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
Local jazz musician Jeremy Boettcher will not only perform today and Friday at The Lakely and The Oxbow Hotel with Flat Arp Society, but he’ll be opening with two other local musicians Friday for Actual Wolf. Boettcher will join Matt Vold and Ben Lester to play six or seven songs beginning at 9 p.m. Friday at The Oxbow Hotel’s gallery space. He said Vold asked him to be a part of the group, which aside from rehearsing together Tuesday has only played once before.
When local hip-hop artist Wes Kyle gets his five minutes on stage at an artist showcase in Milwaukee, he doesn’t just want to have a good time. He wants to be remembered. Wes Kyle, whose real name is Kyle Lane, of Eau Claire, is among those selected to perform at Coast 2 Coast Live, a rap competition that travels across the country giving artists feedback and the chance to network with others. The organization will hold its Milwaukee show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Retox Martini Lounge.
EC native to drop new album Eau Claire native Bri Murphy’s new album“Things We’d Rather Not Say” will be released Friday. Murphy, now based in Nashville, Tenn., recorded the album on a stretch of cold winter days at Pine Hollow Studios in Eau Claire alongside studio owner Evan Middlesworth. She reached out to old high school classmates Ben Lester (Tallest Man on Earth and S. Carey), Dave Power (The Staves, AeroFlynn) and local legend Robbie
Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 1. “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. $14 adults, $13 seniors, $7 youth. cvca.net): I thought I knew the story of Alcoholics Anonymous. One interview with Sue Decker, who directs this show, proved me wrong. The story follows the two men who founded AA
Today • Wander With Me gallery walk, 5 p.m., Galaudet Gallery, 618 S. Farwell St. 715-839-4914. • Burger King Classic Car Show Opening Night, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Burger King, 2833 N. Clairemont Ave. 715-836-6788. • Flat Arp Society, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Lakely, 516 Galloway St. thelakely.com. • Two Rivers, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Foster Cheese Haus, E10934 Highway H, Foster. sueorfield.com. • Wine & Whimsy, 6 p.m., Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, 316 Eau Claire St.
Part of being a musician is networking, and perhaps no one knows that better than local musician Jeremy Boettcher, who can be found several nights a week playing his hard-to-miss upright bass with one musician or another at The Lakely. He’s done duos, has his own trio, and, as of today, will form a new jazz group, Flat Arp Society, with musician Sean Carey on drums and saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi of Chicago. “It’s always good to do a bunch of different things