Live from The Pfister…Chatter and Paintings and Arias You Want to See
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Live from The Pfister…Chatter and Paintings and Arias You Want to See

Not that I think there’s a lack of reasons to come to the Pfister on any given day (I mean there’s the glamour, the great service, the lush accommodations, and all), but I’m happy to be giving you some spectacular special reasons to visit 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in the coming weeks. This Friday, October […]

The Only Problem Is That the Water Cooler Might Be Used to Wash a Brush or Two
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The Only Problem Is That the Water Cooler Might Be Used to Wash a Brush or Two

How many times have you looked at a piece of art hanging on the wall and said, “My kid can do that?” And how many times have you taken brush in hand to find out that kids are cute, but making art isn’t for the feint of heart. It’s with this sense of awe for […]

One Night Only in the Lobby Lounge…DeLorenzo and Rivers!
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One Night Only in the Lobby Lounge…DeLorenzo and Rivers!

Victor DeLorenzo and I share a few things when it comes to Milwaukee. One of those is history. The other is the Pfister. Let’s get the history right out of the way, shall we. Many years ago Victor and I first crossed paths when we had both been cast as performers in a play about […]

Tickled Ivories and the Wisdom of Pearls
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Tickled Ivories and the Wisdom of Pearls

Sometimes when you think you’re part of the show, you actually end up spending some time in the audience. When you’re in the middle of performing and you get surprised by something that captures your eye that when things get real—and good. I recently had the unique pleasure to visit with a group of journalists […]

Nobody Ever Writes About the Travel Writer, so I’m Writing About the Travel Writer
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Nobody Ever Writes About the Travel Writer, so I’m Writing About the Travel Writer

One of the great joys I have as a writer is to meet other writers. Typically a writer meet up is filled with quotable quips, hair-pin turns of phrases, and good humored word-wise one-upmanship. It’s the literary equivalent of dogs sniffing one another’s behinds. So like a happy, fluffy puppy, I was very excited to […]

We’ll Always Have Paris so Let Me Tell You About a Loo with a View
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We’ll Always Have Paris so Let Me Tell You About a Loo with a View

Eloise had a lot of reasons to be entranced by a life as a denizen of the famed Plaza Hotel. Room service, battling wits with Mr. Salomone, her trippy little turtle Skipperdee, and the view from the tippy-top floor of a grand hotel were just a few of the charms that kept that inquisitive lass […]

Art and Stuff?  I Mean, What Do I Know?
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Art and Stuff? I Mean, What Do I Know?

I’m not a cultural critic. I mean, what do I know? I’m just a guy who hangs out in classy hotels with his mouth open in awe most of the time. Case in point…at the opening of Biography of a Stitch, the first show in the Pfister’s brand spanking new Pop-Up Gallery welcoming the world through […]