The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Feb. 20

We recommend paczkis, an ABBA concert, good coffee and more.

1. Watch Visit Milwaukee’s “Good Things Brewing”


This past Saturday, I watched the first episode of Visit Milwaukee’s new show, “Good Things Brewing.” The show is hosted by David Caruso, and he talks with different notable Milwaukee residents about why they love Milwaukee and what makes this city so unique and special to them. In the first episode, there was a focus on our city’s food. Caruso talked with Jesus Gonzalez, chef and entrepreneur of Zócalo Food Truck Park, and Paul Bartolotta, chef and co-founder of The Bartolotta Restaurants. It was a great episode (I need to check out the noodle place Gonzalez recommended), and I can’t wait to watch again this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. You can watch on YouTube, or check online to see what local station is airing it near you.  

2. Check Out Skylight’s ABBA Concert


Here we go again! Milwaukee remains as obsessed with ABBA as ever, as well as the go-go boots, sparkly jumpsuits and disco balls associated with the supergroup. In the last year, we’ve seen Skylight Music Theatre’s high-energy production of Mamma Mia!, a dance party called Gimme Gimme Disco at Turner Hall Ballroom and now Skylight is at it again with Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute. Catch the concert on Friday.



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3. Drink Some Purity Coffee


I’m one of those people who looks forward, the night before, to the cup of coffee I’m going to have the following morning. And the cup I’m going to have immediately following it. There are some things I don’t want in my coffee. One is mold – or in this case, mycotoxins (toxins formed by mold). Now toxins are in so many things that we come in contact with that you might think, why bother trying to avoid them? That’s fair. And I’m not sure I would even be mentioning this coffee I just started buying ­– after running across it on Instagram – if it didn’t honestly taste good – smooth and rich. And not bother my stomach, which some coffees do. I’ve been drinking the dark roast which is marketed as “Ease.” This is definitely not a testimonial. Just a PSA if you’re a coffee junkie and looking for a new – and maybe mycotoxin-less – fix.

4. Eat a Pączki on Fat Tuesday


Lent arrives once again this week. For Catholics like myself, it means 40 days of fasting and penance, crying out in the barren desert to purify ourselves and strengthen our wills and spirits. For you non-Catholics, it just means a bunch of bakeries will be serving delicious, jelly-filled pastries on Tuesday. Pączki, the beloved Polish donut, is a Mardi Gras tradition in Milwaukee – and I’m partial to the ones served up at Grebe’s (5132 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis). This Tuesday, Grebe’s is selling a wide lineup of Pączki flavors, some of which sound delicious (sugar-coated raspberry), and some of which sound hilarious (glazed prune). I’ll be grabbing my usual three dozen this year.

5. Meet Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel’s Artist in Residence


If you’re at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel now until August, stop by to say hi to its first-ever artist in residence, the very friendly Jeff Zimpel. He invites visitors to participate in his site-specific installation, Studio Ecology, by “making a mark” with pigments distilled from natural elements like herbs, dirt, rocks and more.