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Host Lisa Ann Walter gets the crowd to give during Face Forward Third Annual It Forward charity event at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood on June 22, 2017. Photo courtesy The Comedy Store/ Face Forward.
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star Shaun Toub attends Face Forward Third Annual It Forward charity event at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood on June 22, 2017. Photo courtesy The Comedy Store/ Face Forward.
fight domestic violence victims at The Comedy Store, with a night of stand up yukks. Led by the always hilarious Lisa Ann Walter, who served as host (and did a very funny set, too), comics of all colors, shapes and sizes hit the stage to support Face Forward Third Annual It Forward fundraising event.
The house was packed with supporters, including Face Forward founders Deborah Alessi and her husband, Dr. David Alessi, the Beverly Hills based facial plastic surgeon. Together, the couple is dedicated to providing pro bono physical and emotional reconstruction services to women, children and men who have been victims of domestic violence, human trafficking or any other cruel, disfiguring acts of crime. fame, star Shaun Toub and Lydia Cornell.
Comedian Amir K had everyone in stitches at Face Forward Third Annual It Forward charity event at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood on June 22, 2017. Photo courtesy The Comedy Store/ Face Forward.
Up on stage, Aisha Tyler led things off, joking that the night was chance to get really fcked up for a great cause, and encouraged everyone to drink up and give generously, too. Then the laughs started and despite the weirdly inappropriate behavior of The Comedy Store bouncers, who went out of their way to stifle the typical comedy club call and response banter between audience and performers and the donations rolled in.
Aisha Tyler joined Face Forward founders Deborah Alessi and Dr. David Alessi at Face Forward Third Annual It Forward charity event at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood on June 22, 2017. Photo courtesy The Comedy Store/ Face Forward.
Helen Hong, Amir K and Cathy Ladman did wildly different sets, but all three had the crowd in stitches, while Rachael O Stephen Kramer Glickman and Bobby Lee worked a bit harder for their laughs. The gem of the night was the wacky Linda Lovin set, as the alter ego of comedian Cynthia Levin brought the house down with her outrageous antics.
Comedian Helen Hong performs at Face Forward Third Annual It Forward charity event at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood on June 22, 2017. Photo courtesy The Comedy Store/ Face Forward.
Comedian Cynthia Levin kills it at Face Forward Third Annual It Forward charity event at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood on June 22, 2017. Photo courtesy The Comedy Store/ Face Forward. Opens in recent memory? I sure didn but when the invite to visit that legendary golf tournament, being held in Wisconsin for the first time since its inception in 1895, came across my desk, I was intrigued.
The spectacular Milwaukee Art Museum. Photo courtesy Visit Milwaukee.
For Wisconsin was one of the few states I had never visited, despite having a grandmother from there (who was a rabid Green Bay Packers fan) and loving good cheese. Open puts on, in the third century since its inception?
The Harley Davidson Museum is a must visit place in Milwaukee. Photo courtesy Visit Milwaukee.
Milwaukee certainly knows how to put on a show during the summer, for when the weather turns warm this city perched on Lake Michigan and crisscrossed with three rivers (the Milwaukee, the Kinnickinnic and the Menomonee) is all about getting outside and having fun. There even Bradford Beach, a popular lakeside beach, where crowds form to surf, play volleyball and just hang out in the sun.
Who knew there was a beach in Milwaukee? Hanging out at Bradford Beach by Lake Michigan. Photo courtesy Visit Milwaukee.
When I visited in June, the festival season was in full swing. The Polish Festival was rockin on the lakefront, as was the massive Lakefront Festival of Art held at the spectacular Milwaukee Art Museum. And Summerfest, the world largest music festival, is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in late June/early July, at the Henry Maier Festival Park situated right on the lakefront.
Miller Park, home of the Brewers baseball team, is an architectural marvel in Milwaukee. Photo courtesy Visit Milwaukee.
Speaking of art, there currently a terrific installation of 22 sculptures lining Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee main drag. The one mile stretch of Sculpture Milwaukee will be on display (and for sale) until October 22, 2017; the brainchild of businessman Steve Marcus, it will be an annual event every summer. Follow the sculptures and you end up at the Milwaukee Art Museum, with its world class fine art collection and iconic Quadracci Pavilion, Santiago Calatrava architectural wonder with a moveable wingspan. Don miss it when you visit. And don miss the Harley Davidson Museum, either, for even if you are not a big fan of motorcycles, this is one fascinating museum. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. on Sunday, June 18, 2017. They serve beer there, too, just like countless other places; try Lakefront Brewery for some of the city best locally brewed beers and a laugh filled brewery tour in this city built by breweries. Often called beer capital of the world, Milwaukee has been the home of Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, Best and Blatz, all built by German American immigrants no wonder their Major League Baseball team is known as the Brewers!
The Brewers play in another architectural gem, Miller Park, with its fan shaped convertible roof that retracts to let in the sun and closes up to keep out summer storms. It was wide open when I visited, saw them beat the San Diego Padres in 10 exciting innings and had one of the best pulled pork sandwiches ever.