The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: May 22

We recommend Valentine Coffee, pizza on the farm, Conway the Machine’s concert and more.

1. See Conway the Machine at Turner Hall Ballroom


Every morning, as I drive to work, I blast rap to pump myself up for the day. “Cop pulled me over in my imported Porsche / He said this car must be a hundred K / I said you forty short.” I rap along, while driving my pre-owned 2006 Mercury Mariner. My favorite artist right now is Conway the Machine, who dropped one of the best albums of the year in 2022, God Don’t Make Mistakes. Conway’s coming to Milwaukee on Saturday to perform at Turner Hall on the heels of his new album, Won’t He Do It. He’s phenomenal – if you have any interest in hip hop at all, you should give him a listen.

2. Go to Pizza on the Farm


Pizza on the Farm is worth the 30-minute drive to East Troy. Grassway Organics (W2716 Friemoth Rd, East Troy) hosts this delightful agritourism event every Friday and Saturday through Sept. 29. There’s live music, farm animals and delicious wood-fired pizza made with fresh ingredients from the farm. I went last week with my family. And we’re not just talking brothers, sisters and parents; there were cousins, uncles, nieces and nephews too. We were a large, loud crew, but there was plenty of space for us to stretch out. The kiddos in the group had an especially fun time. They started playing with each other, and then by the end of the night they had made friends with all of the children who were on the farm and played a massive game of tag.

Cows at Grassway Organics; Photo by Alli Watters


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3. Check Out the Brewers’ Home Stand


I have been watching a lot more baseball this season. A lot has been made about MLB’s new rules – the pitch clock, limiting defensive shifts, bigger bases – but I don’t think it can be undersold how positively impactful these rules have been on the fan experience. Games move quickly – average time of game for a nine-inning affair was 2 hours 38 minutes through May 1, down a full 38 minutes from 2022 – but there also seems to be more urgency, too. We’re not talking playoff-type tension in spring, of course, but the games really feel different, even on TV where I’ve watched so far. I expect that experience in stadium to be even more amplified. And there’s a couple of pretty nice opponents coming into American Family Field this week: the world champion Houston Astros tonight through Wednesday, followed by the San Francisco Giants for four games through Sunday.

American Family Field; Photo by Jami Balicki

4. Get Books and Drink Beer at My Book Swap


I’m hosting a book swap! It’s this Sunday, May 28 from noon to 3 p.m. at Supermoon Beer Co, and it’s free and open to the public. I’m hosting it as my Bookstagram identity, @read_with_bee, and I’m hoping it’ll be a fun way for people who love drinking delicious beer and chatting about books to get together and just have a good time. Just bring a book to swap, and you’ll get to take home a new read. If you stop by, be sure to say hi! 

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5. Spend a Morning at Valentine Coffee


This past week at Milwaukee Magazine, we bid farewell to our spring interns with a goodbye coffee. We spent the early morning at Valentine in the Third Ward, and while I normally detest places with people in them, I have to admit that Valentine was quite nice. It has a calming atmosphere, serves delicious coffee, and boasts a lot of natural light, which was really pleasant on a spring morning. If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a morning java, I would highly recommend. (Our associate digital editor posted an Instagram reel about it, if you want to see footage proving that I was there – I’m the pale man with the gigantic goblin head.)