Community Briefs

Community briefs: AIDS Ride registering cyclists

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:42

Registration is underway for ACT 12, the Wisconsin AIDS Ride.

Cyclists will spend four days riding 300 miles to raise money for HIV/AIDS. The ride will take place July 31–Aug. 3.

The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission will host a cat adoption event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., June 21. All cats and kittens are vaccinated, de-wormed, micro-chipped for identification, tested for feline leukemia, and spayed/neutered. In addition, every cat or kitten will go home with a free “goodie” bag full of gifts prepared by shelter volunteers.

Major Door County theater changes name

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:23
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In January 2015, Door County’s award-winning American Folklore Theatre will debut a new name — “Northern Sky Theater.” The name change was announced at the company’s annual “Raise the Curtain” fundraiser May 25.

Soulstice Theatre Founder Retires

Written by WiG Friday, 30 May 2014 14:21

Follies marks the last performance for Soulstice Theatre founder Char Manny, who founded the St. Francis-based company in 2002.

Tapping into more than 15 years’ experience as a director and theater educator at Greendale High School, Manny turned an avocation into a successful vocation.

Zielinski honors Wisconsin’s first same-sex married couple at City Hall

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 22:10

Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski presented a proclamation before the Common Council June 24 recognizing Matt Schreck and Jose Fernando Gutierrez as the first same-sex couple to marry in Wisconsin. The two, who have been together for seven years, beat the first couple to marry in Madison by 6 minutes. 

“Matt and Fernando are constituents of mine and I was proud to present them with the proclamation,” Zielinski said.

A still from the documentary

An exposé on the state of American democracy and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Citizen Koch investigates the money behind the tea party and traces the impact of unlimited election spending by large corporations and billionaires. The film, from Academy Award-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, focuses on the Kochs' influence in Wisconsin. It opened Friday at Milwaukee's Downer Theater and Madison's Sundance Cinemas.

Lorde’s new North American tour includes ‘royal’ visit to Milwaukee in September

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:18

Overnight pop superstar Lorde announced June 2 a new North American tour bookended by appearances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in August and October, respectively.

Lav Grads celebrate fifth ceremony

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 30 May 2014 04:41

The UW-Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center celebrated its fifth annual Lavender Graduation ceremony — “Lav Grad ’14” — on May 14.

Graduating students can self-identify as a Lav Grad, or can be nominated by a member of the UWM community.

Planned Parenthood closing clinic

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:15

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will close its family planning health center in Fond du Lac on Sept. 25. The closing is the fifth resulting from the elimination of funding support by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led Legislature.

The closure will result in the loss of health care services for about 1,104 patients who relied on the clinic for lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, annual exams, pregnancy tests, STD testing and treatment, HIV screening and referrals.

Jose Gutierrez and Matt Schreck pose with the Rev. Erik Koepnick after their marriage ceremony at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on June 6. -Photo: AP/Jeffrey Phelps

Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski plans to present a proclamation before the Common Council at 9 a.m. on Tues., June 24, recognizing Matt Schreck and his husband Jose Fernando Gutierrez as the first same-sex couple to marry in Wisconsin. The two, who have been together for seven years, beat the first couple to marry in Madison by six minutes.

Charles Allis and Villa Terrace appoint interim executive director

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:12

Charles Allis Museum

Former marketing manager John Sterr has been appointed interim executive director of the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums, the position previously held by Maria Costello for five years.

Jewish Community at Pridefest

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 30 May 2014 04:41

Join the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and other Jewish community organizations at an Interfaith Sabbath Service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 6 at Milwaukee Pridefest 2014, held at Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

The service will be participatory and inclusive for all backgrounds. Sabbath observance at PrideFest continues with a Shabbat activity booth in the Health and Wellness section of the festival from 12 to 6 p.m. on June 7 and 8.