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Inaugural Museum Week aims to remind the Milwaukee public of distinctive local treasures

The special week was created to shine a light on the meaningful impact these museums have for Milwaukee’s residents and the economy, and to form a well-rounded cultural community. This first-time event was created as a result of conversations between area museum directors and staff in recent years. Milwaukee is rich in cultural assets and area’s museums and cultural institutions contribute to a vibrant and well-rounded community in a significant way. More than a hundred programs or events are being offered during the week, and the public is encouraged to support these local museums by participating. Milwaukee’s museums cannot...

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Hispanic Collaborative launches with mission of inclusive economic prosperity

A new nonprofit was officially launched at a press conference held at the University Club of Milwaukee on January 14, with the aim to boost inclusive economic prosperity among Latinos, and utilize Milwaukee’s Hispanic population to achieve the region’s economic growth goals for the future. The Hispanic Collaborative is the result of nearly two years of conversations and meetings among Milwaukee’s Hispanic leaders. The group of more than 150 organizations and individuals is focused on improving Hispanics’ economic opportunities, representation and participation in key regional initiatives. “Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the population fueling economies all across...

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Video: Controlled roof demolition leaves Bradley Center topless

For 30 years, concert bands raised the roof at the Bradley Center. On January 13, demolition crews razed the roof in 30 seconds. After slowing deconstructing the former home of the Milwaukee Bucks for the past few months, construction crews detonated shape charges in the Bradley Center’s roof at 9:02 a.m. and brought the superstructure crashing down. The resulting plume of debris rose to a height almost equal that of The Moderne tower across the street. Crowds gathered at the edges of the safety areas and on rooftops with vantage points to watch the historic demolition in person. Social...

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In becoming 46th Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers calls for unity and “putting people first”

After being disparaged and made the scapegoat of state problems for nearly a decade, Milwaukee once again has a friend in the Governor’s chair. Tony Evers was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor on January 7. Along with Evers, four additional State constitutional officers for Wisconsin were sworn in during the inauguration, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, and Secretary of State Douglas La Follette. The outgoing state schools superintendent reminded the crowd of hundreds inside the Capitol’s rotunda about the themes he campaigned on last fall, including fully funding public education, making healthcare...

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Tina Kambouris: A bittersweet farewell with the closing of Mykonos Cafe

After serving classic Greek and American dishes for more than two decades, the owners of Mykonos Gyro & Cafe closed the landmark restaurant in downtown Milwaukee on December 20, 2018. An “Opa!” was exclaimed for Mykonos’s Saganaki, Kefalotiri cheese flamed with brandy, for the last time just before the cafe closed its doors at 1014 N. Van Buren Street, where it had welcomed the public since 1995. “After 24 wonderful years, Mykonos Gyro & Cafe will be closing its doors on Sunday, December 30th. That is a difficult thing to write but what is even more difficult will be...

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Why Milwaukee should care that a Chinese photographer is missing in China

With the experience of spending nearly a decade of my life taking photos in China, I know all too well about the daily dangers of that job. Just snapping “slice of life” photos of Uighur Muslims selling their crafts from Xinjiang at the local train station put them and myself at great risk. Living under an authoritarian government driven by capitalism is a challenge. Thankfully my faith, life experiences in segregated Georgia, and affinity for Martin Scorsese movies helped me navigate the complexities. The irony of the 2016 election cycle was that China had already prepared me for what...

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