The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Sept. 19

Delicious chocolates, a fantastic book, a thrilling tv show and more make this week’s list.

1. See Playwright Marie Kohler at Boswell Book Company


If you know me, you know I’m a huge theater nerd (and if you didn’t know that, well now you do). So, I was very excited that Boswell Book Company is hosting Milwaukee-based playwright Marie Kohler tonight, where she will share readings and stories from her play Boswell. The play was originally written for Renaissance Theaterworks, and now it’s going to be making an Off-Broadway run this fall. I’m sad that I won’t be able to make it to the event tonight, but I’m hoping that I can share it out into the universe so my fellow theater-lovers can take advantage of this great (free!) event. 

2. Watch “The Patient” on Hulu


Have you ever wanted to see Steve Carrell play a therapist? Have you ever wanted to see Domnhall Gleeson play a serial killer? Have you ever wanted to see Steve Carrell play a therapist locked in the basement of a serial killer played by Domnhall Gleeson? Well, I have good news for you, person with an extremely particular taste in entertainment: “The Patient” is a new show, currently airing on FX and Hulu, that gives you just that – a serial killer kidnaps his therapist and forces him to “cure” him of his desire to murder people. The show is tense, well-paced, odd, smart and darkly funny. Would recommend. (Although, I have to admit the Dunkin’ Donuts product placement in this show is pretty awful.)


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3. Read The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell


It had been a while since I literally couldn’t put a book down, but this book changed that streak. It’s about a young noble-born woman, Lucrezia, in Italy in the 1550s, who has to marry the old Duke of Ferrera. We find out in the historical note at the very beginning of the book (because it’s based on a true story, so it’s not a spoiler, I promise!) that she dies around a year into their marriage. The book weaves that tension with the tension of Lucrezia coming-of-age while also becoming a wife at 15 years old. O’Farrell’s prose is detailed, intentional and beautifully crafted, and she just painted the story so exquisitely that I was absolutely captivated by it. 

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell; Photo by Brianna Schubert

4. Bike Hank Aaron State Trail


Got a bike? This string of great September weather (hope I don’t jinx it) has made outdoor activity very appealing. I spent much of the recent weekend biking and walking. Some years ago, I was gifted a 1970s girl’s Schwinn bike. It’s in great condition, and I pretty much love cruising around my neighborhood on it. On my list for the future is to bike the 14-mile Hank Aaron State Trail, which runs east to west, from Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee/Waukesha county line.

5. Indulge at Melt Chocolates


I went to the Lincoln Warehouse for beer, not for chocolates. But as my gaggle of drinking buddies passed by the Melt Chocolates (2018 S. 1st St., Suite 120) storefront near the front of the building’s labyrinth, I said I’d catch up with them; the brewery would have to wait. It was the colorful, artistic little bon bons that caught my eye and the unusual, exotic ingredient combinations that intrigued my mind. But my palate was what really won the evening, those flavor concepts coming together in stunningly delicious fashion. My faves from my box were the rainbow-colored Calypso, with milk chocolate, mango, habanero and rum, and Kashmir, featuring dark chocolate, fresh blueberry, cinnamon and cardamom. But I’ll be trying all new ones on my next stop in. 

Melt Chocolates; Photo by Chris Drosner