The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: March 7

Pizza, coffee and an amazing bar make our list of picks.

1. Imbibe at the Drunken Cobra

CHRIS DROSNER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

There’s something essential but hard to pin down about a good bar that separates it from a good cafe or a good restaurant. I’m going to call it an edge here, and this 2-year-old East Tosa haunt has it. That edge is close to dirty, but that’s not quite it; this bar is sparkling clean. It’s not quite raunchy or dangerous, though there are at least elements it may have of that, and I’ve never felt unsafe or uncomfortable at the friendly Cobra. I don’t really know what it is, but like to drink at places with it. This joint has it. 6818 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

2. Watch Nightmare Alley

ARCHER PARQUETTE, MANAGING EDITOR

Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the 1947 noir flick hit streaming services recently and is now available on HBO Max and Hulu. It’s pretty great. Bradley Cooper delivers an increasingly unhinged performance. Del Toro’s visual style is, as always, top-notch. And despite being two hours and 20 minutes long, the plot moves with expert pacing that prevents a minute’s boredom. Also, the ending is great. So far, I’ve only seen four of the Best Picture nominees (this, The Power of the Dog, Dune, and Don’t Look Up), but this one is absolutely my favorite of them.


 

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3. Eat… Pizza

ANN CHRISTENSON, SENIOR DINING EDITOR

There are many spots in the area to get good Milwaukee-style thin-crust pizza. The other night, location led me to Calderone Club in Fox Point (8001 N. Port Washington Rd.) for their pies with a sweet sauce and crackery base – what the menu calls a Neapolitan thin-crust. The margherita, dotted with monster-size fresh basil leaves, was light yet sturdy. The Calderone special on the same crust, with plentiful, well-seasoned hunks of sausage, was exceptional, too. Calderone Fox Point also does a thicker “pinsa Romana” crust, only in 12-inch size, that’s on my radar for a repeat visit.

 4. Watch “Jeen-Yuhs”

ARCHER PARQUETTE, MANAGING EDITOR

Netflix’s three-part documentary on the one and only Kanye West finished its run last Friday. When Kanye was just a semi-well-known Chicago producer, he met Coodie, a standup comic and local TV presenter. Coodie was so struck by Kanye that he started filming him and followed him to New York as he pursued his dreams of a rap career. The first two episodes, following Kanye as he makes the instant classic album, The College Dropout, are delightful. The intimate footage is full of absolute gems, like Kanye rapping the entire first verse of “All Falls Down” for uninterested receptionists at Roc-a-Fella Records. Part three, on the other hand, takes a turn toward the upsetting. After the death of Kanye’s mother, we witness Kanye’s ongoing issues with mental health up close. After those two episodes full of inspiration and success, it’s uncomfortable and painful to watch him struggle, so much so that Coodie stops filming repeatedly during Kanye’s more manic moments. All in all, the documentary is a powerhouse and an absolute must-watch for any fan.

5. Grab a Coffee at La Finca Coffee House

ALLI WATTERS, EDITOR, DIGITAL AND CULTURE

Walk into this little coffee house and you’ll be greeted with the sweet smell of warm tortillas. That comes from the delicious variety of burritos on the menu, but the really must-order items here are the Mexico-inspired flavored coffees, mochas and lattes. Plus the little coffee shop has a pretty great view of Lake Michigan. 

La Finca Coffee House
Photo courtesy of Kristine Hansen

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