James, Kaytee and Romeo by Lee Gutowski Remember the “polar vortex” of the winter of 2017/2018? Of course, Wisconsinites do, but for Kaytee Luke, who moved to Riverwest that February from California, the weather was especially disconcerting. “I thought, oh no, what have I done? I mean, Mount Shasta would get weather and storms, but
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by Ellen C. Warren Nineteen years earlier, she had lost her job and found her way into a bartending gig at the newly established Nessun Dorma, where she learned all about whiskey, the mixing of a cocktail, and the front of the house.In the meantime, she had married her husband, had kids, was in the
By Ellen C. Warren In the land of creativity that some would identify as Riverwest live a plethora of artistic styles, motivations, modalities, licenses and worlds. Some have names … like orchestrating, painting, sketching, photographing, poesy, belly dancing. And some are just garbage. Garbage so good the New York Times placed it on their list
by Lee Gutowski Recently, a friend walked into the Uptowner after getting bad news about a job. Turns out, the friend had been fired, and stopped into the bar to blow off a little steam. The friend started relating his job woes to Bob Ellquist, the bartender working that afternoon. Bob and my friend had
by Lee Gutowski C.C. Carmickle speaks in “rhythm and rhyme,” as he puts it (but he tried not to speak that way as a child because in the South when he grew up you could get killed for that, for acting too intelligent). His stories are riveting and full of adventure, with plenty of clear-eyed,