We’re making a book
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We’re making a book

Pfister artist-in-residence Stephanie Barenz is compiling a book that will include the works that she created / creates during her one-year tenure at the hotel and I am excited and honored to contribute copy. “My intention for the book is to visually record the stories that walked into my studio as well as communicating themes of […]

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Finding our voices through zine-making

Many years ago, standing in line at the grocery store with my mother I wondered why the same faces were always on the covers of magazines. Meanwhile, I had notebooks filled with words and drawings, none of which I thought were good enough for public consumption. I mean, after all, I didn’t look like any […]

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350 pairs of shoes

She told me she had 350 pairs of shoes. I believed her. The pair she was wearing looked brand new. Everything she was wearing looked brand new. (She would later disclose to me that when I first approached her at the bar of the Mason Street Grill she thought I was a credit card collector.) […]

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Some talk trash, Timothy Westbrook picks it up

I finally met and spent time with Timothy Westbrook yesterday. Timothy is the former Artist-In-Residence at the Pfister and was a contestant on this season’s “Project Runway.” Timothy is a sustainability-focused fiber artist which means almost all of his work – his fashions – are constructed from recycled or discarded materials from plastic bags to the tape inside […]

Pfister art inspires spontaneous haiku writing
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Pfister art inspires spontaneous haiku writing

I am finally writing about a wonderful evening. On Friday, viagra July 26, I participated in my first Gallery Night at the Pfister. My vintage Royal typewriter and I plunked down in Pfister artist-in-resident Stephanie Barenz’s studio and offered up free, spontaneous haiku on any subject to anyone passing through. The haiku is a short […]

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More beer for Milwaukee

It’s rare that when I approach a Pfister guest they open with a smile and the line, “We have an interesting story for you!” But this is exactly what happened on a recent Monday night in the Lobby Lounge when I sat down to chat with Peter, Vicky and Abby. “We own a brewery called AleSmith […]

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An uncanny coincidence

When I first started chatting with Chicago’s Steve and Sonya, cheap it seemed like we had a couple of things in common. They were at the Pfister with their adorable and articulate 8-year-old daughter, Lauren. I, too, have a child this age, who likes many of the same things as Lauren: swimming, dancing and Minecraft. […]