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The Best and Worst of Cream City Culture in March

This month’s forecast called for some highs, and lows, on the A&E front

The Good

1) Celine Dion’s Heart Will Go On, at Fiserv Forum

The last time Celine Dion played in Milwaukee, the Bucks were still smarting over the season they finished last in their division, and Jim Doyle was governor of Wisconsin. So many of the Canadian superstar’s fans were surprised when she announced that she’ll be returning to the city as part of her “Courage World Tour” this year, specifically, that she’ll be playing the Fiserv Forum on Nov. 3. According to the arena’s general manager, Raj Saha, those fans can pat themselves on the back for remaining faithful to her for so many years. “The Power of Love has brought Celine Dion to Fiserv Forum,” he says.

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2) Boswell Book Company Turns 10
The East Side bookstore has been around since 2009. And unlike us (well, me) they didn’t just celebrate their first decade of life by eating multiple pieces of cake in one sitting. They invited the bestselling author Amor Towles to talk about his latest triumph, A Gentleman of Moscow, at the Turner Hall Ballroom. An author reading was a fitting way for the store to ring in its new year – Boswell has hosted more than 400 such readings since its opening, thanks in large part to its tireless owner, Daniel Goldin.

3) The Brew Crew Is Back

The Brewers returned to their (soon to be renamed) hometown stadium on March 28, for the opening day of their 2019 season. Predictably, Miller Park was packed, and hordes of locals and out-of-towners alike braved early spring weather for a chance to see their hometown heroes again. Fortunately, the Brewers delivered, narrowly beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to 4, thanks to an incredible last-minute catch by Lorenzo Cain. And they’ve continued to rack up win after win in the days since (as of press time, their record was 6-1; last year they were 4-3 at the same time). With a little luck, they’ll do even better than they did in 2018.

The Bad

1) Ozzy Osbourne Postpones his Summerfest Show

He’s not just nixing his headlining Summerfest appearance, actually. The Prince of Darkness has canceled his entire 2019 world tour, citing an injury sustained from a recent bout of pneumonia. He says that he’ll be playing the festival in the summer of 2020 instead, though, and that people who’ve already bought tickets can redeem them then, or request a refund. ” Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now,” he said in a statement posted to Facebook. “I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day … I will fully recover … I will finish my tour … I will be back!”

2) “Easy Rider” Evidently Isn’t Easy to Screen

The Harley-Davidson Museum announced earlier this month that they’d be screening the classic biker film Easy Rider on site, and that star Peter Fonda would cruise into town to talk through the movie with fans, 50 years after its original release. Unfortunately, we learned last week that Fonda had decided to bow out of the appearance due to “unforeseen circumstances.” No word yet on whether the event will be rescheduled, but the museum is processing refunds.



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.