Celebrity BLUtenders

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Would you take a beer from this guy? We hope so!

Tim Cigelske, along with Annie Munkwitz (also known as @TeecycleTim and @bananza) are as close as we get to “Milwaukee Celebrities” on Twitter.

They’re both fun, inspiring, and all-around helpful people who are bartending tonight at Blu.

If you haven’t been to Blu (inside the Pfister Hotel) go there… it’s the best view in the city!

And hey, it’s for charity! They’re part of Team Challenge Wisconsin (@teamchallengewi) Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s endurance training and fundraising program, and it’s great to see Milwaukeeans taking part in it.

Do you want go? Do you want to see who is going? Check out the event on Facebook.

March 31, 2011 · Posted by in misc  

Angry Tissue Box

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Angry Tissue Box

Creativity and fun happen when you make them happen.

I was labeling some DVDs for a client and the label sheet had a number of extra pieces I didn’t need, so I decided to show Jess and Olivia one of my favorite uses for the round center stickers… googly eyes!

I also used a few other label parts to complete the Angry Tissue Box and then shouted something like “Art is where you make it!” before leaving Olivia’s office.

I also saw her grab her phone as I walked away, and later saw this tweet

So remember, even when you’ve got 20 projects to juggle, and deadlines are looming, there’s always a few minutes to take a break and have some fun…

March 31, 2011 · Posted by in art  

Is there really such a thing as bad press? The Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa“, Ina Garten may think so after her highly publicized incident with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Make-A-Wish contacted Garten about meeting six-year-old Enzo Pareda from Oregon. The little boy suffers from leukemia, and would watch the chef from his hospital bed with his mom. Enzo told the organization it was his dream to meet, and spend the afternoon cooking with the celebrated chef. According to the website MailOnline.com, Garten turned down the little boy’s request not once, but twice during a three year period. Both times Garten said she was too busy to meet with the sick child.

The negative backlash for her decision has been incredible, splashed all over the web and even on national news. Garten’s spokesperson says the star tries to help as many groups as possible, but can’t fit everyone in. The little boy’s mom, who’s been blogging about the failed meeting attempts, says her son simply asked “Why doesn’t she want to meet me?”

All the attention has created some good news. Garten is now agreeing to meet little Enzo on the set of her show. Enzo said on his mom’s blog “I still want her as my 1st wish, even if she doesn’t want to meet me.” I’m glad the extra attention is helping a little boy get the day of his dreams.

March 30, 2011 · Posted by in misc  

If you joined us last year for the first ever ‘This Time Tomorrow’ benefit concert, you know you’re in for a good time at this year’s event. Cory’s foundation, This Time Tomorrow, is hosting its second annual benefit concert on Saturday, April 9, 2011—and there’s still time to buy your ticket! Get ready for an amazing night of song, spirit and inspiration in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Cory and the foundation’s co-founder Tony Goff will be raising money for LLS, while guests enjoy music, food, auctions and more.

The “dress to impress” event, to be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, will feature a private concert with the music of Billy Joel performed by “52nd Street,” and an acoustic performance by Joe Wray. It also will include a special performance of the song, “This Time Tomorrow,” which was written to raise money for LLS.

There also will be live and silent auctions at the event, with proceeds benefiting LLS. Many incredible prizes are available, including a luxury cruise on Lake Michigan and a round of golf with Hollywood actor C. Thomas Howell, of TNT’s ‘Southland’ and who will be appearing in the next Spiderman movie in summer 2012. There also will be a grand red carpet entrance, gourmet tapas from one of Milwaukee’s top chefs, wine and cheese tasting by Wine Maniacs, gift bags and more.

The doors open at 7 pm and tickets are on sale now for $100 per person. They can be purchased online or at the door, and special group packages are available with discounted rates. More details on the benefit concert.

March 29, 2011 · Posted by in misc  

I was sitting in my office yesterday, browsing some tweets, when I noticed one from Mashable about a little marketing stunt by Kraft. Tweeps had the chance to get their tweets turned into a commercial. Three would be chosen, with one very lucky ad to be shown on TBS during Conan and Lopez Tonight. I, of course, wanted my 30 seconds of fame so I went ahead and posted the following tweet:

Needless to say, five minutes later I had forgotten about the whole thing and didn’t care to investigate whether my genius tweet had been chosen or not.

Imagine my surprise when Kevin, one of our Art Directors, walks into my office this morning with a story to tell me… his BROTHER’s tweet was chosen for one of the ads!

“He had tweeted it Sunday night, without even knowing about Kraft turning tweets into ads,” Kevin said.

Although Colin Deval‘s tweet was not the one chosen to be shown on TBS, it is one of three featured on the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Facebook page.

Congrats, Colin… I’m jealous!

March 29, 2011 · Posted by in misc  

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