Kenosha: Rustic-ally Public

A lot of people are not aware of the fact that in addition to the local bars that are hidden treasures, there are also two breweries within the Kenosha city limits. These two breweries inside the heart of Kenosha are Public Craft Brewing Company and Rustic Road Brewery, each with its own style and taste.

The first of these gems that I learned of was Rustic Road Brewery, located on 56th Street in downtown Kenosha. The bar brews all of their beer in the open for all to see while customers can enjoy a sample or pint of what they have to offer in the tasting room. Small and quaint, this brewery is quite welcoming upon arrival. Usually a quiet place, it proves to be quite enjoyable and has a good selection. At any given time, they will have an average of about seven beers on tap. They do have a few that are more popular than others and switch between a few seasonal beers every year, but try to keep the ones in higher demand around more often. They try to keep their most popular beer, their Harvest Hazelnut, on tap as more of a year-round option. A lot of their brewers began as home-brewers, so there are a lot of different talents coming together for a selection that has something for every beer lover!

Rustic Road Brewery tries to welcome the city of Kenosha through many events that they hold year-round. Every Friday evening they have a trivia tournament where winners can earn bragging rights as well as prizes. They are also actively involved in what downtown Kenosha calls their “Second Saturday” events. Every second Saturday of the month, many local favorites in the downtown area run specials on food and drinks, and Rustic Road is no exception. On Saturday, April 11, they offered a $2 discount on all “growlers” with the purchase of a pint (a growler is a take home freshness sealer for about 3 to 4 pints worth of beer). Public Craft Brewing Company is no stranger to Second Saturdays either. They most recently had the Trolley Dogs cart at their brewery, offering attendees the chance to have a dog with their brew.

Public Craft Brewing Company, located on 58th Street, is kind of hidden, sharing a building with another business, but is definitely worth finding. With a laid-back atmosphere, this brewery provides a ton of options for things to do while you enjoy your beer. In one corner, patrons can try their hand at chess or checkers, in another there is a group of vinyl records and still yet there are multiple bookshelves with a wide array of books to choose from to keep your mind sharp as you feel your senses dulling. With their business expanding through bottling and distributing their beers, they seem to stick to a lot of the same beers year round. A few change with the season to keep things fresh.

Public Craft Brewing Company also focuses on community events, often having live music on Friday and Saturday nights for the listening enjoyment of Kenosha. They are also running a special beer for the upcoming Orson Welles ceremony that much of Kenosha is involved in. To commemorate this hometown celebrity, they are currently brewing a special beer that will premiere on Friday May 8 to honor Welles.

These two bars often work together to keep small brews alive and well within Kenosha. A lot of their beers are served on tap at the same bars, such as Ashling on the Lough and the Mike’s businesses around town. Public Craft Brewing Company loves to branch out, hoping to gain a following through the multiple places that you can enjoy their beer. Rustic Road Brewery seems to want to keep it local and within their business, as a brewer told me. They have attempted bottling before, but found that it was competing with their tasting room and did not like that. Both breweries are extremely successful and both are checking out if you haven’t already been there.

 

Article by Krista Skweres

Parkside students, staff march against proposed $300 million UW budget cuts

On Wed Apr 15 around noon, about 40 Parkside students and staff marched the halls of the University in protest of Walker’s proposed $300 million budget cuts. The protestors organized near the OMSA (Office of Student Multicultural Affairs) in Wyllie Hall and made their way across the school to the student center. Permission for the protest was not requested; however, the Parkside Police did not make any attempts to stop it.

Students held signs reading “Stop the Cuts” and “Save the UW”, while chanting “Up up with education, down down with legislation”. Among student concerns were delays in graduation and grant availability. “Because of limited class availability, I have had to drop my minor. I’ve also been forced into taking out more loans because my grants have been reduced,” says an anonymous Parkside junior.

Student Ritu Patel, 20, mentioned that she knows several students, herself included, that have had significant delays in graduation, because the class availability in the biology department does not meet the needs of the students.

Protesters gathered outside on the steps near the student center where they voiced their opinions. “You’re not only taking away from each individual’s potential, but from our state’s potential!” shouts student body vice president Gabrielle Krawczyk “With these cuts, we cannot afford the amazing professors that make our UW system great!” adds student Annalee Sepanski.

Preceding these statements, student body president Gabriel Coronado urged protestors to call their state representative Senator Richard Gudex to make their disapproval of the UW Budget known. In an interview, Coronado stressed that “anyone who is concerned about the cuts should reach senator Gudex at (608) 266-5300 or via email at Sen.Gudex@legis.wisconsin.gov.”

Surrounding the protest, many students expressed concerns that the protest should not have taken place on Parkside’s campus, because “administration is not to blame for these cuts”. In response to these concerns, President Coronado stated “I would agree with their perspective that it’s not the administration who proposed these cuts; however, one of the objectives was to raise awareness of the current status that the UW System is going through. Although many students are aware, there are also many that are not. During the protest we called several legislators, regardless of party, and asked them to not approve the proposed budget.”

He also added that based on the feeds he has seen on social media and local press, it seems like their objective to raise awareness and concern was achieved.

 

Article by Doria DeBartolo

Supporting Your School and Loving Food and Wine? Sign Me Up!

Do you love food, beer and wine? Do you want to support one of Parkside’s graduate programs? Come join the Graduate Business School Alumni Association on Friday, April 17 from 7-10 p.m. at Casa Capri by eating, drinking and being merry. Robert Mitchell gave us all the details!

The event that takes place on Friday is entitled “Grill Meet” and is going to be held in the banquet room of Casa Capri. They will be serving a variety of different food including multiple different meats from salmon to beef tenderloin, grilled mussels and oysters, as well as finger foods and desserts. There will be beer featured from Rustic Road Brewery, which in itself is a selling point, and a range of wines for the tasting.

Robert Mitchell is an active member of the local Kenosha restaurant and bar scene. He runs an online blog entitled “Cork Meets Fork” in which he reviews restaurants, gives suggestions for food and wine pairings and shares recipes. He has been in the food industry for over thirty years, starting out in Boston before moving back to the Chicago area. He currently helps Wine Knot and Rustic Road Brewery with their liquor and wine selections along with special events for these two businesses in the downtown Kenosha area.

Mitchell also organizes for wine tasting trips and tours, and is currently preparing for a trip to France to give people a taste of all that their vineyards have to offer. He has teamed up with the Parkside Graduate Business School Alumni Association for a few years now, and this will be his fourth event that he helped organize for the university. Mitchell became involved when one of the founders of the organization, Jeremy Covey, motivated him to participate. The money that will be raised by tickets for the event will go towards scholarships for Parkside graduate students in the field of business.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door on the day of the event. There will be raffles with multiple different prizes, including a night at Grand Geneva resort, grilling tools and, of course, wine! One lucky scholarship winner will be announced during the event. So come on out and support your school and your fellow Parkside Rangers! Tickets can be purchased by calling (262) 331-4140 or by logging onto gbsaa.org.

Article by Krista Skweres

“The Lazarus Effect”: Essentially a “Carrie” Remake

“The Lazarus Effect” released in theaters a few weeks ago and has not been getting very good reviews. This will be no different. I was expecting psychic zombies and instead got a movie that wanted to be yet another remake of “Carrie,” but failed to live up to its attempt.

Directed by David Gelb who is mainly known for his documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,”(which was good), “The Lazarus Effect” had a lot of potential. With an all-star cast including Mark Duplass of “The League” and “Your Sister’s Sister,” Olivia Wilde of “In Time” and “TRON: Legacy,” Evan Peters of “American Horror Story” and the “Kick-Ass” franchise, Sarah Bolger of “The Tudors” and Donald Glover of “Community,” the acting was the only thing that kept this movie afloat. Writers Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater failed to hold the full attention of the audience, and I sat fidgeting in my chair, though not from anticipation of the next scare. For a movie that is classified as a horror/thriller there was nothing thrilling about it. The story droned on in the most predictable way possible as character after character died, each in the exact same way.

What horror fans look for and crave is wondering how and who is going to do it. When the monstrous creature is revealed to us within the first 20 minutes of a 90-minute film, that takes away one of the things that keeps us guessing, automatically falling into the habit of leaning more on the “how” aspect. When every character, save one, dies in the exact same fashion, it starts to get a little (more than a little) repetitive.

Other than the acting, the only thing I can give credit to this film for is in the fact that it, assumingly, tried to give a twist to the concept of the “final girl.” Anyone who enjoys horror film knows the formula for all-American horror. There is always one girl, usually a young woman, who fights off the monster and outlives everyone in order to tell the cops her tale of woe. Without giving anything away, the writers of this film did try to break away from the traditional concept, while still desperately clinging to it. That is the problem as a whole with American horror: everyone is terrified, no pun intended, to try something new, where other countries such as France and South Korea are going above and beyond terrifying their viewers.

All in all, even with a stellar cast this movie is not worth paying for. If you feel like something that has any resemblance to “Carrie,” wait for it to be in your local video store or machine. Poor Mark Duplass and Evan Peters, who are usually so great, are now brought down a peg while trying to make a major motion picture rather than the independents or television that are absolutely wonderful. Stick to what you’re good at, and don’t bring yourself down to their level!

 

Article by Krista Skweres

Foreign Film Series: “Like Father, Like Son”

Watching this movie I wanted to scream, punch things and people and throw things at the screen while crying. All at the same time. I hated it. In the most loving way possible. It was great, and also infuriating.

“Like Father, Like Son” is a Japanese film that was shown as part of the foreign film series at Parkside’s cinema on March 8. It was originally released in Japan in 2013 and was nominated for 12 awards during the Japanese Academy Awards, which would be equivalent to America’s Oscars, including best picture. It tells the tale of two families who are told after six years that their sons were actually switched at birth. It mainly follows the mindset and emotional roller coaster of one of the fathers, a work-driven man who spends more time worrying about his career than his family. The film paints him as the main decision-maker among all of the parents, which does give it a slightly unrealistic feel at times – the question ran through my head: “what mother wouldn’t fight that?” It puts all the responsibility of choices on him.

This character is played by Japanese actor Masaharu Fukuyama, whose performance drags viewers through a wide array of feelings. Flip-flopping repeatedly from hating him to loving him and then back again, this actor proves his nomination for best actor to be well warranted as it ties together the whole film. As such a controversial and rare subject, it is his character that truly makes the audience feel for the family. Director Hirokazu Koreeda adds his personal touches to enhance Fukuyama’s role by using a few intense moments of silence to slowly kill the audience as our hearts break over the two-hour period. Koreeda’s choice of ending for the film puts a final nail in the coffin as our heart purely aches for everyone involved.

This is by far one of the best films that Parkside has shown this season during their foreign film series and it’s one that no one should miss. It is currently available for instant streaming on Netflix, so I would say to all who have access, take the time. It’s worth it. Just don’t throw anything at your television,  no matter how much Fukuyama makes you want to.

Article by Krista Skweres