The 15 Best Milwaukee Concert of 2014 (Milwaukee Record)

Death Blues at Riverwest Public House (November 1)
“This was the last scheduled performance of the Non-Fiction band, one of several incarnations of Jon Mueller’s Death Blues project, and it was perhaps the most adventurous show they’ve played. The basic formula for the trio goes like this: songs begin with nothing but a simple drum beat and a pulse from two hammered guitars. From there, Mueller’s stream-of-consciousness vocal improvisations get looped and swirled together with an increasingly powerful rhythmic attack, until the room seems to swell physically under the pressure of this dense mass of sound. Not only were the three musicians precisely in lockstep with each other for this show, there was an extra dimension of shimmering fuzz-guitar from Jim Warchol during the final song, ostensibly closing this chapter of Death Blues on the highest note possible. [CR]”- Milwaukee Record


Read the whole list here!

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Upcoming Events! (12/19-12/21)

Friday December 19th    9:00pm   $5

Tonbi Claw + Holy Sheboygan + One Size Fitzgerald 



Saturday December 20th    9:00pm   Free

Rizenhower The Great Poupon w/ Micntrl Mic-Crawf



Sunday December 21st   6:00pm   Free


6:00pm: Seasonal Cocktail Tasting (Members Only)

7:00PM: All People’s Church Caroling


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Night School: Sexual Education for Adults – TALK DIRTY TO ME

This month’s topic: TALK DIRTY TO ME: How to ask for what you want, and other ways to have great sex!
Sunday, December 14th, 6-8pm


This fun and engaging workshop will challenge participants to overcome their fear in communicating with their partners about sex. Through a combination of coaching, interactive games and humor, Katie and Eli will lead participants out of their comfort zones toward more fulfilling, fun and thrilling sex lives.

Eli Rivera is a Transformational Life Coach, educated by the International Coach Academy in Sydney Australia and seeking accreditation with the International Coach Federation. With over 25 years in the Hospitality Industry, Eli has been able to lead, develop and motivate teams to
achieve desired outcomes through active listening, humor and communication.

Katie Hamm, MSW, is an independent consultant with extensive experience working with diverse populations and teaching or facilitating workshops and education sessions on cultural diversity and human sexuality. When things get uncomfortable, Katie is most inspired.

Eli and Katie are in a loving relationship and attribute the success of their relationship to open communication, fearlessness and great sex! They currently live in Bay View with their six children.

As we were hanging out at the bar, we got to talking about the lack of real education, understanding, and the misinformation surrounding sexual health. So, we created a sexual education series for adults! A fun, affirming, and open space where people can learn accurate information, talk about personal experiences, and ask candid questions. We are bringing in community advocates, educators, and experts to facilitate conversations on topics such as anatomy & physiology, gender, sexual practices and pleasure, reproductive rights and responsibilities, and life stages. During the initial periods we’re going to review the “basics” and then move on to more specific subjects.

Sorry, you must be 21 or over to attend unless you are accompanied by a legal guardian.

Contact Kelly Todd / for details.

Night School is an event series that was developed for the Riverwest Public House Cooperative in 2011. Created and co-curated by Peter Murphy and Paul Kjelland, Night School is an environment for critical dialogue, presentations, films, and more in a social space. Night School is always free and open to the public.

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This Weekend at the Public House! (12/5-12/6)

Friday December 5th  9:00pm   FREE

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Saturday December 6th   9:00pm   FREE



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X-Files screening/drinking games cancelled this week.

Due to the holiday, all UFO sighting for this Wednesday have been cancelled. Mulder weeps. We’ll see you December 3rd, 9:30pm. Keep looking up!

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Changes to the Board of Directors

We would like to inform our membership that there have been some changes in Public House’s Board of Directors.

We are sorry to report that in the last month Carolina Soza-Gonzalez and Gibson Caldwell have stepped down. Carolina is a member, had been on the Board since May, 2014, and had been the chair of the Outreach Committee. She remains very dedicated to social justice organizing and is active in the Step by Step Collective. Gibson Caldwell is a founding lifetime member and had been on the Board and Workers Collective since Public House’s inception. Gibson remains on the board of directors of the Riverwest Co-op & Café as well as the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance (RCA). We are very grateful to both them and their months and years (respectively) of service and dedication to the Public House.

What happens when a board member resigns before their term ends? According to our by-laws:

5:12 Any Board member may resign at any time by written notice to this effect. The acceptance of the resignation–effective at such time as specified in the notice–shall not be necessary to make it effective.

5:13 Any vacancies among the Board shall be filled by appointment at the next scheduled Board meeting, by consensus of the Board members then in office. If consensus is not reached, a 2/3 majority is required. This appointment shall be in effect until the next regularly scheduled election.

(For more information on our structure and by-laws click here)

The Public House is pleased to announce that Dante Smith and Tracey Collins have accepted the positions as temporary board members! Dante has been bartending and an active member of the Workers’ Collective at the Public House since 2013, but also has years of experience working in cooperatives. Tracey has been a Tuesday night performer in the Cream City Cabaret for years and currently sits on our Finance Committee. We are very excited to work with them in this new capacity. Welcome to the Riverwest Public House’s Board of Directors! Want to know more about them? Stop into the Public House and have a drink with them!

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This Weekend at the Public House! 11/20-11/22

Thursday November 20th      8:00pm    $5

An Evening with Hindsight

(Playing songs by Grateful Dead + Neil Young + The Band + and more!)

Friday November 21st    9:00pm    $5

FeelGoodFriday : Starring Terrence Lindsey w/ The Blue Ease and Ain’t Lion

Saturday November 22nd   4:00pm   Donations!

2nd Annual Riverwest People’s Ice Rink Fundraiser!

Saturday November 22nd    9:00pm   $7

Guantanamo Baywatch (PDX) + Flesh Panthers (CHI) + Phylums + Ramma Lamma Guest DJ Jon Reject

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