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“We have seen this picture before...separating children from their parents,” said U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, who spoke at the “Families Belong Together” protest in front of the Milwaukee Federal Building in late June. “We saw it in slavery. We saw it in Japanese internment camps. We just got ourselves the Muslim ban.” Moore wore a Mylar blanket around her neck while speaking, in solidarity with children who are given similar blankets at ICE centers when they are separated from their families at the border. She said that she visited an ICE center weeks ago and saw firsthand the conditions many children live in at the border. “There is no religion, anywhere, that supports separating babies [from their parents],” she said. “We need to do justice and love mercy.”

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ANTI-ICE PROTESTS HEATING UP IN MILWAUKEE THE PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING UP. WILL TRUMP LISTEN? ::BY EVAN THOMAS CASEY he U.S.-Mexico border lies more than 1,800 miles from Milwaukee. However, for some local families who have had loved ones detained by the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, it feels as though it’s right down the street. “My children are just broken... My kids are so distraught,” said Alysha Ferreyra, former wife of Franco Ferreyra, who was detained by ICE agents earlier in June. “I want someone to help my kids get their family back.” Ferreyra spoke at a protest rally held on Thursday, June 21, at the local ICE headquarters Downtown—just one of many similar Milwaukee protests designed to bring attention to Donald Trump’s policies regarding detaining families at the border. Reports have shown that nearly 3,000 kids remain in federal custody, even after an executive order was signed in late June—a step taken to lessen the number of families being separated at the border.

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Ferreyra is hoping that the Trump administration listens. Her ex-husband, Franco, is a father of four children. He moved to Wisconsin in 2001 from Argentina and was detained by ICE agents after driving without a license; he was then sent to an ICE office in Chicago because he was an undocumented immigrant. He may apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) assistance if there are changes made to the program at the federal level—something Voces De La Frontera, the organizers of many of the Milwaukee-based protests—are pushing for. “It’s really hard to keep in contact because he’s treated like an animal, and he’s treated like a criminal, but he’s done nothing wrong,” Ferreyra said. Local politicians are also speaking up. District 12 Alderman José Pérez introduced a resolution to the Milwaukee Common Council earlier in June to let the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives know that the Common Council disapproves of the actions taking place at the border. “I’m angry because it’s not the way our system should work,” Pérez said in an interview. “Separating families and law-abiding citizens is not the way this should work. We wouldn’t have a dairy industry without the immigrant population in Wisconsin. We want to urge Congress to treat people humanely.” Local organizers show no sign of slowing down their efforts as a protest in June shut down traffic on I-794, just blocks from where Trump was staying at the time. Alma Regalia, a mother who came to the U.S. from Honduras nearly 30 years ago, said these types of protests give her hope. “People need to come together and support each other—especially when we know that these kinds of things are happening,” she said. “I thought this country wasn’t built that way. I don’t know what’s happened over time with all these other people. In the past, I feel like people used to be a little closer together, supporting each other.” Comment at n


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mall urban parks, sometimes the size of one or two housing lots, often serve diverse community needs, including as play spaces. These “pocket parks” or “vest-pocket parks” as they are colloquially termed are typically used only by people living or working within a several-block radius. In 2015, Alderman Michael J. Murphy initiated “MKE Plays” to accelerate and expand the city’s updating of its 62 parks, most of which are small. Fifty-two of these parks have play amenities—structures for children that generally need replacement within about 15 years of their deployment. Demographics can also change significantly during that period of time. That’s why community engagement now informs each park restoration, rather than topdown, cookie-cutter decision making. “Empowering local residents is a core tenet of this program,” said Murphy. Joe Kaltenberg, MKE Plays’ program coordinator, facilitates two or three formal community meetings for each project. “We also get a ton of input as we walk around a neighborhood handing out meeting flyers,” he said. Kaltenberg, a former physical education teacher, originally worked in Murphy’s office and now is on staff in the Department of Public Works. MKE Plays has raised more than $1.69 million from private sources and leveraged an additional $1.31 million in public funding, totaling $3 million of investment in Milwaukee parks, according to Murphy.

Rebuilding from the Ground Up

Foundation Park (3700 W. McKinley Ave.) in the East Martin Drive neighborhood, is one park being revitalized. Every inch of its 8,000-squarefoot space ultimately will be refurbished. A new concrete sidewalk encircles the playground and winds through a passageway to 37th Place. New steel-framed play equipment has been installed. Shade trees and lawn will be planted. Benches and a picnic table—and possibly kid-friendly tree stumps—will afford respite and socializing. One unique feature will be multi-colored rubber surfacing incorporating a traditional Hmong textile pattern, symbolizing “house” and representing unity. Kaltenberg told the Shepherd Express during a site visit that some neighbors had 6 | J U LY 1 2 , 2 0 1 8

suggested including those cultural elements to help make the growing number of Hmong neighbors feel welcome. He said that Hmong residents are often left out of civic processes because of cultural barriers that make participation difficult. “They are simultaneously visible to their neighbors and invisible to the institutions that effect change locally.” The City of Milwaukee was recently awarded a $30,000 play-space grant for this project from the Walt Disney Corporation in support of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Disney’s combined goal of providing greater access to recreation. A national community health goal is for all city residents to live within a halfmile of a public park or playground. Ideas for restoring Foundation Park were originally explored by students in UW-Milwaukee’s BLC (Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures) Field School, which is part of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Arijit Sen, associate professor of architecture and urban studies, said that when the field school began studying aspects of the Washington Park neighborhood in 2014, Foundation Park looked bleak. A wooden playground structure had burned down, leaving only some bedraggled swings. Among the buildings students researched were two distressed houses with backyards facing the park. The field school delves into all aspects of a neighborhood’s history and current conditions. Students collect narrative and empirical data, measure buildings and chart their evolution over time. They also conduct oral histories and creatively engage people, often at events that include playful activities and food. Sen said, “If you do boring community engagement, nobody comes.” Design students then imagine what could be renovated or built to enhance a neighborhood. Data, stories and student projects are then posted on BLC’s website. Projects have included exhibitions, presentations and short documentary films.

The field school also collaborates on diverse forms of cultural expression with neighbors and others. UWM’s Peck School of the Arts has produced dance performances and a full-scale play titled This is Washington Park. This is Milwaukee., based on field school research.

Seeing the Possibilities

There had been talk of razing the two derelict homes next to the park, but residents expressed concern about that approach, since several nearby buildings already had been demolished. Sen said that he and BLC students thought the neighborhood might benefit more if new owners or community uses could be found, since the homes’ interiors were fairly intact. Also, residents often monitor activities within a neighborhood—what urbanist Jane Jacobs termed “eyes on the street.” The park’s main entrance on 37th Street, essentially a two-block-long alley, is faced only by backyards. A fenced parking lot for a Harley-Davidson plant accessed from another street faces the park’s south side. BLC student Tommy Yang and others interviewed and conducted ethnographic research on Hmong residents of Washington Park for more than a year. Student Dominique Xiong proposed a design for Foundation Park incorporating Hmong embroidery patterns and other narrative elements. Kaltenberg, who was aware of BLC’s work, said that when he began engaging the community it made sense to “piggyback on BLC’s efforts. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel.” He also reached out to the Hmong American Friendship Center, located nearby on West Vliet Street. Students there created potential designs for the playground, which became the basis for the final layout. Kaltenberg said that adding the colorful design within the pouredin-place rubber ground will increase its cost only slightly, but will dramatically enhance

the park culturally and visually. Jonas Diaz, whose sister and brother-in-law, Nery and Thyren Stephen, recently bought and renovated one of the formerly distressed homes next to the park, is excited about the park’s progress. He told a reporter that his family will host a big party as soon as the construction fences come down. Diaz also proudly pointed to a building down the street on Vliet that he purchased to open a bakery. Kaltenberg said fine-tuning the park will continue after it reopens, since neighbors often see even more potential once they experience a revamped space. For example, lawn areas could accommodate tables for board games or other activities. MKE Plays is considering buying a portable movie screen that could be used for movie nights. Kaltenberg is also working with renowned artist Muneer Bahauddeen to create “Peace Poles” incorporating small ceramic tiles individually made by neighbors. Bahauddeen, whose home and studio is located nearby on Lisbon Avenue, said that people like seeing their personal expressions integrated within public art. Despite having “by far the smallest amount of park space within the city”—certainly much less than Milwaukee County Parks and Milwaukee Recreation (a division of Milwaukee Public Schools)—MKE Plays can be nimble, said Kaltenberg. These playground restorations cost, on average, about $250,000, with some larger park renovations totaling more than $600,000. That makes it easier to see a project to completion. He believes it’s an achievable goal to increase total program funding to “sustainably implement playground updates within 15-year cycles,” completing about four parks a year. Even modest park investments can yield big returns. Besides promoting community health and neighborliness, revitalized public spaces often spur positive economic impacts. 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, partybuilding meetings, drinking-discussion get-togethers and any other actions that are directed toward fighting back to preserve our liberal democratic system.

Tuesday, July 17

Thursday, July 12

The Realities of Migrating to Milwaukee Listening Session @ Journey House (2110 W. Scott St.), 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Governor Candidate Debate Watch Party @ Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization (1110 N. Old World Third St.), 5:307:30 p.m.

As part of the Wisconsin’s Choice project, a number of community organizations will host a house party for people to learn more about the remaining candidates. Since the party takes place the same night as the first broadcast debate of the primary election, attendees will watch the debate together as well.

Saturday, July 14

Keeping Up with the Candidates @ South Second (838 S. Second St.), 7-9 p.m.

NextGen America, a progressive political organization, will host a gubernatorial candidate debate targeted toward young voters, with all proceeds going to a local nonprofit. Tickets also include free food and drink.

Wednesday, July 18

The City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission will host a free and open to the public listening session to find out more about what it’s like to be an immigrant in Milwaukee. Light refreshments will be provided. Translators will be available. 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. Comment at

Annie and the Hedonists @ The Back Room at Colectivo (2211 N. Prospect Ave.), 10:30 a.m.

Annie and the Hedonists, a New York blues band, will play a benefit concert for the Local 212 American Federation of Teachers and the MATC FAST Fund, which benefits MATC students experiencing economic emergencies.




Peace Action Wisconsin: Stand for Peace @ The corner of Lincoln Memorial Drive and Michigan 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 Marcos Lara, Stevie Leigh Crutcher, Cal Smith, Shawn Vasquez, Kelsey Claire Hagen and sketch comedy group The Accountants of Homeland Security.

Tuesday, July 17

Bystander Intervention Training @ Shorewood Public Library (3920 N. Murray Ave.), 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Democratic Socialists Aren’t Demons; They’re Just Energized Democrats ::BY JOEL MCNALLY


o one could deny the excitement Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stirred in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, particularly among a new generation of young political activists. That didn’t stop more cautious Democrats from worrying about nominating Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist. I’ll confess to having fears, myself, that Donald Trump, an unprincipled demagogue, would add the red-baiting of Sanders as a “socialist radical” to his inflammatory appeals to racism and religious bigotry and increase his danger of reaching the White House. We’ll never know whether all the voter enthusiasm behind Sanders could have overcome Trump’s hate campaign any better than more conventional Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump’s election shocked ev-

eryone who previously had higher respect for the fundamental decency of American voters. But in this current election year, Sanders’ lifelong push for a more boldly progressive Democratic Party is succeeding. The next generation of energized, exciting, new candidates includes Alexandra OcasioCortez—a bright, young Latina community organizer who pulled off her own primary shocker by defeating New York Congressman Joe Crowley, considered a potential successor to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic House Speaker. OcasioCortez—and other rising new Democrats around the country—also proudly refer to themselves as democratic socialists. There’s a reason why young activists don’t consider socialism to be a scary word. They’re well-educated. I smile writing that because I taught an urban history course at UW-Milwaukee on the history of Milwaukee. That history includes the longest, most successful control of any American city under the administration of socialist mayors. Even many people aware that socialism bears little resemblance to communism—or to those murderous, totalitarian dictators Trump so admires—often have a mistaken belief it’s some kind of idealistic, pie-in-the-sky governing philosophy that could never succeed in the real world.

Milwaukee’s Socialist Example

Milwaukee totally destroys that idea, thriving under socialist mayors nearly four decades between 1910 and 1960. Those 38 years included

just three extraordinary politicians: Emil Seidel (1910-1912); Daniel Hoan (1916-1940); and Frank Zeidler (1948-1960). The administration of Seidel, Milwaukee’s first socialist mayor, was the shortest, but set the pattern for socialist government: clean government instituting professional budgeting and city planning with an emphasis on public services and improving the lives of workers with an eight-hour work day and raising the minimum wage. That was truly revolutionary since Seidel followed David Rose, the most corrupt mayor in Milwaukee history who ran a wide-open city overseeing brothels and 24hour gambling houses within sight of City Hall. Democrats and Republicans resorted to drastic measures in 1912 to defeat Seidel, campaigning together with a bipartisan “fusion ticket” to take back the mayor’s office. Many of us are proud to have known Frank Zeidler, the city’s most recent socialist mayor, who remained a strong, active voice for good government and humane public policy until he died in 2006 at age 93. But it was Hoan—the crusading socialist city attorney left standing after the 1912 bipartisan purge of socialists who was elected mayor in 1916 and held the office for the next 24 years—who defined the lasting contributions of democratic socialists to democracy itself. Hoan’s time in office included the Great Depression, the worst hard times in American history. That’s when Hoan’s socialist government was recognized nationally for its sound financial management while expanding public employment for those out of work. In December 1931, two years after the stock market crash of 1929, The New York Times wrote: “The City of Milwaukee has paid its bills,

expended hundreds of thousands in unemployment relief and at the end of the year will have about $4 million in the bank.” Time magazine, the national newsweekly of conservative Republican publisher Henry Luce (certainly no friend of socialists), put Hoan on the cover in April 1936, reporting: “Under him, Milwaukee has become perhaps the best-governed city in the U.S.” Here’s the truth few people talk about that explains why the Socialist Party faded politically in the U.S. just when its programs for the working class were most desperately needed: The Democratic Party adopted the most popular and successful programs of democratic socialists like Seidel, Hoan and Zeidler. Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used public employment, unemployment benefits and other social safety net programs to pull the nation out of the Great Depression and become the most popular president in history. He was the only president ever elected four times. Republicans who have viciously fought such economic improvements in the lives of all Americans ever since are actually right when they attack Roosevelt’s Social Security, Lyndon Johnson’s Medicare and Medicaid and Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act as socialist programs. But they’re totally wrong to suggest socialist programs are somehow un-American. They’re American democracy’s most important economic equalizers. It’s as American as apple pie to elect a bright, new generation of democratic socialists. They’re fighting to preserve the American ideal of sharing the economic benefits of democracy with everyone, not just the wealthy. Comment at n


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audwella Kirkendoll grew up in Milwaukee’s 53206 neighborhood, which gave him a perspective of people who work long, hard hours to support their families but still need some help to get by. It’s that perspective that drove Kirkendoll to become the devoted community worker that he is today. “I know there is some point when you can move people from needing help to the people that are helping,” he says. Kirkendoll loved growing up on the North Side because of the sense of community, but it was also a rough part of town because of crime and poverty. The deaths of friends due to violence and lower economic status in the neighborhood were simply circumstances he had to navigate through. Once he learned how to overcome those challenges, though, he found a way to help others do the same. When he was a child, Kirkendoll describes standing in endless lines with his mother, waiting to receive government assistance. He remembers feeling embarrassed and treated poorly at the time—two things that motivated him to change the system to make it easier for people with similar situations. In 2000, Kirkendoll was hired as a caseworker at Community Advocates (CA) and has since worked his way up to become the company’s chief operating officer. The reason he was drawn to the organization was its passion for helping people, a characteristic that has persisted for the past 18 years. CA is a social service agency that is composed of four divisions: Basic Needs, Milwaukee Women’s Center, Behavior Health and Public Policy. People come to CA’s Basic Needs Division for assistance with issues including housing, landlord issues and tenant training. The Milwaukee Women’s Center Division provides a family shelter, domestic violence shelter, drug treatment programs and more. The Behavior Health Division aims to relocate people living on the street into permanent housing. Simultaneously, CA works on changing public policies that will help reduce poverty and transition people into regular jobs. This only touches on the many programs CA implements, but they impact the lives of community members in so many more ways.

‘I’ve Been Where You’ve Been’

One program that drastically affected Kirkendoll’s life—and the lives of the participants of this particular program—is the mentoring of young men at the Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility. Kirkendoll and other mentors go into the prison matched with young incarcerated men in hopes of steering them onto the right path for their lives post-incarceration. Kirkendoll strongly connects with these men because, as he says to them, “I’ve been where you’ve been. I grew up in the same area, had some of the same experiences, and you guys can make it. Stay focused.” These men need someone to understand what they’ve been through and someone to guide them to the right choices at times of weakness. Connecting with one another and taking the time to listen is what makes a difference for so many people looking for a safe haven when they walk through the doors of Community Advocates. Our community is hurting in so many ways, and it’s time for us to follow this model—and Maudwella Kirkendoll’s personal example—and help those who need it the most. For more of Erin Bloodgood’s work, visit Comment at n


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loaded with good stuff like brown rice, quinoa, kale and goat cheese. This flavorful, hearty salad could be shared as an appetizer, but could also easily be made into a meal by adding chicken or shrimp ($4.95) or salmon ($6.95). Classic supper club dishes make up the core of Sandra’s menu. Steaks ($31.95-$32.95), pork chops ($17.95-$21.95) and seafood ($17.95-$28.95) are well represented, and are all served with soup or salad, and a fresh vegetable that can be substituted for the house Brussels sprouts ($2.50). Caramelized ::BY SUSAN HARPT GRIMES with bacon, onions and carrots, it’s a side dish not to be missed. The real star at Sandra’s, though, is the house specialty barbecue ribs (half hen Sandra’s on the Park took over the old Mia Famiglia restaurant space, it promised to be a “supper club with rack $17.95; full rack $25.95). Fall-off-the-bone tender with a flavorful, smoky a modern twist.” After three years of satisfied custom- house-made barbecue sauce, these ribs are a standout. Served with a tasty, creamy coleslaw, house Parmesan Romano French ers, it’s safe to say Sandra’s has delivered. In fries, and signature grilled Parmesan bread, this rib just these few years, Sandra’s has gathered dinner will fill you up. a loyal local fan base, and continues to build on that with Pasta dishes, including a lovely, rich lobster mac every bite of their renowned ribs or sip of their traditional Sandra’s on the Park ‘n’ cheese with Andouille sausage ($22.95), pizzas Old Fashioned. 10049 W. Forest Home Ave. ($11.95-$22.95) and sandwiches—try the burger with The service and atmosphere are top-notch at Sandra’s. Whethonion jam ($12.95)—complete the menu. er you choose to dine in their cozy, comfortable dining room or 414-235-8889 • $$-$$$ Like all good Wisconsin restaurants, Sandra’s also (in season) on the lovely patio-with-a-view, you will be treated does a traditional Friday fish fry ($11.95). The crisp well. Servers are knowledgeable and attentive. Generous porHandicapped Access: Yes beer-battered cod dinner with the house fries or potions will satisfy most Wisconsinite appetites or allow for some tato pancake, coleslaw and rye bread has made Santasty leftovers the next day. CC, FF, GF, OD dra’s a busy spot on Friday (no reservations), so you It’s hard to go wrong when you begin a meal with Sandra’s Hours: Tu-Th 4-9 p.m., F-Sa may want to come early or plan to have a cocktail in delicate and crispy Haystack Onions ($6.50), served with a kicky their well-appointed bar. 4-10 p.m., Su 4-8 p.m chipotle ranch sauce. More health-conscious diners may want to go for a salad like the Kale Pesto Grain Caprese salad ($13.95),

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Mexican Street Food at Nevería La Flor de Mayo ::BY JAMIE LEE RAKE

If the cartoon portrait of a big-eyed cow with a daisy in her mouth on its sign isn’t enough to encourage a visit to Nevería La Flor de Mayo (1117 W. Lincoln Ave.), its plethora of Mexican treats may serve as sufficient enticement. Nevería translates to “ice cream parlor,” but the snack shop’s menu proffers items both warm and savory as well as sweet and frosty. Elotes, or Mexican corn on the cob, is street vendor fare in its homeland; here, de-cobbed kernels remain in clusters, nestling amid mayonnaise, cojita cheese and spices for a dish skimming the edge of richness. At a higher indulgence factor, a small mangonada served as my dessert. Flor’s preparation of this panoply of flavors is standard extraordinary with chunks of mango topping scoops of mango ice cream drenched in chamoy sauce, a slightly salty condiment sweetened with apricot and given some heat from roasted, ground ancho pepper. Flor’s menu otherwise runs a gamut of snacks with a variety of paletas (creamy frozen confections on sticks that practically shame popsicles) and a cornmealthickened, cinnamon and brown sugar beverage known as atole. Quesadillas, tortas and other heartier luncheon items may also be had for a full meal.



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hen Susan and William Palmer, of East Troy Honey researched why their fruit trees failed to produce much fruit, they found there was a lack of bees—nature’s best pollinators. They started with one hive, and the Palmers soon noticed a difference as the bees did their jobs pollinating the trees, which yielded an abundance of apples. The Palmers attended the Beekeeping in Northern Climates class at the University of Minnesota and, at one time, William had more than 100 hives. He also offered pollination services to other farmers. The Palmers have since simplified, and today, they have about 10 hives they place in a basswood forest. “Basswood makes a very light, sweet, soft honey—not too biting, and very gentle on the taste buds,” Susan said. In addition to basswood, the Palmers obtain honey from other trusted local beekeepers. The wildflower is an all-purpose honey with a very sweet, classic honey taste. It comes in two forms. Raw honey is straight from the beehive to the jar. “We do not filter it or do anything to it, and because of that, there might be a bee’s wing or a leg in there,” Susan said. “The other wildflower we offer is filtered once, very lightly, to take out any wings or legs, but it still has the beneficial pollen and enzymes.” Their buckwheat honey is very robust, dark and thick, and best used for recipes like barbecue sauce because it holds up well and maintains

the honey flavor. Susan said commercial honey is pasteurized or pressure-filtered to prolong shelf life, but that removes beneficial enzymes. “If you have honey on a shelf for a year and it never crystalizes, it’s not really honey; there’s corn syrup or additives in there, or it’s been pasteurized,” she said. She added that it’s unrealistic to claim honey is organic, since bees can fly up to six miles from their hives, so nobody can be certain the bee pollinated organic or non-organic plants. Despite bees’ intelligent social structure and importance in pollinating our nation’s cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and fruit, bees are in trouble. “Colony collapse” made headlines a decade ago, and East Troy Honey lost half of their hives. “Nobody has really been able to determine what caused that. Colony collapse is not gone, but it’s not as severe as it was. Today, the severe threat is Varroa mites,” Susan said. An invasive species, Varroa mites bite bees, causing infections and other diseases. Due to this new threat, beekeepers must remain vigilant about using treatments, Susan said. “All treatments are licensed by the State of Wisconsin, and there is one licensed treatment, oxalic acid, which is a more natural way to treat the mites.” She added that many people want to be natural backyard beekeepers, but just letting bees do their own thing might not always work. With the invasive Varroa mite, human intervention is necessary. Since many farmers have switched to soybean and corn crops—plants that Susan said do nothing to encourage bee populations—there’s now a lack of floral pollinators. Genetically modified crops, and crops sprayed with pesticides, are also leading to bee deaths. The Palmers attend the annual Harvest Fair at Wisconsin State Fair Park to talk to people about bees and honey. Their honey can be found at Outpost Natural Foods, West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe, Woodman’s, Mars Cheese Castle, Good Harvest Market and soon in area Meijer stores. For more information, visit easttroyhoney. com.

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BASTILLE DAYS 2018 CELEBRATES ALL THINGS FRENCH Streetcar construction alters Downtown Milwaukee’s annual festival ::BY JOHN JAHN

ay “Bastille Days,” and the typical Milwaukeean conjures his or her city’s all-things-French summer festival held in Downtown’s Cathedral Square Park. If he or she requires a little additional prodding, mention the festival is a four-day bash that annually attracts more than a quarter of a million visitors with its plethora of live music performances, international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine galore and roaming busker entertainment. If one final clue is required, a reference to the signature 43-foot-tall Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows should do the trick. Apart from all the festivities, though, it might be efficacious and elucidating to remember what it’s really all about—Bastille Days’ raison d’être, if you will. Bastille Day is the common name given to France’s national holiday—its “Fourth of July,” so to speak. It’s certainly a tad more colorful a moniker than what the French, themselves, term it: “French National Day,” or more formally, La Fête Nationale. Like our Independence Day, it takes place every July (but in France’s case, on the 14th). The “bastille” part refers to the historic storming of the Bastille Saint-Antoine—a fortress in Paris that played an important role in the internal conflicts of France and, for most of its history, was used as a terrorizing prison by the kings of France. It was attacked and taken over by a crowd on July 14, 1789—a seminal event of the French Revolution. (The original building, incidentally, was subsequently demolished and replaced by the Place de la Bastille.) This event began to be celebrated throughout France as soon as its first anniversary. Consequently, Europe’s largest and oldest regular military parade is held on the morning of July 14 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Given the revolutionary origins of this celebration, perhaps it’s more apropos this year to remember this history as we in Milwaukee join in France’s celebration.

Tradition Meets Novelty at the 2018 Festival

No displays of French military might in Milwaukee’s Bastille Days 2018—its 37-year anniversary—but there will still be plenty of other things to see, hear, do, drink and eat. Though returning to Cathedral Square Park, this year’s festival will have a slightly altered footprint—its modified boundaries created by East Town Association due to ongoing Downtown streetcar construction and initial testing operations—the latter to be taking place during the festival’s run. Though “The Hop” (Milwaukee streetcar) won’t be fully functioning until much later this year, its vehicles will be undergoing a testing phase mid-month. As East Town Association explains on their event website: “We’ve been working closely with city officials on a revised layout that will complement streetcar service and minimize impacts to neighboring businesses. Our new footprint keeps Bastille Days anchored in the hub of our neighborhood and provides visitors with better accessibility.”

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The main street of the festival has been moved to Wells Street from Kilbourn Avenue; the Eiffel Tower display will reside about 100 feet north of its typical spot. Meanwhile, the route of the “Storm the Bastille Run-Walk” will not change; start and finish lines will remain on the intersection of Jefferson and Wells streets. The streetcars won’t be fully operational until after Bastille Days, but they will be gliding along their tracks sans passengers during a testing phase, so festival-goers will see them traveling on the recently laid tracks. Interestingly, festivalgoers will be able to ride The Hop to Bastille Days starting 2019. As for all that aforementioned seeing, hearing, doing, drinking and eating, Bastille Days offers its traditional wine tastings in a tent in the northeast corner of the festival grounds—where imbibers can sample delectable wines from France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, California and more—under the guidance of a wine specialist. There is also a run-walk on opening night whereby more than 5,000 runners and walkers flood the streets; starting at 9 p.m., the 5-kilometer run/2-mile walk leads participants through Downtown’s East Town and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods. Returning this year is a “Mardi Gras Friday Parade” that will weave through the Bastille Days grounds throughout the night—a doffing of the beret to the famed French Quarter of New Orleans. In addition to roaming buskers, mimes and other Parisian performers, attendees will see an eclectic mix of music across four stages throughout the celebration. A “Kid’s Day Celebration” that features a French-themed breakfast, ballet lessons and soccer drills adds something for the child with you or within you. And, of course, there’s food-eating and gift-shopping! With more than 90 merchant booths and 25-plus restaurants, Bastille Days offers beaucoup French and Cajun food, memorabilia and gifts. Popular French culinary items include crêpes, beignets, wine and champagne; gifts available for purchase include Provençal soaps, fabrics, cards and art. Bastille Days takes place July 1215. For more information, including a complete list of entertainment, food vendors and scheduled special events taking place at Bastille Days 2018, visit


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When David Cross filmed his confrontational 2016 comedy special “Making America Great Again!,” Donald Trump had yet to secure the Republican nomination and Cross, like many observers, was dead certain he’d never actually be elected president. What a difference two years make. Cross is now touring an even more divided country behind a new show, “Oh Come On,” while trying to process what feels like a constant barrage of dismaying headlines. Ahead of his stop at the Pabst Theater on Friday, July 13, and with Trump’s policy of family separation fresh in the news, the alternative comedy veteran spoke to the Shepherd Express in late June about finding the right balance between humor and politics. (For the full version of this interview, visit What kind of subjects are you tackling on your current tour? Well, as you know, I placed 14th in the annual bass fishing contest, so that’s really what my world has been about. I’m doing roughly an hour and 15 minutes, and I’d say a good hour of it is about bass fishing—both domestic and international, and the different approaches. I have a whole story about bass fishing in Tunisia and how they bait their hooks differently. It’s pretty fun stuff! Why bass fishing? Well, that’s been my world the last couple years. You know, I quit Hollywood as it were, and it’s just been myself. I left my family. And I have a tent. I had gotten a gift certificate at REI, and I just went and got a bunch of camping shit, and that’s what I’m into, and I hope everybody else is with me on this journey. You’re joking, but considering the state of the world and politics right now, the idea of taking a break and just going bass fishing sounds kind of nice. I mean, all kidding aside, you’re right. Obviously, I’m not talking about bass fishing, but all kinds of things are brought up in this set. Some you might be able to anticipate, some you might not. It just feels like a really hard time to be a standup comedian right now. Audiences are angry, and the biggest stories in the news right now are so upsetting that nobody finds them fun to think about. That is very true. And it’s palpable. You know, I have an obligation to that audience, and there’s a number of responsibilities. The first and foremost is to be funny and entertaining. Then I feel a responsibility to most of my fans to touch upon some subject matter that I think they would want me to touch upon… I’m not doing a shit ton of stuff about Trump—I never like to do too much political stuff—but I do some, of course, and when I start really getting into it and addressing these new things, it’s depressing, and there’s nothing fun or funny about it. These are really hurtful policies and if you care about other people, people other than yourself or other than your tribe, it’s really distressing. This goes beyond [George W.] Bush-era willful ignorance. This is complicit hatred and violence. So we really have kind of crossed the line. Now I’m listening to myself and I’m thinking, if I were reading this I wouldn’t want to go to that show [laughs]. But the shows have been really fun, and of course I talk about Trump, but it’s less about Trump and more about his fans. It’s less about him as a person and more about him and a culture and his fans and what brought this … I actually think this set is a little softer than the last set I did, which had a number of gut punches to it. While this one still has that anger/frustration/dismay to it, it’s a little softer than the other one. David Cross headlines the Pabst Theater on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 414-286-3663 or visit SHEPHERD EXPRESS

::SPORTS The Long-Term Strategy Behind Having Erik Kratz Pitch ::BY KYLE LOBNER


dds are no one who came to Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago was hoping or expecting to see Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz pitch. Kratz, a 38-year-old, nine-year MLB veteran who has played in about 250 MLB games, had pitched just three times in his career. The Brewers called upon him to pitch the eighth inning of an ugly loss in Cincinnati, a game where the Reds had scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 10-3 lead. Three relievers had already pitched in the game, and Craig Counsell turned to Kratz instead of using a fourth. It’s a move they should, perhaps, consider making more often. Kratz, of course, was not effective from the mound in the traditional sense. He threw an 80-mph fastball and a roughly 60-mph changeup-curve, and the Reds hit him around to the tune of a two-run inning on two hits and a walk. Kratz’s poor performance, however, didn’t cost the Brewers much of significance. FanGraphs estimates the Reds had a 99.9% chance of winning when Kratz took the mound and a 100% chance when he departed. In the meantime, Kratz’s inning saved the Brewers bullpen—including many of the relievers they typically use in high-leverage situations—from having to warm up and waste an appearance in a game where the outcome had already been decided. Through Sunday’s game, Brewers relievers had already made 282 appearances on the season and covered 321 innings. Kratz (and, earlier in the season, Hernan Perez) helped lighten that load, albeit slightly. Across baseball, managers seem to be coming around to the concept of allowing position players to soak up low-leverage innings. According to the B-Ref Play Index, in 2018 there have already been 25 pitching appearances by position players, not counting nine by two-way player Shohei Ohtani of the Angels. There were 36 in 2017 and 26 in 2016. Recent usage of the strategy has raised some eyebrows among traditional baseball thinkers: On Saturday, June 23, the Chicago

Cubs put catcher Chris Gimenez into the eighth inning of a game against the Reds when they were only trailing by six runs, surrendering their chances of winning earlier than some were comfortable with. On Sunday, July 3, the Rays went a step further, putting catcher Jesus Sucre in to defend a five-run lead in the bottom of the 16th inning of a game against the Marlins despite still having relievers available. The latter decision didn’t go so well: Sucre ended up giving up two runs on three hits over just 1/3rd of an inning, and Tampa Bay ended up using another reliever anyway. The most frequent recent adopters of the strategy, however, included two 2017 playoff teams. On their way to a surprise playoff appearance, the Twins allowed catcher Chris Gimenez (the same Chris Gimenez mentioned above) to take the mound six times between April and June of last season. Minnesota lost those six games by an average of 9.8 runs, so Gimenez’s performances were, in all cases, negligible to the game’s outcome. They did, however, help a team that ended up making a postseason run keep their bullpen a bit fresher early in the season. Another team utilized this strategy en route to the World Series. The Astros let three different position players make a combined four appearances late in blowouts in 2017. Waving the white flag early in those contests wasn’t enough to prevent them from winning 101 games and the first MLB championship in franchise history. The Brewers, for their part, have embraced other strategies to keep relievers fresh. They’ve taken to asking relievers to pitch longer outings but less frequent appearances, and they’ve utilized their roster flexibility to regularly bring fresh arms up from the minors to provide bullpen coverage. That said, they may need all the help they can get to keep an oft-used bullpen fresh and effective into the stretch run. Letting a position player soak up a low-leverage inning from time to time is one tool at their disposal. Comment at n









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Soup Moat w/ Sex Scenes, Doubletruck and Tight Fright @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.

The unsung heroes of many a local bill over the last seven years, the sludge-loving Milwaukee rock band Soup Moat celebrate the release of their magnificently titled third album Harvester of Likes with this show. The band has teased the record with a pair of fun, frizzy tracks, “Pocket Full of Ginger” and “Navel Gaze,” that play up their more tuneful, pranksterish side. They’re joined on this bill by two magnificently scuzzy Milwaukee bands, Sex Scenes and Doubletruck, as well as the heavy Brooklyn rock act Tight Fright.

City Limits Fest @ City Lounge, 6 p.m.

Austin isn’t the only city with its own City Limits festival. Each year Cudahy’s City Lounge hosts its own music festival featuring a variety of country and Southern rock. This year’s lineup includes Craig Campbell, Moonshine Bandits, Hasting & Co. and Hero on Friday, July 13, and Eric Paslay, Troy Cartwright, Brecken Miles, Michael Sean and Cameron Lenz on Saturday, July 14. Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for a weekend pass. VIP tickets are also available.

Gathering on the Green: American Authors w/ GGOOLLDD @ Rotary Park, Mequon, 8 p.m.


Shooter Jennings w/ Bottle Rockets @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

Shooter Jennings shares not only a familial resemblance to his father, Waylon—Shooter even depicted his dad in the movie Walk the Line—but also his father’s love of tightly wound, rock-inflected country, making him one of the young torch carriers of the outlaw country movement. He touted his outlaw ties on his 2005 debut Put the “O” Back in Country and its follow-up albums, but he’s not afraid to step outside the box from time to time. In 2010 he released Black Ribbons, a psychedelic-rock-influenced concept album from his band Hierophant featuring narration written and recorded by Stephen King, who plays a conspiracy-minded talk radio host. Lately he’s been in a more traditional country mindset. This summer he’ll release his latest album, Shooter, which reunites him with producer Dave Cobb. Jennings says the new material was inspired by country great Hank Williams.

Mequon Park’s Gathering on the Green concert series has lined up two glamorous, danceable alternative acts for this bill: New York rockers American Authors, and Milwaukee electropop favorites GGOOLLDD. Then, on Saturday, July 14, Gathering on the Green will feature two legacy rock acts: Dennis DeYoung, the founding singer/keyboardist from Styx (he left the band in 1999 but still performs their music live) and Lou Gramm, the original lead singer for Foreigner.


‘We Hate Movies’ Podcast @ The Back Room at Colectivo, 8 p.m.

Few subjects are more reliable fodder for a podcast than bad movies. Since recording their first episodes in a bedroom in 2010, the comedian hosts of the New York-based podcast We Hate Movies Andrew Jupin, Stephen Sajdak, Eric Szyszka and Chris Cabin have built up a cult following with their rants about terrible movies new and old, from Congo to The Cloverfield Paradox and The Boss Baby. Like many popular podcasts, they’ve taken their act on the road, gamely interacting with crowds at their live appearances. RUSSELL PEBORDE

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FRIDAY, JULY 13 David Cross @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.

David Cross was one of the leading figures of the 1990s alternative comedy scene and, along with Bob Odenkirk, the co-host of one of its defining institutions, “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” the HBO sketch comedy program that featured many of the leading comedians of the era. Like so many staples of that scene, he’s appeared on screen constantly ever since, with dozens of film and TV roles, most notably on “Arrested Development,” which just returned for its fifth season on Netflix this summer, and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” He’s currently touring behind his first new stand-up material since Donald Trump’s election. (You can read our interview with Cross at

K-Stamp w/ Joshua Jenkins @ Anodyne Walker’s Point, 7 p.m.

Like many of the most memorable players in Milwaukee’s jazz scene, guitarist Kwasi Stampley (K-Stamp) looks outside of traditional genre influences, drawing from a larger grab bag of hip-hop and R&B. At this show, the young 88Nine Music Lab and MYSO Jazz Ensemble player will celebrate the release of his debut album Thoughts of a Stranger, a soulful set that plays like an inspired cross between John McLaughlin, Digable Planets and Swae Lee. Rapper Joshua Jenkins opens. We Hate Movies 18 | J U LY 1 2 , 2 0 1 8


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The Handsome Family w/ Chris Crofton @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

The Chicago husband-and-wife Americana duo The Handsome Family had been performing for well over a decade before they received their big break in 2014, when their song “Far From Any Road” was used as the theme song from HBO’s crime drama phenomenon “True Detective.” The show’s music director, roots legend T Bone Burnett, selected the song himself. Over the years The Handsome Family have written memorable songs about fictional murders and reallife mental illness, and recorded at fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy’s studio. They released their 10th and most recent album Unseen on their own label in 2016.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Metalachi @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

If you’re going to lean on a gimmick, you might as well make it a memorable one. Self-described as the world’s premier heavy metal mariachi band (no, they don’t have much competition for that title), Metalachi puts a mariachi spin on favorites from acts like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne. Ridiculous as that sounds, the band has the chops in both metal and mariachi music to pull it off. They aren’t mocking this music; they’re genuinely celebrating it.


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A 5K run/walk through the streets of downtown milwaukee THURSDAY, JULY 12 at 9:00 pm | CATHEDRAL SQUARE PARK

Milwaukee’s favorite nighttime fun run, the Associated Bank Storm the Bastille 5K run/walk, will return to the streets of downtown Milwaukee for its 34th year on Thursday, July 12 at 9:00 pm. Commemorating the revolutionary storming of the Bastille prison by Parisians in the 18th century, the run will start at the corner of Jefferson and Wells streets and lead 5,000+ participants through downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward. Advance registration is $25 or $30 the day of the event. For safety reasons, animals, strollers and bicycles are prohibited from the race. Runners are reminded that times will not be recorded.

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STORM THE BASTILLE TAKE MILWAUKEE BY STORM Lace up your kicks and join 5,000 of your closest friends for the 34th annual Associated Bank Storm the Bastille 5K run/walk on Thursday, July 12 at 9 pm. Commemorating the historic storming of the Bastille prison by Parisians in the 18th century, the nighttime

fun run begins at the corner of Jefferson and Wells streets and leads participants through downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward. Registration is $25 in advance or $30 day of the run, and includes a long-sleeve T-shirt and race number.

AMAZING ACTS ACROSS FOUR STAGES Hop off your derrière and dance to a diverse lineup of musical acts across the festival’s four stages! Headliners include: GINKGOA, Extra Crispy Brass Band, 5 Card Studs, The Squeezettes, Sweet Crude, Charles Walker Band, Mississippi Cactus, Whiskeybelles, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Nwa Na Agbe Afrobeat, Well Known Strangers, Robin Pluer, Alma Afrobeat Ensemble feat: Marga Mbande, The Hungry Williams, Generation Z and John Stano. Plus, brush up on your French with daily mini French lessons at the Door Peninsula Winery Stage.

FREE FAMILY FUN AT KIDS DAY TIME TO UN-WINE Share a toast with friends during Bastille Days’ three sommelier-led wine tastings presented by The University Club on Friday, July 13 at 8:30 pm and Saturday, July 14 at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Each attendee receives eight tasting tickets, good for 2-oz. pours. Tickets are $40 at the festival or $30 in advance at

THE BIG EASY COMES TO TOWN Transport yourself to the Big Easy for one night only! Two lively Mardi Gras-themed parades led by Paradise Jazz Band will march through the grounds on Friday, July 13 at 8:00 and 9:00 pm. Catch tokens good for free beer and 2-for-1 specials, as well as beads and other goodies. Plus, kick off the weekend on a high note with the festival’s happy hour from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. 22 | J U L Y 1 2 , 2 0 1 8

Delight in free Parisian fun during the annual Kids Day on Saturday, July 14 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Families can fuel up with a $5 French-inspired, prix-fixe breakfast at the Beignets Français tent beginning at 10:00 am. Once bellies are full, children can partake in interactive games and entertainment with the Milwaukee Ballet, Lakeshore Chinooks, Milwaukee Admirals, French Immersion School Chorus, sleight of hand magician Tom Burgermeister, extreme juggler and balancer Chris Vogt, and stunts by West Bend Dance/Tumbling Troupe. Plus, don’t miss balloon creations (while supplies last) at the Associated Bank tent. If that’s not enough to keep the kids busy, caricature artists, cancan dancers and roving entertainment can be found throughout the park. SHEPHERD EXPRESS



With more than 90 merchant vendors and nearly 25 on-site eateries, Bastille Days offers an international marché bursting with flavor. French favorites include beignets by the Alliance Française de Milwaukee, crêpes, wine and gifts such as Provençal fabrics and prints, soaps, jewelry, artwork and more. Cream and Crêpe Café, Lagniappe Brasserie, Lake Park Bistro, Le Rêve Patisserie and Café, and North Shore Boulangerie are among the must-see stops for traditional French fare.

From jugglers and magicians to cancan dancers and roving musicians, surprises unfold on every corner. Plus, don’t miss the daredevilish stunts of Carnival of Curiosity & Chaos, performing Thursday through Saturday in Cathedral Square Park.


THRILLS AND SPILLS DURING SUNDAY’S WAITER/WAITRESS RACE Cheer on local bars and restaurants as they send their top servers to brave an intricate obstacle course while balancing full wine glasses! The thrills and spills take place on Sunday, July 15 at 3:00 pm in Cathedral Square Park.


FOOD & DRINK DEMOS OFFERED DAILY Learn the secrets behind French and ethnic fares during daily, expert-led cooking demos sponsored by NUCU™ at the Madison Medical Affiliates Beaux Arts Stage. Sommeliers will also lead festgoers in informative tasting demonstrations, complete with samples and suggested pairings for all curious epicureans in attendance.

SAMPLE THE OFFICIAL BASTILLE BREW Join Mayor Tom Barrett and other beer enthusiasts as Milwaukee Brewing Co. and Bastille Days sponsor Beechwood Distributors unveil an exclusive Bastille Days ale on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 pm at the Madison Medical Affiliates Beaux Arts Stage. Emceed by OnMilwaukee, the ceremonial firkin tapping will offer an informative demo detailing the steps of the brew’s production, complete with free samples for of-age spectators.

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Download the official Bastille Days mobile app for quick and easy access to festival information. The app features an interactive map of the festival grounds, stage schedules, restaurant menus and more. The free-to-download Bastille Days app is available at the App Store or Google Play.





Thursday, July 12: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm | Friday, July 13: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm | Saturday, July 14: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm (with 10:00 am Kids Day Breakfast) | Sunday, July 15: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

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‘Much Ado’ Outdoors with Door Shakespeare



Optimist Theatre’s ‘Lear’

Optimist’s ‘Lear’ Plumbs the Humanity Behind Hubris ::BY SELENA MILEWSKI


or its ninth season, Optimist Theatre’s free Shakespeare in the Park series takes on William Shakespeare’s hottest trending play. King Lear, with its resonant exploration of the monumental damage that one leader’s unyielding pride can wreak on those under his power, is undeniably pertinent. Yet this production isn’t heavy handed; Optimist allows the parallels to speak for themselves and focuses on building solid relationships between characters and a truly exquisite production design. Most striking in the latter category is a large circular set piece affixed to the back wall. Designed by Ron Scot Fry and impeccably lit by Colin Gawronski, it functions in myriad poetic capacities. Displaying far more range than an average piece of scenery, it serves as the map of a fractured country, an eclipsed sun, the turning wheel of fortune and more. With direction by Lisa Gaye Dixon, veteran Milwaukee actor James Pickering takes the title role, bringing a boyishness to Lear’s decent into madness that casts the famous character in a unique light. While it’s always difficult to sympathize with the bombastic, selfish king, Pickering’s characterization allows us at least to have pity for a man who truly doesn’t see that he’s put his trust in the wrong people and suffers considerably for his poor judgement. Perfectly complementing him is Robert Spencer as the Fool, impossibly sweet and exceptionally vulnerable in a hopelessly degraded situation. On the other end of the spectrum is Jacque Troy’s Goneril—power-mad, morally bankrupt and yet somehow likeable for the sheer delight she takes in machination; her witchy cackle seals the deal. Jonathan Wainwright as the clever traitor Edmund is similarly attention grabbing for his subtle facial expressions and vocal delivery, which sell the part of longsuffering illegitimate son at last taking a horrifying stand for his own future. What’s most impressive about Optimist’s choice to stage Lear this season is that it forces us to consider the people behind the politics. While the choices these characters make are grandiose and even hard to believe, so are the times we live in now. Rather than stray into the maelstrom of rhetoric and partisanship, Optimist commendably asks us to consider what personality traits, what relationship dynamics and what fundamental assumptions about the qualifications for power underpin the predicaments in which we find ourselves. Through July 21 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts’ Peck Pavilion, 929 N. Water St. Seating is first come, first served. Correction: Last week’s theatre review, “‘Super-agent’ Marcee Doherty-Elst Sizzles in ‘I’ll Eat You Last’” incorrectly listed the show’s co-producers. They were Theater RED and Untitled Productions. 26 | J U LY 1 2 , 2 0 1 8

ormer Milwaukee Repertory Theater Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy emphasizes universal themes of love and rivalry in his production of Much Ado About Nothing on an outdoor Door County stage this summer. Door Shakespeare presents a seasoned cast in a staging of William Shakespeare’s classic set in Wisconsin in the 1860s. Soldiers have returned to a place far from the battlefields to deal with matters of intimacy and animosity back home. Next Act Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini plays romantic hero Benedick with the rugged swagger of a man who seems to have had as much experience onstage as his character has had on the battlefield. His romantic foil is played by longtime Milwaukee Rep resident actress Deborah Staples with the substantial charisma of a world-weary wit about her. That Staples and Cecsarini have been married for a great many years adds to the emotional weight of both comedy and drama that feels perfectly at home in the outdoor intimacy of the peaceful stage in Door County. Milwaukee theater favorite Mark Corkins brings a reassuring gravity to the stage as Don Pedro—chief conspirator attempting to bring

Beatrice and Benedick together. Two rivals are brought together in love in a Civil War setting echoing the divisions within the country which echo into the current political climate. The show runs rotation with a brisk, dynamic production of a The Comedy of Errors. Drew Shirley mixes clever physical humor with rapidly comic dialogue and a depth of genuine emotion in the role of Antipholus of Syracuse. He is a man lost in a land where every stranger seems to recognize him. His hopes of running away to some form of sanity are complicated when he falls in love with Luciana—the sister of the woman claiming to be his wife—played with a wide-eyed and inventively playful sense of humor by Elyse Edelman. Staples plays her sister Adriana with a delicate mix of vulnerabilities. Adriana is concerned about the strange apparent transformation in the one she thinks is her husband, who is actually the long-lost twin brother of her actual husband played with steely intensity in more serious moments by Todd Denning. Through Aug. 18 at the Garden at Björklunden, 590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor. For tickets, call 920-839-1500 or visit

Sherlock and Dr. W. in Peninsula Players’ ‘Miss Holmes” ::BY RUSS BICKERSTAFF


oor County’s Peninsula Players render a surprisingly fresh perspective on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic sleuth this summer with a production of the 2016 suspense drama Miss Holmes. Powerfully charismatic Cassandra Bissell cleverly wields wit and selfless heroism in the role of Sherlock Holmes. When we first encounter her, she has a black eye. She’s in a straitjacket. Relentlessly investigating criminal activity has landed her in and out of mental institutions. Holmes soon makes the acquaintance of a Dr. Dorothy Watson, who quickly becomes swept up in a mystery involving possible corruption within Scotland Yard. Playwright Christopher M. Walsh allows Watson firmly equal footing with Holmes as the two dive into a fast-paced mystery of conspiracy. As Watson, aesthetically magnetic Maggie Kettering feels a bit like a 19th-century James Bond with a black medi-

cal bag. Kettering’s deft precision as a firmly grounded action heroine pairs well with Bissell’s recklessly analytical super-sleuth. One of the cleverer scenes in the adventure has Watson administering a rather radical course of therapy with a handgun. Walsh has rendered a believable 19thcentury London in which the two heroines put themselves directly in the path of danger in a world ruled over by men who tend to take offense to women in the roles of doctor and investigator. With Holmes and Watson as women, the heroism feels that much more potent in Walsh’s adventure than it did in Conan Doyle’s original stories. With such an engrossing initial adventure, Walsh seems to be setting up for possible sequels. Bissell and Kettering make a possible sequel feel very attractive. Through July 22 at 4351 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek. For tickets, visit or call 920-868-3287. SHEPHERD EXPRESS


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local & national artists

William Kentridge’s Buoyant ‘Dance’ at Milwaukee Art Museum ::BY SHANE MCADAMS


illiam Kentridge’s current exhibition “More Sweetly Play the Dance” at the Milwaukee Art Museum (through Aug. 19) is a little different than what we’re used to seeing from him. But really, only a little. Those familiar with his penetrating charcoal-on-paper stop-motion animations will find continuity between what they’ve seen elsewhere and this more monumental mashup of live-action video and hand-rendered animation. For those who aren’t familiar with Kentridge’s work, he’s one of a very short list of artists who is guaranteed to be found in one of the final pages of your art survey text from college, in one of the chapters about “New Media” or “Politics and Identity” that hopelessly attempts to inventory the chaotic recent history of art. Kentridge fits into those categories only slightly more comfortably than those categories fit into a tidy narrative of western art history. His work mixes new and old media, contemporary politics with history and tradition, making what he does difficult to classify…in the best possible way. “More Sweetly Play the Dance” is a child of Kentridge’s South Africa circa 2015: a country with a long history of racial division and inequality, at a time when those local struggles were swelling into a global movement. The work depicts a procession of mostly silhouetted or backlit figures entering from left and slowly making their way across eight video screens before exiting at screen right, the most basic of filmic devices. Each of the large videos is a separate channel, and the continuity between each one is slightly off in a beneficial touch of imperfection. A motley cast acts out a modern-day danse macabre, only it features exiled hospital patients, a brass band, shrouded refugees and a gun-toting South African dancer, rather than medieval penitents fearing the plague. The ongoSHEPHERD EXPRESS

ing parade activates the foreground while Kentridge’s signature flickering charcoal smudges and erasures animate the background. And the whole raucous visual melee is soundtracked by a jarring yet jaunty zydeco-ish score by Johannes Serekeho, making for a singularly immersive and captivating experience. The figure-ground compositional dynamics and racial subtext of the work will draw comparisons with one of Kentridge’s contemporaries, Kara Walker, who uses silhouettes based on racial stereotypes to much more direct and disturbing effect. While Kentridge is of course political, his politics are suggestive and impressionistic. He shows more than he tells, and he shows with nuance and breadth. This is certainly the case here. Anyone who sees the piece will associate the imagery of limping individuals carrying possessions on their heads with any number of refugee groups displaced around the world. The dozens of ambiguous horizontal objects dragged from ropes suggest bodies in bags. The demagogic politicians gesticulating at their podia remind us of certain real maniacs in power. Despite the obvious darkness of “More Sweetly Play the Dance,” it stays buoyant. The music and dancing offset the desperation and hysteria of the characters. This was, incidentally, the original symbolic function of the danse macabre: to somehow reckon with the inevitability of our doom and come to terms with it through art. Kentridge is doing the same with his own art and contemporary condition. He identifies that condition, reckons with it, then dances in its face hysterically. The band plays on, so to speak, defiantly, desperately and dutifully even as the ship takes on water. Will the ship sink? I think we’re all wondering that. So what value is there in questioning it then? In other words, what is art worth that tells us what’s already on our minds? The answer is: “very little.” But there’s a profound value in art that can show us what is in our minds in ways we couldn’t have imagined. To help us flesh out and animate the confusion and chaos that invisibly paralyzes us, so that the traumas and tragedies can be sublimated into ecstatic visions, Dionysian orgies and macabre dances. Take that, dark forces of the world! William Kentridge, “More Sweetly Play the Dance”, 2015. Installation view at EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam, 2015. © William Kentridge. Courtesy of EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam.







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nspired by a John Lennon song, Instant Karma Apparel is a clothing line meant to produce positivity by spreading good karma. The Milwaukee company employs more than 10 people. What started as “I can do this and it’ll be easy” turned into “This is my passion but it takes a lot of effort.” So recalls creator and designer Jose Robinson, who learned the art of graphic design by watching a UW-Milwaukee student create a flyer; within hours he knew what he wanted to do with his college career. Instant Karma was conceived in 2010 and launched in 2014. In 2018 Robinson is using his clothing line to inspire change from within. What do you want people to know about Instant Karma? I built Instant Karma not to be perceived as something that’s holier than thou. We want people to be themselves. We just want to create a change in your day. We know that it’s hard to change someone’s whole life. We’re not going to attempt to do that. We’re just trying to change the progress of your day. Have you ever just put on a new shirt? You feel like you’re the swaggiest person to ever live. Your confidence peaks incredibly, but the difference between other brands and our brand is every time you wear our clothes you feel the same way. You always get compliments. You get that boost that’s constantly adding to your fuel to change your day. No matter if you had the worst day in the world. What’s your bigger goal? To take Instant Karma further than the boundaries of Wisconsin. I want it to be a global brand. I want to employ a lot of people who people look over, specifically people of color—people who are denied employment, like felons—and show that we can create the

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change that we’ve been talking about all of these years. We want to create the type of change in everyone that wears our clothes to let them know that they can change themselves even by the smallest things. Even just the smallest thought could change an entire existence. Advice? Don’t let anyone tell you no when it comes to business. Just because one person closes a door in your face it’s like three more doors that could open up. Also, maintaining your relationships with people will boost you way further than what you can do by yourself. You’re going to burn some bridges—it’s okay, but just keep the ones that are strong because those are your network. And the bigger network you’ve got, the stronger you are. What do you want people to take from this interview? I want them to understand that nothing comes easy. You’ve got to literally fight for everything you want. People look at Instant Karma and say, “Oh, they made it.” We haven’t made it yet because we’re not global. That’s what we’re trying to do and we’re trying to take you all with us. You all got to come with us on this journey. People are always talking about putting Milwaukee on the map. People are always saying, “Milwaukee isn’t, Milwaukee isn’t,” and I’m here saying Milwaukee is. When I went to L.A., Milwaukee is. When I went to Atlanta, Milwaukee is. Support the people who are literally putting you guys on the map. To see Instant Karma Apparel and to learn more, visit



[ FILM CLIPS ] Skyscraper PG-13 A rare summer blockbuster that is neither sequel nor comic book adaptation, Skyscraper stars Dwayne Johnson as Will Sawyer, former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran. Now head of security for the world’s tallest skyscraper, “The Pearl,” Sawyer is framed for setting the building on fire. Pursued by police and criminals alike, Sawyer’s main concern is rescuing his wife and kids who find themselves trapped inside the massive structure above the fire line. Produced by China-owned Legendary Entertainment and set in Hong Kong, the


picture caters equally to Western and Asian sensibilities. It banks on wall-to-wall action, yet was made for a relatively modest $125 million by writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who stretches every dollar a Hong Kong mile. (Lisa Miller)

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation PG In the franchise threequel, long-widowed Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), dreams of romance. Hoping to cheer dad up, daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) arranges for Drac and crew to take a cruise aboard a resort ship catering to monsters. Drac immediately falls for platinum blonde ship captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), blithely unaware she’s the vampire-killing granddaughter of Van Helsing. The jokes fly fast and furious, working best in tandem with the film’s sight gags. Taking a page from Despicable Me, this chapter features adorable, look-a-like gremlins that revel in causing untold mischief and lovable werewolf pups. Some films will do anything to make us howl. (L.M.)

‘Boundaries’ a Funny Family Road Trip

Portland to her younger sister in Los Angeles, who agreed to take dad. Henry and part of his menagerie of stray animals come along for the ride in Jack’s flashy vintage Rolls Royce. Of course, Laura has no idea that the various stops Jack insists on making along the way are for business as much as pleasure. He has thousands of dollars in primo pot stashed in the car trunk and disguised in adult diaper bags. Jack ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN recruits his grandson as an accomplice, but insists that for Henry, it’s a temporary job. The lad hristopher Plummer plays Jack, loves to draw, and granddad encourages him to the charming rogue and engine pursue his gifts. of the road-picture comedy The journey more or less follows the expectBoundaries. Now in his 80s, ed route with a few mildly heart-warming mohe’s been a benign outlaw all ments and a modest level of humor throughout. his life, a pot grower and dealer They spend the night at the home who always managed to stay a of Jack’s old friend-customer, an step ahead of the law. The conunrepentant child of the counsequences of his life of crime, terculture caring for his develVera Farmiga however, were visited on his opmentally disabled adult son. oldest daughter, Laura (Vera Christopher “Family, that’s all there is,” the Farmiga). She goes through old friend insists. One of Jack’s Plummer life clutching victimhood like a other customers is Laura’s wastDirected by damp Kleenex—all because he rel ex-husband, Leonard (Bobby was never there for her. Shana Feste Cannavale). To convince her to The title of this chatty indie pay him a visit, Jack coaches Rated R picture by director Shana Feste Henry with a sob story about recomes from Laura’s conversaconnecting with his lost dad. She tions with her therapist—you buys it, with comical results. know, that stuff about setting boundaries. Laura The modest aspirations of Boundaries are would like to build a wall between herself and kindled by the chemistry between Plummer and Jack, but the shrewd old man prevails on her Farmiga, who plays the flustered daughter and good nature. He’s being kicked out of the senior caring if slightly inept mom with freshness and center for the “low moral integrity” of his sus- believability. The story of father-daughter recpected dope dealing. At the same time, Laura’s onciliation plays out amid a sequence of skits passively antisocial teenage son, Henry (Lewis concerning an illicit weed that, as Jack points MacDougall), is being expelled from school. At out, may soon be legal. “What’s the fun in it loose ends, she agrees to drive Jack from then?” he asks, contemplating retirement.



[ HOME MOVIES / NOW STREAMING ] “Hostages: Season 1”

Masked men hold a family hostage in their home. Cut to: “12 Hours Earlier.” The Israeli TV series “Hostages” will look familiar to American viewers. Although the setting is Jerusalem and the dialogue is in Hebrew, the production’s lingua franca is Hollywood, complete with tense synthesized music, terse “Law and Order” pacing and the backstory of family tension. “Hostages” is absorbing with many nicely choreographed moments as the pieces explaining this home invasion snap into place.

Altered Perception

The fear that most drug tests are flawed provides the plot for Altered Perception. Written by Travis Romero (USA Network’s “White Collar”), Altered Perception flashes back from a government investigation into a pharmaceutical test gone deadly through video shot during the test. The drug was intended to help people overcome anxiety but instead inflames suspicions among its three couples serving as guinea pigs. Altered Perception is a close-up study of the insecurity that flourishes amidst intimacy.

Odds Against Tomorrow

Slater (Robert Ryan) is an angry ex-con; Dave (Ed Begley) is a corrupt ex-cop; Johnny (Harry Belafonte) is a singer in debt to the Mob. They are mismatched losers rolling the dice on one last job. Opening in a New York of bright sun and deep shadows, the 1959 production by Robert Wise is an apogee of film noir featuring music by the Modern Jazz Quartet and cameos by Shelley Winters and Gloria Graham.

King of Hearts

The antiwar farce King of Hearts (1966) opens in the waning weeks of World War I. The retreating Germans have wired a town to explode, the civilians have fled—except for the patients at an insane asylum who take over with the aid of an eccentric Scottish soldier (Alan Bates) sent to scout the situation. The metaphor of military madness is drawn with gentleness and the production is imbued with a 1960s merry prankster sensibility. —David Luhrssen


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Spying on Whales: The Past,Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures


If your nostrils were positioned like those of a dolphin, you’d blow your nose from the top of your forehead,” Nick Pyenson writes. In Spying on Whales, the Smithsonian curator sketches out the story of seagoing mammals, the branch of terrestrial life that returned to the sea millions of years ago instead of staying put on land. The great sea creatures retain vestiges of their legs and feet and DNA studies show their relation to hippos, cows and deer. Pyenson writes with great enthusiasm for these “fascinating and enigmatic” creatures, “almost a human dream of alien life: approachable, sophisticated, and inscrutable.” (David Luhrssen)

J.D. Salinger and the Nazis


Murder in Milwaukee’s East Town ::BY DAVID LUHRSSEN


ilwaukee author Scott Christopher Beebe has taken self-publishing to an extreme if measured by the number of books cranked out under the imprint of his Sterling 23 Publications. The prolific Beebe has written and published stories, poems and novels. But for his 13th book, he shifts direction into a new genre: murder mystery. And it’s the beginning of a series, the Brew Town Mayhem Mysteries. The first installment, Killing Time in East Town, concerns a murder in a real Milwaukee neighborhood in a real location, Scottfree Salon. “I’ve enjoyed murder mysteries and thought, ‘Why not write a series to celebrate different Milwaukee neighborhoods with murder,” Beebe says. “I asked Scott Yance if he would mind if I set the first murder in his salon—it will be a spectacular murder! He was awesome about it.” Killing Time in East Town features many recognizable streets and venues from the district where Downtown meets the East Side including Elsa’s and the Knickerbocker. It also introduces the Brew Town Mayhem series’ ongoing character, Agnetha Xanthis, a striking 6-foot-plus young woman of Greek heritage who is the story’s private detective. “She’s not the kind of PI who blends in—she’s the pink elephant in the room,” Beebe says. She’s in the process of separating from her husband in a light-hearted bickering relationship of the kind that “people will recognize” from their own lives. Next up for Beebe, a Brew Town Mayhem Mystery set in the Fifth Ward. He will discuss Killing Time in East Town from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at Voyageur Book Shop, 2212 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.



.D. Salinger, America’s most enigmatic author, has been the subject of much detective work. Eberhard Alsen peels away a few misconceptions while sifting through the author’s military records and digging into German archives. He’s not the first to recognize that Salinger’s parents strove to fit into WASP Park Avenue and that he may have found his Jewish background embarrassing. Alsen wrestles repeatedly with Salinger’s “nonjudgmental attitude” toward the Nazis, finding that he despised his U.S. Army service and his loutish fellow soldiers and saw little to distinguish them from rank and file Germans. He did enter a death camp before the bodies were buried and possibly, as Alsen asserts, suffered a nervous breakdown as a result. As for his brief marriage to a German woman, Alsen refutes the charge that she was a Nazi. And yet, in the end, Salinger’s life remains an open case. (David Luhrssen)

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::RUTHIE’S SOCIALCALENDAR July 12: Opening Night of ‘The Producers’ at Sunset Playhouse (700 Wall St.): The Elm Grove theater kicks off its run of this popular Broadway favorite with a 7:30 p.m. performance. Featuring some of the city’s favorite actors, the Mel Brooks musical runs through Aug. 5. Visit for tickets that range in price from $12.50 to $25.

Three’s a Crowd Dear Ruthie,

Just a few weeks after my husband and I got married, he asked me if we could bring a third man into our bedroom and have a threeway. I do not understand where this is coming from, and I am hurt by it. I do not want to have a threeway, but I’m concerned I will lose my husband, and I am also concerned about where his request is coming from. Is he sick of me already? I’m confused, hurt and don’t know what to think.

Thanks for Your Attention, Insecure Simon

Dear Simon,

Take a deep breath, sweetie. While this may have been a surprise, don’t read too much into things at this point. Your hubby could have been horned up when he broached the subject or perhaps he was just thinking out loud. Calmly and confidentially ask him why he asked about such a thing. Once you understand why he inquired about a threesome the situation may not feel particularly dire. Regardless, do not agree to group play if you are not 100% sure that’s what you want to do. You’ll regret in the end (no pun intended... okay, maybe a little). Inviting a third into your bedroom isn’t something to take lightly if you have serious doubts about it. Talk it all out with your honey first and take things from there.


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July 12-15: Bastille Days at Cathedral Square (825 N. Jefferson St.): Get your French fix during this annual Parisian party. Relish French foods, shop the international marketplace and soak in the ethnic entertainment that always leaves its mark on summer. Four stages, street artists and plenty of cocktails add up to four days Milwaukee just can’t do without. Check out bastilledaysfestival. com for additional details. July 13: Margarita Fest at The Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida St.): Let me repeat that—Margarita...Fest! Hosted by Shepherd Express, this 6-9 p.m. party features more than a dozen of Cream City’s top margarita makers, and you get to sample them all. Vote for your favorite, enjoy live music and more for your $30 ticket (or arrive an hour early with a $50 VIP pass). Swing by for more. July 14: Pride Alive at Joannes Park (215 S. Baird St., Green Bay): Still want to celebrate LGBTQ pride? Head to Green Bay for this 11th annual party! Free and open to the public, the fest runs noon to 10 p.m. Live entertainment, beer vendors and activities for the kids make this the perfect getaway for everyone. Stop by for a schedule of events. July 14: Drag Queen Story Hour at Tippecanoe Public Library (3912 S. Howell Ave.): Treat your little one to 1-2 p.m. story time, and they’ll leave with a renewed sense of self and acceptance. A special guest reader entertains the kids (and the whole family) with two stories for a simple donation at the door. July 14: Lesbian Pop Up Bar at Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.): Make some new friends or party with your gal pals when this monthly ladies night hits Bay View. The 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. event is open to all, so swing by and see what you’re missing. July 14: Candi Stratton as Cher at LVL (801 S. Second St.): Turn back time when the cast of Transformation Showgirls welcomes home Candi Stratton during this Cher-a-thon of a night. A $10 cover charge gets you in to see the jawdropping Cher impersonator who hits the stage at 10:30 p.m. July 15: Miltown LGBT Families Summer Picnic at Estabrook Park (4400 N. Estabrook Drive): Celebrate summer with food, fun and like-minded families when you join this 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. picnic. Miltown families provides the hot dogs, burgers, chips and cake, you bring a picnic blanket and your happy family! July 15: Cocktails & A Combo at Creative Playground (5601 S. Pennsylvania Ave.): Hit this South Side dance studio at 7 p.m., and a $20 cover charge gets you two dance lessons from drag diva Sylvia Nyxx. No experience necessary as these dance moves keep the emphasis on fun. Enjoy a few nonalcoholic beverages as you mix, mingle, shimmy and shake July 18: Uncorked Summer Wine Festival at West Allis Farmers Market (6501 W. National Ave.): I can’t think of a better way to beat the mid-week blues than with wine and cheese. Your $50 ticket ensures you a 6-9 p.m. tasting, crystal souvenir glass and a change-of-pace night. Visit for tickets and information on group discounts. Want to share an event with Ruthie? Need her advice? Email DearRuthie@Shepex. com and follow her on Instagram @ruthiekeester and Facebook at Dear Ruthie. SHEPHERD EXPRESS

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On Snowballs in Hell…or, whose side are you on, anyway? ::BY PAUL MASTERSON


ell, he beat me to it. Just as I was penning a column about him, Bradley Boivin, the gay Christian conservative Republican running for Paul Ryan’s congressional seat, dropped out of the race. The would-be congressman with all the quaint fervor of Mr. Smith going to Washington had all the obligatory Republican planks in his platform. He was against reproductive rights, unions and welfare (for the poor, not corporations), while being all for the wall (his slogan: “Build the Wall, Already!”), religious liberty and states’ rights. He had a noble mission of giving government back to the people. A psychologist with a focus on treating those with addictions, this was his first run for office—an ambitious enterprise given not only the stature of the office to which he aspired, but also the fact the incumbent had already named his successor. When regime Speaker Ryan endorsed Bryan Steil, the good doctor responded accordingly calling it “establishment shenanigans.” Undeterred, our gay Dr. Don Quixote persisted, albeit briefly. Meanwhile, upon his withdrawal, he humbly endorsed the speaker’s heir apparent. As much as one might have hoped, this candidate’s exit epiphany wasn’t about the moral repugnance of the regime with its child concentration camps and all. Rather,

it was simply about money. The reality may also have dawned on him that he’s gay. As much as a Quisling-esque enigma a gay Republican might be for LGBTQs, it’s anathema for the GOP (unless you’re a millionaire hosting fundraisers, of course). Despite his political newbie naiveté, a touch of Stockholm Syndrome, perhaps, and the sincerity of his golly-gosh-I’ll-change-the-system élan, the gay guy never stood a chance. Even my good Catholic colleague forgave the litany of deadly sins committed by her Republican redeemer, but gayness…not so much. Speaking of which, with the November election day looming, we haven’t heard much from our local gay Republicans. Apart from mealy mouthed praise for the SCOTUS wedding cake decision and a shared Wall Street Journal article brushing off a future reversal of Obergefell v. Hodges marriage equality decision by a conservatively stacked SCOTUS, the group has remained mum. I suppose they’re hard pressed to enter the fray against Sen. Tammy Baldwin on behalf of either the handsome, squaredjawed lug Kevin Nicholson, the likely loser, or homophobe Leah Vukmir who has been picking up regime endorsements left and right (well, right, anyway). She was most recently seen all agrin in a conga line dancing directly behind Gov. Scott “What-me-worry?” Walker. Not to be outdone, Nicholson made a wet and wild splash in a Watertown parade downpour, cavorting with a pack of husky shirtless guys in shorts barreling downhill on a Slip ’n Slide. I may not be the Oracle at Delphi but, if I were Nicholson, with divine signs like those, I’d go back to being a Democrat. And that’s the thing. With dozens of congressional Republicans calling it quits and conservative pundits changing party, one might expect die-hard gay Republicans to do some soul searching. Some rats never get the memo, I guess.

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Alice Bag Adds Another Chapter to Her Chicana Punk Story ::BY NAYELI PORTILLO

ith the current 24-hour news cycle being something straight out of a dystopian novel—hourly updates on a “zero tolerance” border policy, reversal of affirmative action guidelines, constant attacks on reproductive rights—drawing up a blueprint for combating intolerance feels all the more critical lately. Cue musicians like Alice Bag, the 59-year-old Chicana trailblazer, punk singer, songwriter, author and activist, and her most recent feat, Blueprint. Bag’s second solo record “began as a quiet, solitary exploration of ideas that turned into a collection of songs,” she tells the Shepherd Express. Over the course of 40 minutes, Bag delves into the erasure of people of color and ’70s Chicano activism in East L.A. (“Etched Deep,”“White Justice”); rages with fellow punk veterans Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Allison Wolfe of Bratmobile about wage injustice (“77”); combats ageism and gossipy onlookers (“Se Cree Joven”); and talks survival strategies and rebuilding (“Blueprint,”“Sparkling Path”) with that same kind of urgency found in the Bag’s 1978 full-length debut, Survive. It’s only fitting that Blueprint landed a spot on NPR’s 40 Favorite Albums of 2018 last month.

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The record’s track list and accompanying videos (like the one for “77”) boast inter-genre collaborators like Martin Sorrondeguy from Chicago hardcore legends Los Crudos; queercore heroes Limp Wrist; Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes; musician Francisca Valenzuela; and artist and vocalist Seth Bogart—just to name a few. Alice Bag is as big of a fan of soul music and ’50s bolero-ranchero singers like Javier Solis as she is of punk contemporaries like Allison Wolfe’s newest band, Sex Stains, and the melding of various soundscapes and snippets from different musical eras is evident on each one of her solo releases. Bag singlehandedly invented an entirely new genre called punkchera, and she cites working with other musicians and artists she admires as a source of inspiration. “Collaboration expands my vision, inviting me to approach my songs in different ways and solidifying my relationships with others who hold similar points of view,” she says. “It feels like we’ve joined forces to deliver messages that we find important.” For Bag, the power of praxis—taking a theory or ideology and putting in into practice in the real word—extends beyond making music with comrades and friends. Rather, it serves as one of the many ways in which she works collaboratively with other Latina and queer changemakers across the punk and hardcore world to mobilize each other through teaching and direct action. “Volunteering and teaching each other is a powerful exercise in agency,” Bag says. She has decades of working as an educator under her belt and plays an integral role in intergenerational projects like Chicas Rockeras— southeast L.A.’s Girls Rock Camp, a not-for-profit music education and mentorship program—in what she describes as World Cup energy in a quinceañera hall. “It’s young girls shouting, singing, strumming and banging out a soundtrack to accompany their vision of a better future,” she explains. “We are allowing ourselves to change and be changed by the experience of mentoring a future generation of strong, self-confident women and that is tremendously exciting.” Bag adds that she advocates for open dialogues with community members and sees “coming to an agreement about the changes you’d like to see” as an essential part of these processes. Alice Bag’s work as an author and songwriter not only serves as an ongoing personal archive, but doubles as a guide that constructs a women-ofcolor-led feminist future. She frequently talks about channeling anger into punk and using songs and storytelling as a way of combating racism, sexism and domestic violence. However, it wasn’t until she began writing for her blog, “The True-Life Adventures of Violence Girl” (which would eventually become her 2011 Alice Bag autobiography, Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story), that Cactus Club Bag says she began to fully realize the power of Thursday, telling your story on your own terms. July 12 , 8 p.m. “During the time that I was blogging, people started to write to me, telling me how they related to certain stories,” Bag says. “Many of those responses had to do with being a woman in punk, with anecdotes related to our shared Mexican heritage and/or Spanish speaking experiences. Some readers thanked me for talking about subjects they didn’t feel prepared to discuss themselves.” Given the constant onslaught of xenophobic rhetoric from Donald Trump’s administration, Blueprint and Bag’s narrative as a punk rock Chicana with a working-class background and the daughter of immigrant parents has become all the timelier. “I cannot speak about this administration without feeling the most intense rage,” she says. “The Kidnapper-in-Chief speaks and behaves as though we are subhuman, so it is more important than ever to share and celebrate our stories. People of color have contributed so much to this nation. Our stories are woven into the fabric of this nation. We must write, share and archive our stories because to fail to do so is to accept erasure.” Alice Bag—plus Law/Less and Gallery Night—plays the Cactus Club on Thursday, July 12 at 8 p.m.






ilwaukee rapper Tajh Virgil grew up in a god-loving home with church music as the number one go to. His mother fell in love with the sound of gospel as a kid and passed it on to her children, so Virgil spent his early years singing in the choir, listening to Michael Jackson and Bone Thugs N Harmony tapes whenever the lord’s music wasn’t serenading the house. Virgil grew up in Milwaukee’s inner city, where he worked at his father’s barbershop. According to him, it was an “exciting learning experience” to see how his father operated business, which kept Virgil out of trouble during his early teen years. He followed in his father’s footsteps when he picked up the mic and began rapping around 13 years ago. Now that he’s reached 23, Virgil has found himself as an artist. “I’ve been through a lot—heartaches, losing loved ones, being told I wouldn’t make it in life and being in a position of living in poverty,” he said about his drive to make music. “I incorporate these things in my songs, so I can catch those listeners when I put my content out.”

With his 2017 club banger, “The Man,” Virgil pushed his name out into Milwaukee’s music scene. The up-tempo beat mixed with chimes accompanied by uplifting lyrics scored him a performance on local TV station CBS 58, a set on the Summerfest grounds at Milwaukee Public Schools’ first All-City Arts Festival and a growing fan base. Last month, he released Paradigm, a 10-song project that mixes his hard-hitting rap lyrics and raspy R&B vocals to energetic effect Each song on the project shares a message for his listeners meant to encourage positive thoughts. The intro track, “Never Giving Up,” captures listeners’ ears with its quick, headnodding beat, while Virgil raps of his past, present and future—and how his perseverance will lead him to the top of the charts. His latest project may be labeled as hip-hop/R&B, but Virgil isn’t one to stick himself into a single genre box. He takes his time creating the perfect melody to go with each beat he uses, which allows him to create R&B, pop or whatever he’s feeling at the moment. Virgil says he strives to surround himself with people who work hard and do well. He feeds off positive energy, which in turn manifests in his music. He says he wants to be that feel-good artist that listeners put on when they’re with loved ones and enjoying each other’s company, and who shares music that makes you get off your butt, stand on your feet and rap the lyrics until you can’t anymore. Tajh Virgil plays the Cactus Club on Wednesday, July 18, as part of a bill featuring AWill ThaGreat, Mo’ City, CT, Grey Genius, K.Mitch and Smokey Jonez. His music can be streamed on Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.







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Find Out What the Shrink Thinks: When Drinking Becomes Problem Drinking Dear Shrink,

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe Kept the Energy High at Her Masterful Summerfest Show ::BY THOMAS MICHALSKI


erusing this year’s Summerfest schedule, you could easily be forgiven for assuming Janelle Monáe being slated to perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion was some sort of misprint. After all, considering the amazing rise she’s enjoyed the last several years—starting with a string of inventive albums and EPs, detouring into acting turns in acclaimed films like Hidden Figures and Moonlight and culminating with the release of her highly anticipated smash hit, Dirty Computer, in April—she’s currently one of the highest profile names in popular music. When the list of Marcus Amphitheater headliners includes Wisconsin State Fair staples like Journey with Def Leppard and boring safe bets such as the Dave Matthews Band, it feels like something of a missed opportunity for the Big Gig, both in terms of cashflow and credibility, but then again, there definitely weren’t any complaints from those experiencing her stunning live show more or less for free. The festival did have the good sense to place her at their only quasi-premium stage, ensuring some lucrative ticket sales, but unless you’re dying for front-row seats or there’s inclement weather, the upgrade rarely seems worth the expense. Aside from some noise emanating from the bar bands populating the awkwardly placed JoJo’s Martini Lounge during a quiet moment or two, the view and acoustics are perfectly acceptable from the cheap seats, not that Monáe needs any help belting it out to the back rows. Easing into things with Dirty Computer’s gentle, atmospheric title track, she soon kicked the energy up several notches, hopping between stylish party starters from the new record such as “Screwed” or “Django Jane” and older cuts like the soulful, celebratory “Electric Lady”—all of which were accompanied by glitchy, purple-hued video backdrops, elaborate choreography and more dramatic costume changes than you could shake a stick at. The latter, of course, included her instantly iconic vagina pants during “Pynk,” but the most memorable non-musical moments were the occasional between-song proclamations about the power of love in all its forms, which didn’t deviate much from the flowery language artists often bandy about but rang out with a conviction that seemed to resonate with everyone in attendance. She mostly let the music do the talking, though, showing off her Michael Jacksonlevel dancing even as she snaked her sensuous voice around the tick-tock rhythm of “Make Me Feel,” or inviting audience members up to strut their respective stuff while somehow not missing a beat of the frenetic, Pharrell Williams-produced “Got That Juice.” Even before she shut things down with a sweaty, James Brown-esque rendition of the throwback track “Tightrope,” it should’ve been abundantly clear that she’s a serious talent, one you’re unlikely to find playing a ground stage next time.

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I think my brother is an alcoholic. We have an annual ritual of going to Summerfest together, but every year, his stack of beer cups gets bigger and bigger. His drinking has cost him relationships, and I know he drives when he’s had too much. He jokes about having a problem but isn’t interested in getting help and shuts me down when I bring it up. Does he need help? If so, how can I help him?

The Shrink Replies:

You don’t have to look far to find statistics that tell you that Wisconsin has a serious issue with “problem drinking.” Isn’t there an old quip about Milwaukee having a bar on every corner? The supply and demand for alcohol around here is legendary. And, while many of us can appreciate the artistry of a great, local craft beer, we’re able to enjoy one or two and call it quits. Some people, however, don’t have an off switch when it comes to alcohol, and it sounds as if your brother might just fall in that camp. The good news is he has someone (you) who cares enough about him to be concerned for his welfare. The bad news, though, is there’s not much you can do about it unless he wants to get help. In Alcoholics Anonymous, the “First Step” of the program states: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, and our lives had become unmanageable.” People in recovery from alcoholism can tell you how long it took—and how far they had to fall— before they got to that epiphany. It’s really hard to watch him drink himself into utter self-destruction and know there’s absolutely zero control you have over whether he continues to choose to do so. That said, however, here are some sanity-saving choices you can make: ■ Educate yourself about alcoholism. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to understanding this really perplexing condition when you yourself don’t suffer from it. Logically, you don’t get why he can’t stop or slow down and just “have a couple.” Whether he has chronic alcoholism or periodic episodes of binge drinking, he is not a flawed guy but an unhealthy one. And, logically, people who aren’t well typically want to be treated and get better. But alcoholism is an illness that defies logic; it’s hard for a drinker to give up something he really enjoys despite the destruction that it causes. Try an Al-Anon meeting to get some support and hear how other people deal with a loved one’s drinking.

■ Re-decide how you’re willing and able to spend time with him. You might have a history of hilarious stories regarding your own drunken escapades, but it’s just not that fun for you anymore. Some folks can get a little crazy with booze when they’re young. But people who don’t have a drinking problem typically “age out” of the excessive consumption and decide at some point that the lousy consequences (nasty hangovers?) just aren’t worth it. Let him know that you’ll hang out with him, but if his drinking starts to bother you, you’re going to leave. It’ll be hard because there’s a part of you that might want to stay and “protect” him and make sure he gets home safely. But it’s no fun to be with someone getting progressively drunker (and maybe more obnoxious?) while you’re either not drinking at all or have reached your limit and stopped. ■ Let him know your concerns in a more constructive way. If the only time his drinking behavior gets brought up is when he’s actually drinking, talk with him about it when he’s sober. First, prepare for the conversation and have a plan for what you’ll do when he tries to shut it down. Make a list of the things you’ve observed over the years: how much or often he drinks, how his behavior or mood changes, people who’ve been affected by his drinking and in what way (including yourself), etc. Describe your worries about his health, his driving, his overall condition. Make sure to add how much you care about him and don’t mean to bug him or tell him how to run his life. Write all of this down in a bullet-pointed letter and use it for your talking points. If he gets defensive or angry with you, stop the conversation but leave the letter with him, ask him to read it, then give him a few days and check in to see if he wants to talk about it. If he ignores you or says “Nope,” then accept that and know you did your part by speaking your mind honestly and directly. Unfortunately, people who have a serious alcohol problem, even if they get treatment, have a daunting task ahead of them in kicking the habit. Actually, the easiest thing is to stop drinking alcohol-containing beverages—and that’s really, really hard for most people. The more difficult thing is learning how to live without the trusty social companionship and security blanket that alcohol offers. Someone in deep emotional pain (whether they’re conscious of it or not) really likes the idea of having a handy anesthetic to numb the blows from the slings and arrows of life. So, the best you can do for your brother is to love him and tell him you’ll have his back. And sometimes that means walking away for a bit and doing that from a distance, all the while knowing that his life and decisions are in his hands, not yours. On the Couch is written by a licensed mental health professional. Her advice is not meant as a substitute for mental health care. You can send your questions to Comment at n



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::ALBUMS Peggy James


ing in Between, sonically and lyrically.

Amelia’s, Jackson Dordel Jazz Quintet (4pm) Cactus Club, Alice Bag Cafe Carpe (Fort Atkinson), Tracy Grammer Cathedral Square Park, Ginkoa Presents: Swing Futur Colectivo Coffee (Lakefront), Colectivo’s Música del Lago County Clare Irish Inn & Pub, Acoustic Irish Folk w/Barry Dodd Downtown Menomonee Falls, Larry Lynne Solo (6:30pm) Jazz Estate, Standal/Silbergleit Quartet Mason Street Grill, Mark Thierfelder Jazz Trio (5:30pm) Matty’s Bar & Grille (New Berlin), Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Smokin’ Live and Local w/Joe Wray (6pm) Mezcalero Restaurant, Ultimate Open Jam w/host Abracadabra O’Donoghues Irish Pub (Elm Grove), The All-Star SUPERband (6pm) On the Bayou, Open Mic Comedy w/host The Original Darryl Hill Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, In Bar 360: Xeno & Joe Potbelly Sandwich Shop (East Side), Texas Dave (12pm) Radisson Hotel (Menomonee Falls), Scott E. Berendt Rounding Third Bar and Grill, World’s Funniest Free Comedy Show Saloon on Calhoun, Amplified Artist Sessions presents: Rocket Paloma Shank Hall, Shooter Jennings w/Bottle Rockets Shully’s Cuisine and Events (Thiensville), River Sounds: Alex Wilson Band Sugar Maple, Marker w/Ken Vandermark The Back Room at Colectivo, Lauren Sanderson The Packing House Restaurant, Barbara Stephan & Peter Mac (6pm) Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, Latin Sessions: Carlos Adames Group Up & Under Pub, A No Vacancy Comedy Open Mic Veterans Memorial Park (Grafton), GALA in the Park: Altered Five Blues Band (6:30pm)

James’ melodies and words slide out


Nothing in Between (HAPPY GROWL RECORDS) “We Had to Meet,” about an inevitable (even destined?) love affair, opens the fourth album by Milwaukee’s Peggy James. Love is the collection’s dominant theme, but she veers into existential uncertainty on the edgy pop of “X-Files” (“Brace yourself, here comes another guess”) before returning to romance on the country pop ballad “An Hour With You.” A more emotionally painful affair is traced out in the moody rocker “Lover,” whose haunting bridge conjures “Rhiannon”-era Fleetwood Mac. “I don’t try to write in certain genres. Every song is different,” James says. Yet there is an organic consistency to Noth-

together like twins from the womb—the emotional tone of one triggering the tone of the other. Unlike her previous album, Joan of Arc (2010), whose backing tracks were performed in their entirety by engineerproducer Jim Eannelli, Nothing in Between features a handful of well-chosen Milwaukee musicians. Victor Span and Kim Zick trade off on drums. Zick’s partner in Mrs. Fun, Connie Grauer, handles keyboards. Peter Roller’s pedal steel guitar deepens the resonance of the melancholy, reflective ballad “Ghost.” Susan Nicholson adds some lively fiddling to the old-time country in a humorous tale of marital discord, “In One Ear (And Out the Other).” Eannelli is the constant on guitar and bass. Whether on the boot-kicking countryrock of “Gotta Have a Love” or the almost folk-rock jangle of “I Wish You Well,” James sings with uncommon yearning and depth. With minimal fuss and bother, Eannelli captures the magic of particular moments—and there are many of those—on Nothing in Between. —David Luhrssen

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American Legion Post #399 (Okauchee), Larry Lynne Trio Angelo’s Piano Lounge, Julie’s Piano Karaoke Anodyne Coffee (Walker’s Point), K-STAMP w/Joshua Jenkins Cactus Club, Soup Moat album release w/Sex Scenes, Doubletruck & Tight Fright Circle-A Cafe, Alive at Eight: The Ornerys w/Head On Electric (8pm); DJ: The Nile & Strupp (10pm) City Lounge (Cudahy), City Limits Fest: Hero (6pm), Hasting & Co. (7pm), Moonshine Bandits (8:15pm), Craig Campbell (9:30pm) Colectivo Coffee (Lakefront), Friday Nite Music Series ComedySportz Milwaukee, ComedySportz Milwaukee! Company Brewing, ZEP x MKE: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin County Clare Irish Inn & Pub, Traditional Irish Ceilidh Session Five O’Clock Steakhouse, Christopher’s Project Frank’s Power Plant, Layers&Layers w/Nastos, Teach Me Equals & J. Briozo Grant Park, Traveling Beer Garden w/music (5pm) Iron Mike’s (Franklin), Jam Session w/Steve Nitros & Friends Jackson Park (Milwaukee), Traveling Beer Garden w/music (5pm) Jazz Estate, Michelle Coltrane (8pm), Late Night Session: Jonathan Greenstein Trio (11:30pm) Kenosha Moose Lodge #286, Joe Kadlec Kim’s Lakeside (Pewaukee), One Shot Wally Lakefront Brewery, Brewhaus Polka Kings (5:30pm) Mamie’s, Michael Charles Band Mason Street Grill, Phil Seed Trio (6pm) Mequon Rotary Park, Gathering On The Green: American Authors and GGOOLLDD Monument Square (Racine), Music on the Monument: Squad 51 (11:30am) Nomad Nacional, MONDO LUCHA! & Nomad Nacional Present: World Cupalooza! w/Devils Teeth & Rio Turbo (6pm) Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Our Lady of the Lourdes Festival Pabst Theater, David Cross Padway’s (Hartford), Scott E. Berendt Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, In Bar 360: Jason Ray Brown (9pm), In the Fire Pit: Superfly (9pm) Route 20 Outhouse (Sturtevant), Harry Luge (all-ages, 8pm) Shank Hall, The Mis/ing Letters w/Eagle Trace Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Starry Nights Concert Series: The Rockin’ Robins (6:30pm) Spring City Wine House (Waukesha), Andrew Gelles The Baaree (Thiensville), Friday Night Live: The Tritonics (6pm) The Back Room at Colectivo, Zac Clark w/Bob Oxblood The Bay Restaurant, Will Ulrich

The Packing House Restaurant, Peter Mac Group w/Brian Dale & Chris Kringel (6:30pm) Turner Hall Ballroom, Los Lobos w/Anders Osbourne Up & Under Pub, Dead Fortune w/The Jam Alker Band


7 Mile Fair (Caledonia), Matt Hendricks w/Benny R (12pm) Anodyne Coffee (Walker’s Point), The Claudettes album release show w/The Young Revelators Cactus Club, Serengeti w/Video Dave, Tony Trimm & WC Tank Cafe Carpe (Fort Atkinson), A Rose Among Thorns Circle-A Cafe, Alive at Eight: Spud Bucket w/Devilbait (8pm); DJ: Colonel (10pm) City Lights Brewing Company, Derek Byrne & Paddygrass City Lounge (Cudahy), City Limits Fest: Cameron Lenz (4pm), Michael Sean (5:15pm), Brecken Miles (6:20pm), Eric Paslay (9:30pm) ComedySportz Milwaukee, ComedySportz Milwaukee! Company Brewing, So Greedy x DJ Bizzon: Bad Boy/Cash Money VS Death Row/No Limit Crush Wine Bar (Waukesha), Dave Miller Blues Duo w/Mike Cascio Edgewater Pewaukee, Scott E. Berendt (4pm) Five O’Clock Steakhouse, Charles Barber Frank’s Power Plant, Evacuate The Earth w/The Dead Morticians & These Guys These Guys Grant Park, Traveling Beer Garden w/music (5pm) Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Vocals & Keys Hops & Leisure (Oconomowoc), One Shot Wally Beach Party Jackson Park (Milwaukee), Traveling Beer Garden w/music (5pm) Jazz Estate, The Milwaukee Mingus Music Project (8pm), Late Night Session: Cody Longreen Trio (11:30pm) Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends w/Hot Coffin & Haunted Heads Mamie’s, Chix Fry: Robert Allen Jr. Band (noon), Pee Wee Hayes (4pm) Mason Street Grill, Jonathan Wade Trio (6pm) Mequon Rotary Park, Gathering On The Green: Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx w/Lou Gramm: The Original Voice of Foreigner Mezcalero Restaurant, Suave Monument Square (Racine), Saturday Sounds on the Square: Nick Ramsey & Power Family Audio (2pm) Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Our Lady of the Lourdes Festival Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, In Bar 360: Christopher’s Project (9pm), In the Fire Pit: Pat McCurdy (9pm) Rave / Eagles Club, Ice Cube w/Rusty Pelicans & DJ Bizzon (all-ages, 8pm) Rock Country, The Falcons Shank Hall, Immortal Sÿnn w/Anomaly Slinger House (Slinger), Joe Kadlec The Back Room at Colectivo, We Hate Movies The Bay Restaurant, Anne Davis The Cheel (Thiensville), The Blues Disciples The Packing House Restaurant, Joe Jordan & The Soul Trio (6:30pm) The Rock Sports Complex, Summer Concert Series in Umbrella Bar: 5 Card Studs (6:30pm) Trinity Three Irish Pubs, Dirty Boogie w/DJ Zovo Up & Under Pub, Saturday Night Show w/AliveAlone


7 Mile Fair (Caledonia), The Blues Disciples (12pm) Angelo’s Piano Lounge, Live Karaoke w/Julie Brandenburg Bilda’s Friess Lake Pub, One Shot Wally (3pm) Circle-A Cafe, Alive at Eight: Wolves With Virginia w/Dara Rialtos & Fiona Blue (8pm); DJ: John Riepenhoff & Sara Caron (10pm) Cudahy Family Library, Sunday FunDay Bazaar w/Call Me Denny and Brian Smith (11am) Dugout 54, Dugout 54 Sunday Open Jam Gingerz Sportz Pub and Grill, Gingerz Summer Patio Sessions: Clove (1pm) Hops & Leisure (Oconomowoc), Full Band Open Jam w/host Wapatui (6pm) Iron Mike’s (Franklin), Jam Session w/Kenny Todd (3pm) Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, 5th Annual Midday Matinee Milwaukee Music MashUp (1pm) Matty’s Bar & Grille (New Berlin), Joe Kadlec (3pm) Miramar Theatre, Rivers Of Nihil w/Alterbeast, Infer & Reaping Asmodeia (all-ages, 5pm) Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Our Lady of the Lourdes Festival

Rounding Third Bar and Grill, The Dangerously Strong Comedy Open Mic St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Johnsburg), The Ricochettes (5pm) St. Mary Catholic Faith Community (Hales Corners), Parish Festival: Larry Lynne Band (1pm) The Roadhouse (Dundee), Maple Road Blues Band (3pm) Three Cellars (Franklin), Hops & Vines 2018 Festival w/Greg Rogalinski (2pm)


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DOWN 1. Dwindles 2. Gang 3. French department 4. Mark well: Lat. 5. Landlocked place 6. Old card game 7. Lassies 8. Quite a while 9. Alluvium 10. Yataghan 11. Ten-percenter 12. Challenge 13. “What Kind of Fool — —?”

14. The gutter press 15. Bullied one 16. River in Ireland 17. Not yet up 18. “— and Aeneas” 24. Functional 26. Maggie’s brother 29. Hindu princess 32. Oily fish 33. Stimulates 34. Scandinavian 35. Sleep-inducer 36. Badgered 37. Fir genus 38. Charger 39. Made muddy 40. NBA player 41. Eastern rulers 43. Scooted 45. Rio — 46. Start of a toast 50. Calendar abbr. 54. Woody stems 55. Pivots 56. Arithmetic word 57. Cards in a hand 59. Fiddling despot 60. Bull’s-eye 61. Fashions 63. Raccoon cousin

64. Furry friends 65. Beverages 66. African antelope 67. Beers 68. Legal papers 69. Century plant 70. Old Roman name 72. Espresso foam 73. Peep 76. Brigades anagram 77. Container for incense 78. Insane 80. Kind of essential oil: 2 wds. 82. Burn 84. “Vulgar” language 86. Confused 90. Exacting 91. Underworld god 92. Taste 93. Tape deck button 94. French cleric 95. Nonsense poet 96. Appends 97. Marine plant 98. Mil. rank 99. — breve 100. Campus VIP 101. Best or Ferber 103. Lacuna 105. Many many moons

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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 36 letters left over. They spell out the alternative theme of the puzzle.

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74. — ideal 75. SSE or SSW, e.g. 76. Mountain ridge 77. “We hold — truths...” 78. Bit of drink 79. Further 81. Ensorcelled 83. Paper cover 85. Weapons 87. Colors 88. “Enoch —” 89. Home to billions 90. Precisely 92. Plant bristle 94. Having winglike extensions 97. Early video game name 98. Chef’s creation 102. Worn 104. Adorned with sequins 106. Commanded 107. Tidal bore 108. Reason, to Plato 109. — vital 110. Irish Gaelic 111. Straddles 112. — nous 113. Carvey or Andrews


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ACROSS 1. Fin. expert 5. Flowing garments 10. Egypt’s Anwar — 15. Bushed 19. Verve 20. Radiograph, e.g. 21. Genus of lizards 22. Urbi et — 23. Unshaved 25. Adorned with bows 27. Cardigans 28. Peace goddess 30. City on the Rio Grande 31. Mouthful 32. Sting 33. Give shape to 34. Inventor of dynamite 37. — -Ra 38. Fit 42. Kicked off 44. Unenlightened 47. Pair 48. Make agitated 49. With lance in hand 51. Film spools 52. Schuss 53. “Peggy — Got Married” 54. Small bottle 55. Vetches 56. Wax with a wick 58. Springs 60. Tweaked 61. Clergymen 62. Hackman and Wilder 63. Circuit boards 64. A flying reindeer 65. Curdled 67. Carried 68. Russian republic 71. Sandwich cookies 72. Cliffs 73. Whale constellation


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::FREEWILLASTROLOGY ::BY ROB BREZSNY CANCER (June 21-July 22): I pay tribute to your dizzying courage, you wise fool. I stage-whisper “Congratulations!” as you slip away from your hypnotic routine and wander out to the edge of mysterious joy. With a crazy grin of encouragement and my fist pressed against my chest, I salute your efforts to transcend your past. I praise and exalt you for demonstrating that freedom is never permanent but must be reclaimed and reinvented on a regular basis. I cheer you on as you avoid every temptation to repeat yourself, demean yourself and chain yourself. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): ): I’m feeling a bit helpless as I watch you messing with that bad but good stuff that is so wrong but right for you. I am rendered equally inert as I observe you playing with the strong but weak stuff that’s interesting but probably irrelevant. I fidget and sigh as I monitor the classy but trashy influence that’s angling for your attention; and the supposedly fast-moving process that’s creeping along so slowly; and the seemingly obvious truth that would offer you a much better lesson if only you would see it for the chewy riddle that it is. What should I do about my predicament? Is there any way I can give you a boost? Maybe the best assistance I can offer is to describe to you what I see. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Psychologist Paul Ekman has compiled an extensive atlas of how emotions are revealed in our faces. “Smiles are probably the most underrated facial expressions,” he has written, “much more complicated than most people realize. There are dozens of smiles, each differing in appearance and in the message expressed.” I bring this to your attention, Virgo, because your assignment in the coming weeks— should you choose to accept it—is to explore and experiment with your entire repertoire of smiles. I’m confident that life will conspire to help you carry out this task. More than at any time since your birthday in 2015, this is the season for unleashing your smiles. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Lucky vibes are coalescing in your vicinity. Scouts and recruiters are hovering. Helpers, fairy godmothers and future playmates are growing restless waiting for you to ask them for favors. Therefore, I hereby authorize you to be imperious, regal and overflowing with self-respect. I encourage you to seize exactly what you want, not what you’re “supposed” to want. Or else be considerate, appropriate, modest and full of harmonious caution. CUT! CUT! Delete that “be considerate” sentence. The Libra part of me tricked me into saying it. And this is one time when people of the Libra persuasion are allowed to be free from the compulsion to balance and moderate. You have a mandate to be the show, not watch the show. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Emily Dickinson wrote 1,775 poems—an average of one every week for 34 years. I’d love to see you launch an enduring, deep-rooted project that will require similar amounts of stamina, persistence and dedication. Are you ready to expand your vision of what’s possible for you to accomplish? The current astrological omens suggest that the next two months will be an excellent time to commit yourself to a Great Work that you will give your best to for the rest of your long life! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What’s the biggest lie in my life? There are several candidates. Here’s one: I pretend I’m nonchalant about one of my greatest failures; I act as if I’m not distressed by the fact that the music I’ve created has never received the listenership it should it have. How about you, Sagittarius? What’s the biggest lie in your life? What’s most false or dishonest or evasive about you? Whatever it is, the immediate future will be a favorable time to transform your relationship with it. You now have extraordinary power to tell yourself liberating truths. Three weeks from now, you could be a more authentic version of yourself than you’ve ever been. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now and then you go through phases when you don’t know what you need until you stumble upon it. At times like those, you’re wise not to harbor fixed ideas about what you need or where to hunt for what you need. Metaphorically speaking, a holy grail might


show up in a thrift store. An eccentric stranger may provide you with an accidental epiphany at a bus stop or a convenience store. Who knows? A crucial clue may even jump out at you from a spam email or a reality TV show. I suspect that the next two weeks might be one of those odd grace periods for you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Reverse psychology” is when you convince people to do what you wish they would do by shrewdly suggesting that they do the opposite of what you wish they would do. “Reverse censorship” is when you write or speak the very words or ideas that you have been forbidden to express. “Reverse cynicism” is acting like it’s chic to express glee, positivity and enthusiasm. “Reverse egotism” is bragging about what you don’t have and can’t do. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to carry out all these reversals, as well as any other constructive or amusing reversals you can dream up. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Poet Emily Dickinson once revealed to a friend that there was only one Commandment she ever obeyed: “Consider the Lilies.” Japanese novelist Natsume Sōseki told his English-speaking students that the proper Japanese translation for “I love you” is Tsuki ga tottemo aoi naa, which literally means “The moon is so blue tonight.” In accordance with current astrological omens, Pisces, I’m advising you to be inspired by Dickinson and Sōseki. More than any other time in 2018, your duty in the coming weeks is to be lyrical, sensual, aesthetic, imaginative and festively non-literal. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your key theme right now is growth. Let’s dig in and analyze its nuances. 1. Not all growth is good for you. It may stretch you too far too fast—beyond your capacity to integrate and use it. 2. Some growth that is good for you doesn’t feel good to you. It might force you to transcend comforts that are making you stagnant, and that can be painful. 3. Some growth that’s good for you may meet resistance from people close to you; they might prefer you to remain just as you are, and may even experience your growth as a problem. 4. Some growth that isn’t particularly good for you may feel pretty good. For instance, you could enjoy working to improve a capacity or skill that is irrelevant to your long-term goals. 5. Some growth is good for you in some ways, and not so good in other ways. You have to decide if the trade-off is worth it. 6. Some growth is utterly healthy for you, feels pleasurable and inspires other people. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You can’t sing with someone else’s mouth, Taurus. You can’t sit down and settle into a commanding new power spot with someone else’s butt. Capiche? I also want to tell you that it’s best if you don’t try to dream with someone else’s heart, nor should you imagine you can fine-tune your relationship with yourself by pushing someone else to change. But here’s an odd fact: You can enhance your possibility for success by harnessing or borrowing or basking in other people’s luck. Especially in the coming weeks. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You wouldn’t attempt to cure a case of hiccups by repeatedly smacking your head against a wall, right? You wouldn’t use an anti-tank rocket launcher to eliminate the mosquito buzzing around your room, and you wouldn’t set your friend’s hair on fire as a punishment for arriving late to your rendezvous at the café. So don’t overreact to minor tweaks of fate, my dear Gemini. Don’t over-medicate tiny disturbances. Instead, regard the glitches as learning opportunities. Use them to cultivate more patience, expand your tolerance and strengthen your character. Homework: Send your secrets for how to increase your capacity for love to: Go to to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700.


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any citizens of the world are weary of the war and strife that seem to be consuming the news, and about 200,000 of them have already signed up to put it all in the rear-view mirror by becoming citizens of Asgardia. This coming-soon colony on the moon is led by Igor Ashurbeyli, a Russian engineer, computer scientist and businessman who was inaugurated as its leader on June 25 in Vienna. Asgardia’s parliament plans to set up “space arks” with artificial gravity in the next 10 to 15 years, where its projected 150 million citizens can live permanently, Reuters reports, and Ashurbeyli hopes settlement on the moon will be complete within 25 years. Asgardia is named after Asgard, a “world in the sky” in Norse mythology. Its leaders hope to attract a population from among the “most creative” in humanity, perhaps using “IQ tests,” according to Ashurbeyli. Best of all: For the time being, becoming a citizen online is free.

Oh, Fudge KCCI TV in Des Moines, Iowa, reported on June 27 the loss of a tractor-trailer load of chocolate when the truck caught fire near Dexter, Iowa. The trailer, full of chocolate from Hershey, Pa., was westbound when it experienced brake problems that caused it to ignite. The driver pulled off and was able to detach the trailer from the cab before it caught fire. No injuries were reported, except to the chocolate, which was a total loss.

Weird Science Montgomery, Ala., resident Kayla Rahn, 30, had been trying for months to lose weight, but instead experienced dramatic weight gain and pain in her stomach. She became out of breath just taking a short walk. Finally, in May, Rahn’s mother took her to the emergency room at Jackson Hospital, where doctors discovered a growth attached to her ovary and removed what turned out to be a 50-pound,

benign cyst, reported WSFA 12 News. The cyst resembled a large watermelon in size. “This is one of the largest I have ever seen,” Dr. Gregory Jones told reporters. “We are very excited things went well for her.”

Weird Food Minor league baseball teams come up with some wacky promotional ideas, and “Sugar Rush Night” at the Erie (Pa.) SeaWolves game on June 23 didn’t disappoint. WNEP TV noted that one highlight was the cotton candy hot dog: a wiener nestled in a cloud of cotton candy, then sprinkled with Nerds candies. Brave SeaWolves fans could top off the meal with a cotton candy ball: ice cream covered with sprinkles and enclosed in cotton candy. Maybe the sugar rush was too much for the players; they lost 5-3 to the Altoona (Pa.) Curve.

Recurring Theme: Airport Nudity Travelers aboard a Delta Air Lines flight that had just landed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on June 26 were startled when a nearly naked man ran up to their plane and jumped onto a wing, then attempted to open an emergency exit. Jhyrin Jones, 19, had scaled a fence topped with razor wire to reach the runway; just minutes before, he had jumped on some parked cars at a nearby construction site and threatened to “kill y’all, I’m going to blow this place up, trust nobody, you better believe me,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A police report indicated Jones “appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.” He was charged with criminal trespass and public indecency, among other things.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time Early on June 26, a man who had been sleeping on the South Miami Avenue bridge over the Miami River got a rude awakening as the drawbridge started to rise to allow a boat to pass underneath. Witness Khadijah Andrews had seen the man as she was walking to an early yoga class, she told WSVN TV, and she looked for him when the bridge began rising. Fortunately, he woke up after sliding down a ways and was able to hold on until the bridge was lowered. Andrews said the unnamed man walked away with no apparent injuries: “You think you’re about to watch a man lose his life. It’s just terrifying. I never want to see that again.” © 2018 ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION J U LY 1 2 , 2 0 1 8 | 41



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