The best things to do this week, according to our editors: January 17

1. Listen to the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.


Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of this incredible man’s birthday. Milwaukee is celebrating with an in-person and virtual event at the Marcus Performing Arts Center that honors students across the city who have submitted artwork, speeches and performances to his lyrics. This year, I will also take the time to listen and reflect on his speeches. Of course, I will listen to “I Have a Dream”, but also some of its lesser-known nuggets. Find a list of some of them here.

2. Discover amorphous beer


I recently visited the brand new brewery in Milwaukee and came away impressed. Amorphic (3700 N. Fratney St.) is housed in a former machine shop in Riverwest, just a block from Gathering Place Brewing, and its motto “formless beer” alludes to the dislike of the co-owner and brewer chief Ron Hockersmith for the rigid styles that traditionally describe and delineate what beer is. You’ll find plenty of IPAs in various shapes and sizes, as well as a Czech dark beer, a saison, and And the Horse You Rode in On, a hibiscus and cactus fruit kettle sour that was my favorite surprise from my visit. The warm and welcoming dining room is mostly made of Cream City brick and wood bathed in the soft light of Edison bulbs, but beer is also available to go, in packs of four cans.

Photo by Chris Drosner

3. Choose good takeaways


Many of us are getting used to eating out at restaurants again. And our catering establishments need our business so badly. The other night, I feasted on a medley of wonders from Dandan (360 E. Erie St.), the Chinese-American spot in the Third Ward. I focused on the dim sum and dumplings sections of the menu, hitting the jackpot with the Sichuan pork dumplings, smashed cucumbers, Thai pork salad with crispy rice, and mung bean kimchee pancake. So good that I still think of them.

Photo Via DanDan Facebook

4. View MALA


My cousin, Rána Roman, plays in the Milwaukee Chamber Theater and Latino Arts one-woman show MALA. I was able to attend the preview, and I can tell you that it is a thought-provoking, darkly funny and deeply moving show. The screenplay features sharp writing that tells the story of a grown daughter struggling to meet the unpredictable demands of caring for her aging mother. Opening night for the full production is Friday.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Chamber Theater

5. Grab a Margherita pizza at Pizza Man


The other day I was called to attend to some business. I ordered a date with my associates Vincenzo and Big Lou. Vincenzo wanted this friendly meeting to be held in a public place in order to avoid any potentially unpleasant outcome. He chose Pizza Man on Downer Ave. The atmosphere was nice, but I’m not a man who cares about atmosphere. My concern is business. And also pizza. I ordered a “Pizza Man Margherita”. My taste buds now sleep with the fish – in a good way. The pizza was really good, and I recommend it. Vincenzo would do, but coincidentally, he just happens to be no longer available to make recommendations.

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris



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