As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO's Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium's drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.
The Admirals is a pro hockey team that has been in the American Hockey League for nine years. Games are played in the Bradley Center, with mid-deck seats located in the front center sections that span the length of the ice rink. With an Admirals hockey game, spectators can enjoy puck-filled action that doesn't involve Shakespearean nature sprites, or simply kick back and hope to meet mascot Roscoe. Choose from the following game options:
The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, written by acclaimed playwright Rebecca Gilman, is the story of Dana, a heralded artist who checks into a mental ward after a disastrous gallery opening. Happy at the hospital but running out of insurance, Dana cooks up an elaborate scheme to pretend that she thinks she is actually baseball legend Darryl Strawberry so that she can stay in the mental ward. The Sweetest Swing in Baseball is directed by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's producing artistic director, C. Michael Wright. Despite rave reviews for his work as Guildenstern to Dwight Gooden's Rosencrantz in a recent West End production of Hamlet, Darryl Strawberry himself will not be appearing in this show.
Summerfest is the pride and joy of Milwaukee's music scene, attracting between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people a year with bands playing on 11 stages. The first day of the festival features a variety of general-admission shows, with the first Groupon listening opportunity kicking off at 4:15 p.m. with the Mechanical Kids on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. Headlining acts that begin at 8 p.m. include Tokyo Police Club and Colbie Caillat. At 10 p.m., the big hitters emerge from the bullpen with the sultry rhythms of Sheryl Crow, the smooth jamz of The Wailers, the electro-fun of Passion Pit, and more, creating a musical-chairs game of concert options. Check the Summerfest website to view the full music schedule for June 24 (please note that your general-admission ticket does not get you into the Tim McGraw performance in the Marcus Amphitheatre).
Visit Milwaukee's Cactus Club for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans. No need to miss out on Cactus Club just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right. Make sure to check out Cactus Club's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Live musical acts often perform, and diners take advantage of the spacious dance floor. Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this restaurant.
Cactus Club draws a good-sized crowd on weeknights as workers head over after leaving the office.
Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Cactus Club's S Wentworth Ave address.
There's no need to bust your budget at Cactus Club, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15.
Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Y-Not Y-Not Y-Not. Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores. Amp up your evening with some music — live bands or a DJ often perform here. Live DJs often entertain the evening crowd while dining. Musical groups perform live at Y-Not Y-Not Y-Not, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Y-Not Y-Not Y-Not, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.