Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Local Entertainment

Main Events 1/4/18

Singer and author featured on WPR 

Singer Colleen Raye will preview her upcoming performance at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Spectrum West,” which airs at 10 a.m. today on 88.3 WHWC-FM/​Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/​River Falls. 

Raye will speak with host Al Ross about the Colleen Raye Productions presentation of “That’ll Be The Day: The Music of Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstad and Gene Pitney,” which will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mabel Tainter. 

Author Mike Norman will also be on the show to discuss the latest edition of his book “Haunted Heartland.” A former UW-River Falls professor, Norman has written a number of books about supernatural occurrences. 

This edition of “Spectrum West” will also feature the second part of an Eau Claire dance festival and a Chippewa Falls blues show.

The show can be live-streamed at and a repeat broadcast airs at 7 p.m. Fridays on 89.7 WUEC-FM/​Eau Claire and 90.7 WVSS-FM/​Menomonie. 

Archives are also available by searching for the show at 

Durand man featured on ‘Wisconsin Life’

Wisconsin Public Television’s “Wisconsin Life” host Angela Fitzgerald will share the story of Durand resident Mark Healey, a bassist who became known for his work with British rock band Badfinger, in the TV show’s series finale that premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, on WPT. 

Healey was raised in Madison before moving out to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. 

He auditioned for Badfinger and has been playing with them ever since. 

He now lives in Durand, when he isn’t on tour. 

The episode, titled “Heart & Soul,” will also feature the Oneida Nation Arts Program’s Music from Our Culture Camp in Green Bay, a Germantown metal artist, the owner of Madison Radicals Ultimate Frisbee team and a group of women musicians in Milwaukee. 

To learn more about “Wisconsin Life,” visit 

Farm-to-table meal helps fundraise

The Informalist’s executive chef Amy Huo and Driftless Cafe (Viroqua) executive chef Luke Zahm will create a farm-to-table dinner to be served from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at The Community Table, 320 Putnam St. 

The meal will help raise funds for The Community Table, a nonprofit organization that serves 40,000 daily meals in a year to guests who have food insecurity.

Dinner will be served cafeteria style.

Huo came to The Informalist from Blue Hill at Stone Barns (New York), and is passionate about elevating farm-to-table and organic resources in Eau Claire.

Zahm is a James Beard-nominated chef who co-owns Driftless Cafe with his wife. 

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door the day of the event. There will also be a cash bar. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the event’s Facebook page at​yc37k8lx.

Parks and rec holds art workshops

Eau Claire Parks and Recreation is holding a series of art workshops for children ages 3 to 5 throughout the winter. 

Children, with an adult, will explore color mixing and splatter painting techniques. 

Upcoming classes are “Pop Art” on Saturday, Jan. 13, “Music Mania” on Saturday, Feb. 3, and “Silly Science” on Saturday, Feb. 10. All classes run from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The cost is $8 for residents and $18 for non-residents. 

To register for a class, visit​reg. For more information, call Parks and Recreation staff at 715-839-5032.

Writers encouraged to share work

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St., is hosting “Writers Read: Mother & Child Reunion” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Eau Claire Room.

Writers are invited to share a poem or short prose piece in some way connected to the theme, “mother and child.” 

Listeners are always welcome. Sign-up starts at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call 715-839-5004.  

From staff reports

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