Fashion Week MKE zooms in on the Milwaukee fashion scene by exalting all facets of beauty, style, and runway trends. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, local fashionistas will descend on MOCT, a bar and innovative gallery space. Here, visitors can intermingle with 20 local boutique vendors and keep up to date on the latest trends and labels while indulging in make-up demonstrations. Closet Essentials’ LeAnn Conway will also be on the scene, dressing models in looks for spring and summer and lending style tips. All the while, guest can feel free to grab a specialty cocktail and eats from local food trucks on hand.
The first 100 guests will receive a swag bag, and all guests have a chance to win prizes such as Pilates lessons, a photo shoot, a makeup party, or a sexy stare from a runway model. Event organizers will also hold a drive for prom-style dresses to be donated to prom-bound teenagers in need.
Equal parts running, pedaling, and paddling, The Tribal Challenge sends teams of two or more huffing and puffing across a 15-mile gauntlet rife with mental and physical challenges. Designed to replicate the tribulations of pre-industrial tribesmen, the route intersects three 5-mile legs with hunting and gathering missions. The fibers of endurance and camaraderie stretch to their limits as partners demonstrate specific survival skills that were essential before humans could simply buy meat from a butcher or trade dusty VHS tapes with monkeys in exchange for fruit. After completing the course, tribes can bask in the euphoria of accomplishment at a post-challenge powwow, where complimentary beers squelch thirst and live music from the Fire Water Festival helps cast a celebratory tone across the finish line.
Like mobile Knights of the Round Table, bikers sit in a circle on Science and Fun’s seven-person conference bikes. One rider steers while all passengers pedal, powering bikes as they cruise through the city or serve as low-key parade floats. Groups with sufficient manpower for two bikes can turn open, paved spaces or Bucketworks’ indoor arena into bicycle basketball courts. Each bike constitutes a team, and both teams launch a barrage of foam balls at their opponent’s bike-mounted hoop during four-minute rounds in a game adaptable to all ages and pending NBA contracts. While advance bike reservations ensure a circular steed, Science and Fun happily reschedules or cancels reservations that coincide with inclement weather.
Prohibition did more than halt the production of beer in America for 14 years. It also signaled the end of small brewing operations and resulted in a more limited range of lagers once Prohibition ended. But in 2004, a team found a recipe scribbled down in a logbook that dated back to before the 18th Amendment. So the team decided to brew it, and thus Batch 19 was born. Their namesake lager is a pleasantly hoppy beer at 26 IBUs, combining Hersbrucker and Strisslespalt hops to create herbal and black currant notes.
Located in the historic Old World Third Street district, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart is a destination for those who want to purchase and depart with flavorful dairy goodies. But within the Cheese Mart's golden walls sits the Über Tap Room, a friendly watering hole where patrons can sample cheeses and sip beers from local and national craft breweries, 36 total on tap with more than 30 of those coming from Wisconsin.
Eschewing the over-the-top costumes and writing that typify many other murder-mystery dinners, The Dinner Detective’s cast of improvisational actors blends in with audiences, holding secrets tight to their chests while steering each night’s tension-filled storyline. After a diner is found murdered, a resident detective helps lead the investigation, allowing guests to interrogate one another with Tickle Monster tactics to distinguish the culprit among the crowd of fellow diners and dissembling thespians. Multicourse meals keep bodies well fueled during spurts of crime-solving intuition, and a prize basket awaits the gumshoe who comes closest to solving the case.