60 minutes of spy games: My (failed) mission to escape Escape MKE -...
Getting locked in a room and having to solve puzzles and find clues in order to escape while an ominous clock ticks down is not usually a sign things are going well. But that's exactly the experience I, along with four of my friends, signed up for recently at Escape MKE. Escape MKE, which officially opened last Friday at 3333 N. Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa, is the latest entrant in the growing trend of called escape rooms. Over the past few years, the interactive game has become an international sensation, playfully locking people up across Asia and Europe. "I took a three-month trip around the world last year, and I did something similar to this in Athens," Ames recalled. It was only a matter of time before the game made its way across the oceans and landed here, causing a stir in cities like Los Angeles and New York. And now it's made it to Milwaukee, with Escape MKE marking the second newly opened location in the city – the other, Escape Chambers, found in Grand Avenue – locking away folks for fun. "Honestly, it's a puzzle, and how long have those things been around. The premise is fairly simple: A small group of people, usually around four to 10, gets locked in a room.
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Reverberation: The Beck Sessions - SPIN
But instead of getting small, Beck and his gorgeous backstage playmates are going through growth spurts. Cosimo, Beck’s four-year-old son, is crazy talkative and has more bounce in his step than a Timbaland bass line. Beck’s daughter, Tuesday, barely one, is still all gurgles, but she made her Berlin stage debut a week ago, her tiny eardrums protected by massive cans as she crawled among the monitors while Dad powered through “New Pollution. Beck is experiencing new sensations, too. It’s the final record in his deal with the Universal Music Group—a business relationship that has endured for 14 years—and his future as a slicing-and-dicing track master, popping-and-locking showman, and icon of cultural cool is emphatically up... At 38, Beck is more than a decade past his smirking commercial peak—1996’s double-platinum bricolage masterpiece Odelay —but arguably in only the earliest phase of his emergence as a mature songwriter and recording artist. Coproduced by Beck and Gnarls Barkley soundscaper Danger Mouse (a. k. a. Brian Burton), Modern Guilt percolates on the surface with sonic pleasures but haunts subliminally with a very dark portrait of paranoia, weariness, and societal ills. And only two weeks into an eight-week tour of Europe and the U. S. , Beck has had it with the bus.
Portable classrooms just part of the overcrowding issue at Gulf Shores...
But in parts of Baldwin County, within scant miles of luxurious condominiums and million-dollar homes, students as young as kindergartners are made to traverse the outside elements with no protection or supervision other than the classroom "buddy"... These are the "cottage kids," the thousands of students inhabiting about 100 portable classrooms throughout the Baldwin school system because there's nowhere within the brick-and-mortar structures for them. And they have become the poster children for the upcoming property tax referendum that could fund $350 million in new and improved schools over the next decade. At Gulf Shores Elementary - which has arguably the "worst" issue with portables, utilizing 11 in total - the entire third-grade class and most of the second-graders are in structures the faculty have decorated and renamed "cottages" and decorated... To some, it may seem like putting lipstick on a pig, but the teachers say they do it so the kids won't see their "temporary" classroom space as any different from those inside the school. Overcrowding is an issue throughout the Baldwin County school system, which has seen enrollment skyrocket over the last decade while funding has steadily decreased.