Say “Plus One” to support LGBT youth

Make a difference with your dollars! This year’s PrideFest Plus One campaign honors Pathfinders Q-BLOK for its relentless commitment to LGBT youth. [Read more…]

Sandra Bernhard -Sunday June 8, -7PM- Miller Lite Mainstage


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New Improved Sandy…

Sandra Bernhard- A compelling performer who loves to engage her audience with personal provocative and deeply emotional content.

Sandra is a sports fanatic -Detroit Lions & Tigers. Venus and Serena Williams inspire her to take it to the limit. Her dog George, a rescue from Tennessee is a constant source of joy. Travel abroad, Morocco, Paris, London Rome – inspiring. Delicious food, free range, sustainable, farm to table is a passion. The word that best describes her lifestyle is Schawazee! On the move, a fastidious housekeeper, folder of laundry and organizer keeps her on point. Fashion comes into play but does not rule her in any way. Short car trips up the California coast clear her mind, but she keeps a New York state most of all. Up late up early. Humming whistling and on the move.

Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.

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Her first one-woman show, the groundbreaking Without You I’m Nothing, ran for 6 months off-Broadway in 1988 and served as inspiration for the film and Grammy-nominated album of the same name. The critically acclaimed I’m Still Here… Dammit! opened off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special. The New York Times described Bernhard as a “living, breathing bonfire” and applauded the show, calling it “an angst driven, foul-mouthed, poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion.” In 2006, Bernhard’s Everything Bad and Beautiful also opened to raves. “Give the dame her due, it’s invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.” (New York Times, 6/06) Her most recent show, I Love Being Me, Don’t You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in Los Angeles. The album version of the show was released on Rooftop Records last fall, and she has been touring it with since. “She has chutzpah to spare, but it’s her articulate intelligence that earns our attention … It’s [her] combination of glamour and accessibility that accounts for Bernhard’s enduring appeal,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.

Sandra B-Mirror-2From 1991-1996 Bernhard played Nancy Bartlett—the first openly gay character on a network sitcom—on Roseanne. And she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them: Good Christian Belles, Hot in Cleveland, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: SVU, Will&Grace, The Sopranos, The L Word, Ally McBeal, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Richard Pryor Show. She has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman and has been a regular guest of Howard Stern’s since the early ‘80s.

Bernhard’s film credits include Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics, Nicholas Roeg’s Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare.

Bernhard’s music albums include: I’m Your Woman (Polygram, 1986), Excuses for Bad Behavior (Epic, 1994) and the world music album Whatever It Takes (Mi5). She has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters. Other notable performances include her participation in the Stormy Weather Benefit, the Rainforest Benefit, and The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares. “She has musicality to die for,” the L.A. Times wrote recently, “a voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness that can compellingly reinterpret the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” or just go nuts with “Lady Marmalade.”

Bernhard has also written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love, Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow,1998). Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy.

“A performer of stunning originality. Funny but foxy, super smart and slightly mad!” (WCBS) Bernhard’s live performances are a thrilling hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret. “The experience is like hanging out with a hip and funny friend who never fails to lift you up with her outrageous freedom.” (Los Angeles Times, 8/11)

 

Saturday, June 8: Lucky Tomaszek

pridefest_milwaukee_lucky_tomaszekLucky Tomaszek takes the stage Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 p.m. [Read more…]

Are you ready to RISE at PrideFest Milwaukee?

Tickets are NOW ON SALE at the lowest prices of the season! [Read more…]

Volunteer info 2019

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for one of the largest and most dynamic Pride festivals in the nation. PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 will be even greater with your help.

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If you have any questions, please contact your Volunteer team at volunteer@pridefest.com

General Areas of Volunteer Responsibilities :

Security Patrol– Patrol the festival, and report any issues to team captain. Scan bags at the gate. Assist with security access at various gates and stages. This position requires Volunteer to be 18 or older.

Accessibility Assistant– assist festival attendees with mobility around the grounds.

Ticket Taker- Scan tickets with hand-held scanning device and welcome PrideFest patrons as they enter the festival grounds

Information Booth Assistant– Assist patrons with general festival information, including grounds directions, ATM locations, restrooms, and  First Aid locations, as well as entertainment schedules, and any last minute announcements.

ID Checker – Check patron ID’s for drinkable age and issuing wrist bands. This position requires Volunteer to be 18 or older.

Dispatch Assistant – Help within the dispatch office, responding to radio calls and directing those calls to appropriate staff. This position requires STRONG communication experience.

Entertainment Assistant – Assist the Stage Manager with entertainment-related tasks on and off the various stages.

Set-up & Tear Down Helper – Assist our Production Team in setting-up and tearing down our festival. This position requires heaving lifting, upwards of 50 Ibs. (extra perks come with this position)

Food & Beverage Assistant – Assist in keeping the bars stocked with all needed supplies. Other tasks as assigned by F&B Manager. This position requires Volunteer to be 21 or older.


Perks of  volunteering:ticket scanners-1
  • One T-Shirt to keep for all your hard work! T-shirts must not be altered, cut, dyed, stained, or altered in any form or fashion while performing the duties of a volunteer.
  • One food ticket per shift, for use with any food vendor.
  • Water and snacks provided!
  • High-fives and THANK YOU’s from the entire Milwaukee Pride Inc./PrideFest Milwaukee Leadership Team! We truly appreciate all your hard work!
What should you expect when Volunteering:
  • Orientation is a REQUIREMENT. If you’re unable to attend, you are unable to volunteer.
  • Shifts are a minimum of 4 hours, with a 15-minute break.
  • Parking is not included.
  • Bring comfortable shoes for walking and standing.
  • Wear appropriate, work-related, yet comfortable clothing.
  • A secure place to store your belongings will not be available. Please do not bring excessive items along during your shift.

All volunteers are expected to attend our Volunteer Orientation meeting prior to the festival and may be asked to participate in a training session with PrideFest Security Department


Be sure to follow us on facebook for up to date festival info and announcements. https://www.facebook.com/mkepride/

PrideFest Plus One honors our next-generation LGBTQ leaders

plusone_uwmlgbtmkeGive “plus one” this year for the UWM LGBT Resource Center! [Read more…]

PrideFest Milwaukee wants to hear from you

Share your experience — and help us build a better festival for 2019!
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Milwaukee Pride donates over $23,000 to mission-critical causes

pridefest_milwaukee_pride_givesbackPride Gives Back Night honors LGBTQ community cornerstones

In honor of PrideFest 2018, the largest LGBTQ event in Wisconsin history, the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors has disbursed over $23,000 in financial donations, scholarships and gifts to local causes, including:

All beneficiaries, as well as the general public, are invited to Pride Gives Back Nighton Wednesday, August 22 at Rock Bottom Brewery (740 N. Plankinton Ave.) This special tapping event offers a cash bar and snacks, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting PrideFest 2019.  The event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome.

“While PrideFest may be our marquee event, the ability to generate financial support for other LGBTQ community organizations and programs is how we continue to bring people and efforts together all year long,” said Wes Shaver, president of Milwaukee Pride, Inc.  “We touched 45,000 lives at PrideFest 2018.  We hope that, by giving back to these critical local programs, we can touch 45,000 more before PrideFest 2019.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased to see so many deserving groups be awarded!”

Milwaukee Pride’s mission statement makes firm commitments to the LGBTQ community: to developing future leaders, to improving access to services, to celebrating our history and heritage, to creating learning, networking and activation opportunities. In fall 2018, Milwaukee Pride will assume custodial stewardship of the Wisconsin LGBT History Project as an outreach program of the organization.

This year’s community donations of $23,655 reflect a 48% increase over last year’s reinvestment of $16,000.  This is the largest single sum ever donated by Milwaukee Pride, Inc. / PrideFest Milwaukee.

Diverse & Resilient: local champion of community health

This year’s PrideFest Plus One campaign raised a record-breaking $6,100 in community donations, which were matched by the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors for a grand total donation of $12,200.

“Diverse and Resilient is thrilled to not only be the recipient of the Plus One donations, but to have Milwaukee Pride match all of the donations from the community,” said Gerry Coon, executive director of Diverse & Resilient.

“This is fantastic,” said Kathy Flores, D&R’s LGBTQ Anti-Violence program manager.  “This means that we can expand our LGBTQ youth campaign that reminds them that they are beautiful, loved and worthy just as they are.  It is so important that LGBTQ young people know this during these difficult times.”

Coon added “Milwaukee Pride and PrideFest are treasures in the Milwaukee and larger LGBTQ community.  We always know that no matter what is going on in the world, Milwaukee Pride and PrideFest will give us a reason and place to celebrate the beautiful and loving community we are.”

PrideFest Plus One nominations are currently being accepted for the 2019 festival season. The 2019 PrideFest Plus One honoree will be announced in January.

PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 dates will be announced in August.

Sponsors:  email us to schedule a meeting!

Volunteerssign up today to get involved!

Community Organizers, Entertainers, Marketplace merchants, Food & Beverage vendorsemail us and join the community experience!

Pride Gives Back donates $23,000 to critical local causes

pridecontest_milwaukeeprideEvery dollar you spend at PrideFest has an impact on LGBTQ Milwaukee.

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2018 Meet & Greet: Jussie Smollett

2018 Meet & Greet: Spencer Ludwig

2018 Meet & Greet: Spencer Ludwig

Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 Meet & Greet: Jojo

2018 Meet & Greet: Jojo

Saturday, June 9