Metro Milwaukee Guide

The go-to guide for activities in the greater Milwaukee area


Getting Behind the Art in Racine

I like art. Dali’s droopy clocks, Escher’s endless staircases, that dot picture of all those people on an old-timey day at the beach… I really, truly like art. That being said, I would rather be about 100 places other than in an art museum discussing the intricacies of every little brush stroke and mysterious Mona Lisa smile. It’s safe to say that although I like art, I don’t really enjoy looking at it (for too long). Lynch me if you must, art critics. What I’m most interested in is the process. The final product is beautiful, but the path to get there is the most exciting.

Yep. There she is.

Yep. There she is.

Lucky for us, we were able to get out to Racine on April 13 for their annual gET bEHIND the aRTS event. The folks over at Real Racine really know how to get me going, because this is an entire event devoted to the creation and evolution of a piece of art or performance. We had 24 locations to choose from throughout Kenosha and Racine that were teeming with people, art, snacks, and fun.

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MMG Meets Andrew Zimmern in Lincoln, Nebraska

Hey MMGers!

WE’RE BACK! Sorry for the brief hiatus – we had a death in the family and I was consumed with writing my book (to be released by Arcadia Publishing in May!!!). But we’re back now! Be on the lookout for new posts. We’ve got a lot coming up from shops to tours to restaurants to boats.

In other news, we recently had a whirlwind few days as we trekked out to Lincoln, Nebraska, to celebrate their burgeoning farm-to-fork movement. They’re doing some great things out there in the heartland, and have given us an idea for an event we’d like to plan for Milwaukee. More on that later. While we were there, we schmoozed with a certain celebrity you may know:

That's right, it's yours truly interviewing Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods! Watch this blog and World Travel Buzz ( for upcoming stories about Zimmern and the trip to Lincoln.

That’s right, it’s yours truly interviewing Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods! Watch this blog and World Travel Buzz for upcoming stories about Zimmern and the trip to Lincoln.

Let me tell you, he is such a nice guy. And his wife, beautiful and equally as genial. I’ll be sharing more on this trip in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, let me leave you with this awesome picture of Summerfest fireworks to keep you anticipating more posts. See you soon!

Fireworks over Summerfest in 2008. Via Wikimedia by Dori.

Fireworks over Summerfest in 2008. Via Wikimedia by Dori.

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Sightseeing on the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan

Our household recently celebrated a fabulous day. No, not the day I put on Clueless and ate an entire container of gelato (although that was incredible). It was our first anniversary! Look, here’s a picture of the bouquet I made for our wedding, even though it’s mostly unrelated to this post.

Okay, okay, Kyle helped. But isn't it AWESOME??

Okay, okay, Kyle helped. But isn’t it AWESOME??

Anyway, we had a great day in the city. The highlight of the day—aside from the glory Kyle felt from putting up with me for an ENTIRE YEAR—was the Edelweiss Historic Milwaukee Boat Tour down the Milwaukee River.

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An Event Note

One of our readers asked us to spread the word about this event, so check it out!

On March 16th, 2013, the first-ever Art Institute of Wisconsin (AI) student-run fashion show is being held at the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum. The Haute List show will feature garments designed & created by the art school’s fashion design majors. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; show starts at 8:30 p.m.

VIP with gift bag & front row seat: $40.
General admission: $20.
Students with ID: $10.
Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Tickets can be purchased via phone order – contact Alice at (414) 978-5015. Tickets purchased via phone order will be available to pick up at Will Call at the Art Museum entrance the night of the show. VIP tickets are limited, order yours promptly.