Main Events 1/5/17

posted Jan. 5, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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ECCT to host murder mystery show

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre will present its annual murder mystery dinner theater show this month. 

“It’s a Murder, Don’cha Know” opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and runs Fridays and Saturdays through Jan 28. The whodunit story unfolds around Bjorn, who drops dead while hosting an office party for his lutefisk company. 

Tickets are $28 per person and include dinner, dessert and the show. A cash bar also will be open. 

There will be no walk-in seating. Reservations are required by Tuesday for the first weekend performances, by Jan. 17 for the second weekend of performances and by Jan. 24 for the final weekend of performances. 

For more information or to reserve a spot, visit or call 715-839-8877. 

Bon Iver cancels tour; Vernon cancels ‘Prairie Home’ appearance

Citing “personal reasons,” Bon Iver has canceled an upcoming European tour and frontman Justin Vernon has canceled an appearance on the popular public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Bon Iver made the announcement on social media at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a Twitter post, the tour was set to begin in Paris on Jan. 22 and end in London on Feb. 20. Vernon’s appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion” was scheduled for Jan. 14.

All tickets for the European dates will be refunded and none of the tour dates will be rescheduled at this time, according to the post.

“Our deepest apologies to all of our fans. We will be back,” the post states.

EC libraries begin reading program

Eau Claire-based libraries will kick off the One Book, One Community reading program with “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond. 

“Evicted” gives voice to families whose lives have been impacted by an untenable housing situation, according to a library newsletter. It was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, according to an L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library newsletter. 

The following events will be held in conjunction with the book and One Book, One Community program: 

• Book discussion, noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 31, UW-Eau Claire Old Library room 1142, 103 Garfield Ave. 

• Book discussion, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St. 

• UW-Eau Claire faculty panel discussion, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1, second floor of the McIntyre Library, 103 Garfield Ave. Panelists will share research related to “Evicted.” 

• Eviction and Poverty in the Chippewa Valley, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Panel discussion about eviction and homelessness in our area. 

• Housing Inspections and the Health Department, 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 4, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Learn about Health Department programs and what the department looks for during complaint and housing inspections. 

One Book, One Community is supported by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library. 

For more information visit or call 715-839-5004. 

Menomonie Singers in search of vocalists

MENOMONIE — The Menomonie Singers is holding auditions for singers age 18 and older. 

The choir is hoping to expand to 40 members. There are openings for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. 

Interested vocalists should contact executive director Juliana Schmidt to set up an audition time. Schmidt can be reached via email at or via phone at 715-505-3525. 

Auditions consist of a range check and sight-singing exercises. There will also be a musicality section, where performers will be asked to sing a well-known song. There is no need to prepare a piece. 

Weekly rehearsals begin Monday, Jan. 30 at the UW-Stout Applied Arts building, 415 13th Ave. E. Concerts are set for April 28 and April 30 in Eau Claire and Menomonie. 

From staff reports