The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Nov. 28

A holiday show, delicious pizza and a little self-promotion make our list this week.

1. Check out Vennture Brew Co.


My favorite neighborhood brewery (and coffeehouse) could be my recommendation just about every week, but I’m picking this spot to send you to Vennture (5519 W. North Ave.) because their beer list is especially hot right now. In addition to their two Black Friday releases (a bourbon barrel-aged Belgian quad with cascara and date, and a dark saison aged in bourbon barrels and refermented with grape must), there’s a banger of a rye IPA called Fall Y’all and a really cool Cashmere wet-hop saison. The latter was a “happy accident” that I hope becomes standard operating procedure for next year’s fresh-hop attempt. 

2. Kick off December at Christmas in the Ward


I started my job as managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine on Dec. 2, 2019. I remember it vividly. Having graduated from college with an English degree in 2018, I had spent a year and a half realizing that I had made a terrible mistake. Any feeble hope I still held of finding a good job with my degree was slowly and painfully dying – and then, against all odds, I got this gig. I spent that entire December in a state of bewilderment and bliss. And it so happened that my first Friday at the new job was also the kickoff of Christmas in the Ward, just a few blocks from our Third Ward office. It was lovely. The Christmas extravaganza remains one of my fondest memories – a nostalgic mix of seasonal festivity and the lingering joy over actually, somehow finding a job in journalism. So I’m very much looking forward to returning again this Friday for 2022’s Christmas in the Ward event to relive that awesome time.



Join Milwaukee Magazine and Quad for the third-annual Unity Awards Event on March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at GATHER in the Deer District.

3. Make a Pizza


It’s Sunday night of Thanksgiving weekend and I’m turkey’ed out. Honestly, I was turkey’ed out the night of Thanksgiving, but that’s no slight to our bird. The solution – whatever the question, really – is pizza! And a friend and I made it really easy by picking up a bunch of components at Glorioso’s (1011 E. Brady St.), the East Side Italian grocery store. What gave this pie some flavor depth was this double dose of deliciousness – wafer-thin sliced peppered salami and a Bolognese with mushrooms and Italian sausage. This pan-style pizza baked up bubbly and chewy – and later boarded the leftover train. Because pizza is never not good the second day.

Photo by Ann Christenson

4. Go to the Paperjam Holiday Market


There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to this week. Reading in the freshly Christmas-decked halls of my apartment, paging through the December issue of Milwaukee Magazine (hello cover star Bobby Portis!) and, of course, the new collaborative pop-up market at The Bindery (347 E. Ward St.) so cleverly entitled Paperjam. This holiday market is for book lovers and print nerds… How fantastic is that! I, both a book lover and a print nerd, will most certainly be there. The market will feature Bay View Printing Co., Lion’s Tooth, Niche Book Bar, Rooted MKE, Woodland Pattern Book Center and literally so many more amazing vendors (I wish I had room to list them all but instead I will embed an Instagram post with the list below). It’s this Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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5. Go See Rudolph at First Stage


Reviewing First Stage’s Christmas show has become a holiday tradition for my husband and me. We’ve kicked off the season with Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas and this year it was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. As always, the show was a Christmasy delight! Sunday, the theater was packed with families dancing, laughing and singing along with the cast. The kiddos especially loved the massive puppet that portrayed the abominable snowman. First Stage’s shows are geared toward children, meaning early showtime options, an intermission/snack break and a speedy second act. This show is running through Dec. 24. Stay tuned for my full review of the production, coming out on our website later this week. Spoiler alert: I’m a big fan.

Lucia Harris and cast in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™: THE MUSICAL. First Stage, 2022. Photo by Paul Ruffolo.

Bonus Pick!

6. Buy the December Issue of Milwaukee Magazine


Ok, I know that normally this “Ed Picks” article isn’t the right place to plug the magazine. I hope you’ll forgive me, but I’ve been waiting to share this news since August, and I just have to tell you about it. Our December issue has Bobby Portis on the cover, and if you open up that cover, you’ll find a 10-page feature on the man himself, written by none other than Milwaukee’s fifth most-attractive Italian man who owns a ferret – me. I got to sit down with the fan-favorite Bucks player for a lengthy interview and learned a whole lot about his childhood and the underdog spirit that has made him so beloved. One reader said, “This is the best article in Milwaukee Magazine history. Maybe in the history of journalism. Archer is an amazing writer and reporter, and his father and I never once doubted his decision to major in English.” Anyway, I think the article is cool and I hope you’ll read it.