FREE BEER Friday! Lakefront’s My Turn Series: John

John Zutz is a good man. He’s a tour guide at Lakefront and has been doing so for about as long as there have been tour guides at Lakefront. He’s been a member of the Public House since before we opened our doors. He did a bunch of electrical work on the space so we could have a functional stage, and we’ve referred to him as “our electrician” for a few years now. He’s got good taste, and we’re big fans of that guy. He’s also the man behind Lakefront’s new My Turn Series beer, “John.” It’s a dark lager with cherries: a little bit sweet, and very dark. And he’s hosting a free tasting and release party of this ambrosial nectar right here at your Public House this Friday. From 7-9 you can be among the first (true, it’s already in stores) to give this limited time lager a try.

After that we’ve got a DJ set from Sir Tyler Robots. Stick around and shake your ass for free. No cover for any of it: free beer free dance Friday at the Pub.

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Saturday Potluck, Art Show, Mac&Cheese Competition – 4pm

On the Full Moon December 28th, 2012 a Barbie Doll was dipped in paint. Every day after that, she was dipped again. Each subsequent Full Moon another Barbie joined in the transformation process until December 17th, 2013- The 13th Full Moon when the 13 Barbie joined the others.

Also Macaroni & Cheese Competition/Potluck
Bring a dish of Mac & Cheese and enter in the competition!
Your most delicious, your most daring, your most avant-garde, your Mac & Cheese with the Most Odd Ingredient!, an appetizer, main course, soup, dessert.

Each entrant gets to pick the category which best suits their Mac & Cheese! Be creative! 10 entrants… = 10 categories….. = 10 prizes!

Suggested $5 donation per entry. Everyone who enters gets to be one of the judges.

Enter to be a Judge with out making Mac & Cheese! Suggested $5 to be a Judge!

To be a part of the competition arrive between 5:30pm and 6pm to register. Tastings will start at 6:15pm

General Potluck at 6:45pm. $5 suggested donation.

Lots of prizes!!! Every dish will be documented and if you like will be included in a Zine to be published at the end of the year!!!

“The entity known as Barbie is actually an inter-dimensional being who appeared in our world over 55 years ago and was quickly caught and enslaved by the hetero-normative, gender binary powers that be and put to work doing their nefarious bidding. Barbie at first was honored to be so embraced by so many in our world but as she quickly learned it was rather restrictive and oppressive. Over the years and decades she worked to free herself. Convincing at one time a group of activists to switch her voice box with that of G.I. Joe’s and when she was cast as Karen Carpenter in the movie Superstar. She has inspired artists around the world to challenge the perceived notions of what is possible and is allowed. Whether as an Astronaut, actor, Race Car Driver, etc. she has always pushed the boundaries while working within the system she found herself in. Though her greatest work has always been the interpersonal adventures she enticed her human counterparts to embark upon. Each Barbie became unique as she lived through and with the human. Now she is asking for a collective organized effort to free herself completely from her servitude because she truly desires to be revealed in all her potential glory and be allowed to have all the fun and frolic that is possible. Barbie wants to party with all of humanity! She has appeared to many humans over the years who have taken up the call to help. For about the last year and half she has come to to inspire others by the name Audacious Year. She has traveled and presented herself to a fair number of folks and started to tell more of her story. Now on this next Full Moon, Barbie will begin a process of Transformation. Audacious Year invites all to follow along and be moved by this process. Blessed Be~Divinely Doo-doo” —christian xtn hansen

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2013 Year in Review

And so we say goodbye to another year of drinking, working, celebrating, owning, and cooperating at the co-op bar. Another year of member mugs as mailboxes, broken pint glasses, slammed shots. Another year of watching straight dudes try to figure out which bathroom to piss in. Another year of steamy-ass windows. Another year of Just seeds cooperative’s artwork on the walls inspiring us to try to be better people and cooperators. Another 52 posters for this week’s shows, lectures, night schools. Another year of meetings at the big front table complete with laughter, tears, and an awful lot of dirty jokes. Another year of serious challenges to running a bar with no manager, collectively running the place as a team by consensus. Another year of triumphs in that department, too. Another year of the park next door getting filled up with bicyclists, activists, underwear riders,  registrants for the RW24, cookouts, farmers markets, Locust St. Fest, Co-op Fest, snowball fights and cigarette butts. Another year of brunch delivered fresh from our sister co-op down the street. A new library stocked by our other sister co-op People’s Books. A new stage built by Build Milwaukee cooperative. Another year of drag queens, members only tastings, a few new members to the board of directors, a handful of new staff and a bunch of new member-owners. Benefits for Planned Parenthood, ARCOS, Freedom Press, Valid Bike Shop, defenders of the Penokee hills, Riverwest Radio, the Center Street Free Space, Girls Rock and more.

Another solstice party with Kim chi spring rolls, “when u dip I dip we dip” dip, sweet potato pie, Brussels sprouts cranberry quinoa, sweet potato chili, oatmealy-chocolatey-granola-y cookies, and a ton of tortilla chips that remind us that maybe a lot of people are accidentally hippies. The basically neglected, gaunt, upside-down Solstice Bush with some lights on it dangled while we danced in a circle to the Squeezettes as they blasted song after song that sound super similar to the  uninitiated. But that’s polka for ya, ain’ta.

We also incorporated the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance back in March and have been building the foundation for its organizational development since then. Over the past 6 months, the interim Board of Directors at the RCA wrote a strategic management plan and came up with a hands on, community-accountable model that it will be rolling out on January 19th right here at the Public House. In short, another year of slow but steady cooperative development.

Thank you to all our members, workers, board, volunteers, friends, families, and customers who make this place possible and make it a fun place to drink.

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New Queer’s Eve

From the Shepherd Express’s New Year’s Eve Guide:

Dec. 31 may be New Year’s Eve, but it’s a Tuesday first and foremost, so the Riverwest Public House’s Taco Tuesday will go on as scheduled. Later in the night the co-op gives the stage over a lineup of burlesque, cabaret and drag performances. Those out until early in the morning can enjoy the venue’s service-industry breakfast, starting at 4 a.m. For $10 (or $13 day-of), it’s a massive meal of biscuits and gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs or tofu, potatoes, fruit, toast and French toast bake—almost all of it of the local, organic or free-range variety—with a free Mimosa. Not a bad way to get an early start battling your hangover, especially if you missed the tacos earlier that night.

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New Year’s Eve Service Industry Breakfast 4am-7am

So let’s say it’s 4, 5, 6AM and you are finally done with work (or the last party just ended). None of the good brunch places are open till 10am. You could shell out the last of your cash for some mediocre eggs and toast somewhere OR

You could stop by our New Year’s Eve Service Industry Breakfast. Because as a service industry pro, you just had a hell of a time making sure everyone else had a hell of a time. Now it’s your turn to enjoy the holiday. Join us for a breakfast featuring the following high quality meal:

-Organic Blueberry French Toast bake
-Biscuits & Gravy (meat + vegan)
-Organic Local Bacon
-Free Range Organic Local Scrambled Eggs
-Free Range Organic Local Omelette Bar
-Tofu Scramble (vegan)
-Breakfast Potatoes, Fresh Fruit, Toast

+++Free Mimosa with your food

Catered by our friends at 7 sisters 7 suns catering 

*4am to 7am*
new years day mornin’

Free Mimosa with your food
$10 advance, $13 NYE
Limited space is available, so grab your tickets soon! Advance tickets on sale till Dec 27th.

DJ set from The French Connection


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Night School: 3 Part Series – The Intersectionality of Homelessness

Part I: Sunday, December 8th at 4pm 

In Homelessness You Find all of the Ills of Society

Part One of the Series, “In Homelessess you can find all of the Ills of Society,” will be a discussion surrounding the problem of homelessness in Milwaukee and will feature speakers from various backgrounds who are currently struggling or have struggled with homelessness. The conversation will also include the most updated information surrounding the Step by Step Collective’s current Drop-In Center Initiative and how we as a community can address these issues collectively and holistically.

**Part II: Sunday January 12th
Homelessness and Sexual Assault

**Part III: Sunday February 9th
The Working Homeless

The Step By Step Collective is a group of community members focused on bringing awareness to trans and cis women’s issues in Milwaukee. The current Community Housing Inititative aims to reclaim a vacant, public space and to transform it into a drop-in center for single trans/cis women and families struggling with homelessness. We are focused on creating community-driven, sustainable homeless solutions in the city of Milwaukee while simultaneously addressing the root causes of the issue on a political and cultural level.

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All Your Foam Are Belong To Us!

You know that hunk of pink insulation foam you’ve got in your garage that was left over from a project and you just don’t have any place to put? Bring it to us! We’re gonna make something. Size doesn’t matter. Drop it off and your friendly bartender will put it in the basement where it will become something both unrecognizable and advantageous.

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