Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Playboys at the Playhouse: A Winter Evening Downtown

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It was with the belief that a well-rounded man attends both sporting events and theater that initially prompted me to join my friend Matt in ordering season tickets to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, also known as The Rep.

I’ve certainly attended my fair share of sporting events, and in the last six seasons, I’ve come to really enjoy being a season ticket holder at The Rep. Now, five times a year, me and my group of friends–Matt dubbed us Playboys at the Playhouse–are drawn Downtown to be transported somewhere else entirely – sometimes 1960s America amid racial upheaval, sometimes its pre-Industrial Revolution England. Sometimes it’s to Green Bay to see the story of the Packers’ most legendary coach, other times it’s ancient Greece to hear a gladiator wax poetic about the Trojan War.

No matter where we’re going, I always look forward to it. Continue reading

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We Kayaked the Milwaukee River: An Afternoon with Milwaukee Kayak Co.

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Shortly after Michelle and I met, while talking on the phone, we discovered we had the same birthday. At the time, this little fact seemed charmed–a reason to keep talking despite the distance between us and the longshot prospects for a relationship.

Ten years on, that charming fact–August 3 being our shared birthday, I’m three years older–seems like more like a burden to bear. We always struggle to determine where¬†to go and what to do.

As this past birthday approached, I decided to be proactive. I wanted to do something fun and memorable. I’d seen images on social media of people kayaking the Milwaukee River and I thought, if we were able to stay upright, it would be the perfect way to spend our day and take in a unique view of our city. Continue reading

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Chilling at the 7th Annual Milwaukee Chili Bowl

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If you’re like me, you love chili.

And if you love chili, then the Milwaukee Chili Bowl should be your mecca. 40+ area restaurants putting their best bowl forward in the effort to secure the prestigious Golden Ladle award.

On the last Sunday in January (the Chili Bowl is always the Sunday before Super Bowl Sunday), Michelle and I headed to Potawatomi for the event, to a giant ballroom I’d never been in before. Tickets for the event were $15 per person. I lucked out and won my tickets from @MKEfoodies! Each ticket grants admission, tickets for eight samples and a ballot for best chili. Thankfully, I knew from prior experience that this meant you had to study the chili offerings wisely (I like to pick a mix of traditional and unique) and that you would go home full. Continue reading

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