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The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Jan. 3

The Matrix is back, snow makes Milwaukee’s parks a winter playground and more this week in Milwaukee.

1. Watch the new Matrix Movie

CHRIS DROSNER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Let me preface this brief review by saying that I am a fan of The Matrix movies. Even, I guess, the mostly incomprehensible closer of the original trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions. So I was pretty excited about The Matrix: Resurrections, though I am well aware of the challenges in trying to follow that act nearly 20 years later. But I really do I think Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves and company pulled this one off. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie reference itself or its previous iterations as much as this one does, but by centering the Neo-Trinity love story, Resurrections gives your brain at least a little bit of a break – and the fighting remains cool (no matter the flimsy internal logic), and the action scenes remain over-the-top and pulse-pounding. Reeves brings an appropriate world-weariness to Neo, and you really feel his chemistry with Carrie Anne Moss’ Trinity. (In theaters and streaming on HBO Max)

2. Go Cross Country Skiing

ALLISON GARCIA, DIGITAL EDITOR

We finally have snow! And while I know many Wisconsinites don’t embrace the powdery white sky droppings,  to me it opens up the door to fun winter activities. This week, I got to go cross country skiing at Whitnall Park. The powder was fresh, the path was clearly marked by the skiers who beat me there and the weather was perfect. The next time we get some fresh snow I recommend making the trek. If you don’t have equipment, you can rent skis, poles and shoes in the park clubhouse.

Photo by Allison Garcia

 

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3. See Toni Stone

ANN CHRISTENSON, SENIOR DINING EDITOR

Duck into the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Toni Stone (Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, Jan. 4-30), which is about the first woman to go pro in baseball’s Negro League. The trailblazer athlete forged a path in a male-dominated sport, and I, for one, am psyched to see what promises to be a riveting show.

Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Rep

4. Get a Burger at Greendale’s Milk Can Diner

ALLISON GARCIA, DIGITAL EDITOR

I’ve been anticipating a Milk Can burger for months. The restaurant was supposed to open in the Greendale Village last April, but was long postponed due to consistent shipping delays. I got the Jack’s Gold Standard Burger served with 2 beef patties, jones bacon, cheddar, ranch cream cheese, onion rings, bbq sauce and a side of fries. Making your mouth water? It should. That burger was amazing and I highly recommend making the trip to get one for yourself. 

Photo by Evan Watters

5. Watch Being the Ricardos

ARCHER PARQUETTE, MANAGING EDITOR

Aaron Sorkin’s new movie about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, possibly the two biggest sitcom stars who have ever lived, is worth the watch. It has flaws (a little too drawn-out, a little too sentimental in parts), but all in all it’s an entertaining and engaging glimpse at a different era in American entertainment, when the idea of someone saying the word “pregnant” on television was a scandal and tens of millions of Americans tuned in at the same time each week.

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