The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Jan. 23

This week we recommend Museum Days, HYBYCOZO’s “Lightfield” and more.

1. Explore Lightfield in Cathedral Square


Do you like lights? What about fields? Both, you say! Well, do I have the art installation for you. HYBYCOZO, a renowned artistic duo whose work has been featured around the globe, just opened Lightfield, a major installation in Cathedral Square Park. Their work takes geometric principles, ratios and patterns and applies them to large-scale lanterns and sculptures with elaborate shapes and shifting, colorful lights. It’s a sight to behold. Lightfield will be on display until May 5, so you have plenty of time to check it out.

“Lightfield” by HYBYCOZO; Photo by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox; Courtesy of Discovery Green

2. Make the Most of Museum Days


Last year, I was foolish and I didn’t make the most of Visit Milwaukee’s Museum Days. Thankfully, it’s back and I have an opportunity to right my wrongs. The week features discounts, and even free admission at nearly 30 of Milwaukee’s musuems. The benefits of this exhibition are two-fold, because we Wisconsinites love a good deal – but it also brings crowds to these cultural havens during the slower months of the year. I for one plan to stop by quite a few. Read about all of the discounts here.

Milwaukee Art Museum; Photo by Visit Milwaukee

3. Build the LEGO Flower Bouquet 


Admittedly, it was an impulse buy. I saw colorful flowers, I saw LEGOs and I hit “add to cart.” And oh my goodness – I’m so glad I did! This LEGO set not only was just the hands-on, screen-free Friday night activity that I needed last weekend, but it also has brightened up my home so much during these gloomy winters days. As someone who doesn’t have a ton of LEGO experience (I wasn’t that type of nerd as a kid… just other types of nerd), I found the directions easy to follow and execute, and I was so pleased with how it turned out. Now I just need to keep myself from buying more of the sets from the LEGO Botanical collection

LEGO Flower Bouquet set; Photo by Brianna Schubert

4. Make a Pot of Chili


I love a good chili. I especially love it when I make a pot of chili over the weekend and have plenty for lunches during the week. Which is exactly what I just did. I might even be eating chili as I write this. I might be eating chili when you read this. Taking a healthier approach this time around, I used ground turkey instead of beef. The late French chef Pierre Franey has a good recipe that I modified a bit – I used fire-roasted canned tomatoes for the smokiness and crushed red pepper instead of jalapeños. Sour cream, a little shredded cheddar and diced avocado are my go-to toppings. Sometimes I’ll run across a small bag of oyster crackers in the cupboard and I’ll throw them on as well!

Photo by Ann Christenson

5. Order Two Beers at Once


I know this is not exactly a revolutionary idea, but it felt like it was when I was poring over the extensive beer menu at Doc’s Commerce BBQ downtown last weekend. Yes, I wanted Revolution Brewing’s massive Straight Jacket barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. When I see that beer, I buy that beer. But, I’m eating barbecue here, so I need something light and fizzy and refreshing to scrub the palate as well. That would be a New Glarus Moon Man. Am I really going to finish the barleywine before the food comes out? I wondered. Probably not. And then, the brilliance, like a bolt from beer heaven: Get both. Right off the bat. I did it, and my server did not side-eye me about it or make a double-fisting joke, and the tandem was exactly as functional and delicious as I’d hoped. You should break the chains of convention and do it too, at least if you were going to have two beers with dinner anyway.