The walls of Dick's Pizza and Pleasure gleam brilliant white across three floors interspersed with neon-colored details and enormous anime murals. Hospitality Interiors lauds the first floor's Carrara-marble countertops and "diner-inspired" red vinyl chairs, which give the futuristic space a retro feel. Round windows let patrons peep at coal-fired pizza ovens, where made-from-scratch crusts praised by the Journal Sentinel and Inside Milwaukee attain a golden-brown hue. Toppings benefit from a similar attention to detail. Chefs hand-crush organic tomatoes for sauce, and cure their own ham and sausage in house, procuring produce from local farmers when possible. House-made ingredients also beef up the roster of specialty shakes, which whirl together sweets such as strawberry compote, honey mascarpone, and fudge with vanilla ice cream. During after hours on the weekends, customers saunter up to the second- and third-floor nightclub, done up in the same slick white. There, local DJs spin music as bartenders mix drinks behind candy-colored bars.
Coach directs the spotlight toward the rich life of legendary Marquette basketball coach and CBS broadcaster Al McGuire in a one-man show starring Broadway vet Cotter Smith. Dressed in a green sweater and khakis, Smith submerses himself in the role of Emmy winner Dick Enberg, who was McGuire's broadcasting partner for more than a decade and penned Coach to honor his eccentric friend. McGuire's gravelly, streetwise personality weaves the captivating and amusing story of his life—from his NCAA championship win to a successful career as a sports commentator—which he lived to the fullest before his death from leukemia in 2001.
Teddy Roosevelt took a bullet in the chest outside the Milwaukee Theatre in 1912, but he was so enamored with the place that he plugged the hole with his thumb and marched back in to give an 80-minute speech. Built in 1909 over the same space where the Milwaukee Industrial Exposition Building once stood, the cultural center has persevered to become one of Wisconsin’s most colossal and elegant theater destinations. The venue sports two-tiered seating with optimal sightlines from each of its 4,086 patrons' seats.
The Crystal Grand Music Theatre allows audiences to get up close and personal with top performers in an intimate 2,000-seat setting. Night Ranger—’80s arena-rock legends and sellers of millions of albums—takes to the recently renovated stage for one night only, treating fans to their signature melodic fusion of hard-rock intensity and radio-friendly hooks. Rock out to the band's beloved epic power ballads including “Sister Christian” and "When You Close Your Eyes," as well as ripping guitar-driven hits such as “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” a pointed response to the Regan administration's brief ban on scissors and paper. The Crystal Grand Music Theatre's size ensures every concertgoer has a clear view of the stage, and its innovative design and updated acoustic technology ensure that every chord, beat, and "motoring" evokes the appropriate head-banging response.
Food preparers at George Street Café delight customers with their full breakfast, lunch, and rotating dinner menu items chock-full of fresh ingredients. The Truckers Plate ($7.99) – a breakfast menu option with three eggs, a large order of hash browns, two sausage patties, three strips of bacon and a three mini pancakes – fills up stomachs with enough food fuel to power an effective hangover cure. Kick off lunch with a cherry balsamic chicken salad with cranberries, walnuts, red onions, and more ($6.95) or opt for the Big Chicago ($9.49), which blends roast beef with mozzarella cheese, marinated mushrooms, caramelized onions, peppers, and pizza sauce. George Street Café is most famous for its colossal burgers made to-order from fresh, 100% ground beef and infused with the requested toppings. Burgers, which can also be made into wraps for carb-conscious consumers, come in petite (4oz.), regular (8oz.) and widow maker (1lb.) – named for its ability to widow eaters from their departed burgers. During the genesis of the Cowboy Burger ($7.49 for a regular), a bacon-blended beef patty lassos strips of bacon and caramelized onions, forcing them under a bun and branding them with BBQ sauce. An Apple Jack Burger ($7.10 for a regular) rotates between shots of Jack Daniels Sauce and fried Granny Smith apples to create an intoxicating mouthful. Regular and dessert pizzas such as the First Date ($11.99 for a 12") also contribute to the lunch menu.
Rhythmic Circus serenades the ears and entertains the eyes with a symbiosis of sound and body that spans musical genres in the tap-dancing spectacle Feet Don’t Fail Me Now. The experiment in percussive podiatry turns performers’ feet into organic drum machines, impressing the audience as musical motifs are evoked from such nontraditional instruments as sand, folding chairs, and cellos sporting tattoos and body piercings. A live seven-piece ensemble complements the onstage action with funky forays and rhythmic romps, fluidly transitioning from salsa to soul faster than the house band at the UN. Comedic interludes evoke the music of laughter, and choreographed foot-slapping rhythms make it hard for audience members to sit still.