MidWest WeirdFest releases first films
The second annual MidWest WeirdFest, Eau Claire’s “cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, offbeat and just plain weird,” announced its first programming wave for the festival, which takes place March 9 to 11 at the Micon Downtown Cinema, 315 S. Barstow St.
The first seven films were released and are as follows: “3 Dead Trick or Treaters” directed by Torin Langen; “Attack of the Tattie-Bogle” directed by Pete Marcy; “Borley Rectory” directed by Ashley Thorpe; “Fake Blood” directed by Rob Grant; “The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear” directed by Seth Breedlove; “Future” directed by Robert Cousineau and Chris Rosik; and “The Moose Head Over the Mantel” directed by Rebecca Comtois, Bryan Enk, Jessi Gotta, Matthew Gray, Shannon Hall and Jane Rose.
Festival passes are now on sale. Individual tickets will go on sale closer to the festival date directly from Micon Cinemas.
Full program details and guests will be released in February.
To purchase passes or find out more information about each of the films, visit midwestweirdfest.com.
McDonell presents the ‘Wizard of Oz’
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Students from McDonell High School, Notre Dame Middle School, St. Peter’s Catholic School and Holy Ghost Elementary are presenting the musical“Wizard of Oz” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at McDonell High School, 1316 Bel Air Blvd.
The show follows the story from the 1939 movie of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who find themselves journeying through the magical land of Oz. Along the way, Dorothy meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion who all teach her valuable lessons.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and children. They can be purchased online through the macs website, macs.k12.wi.us or by calling 715-723-4777.
Radio show discusses state’s hemp culture
Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side” program will discuss the legalization of the cultivation of industrial hemp and its impact on western Wisconsin at 10 a.m. Monday on 88.3 WHWC-FM and 88.7 WRFW-FM.
Rob Richard, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s government affairs director, and Legacy Hemp founder Ken Anderson will discuss Legacy Hemp’s plans to grow industrial hemp in western Wisconsin now that it is legal.
The new law only allows the cultivation of hemp with a THC concentration of 0.3 percent or lower.
Listeners may call in at 1-800-228-5615 with questions and comments during the program. Archives will also be available by searching for the show at wpr.org/programs.
Author to have book talk
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Retired K-12 reading/language arts curriculum specialist Connie Russell will speak on her new memoir, “Happily Ever After,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St.
Russell’s story depicts the reality of rural life in America in the 1940s and 1950s.
She shares stories of exhaustion and defeat alongside joyous memories of her parents and her journey to a better life.
Russell has published several professional articles, but this is her first book. It will be available for purchase at the event.
For more information about the event, visit chippewafallslibrary.org or call 715-723-1146.