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It’s Official! Local Trolley’s New Digs

Local Trolley keeps rolling along into its second year, it’s Local Trolley’s One Year Anniversary! Kicking out a post a week was a good start, 2012 will brings big plans… the first, Local Trolley dropped the wordpress domain and know its plain old local

You exited? You should be! I am!

Volume 3 just wrapped up, take peak at the table of contents of Volume 1, 2 and 3 in the Local Trolley Archive! I know you love reading (and re-reading) about Milwaukee!!

A Message from the Author, L.S. Trolley

Local Trolley’s first six months has gone really fast, almost faster than this summer. It’s an unbelievable experience to get to know new people and share my secret passion of writing with you, and I’m just getting started!!!

The response to Local Trolley has far exceeded my expectations, and You, the readers, have witting or unwittingly fed my desire to indulge in written gallivanting and debauchery. So to commemorate, I want to share some of my favorite pieces thus far at this semi-annual milestone.

Mostly Mammals and Minds, J.M. Kohler Art Center
Although not in Milwaukee, I had a phenomenal time at the J.M. Kohler Art Center and their current exhibit Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts looks at the transformation of memories into art. Of interest to me is that an art center the caliber of the J.M. Kohler space would feature works that were not designed for exhibition, but rather were just commandeered visual creations of savants. Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts is on display until December.

Use out of the useless at MAM After Dark, feats by Chakaia Booker
While MAM AfterDark welcomed the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition, another was closing in the adjacent Baumgartner Galleria. Chakaia Booker’s works of industrial art posed in the galleria as an interesting juxtaposition of artist philosophies: the moving away and building out mind set of Wright, versus her conservationist urban rejuvenation mind set. Booker nearly tends towards artisan craft-person, and certainly is a industrial artist. Her works in my opinion would make good extended art excursion to chase down.

The End, Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman and
August in the Powerhouse Theater, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater had an outstanding season in 2010-11, delivering musicals in their production line for the first time with Cabaret and to a lesser extent Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Under Mark Clements, The Rep takes chances now that it hadn’t in the past, and it literally is paying off. Local Trolley didn’t write about all the productions but 39 Steps and The Rep’s intern ensemble shorts were also very good.

Retrospective: Sleeping in the Aviary
Covering the Sleeping in the Aviary show at the Borg Ward, served as one of my transitional efforts from Local Trolley’s old block Sane Artworks Blog. I’ve allowed my writing to grow-up a little bit since then but I really had fun covering this very talented act’s performance. They also happen to have a show coming up in Milwaukee (September 10th at the Power Plant) and are dropping an new album You and Me, Ghost September 6th (you can pre-order it here).

Retrospective: Levine and Heimerl, Handmade Nation
Originally appearing on the Sane Artworks Blog, my review of the world premiere of the craft culture documentary Handmade Nation really sparked my flame for wanting to found an e-zine. Covering this event also re-kindled my love affair with Milwaukee, as I had only moved back about 6 months or so prior when the premiere happened. Levine and Heimerl’s work went on to travel around the world, and it’s home base was here in little Ole Milwaukee. The creative world tends to focus on the big markets, but everything is possible anywhere.

Big Thank-ee!
Thanks for reading, to everybody who even accidentally clicked the link to the Local Trolley publication! Feel free to check out the Archives Volume 1 and Volume 2 to peruse for more interesting who, whats, and wheres.

If by any chance you are interested in submitting content (not just from Milwaukee), feel free to contact Local Trolley via twitter or email!

Pens and Keys,

L.S. Trolley

Barbecue Exclusive, Local Trolley T-Bone Steak

Two months separate cook-out enthusiasts from the next opportune Holiday, but surely in Milwaukee another reason to strike up the grill materializes in the meantime. By then, you will be ready for something other than burgers and brats so you can take this T-Bone Steak recipe for a whirl, Local Trolley’s version of the mid-south classic vinegar-based sauce.

Local Trolley Grilled T-Bone Steak

Local Trolley Sauce
Slathering a favorite BBQ sauce atop and searing the meat of choice is one way to get from prep to plate. Even if you’re not vegan, you should find that preparation disrespectful to a good cut of Steak. Steak deserves pampering and stately treatment before you devour it. Invented over Independence Day 2011, the Local Trolley Sauce recipe makes two T-Bone Steaks.

Combine in a large metal bowl:
8 oz of Apple Cider Vinegar
5 Tbsp (heaped) of garlic pepper
5 Tbsp (heaped) of Old Bay Seasoning (found in most spice isles of the grocery store)
4 Tbsp of your favorite BBQ sauce (optional)

The sauce will be a pretty deep red and very liquidy. Stir and agitate, mixing well all the ingredients and set aside.

The T-Bone Steak
T-Bone, the great upper mid-grade beef cut, has a thick cut and a nice fat trim. Remember that the fat generates the flavor of the meat. Look for a cut with a generous fat trim around the edges and fat marbled within the meat. This is a cookout not North Shore Bistro.

Prepping the T-Bone:
Shake the garlic pepper 12 inches above the T-Bone to create an ample, but reasonable, even dusting over the surface of the meat. Repeat this process with the Old Bay Seasoning. After both seasonings cover side one of the T-Bone, firmly message in the seasonings into the loins. Flip and repeat dusting and message of side two of the T-bone.

T-Bone meets Local Trolley Sauce
Bathe the seasoned and messaged T-Bone in the metal bowl filled with Local Trolley Sauce. Place T-Bone in a large heavy-duty freezer bag and pour the remaining Local Trolley Sauce in the freezer bag with the T-Bone. Seal and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. If you make two T-Bones you may want to jostle or turn the freezer bag at least once so that both steaks get equal amounts of time submerged in the marinade.

Grills are Hot
The day of your cookout get your grill going, charcoal or gas. For charcoal grills, build up coal on one side of the grill so that you create a high heat and lower heat zone. For gas grills set your gauges so that the flame is medium low. The idea for barbecuing the Local Trolley T-Bone is to cook it long, slow and well-done over medium low indirect heat.

Once the charcoal is ready usually about 20 minutes, place the T-Bone on the low heat portion of the grill, close and let cook, turning the T-Bone every 20 minutes until charring the fat trim. For gas grills, the warming rack is a good place to give the T-Bone the required dosage of indirect heat. Place T-Bone on the warming rack and turn every 30 minutes until charring the fat trim. Drizzling excess Local Trolley Sauce on the steaks periodically will help you keep and eye on them.

The bone of the T-Bone should begin pulling away from the steak’s loin when it’s ready. Slap the steaks down on a plate, let cool, for however long you can resist, and start hacking chunks of meat. You’ll want this meal for breakfast lunch or dinner.


Now You’re on the Trolley

Local Trolley blog is the result of a planned schism of the Sane Artworks Blog. Frankly, how long can Artworks stay Sane anyway? Sane Artworks did some quality galloping and finding, so before moving on there will be a retrospective of some of the highlights of the Sane Artworks blog related to events and happenings.

Local Trolley will focus on sights, sounds, tastes, and vibes of Milwaukee primarily. Since local is where you are in the moment, inevitably there will be posts that take you outside of the 414 area code.