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.

Milwaukee author, poet presents original play

Written by WiG Tuesday, 06 May 2014 15:59

Everyone’s stories are true, an original play by Milwaukee poet and author Sabley Sabin, will run for two nights only on Fri., May 16, and Sat., May 17, at Theatre Unchained, 1024 S. 5th St, Milwaukee.

Major Door County theater changes name

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:23

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.

Community briefs: L Fund, Film Fest, Big Gay 5K

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

The L Fund invites nonprofits to apply for funding of activities that improve the lives of lesbians or for sponsorship of a community event that benefits lesbians in the greater Milwaukee area. Activities or events must take place between July 1 and Dec. 31. The deadline to apply is June 12. For more, go to

Dining Out for Life is April 24

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:02

Restaurants across the country are joining in the annual Dining Out for Life — a celebration of HIV/AIDS activism that adds to nonprofit accounts and satisfies appetites.

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.

Wisconsin-focused doc ‘Citizen Koch’ to screen in Madison, Milwaukee

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:36

Madison and Milwaukee will screen Citizen Koch, which tells the story of the changing American political landscape from the perspective of three Wisconsin state employees — all lifelong Republicans — who found their party taking direct aim at them with Scott Walker’s campaign against collective bargaining and unions.

The documentary premieres in June after debuting at Sundance. The film will open in Madison and Milwaukee on June 13. It also will screen in other select cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Columbus, Ohio, and Hartford, Connecticut.

Diverse & Resilient seeks new staff members

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:57

Diverse & Resilient is looking to fill three new positions. Two positions involve implementing evidence-based prevention programs for partner violence and sexual health promotion. An administrative position will entail assisting the agency president and CEO and two directors. Applications are due by May 5. Phone Laura Maker at 414-390-0444 or find more information at