Community Potluck and Sing-A-Long on Sat, Jan 4, 5:30-8:30PM. Bring food to share and your voice to sing! (3224 N Gordon Place)

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Epiphany Concert, Sun, Jan 5, 3PM features choirs from OLDP, Old St. Mary, SS Peter & Paul, and Three Holy Women parishes; donation (Brady & Humboldt).


The “Concert at St. Casimir” series on Sun, Jan 12 features the Steve Wolff jazz duo at 4PM (Bremen & Clarke); donation


The Plymouth Chorale, under the direction of Donna Kummer, presents An All-American Christmas: A Tribute to Martin Luther King on Sun, Jan 26, 7PM (2717 E Hampshire)PlymouthChoraleRWC0114………………..

PRESERVATIONIST PASSESDonna Schlieman will be remembered as an early member of the Riverwest Neighborhood Association and active advocate for preserving the historical integrity of buildings and places in our city. She was largely responsible for getting the Milwaukee Common Council to approve the designation of Kilbourn/Reservoir Park as a Historic Site in July of 1999. This designation requires oversight and approval by the Milwaukee Historical Commission for any proposed changes to the shape and height of Reservoir Hill. She died Friday, December 20, 2013. She was 76.

ReFRESH MILW – Matt Howard, Environmental Sustainability Director for the City of Milwaukee, will present Milwaukee’s plan and vision for community sustainability at the Urban Ecology Center (1500 E Park Pl) on Tue, Jan 14, 7PM. ReFresh Milwaukee is a call to action around a community-endorsed set of goals and strategies that creates smart economic growth while preserving our finite natural resources for our children and their children. Mayor Barrett stated that “our climate is telling us the old ways won’t work anymore.” ReFresh Milwaukee is a roadmap for encouraging individual responsibility, city leadership, and collective action that lead to practical improvements in all of our neighborhoods. Ultimately, a more resilient, livable, and sustainable city will emerge! View the ReFresh Milwaukee plan at

MILW BEER BISTRO – Out with the old and in with the new! Rio West Cantina, located at 2730 N Humboldt, will be changing over to the Milwaukee Beer Bistro. The venue is closed now (except for New Year’s Eve) for renovations and will re-open January 6th. Stop in for the Grand Opening on Fri, Jan 10 and come back on Sat, Jan 11 for the irreverent humor of singer-songwriter Pat McCurdy.  MBB will feature American craft beer, beer-infused cooking with produce and meats from local farmers, Taco Tuesday, late night kitchen every night, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Weekends will also feature brunch with omelets, pancakes, French toast, and pure maple syrup. For more info, go to (see ad Page 9).

LAKEFRONT BREWERY – Changes are also brewing at Lakefront Brewery (1872 N Commerce). LB is revamping the food service and taking over all the operations previously handled by Vecchio Entertainment Group. The name will change from Lakefront Palm Garden to Lakefront Beer Hall, but the Brew House Polka Kings will continue to roll out the barrel at the Friday Night Fish Fries (currently on a brief hiatus). LB will also be adding a food counter with locally sourced products and cheeses that will be open for brewery tours. More info at  (see ad Page 13).

POETRY MARATHON – Slots are filling up fast for Woodland Pattern’s 20th annual Poetry Marathon Benefit on Sat, Jan 25, 10AM-1AM. Readers present five minutes of poetry, fiction, prose, performance art, music & more. Get the latest Reader Lineup for all the time slots at If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, contact Rob at (see ad on back page).

SPAGHETTI DINNER – Come on out for a sociable night of great home cooking, live acoustic music, and mingling with neighbors at the famous Spaghetti Dinner benefit for the Riverwest Co-op, Sat, Jan 25​, 5-8PM, at Falcon Bowl. Feel free to bring a dessert to share or your own plate/fork (to reduce landfill); also see ad Page 2.

OVERPASS LIGHT BRIGADE – Support playful and peaceful protest at the Overpass Light Brigade benefit with The Squeezettes, Solidarity Singers & more at Linneman’s on Fri, Jan 24. More info on facebook and

RIVERWEST RADIO – Head over to Bay View for a rare live show with The Trance & Dance Band and special guests Stone Soup on Sat, Jan 25, 9PM at Frank’s Power Plant (2800 S Kinnickinnic); all proceeds benefit Riverwest Radio; more info on facebook.

NIGHT SCHOOL – Explore Milwaukee’s socialist roots with Gary Shellman, a historian, journalist, and former deputy director of the Institute of World Affairs at UWM, on Thu, Jan 9, 6PM at the Riverwest Public House (815 E Locust).

Squeezettes in da house...Public House 12/21/13 Solstice by Tanya Bueter
Squeezettes in da house…Public House 12/21/13 Solstice by Tanya Bueter

SCHOOL TOURS – Plan ahead for next school year. If you have a child entering school or would like to change schools, take a tour of Fratney School, a Spanish and English dual language school for grades K4 – 5 (see ad on Page 11 for more info). Or if you’d like to learn more about Waldorf education, come to the Open House at Tamarack Waldorf School on Sun, Jan 26. Tour classrooms, meet the teachers, and enjoy presentations by students (see ad Page 10).

MUSIC & YOGA LESSONS – Start the New Year on a high note with music lessons at J.S. Cable Music Studio (634 E Burleigh). For more info, call 414.455.LIFE or visit Or try expressive Yoga for Music Lovers beginning Jan 14! To register, call 414.350.6174 or visit for more info.

RAA JAZZ GALLERY – A new exhibit, “White Room Rebellion: The artist’s commentary on the gallery experience” runs Jan 7 thru Feb 1 at the RAA Jazz Gallery. Stop in for the opening reception on Sat, Jan 11 with artists John Riepenhoff, Matt Plain, Shannon Lee Molter, Mark Lawson, and Michael Kautzer.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays 6-9PM (with Jazz Jam Sessions 7-9PM), Saturdays NOON-5PM, and Sundays on Winter Market Days (see ad Page 10).

UEC ART SHOW – Water and Light opens Thu, Jan 16, 5-7PM, with Kurt Kleman’s dramatic large-scale acrylic paintings (“shimmer” series), Thea Kovac’s vibrant watercolors (“Floating Light” series), and engaging bird carvings by Tom Petri. The show runs through March 30 at the Urban Ecology Center, (1500 E Park Pl).

ARTISTS CALL – Artists currently residing in Wisconsin are invited to submit original works to FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now. Up to two pieces may be submitted Jan 2-28. Awards range from $100 to $1000 Grand Prize. The application process is all online; visit for details.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, how it affects you, and how to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit or call 800.318.2596. Free enrollment assistance with Certified Application Counselors is also available every Wed, 3-5:30PM thru March 31 at Central Library (814 W Wisconsin Av).

CITY HALL CLOSED – City Hall and most city departments, except for police and fire services, will be closed Tue, Dec 31 & Wed, Jan 1, for the New Year’s Holiday. Garbage collection resumes on Thu, Jan 2, unless pre-empted by a snow storm. City offices will also be closed on Mon, Jan 20 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.