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Author: Lee Matz

Brady Street hosts a neighborhood experience for Harley-Davidson’s 115th

As part of the Brady Street Experience announced by Alderman Nik Kovac, the iconic neighborhood thoroughfare was closed to car traffic from August 31 to September 1 to allow for “Bike-Only” parking in celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary. From Van Buren Street to Farwell Avenue, along both sides of Brady Street, hundreds of Harley-Davidson motorcycles were parked engine to engine. Organized by the Brady Street Business Improvement District (BID #11), the event and entertainment was specifically geared to riding enthusiasts. Block parties began at mid-day on August 31, and continued up to the doorstep of Labor Day. The eight-block...

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Cole Freeman keeps stunt bike tradition at full-throttle for Harley-Davidson museum show

Of all the bike images that come to mind with the name of Harley-Davidson, a stunt bike is not usually one of them. That stunt title fits better with the smaller Japanese sports bikes that can be stripped down easily, not the big touring cycles with their size and weight. But for Cole Freeman of the Ill Conduct Stunt Team, his passion for Harley-Davidson has literally driven him to break records using the Milwaukee-built machines. From wheelies, to stoppies, and all sorts of gravity-defying maneuvers, Cole and his team entertained international crowds at the Harley-Davidson Museum during its 115th...

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AlleyWayz pairs live local music with community art in Black Cat Alley

The AlleyWayz live performance series of acoustic concerts took place over the summer in the Black Cat Alley District of Milwaukee’s East Side, showcasing five emerging Milwaukee musicians in partnership with five muralists. The format presented an intimate venue with engaging performances, attended by hundreds of local residents and an online audience. The series came together as a collaboration of creatives from across the city, organized by Aaron Davis, experience designer with BLK SHP; Enrique Rodriguez, founder of Magic Studios; and Stacey Williams-Ng, program director of Black Cat Alley. “This was exactly the kind of thing we hoped would...

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Bucks 4th Annual Summer Block Party welcomes the community to the Fiserv Forum

Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee’s much anticipated sports and entertainment venue, officially opened its doors to the public on August 26 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the plaza outside of the world-class downtown arena. As part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, former Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl was honored with the street naming dedication of Herb Kohl Way, for the section of 4th Street that passed in front of the Arena. In addition, the world’s largest welcome mat, measuring 92-feet long by 24-feet wide, was unveiled outside of Fiserv Forum to welcome the community into its new home. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was...

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Hip-Hop Week kicks off as an immersive music and cultural platform for civic engagement

The Miller High Life Theater hosted a news conference with Alderman Khalif J. Rainey and community leaders on August 20 to launch Hip-Hop Week MKE, the first official city-wide event of its kind. The inaugural event runs from August 20 to August 26 at various venues around Milwaukee. Alderman Rainey, who sponsored the successful legislation that created Hip-Hop Week MKE, invited the public to attend and be a part of the historic launch. Programming includes sessions on health and wellness, employment opportunities, financial literacy, civic engagement, and live musical performances. “The idea for Hip-Hop Week MKE is to take...

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Design makes the difference at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center opened a $13 million addition in 1999, tripling its space to showcase visual and performing arts, with ten galleries, a theater, performance spaces, studio-classrooms, and rotating exhibitions of contemporary work by international and emerging talent. With more than 20,000 individual pieces of art, the collection focuses primarily on works by artist-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works developed in its residency program. The art center is also known for its artist-created public toilets, which cultural historian Barbara Penner uses as the introduction to her 2013 book “Bathroom.” Situated 57 miles north of...

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2sep1:00 pm- 3:30 pmH-D 115 Anniversary Parade

8sep11:00 am- 4:00 pmHarbor Fest 2018

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