OnMilwaukee.com recommends, June 16, 2012
Bruegger's "Last Night's Bagels" – I love a bargain and I love bagels. I have found a way to combine both. I stopped in at Bruegger's on North Avenue, wanting to get a half dozen bagels to take home. As I stood at the counter, I noticed a neat row of packaged bagels on a shelf. "Last Night's Bagels," the packing said. I asked the guy and he said they really were bagels baked in the late afternoon the day before. The cost for this tasty treat was just $2.99 per half a dozen. That compares to the price of $4.99 for bagels that were made that morning. I bought a pack, took them home, popped one in the toaster and couldn't possibly tell the difference between the fresh and the day-old bagels. A real bargain. – Dave Begel
"Moonrise Kingdom" – After screening a round of lukewarm big-name movies, "Moonrise Kingdom" was a breath of fresh air. A not-so-big-name film with a definite indie vibe, Wes Anderson's latest creation is nearly as good as all the hype would have you believe. It's sharp, darkly comedic and characteristically bizarre, and is everything fans have come to expect from Anderson with great performances to boot. Read my full review here, then go buy a ticket – it's at The Oriental now. – Renee Lorenz
Polish Fest – Don't just go for the specially imported Polish beer. Or for the variety of vodkas as the Sobieski Vodka tasting. Or even for the polka. No, you must go to Polish Fest to see the Polish Tatra Sheepdogs. These animals are almost beyond description, but if you want to see a unique breed not often found in the United States (and for good reason), check them out. They are huge, white, fluffy and just plain awesome. They're like some kind of super dog. But that's all I'll tell you here – go see them and learn why! – Jim Owczarski
Walk the McKinley Marina pier – It only takes about 15 minutes to walk to the end of this wide pier and back, and the up-close-and-personal view of the lake – as well as the picturesque Milwaukee skyline – makes it well worth the jaunt. Just be prepared for a little splash back if it's a wavy day. – Molly Snyder
Paul and Linda McCartney – "Ram" (MPL/Concord Music Group) – As is the case with deluxe reissues these days, this edition of McCartney's second solo LP – and the only one he released in collaboration with then-wife Linda – comes in a variety of states (hardcover books, vinyl, CD, etc.) at divergent prices. The version I got to see includes the remastered album, a second, 33-minute disc of bonus tracks and a 28-minute DVD. The original record is a wandering affair with some high points, that sonically captures where McCartney, the songwriter, found himself post-Beatles. That it also has a homemade feel seems to reflect where McCartney, the man, found himself in 1971, living happily on a Scottish farm with his wife and kids. Despite its quirkiness and the fact that it was roundly criticized by McCartney's former bandmates, who thought – correctly, to a degree – that some songs were musical poison darts aimed at them, "Ram" was a commercial success, as were some of its singles, and it's interesting to hear it again, albeit out of its original context. The disc of bonus audio includes the single "Another Day," a pair of b-sides and a handful of "Ram" outtakes. The DVD seems like a bit of a lost opportunity. There's an 11-minute mini-documentary about the making of "Ram" that is interesting and informative, but two promo videos – audio from the LP laid over video of the McCartneys riding horses and cavorting in the fields – are disposable. More fun are a video of Paul playing "Hey Diddle" with Linda, while the dog wanders in and out of the frame and children's voices can be heard in the background, and tour footage in "Eat at Home On Tour." – Bobby Tanzilo
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