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Wubba Lubba Dub Dub: “Rickmobile” from Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” rolls into Milwaukee

Fans of the Adult Swim cartoon “Rick and Morty” had the chance on August 25 to visit the Rickmobile when it arrived in Milwaukee for *Don’t Even Trip* Road Trip 2018, its second cross country promotional tour. “Rubber baby buggy bumpers!” as the character Rick is fond of saying. Following in the tradition of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the world’s largest Rick – The Rickmobile, a mobile merchandise store shaped like the “Rick and Morty” title character Rick Sanchez – parked behind the Oak & Shield Gaming Pub at 600 E Ogden Avenue. Hundreds of area residents lined up...

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First crew of the Milwaukee Streetcar takes full-route daylight test drive

The Milwaukee Streetcar training class and support staff took Vehicle #03 for a 2.1 mile run from the Intermodal Terminal to Burns Commons on August 22, making it the first daylight end-to-end route test. The 83,000 pound vehicle was expected to test between 31 and 42 miles along the route, with higher through less traffic-dense straightaways, like East Ogden Avenue. Including the weight of the training crew, stacks of bottled water bundles created 20,000 pounds of ballast to simulate a capacity ride load. The streetcar fleet must log more than 620 miles of testing before it can begin passenger...

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Cathedral Square Park continues as hub for downtown arts and music

Originally known as Courthouse Square for being where Milwaukee’s two courthouses were located between 1836 to 1931, Cathedral Square continues to be a thriving location for the downtown creative culture. On August 19, MKEfest was held at the small county park for a day of art and music in a festival setting. Organized by SamanthaStarr Events, the venue was used as an open platform for local visual artists to interact with the community, and to raise awareness of the arts in surrounding areas. During the day, twenty diverse individuals painted, sprayed, sketched, chalked, and drew works with Milwaukee-themed messages....

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A conversation with Anne Basting about aging and its conflicted cultural value

On January 31, Milwaukee PBS hosted an enlightening conversation with 2016 MacArthur Fellow, UWM Theatre Professor, and Founder of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, Anne Basting. Basting has dedicated her life to improving the lives of older adults through the arts, with a special focus on bringing meaningful engagement to people with memory loss. She teaches care partners to connect with loved ones by shifting from the expectation of memory to the freedom of the imagination. Because the baby boomer generation is increasing the population of individuals in the 50 plus group this is a perfect time to make people aware...

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Annika Leonard: Healing the trauma of sexual assault that society ignores

Growing up in a society that continues to normalize sexual violence and blames victims for the crimes committed against them, there was a time when Annika Leonard did not believe that her personal healing would ever be possible. Now she facilitates curriculum to help survivors not only work through their traumatic experiences, but also assists them in their journey to find peace. Her courage continues to be a gift to the community by giving women an example and safe space to share their truth, in an effort to help everyone understand the role they each play in ending sexual...

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City maps now reflect permanent place for Vel Phillips as 4th Street renamed in her honor

History was made on August 7 as Vel R. Phillips, Milwaukee’s first African-American and first female Alderperson, had a public street officially named to memorialize her life and work. Signs for North 4th Street, from West Saint Paul Avenue to West Capitol Drive, were replace with the new designation of North Vel R. Phillips Avenue. The street’s renaming serves as a memorial to her advocacy for social justice, fair housing and civil rights, and the groundbreaking career of Vel R. Phillips and her lasting legacy in the Milwaukee community. “It is interesting that we are naming a street after...

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