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Back In Black

After last month’s East Side sojourn, it’s time for a return to the taverns of Riverwest. So I’m back. And it was night. So, black. Yeah. That works.

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Alive and Kickin’

by Kevin Flaherty, photos by Peter DiAntoni

When Sahnya Thom was in elementary school, her father insisted that his daughters take at least three months of self-defense classes. More than 21 years and countless hours of martial artistry later, her father’s well-meaning edict has become not only her paycheck: it’s become her lifestyle.

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Civil Society in Riverwest

A fresh new year has just begun. Let’s pause for a moment to take a glimpse back as, at the dawn of 2002, a group of would-be writers and supporters are getting together to plan the very first issue of the Riverwest Currents. Skip to summer, when Riverwest had its first ever concert series in the newly-renovated Gordon Park. Center Street was re-paved and folks threw a party to celebrate. Spring Clean-up, Locust Street Festival, Fourth of July Parade, Gardeners’ Market in Garden Park, Artwalk, planning for Kilbourn/Reservoir Park and bike trails along the Milwaukee River…a rush of activities! Some you went to, others you missed — the year passes by in blur. Ring out the old, ring in the new!

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Laissez les bon temps roulez!

In Riverwest this cajun phrase takes on a whole new meaning. The good times keep rolling with a Polish flavor and a definite Milwaukee slant. The Alley, in this case, is down the stairs at the back of the Falcon Bowl on the corner of Clarke and Fratney. This place is a real landmark in Riverwest. It sits across from the Riverwest Co-op, a block west of St. Casimir’s steeple and a block south of Onopa.