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Will Allen Returns to his Roots

MILWAUKEE’S URBAN FARMER IS BACK GROWING CROPS AND COMMUNITY ::BY MARY SUSSMAN hen Will Allen unlocked the doors of the former Growing Power in mid-January 2018, everything had frozen, except thousands of fish and a prolific old fig tree. For a while that previous December, amid confusion and uncertainty, the doors of the old Growing Power, at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, were locked, and the heaters failed. Facing multiple lawsuits for unpaid bills totaling almost $500,000, Growing Power vanished in a flash after almost 25 years of continuous operation. In December, the Green Veterans Group announced on its Facebook page that it would be taking over Growing Power’s holdings and mission. But that never happened. In early May, the greenhouses were lush with flowers, herbs, tomatoes and greens, and Allen was back in his element tending plants, fish and worms and cutting greens, graciously welcoming interns, volunteers and reporters, as well as educating the curious and willing—much as he has done for the past quarter-century. The dissolution of the once-mighty Growing Power at the end of 2017 sent a wave of sadness and disbelief through the urban agriculture community in Milwaukee. Allen says he cannot talk about the dissolution of Growing Power because of pending legal matters, but he is forging ahead using his old-new business name of Will Allen’s Roadside Farms & Markets.

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A Healing Model

“One of the things I have issues with is the way this story is sometimes being portrayed, that Growing Power was a failure, that [its dissolution] sort of shows how unsustainable these things are,” says Michael Carriere, an assistant professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) who specializes in urban agriculture and urban redevelopment. “First and foremost, as an entity, Growing Power lasted 25 years, which is quite a long time for a non-profit. Second, Will [Allen] continues to farm every day.” Carriere considers the successes of Walnut Way Conservation Corp. in fostering urban redevelopment in Lindsey Heights part of Allen’s local legacy, along with Alice’s Garden, a large urban farm and community garden near 20th Street & Garfield Avenue. He also points to successful farms in Michigan, Florida, South Africa and Haiti that Allen helped develop. “My academic work looks at official urban renewal work in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s to see how destructive they were, particularly for communities of color,” Carriere says. “Then you have someone like Will Allen offering an alternative model that is actually healing to the environment.” Steve Ventura, an urban agriculture specialist and professor of soil sciences at UW-Madison, agrees that Allen has been an effective educator and exemplar in urban agriculture. “Allen has trained hundreds if not thousands of people in aspects of urban agriculture through his commercial urban ag workshops, internships that he had on the farm and various speaking engagements with organizations and community groups and schools. He was generous in sharing his ideas and inspired many people,” Ventura says. In 2017, rumors circulated that Allen was retiring, but Ventura suspects that Allen will continue to farm. “I think he’s the kind of person who enjoys working hard. It’s a little hard for me to imagine him kicking back on the beach with a piña colada,” he says. Allen is now 69-years-old. While Allen continues to grow soil using worms and compost, he appears not to be letting any grass grow under his own feet. Although Allen still declines to talk on the record about what caused Growing Power to fail, some of the lawsuits pending at the end of 2017 are now closed cases. The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions lists William Allen as the registered agent for three new business entities formed in 2018: Will’s Roadside Farms & Markets, LLC; Will Allen Good Food Foundation, Inc.; and Growing Power Milwaukee, LLC. Growing Power, Inc.—organized and registered in 1996—filed articles of dissolution on November 21, 2017.

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During the difficult days last November and December, Carriere helped remove many boxes of Growing Power’s documents that were being stored in an unheated semitrailer on the property. “Once I understood the gravity of the situation, I wanted to make sure that Growing Power’s institutional history


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wasn’t forgotten or, in this case, literally thrown away,” Carriere says. With Allen’s permission, the papers were taken to MSOE. Last semester, Carriere’s students sorted and organized them. Eventually they will find a permanent home at the UW-Milwaukee Special Collections. “I’m amazed that there’s this much stuff and in relatively good shape to have a really rich archive,” he says. From 1993 to 1995, Allen operated his business as Will Allen’s Roadside Farm. The fledgling business began by supplying freshly grown food to an undersupplied neighborhood on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side before morphing into Growing Power, a multi-sited nonprofit that eventually produced 40 million pounds of food and raised 100,000 fish annually. At one time, Growing Power employed 150 people and had 1,500 volunteers. Allen grew more than food. The tall and charismatic former professional basketball player spread the gospel of urban ag, inspiring a generation of urban farmers in Milwaukee and far beyond with his infectious can-do attitude. The gentle giant also infused his acolytes with practical urban farming know-how. He is serious about getting good food to people who are marginalized—especially people of color. “That’s really important to me,” Allen said. “When we talk about urban agriculture, we are mostly talking about people of color.”

Back to His Roots

Now, Allen has come full circle and is once again doing business as Will Allen’s Roadside Farm. In 1993, Allen bought the Silver Spring Drive site, a former bedding plant nursery, on a stretch of the street once known as “Greenhouse Alley” because it was home to dozens of plant nurseries. Allen’s farm was the last working farm in the city of Milwaukee. In less than 25 years, Allen, through Growing Power, experienced many successes while pioneering in urban agriculture. For example, in 2008, Allen received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” of $500,000 for his work in urban ag. In 2012, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded Growing Power a five-year grant totaling $5 million to develop and grow operations across the nation to produce locally grown food, train new farmers and provide healthy produce for children and families in low income neighborhoods and communities of color in Detroit, New Orleans, Taos, N.M., and in the Mississippi delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi. In 2013, Allen was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of biography-autobiography for his book, The Good Food Revolution. In 2014, Growing Power sold 40,000 pounds of carrots, grown at its Jackson, Wis., location, to Wisconsin

and Chicago public schools, which was the largest farm-to-school fresh food sale in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, he is wrestling with the transition from operating a nonprofit to running a forprofit business. “I have big-time skin in the game operating my own business like I am,” Allen says. “I started as for-profit, so now it’s like going back to my roots. I knew nothing about nonprofits when I started Growing Power. My friend said, ‘Well, Will, these kids from the neighborhood are coming to you all the time. Why don’t you start a nonprofit? We’ll help you. We’ll start raising money to work with these kids. I got sucked into that. Now I’m back to how I started.” Allen says that nonprofits should not be in the business of trying to scale-up urban agriculture. “Nonprofits have to get soft money to operate and you have to have cash flow for a farm to survive,” he says. “It cannot be done by a nonprofit. I did it because I wanted to prove it could be done. I kind of got sucked into it. My thing was to train people in how to grow food. Just about everyone who does urban agriculture in the city came through Growing Power.” Understanding and respecting Allen’s experience, many development economists believe that a nonprofit, structured properly, or a co-op can also be successful in larger-scale urban agriculture projects.


‘Go Touch the Soil’

Allen shows off a lush fig tree growing inside a greenhouse. It’s the one that survived for a month or so last winter when the heaters failed while things were topsy-turvy at Growing Power. “See that fig tree?” he asks. “It produces a thousand figs. For some reason, it survived. So, some good things happened,” said Allen, ever the optimist. “I never did this for money,” he adds abruptly. “There’s not a lot of money in agriculture on this scale. The people who really make money are the wholesalers and retailers. If the farmer makes 20% on a dollar, that’s good. People ask me, ‘Why do you want to do this? It’s hard work.’ To me, it is a breeze. It is therapy for me to touch the soil every day. I tell that to people who are suffering. Go touch the soil. Eat some of the food that’s not grown with chemicals. You will feel better. I’m not trying to psych them. It’s true. I guarantee you that if you would eat the food that I grow here, your life would change.” Will Allen says he will continue to give tours and teach kids and people with disabilities. “They love touching the soil,” he says. “I can’t even explain what happens when people come in here and touch the soil. Especially kids with issues.” Comment at n



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Revitalizing North Milwaukee New art-community center might be the catalyst for historic urban neighborhood ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN


illard Avenue is lined with storefronts and historic buildings, but looking it over, Brian Rott realized it was missing something. “There’s no coffeehouse in the neighborhood!” he recalls saying. As producing artistic director of Quasimondo Physical Theatre, Rott has performed peripatetically around metro Milwaukee. But when he saw an abandoned brick building crowned with a bell tower just off Villard Avenue, he decided to put down roots. The building he spotted is being transformed into the North Milwaukee Arthaus (5151 N. 35th St.). In Rott’s plans, the two-story structure will accommodate a performance space complete with costume and other shops,

conference rooms for community groups, street-level retail space and, yes, a coffeehouse. The development’s name is a nod to the neighborhood’s past. North Milwaukee was once a city, located between 27th Street and Sherman Boulevard, until its annexation by the City of Milwaukee in 1929. The area retained its primarily Germanic character through the 1960s. Unlike many of Milwaukee’s “madeup” neighborhoods, North Milwaukee is a name with deep roots in a district with a distinct history. Villard Avenue was North Milwaukee’s bustling main street, and despite several decades of neglect and decomposition, the bones remain in place. Rott’s eyes, however, are focused more on the present and the potential for the future. “The Arthaus will make Villard a destination

for the arts. Ongoing programming and classes will cultivate new local voices, while performances and special events will bring patrons and revenue from all around Milwaukee,” Rott says. “As another anchor organization, we hope to enhance its character. A great neighborhood should provide residents with all the amenities and opportunities of Downtown while staying unique to its identity. We’re excited to be a part of that and to help make North Milwaukee a thriving community for shopping, business, food and entertainment.” “Brian’s project will be catalytic,” agrees Stephanie Harling, executive director of the Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation serving the city’s North Side. She emphasizes the collaborative nature of development plans for the area. “A lot of BIDS (Business Improvement Districts) exist in silos, but what we do affects residents. We invite community input in our effort to create the kind of retail corridor the residents will want.” One of the first steps toward revitalizing the neighborhood occurred with the 2011 opening of the Milwaukee Public Library’s Villard Square Branch (5190 N. 35th St.), which features two floors of apartments above a ground floor library whose computers often serves the neighborhood residents as a center for information technology. “These days, we’re seeing good forward movement,” says Caprice Hill, interim executive director of the Villard Avenue BID. “Our BID was dormant for two years, and prior to that it wasn’t managed well. We had to bring it back to the purpose it was created for—to come together, develop community and make the neighborhood more appealing, more commercially viable.”

Public Help, Private Initiative

The Arthaus is becoming a bright example of how private initiative and public investment can move a neighborhood forward. The building it occupies served as North Milwaukee’s city hall and jail; it became a Milwaukee Fire Department station and housed various municipal offices through 1970. A variety of tenants occupied the building until 2012 when the City of Milwaukee took ownership for back taxes. Rott’s Arthaus partner, Quasimondo cofounder Jenni Reinke, brings relevant experience to the project from her years as manager of the Fondy Farmers Market and the Public Allies Milwaukee program for nonprofit administration. They have received support from the City of Milwaukee in the form of a $75,000 Foreclosed Property Development Grant, plus a $10,000 “Solar for Good” grant from RENEW Wisconsin toward installing solar panels and a Milwaukee Arts Board grant for Celsius 232, a loose adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 intended as a site-specific performance. In addition, Rott and Reinke have raised more than $100,000 in financial support and donations of goods and services from other sources. All of this has enabled work to begin on the Arthaus. However, much needs to be done if the center is to open by year’s end, as Rott 6 | JUNE 14, 2018

hopes. In the months to come, drop ceilings will be pulled down to expose the original beams. Carpets will be ripped up to reveal the wooden floorboards. Jerry-built internal walls will be knocked down in the interest of historic restoration as well as contemporary needs. Rott and Reinke have launched a capital campaign to raise the remaining $350,000 needed to complete the project.

Working with Residents

Rott and Reinke didn’t simply parachute into the neighborhood, acquire a building and begin their work. At every step they met with area stakeholders to help shape the Arthaus’ vision. All parties concerned hope to avoid the negatives of gentrification, which include driving out existing residents through the rising cost of rent. “That’s not going to happen,” Rott insists. “We’re looking for a scaling up, not gentrification,” Harling explains. “We’re talking about streetscaping—improving the façade of storefronts, improving the physical environment, filling empty storefronts. The effort is to leave the people where they are and help them build their businesses. There are several other empty buildings owned by the City of Milwaukee. Partnering with the city is absolutely necessary.” Rott adds, “We want to make North Milwaukee a thriving commercial and entertainment district with a unique identity.” Hill points out that several other projects are underway, including a business incubator and a 43-unit residential facility with retail space housed in a former funeral home. Her BID “will spearhead the Green Light Project, a safety initiative in conjunction with the Milwaukee Police Department to install security cameras,” she says. The cameras will be installed on buildings and patched into the local MPD district. They will be activated upon receipt of a 911 call from their locations. “Officers will see what’s happening in real time,” Harling explains. Hill adds, “We want residents to be more aware. We’re shining a light on dark places. Villard Avenue is no different than any other space in the City of Milwaukee.” In identifying the neighborhood’s problems, Harling is primarily concerned with “loitering, litter, vacant buildings—nuisance situations. We’ve also organized block clubs to watch for nuisance activities. The residents are taking the lead.” With several projects in the works, the Villard Avenue BID is working “to come up with a strategic action plan—what Villard can look like in five years.” Harling has an idea. “There’s no reason why we can’t be like Brady Street in five years. The physical pieces are similar. It’s the cultural stuff we’re working on.” On Saturday, June 16, the Villard Avenue BID will sponsor “Community Cleanup and Cookin’ Up Arthaus.” The event begins with an 11 a.m. neighborhood cleanup starting at Villard Square followed by a program outside the Arthaus featuring live music and poetry at 12:30 p.m. and at 1 p.m., a barbecue with State Sen. Lena Taylor and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton as guest speakers. Comment at SHEPHERD EXPRESS


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he Shepherd Express serves as a clearinghouse for all activities in the greater Milwaukee area that peacefully push back against discriminatory, reactionary or authoritarian actions and policies of the Donald Trump administration, as well as other activities by all those who seek to thwart social justice. We will publicize and promote actions, demonstrations, planning meetings, teach-ins, party-building meetings, drinking-discussion get-togethers and any other actions that are directed toward fighting back to preserve our liberal democratic system.

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The Hidden Impact of Segregation @ Arts @ Large (908 S. Fifth St.), 5-6:30 p.m.

Head Griot of the Black Holocaust Museum Reggie Jackson will lead a special workshop designed for teachers and artist educators about the forces that created residential segregation in Milwaukee. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 16

Wauwatosa Moms Demand Action New Member Meeting @ Wauwatosa Public Library (7635 W. North Ave.), 10-11 a.m.

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Coffee with Crowley @ Sherman Perk Coffee Shop (4924 W. Roosevelt Dr.), 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

for Communities, 45th District State Rep. Mark Spreitzer and other to-be-announced panelists discussing the political issues facing the LGBTQ community in Milwaukee.

State Rep. David Crowley is inviting his constituents to join him for coffee Saturday morning at the Sherman Perk Coffee House to discuss ways to move the community forward.

Peace Action Wisconsin: Stand for Peace @ The corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Locust Street, noon-1 p.m.

Every Saturday from noon-1 p.m., concerned citizens join with Peace Action Wisconsin to protest war and, literally, “Stand for Peace.” Signs will be provided for those who need them. Protesters are encouraged to stick around for conversation and coffee afterward.

Laughing Liberally @ ComedySportz Milwaukee (420 S. First St.), 8-10 p.m.

Laughing Liberally Milwaukee is a monthly progressive political comedy show hosted by comedian, satirist and progressive talk radio host Matthew Filipowicz. This month’s show features Brian Green, Addie Blanchard, Josh Fred, Alicia Buskirk, Jason Hillman and sketch comedy group The Accountants of Homeland Security.

Monday, June 18

The Politics of the LGBT Community @ ATU Local 998 (734 N. 26th St.), 6-8 p.m.

This panel discussion features Deon Young of the Human Rights Campaign, Rick Banks of Black Leaders Organizing

Wednesday, June 20

Engaging Men in the #MeToo Era @ Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (3020 W. Vliet St.), 9:30 a.m.-noon Tony Porter, CEO of A Call to Men, an organization that seeks to educate men on “healthy, respectful manhood,” will speak about how men can use their influence to prevent violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Milwaukee World Refugee Day @ Zeidler Union Square (301 W. Michigan St.), 10 a.m.-noon

The United Nations established World Refugee Day in the year 2000, and Milwaukee has celebrated every year since. This year’s festivities take place during the Westown Farmers Market, and are free and open to the public. To submit to this column, please send a brief description of your action, including date and time, to savingourdemocracy@shepex. com. Together, we can fight to minimize the damage that Donald Trump and others of his kind have planned for our great country.


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The Goodfellas of the Trump Crime Family ::BY JOEL MCNALLY

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Fyxation Bicycle Shop ::BY ERIN BLOODGOOD


he team at Fyxation Bicycle Shop has a passion for cycling because, they say, riding a bicycle brings out your spirit of adventure, improves your health and connects you to your city. And that’s exactly their mission: to deliver adventure. Fyxation wants to be a place where people of all ethnicities, backgrounds and experience levels feel comfortable getting on a bike and asking questions. “It’s all about empowering the consumer, empowering the community,” says Jessica Ginster, one of three coowners of Fyxation, along with Ben and Nick Ginster. “Knowledge is power, so let’s share the knowledge we’ve gained.” Jumping on a bike is one of the best ways to discover a city thanks to the speed and accessibility a bicycle offers, but it’s not necessarily easy for everyone to get into biking because of the cost and culture. Most bicycle shops in Milwaukee are located in the wealthier neighborhoods, making it harder for those with less money to break into the sport and ask questions. But Fyxation is working to change that. At least once a week, they do a free repair job or recycle a bike part if someone needs financial help. Fyxation also gets people involved in biking through the numerous events they host. The company supports organizations like Black Girls Do Bike, a national grassroots chapter that organizes rides for women of color and advocates skill sharing. Ginster has also taught mountain biking at Riverside University High School and leads weekend bike-packing excursions to help people improve their skills. “By the end of the trip, you can see the difference in their comfort level, and for me, that’s so rewarding,” he says. But some people don’t want the intense workout; they just want the wind in their hair while cruising around the city, and Fyxation understands that, too. That’s why the shop will be leading free bike rides around Milwaukee throughout the summer. Participants will meet at Lakefront Brewery to get a free beer every second Wednesday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. (upcoming ride, July 11). The other option is meeting up at Fyxation’s Riverwest shop (2943 N. Humboldt Blvd.) at 6 p.m. for “Frothy Fridays” to ride with a group to the Sprecher Traveling Beer Garden (upcoming rides, June 29, Aug. 3 and Aug. 24). In staying true to its goal of making Milwaukee an active and sustainable city, Fyxation recently bought the Pedal Milwaukee Building (3618 W. Pierce St.) to offer space for small businesses related to cycling. The current residents are the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Velobahn Coffee & Cycle and Team Sports—all of which have a passion for two wheels and connecting this vibrant city. Fyxation’s involvement with the Milwaukee community is endless, but its ideology is simple: Regardless of who you are, get on a bike and discover that feeling of freedom. Comment at n

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ur Founding Fathers always feared America falling into the hands of a totally unscrupulous president without any respect for democracy. They attempted to create a meticulous system of checks and balances and a fail-safe procedure to remove any president for vaguely defined “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Our Founders clearly underestimated the criminal mind. They couldn’t anticipate Donald Trump would one day declare as president he had absolute power to decide what even constituted a crime in his country and to pardon any crimes committed by a growing list of family members and associates either charged or under investigation by prosecutors including his son, son-in-law, campaign manager, national security advisor, personal legal “fixer” and even himself. That sounds a lot like America being taken over by organized crime, the Goodfellas of the Trump crime family. Scott Pruitt, the corrupt, environmentally destructive administrator of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, added a comic element by using his position to acquire a discount Trump Home Luxury Plush Euro Pillow Top Mattress from Trump’s Washington hotel in case the whole gang has to “go to the mattresses” like the Corleone family in The Godfather. Anyone who considers this an outrageous exaggeration might want to review the preposterous claim by Trump legal advisor Rudy Giuliani that the president can neither be indicted nor subpoenaed to testify about criminal activities and would have the absolute right to pardon himself even if he shot and killed former FBI Director James Comey in the Oval Office. Damn. Why didn’t Thomas Jefferson and the boys think to write something into the Constitution to prohibit the president from committing murder? Of course, Giuliani assured us even though Trump could commit any crime he wanted and then pardon himself, Trump would never, ever think of doing such a thing. Actually, he already has. Trump repeatedly mused aloud during the campaign about publicly shooting someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and getting away with it because of the loyal support of his most rabid followers. Besides, if we’ve learned anything from Trump’s chaotic, incoherent presidency, it’s that no one can predict with absolute certainty anything Trump will or won’t do, not even Trump himself.

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As appalling as it was for Trump to boast about committing murder, it’s even more appalling to see Republicans, who once claimed to support law and order, stand behind

Trump and even join in his full-scale assault on law enforcement for trying to root out public corruption and criminal activity in Trump’s campaign and government. It’s unprecedented on a national scale, but those of us from Wisconsin have already witnessed a successful statewide Republican campaign by Gov. Scott Walker to shut down a legitimate investigation by prosecutors into a suspected illegal scheme by Walker and Republicans to launder millions of dollars in the 2012 recall elections to cover up bribery of public officials. It was only after Republicans on the Wisconsin Supreme Court shut down the criminal investigation that voters learned a mining company was allowed to rewrite state mining and environmental regulations after secretly contributing $1.2 million to elect Walker and legislative Republicans. A Texas billionaire being sued for millions of dollars for producing lead paint causing brain damage to children was shielded from legal liability under state law after secretly donating $750,000 to those same Republican politicians. Walker and legislative Republicans later passed an actual law outlawing so-called John Doe investigations by prosecutors into public corruption and criminal activity by state politicians. That’s Trump’s kind of law. It would put a stop to all the UNCONSTITUTIONAL witch hunts (with lots of exclamation points!!!) that have been poking around in the Trump family’s private business ever since he’s been president. Until then, Trump just found out he has almost unlimited power to pardon anybody for any crimes they’ve ever committed. Boy, is that going to come in handy. Trump embraces presidential powers that could be used for good and immediately lowers them to his own seedy, tawdry level. Trump has little concern for the mass incarceration of tens of thousands of African Americans serving absurdly long sentences for non-violent drug crimes. But Kim Kardashian West saw a story about Alice Marie Johnson on TV and became the perfect advocate to convince Trump to commute Johnson’s life sentence after 21 years. Good for Johnson. All those thousands of others just need to find their own beautiful celebrity spokeswomen. Now Trump is like a kid at Christmas thinking up names of real-life celebrity criminals to pardon. Extra credit goes to virulent bigots like convicted Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and rightwing hate monger Dinesh D’Souza. It also helps if you appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But, of course, first dibs on presidential pardons go to the Don himself and all the made men and their molls in the extended Trump crime family. SHEPHERD EXPRESS




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used to make tequila) are priced by the shot, pour or ’rita and range in price from $4-$225. Move over bourbon and bitters, tequila is in town! You can also just opt for a good ol’ House ’Rita ($6) a perfect balance of Hacienda Vieja, lime juice and simple syrup or one of their refreshing, beachy craft cocktails like the Coconut Cream or Jalapeño Blast ($10). The pitcher of Cantaritos for a group is not only a “good time” but a whole mess of fruit, tequila and topped off with grapefruit soda ($40). Blue Bat also offers a small selection of beer and wine. ::BY ALISA MALAVENDA The food menu consists of snacks, bowls, tacos and salads, and has globally inspired flavors and reinvented classics like the tuna poke nachos. One of our ilwaukee’s Hospitality Democracy restaurant group favorites, the fried brussels sprouts, are paired with lime, cotija and small diced has done it again by bringing another unique spot dried mango that was not noticeably visible but added the right sweetness to to our city’s culinary culture, Blue Bat Kitchen & the bitter pecan and spiciness of the chipotle aioli to make the whole dish pop. Tequilaria. The two-story restaurant on the Milwaukee Agave caramel was a nice addition to the blistered shishito peppers and corn River is an outstanding spot to unwind, grab a light bite hushpuppies. They offer bowls ($12-$16) featuring Korean, Cuban, Creole and for lunch or enjoy an evening with friends. It has a modern Moroccan options, and you can turn any of their tacos into a rice bowl too. coastal beach vibe with a huge sign in the bar area that The list of eclectic street tacos ($3.25-$4.25) covers a variety of flavors. I was reads “GOOD TIMES” and has a happy hour that lasts all drawn to the curried cauliflower tacos on all three visits because of the flavor day, every day. And Blue Bat offers more than 160 combinations, but the other riffs on tacos such as the tequilas. FGT (fried green tomato with bacon and lettuce), smoked The agave plant mural on the brisket, Cajun shrimp or buffalo fried chicken were equally Cream City brick wall is a focal point good. Although all three signature sauces are delicious and and draws you in like the longhouse made the big flavors in each of the tacos rendered Blue Bat Kitchen nosed bats thirsty for sweet agave nectar. When you sit the sauces almost superfluous. It’s worth getting the bag of down at your table you will notice that in place of a water & Tequilaria chips ($8) served with choice of mango salsa or guacamole glass there is a shot glass getting you prepared for the 249 N. Water St. just to try all three. The Baby Bat was a mild green poblano superstar lineup of tequila and its smoky sister, mezcal. The 414-431-1133 • $-$$ sauce, while the Blazing Bat had just the right amount of two-sided tequila menu has a break out box enlightening heat in the finish and well the Bat S#it crazy sauce—wowza! us on the tastes of tequila. It was as hot as habanero hell. On the other side is an explanation of what the blue bats Handicapped access: Yes Blue Bat offers several vegetarian salads, including represent on the menu and to tequila—Blue Bat Kitchen CC, FB, GF, OD, RS the watermelon with grilled corn, jicama and a mezcal supports an interchange project preserving traditional and Hours: vinaigrette, and you can opt to add choice of protein for an quality practices in making agave-based spirits. The blue bat Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., additional cost. Dessert comes in the form of special flavors marks the tequilas that support these practices. The tequilas F-Sa 11 a.m.-12 a.m. and mezcals (the difference is in the agave; only blue agave is from Purple Door Ice Cream and a creamy cheese cake.

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Victory Garden Initiative a True Grassroots Movement ::BY SHEILA JULSON


n 2008, a group of friends brainstormed ways to grow a socially just food system in Milwaukee. Their ideas led to an impactful annual gardening event, the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz, and to Victory Garden Initiative (VGI), a nonprofit that empowers communities to grow sustainable, nutritious food systems accessible to all. VGI’s founder and executive director Gretchen Mead grew up in a rural community where people grew their own food. When she moved to Milwaukee, she turned her small Shorewood yard into an edible paradise. A social worker, Mead noticed she was not the only one who could benefit from gardening. “I saw dependence on highly processed, nonnutritious foods that was ailing my clients, and a lack of outdoor activity that could connect them to the natural environment around them,” she said. That prompted her to think about social justice and environmental sustainability. “I understood that if I helped people grow their own food, I could affect change on many different dimensions and levels.” Mead and her friends organized the first Victory Garden Blitz, where volunteers install raised bed gardens at people’s homes or anywhere they want a garden. As momentum grew, the group realized they needed to create an organization to help as many people as possible, and VGI was born. VGI’s programs were a natural progression because once people received their new gardens, they still needed help obtaining and maintaining the plants. To meet those needs, VGI purchased land from the City of Milwaukee at 220 E. Concordia Ave. where for the past eight years they’ve maintained a 1.5-acre vegetable farm. VGI’s programs for youths and adults center on farming and building neighborhood connections. Participants learn to create and care for edible gardens, composting and food leadership skills. VGI’s 2018 Garden Blitz wrapped up May 26. SHEPHERD EXPRESS

Mead said to date they’ve installed 4,000 raised bed gardens throughout Milwaukee, and they had great volunteer turnout. Their Food Leader Certificate program teaches how to create and design food systems. That program is the result of multiple requests from people throughout Milwaukee County who wanted VGI’s help with starting gardening projects in their communities. Graduates of the program have since gone on to create successful gardening and composting efforts throughout Milwaukee County. Through the Fruity Nutty Blitz, VGI sells quality fruit trees to residents at low prices, and volunteers plant the trees. VGI is working with Will Allen to take on some projects previously operated by Growing Power, including an orchard in Oak Creek Parkway. VGI partners with dozens of organizations including Habitat for Humanity to get gardens to Habitat households. They provide produce for Milwaukee Area Technical College’s culinary department and to the Riverwest Food Pantry. VGI recently purchased a building across the street from their urban farm. “The Farmhouse” will have office, event and classroom space, allowing VGI to use the abundance of food grown on their farm for programs to support neighborhood chefs, host pop-up dinners, culinary-related workforce development programs and other yet-to-be determined projects based on neighborhood needs. A recent event at The Farmhouse included a meeting of Milwaukee women implementing positive change through gardening and accessible food systems. Mural artist Stacey Williams-Ng joined them to capture the different voices from the group, and she’s creating a mural that will wrap the east and north sides of The Farmhouse as a tribute to the women in Milwaukee who are striving to make the food system better for all of us. For more information, visit





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he Brewers are almost certainly glad to be home at Miller Park this week, but the road has been pretty good to them as well. Milwaukee’s loss to the Phillies on Sunday completed a somewhat disappointing 3-5 road trip but still left them 21-15 on the road this season. That was good enough to tie them for the National League lead in road wins and it’s tied for the secondbest mark in all of baseball: Only the Astros, 23-11 away from Minute Maid Park, have been better in their away jerseys. To say this goes against a franchise trend for the Brewers would be a significant understatement. They won 86 games a year ago but were a better team at home, going 46-38 at Miller Park (including three games moved from Miami) and 40-38 on the road. Before that the picture gets even bleaker: Until 2017 the Brewers had just two winning seasons on the road since joining the National League in 1998. Even great teams weren’t immune to road woes: The 2011 Brewers set a franchise record with 96 regular season wins but went just 39-42 away from Miller Park. They reached the high water mark in franchise history by winning a club record 57 home games. The 2008 Brewers also reached the postseason on the backs of a solid home performance, going just 41-40 outside the state of Wisconsin. Across baseball, having a significant home/ road split isn’t as unusual as you might think. Since the start of the 2010 season the Brewers have a 364-316 record at home (entering play Monday) for a .535 winning percentage. On the road they’ve gone 314-367 for a .461 mark. That 74-point difference between home and road records is only the 17th largest in Major League Baseball over that span.

Following Saturday’s games, the Rockies had the biggest split at 119 points and the Mets had the smallest, with a mere seven winning percentage points of difference between games played at Citi Field (332-349) and those played elsewhere (325-351). The average MLB team has won about 37.5 road games per season (and lost 43.5) since 2010. The Brewers have been worse than that benchmark away from home in 32 of their 49 MLB seasons to date. The most notable exceptions are as follows:

1982: 47 wins The legendary 1982 Brewers demonstrated tremendous balance, winning 48 games at home and 47 on the road. They actually hit a little better on the road, with an .800 team on-base plus slugging as compared to a .778 mark at County Stadium. Robin Yount batted .347 with a .396 on-base percentage and .634 slugging away from home that season on the way to his first Most Valuable Player Award, and Cecil Cooper wasn’t far behind him at .323/.347/.573.

1980: 46 wins The 1982 Brewers broke a record set two years earlier by another Brewers team that travelled well: The 1980 Brewers were actually a much better team on the road (4634) than they were at home (40-42). Their batting split between home/road was even more severe than the 1982 team’s: They averaged more than 5.5 runs per game away from County Stadium but just 4.5 at home.

1981: 34 wins (out of 60) In 1981 an extended in-season strike wiped out about two months of the regular season schedule. The Brewers took advantage of a modified playoff format to make their first postseason appearance in franchise history and did so on the back of a solid road performance: They played 60 road games and just 49 home contests that season but it didn’t matter as they went 34-26 away from Milwaukee. The Brewers have had just five winning seasons away from home since the run from 1980-82: 1987 (43-38), 1996 (42-39), 1999 (42-39), 2008 (41-40) and the aforementioned 2017 campaign (40-38), and none of them have even come all that close to the 1982 team’s .588 winning percentage. The 2018 team, however, has a real shot at that mark. They’ve already played 36 games from their 81-game road schedule and at 2115, they’re winning games at a .583 pace. Furthermore, their next 14 road games are all against the Pirates, Reds and Marlins, teams that range from slightly to well below .500. A historic level of road success is definitely within the realm of possibility for this team. SHEPHERD EXPRESS


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HOW SUMMERFEST BEGAN The surprising history behind the world’s biggest music festival ::BY MATTHEW J. PRIGGE

he activities that have come to define Summerfest—music, food and drink—are but a fraction of what the festival was intended to include and its overall mission—fun, fun, fun—is a far cry from the erudite goals of its founding. Milwaukee already had a long festival tradition by the early 1960s, when Mayor Henry Maier, inspired by a city-wide festival he had seen on a recent trip to Munich, assembled the committee that eventually gave birth to Summerfest. Church and fraternal organization festivals were common as early as the 1850s. The German-American Day Festival in 1890 drew 100,000 people to the city and made news from coast to coast. Six years later, Milwaukee hosted the “Bazaar of All Nations,” a 10-day festival modeled on the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In 1933, the city auditorium hosted “Beer Fest” to celebrate the end of Prohibition. Mayor Dan Hoan was one of the festival hosts and downed a few of 35,000 glasses of beer drunk at the event. The carnival-style Mid-Summer Festival was the city’s first major annual celebration, hosted between 1933 and 1942 on the lakefront. But in the post-war years, Milwaukee’s festival scene faded. By the time Maier was elected in 1960, the city was suffering from a litany of urban woes— growing racial strife, an aged Downtown and the shifting of the region’s economic base to the suburbs. Maier’s vision for a new multi-day festival for Milwaukee was a look to the future with a nod to the past—an old-world celebration that could draw international attention to a city trying to find a modern identity. After a year of planning, the Milwaukee World Festival committee announced that the event would debut on July 4, 1965 and include a film festival, Broadway plays, a jazz concert series, and an “ideas conference” featuring the world’s greatest thinkers and visionaries.

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Funding troubles sank the festival’s proposed ’65 opening. Instead, a remade version of the festival plan was rolled out for 1968. Gone were the high-minded festivities envisioned a few years prior. Led by festival director Bill Masterson, who had been the administrator of the Wisconsin State Fair since 1951, the World Festival shifted its focus from art and uplift to fun in the sun. The new vision for the festival included auto races, an air show, a barbershop quartet sing-off, and a polka and square dancing competition. Events like an outdoor cookout competition or a motorboat race were also proposed as candidates to attract corporate sponsorship to the festival. “There is no doubt that the festival can be the single biggest economic boost Milwaukee has ever had,” Maier said in 1966, “[but] the most important thing is that the festival will bring some color, some excitement, and some stimulation to the lives of our people and of all the people who visit us.” Maier’s view of the festival as a boon to the spirits of Milwaukee’s residents and visitors reflected the times. The city’s troubles of the early ’60s had compounded themselves by 1966 and impending loss of the Braves to Atlanta left Milwaukee feeling like a second-class city. The following summer, Milwaukee’s long-simmering racial tensions finally boiled over in an evening of fires, gunshots, and civil unrest. The riot of ’67 could have been the shock the city needed to finally begin to address its serious racial disparities. But Maier, famously tone-deaf on matters of race, found the need to repair Milwaukee’s national image most pressing. “The festival is needed more than ever before,” Maier said just two months after the riot, “to show that Milwaukee is not the city of the clenched fist the nation has been permitted to see through the narrow window of the national media. Rather it is the city of the outstretched hand of friendship and gemueltlichkeit.” With the first-ever World Festival now set for late July 1968, the event’s backers opened a campaign to reassure potential festival-goers that the city was a safe place for all and that the festival represented wholesomeness and unity. With the announcement that the festival would feature a “youthfest” event, Masterson made clear that it would not cater to the young long-hairs who were taking dope and leading marches. “[Milwaukee] is the country’s biggest small town,” festival director Masterson said, “short on hippies and long on squares.” He also dismissed worries that civil unrest could disrupt the festival, “jokingly” telling a luncheon crowd that the open housing marches could actually be used as a “tourist attraction” during the fest. But concerns over Milwaukee’s racial climate were indeed affecting the festival. Planners of the jazz concert series, one of the few concepts to survive from the original proposal for the event, reported that many major record labels were discouraging their artists from signing on the shows out of fears that it could present a dangerous or embarrassing situation. South Side Alderman Robert Sulkowski suggested that the big names stay home and that enough musical talent for the festival could be found locally. “If they don’t want to come to Milwaukee, we don’t want ’em,” he said. “We’ve got enough kooks coming here now.”

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Meanwhile, the shrinking scope of what the festival was to include prompted a reexamination of the event’s name. Still being referred to as “Milwaukee World Festival,” the event had devolved into a decidedly regional affair and some organizers were worried that such a title could mislead attendees. In January 1968, with opening day of the event less than eight month away, it was announced that the festival would be known as “Juli Spass,” German for “July Fun.” Reaction to the name was overwhelmingly negative. The name was criticized as being too German-centric and too difficult to pronounce (yoolee spahs) correctly. Another name finalist, “All People’s World Festival,” was dismissed for sound too “Communist.” Other suggestions including “Smorgasbord Fest,”“Funtasia,”“Milwaukeefest,” and “Estival Festival” (Estival is a variation of the Latin word for summer) were similarly rejected. Finally, after a month of Juli Spass, the event was officially renamed “Summerfest.” To read the rest of this article, visit



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::THISWEEKINMILWAUKEE THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Nomad FanZone @ Nomad Nacional, 10 a.m.

Soccer fans have a new place to call home this summer. For a full 31 days during the World Cup, Nomad Nacional on Fifth Street in Walker’s Point will transform its neighboring parking lot into a giant fútbol viewing area where fans can watch the games on a jumbotron. There will be plenty to do between games, too. Nomad has lined up a full schedule featuring live music, lucha libre wrestling, a Father’s Day party, photo booths, youth soccer and family activities. There will also be a Summerfest shuttle. For its opening day festivities, which kick off with a viewing of the Russia vs. Saudi match at 10 a.m., rapper Zed Kenzo will perform at 8 p.m. For the complete schedule of matches and entertainment, visit

Quiet Slang w/ Abi Reimold @ The Back Room at Colectivo, 8 p.m.

With his Philly punk band Beach Slang, James Alex plays fast, peppy songs about the joys and indignities of youth. As Quiet Slang, Alex plays those same songs, only with quite a bit less volume. The band features stripped-down versions of Beach Slang’s songs comprised of piano and cello. Last fall the project released We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags, an EP that paired two Beach Slang songs with covers of The Replacements and Big Star. They followed it up this year with the full-length album Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, released on Polyvinyl.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Polish Fest @ Summerfest Grounds, noon

Since 1982, Milwaukee’s Polish Fest has been celebrating a culture that’s deeply embedded into the city’s DNA. Attractions at this year’s event include polish sheepdogs, a royal white tiger exhibit, history seminars, cooking demonstrations (so you can finally learn how to make your own kielbasa and paczki), vodka tastings, a youth piano competition and a Sukiennice Marketplace featuring handcarved gifts, jewelry, Baltic amber, Boleslawiec pottery and handblown Christmas ornaments. That’s on top of a massive entertainment lineup featuring enormous amounts of polka, and the annual “Big Boomski” fireworks display Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. (Through Sunday, June 17.)

Lakefront Festival of Art @ Milwaukee Art Museum, 10 a.m.

This three-day, outdoor fundraising event for the Milwaukee Art Museum is consistently named one of the best art festivals in the country, and for good reason. Lakefront Festival of Art has had 55 years to earn its premier standing. The year’s showcase will feature artwork from more than 170 artists who were carefully selected from thousands of national applicants. The artwork, which includes fiber, ceramics, paintings, metalwork and jewelry will be on sale, some of it at prices you don’t have to be a deep-pocketed collector to consider. There will also be music from performers including B~Free, Derek Pritzl, Marielle Allschwang, Abby Jeanne, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and more, and a Friday night installment of MAM After Dark featuring music from Cairns, Luxi and Dead Horses. (Through Sunday, June 17.)

Metro Jam @ Washington Park, Manitowoc, 5:30 p.m.

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Midge Ure and Paul Young @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

Midge Ure had already had a rich and varied career in music by the time he became the frontman of the British new wave band Ultavox, having already played in storied bands including Thin Lizzy, Rich Kids and Visage. Under his leadership Ultravox became one of the most consistent British synth-pop bands of the early ’80s, turning out seven Top 10 albums and 17 Top 40 singles, including their hit “Vienna.” Since leaving the group in 1988, he’s released seven solo albums, including last year’s Orchestrated, which features orchestral reworkings of songs from both Ultravox and his solo career. Ure will be joined at this show by a fellow veteran of the British new wave scene, Paul Young, whose distinctive baritone voice has made him an in-demand soul singer.

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Jamey Johnson w/ Kelsey Waldon @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.

Jamey Johnson has a voice that perfectly evokes the music he writes. A little bit weary, a little bit ragged and filled with a lot of soul, his Southern drawl brings songs about heartbreak, hard times and bad luck taken straight from the playbooks of Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe and Waylon Jennings to life. His fourth LP, The Guitar Song, was an ambitious double album alternatively weary and full of hope, which reached the top of the Billboard country charts and topped many critics’ end-of-the-year lists. Alas, he’s kept fans waiting a long time for a follow-up. He hasn’t released a record since 2012’s tender covers collection Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.

Jersey Street Music Festival @ Discher Park, Horicon, 4:30 p.m.

Horicon is about an hour drive from Milwaukee, but its annual Jersey Street Music Festival is reliably worth the trip. This year’s lineup features 11 bands across two days, including Revolution Day, Crank the Radio, Rocket Cat, Trapper Schoepp, Listening Party, Rocket Paloma, Ian Ash from Ian & the Dream, as well as two bands from Cincinnati, Lemon Sky and Suck the Honey, and Mutts from Chicago. There will also be a market featuring area vendors, a chalk art competition and kids activities. (Also Saturday, June 16)


Historic Concordia Home Tour @ Multiple Locations, 11 a.m.

Milwaukee’s Concordia neighborhood prides itself on its historic character, which is why for the last 28 years residents have opened their doors to showcase the neighborhood’s striking art and architecture. This year’s Historic Concordia Home Tour features nine homes, including the residencies of prominent area artists and musicians including Michael Westcott. There will also be gallery exhibitions and a plein air art competition, so attendees will be able to watch artists in action as they roam from destination to destination. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and begins at the Wgettha Building on the Potawatomi Campus at North 33rd Street and West Kilbourn Avenue. For more details, visit

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Juneteenth Day @ Martin Luther King Dr., 10 a.m.

Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, but that didn’t mean all slaves were freed the moment the ink dried. Some slaves in Texas didn’t learn of their freedom until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1965. Each year Milwaukee commemorates that date with one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the world, a big, family friendly blowout on Martin Luther King Drive between Burleigh and Center streets that brings thousands of people onto the streets to enjoy live music, games and some of the best barbecue in the city. As always, the day will kick off with a parade that starts at West Atkinson Avenue and North 19th Street and heads toward and Martin Luther King Drive.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Cesar Millan @ The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m.

Preaching that dog owners should be pack leaders who guide their pets with “a calm, assertive energy,” Cesar Millan emerged as perhaps the world’s most prominent dog trainer, spawning a media empire that includes his TV programs “The Dog Whisperer,” “Cesar 911” and “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation,” as well as a series of best-selling books. For this appearance, Millan will share his training tips and put them into action, demonstrating them with the help of some dogs from area rescues.

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Great Lakes Baroque founders and harpsichordists Jory Vinikour and Philippe LeRoy join the rest of the ensemble—as well as guest soprano Kristin Knutson, tenor Scott Brunscheen, bass Ryan de Ryke, violinist Allison Nyquist and flautist Leela Breithaupt— in two performances of an exquisite all-Johann Sebastian Bach program. The program consists of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050 (1721); Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1061 (1730); the secular cantata Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209 (1747); and the highlight of the show, Bach’s effervescent Coffee Cantata—Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, of 1735. Great Lakes Baroque’s Bach concert seeks to really get attendees into the ambiance of the mid-18th-century mood. Their performance of the Coffee Cantata will be “costumed, sung in German, acted in English,” as they describe. Attendees can obtain “Bach Booklets,” meet the artists and even keyboardists of all ages and abilities can take a swing at a harpsichord (so to speak!). Children over the age of 6 are welcome. (John Jahn) Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Cabot Theatre of the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway. For tickets, call 414-291-7800 or visit greatlakesbaroque. org/events.


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Fortuna the Timebender vs. the Schoolgirls of Doom The intricate plot of this new work by local playwright and composer Jason Powell tells the story of Fortuna, a superhero with the ability to manipulate time, who must defend Anyville from the evil Headmaster and his Schoolgirls of Doom. Powell’s musical play combines the fantastical energy of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta with the outsized and over-the-top superhero/superheroine milieu that retains a strong hold on the public imagination in these days of escapism. Powell throws in pop culture references, game show asides and smart wordplay to liven up the proceedings yet further. Topsy-turvy twists and turns spin toward a climactic denouement, complete with feminist, philosophical and comic book overtones. Fortuna the Timebender vs. the Schoolgirls of Doom was originally developed by Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Here, the classically trained original cast members have returned to bring to life a revitalized production for Milwaukee Metro Voices. (John Jahn) June 14-24 at Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N. Tenth St. Tickets are available at the ticket office one hour prior to any performance time, or visit

The Madwoman of Chaillot La Folle de Chaillot (The Madwoman of Chaillot) is a poetic satirical play by Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944) written a year before his death. It concerns an eccentric Parisian woman and her skirmishes with the prudish authority figures surrounding her. Giraudoux—a French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright—is considered one of the most important authors of his generation. His works (Madwoman included) are noted for stylistic elegance and poetic fantasy. Off the Wall Theatre’s production offers not one but four “madwomen,” played by Marilyn White, Caitlin Kujawski Compton, Christine Horgen and Maple Veneer who, collectively, “set out to save the world from greed, corruption, big business tycoons, crooked politicians and prejudice…and the way they go about it is unique to say the least,” as director Dale Gutzman explains, adding: “If ever we needed the madwoman of Chaillot, we need her now!” (John Jahn) June 14-24 at Off the Wall Theatre, 127 E. Wells St. For tickets, call 414-484-8874 or visit SHEPHERD EXPRESS


Goya’s ‘Daring Technique’ at Milwaukee Art Museum Shows the Artist’s Enduring Legacy ::BY HARRY CHERKINIAN


rancisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), or Goya, is considered one of Spain’s most important artists of all time for many reasons: He was the official “painter to the king” (pintor del rey), renowned for his traditional portraiture; he influenced many generations of artists in the centuries that followed. And Goya also was a daring protomodernist who skirted and pushed the boundaries of acceptable art through his private printmaking, works currently on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Daring Technique: Goya and the Art of Etching” (through Sept. 9). The exhibit is well curated and accessible to those curious about the artist who grew dark and temperamental in his later years (his 14-work “Black Painting” series, not on display, attests to his troubled state of mind). For those who look for the connection to his influence on artists ranging from Édouard Manet to Pablo Picasso, “Daring Technique” showcases the inspiration Goya provided through his “subversive” social commentary as well as his “experimental” printmaking techniques at that time. Given his prestigious position in the king’s court, Goya still viewed his printmaking as just as important as his paintings, creating more than 300 prints in his lifetime. Time and timing were on his side as printmaking came back into popularity in the late 18th century. This trend is reflected in the exhibit’s masterpiece cornerstone to the exhibit, La Tauromaquia. The Milwaukee Art Museum acquired a complete edition of these 33 prints in 1983 and the middle room is fittingly painted a blood red. The subject matter? Spain’s national pastime, bullfighting in all its gory glory. Goya perfectly captures the history of the hunt and fight; we see his extensive use of aquatint, casting long shadows on man and beast and giving the viewer equal footing in the ring instead of “just being a spectator.” The effect is mesmerizing. SHEPHERD EXPRESS

A&E::VISUALART In this stellar series, we see Goya play with diagonals, juxtaposed against the circular ring through the use of the matador’s spear, emphasizing the motion, keeping matador and bull on equal footing. Bullfighting was a part of the nation’s identity; its matadors the rock stars of the day. But Goya also commented on social inequality, war and corruption and we see his subversive side in the 11 etchings on display, Disparates (“The Follies”). The images were done in private and ambiguous enough to avoid political recognition and retribution. To ensure his protection, they were never printed in Goya’s lifetime. One in particular, No.4: Bobalicón (Simpleton) could easily pass for the forefather of the demonic clown, Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It. The giant, nightmarish image fills the frame, taunting the tiny human figure below as ghouls shriek in the background. The image lingers long after walking away, like it or not. Goya provided an important step toward modernism and this exhibit reinforces that with a separate room devoted to his key influences, in particular another Spaniard, Picasso. The bullfighting references interconnect along with social and political commentaries. Picasso’s own influential work, Guernica (1937) combines both in its powerful response to the Nazis’ desultory practice bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. And we see on display early works of Picasso: delicate, curved lines depicting Picasso at times as the bull and at others, the bullfighter. Goya continues to influence artists of the 21st century be it the grotesque imagery in the works of Damien Hirst to Emily Lombardo’s reinterpretation of Caprichos from a queer feminist perspective. “Daring Technique” builds the bridge and connects Goya, the traditionalist and Goya the modernist to the world of today. Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828) The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos), from the series Los Caprichos, 1797–98, published 1868, Etching and aquatint




LICK! The eye of the camera sees like a stealthy cat—the truth of abject starvation, misery and resilient energy, and even the embodiment of blooming intelligence. The camera eye travels well, bringing the Earth’s far-flung corners into focus, something very evident in “Inspiring Change: The Photography of Chip Duncan and Mohamed Amin” at the Charles Allis Art Museum, through Oct. 21. Milwaukee-based photographer and videographer Chip Duncan—author of documentaries for PBS, HBO and Discovery, among other media outlets—has prowled 40 largely Third World countries exposing poverty and famine. Almost incongruously, his often-lovely images stand sharp but painterly in hue. Laden with vivid form, contrasting textures and saturated color, his subjects radiate anguish, ardor and the myriad beauties of humanity. He’s a pro’s pro cameraman. Duncan’s great inspiration is fellow exhibitor, the late Mohamed Amin, a true profile in courage. The Kenyan’s largely black-and-white work lends gravitas and vitality to Duncan’s, by juxtaposition and association. Amin documented Ethiopia’s devastating 1984 famine, and he’s credited for spurring hunger-relief movements such as Live Aid concerts, Band Aid and USA for Africa. While covering Kenyan pro-democracy unrest, Amin endured 28 days of torture from the oppressive government. In 1991, during the Ethiopian Civil War, he lost his left arm at the elbow in an ammunition dump explosion. He remained disabled professionally until a prosthetic arm helped him to handle cameras again. In 1996, hijackers took over an Ethiopian airlines flight, with Amin aboard. He attempted to rally passengers and confront the hijackers. But the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean and he died at age 53. Three brief, recommended video films complement the photos—one of Duncan introducing his work, another of Amin documenting famine, and a third of Amin’s son Salim, narrating his father’s powerful story. In the second video, we see a young boy’s fly-infested face and a child’s starved corpse. Yet Amin never exploits suffering for excessive effect, even when capturing beauty. In Fishing, shimmering clouds and the sinking sun silhouette two emaciated anglers standing precariously in a slender boat, hoping to spear some food. In one of Duncan’s photos, a seemingly homeless man lies asleep below a ramshackle house festooned with kaleidoscopic graffiti, with a duck nearby, wondering about him. Duncan’s images seem more hopeful overall, exemplified by Empowerment, in which a young Afghani girl, bathed in a Vermeer-like glow, chews on a pencil, poised to write and enable her nation. Chip Duncan, Jumping Maasai, April 2015

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[ FILM CLIPS ] Incredibles 2 PG

The success of Brad Bird’s 2004 animated superhero movie meant there simply must be a sequel. Set several months after the first film, the Parr family, aka the Incredibles, is in hiding because superheroes are now outlawed. Enter telecommunications tycoon Winston Deavor (voiced by Bob Odenkirk), and his sister Edna (Brad Bird), with a plan to use Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl, (Holly Hunter), to make supers popular again. This leaves Bob, aka super-strong Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), caring for the couple’s super-kids, including newly super-toddler Jack-Jack. However, when a villain known as Screenslaver hypnotizes the masses, Helen needs Bob’s help. Family life can be hard, but superhero family life is super-hard. No matter. After a 14-year wait for chapter two, we’re ready. (Lisa Miller)

Superfly R


Family Drama and Horror Mingle in ‘Hereditary’ ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN


llen was a woman of many se- therhood. Charlie is near-catatonic but his only crets, “private rituals” as daugh- response is to caution her against eating nuts. ter Annie (Toni Collette) puts it in As a husband, his unstated resentments graduher hesitant eulogy. The secrets ally curdle into hatred. were greater in number than AnAnnie is the force within the family and nie imagined, and “rituals” is more apposite Collette gives a terrific performance. Grief than she might have known. slips easily into rage, guilt into violent outMuch of Hereditary unfolds in the spooky bursts. Details emerge: suicides in the family, house Annie and her husband Steve (Gabriel Ellen and Annie lived apart and out of touch Byrne) share with their children, teenage Pe- for years, Annie’s sleepwalking—a danger not ter (Alex Wolff) and pre-pubescent Charlie only to herself but to her children. And yes, (Milly Shapiro). It’s a rambling Craftsman Ellen, and those occult books and a strange house, crowned by a pair of Amityville Horror recurring symbol suggesting the weave of an windows, whose dark wood and leaded glass alternate reality. suffocates the sunlight. The house is set in a Anxiety mounts slowly in Hereditary before Brothers Grimm birch forest linked to town by it begins to snowball. At firsts it’s an anomaly a highway unlit at night. First-time director Ari here and there—a shape in the dark that probAster favors a palette of black with shades of ably isn’t there, weird blue lights that might dim, broken by lurid flashes of be a trick of the eye, a triangle blood red. drawn on the floorboards that Family drama and the superno one had noticed before, a Hereditary natural blur into one another undoor open when it should have Toni Collette til the distinctions are unrecogbeen locked, a reflection in glass Alex Wolff nizable. Annie is an artist whose that’s not a reflection. dollhouse-like miniatures repliWith lurking cameras followDirected cate her surroundings and anxiing the characters with a slow by Ari Aster eties. Charlie is a troubled child yet soft trudge, a pace as unhurRated R who sleeps in the unheated attic ried as a nightmare that refuses the night before the funeral as to end and ominous music folif in fear of what dwells below; lowed by eerier silence, Herediduring grandmother’s funeral she fills her note- tary claims many chilling moments. The direcpad with grotesque faces; finding a dead bird, tor realizes that what’s left unseen or glimpsed she snips off the head and pockets it. Peter is in shadows is scarier than any computer-genersulky and sullen, unremarkable for his age, but ated monster. And in Hereditary, the monsters, his brooding will assume stranger and stranger living or dead, are human. forms. Steve is the portrait of ineffectual fa24 | J U N E 1 4 , 2 0 1 8

Remaking the 1972 blaxploitation film, the new Superfly lacks the original’s soundtrack by soul musician Curtis Mayfield, and the context of “sticking it to the man.” Trevor Jackson plays Superfly, a super-cool drug dealer and fashion plate, determined to make one big score before quitting “The Life” for good. Superfly’s small crew consists of trusted confidants. There’s mentor Scatter (Michael K. Williams), Superfly’s girlfriend, Georgia (Lex Scott Davis), and his longtime associate Eddie (Jason Mitchell). The costumes and sets are stunning, however, the muddy plot mounts a desperate search for a message that resonates with today’s audience. (L.M.)

Tag R

Based on remarkable real-life friends from Spokane, Wash., this film follows a game of Tag begun by 10-year-olds and continuing 30 years later. Played only during May, the final person tagged begins the annual tradition by tagging one of the other four, making that player “it.” Jeremy Renner is Jerry, the only player never to be tagged. Now getting married and threatening to retire, tagging Jerry tops his friends’ list. They are played by Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm and Hannibal Buress. Comic opportunities abound via work and vacation-related tags, with wives and girlfriends drawn in as concerned bystanders. Even weddings and funerals are fair game. To those thinking real-life friends wouldn’t go that far, you’d be dead wrong! (L.M.)

[ HOME MOVIES / NOW STREAMING ] n Hope and Glory

With Hope and Glory (1987), British director John Boorman (Deliverance) draws on boyhood memories from World War II. There are many comical moments (the backyard bomb shelter that keeps filling with groundwater), but the enduring impression is of the distance—and the intersection— between everyday worries and global calamity. Mom is last to know when dad joins the army. Hope and Glory also captures a 10-year-old’s perceptions of a war many adults couldn’t comprehend.

n The Sacrifice

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky filmed The Sacrifice (1986) shortly before his death in Sweden and one could be forgiven for mistaking it for Ingmar Bergman in an especially bizarre mood. Shot in long takes, it muses on faith, mortality, the supernatural and the prospect of nuclear Armageddon. The Blu-ray includes an interesting documentary on the second disc in which Tarkovsky argues that film’s ability to “trap reality and time” exceeds all other art forms.

n Mermaids

Cher was the star of Mermaids (1990) and Bob Hoskins was second-billed ahead of a rising star, Winona Ryder. It’s a thin comedy about a free-spirited Jewish mother (Cher) and her daughter (Ryder) who longs for the moral discipline of Roman Catholicism. Of course, she’s ridden with guilt (“I’m going to burn in hell,” she worries when confronted by cute boys). The best moments are cast-driven, including Hoskins’ role as an affable shoe salesman.

n In the Fade

When a bomb goes off outside her husband’s office, killing him and their 6-year-old son, Katja (Diane Kruger) is faced with tough questions from the police. Her husband was a Kurdish immigrant, a convicted drug dealer, and their inquiries turn to the Mob. But she is convinced they were killed by neo-Nazis. Katja is an unsympathetic emotional wreck but the story— while dragging in spots—opens a window onto anxiety over radical antiimmigrant resentment. —David Luhrssen SHEPHERD EXPRESS



Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (And Everything Else) (PENGUIN PRESS), BY KEN AULETTA Not so long ago, ad agency people thought they were the coolest and now they live in a world where TV ads are blocked and digital ads are clicked out in an instant. In Frenemies, the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta investigates an industry convulsed by unanticipated change whose ramifications have made Facebook rich and traditional media poor. The head of one marketing giant confesses, “More of our clients are saying, ‘I’m getting screwed by my agency.’” The agencies don’t know how to sell in our changing media ecosystem. Auletta identifies the “frenemies” as consumers and ad men; the former may dislike advertising but the information it conveys has become intrinsic to the process of making choices. The author gets really interesting when he reaches the assumption-exploding election of Donald Trump, where polling data showing a Clinton victory was disproven and more advertising dollars on TV equaled fewer votes. “Trump’s campaign shrewdly spent more money on targeted digital messages,” because our society has become a conglomerate of niche audiences. And Clinton’s celebrity endorsements hurt more than helped in America’s surly culture of resentment. In the end, Cambridge Analytica beat Beyoncé on Election Day. (David Luhrssen)


‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’ at Boswell Book Co. ::BY JENNI HERRICK


pair of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors will appear at Boswell Book Co. for a unique event, 7 p.m. Friday, June 15. Jennifer Egan was awarded the Pulitzer for her 2011 bestseller, A Visit from the Goon Squad. The book, which also received the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, incorporates an unusual narrative style to showcase 13 interrelated storylines that use rock ’n’ roll as a backdrop to explore themes of youth culture, the loss of innocence, memory and kinship. Egan’s newest release, Manhattan Beach, is a more traditional historical novel set in New York during World War II. Manhattan Beach has garnered numerous literary awards, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was named a best book of the year by NPR, Esquire, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA TODAY and Time. Appearing alongside Egan will be writer Andrew Sean Greer, the current Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less, an engaging and comedic story of a failed writer who travels the world in an anxious pursuit of mid-life happiness. Greer, who has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Iowa for its acclaimed Writers’ Workshop, is the best-selling author of six works of fiction. Greer’s fiction has won the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Greer is the recipient of an NEA grant and the Guggenheim Fellowship, and in addition to writing, he currently serves as the executive director of the Santa Maddalena Foundation, a prestigious writer’s retreat in Tuscany, Italy. This ticketed event includes a paperback copy of Manhattan Beach or Less. Seating is limited, so visit to reserve your spot today.


Mastery in motion.

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance June 22–August 19, 2018 William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015. © William Kentridge, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

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SOCIALCALENDAR June 14: Woof: Exploring Body Image Disorders in the LGBTQ+ Community at Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110 N. Market St.): Participate in a lively discussion about self-esteem issues, depression and cultural pressures related to body issues. Best of all, the seminar is free and open to all over the age of 18. Just be sure to RSVP for the 6-8 p.m. lecture via imcphee@

Shake the Shade Dear Ruthie,

June 15-17: Lakefront Festival of Art at Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Drive): The city’s biggest, baddest, most kick-ass art fest hits the lakefront once again. Enjoy three days that put a spotlight on more than 170 artists, food and drink vendors, and entertainers—all celebrating a love of the arts. Visit lfoa. for a schedule of events. Tickets run from $10 to $25.

A young man I volunteer with, let’s call him Ryan, seems like a sweet guy, but when he recently overheard me say that I don’t care for the music of Childish Gambino, he started throwing me subtle shade, like he thinks I’m a Nazi because my musical tastes run more toward old English folk than hiphop. I see Ryan regularly, and it’s bumming me out. I don’t know the guy at all, and he knows nothing about me. Is there any way to not-awkwardly handle this situation?

June 16: Untitled Productions at This Is It (418 E. Wells St.): There’s always a great time to be had at This Is It, and this 5-8 p.m. bash proves no exception! Swing by as I host a fundraiser for the new theater group Untitled Productions. Raffles, theatrical performances and more make this a change-of-pace happy hour that’ll kick your Saturday off with aplomb. (That’s fancy talk for “fancy, cool and fun.”)

Dear Judge & Jury,

June 16: We Love the ’80s Dance Party at The Crimson Club (7211 W. Greenfield Ave.): Who doesn’t love pop music, neon and big hair? No one! That’s who! She-bop the night away during this 9 p.m. nod to the most colorful decade of all time.

Thanks, Don’t Judge Me

Take a chill pill, sweetie. Take comfort in the idea that if this is the worst thing going on in your life, you’re living on easy street, darlin’! Think about it—if a bit of shade from some kid you volunteer with once in a while is a source of stress for you, life is pretty gosh-darn great, isn’t it? But, if you just can’t make it through the day without a friendly smile from “Ryan,” than simply pull him aside and ask if everything is OK between the two of you. No need to get into specifics or rehash musical tastes; a simple “Is everything alright between us?” should suffice. If the dude still tosses shade your way, fuck him. Seriously. Who cares? You’re volunteering with the bugger, not marrying him. (Right? You’re not harboring some underlying feelings for “Ryan,” are you? If so, that’s a different situation, honey.) If he remains a snob, I suggest you move on, have fun and get the most out of your volunteering experience, honey pie. 26 | J U N E 1 4 , 2 0 1 8

June 16: Hyde Park MKE Fashion Show at West Elm (342 N. Water St.): Last year this incredible runway even sold out, so be sure to nab your (free) ticket today. Claim your spot at the posh 8 p.m. show via Supermodel, work!

June 16: ‘Rocky Horror Batman Show’ at Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.): Like The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Into Batman, Gotham City and all things comic book? Then grab your tights, heels and pearls and get ready for this must-see mash-up where Rocky and Batman collide. Tickets to the midnight showing are $10. Let’s do the Bat-Warp, again? June 18: The Politics of the LGBT Community at ATU Local 998 (734 N. 26th St.): The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County hosts this lively discussion on issues facing the local and national LGBT communities. Featuring expert panelists that represent the spectrum of LGBTQ life, the 6-8 p.m. event is free and open to all. Want to share an event with Ruthie? Need her advice? Email and follow her on Instagram @ruthiekeester and Facebook at Dear Ruthie.

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For Father’s Day: Reflections on LGBTQ Families ::BY PAUL MASTERSON


uring the Milwaukee Common Council conversion therapy ban for minors hearing, conversion therapy supporters screamed, “Two men can’t make babies; two women can’t make babies.” It was as if the physical process of procreation not only defined the parameters of parenthood but qualified child abuse. It was a chilling display of ignorance. Later, in a supermarket parking lot, I ran into a couple of friends, a married lesbian couple with their two toddlers in car seats. It was the ultimate vignette of domestic life. It reminded me of the time someone remarked to me “There are no accidental LGBTQ families.” It’s true. I know this couple’s story. Having children was their dream but it wasn’t easy. For same-sex couples the options for establishing a family are always more complicated and certainly much more expensive than for what Republicans call “traditional families” (read those created by heterosexual copulation, responsible or not, for better or worse). Vocabulary, from adoption, artificial insemination and gestational surrogacy to anonymous donors and fertility clinics, as well as a slew of abbreviations like IUI, become household words. The adoption business (and that’s what it is, bottom-line and all) routinely sells babies on a price scale that reflects their desirability. Boys are more expensive than girls and Caucasian children are more expensive than those of color. It’s a matter of supply and demand. One way or the other, these children have been discarded by their biological parents. (A friend of mine just turned 26…barely. A product of such a scenario and the foster system, he was kicked out of his home when he no longer provided his foster family a revenue stream. He survived but not without scars. He attempted suicide earlier this year. However, with the support of his “logical family” of his LGBTQ support network, he has managed to persevere regardless.) Some states, mainly Bible Belt ones, allow adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ families and reject their applications to adopt. In other words, they’ll deny a loving couple the right to adopt in the name of a contrived (read evangelical) moral imperative rather than give a child the right to a family. The irony cannot be lost on anyone with a shred of love and compassion in their hearts. And once the child arrives, one way or the other, the real fun begins. Having added “same-sex parents” to the equation, beyond the quotidian needs of child rearing, there are still more challenges: finding understanding health care providers, welcoming schools, supportive religious communities, etc., etc., etc. And, there are myriad legal, emotional and psychological hurdles at every turn. Imagine the stress of driving through a state with religion exemption laws where, should an accident happen, a health care provider might deny treatment because his or her religious convictions trump the Hippocratic Oath. This is the American reality today. Meanwhile, I doubt there are any documented cases of kids being aborted by their same-sex parents or being kicked out of their same-sex parented homes for being straight, either. So, for Father’s Day, acknowledge the loving LGBTQ families in your lives. Our society is definitely strengthened because of them. SHEPHERD EXPRESS


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Ladies Rock Milwaukee Imparts Confidence to Aspiring Musicians ::BY LAUREN KEENE

y now, the Milwaukee community is familiar with Girls Rock Milwaukee, a weeklong summer camp dedicated to teaching young women about the ins and outs of musicianship. Up-and-coming Milwaukee bands like Gas Station Sushi and Negative/Positive have risen from the camp, and the program’s popularity and impact have both increased by the year. But what about women who may be past their teens and early 20s, the so-called prime years for playing in bands? Enter Ladies Rock Milwaukee, a three-day “camp” devoted to women and femme-identifying individuals who possess that certain inkling to rock ’n’ roll all night. Longtime scene veteran Mary Joy Hickey was motivated to organize Ladies Rock Milwaukee after a stint volunteering with Girls Rock. She says she was inspired by the girls’ contagious energy, and she wanted to ensure adult women could partake in a similar experience. “Participating in Ladies Rock is like joining a big, amazing family that exists to support you in pursuing and accomplishing your music goals,” she says. “Always wanted to learn drums? Play in band? Perform on stage? We can make this happen in a safe, supportive environment.” The camp, which begins its next session Thursday, July 12, is brief compared to it’s younger counterpart, but the three days and three nights are jam-packed with instrument instruction, introspective workshops and other band-related activities. On Thursday night, campers are introduced to each other and put themselves into four or five-piece bands. By Sunday night, the campers perform onstage in front of a sizeable audience. I participated in last year’s Ladies Rock camp alongside my best friend, Lulu Sanchez. The two of us have always wanted to play music together in a group


reminiscent of the world’s greatest all-girl bands—you know, like The Go-Go’s and Sleater-Kinney. We both had tons of ideas for our fantasy band, but we lacked the self-confidence and instrument playing ability we need to turn our dreams into reality. The camp was initially nerve wracking, but that uneasiness melted away quickly. “At first, I was so nervous. As a person who is extremely shy, being in any situation with dozens of people that I do not know is a major reason for concern,” says Sanchez. “As soon as we arrived for the ‘orientation’ I realized there wasn’t anything to worry about.” The camp organizers are warm and welcoming, and being in a room full of women who shared our ambitions was even more comforting. “Participating in Ladies Rock is a commitment to vulnerability and it’s incredible to watch that risk pay off by the end of the weekend, manifested through new relationships, accomplishment of personal goals and the mastery of new skills that seemed impossible at the outset,” says Hickey. “It’s an incredible accomplishment to start completely new on an instrument on a Friday and perform publicly on Sunday.” It might seem impossible to teach a newbie an instrument in three days, but the instrument instructors were especially patient. One of my fondest memories of the camp was being told by Lindsay Degroot (of Fox Face) that she didn’t pick up a guitar until she was 25. Milwaukee music lovers may know that Fox Face recently returned from a European tour; I immediately felt like anything was possible, and my dreams could come true, too. Alongside instrument instruction and band Ladies Rock development, campers participate in a number of Milwaukee workshops like poster-making and songwriting. The Next Session hour-long workshops are introspective and provide a meditative experience for campers, paralleling the Begins Thursday, high-octane band development. July 12 “I think that a big reason why women don’t get into music is because we put so many limits on ourselves,” says Sanchez. “We’re always too old, too shy, too everything to learn. We always come up with millions of excuses! Being able to sit down and really confront what I was scared about helped so much.” Even though Lulu and I didn’t continue our rocking and rolling after the camp, the weekend left a lasting impact on both of us. “I gained so much self-confidence from those few days,” says Sanchez. “If I could stand up on a stage after a few days of picking up a bass for the first time, then I could do anything. It is entirely worth it.” Ladies Rock Milwaukee’s next session starts Thursday, July 12 and concludes with a showcase Sunday, July 15 at Company Brewing. The registration deadline is Saturday, June 30. You can learn more at

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tu Mackenzie joked last Saturday about how the busts of Beethoven and Wagner were looking down on his band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Saturday night at The Pabst Theater. But he had more of a point than it may have first seemed. Over the past decade, guitarist/singer Mackenzie and his six fellow Australians have crafted a prolific artistic corpus on par with the complexity of the Romantic composers whose facsimiles take up the box seats at the Pabst. Working within a realm that expands upon the sonically omnivorous potential of ’60s psychedelic rock may not get them immortalized in bronze, but it did, however, get them signed to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records and able to sell out theaters around the U.S. The group’s psychedelia incorporates the entrancing elements of the complementary styles folded into their aural tapestries. The overlap of psych and progressive thrash metal arrives courtesy of Mackenzie’s instrumental interplay with guitarists Cook Craig and Joey Walker. Intermittent usage of reverb on their axes offers echoes of instrumental surf music. Rhythmic propulsion from drummer Michael Cavanagh and bassist Lucas Skinner can lend itself to a kind of non-synthetic cosmic disco and the skittery shuffle of drum and bass when not more

gingerly applied for other sorts of aural explorations. Depending on the often dour and ominous subject of Mackenzie’s lyrics, which came through acutely Saturday via an especially clean vocal mix, wistful folk and the dramatic flair of film soundtracks are folded into the wizardly mélange. Some of those elements weren’t prominent at the Pabst as they are in the septet’s discography encompassing roughly 15 albums and EPs, but the band more than compensated with charisma and drive. Early on in their encore-free, 17-song set, Mackenzie called out the names of the songs he and his mates tore through. It didn’t take long for that tactic to give way largely to the group segueing seamlessly from one song to the next. The drew songs mostly through the five long-players they issued throughout an especially ambitious 2017. Before immersing the audience into what became a lengthy medley, the band elicited immediate cheers with “Rattlesnake,” arguably their track most ready for a sympathetic club remix. Meeting the challenge of maintaining the intensity of that opening salvo, they decelerated some by the time they bid the audience goodbye by way of “The River,” sounding much like The Doors tussling with War over the same Dave Brubeck charts experimenting with Afro-Latin jazz. Those two numbers and the others between were visually completed by animated shorts, often derived from the songs’ videos and often psychedelic experiences unto themselves. A band of such aesthetic breadth can go numerous directions to pick a compatible opening act. Amyl and the Sniffers don’t quite cast their net of inspiration as wide as King Gizzard’s, but they still hit a lively bullseye where ’70s protopunk, glam and pub rock converged into skeezy hedonism. Lead singer Amy Taylor, resembling a fresher-faced iteration of Plasmatics frontwoman Wendy O. Williams, sang gleefully of selfaffirmation, sexual fulfillment and generally egocentric pleasure, and she and her backing trio made fast friends with the throng awaiting the night’s headliners. OJEDA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Lyric Advisory Board Flip a Finger to Trump’s America ::BY EVAN RYTLEWSKI


n the wake of Donald Trump’s election, pieces circulated around the internet arguing that his presidency could actually be a boon for punk by helping the genre return to its political roots. The jury is still out on whether punk is actually any better off for his presidency, but there’s no disputing that Trump’s presidency left a mark on music as a whole. Within mere weeks of his inauguration, artists of all stripes responded with songs and albums inspired by his cutthroat policies, treatment of women and outright disregard for marginalized voices. Even hitherto apolitical musicians threw in their two cents. As a critic I’ve probably heard dozens if not hundreds of musical rebukes to Trump over the last couple of years, some insightful, others shallow, but few are as outright visceral as Lyric Advisory Board’s new The Great American Novelty, a crazed Americana album that captures the Pavlovian sense of revulsion that the mere sound of Trump’s voice inspires for much of the country. Opener “American Carnage” plays like a deranged update of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” a profane kiss-off to a profane president. It’s not just angry music—it’s raw and unruly, and it makes no effort to disguise its ugliness. Band leader Allen Coté, who has performed in some capacity with many of Milwaukee’s most prominent roots-rock bands over the last 15 or so years, describes the record less as a concept album than as a clearinghouse for stray ideas too far-out for his other projects. Several songs are hot off the press; others he sat on for years. “Two in particular, ‘Little Bourgeois Lice’ and ‘HeavSHEPHERD EXPRESS

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en in the Suburbs’ were just such bizarre songs I didn’t know what to do with them,” he says. “They found a home, as it were, in this sociopolitical framework.” Politics isn’t Coté’s default songwriting muse. “I feel like for a long time I fell into the trap of a white guy with an acoustic guitar singing love songs, requited or otherwise,” he says. “But for various reasons I just decided that was not something I wanted to do anymore and I felt like I needed to take a different approach. It just so happened that I’ve got a whole lot of anger.” And in the Trump era, Coté says, biting his tongue wasn’t an option. “Like most other people I’ve been pretty frustrated, and I just don’t know what to do with those thoughts,” he says. “I felt impotent in so many ways. But I also feel some responsibility as a citizen to speak out. Social media seems pointless; it’s just people screaming at each other and nothing gets done—we’re all vilifying each other without any common ground. I felt like I needed to say something but in a somewhat more abstract way so maybe more people would hear it.” It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to tour behind an album like this, and having to channel that anger night after night. Asked if he had any reservations dedicating his primary musical outlet of the moment to the same toxic politics that many listeners try to avoid, Coté admits that he did. He’s made a record that’s likely to stress out a lot of listeners. Lyric “Part of the way Advisory that we dealt with that is with catchy Board melodies and toeLinneman’s tapping beats and that Riverwest Inn sort of thing—giving Friday, people some sugar June 22 to take down with the medicine,” Coté says. “And part of it is that I am fortunate enough to make my living from music, but I do it in a number of ways. So I don’t need to please anybody when it comes down to my own albums or performances. These things are for my own edification. So if nobody wants to hear it, it doesn’t matter so long as we’re happy with it.” Lyric Advisory Board will play an album release show Friday, June 22 at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn with SistaStrings and B~Free and Quinten Farr. J U N E 1 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 29


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Something bugging you? Find out what the Shrink thinks

Can You Trust Your Partner? Dear Shrink:


’ve been dating a guy for more than a year, and I think this relationship could really be something that lasts. We’ve both been married before and have each made relationship mistakes that we’re trying not to repeat. We communicate well most of the time, but I’m afraid he’s cheating on me. I’ve caught him in a few “white lies,” but he assures me nothing is going on. I can’t help but listen to my intuition, though. How do I know if I can really trust him?

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Being in touch with your intuition can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s pretty crazymaking trying to decipher which of your thoughts, feelings or suspicions are actually true as opposed to mere figments of your hyper-vigilant imagination. You’ve chatted about what’s gone wrong in the past and how you can avoid repeating history. That sounds easy enough, right? Both of you have taken responsibility for the error of your previous ways, revealed said errors to each other and made a vow to do things differently this time. It’s a great plan, but the execution is fraught with all sorts of things to trip you up in the pursuit of being a better version of yourself in a relationship. Here are some thoughts to consider as you evaluate your situation: Dating someone for more than a year might seem like a pretty good chunk of time to do a “relationship viability assessment.” But through most of the first year of a relationship, new lovers live in a fantasy world. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s why falling in love feels so terrific. But there’s a biochemical change in the brain that happens when people have an exciting new attraction to someone. We’re suddenly plunged into a bath of feelgood hormones, and it’s quite enjoyable—addictive, even! Sadly, this is a state of being that the human body simply can’t maintain at this level forever. Eventually, the hormones settle out, and the brain kicks back in to balance out the “crazy in love” energy. Enjoy it while you can! After the intoxication of the newness dissipates, you start to see glimpses of what lies beneath the surface with your partner. Things that you may have shrugged off in the beginning might irritate you now. I’m talking about little quirks or habits, not major deal-breakers. Great communication involves being willing to say hard stuff in a way that the other person can hear without becoming overly defensive. Now’s the time to practice speaking up about SHEPHERD EXPRESS

the little things. On one hand, you don’t want to pick someone apart, but on the other hand, it’s reasonable to let someone know what bugs you and find out if they are or aren’t willing to change those things. Then you can decide if you can let it go. You have to pick your battles, so save your “must-haves” for the things that are really important to you. Which brings us to deal-breakers. For most people who believe that they are in a monogamous relationship, infidelity is one of those things people won’t compromise on. If your previous relationship mistakes were related to infidelity for either or both of you, you’ll have extra-sensitive radar for the issue. Even if that’s not the case, learning to trust another human in an emotionally intimate way takes bravery and patience. Since you’ve already questioned his honesty in specific situations and gotten his reassurance that you have nothing to worry about, maybe it’s time for a more generic conversation about the deeper things that are important if a relationship is going to make it over the long haul. Does he share values that are important to you or at least understand and respect them? Are you both willing to do whatever it takes to make this relationship better than your previous ones? What old, dysfunctional behaviors are you each committed to changing? Can you call each other out if those patterns emerge again? These conversations will give you more information about your relationship and whether or not this is a match made in heaven. However, our dilemma about trusting your intuition vs. trusting what your partner says is a tough one. When your body and mind register danger, it’s hard to override it with someone’s reassurances. Have the hard conversations. Be brutally honest with him about your observations. Let him know you really want to trust him but also own the fact that you might be overly touchy about things. Some of his behaviors aren’t sitting well with you, and he needs to hear you out, take you seriously and talk about what’s happening on his side of this dynamic. Consider seeing a therapist to look at the baggage that might be clouding your view of things, or see if he’s open to having a few therapy sessions together. All relationships are opportunities to learn about ourselves, and you’re both coming to this relationship with bruised hearts and best intentions. The better you know yourself and what makes you tick—and the same goes for him—the less confusing it will be to separate your gut feelings from reality. So, for now, stay the course and take time to learn and practice some new approaches to dealing with discomfort and conflict. No matter what the future holds for the two of you, you’re on your way to that new and improved version of yourself and a better shot at more happiness and contentment in all relationships. On the Couch is written by a licensed mental health professional. The advice offered in this column is not meant to be a substitute for mental health care. Send your questions to Comment at

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PSYCHO SUDOKU! “Greater-Than Sudoku”

For this “Greater-Than Sudoku,” I’m not giving you ANY numbers to start off with! Adjoining squares in the grid’s 3x3 boxes have a greater-than sign (>) telling you which of the two numbers in those squares is larger. Fill in every square with a number from 1-9 using the greater-than signs as a guide. When you’re done, as in a normal Sudoku, every row, column, and 3x3 box will contain the numbers 1-9 exactly one time. (Solving hint: try to look for the 1’s and 9’s in each box first, then move on to the 2’s and 8’s, and so on).

ACROSS 1. Wetness 5. Ascent 10. Dance from Bohemia 15. Stepped on it 19. Genus of maples 20. Hermit 21. Highlights of musical dramas 22. Cabbage 23. Dalai — 24. Trunk artery 25. Wherewithal 26. Sub — (in secret) 27. Start of a quip by Harrison Ford: 5 wds. 31. Ordered amount 32. Action 33. Sailor 34. Holy Roman — 37. Tobacco pipe 39. Air-sleeve 44. Eel 45. The ruby slippers 46. Greek sorceress 47. Fled 48. Graven image 49. Impostors 50. Beat 51. “Flintstones” pet 52. — room 53. Like an insomniac 54. Carter and Lockhart 55. Nottingham’s river 56. Squire 58. Luxury car 59. Lyndon — Johnson 60. Part 2 of quip: 5 wds. 64. Clay pipe 65. Believe — — not! 66. Mignonette genus 67. Celestial ram 68. Floor-care machine 70. Strobili 71. Label

74. Skin 75. Bank heist 76. Tribunal 77. Quite a lot of dough 78. Sch. subj. 79. Rock-and-roll icon 80. Mythical monster 81. Flower 82. Catches sight of 84. River in France 85. Bombers 86. Great Basin tribe 87. Season 88. Cry heard at sea 89. End of the quip: 4 wds. 99. Engrossed 100. Kind of recall 101. Haven 102. Virginia willow genus 103. Arch 104. Like a lot 105. Saltpeter 106. Support for a sail 107. Hart 108. Bring down 109. Malicious look 110. If not DOWN 1. Far-out painter 2. School: Abbr. 3. Reminder 4. Of a meal 5. Contract particular 6. At liberty 7. About: 2 wds. 8. Beyond: Prefix 9. Cognac and armagnac 10. Coddle 11. Mountain nymph 12. Ananias 13. German philosopher 14. Allotted 15. Surgeon’s gear

16. Combine, as funds 17. Schiaparelli 18. Costly 28. Conservative 29. Some votes 30. Concluding musical passage 34. Foreign ruler 35. Manner 36. Official record 37. Devotion, in Hinduism 38. Apple variety 39. Existed 40. — of March 41. Tendency of thought 42. Festival city 43. Tangles 45. Broken piece 46. Half note 49. Faint 50. English royal house 51. Wiped 53. Cause for complaint 54. Panel member 55. Short stories 57. Equine 58. In the manner of 59. Attack on all sides 60. Of mice 61. Mingles

62. Company of players 63. William — Harrison 64. Was fearless enough 68. Eagre 69. Honeybee genus 70. Something sentimental 72. Succulent plant 73. Stones 75. Of a customer 76. Some drawings 77. Kids’ recess 79. AKA Romain de Tirtoff 80. Nimbus 81. Alliance 83. Speedy ship 84. Austrian composer 85. “Star Trek” weapon 87. Panic 88. In flames 89. Push 90. Craze 91. Foil cousin 92. Extinct animal 93. Pack 94. Reclined 95. Bone: Prefix 96. Type style: Abbr. 97. Promontory 98. Turnstile




6/7 Solution

WORD FIND This is a theme puzzle with the subject stated below. Find the listed words in the grid. (They may run in any direction but always in a straight line. Some letters are used more than once.) Ring each word as you find it and when you have completed the puzzle, there will be 31 letters left over. They spell out the alternative theme of the puzzle.

All Over the World Solution: 31 Letters

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Solution to last week’s puzzle

Amsterdam Athens Austria Bali Brussels Cairo Canberra Cape Town Caribbean Cologne Crete Cuba

Delhi England Guam Ha Noi Havana Hawaii India Italy Jamaica Kenya Kuala Lumpur Laos

Lima London Luxembourg Mexico Mumbai Nice Onslow Osaka Penang Reno Rome Taiwan

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Solution: Many places to tick off my bucket list

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::FREEWILLASTROLOGY ::BY ROB BREZSNY GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Whether you love what you love or live in divided ceaseless revolt against it, what you love is your fate.” Gemini poet Frank Bidart wrote that in his poem “Guilty of Dust,” and now I offer it to you. Why? Because it’s an excellent time to be honest with yourself as you identify whom and what you love. It’s also a favorable phase to assess whether you are in any sense at odds with whom and what you love; and if you find you are, to figure out how to be in more harmonic alignment with whom and what you love. Finally, dear Gemini, now is a key moment to vividly register the fact that the story of your life in the coming years will pivot around your relationship with whom and what you love. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Congratulations on the work you’ve done to cleanse the psychic toxins from your soul, Cancerian. I love how brave you’ve been as you’ve jettisoned outworn shticks, inadequate theories and irrelevant worries. It makes my heart sing to have seen you summon the self-respect necessary to stick up for your dreams in the face of so many confusing signals. I do feel a tinge of sadness that your heroism hasn’t been better appreciated by those around you. Is there anything you can do to compensate? Like maybe intensify the appreciation you give yourself? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I hope you’re reaching the final stages of your year-long project to make yourself as solid and steady as possible. I trust you have been building a stable foundation that will serve you well for at least the next five years. I pray you have been creating a rich sense of community and establishing vital new traditions and surrounding yourself with environments that bring out the best in you. If there’s any more work to be done in these sacred tasks, intensify your efforts in the coming weeks. If you’re behind schedule, please make up for lost time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Necessity is the mother of invention,” says an old proverb. In other words, when your need for some correction or improvement becomes overwhelming, you may be driven to get creative. Engineer Allen Dale put a different spin on the issue. He said that “if necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father.” Sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein agreed, asserting that “progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” I’m not sure if necessity or laziness will be your motivation, Virgo, but I suspect that the coming weeks could be a golden age of invention for you. What practical innovations might you launch? What useful improvements can you finagle? (P.S. Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead attributed the primary drive for innovative ideas and gizmos to “pleasurable intellectual curiosity.”) LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Would you have turned out wiser and wealthier if you had dropped out of school in third grade? Would it have been better to apprentice yourself to a family of wolves or coyotes rather than trusting your educational fate to institutions whose job it was to acclimate you to society’s madness? I’m happy to let you know that you’re entering a phase when you’ll find it easier than usual to unlearn any old conditioning that might be suppressing your ability to fulfill your rich potentials. I urge you to seek out opportunities to unleash your skills and enhance your intelligence. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The temptation to overdramatize is strong. Going through with a splashy but messy conclusion may have a perverse appeal. But why not wrap things up with an elegant whisper instead of a garish bang? Rather than impressing everyone with how amazingly complicated your crazy life is, why not quietly lay the foundations for a low-key resolution that will set the stage for a productive sequel? Taking the latter route will be much easier on your karma, and in my opinion will make for just as interesting a story. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Each of us harbors rough, vulnerable, controversial, or unhoned facets of our identity. And every one of us periodically reaches turning points when it becomes problematic to keep those qualities buried or immature. We need to make them more visible and develop their potential. I suspect you have arrived at such a turning point. So on behalf of the cosmos, I


hereby invite you to enjoy a period of ripening and self-revelation. And I do mean “enjoy.” Find a way to have fun. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For the next two-plus weeks, an unusual rule will be in effect: The more you lose, the more you gain. That means you will have an aptitude for eliminating hassles, banishing stress and shedding defense mechanisms. You’ll be able to purge emotional congestion that has been preventing clarity. You’ll have good intuitions about how to separate yourself from influences that have made you weak or angry. I’m excited for you, Capricorn! A load of old, moldy karma could dissolve and disperse in what seems like a twinkling. If all goes well, you’ll be traveling much lighter by July 1. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I suggest you avoid starting a flirtatious correspondence with a convict who’ll be in jail for another 28 years. OK? And don’t snack on fugu, the Japanese delicacy that can poison you if the cook isn’t careful about preparing it. Please? And don’t participate in a séance where the medium summons the spirits of psychotic ancestors or diabolical celebrities with whom you imagine it might be interesting to converse. Got that? I understand you might be in the mood for high adventure and out-of-the-ordinary escapades. And that will be fine and healthy as long as you also exert a modicum of caution and discernment. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I suggest that you pat yourself on the back with both hands as you sing your own praises and admire your own willful beauty in three mirrors simultaneously. You have won stirring victories over not just your own personal version of the devil, but also over your own inertia and sadness. From what I can determine, you have corralled what remains of the forces of darkness into a comfy holding cell, sealing off those forces from your future. They won’t bother you for a very long time, maybe never again. Right now you would benefit from a sabbatical—a vacation from all this high-powered character-building. May I suggest you pay a restorative visit to the Land of Sweet Nonsense? ARIES (March 21-April 19): My Aries acquaintance Tatiana decided to eliminate sugar from her diet. She drew up a plan to avoid it completely for 30 days, hoping to permanently break its hold over her. I was surprised to learn that she began the project by making a Dessert Altar in her bedroom, where she placed a chocolate cake and five kinds of candy. She testified that it compelled her willpower to work even harder and become even stronger than if she had excluded all sweet treats from her sight. Do you think this strenuous trick might work for you as you battle your own personal equivalent of a sugar addiction? If not, devise an equally potent strategy. You’re on the verge of forever escaping a temptation that’s no good for you. Or you’re close to vanquishing an influence that has undermined you. Or both. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have caressed and finessed The Problem. You have tickled and teased and tinkered with it. Now I suggest you let it alone for a while. Give it breathing room. Allow it to evolve under the influence of the tweaks you have instigated. Although you may need to return and do further work in a few weeks, my guess is that The Problem’s knots are now destined to metamorphose into seeds. The awkwardness you massaged with your love and care will eventually yield a useful magic. Homework: Many of us try to motivate ourselves through abusive self-criticism. Do you? If so, maybe it’s time to change. Testify at Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. The audio


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inety-six-year-old Barney Smith of Alamo Heights, Texas, is known around those parts as the King of the Commode for his life’s work: more than 1,300 decorated toilet seats, all displayed in the retired master plumber’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. But now, he concedes, it’s time to put a lid on it: “I’m beginning to feel like I’d rather be in an airconditioned home in a chair, looking at a good program,” Smith, who is bent with arthritis and uses a cane, told the Associated Press on May 22. Inside the metal-garage museum the collection includes toilet lids decorated with a chunk of the Berlin Wall, a piece of insulation from the Space Shuttle Challenger, Pez dispensers and flint arrowheads, along with the toilet lid from the airplane that carried Aristotle Onassis’ body back to Greece after his death. Smith told his wife, Louise, that he would stop at 500 pieces, but that was 850 lids ago. “If I would have just read my Bible as many hours as I spent on my toilet seats, I’d be a better man,” Smith said. Louise died in 2014, and Smith took a fall recently and broke some ribs. Now he’s looking for someone who will keep the museum intact: “This is my life’s history here.”

Precocious On May 20, as a handful of adults enjoyed the swings at Angel Park in southwest Atlanta, two children walked up and asked to use the swing set. The adults agreed and started to walk away, reported The Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), when the boys, about 6 and 12 years old, pulled out rocks the size of baseballs and what appeared to be a black handgun. They threw the rocks, hitting one man on the calf and causing an abrasion, according to Atlanta police. The older boy held the gun and pointed it at the adults, who ran away as the boys ran in the opposite direction.

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Three men were arrested on May 20 after stealing a 25-foot-long shed from a foreclosed

property in Lebanon, Maine, and dragging it down the street behind their pickup truck, according to the Portland Press Herald. Matthew Thompson of Lebanon, Timothy James of Pembroke, N.H., and Robert Breton of Milton, N.H., were spotted in the act by a concerned citizen, who alerted Maine State Police. In addition, Thompson was found to have crystal meth and prescription pills that were not prescribed to him. All three were taken to the York County Jail and held on $5,000 bail.

Bright Ideas Toronto police constables Vittorio Dominelli, 36, and Jamie Young, 35, had to call for backup in January during a raid on a marijuana dispensary after allegedly sampling some of the evidence. CTV News reported the officers called for help after they began hallucinating, one eventually climbing a tree. In a May 23 press release, Toronto police announced the two officers had been suspended and now face criminal charges in the incident. A senior prank went unexpectedly wrong for high school student Kylan Scheele, 18, of Independence, Mo., when he was slapped with a three-day suspension on May 23 and barred from participating in graduation after putting his high school up for sale on Craigslist. Scheele said it was meant to be a joke. “Other people were going to release live mice ... I thought, let’s do something more laid back,” he told Fox 4. The ad for Truman High School listed attractive amenities such as newly built athletic fields, lots of parking and a “bigger than normal dining room.” A lawsuit filed against the school district by the ACLU of Missouri failed to reduce the punishment.

Least Competent Criminal Rowdy Lapham, owner of Old to Gold Hardwood Floors in Grand Rapids, Mich., arrived at work May 21 to find that someone had broken in. Surveillance footage showed that around 2 a.m. the day before, a burglar had thrown a rock through his store window, apparently tempted by the “gold” bars stacked in the window. Unfortunately for the thief, the bars are promotional items made of foam rubber and stamped with the store’s logo, reported WZZM TV. The squeezable bars are meant for stress relief, employee Nick Butler said, supporting the company’s motto of “stress-free flooring. ... I think this falls under you can’t fix stupid.” COPYRIGHT 2018 ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION J U N E 1 4 , 2 0 1 8 | 33


The Dadlands ::BY ART KUMBALEK


’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? So here we go again with another Father’s Day June 17 right around the corner. And so, of course, I am once again required to wonder what with the bad rap fathers seem to get in the press and on the TV for far too long, I’m surprised the day is celebrated at all. Cripes, why don’t they just go ahead and change Father’s Day to Deadbeat Dad’s Day, or Workaholic Dad-You’reNever-Around-The-Focking-House-When-We-NeedYou Day, what the fock. And just so you know, a couple newsy bits from a June 17 past, courtesy of the Wik: “1972: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.� “1994: Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O. J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.� Swell. This year June 17, got a guess on how many huddled masses of legitimate dads will be arrested to be then dadly deported clean out of the Land of the Free? What the fock. And speaking of historical, as I whip out this here essay early reports on the get-together down Singapore way between President (fock) Trumpel-thinskin and Kim “The Rocket� Jong Un are that it seems to have gone kind of OK. Of course it did. How could it not when you get an international diplomat like Dennis “The Worm� Rodman lending a hand, ain’a?

Yes, the Dennis Rodman who once said, “I wear women’s leggings under my clothes, but no lingerie.� And this: “Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10, or something.� Too bad Professor Irwin Corey, “The World’s Foremost Authority,� is no longer with us. He would’ve made a great addition to Trump’s diplomatic dream team. After all, he’s the Professor Irwin Corey who once said, “Without this great land of ours, we would all drown,� and, “If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.� Seems he would fit right in with the rest of the Einsteins President Orange Circus Peanut surrounds himself with. But it’s not too late for him to add to the team the august Borscht Belt philosopher Norm Crosby, who is still with us at age 90. Yes, the Norm Crosby who once said, “When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.� And, “If your eyes hurt after you drink coffee, you have to take the spoon out of the cup.� (Time Out: Special thanks to readers Gene H. and Jeff E. for their inspirational words, and especially to constant reader Ingrid/Mae for her continued support of my potpourri of political campaigns.) OK, where was I? Father’s Day, ain’a? Here’s an idea I had a while back for what you ought to do come

Father’s Day if you’re too focking cheap to spring for a gift for the old fart. Hey, how ’bout at least make a nice homemade card. I even got a nice sentiment you can write down in it. It’s a quote from no finer writer there ever be again than dear Mr. Yeats from near Dublin, who just celebrated his 153rd birthday June 13: I have certainly known more men destroyed by the desire to have a wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.

A-focking-men. Happy Father’s Day. And if that doesn’t cheer dad up, then relate to him the following little story on the phone when you call him up to tell him you can’t stop by Sunday ’cause you got more important things to do: Three people die accidentally on the same day—a doctor, a teacher and me—and find themselves at Heaven’s Pearly Gates. Before able to enter, St. Peter asks each a question: “When you are in your burial casket and friends and family hover above in mourning, what would you like to hear them say?â€? First guy answers: “I would like to hear them say that I was a caring doctor and family man.â€? Second guy says, “That I was a wonderful husband and schoolteacher who made a positive difference in the lives of those I taught.â€? And the third guy (yours truly) says, “What the fock, I’d like them to all say‌ ‘HEY, WAIT A SECOND! LOOK!!! I THINK THE FOCKER’S STILL BREATHING!!!’â€? Ba-ding! And yes, of fathers, of sons, this time of year, I’ll be seeing you, as the song goes, in all the familiar places, in every lovely summer’s day, I remember you, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek, and I told you so.


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