The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: April 18

This week we have a musical, Kopp’s custard and more!

1. Pick Up Trash Along Milwaukee’s Rivers


Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s annual spring cleanup is this Saturday, and I can’t recommend this volunteer event enough. It’s supremely satisfying to comb a stretch of Milwaukee’s rivers and getting your hands dirty (metaphorically – Riverkeeper provides gloves) by pulling plastic bags from brush and rescuing bottles from the mud. Depending on your preference, it can be a social or solitary, almost meditative morning. I enjoyed the latter, separating at times from my picking partners to study the water, the path it carves through our city and where it all leads.

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2. Read Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari


Over the past few years, have you found your attention slipping away? Do you try to focus, say, on writing an editor’s pick for a column, and then get twenty different emails, five Microsoft Teams messages, a text and a news alert shattering your attention like a hammer to porcelain. You’re not alone. Johann Hari, a British journalist, dove deep into the problem of our rapidly decreasing capacity to focus and think deeply in a world screaming at us to look everywhere at once. With interviews from dozens of experts on willpower, distraction, sleep, technology and more, Stolen Focus is full of insight into how serious this problem of fractured attention is, both on a personal and societal level. In fact, the book’s so good it inspired me to work on my own attention and try to learn to … hold on … one sec, just gotta respond to this email.

3. Get Frozen Custard


I have vivid memories of going to Kopp’s for a cone or shake when I was in my teens. As an adult, I rarely get there these days, and when I do, ho, it’s an event! For whatever reason, Easter Sunday seemed like an appropriate day for frozen custard, and specifically, the flavor of the day: Bunny Hop. It was a creamy, almost fluffy blend of raspberry custard, Chambord liqueur, chocolate flakes and marshmallow ribbons. So decadent!  

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Join Milwaukee Magazine and Quad for the third-annual Unity Awards Event on March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at GATHER in the Deer District.

4. Get a Haircut


Spring is finally here, which for me means it’s time for my annual snipping. This year, I went for chunky bangs and choppy layers because I was over the blunt cut I’ve been rocking since spring 2021. That paired with a classic balayage makes me feel fresh and fun for the warmer weather that is (hopefully) to come. I go to GRACE. The Beauty Loft (15300 Watertown Plank Rd.), a new spot in Brookfield. It’s run by my longtime hairdresser and friend, Jeana Bujanowski. She’s been cutting my thick mop of hair since before I can remember and I always leave feeling beautiful. 

5. See Titanic The Musical at the Milwaukee Rep


I bought tickets to see Titanic The Musical last September as a birthday gift for my partner, and it was well worth the wait! The show was great, and the singing was so powerful – the solos had the entire room in awe and the ensemble singing in harmony gave me chills. It’s been too long since I’ve heard a 30-person cast singing together like that! The set was extremely well designed and a cohesive part of the show; there were moving walls that looked like a boat, and as the boat sank, parts of the set tilted to give that effect. Overall, it was a fantastic production and I highly recommend catching it before it ends on May 14. 

Titanic: The Musical at the Milwaukee Rep; Photo by Brianna Schubert