Editor’s note: Listen Up is a Q&A featuring locals in the arts and culture community. This week: Susan Phelps Pearson, an Eau Claire artist whose work is featured in “Geography,” an art exhibit that runs Tuesday through Aug. 28 at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St. An artists reception will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the library’s second-floor gallery. Why did you want to be a part of this show? I am always
Sounds Like Summer returns Sounds Like Summer concert series, the Thursday-night staple in downtown Eau Claire, will make its yearly debut June 7 in Phoenix Park. The first evening features the band Waldemar, Americana singer-songwriter Nici Peper and folk-pop artist Savannah Smith opening. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays in the park and features a slew of local and regional talent throughout its three-month run. The 13th year of the series will feature
Standing in front of Eau Claire’s CollECtive Choir members Monday evening at the Phoenix Park farmer’s market pavilion, the choir director reminded everyone of their ultimate goal before a June 28 Sounds Like Summer concert series appearance. “Our goal is to be one voice, which of course I think is symbolic as well,” Mike Rambo told the group before leading them into the opening of his original song “For the Joy.” Of course that is the goal
Library art show features “Geography” The group art exhibit “Geography” will run Tuesday through Aug. 28 in the second-floor gallery of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St. Selected artists were invited to participate in this year’s summer show by creating art that relates to the concept of geography, or “the ‘where’ of things,” according to a news release from the library. The exhibit
Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 1. Bluegrass on Badger at Boyd Park (6 to 8 p.m. today at Boyd Park, 1202 Fairway St.): Though this neighborhood staple moved to Boyd Park this year, I still believe it’s going to be a fantastic time. It will feature live music by Olive Sings, yard games such as kubb and bean bags and local food trucks on site for a family-friendly good time.
Today • Burger King Classic Car Show — Customs, Street Rods and Classics, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Burger King, 544 Main St., Menomonie. 715-235-6017. • Josh Gallagher Trio, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Lakely, 516 Galloway St. thelakely.com. • “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” reading, 6 p.m., Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St. 715-723-1146. • Wine & Whimsy, 6 p.m., Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, 316 Eau Claire St. $35. eauclairearts.com.
Sometimes things happen in life you just know you’re going to write about — eventually. Such is the story of how local author and lawyer Rick Pendergast’s first book came to be, 25 years after the fact. Pendergast, who served as an officer for the Eau Claire Police Department for seven years in the 1990s, still vividly recalls a night in his first year with the department when he saved a man from jumping off the Madison Street bridge. “The idea for
The summertime favorite Tuesday Night Blues returns at 6:30 p.m. May 29 at the band shell in Owen Park, 501 First Ave., for its 10th anniversary. Eau Claire band Sparky and the Wipers will kick off the season, which runs Tuesdays through Labor Day in the Park. Sparky and the Wipers is made up of Paul Hinz on guitar and vocals, Mike Schlenker on guitar, Tony Basley on drums and Terry Demars on bass. Billy Krause will join the band for this show. In the case of bad weather, shows
After an extremely successful first year, Bluegrass on Badger organizers were all set to host their block party, front porch concert next Thursday on the 1800/1900 block of Badger Ave. Organizer Nicole Rizzo, who created the event with her husband, Josh, said they booked the food trucks, applied for a block party permit in February, scheduled musicians and were wrapping up finishing touches when they learned Monday night they could not hold the event, which had previously been approved,
MENOMONIE — University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate Gus Johnson looks at life and sees the humor in it. Johnson, who graduated Saturday, May 5, in entertainment design with a concentration in digital cinema, has had his short comedy sketches viewed on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit more than one billion times. The most popular one is “Every Cat at 3 a.m.,” a comedic look at the exploits of a feline in the middle of the night. It has been viewed more than 3.2 million