28 Feb 2020

A Place to Work and Play

A Place to Work and Play

Since the first day of 2020, I have drawn at least one mandala every day for the last almost 60 days as part of a creative making marathon that has grounded me in ways both expected and unexpected. It has been much harder and one thousand times more gratifying than I had anticipated. Not every […]

21 Feb 2020

Episode 4. Did you know that American Idol was here at the Pfister?

Episode 4. Did you know that American Idol was here at the Pfister?

Lights. Camera. Action. This Monday, February 16th, Milwaukee was featured as one of the audition cities on this season’s premier of American Idol. Did you know that, although the Milwaukee Art Museum was front and center, some of the auditions were also held here at the Pfister? One of the many advantages of being the […]

19 Feb 2020

Episode 3. What can happen over a hot cup of chai.

Episode 3. What can happen over a hot cup of chai.

Friends and strangers Employees and guests  Locals and visitors Immigrants and citizens Regulars and first timers Mothers and fathers Sisters and brothers Musicians, players and their fans Talk of coming to the Pfister for 40 years Traveling the world and retirement Weddings and anniversaries Birthdays, adoptions and all celebrations Podcasts and art-making Shortbread cookies and […]

13 Feb 2020

Episode 3. Did you know that the Pfister’s Blu is home to the blues, jazz, and the stars.

Episode 3. Did you know that the Pfister’s Blu is home to the blues, jazz, and the stars.

did you know that above the bar and atop the chandeliers  a thousand stars twinkle in the night did you know that in the bar and in every corner a thousand blues shimmer in the light did you know that on tuesdays,  fridays and saturdays a thousand notes dance in the evening light did you […]

10 Feb 2020

‘Chaiwala’  चायवाला

‘Chaiwala’  चायवाला

“A chaiwala is a person who prepares, sells or serves tea on streets or small roadside shops in the Indian subcontinent. They are an integral part of Indian tea culture. Chai is the Hindustani word for “tea” as in masala chai and wallah indicates the person performing the task, so chaiwala is a street seller […]

28 Jan 2020

Episode 2. What can happen over a hot cup of chai.

Episode 2. What can happen over a hot cup of chai.

This page. Takes my breath away. It speaks of lands unknown and family far away. Of Annie’s history and her holding on. Of her kindness and her joy. It speaks of what can happen over a hot cup of chai.