ALLISON GARCIA, DIGITAL EDITOR
Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of this amazing man’s birthday. Milwaukee’s celebrating with an in-person and virtual event at the Marcus Performing Arts Center that honors students from across the city who submitted art, speeches and performances about his words. This year, I’ll be taking the time to listen to and reflect on his speeches, too. Of course, I’ll listen to “I Have a Dream,” but also some of his lesser-known gems. Find a list of some of those, here.
CHRIS DROSNER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
I recently made it over to Milwaukee’s newest brewery 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 “beer without shape” alludes to co-owner and head brewer Ron Hockersmith’s aversion to the rigid styles that traditionally describe and delineate what beer is. You’ll find a lot of IPAs of various shapes and sizes, as well as a Czech dark lager, a saison and And the Horse You Rode in On, a kettle sour with hibiscus and cactus fruit that was my surprise favorite of my visit. The warm and welcoming taproom is mostly Cream City brick and wood bathed in the soft light of Edison bulbs, but beer is available to go as well, in four-packs of cans.
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ANN CHRISTENSON, SENIOR DINING EDITOR
Many of us are getting used to eating restaurant carryout again. And our dining establishments so sorely need our business. The other night I feasted on a medley of marvelousness from Dandan (360 E. Erie St.), the Chinese-American spot in the Third Ward. I focused on the dim sum and dumpling sections of the menu, hitting the jackpot with the Sichuan pork dumplings, smashed cucumbers, Thai pork salad with crispy rice, and mungbean kimchee pancake. So good that I’m still thinking about them.
4. See MALA
ALLISON GARCIA, DIGITAL EDITOR
My cousin, Rána Roman, is starring in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Latino Arts’ one-woman show MALA. I was able to attend the a preview performance, and I can tell you it is a thought-provoking, darkly funny, deeply moving show. The script features sharp writing that tells the story of an adult daughter striving to live up to the unpredictable demands of caregiving her aging mother. Opening night for the full production is Friday.
ARCHER PARQUETTE, MANAGING EDITOR
The other day I was called upon to attend to matters of business. I ordered a sit-down with my associates Vincenzo and Big Lou. Vincenzo wished for this friendly meeting to be held in a public place so as to avoid any potentially unpleasant outcomes. He choose Pizza Man on Downer Ave. The atmosphere was pleasant, but I am not a man who concerns himself with atmosphere. My concern is matters of business. And also pizza. I ordered a “Pizza Man Margherita.” My tastebuds now sleep with the fishes – in a good way. The pizza was really good, and I would recommend it to you. Vincenzo would do, but by complete coincidence, he happens to no longer be available to make recommendations.