Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mike Peters of The Alarm Requests, Gives Love, Hope, Strength For Leukemia

It must be tough being a celebrity with all sorts of expectations and traps by their fans and the public, I myself can be pretty judgmental, though here at GMM we try to only promote the positive, not dwell on the negative. Especially when it concerns promoting values or opinions, celebrities - whether athlete, musician, or actor - have to worry if they are turning away fans of differing opinions, you also have to be careful when they start a charity as often they can turn out to be less than well-run. For the most part though, medical causes are a safe bet. Last night, I had the opportunity to be inspired by someone doing it right.

Mike Peters, former lead singer of 80's band The Alarm, played at Shank Hall in an intimate one-man show focusing on The Alarm's second studio album Strength. I could review how cool the show was to see him up close and personal, acoustic with minimal back track assistance, the fact he played harmonica or a bass drum at the same time as the guitar, or his stories about making the album - but this isn't the place for that. As inspiring as the show was, the end of it turned into a truly GMM moment when Peters took a moment to promote his foundation Love Hope Strength, which focuses on getting people to sign up on the list to be marrow donors.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Three's Company Thursdays: Meals for Three

The Buffalo pork tenderloin with dill potatoes and homemade
slaw that started the movement
By now most have heard of Meatless Monday, which may seem new but goes back to war times along with Wheatless Wednesdays. Back then they were conservation efforts to reduce consumption, but today MM has been 'reintroduced as a public health awareness campaign, Meatless Monday addresses the prevalence of preventable illnesses associated with excessive meat consumption'. Well, I came up with a new weekly night to share and reduce food waste and also provide healthy food to others. While participating in social media shenanigans I invented a new program that was meant as a joke, turned into a half-joke and now may be something I would seriously pursue and encourage others to do: Third-Wheel Thursdays, or maybe Three's Company Thursdays - you tell me which rings better and I'll run with it.

The concept is for a household of less than 3 people (yes that us 2 or 1) to invite others over to share a meal. There are many reasons for it including allowing for making of recipes you can't cut down to serve a few, reduce waste of said extra helpings (because really how many actually eat leftovers), and also, well, just to be social.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Five O'Clock Steakhouse's The Milwaukee Man Dinner Benefits Milwaukee Rescue Mission

On Friday, September 11 2015 at 6pm, Milwaukee's iconic Five O'Clock Steakhouse will host the first annual Milwaukee Man Dinner - Beef, Bourbon & Brandy Benefit.

A portion of the night's proceeds will directly benefit the Milwaukee Rescue Mission "Safe Harbor" Program,providing refuge and hope for local men seeking to transform their lives through emergency assistance,  shelter, counseling, education & job resources.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Milwaukee Brewers: An All Inclusive Club

David Denson of the Brewers minor leagues
Photo courtesy of Michael Gallacher / Missoulian
'All-inclusive' usually refers to a hotel where you pay one rate to have access to all food, drink and activities, but for MLB it now means being inclusive of all players of any background.

Hopefully these days will be in the past soon,when it is considered 'historic' for a professional athlete to come out as gay. For now though we can celebrate and congratulate when it happens, for it still is a big deal as much as I wish it was old hat by now. For Milwaukee professional baseball team the Brewers, history was made when Davd Denson, minor league player, though not on the Brewers major league roster still an MLB pro with the organization, came out as gay.

The full story, relating how he came out in response to derogatory comments made at and about him can be read at the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel in a great article by Tom Haudricourt. It tells an unfortunately typical tale of locker room shenanigans that use various derogatory terms, and how he overcame them, but what I found most interesting was the support he got from the club and the league.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Make A 'Pit-Stop' For WMSE

Stop by Palomino Bar or Honeypie Cafe until 9/4 to get "The Pit Stop"! $3 from the BBQ sandwich-peach cream pie combo goes to #wmse.

Get it? 'Pit' stop?

Nicknamed “The Pit Stop,” the sandwich is an al-pastor style pork beauty (with a vegetarian option also available) that’s topped with a peach coleslaw and coupled with a peach cream pie that’s so good, it’ll make your mama cry!

Additionally, $3 will go straight to WMSE with each combo sold. You’ll not only be getting some delicious food but you’ll also be supporting musically-delicious radio programming!

Stop into Palomino (2491 S Superior St) or Honey Pie (2643 S Kinnickinnic Ave) to get some pork, pie, and proceeds for WMSE!