party involvement in this year’s races, we do know the tea party coalition in Wisconsin is evaluating candidates—mostly Republican candidates—for office. Having the tea party movement’s blessing may help a candidate during a Republican...]]> Wisconsin Goes Smoke-Free When you live in a civil society, you can’t do everything you want, when you want, wherever you want. Never is that fact of civilization more clear than when a populous has to start abiding by a newly penned law. Here in Wisconsin, Act 12—also known as the Smoke...]]> Summer Al Fresco! - Patio dining in Milwaukee In the last decade Milwaukee has seen a surge in the number of restaurants that offer outdoor patios, giving our city a vibrancy it hasn’t seen since the old German beer gardens of the late-19th century. Until Mayor John Norquist’s initiative to promote al fresco dining in Milwaukee, getting a permit for outdoor dining was far too challenging for most business owners. That, coupled with the health department’s concerns that food served...]]> Get Out of Here - Your guide to the best summer events around Wisconsin There’s nothing like summer in Wisconsin. It’s our reward for enduring the cold, dark days of winter and slushy, rainy days of spring. So, with Memorial Day just around the corner, here are my top recommendations for the best events around the state this summer. But remember: Always check for schedule changes before heading to events. For more ideas about summer getaways...]]> Milwaukee Schooner Denis Sullivan Marks 10 Years - Famed tall ship celebrates anniversary at Discovery World Milwaukee’s Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin serves as home port for the world’s only replica of a 19th-century three-masted Great Lakes schooner, the Denis Sullivan. The 137-foot sailing vessel is a floating classroom that serves to connect students of all ages with the world of water through experiential learning. The U.S. Coast Guard-certified Sailing School Vessel has been...]]> Buy, Sell or Wait? - Predicting Milwaukee's housing market trends When Jonah and Rachel Kolterjahn began looking for a home in Milwaukee three summers ago, it was hard to know where to begin. "When we moved back to Wisconsin, we started looking for a house and decided we couldn't afford one. Then we started looking again in January, and it was one headache after another," Jonah Kolterjahn said...]]> Milwaukee’s Fashion Revolution - ‘Galactic' showcases the future in fabric A revolution is coming—and the only platform needed is a runway. The fourth annual Fashion Revolution takes it to the catwalk this weekend in a celebration of regional designers. This year’s event will expose the remarkable creations of 12 Midwest fashion designers and continue its tradition of showcasing innovative, cutting-edge designs. Fashion Revolution’s theme for 2010, “Galactic,” challenges...]]> The Privatization Battle: Is the Milwaukee County Zoo Next? - A study is under way to explore the zoo's long-term stability Is Milwaukee County quietly attempting to privatize the zoo? That’s the concern of those who are asking pointed questions about a report being drafted by a consultant who specializes in transitioning public zoos to private, nonprofit entities. In the 2010 budget, the county board approved spending $20,000 for a study of the zoo’s operations, which was to include...]]> Earth Day: Then and Now - Public awareness of environment has helped to combat pollution Think back to what our environment was like 40 or so years ago. Air pollution was a given. Nonsmoking areas were virtually nonexistent. Chemicals were routinely dumped in our waterways without a thought about their impact. Littering was accepted. But while the majority accepted pollution as a fact of life back in the 1960s, a growing minority realized that nature must be preserved before it’s too late...]]> Who’s Hosting the Tea Party? - Big Oil funds tax rallies and global warming deniers It’s tax time again, which means that anti-tax protesters will gather at the state Capitol and denounce government spending. But tax season 2010 will have one new element: the appearance of the Tea Party Express II, a bus-load of anti-government protesters crisscrossing the country to spread their message. The Tea Party Express...]]> Brewers 2010: Back to the Playoffs! A year ago the Milwaukee Brewers entered the baseball season fresh from their first playoff appearance in a generation. Optimists thought the Brewers’ potent offense, led by Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, and the arrival of closer Trevor Hoffman would take Milwaukee back to the postseason...]]> Milwaukee Rocks South by Southwest - Local bands go forth to Austin festival The record number of Milwaukee bands that made the 1,200-mile trek to Austin, Texas, for this year’s South by Southwest Music and Media Conference & Festival (SXSW) made our city proud with their enthusiasm and compelling performances. More than a dozen Milwaukee bands played in or around the Texas-sized festival that is one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind, with 1,900 official acts from 55...]]> Reinventing the Library - Tight budgets, technology and community propel libraries forward In the age of Google, iPhones and Kindle, are brick-and-mortar libraries necessary? Absolutely. Now more than ever. In fact, libraries are enjoying a surge in attendance, despite the pervasiveness of instant-gratification multimedia options. Nationally, library use is up; according to a 2008 survey conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), 76% of Americans...]]> Sláinte! - Celebrating Irish Culture in Milwaukee Pubs Our nostalgic claim to Irishness finds us huddled against the brisk mid-March chill on a pre-dawn sidewalk waiting for the doors of the local Irish pub-of-choice to open for St. Patrick’s Day. While it is with a celebratory spirit that we indulge our Irish side (whether embedded in your DNA or just for the day) with leprechauns, shamrocks and green beer, beneath it all is the story of Ireland’s unique pub culture. An integral part of the country’s rich...]]> College First, Jobs Later - Choosing the right path Selecting a college has always been one of the most important decisions a person will make, but with today’s one-two punch of rising tuition costs and spiking unemployment, the stakes have rarely seemed higher. For most of the population, a bachelor’s degree is a basic requirement for finding a decent job, but these days it’s far from a guarantee...]]> Shepherd Express Social Visionaries 2010 - Four outstanding Milwaukeeans shaping our community We asked Shepherd Express readers to nominate “social visionaries” who are dedicated to improving our city. We received nominations of individuals who are building communities and transforming our city. From the many great individuals, we chose to highlight four of the nominees for their passion, creativity and generosity of spirit. They are our Social Visionaries for 2010...]]> Scams! - The top rip-offs you should avoid Scams have been around since snake oil was invented. But consumer advocates say that scams have taken a particularly nasty turn thanks to two recent trends: new technologies that allow anonymous scammers to create fake relationships with their marks, and the downturn in the economy, which encourages cash-strapped people to do desperate things—like wiring money to strangers...]]> Reshaping North Avenue in UWM’s Image - As university expands, North Avenue adjusts to increased student presence Milwaukee’s East Side lost one of its historic landmarks early in the morning on Jan. 19, when after 40 years anchoring North Avenue, the restaurant Pizza Man burned down in a four-alarm blaze. The fire, which has been ruled arson, demolished a building that also housed Cush Lounge, the Black and White Café, the Grecian Delight restaurant and 10 apartments. Pizza Man will reopen, but almost...]]> The Bradley Center: It’s Got Game When the Bradley Center opened in October 1988, it was a gift-wrapped jewel for Milwaukee sports fans. The $90 million arena, paid for entirely by Jane and Lloyd Pettit, helped keep the Bucks in town and raised hopes that Milwaukee would also land an NHL team. The Pettits dropped the latter idea for financial reasons, but for more than two decades...]]> Never Again - Community efforts to end domestic violence A community-wide problem like domestic violence requires a community-wide response. That’s why advocates for the survivors of domestic abuse and their families have created partnerships that combine medical, psychological, legal and housing assistance. One collaborative effort, the Sojourner Family Peace Center, the result of a February 2009 merger of the Task Force on Family Violence and the Sojourner Truth...]]> The Stories You Missed in 2009 - Project Censored reveals its underreported stories of the year Karl Rove’s chief IT consultant, Mike Connell—who was facing subpoena in connection with 2004 presidential election fraud in Ohio—mysteriously died in a private plane crash in 2008. Connell allegedly was the central figure in a long-standing plot to electronically flip votes to Republicans...]]> The Dawning of a New Decade - The Shepherd's New Year's Eve guide Ten years ago the country braced itself for the biggest technological crisis of all time. Though that feared Y2K meltdown never occurred, the decade instead brought other, far worse tribulations that would have made those computer glitches seem like a cakewalk: terrorism, war, political divide, a housing crisis, followed by a financial meltdown and the promise of a long, painful recovery...]]> Milwaukee’s Decade of Change - The city has made great strides since 2000 It’s easy to focus on all of the negatives of this decade—the unending wars, the historic terror attacks, the financial instability, the lingering recession. But in spite of these challenges, in many ways Milwaukee made great strides since 2000, and is in the midst of forming its 21st-century identity, one that will keep involved residents in the...]]> Cheap & Fair Gifts for Milwaukee Shoppers - Presenting new ideas for the holidays The holiday season and the coming of a new year inspire many of us to inventory past actions, meditate on the meaning within our lives and commit to improving the future. To peruse the past year’s headlines—Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, massive product recalls, record CEO bonuses—is to witness the fallout when the prime motivation...]]> From Warrior to Civilian - Veterans helping veterans transition from war to peace Milwaukee’s community of veterans is proving to be adept at healing soldiers from the current wars as well as those who left the battlefield decades ago. Many veterans are reaching out to their peers who are having difficulty transitioning from being warriors in a threat-filled combat zone to resuming their lives as workers, students, spouses, partners or parents. The transition from warrior to civilian isn’t easy, and can be made more difficult by financial stresses...]]> AIDS Walk Wisconsin, 20 Years On - The battle against HIV turns a new page Medical treatments for HIV and AIDS have advanced to the point where patients are now leading longer, healthier lives than ever before, with some patients living more than 25 years after being diagnosed. The flip side of that good news is that with AIDS out of the headlines, young, at-risk populations...]]> Game On: The Campaign for Wisconsin Governor - The race to succeed Gov. Jim Doyle takes shape An open seat in the governor’s chair is a rare thing. Yet the race to succeed Gov. Jim Doyle is attracting few candidates from both political parties. On the Democratic side, only Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and 17-year-old Jared...]]> Brew City’s Second Generation - How craft brewers revived Milwaukee's beer tradition Packers 2009: Destination XLIV? Edo de Waart, Milwaukee's New Maestro - September Marks a New Era for Milwaukee's Symphony Orchestra If there’s one thing that leads to the creation of a good orchestra, it’s bad weather. For Edo de Waart, new maestro for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin’s blustery, frigid winters have helped nurture a body of musicians with the potential to one day become a world-class... ]]> Edo de Waart, Milwaukee’s New Maestro - September marks a new era for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra If there's one thing that leads to the creation of a good orchestra, it's bad weather. For Edo de Waart, new maestro for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin's blustery... ]]> The Marcus Center Turns 40 - Milwaukee's Memorable History of Performing Arts Debating Milwaukee's Other East Side - In Bay View, big hopes and conflicting visions Do We Really Need Payday Lenders in Wisconsin? - The big push to block reform and protect profits All the City's a Stage - Milwaukee People's Parade We asked two questions,” explains Jeff Holub, “‘What are your hopes?’ and, ‘what is that which you fear the most?’” It’s a hot, late July afternoon, and the leased industrial space on West Clybourn Avenue is a sweaty forge of fantasia. An intergenerational aggregation of artists are... ]]> Brady Street Festival's Rich History - Shopping, food and music on the East Side The Business of Water - Milwaukee positions itself as a freshwater leader Bastille Days Welcomes the Storm - Milwaukee Festival Favorite Offers Wine, Cheese, Music and More Red Knife Lottery's Soiled Soul Red Knife Lottery opened their debut EP, So Much Drama, with the plotted rape and torture of Travel Channel personality Samantha Brown, paving the way for five more tales of brutality and murder, penned in the vulgar literary style of Edgar Allan Poe and enacted by the terrorizing screams... ]]> Spotlight: Milwaukee Music - Local Bands Get Their Due at Cascio Groove Garage Although Summerfest was conceived largely as a showcase for local bands, over the decades slots for opening bands became elusive as the festival began to emphasize national headliners, explains Michael Houser, a former Summerfest board member and the current chief executive...]]> Summer Fun on the Cheap Despite all the energy and excitement surrounding our city’s summer events, Milwaukeeans remain a frugal lot, demanding low-cost diversions during the all-too-short warm-weather season. Happily, there are free and low-cost entertainment and activities in spades this summer. Free for all...]]> What’s Your Worth? - Compare your salary to these Milwaukeeans Wisconsin Vacations - Keeping Travel Cheap Good Luck, Grads - Advice for job seekers in tough times Grow Your Own - Milwaukeeans plant for the future Turning a New Leaf - Schwartz's legacy lives on The challenges facing brick-and-mortar bookstores represent the diminishing analog way of life. Hours idled away in bookshops are being supplanted by time spent browsing Amazon. The millions of downloadable books on Google yield a depressing vision of the future. Even mighty retailers like Borders and Barnes & Noble feel the pinch of changing habits and an uncertain economy, and the future...]]> Target: MPS - Will reform come from insiders or outsiders? UW-Milwaukee Poised for Growth - University-based research can fuel Milwaukee's economic development The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is in the midst of a metamorphosis. UWM's leadership is shaking off the institution's old reputation as a second-tier, underrated commuter campus by embracing a bold plan to expand its research capacity. Focusing on research will result, hopefully, in...]]> How Milwaukee Saved its Public Museum - Leaders public and private gambled on giving the county's failing museum a second chance. How their efforts breathed new life into the old institution. Baseball ’09: Bright Forecast for Brewers? The 2009 SXSW Wrap-Up - Milwaukee provides a strong presence at the overstuffed music festival Staying Above the Fray - Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson fends off attacks on her record Celebrating Ireland - A culinary tour Old Milwaukee - Why Rockabilly Thrives on Milwaukee's South Side Milwaukee’s Green Machine - Fueling the local economy with ‘green jobs' and new ideas Predicting Oscar - A Slumdog night It’s Slumdog versus wizened old Benjamin, a scrappy kid from Mumbai against an American freak of nature. This year’s Academy Awards promises a battle between Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for several top prizes and many lesser ones. Sean Penn’s unforgettable performance in Milk... ]]> How Milwaukee Does It - The Shepherd's 2009 sex survey results Leaving the Fast Lane - The Slow Food phenomenon The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008 Mr. Jobs - Donald Sykes Discusses the City's efforts to Create Employment The Skinny on Childhood Obesity - Local groups are teaming up to help overweight children slim down PACKERS RECAP: Back to Midfield A Vision for 2009 - Bold action for difficult times This year, like every year, gives us an opportunity to consider where we've been, how we arrived at the present moment, and how we can launch a new year with promise.2008 was particularly difficult and is ending with our nation in the deepest recession since the Great Depression in the 1930s. These difficulties offer us an opportunity to make big changes in the way we think about our society, our neighborhoods and our role in moving into the future in a fair and just manner. ]]> The Shepherd’s New Year’s Eve Guide - Parties start 2009 off right Everyday Heroes - These volunteers go beyond the expected to inspire others “Everyday heroes” surround us, individuals who donate their time, talent, experience and hard work to benefit those who aren’t so fortunate. One thing they all have in common is the ability to make positive personal connections with others, connections that turn into larger changes in our world. Our everyday heroes... ]]> Glamour and Grit - Milwaukee's Boutique Hotels Covering the Basics - The Shepherd's guide to gift-giving in recessionary times Domes of Light - Milwaukee icons illuminated Going Local for the Holidays - Choose Wisconsin foods this year Best of Milwaukee - 2008 Winners and Runners Up An Open Letter to President-elect Obama The next American president has an opportunity to make a real impact on the direction of our nation and the course of world events. What should he do now? Before Tuesday’s election results were announced, we asked our fellow Milwaukeeans: If you could sit with the next president for two minutes, what would you... ]]> If You Were a Political Consultant… - What's your take on the presidential campaign? After a very long campaign and an unprecedented amount of attention, the 2008 presidential election is almost over. So what do you think about it? Fill out this survey... ]]> If You Were a Political Consultant… - What's your take on the presidential campaign? Brewers: Spring Ahead, Fall Back? - The Fairly Detached Observers The Milwaukee Brewers took their fans on a wild ride this season, from the heights of confidence to the depths of despair. But it was worth it as the Brewers reached the postseason for the first time in 26 years. A core of young stars—Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart—made the Brewers contenders from opening day. The July 7 trade for pitcher CC Sabathia, who carried the team, seemed to ensure a playoff spot. ]]> Serving the Garden - The connection between religion and environmental stewardship The Race for the North Shore - The Darling-Wasserman state Senate duel The Most Important News Stories - PROJECT CENSORED Releases Its Latest Report Hooked on Heroin - What you need to know Real Property Tax Relief - A case for the sales tax referendum WORLD OF MUSIC - Milwaukee's Global Festival Creating Acceptance Through Film - The 21st Annual LGBT Film/Video Festival As autumn approaches and daylight hours diminish, more and more of us will be inclined to spend our nights looking for something bright and clear— especially on the big screen. From Sept. 4-14, Milwaukeeans get another chance to brighten their eyes and enlighten their minds with the annual LGBT Film/Video Festival... ]]> NO ID? - Underage Students Scrounge For Entertainment Guns on Campus - Could it become a reality in Wisconsin? Authentically Irish - Fun, fervor and music at this year's fest Revitalizing Grand Avenue - Can downtown development redeem the historic mall? Iraq: What's Next? - Are We at a Turning Point or Another Stalemate? STREET OF DREAMS - Back To Brady Street Days Comprehensive State Fair Guide - 157th Annual Wisconsin State Fair Celebrating 157 years of tradition, the Wisconsin State Fair is a place where Fairgoers of every age and from every walk of life come together to share stories of Fairs gone by while creating new memories to share in the years to come. The Fair offers something for everyone – from agriculture and horticulture to culinary creations and oodles of activities and attractions for Fairgoers that are young and young at heart. With over 15 decades of history, tradition and development, the Wisconsin State Fair has grown into one of the state’s premiere summer events and attractions. The 2008 Wisconsin State Fair, “The Grand Champion of Summer,” will take place Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 10 in West Allis. ]]> Bastille Days - Le Repertoire Culinaire & Vin Get Your Motor Running - Harley Museum Honors Biker History A Stage of Their Own - Cascio Music, Shepherd Express Bring Local Music to Summerfest Les Paul's Homecoming - The Wizard of Waukesha Returns Summerfest 2008 - Comprehensive Guide Year after year, for 11 straight days, Summerfest delivers an unforgettable live music experience, bringing an amazing array of today's hottest stars and emerging talent to Milwaukee. The 23,000 capacity Marcus Amphitheater, 10 permanent ground stage areas, 45 diverse food and beverage vendors and four unique marketplaces are set against the scenic lake Michigan and downtown backdrops, creating a setting and experience like no other. ]]> YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT - Water is abundant in Wisconsin, but conservation is still necess People look at Lake Michigan and it looks like an ocean,” said Pat Henderson, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “And they wonder why they should conserve water.” But Henderson said that concerns about the availability of Great Lakes water are real. He noted that the Great Lakes account for 20% of the world’s fresh water—70% exists in the polar ice cap—but climate change, industry, rising population levels and a lack of awareness are putting pressure on this critical natural resource. ]]> Designing Milwaukee - Courting the Cool Factor Some of the most prestigious awards in architecture were handed out earlier this year. But while the initial flurry of excitement greeting the annual American Institute of Architects awards or the much coveted Pritzker Prize has subsided, one set of accolades still remains for Milwaukee’s design: ]]> The Silent Epidemic - Teens & STDs MANY WERE SHOCKED WHEN THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL and Prevention (CDC) reported last year that one in four teenage girls had contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But Milwaukee experts weren’t. Milwaukee has a long-standing problem not only with teen pregnancy, but with teen STDs as well. The city routinely rates in the top five or 10 cities for chlamydia, gonorrhea and teen pregnancy. Milwaukee County accounts for 50% of all STDs in the state of Wisconsin, and the city of Milwaukee has the 10th highest rate of STD infection among the 63 cities studied by the CDC. ]]> See Wisconsin’s Best Towns This Summer - Your favorite destinations for every activity The Traveling Shepherd’s Best Wisconsin Towns poll is perfectly timed for those who want a close-to-home trip instead of a wallet-busting holiday. In our survey, nearly 3,000 people voted for favorites in 20 categories of Wisconsin towns. Now those recommendations can be your inspiration for summer day trips, weekends away or full-blown vacations. These are Wisconsin places you can afford to visit—even if gas prices reach the dreaded $4 a gallon. Here are the winners, close runners-up and tips on what else to look for when you get there. ]]> New Museum Teaches Tolerance For 2,000 years the Jews were a people without a homeland who made the world their home. The first Jews to arrive in Milwaukee came in the 1840s from German-speaking Central Europe. They found a village at the edge of a wilderness, far from the centers of the Jewish culture. Within a generation a full community grew from the seeds of Milwaukee’s first Jewish settlers. Soon the city elected a Jew to Congress, Victor Berger, a socialist remembered for his principled stand against America’s entry into World War I. A few years later North Division High School graduate Goldie Mabowehz moved to Palestine under the inspiration of Milwaukee’s socialist Zionists. ]]> The Milwaukee River - Paradise in Our Own Back Yard There’s no need to haul canoes, hiking shoes or mountain bikes Up North. Milwaukeeans have paradise in our own back yard. The Milwaukee River valley—home to factories and condos, as well as endangered but vibrant plants, animals and birds— ]]> Breaking the Oil Habit, One Car at a Time “I WISH EVERY CAR COULD BE LIKE THIS!” Seven-year-old Annie Rhoads was mesmerized by a ZAP Xebra sedan at the recent Home and Garden Show at State Fair Park. The electric car comes with zebra-stripe decals, runs on three wheels and looks like a cross between a golf cart and a VW Beetle. ]]> Do I Need to Buy a New Television? If you haven't heard, or if you've been ignoring the message, now is the time to begin paying attention: America’s digital transition is less than one year away. On Feb. 17, 2009, all television stations will cease broadcasting the analog signals that the medium has used since 1941, and will switch entirely to digital signals. If you’re like the average American, you don’t fully understand what this transition means for you. A poll released in November found that less than half of respondents were even aware of the switch, and only 17% could correctly identify the year analog signals would be cut off. ]]> VOLUNTOURISM - VACATIONS TO CHANGE THE WORLD—AND YOU IN JANUARY 2006, UW-MILWAUKEE SENIOR EVAN MCDONIELS WAS ITCHING TO EXPLORE the world beyond campus. When he heard that the Venezuelan consulate was offering free trips to Venezuela for nearly 40 U.S. citizens, he jumped at the chance to learn some Spanish... ]]> Justice Is Not For Sale. Not Now, Not Ever. - The Shepherd interviews Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Bu LOST IN THE SMEARS, LIES AND DISTORTIONS IN THE TV commercials run by special interests is the fact that the race for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is a serious matter. Our Supreme Court justices rule on the most important and difficult legal cases facing our state... ]]> The SXSW Shuffle - Milwaukee Bands Play the Prominent Texan Festival SITTING ALONE AT A LONG, WHITE TABLE BY THE ENTRANCE GATE, KELSEY KAUFMANN SMILED at the festivalgoers, handing them concert schedules as they filtered into the park. They were arriving for a bash called Mess With Texas, one of the largest of the storied day parties... ]]> What Makes Lena Taylor Run? - Milwaukee County Exec candidate returns to her roots If state Sen. Lena Taylor was tired at the end of a long day that included tending to a young son, working in the state Senate, the umpteenth campaign debate with Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and preparing for the next forum, to be held at 7:30 the following morning, it didn’t show. ]]> Inspiring and Educating - Meet the Milwaukee Art Museum's new director Is it Miller's Time? - Proposed joint venture creates corporate beauty contest for new Both companies are tight-lipped about what’s in store for the future MillerCoors, but it’s apparent that two corporate headquarters will merge in one location, a process that will match Milwaukee in a corporate beauty contest with picturesque Golden—or even another location. ]]> Embracing the Dark Side - Have the Oscars left the public behind? EVERYONE WAS WRITING ABOUT THE WRITERS’ STRIKE AND I WAS WONDERING ABOUT AMERICAN GANGSTER AND CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR. To put it another way, the pundits were focused on the obvious potential impact of an ongoing strike on the big night. ]]> Barack Obama for President - ENDORSEMENTS 2008 The 2008 election could alter our course, and Sen. Barack Obama is the one person who could transform that desire for change into real results. That’s why Obama has earned the endorsement of the Shepherd Express as the next president of the United States. ]]> The Taste of Love: - Valentine's Day 2008—Drinking and Dining "I love you.” The whispered words float across the linen tablecloth, over the delicate silverware, the fine china, between the glasses of wine that glow with the light of a nearby candle. It’s Valentine’s Day and you sit across from the person you love most in the world. ]]> Will Michael McGee be Re-elected? - The alderman runs for office from jail amid questions about fair Nine candidates are running to represent the Sixth District on the Milwaukee Common Council, but the contest is marked by the one man who isn’t able to actively campaign for the seat— ]]> Lights Out? - Why are we paying more for less? Wisconsin consumers are using less energy. That’s a good thing. But we’re paying more for that energy. In 2006, we paid a record amount—almost $19.5 billion, about $1.1 billion more than we spent in 2005. ]]> Exquisite Corpses - Milwaukee Public Museum hosts Body Worlds Modern man is a mass of contradictions—especially when it comes to evidence of his own mortality. One needs only to compare the unsurpassed gore of today’s horror films and video games and the popularity of shows like “C.S.I.” with the outrage the Body Worlds exhibit has provoked in some circles. ]]> The Sound of Art - Present Music at Milwaukee Art Museum When attending a classical concert, most of us are accustomed to sitting quietly in one place and allowing the music to transport us. If the venue is particularly noteworthy, you might reflect on how the surroundings are enlivened by the play of sounds. ]]> Womens Voices, Women Vote - Will women decide the next president? In 2004, 20 million unmarried women—single, divorced, separated or widowed—didn’t vote. In 2006, that number was 30 million. Depressing? Yes. But in 2008, these women are considered the voting bloc that could determine the outcome of the next presidential election and many more to come. ]]> Happy New Year! - A night out for everyone In spite of its outdated reputation for $4.99 lobster buffets, Las Vegas is an expensive city, especially when it comes to entertainment. Even aging singers who would have a difficult time selling $30 tickets on tour can easily charge $100 in Vegas, since they know that tourists arrive desperate to be entertained and prepared to splurge.]]> What happened? - Test your Knowledge of 2007 The year started on a high note, at least for progressives. At long last, Democrats took control of both houses of Congress, as well as the state Senate in Wisconsin. With the shift in power came promises to bring the troops home, spend more money on domestic issues such as health care, and begin undoing the damage brought by six full years of the Bush administration.]]> Holiday Presents on the Cheap - 25 Inexpensive Gift Suggestions The gray skies of December grow colder, and this reporter hunkers down to mixed drinks and mixed messages. Economic recession, we are told, is imminent. Foreclosures are skyrocketing, real wages remain stagnant and your best pal is heading for the territories, still owing you 50 and with no forwarding address.]]> Best of Milwaukee 2007 - The Results are in!! CITY CONFIDENTIAL, DINING, BOUGHT AND SOLD, SERVICES, FUN FOR ALL... ]]> The Importance of Buying Local - Independent Businesses Unite The owners of Beans & Barley, the natural foods grocer and caf on Milwaukee’s East Side, expected to take a hit last year when the national chain Whole Foods opened a super-sized store just a few blocks away, but they were still surprised by the number of customers they lost. It didn’t help that around the same time another chain vying for the same health-conscious clientele, Trader Joe’s, moved in to the new Bayshore Town Center.]]> Sharing the Harvest - Local farmers help to feed the hungry Anew movement is emerging in southeastern Wisconsin that has the potential to alter the way we care for those who struggle to feed themselves every day. The food justice movement—made up of newly intertwining strands of social justice activists, urban farmers and gardeners, “buy local” advocates and “foodies” who live to eat—is raising awareness of our local food system’s deficiencies and strengths. ]]> Why We Hate Local TV News May 03, 2007 Few things on TV are as likely to stir our emotions as the local news. When it's done right, the stories can impact us deeply on a personal level and even promote change in the community. But when it's done the wrong way, it makes us embarrassed and even angry. ]]> The Time Is Now - Why Milwaukee should go smoke-free February 08, 2007 Ireland, Cuba and New Zealand did it. France is doing it. And cities as diverse and vibrant as New York, Chicago, El Paso, Madison and Appleton have done it. ]]> Best Of Milwaukee 2006 - YOUR City. YOUR Survey. December 07, 2006 The ballots have been counted, the ballots have been recounted, and the chads have been surgically excised. ]]> Drinking Beer Can Change the World - (Well, maybe) December 21, 2006 It`s no secret that beer is the drink of choice in Milwaukee. In all four seasons, with any type of food, and at any occasion you`ll find Milwaukeeans hoisting a can, bottle or pint glass full of suds. ]]> What's Hot? - The Shepherd Express Sex and Romance Survey reveals all February 15, 2007 What`s hot? In Milwaukee, sex with an ex, spanking, playing with adult toys and posing for dirty pictures is hot. Lying when saying "I love you"—not so much. ]]>