The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Nov. 14

Check out Foil Arms and Hog at Turner Hall, Pabst Mansion’s Christmas decor and more this week.

1. Stroll Through the Streets of Old Milwaukee’s Holiday Decorations


I’m of the belief that we all need to appreciate the Milwaukee Public Museum and all its grandeur during the few years we have left with it. That’s why last week I did the whole tour with my friends. We started at the top floor and worked our way down – an expert tip to tackling this massive museum and its many exhibits – so that we could save the highlights for the end: Butterflies then the Streets of Old Milwaukee. It was a treat to end our visit with a holiday surprise. MPM has already decked its halls for the holidays. The Streets of Old Milwaukee are ornamented with wreaths, Christmas trees, icicles and more and there’s the sound of carolers singing over the speakers as you pass through.

2. Check Out the Decorations at the Pabst Mansion’s Christmas Opening Reception


This Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Pabst Mansion is unveiling its beloved annual Christmas decorations. The celebration runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and there’ll be champagne, desserts and live music. While I try hard to maintain my reputation as an irritable scumbag, hateful toward all and full of malicious intent, I actually quite enjoy Christmas and the joy it brings – and every year, the Pabst Mansion’s decorations serve as the trumpets heralding the holiday’s impending arrival in Milwaukee. The decorations always strike a tasteful balance between honoring tradition and keeping it fresh, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Pabst folks have in store this year. Tickets to the opening reception are available here

Pabst Mansion Christmas; Photo by Visit Milwaukee



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3. Crack Open a New Cookbook


I need another cookbook like I need more socks – and I have a lot of socks. But here I am with a new cookbook, Erin Jeanne McDowell’s Savory Baking. I love taking the “sweet” out of baking – when appropriate. And there’s a lot of appropriate in McDowell’s book, which includes recipes for smoked salmon breakfast buns, garlic thumbprints with tomato jam, green eggs and ham biscuits, kale and leek strudel, and scores more. I opened the book and it landed me on page 269. Spicy Cheese Crackers. On it! I made the dough – which calls for plenty of butter, two kinds of cheese (parmesan and cheddar) and a bit of cayenne and smoked paprika, and popped it in the freezer – for now. This is a bake I’m looking forward to doing this week, my way of unwinding after work.

Savory Baking by Erin Jeanne McDowell; Photo by Ann Christenson

4. Have a Laugh with Foil Arms and Hog at Turner Hall


I always love Turner Hall events – the small, intimate venue, the more niche acts – so when I heard about an Irish comedy trio coming this Wednesday, I was immediately intrigued. Foil Arms and Hog is a sketch comedy group with a huge online following (they have several viral videos on YouTube!) that does a “mix of scripted sketches, twisted characters, music and the occasional, unintentional improvisation,” according to the event description. Sounds like a fun night to me! The show is on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) at Turner Hall, and it’s friendly to all ages. Tickets are available online

5. Road Trip to Kohler for the Holiday Market


This is by far my favorite holiday market around – and I’ve been to a lot – in part because it’s a tradition for me to go with my mother. Nostolgia aside, this is a great place to get your gift list checked off. There are vendors from across the Midwest are selling curated and handmade goods like toys, clothes, decor and more. All of this in Kohler’s beautiful American Club, which is less than an hour’s drive from MKE. The show runs Friday to Sunday.