The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: March 27

We recommend a Renaissance Theaterworks show, an exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum, pastries and more.

1. Eat a Provençal Baked Good


Last week, our senior editorial designer Susan Evenson brought some treats to the office from Boulangerie du Monde (W62 N588 Washington Ave., Cedarburg). One of them – called a gibassier – got the most attention. The sweet yeast bread coated in caster sugar is made with butter and olive oil. The latter makes sense in a baked good from Provence, where olives are abundant. What’s compelling about this creation is its flavor profile – an amalgam of orange and black licorice.  The anise seed really comes across, and while these small breads are on the dry side, they were a big hit with our staff.

Photo by Ann Christenson

2. See Tidy


This play starts out with a woman trying to find happiness by following the tips in Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but takes a drastic turn as she unravels a troubling mystery. Set in a dystopian world ruined by environmental disaster, this one-woman show follows a smart, witty and entertaining librarian, who also writes detective books. Catch the play during its run through April 16. But I highly recommend stopping in on wine Wednesday, when you’re offered a free glass at the door. Stay tuned for a full review later this week on

Cassandra Bissell as The Detective in Renaissance Theaterworks’ TIDY; Photo by Ross Zentner



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4. Become One in Everlasting Peace with the MSO’s Brahms v. Radiohead


This weekend, March 31-April 1, The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is putting on a concert that immediately sparked my interest. The orchestra will combine classical composer Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony with Radiohead’s seminal 1997 album OK Computer, in what I imagine will be an intensely unique performance. I adore Radiohead with the kind of absurd passion that only an odd-looking, painfully lonely man can muster. In fact, I even wrote a 5,000-word-long ranking of what I believe to be the band’s top 60 songs. (I’ve linked said article here just in case you’re a masochist and would like to read it.) So it’s fair to say this MSO performance has me excited. As of right now, tickets are still available. It sounds like an awesome time for any Radiohead maniacs like me.

3. Check Out “Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980”


Last week I had the chance to check out the Milwaukee Art Museum’s latest exhibition “Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980.” This exhibition is filled with hundreds of unexpected delights. Of course, there are the recognizable Scandi furniture designs and clothing pieces, but there’s also a Viking punch bowl, a massive tapestry of Norse women riding swans, and a car – how they got it in the doors, I’m still wondering. See it for yourself while the show is still on view through July 23.

“Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980” at the Milwaukee Art Museum; Photo by Alli Watters

5. Vote in Milwaukee Magazine’s Beer Bracket


This week marks the final round of Milwaukee Magazine‘s Beer Bracket. The competition is down to two local favorites: Third Space’s Happy Place and Lakefront’s Riverwest Stein. As an editor at this fine publication, I refuse to play favorites between the two brews – but you absolutely should. Click here to vote for your favorite, and check back next Monday, April 3 to see which won. Now I’d like to end this recommendation with a poetic quote from singer-songwriter Dan Reeder that I often reflect on: “I drink beer to improve my mind / End the war / Help mankind / Through these dark and trying times / Hey, batter-batter-batter / Hey, batter, hey / Swing, batter, swing, hey / Swing away.”