The details of my appearance in Milwaukee have firmed up! I will be speaking at the Stag Barbershop on Saturday, November 12 from 3pm to 5pm. Stag Barbershop is located at 3064 S. Delaware Ave. There is a $20 fee to attend the event, but each person will receive a goodie bag with enough stuff to more than make up for it. There will also be a “happy hour” with food and drink. My presentation is titled “What Your Father Didn’t Teach You About Shaving” and I’ll be talking about both basic concepts and advanced techniques (with a Q&A). Jess from Stag will be discussing (and showing) the difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut. Call 414.489.7824 to reserve a spot–space is limited and seats filling are up fast. The event is sponsored by Stag, OnMilwaukee.com (check out the cool write up they did about it a couple days ago), The Brass Rooster, PBR and Old Milwaukee, Hector’s Mexican Restaurant, and Baxter of California, and with support from the Pfister Hotel.
This will be an interesting trip for me. Although I have done shaving videos for a few years now, and I have made presentations at professional conferences (not related to shaving), I have never combined the two like this. Plus there is the added factor of a “homecoming.” I was born and raised in Wisconsin–about 35 miles west of Milwaukee, as a matter of fact. I moved away after college in the ’80s and while I would occasionally return for a visit, it has been about ten years since the last time I was in the area. It will be interesting to see what has changed–and what hasn’t changed–and possibly visit with some relatives I have not seen for a while.
I admit to being both excited and nervous about the event. I hope I can communicate not only the “nuts and bolts” aspects about shaving but also the real pleasure that can be found in applying the skills. There is something about applying warm, fragrant lather and skillfully getting a close, comfortable shave that is almost like…meditation. Here is a chance to spend a small part of your day doing something that you look forward to–an indulgence that you don’t have to feel guilty about–while most others view it as an annoying, painful process because they just don’t know any better.
If you find yourself in the Milwaukee area next month I hope you will stop by.