Fire Ball returns to UW-Eau Claire UW-Eau Claire’s annual drag event The Fire Ball returns at 6:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday to the Davies Student Center’s Ojibwe Ballroom. This year’s theme is “Revolution.” The show features local and national drag performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race. They are complemented by several drag queens and drag kings. Saturday’s event is already sold out, and tickets for Friday’s are going fast.
Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 1. A videoconference with author Carmen Maria Machado (7 p.m. Sunday at The Oxbow Hotel, 516 Galloway St.): How often do you get the chance to talk with a National Book Award Finalist author alongside other passionate writers and readers? Not often. Thanks to independent bookseller Dotters Books, everyone is welcome to attend this videoconference
Today • Dustyn Dubuque on the best movies of 2017, 1:30 p.m., Bookends on Main, 214 E. Main St., Menomonie. 715-233-6252. • Molly Patterson book talk, 5 p.m., Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St. 715-726-1146. • “Fire and Ice” artist reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. cvca.net. • “State of the Arts” artist reception, 5 to7 p.m., Janet Carson Gallery, 316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire native Jim Hoehn will be the first to say he’s not the best singer, and he’s not the best guitarist. What he really loves to do is write, and telling his stories comes out, in one form, as music. Since he won a songwriting contest and made his first public appearance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest in the early 1990s, Hoehn has been fortunate to open performances for American songwriters such as Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Don Williams, Mac McAnally
Dotters holdslive author videoconference Independent bookseller Dotters Books will hold a live videoconference with author Carmen Maria Machado at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in the Oxbow Hotel’s gallery, 516 Galloway St. Machado, a National Book Award finalist, is a short story author and essayist. She is also the first author of Dotters Books 2018 book club, which is currently reading Machado’s “Her Body and Other Parties.” That short story collection has been
Editor’s note: Listen Up is a Q&A featuring locals in the arts and culture community. This week: Marianne Fieber-Dhara, co-director for Menomonie Theater Guild’s “Company,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E., Menomonie.Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 4. How long have you been with the Menomonie Theater Guild? This is my first
From Thursday to today, musicians and fans alike gathered at the Westin Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., to network, play music and hear other musicians perform. Folk Alliance International is an annual conference that draws thousands of musicians to an 18-story hotel, where they talk, play and soak inmusic for four days. Among those artists is Chippewa Valley native Sarah Lou Richards, who has attended the conference for four years. “Go, go, go, chat, chat, chat — try to
Gypsy jazz band comes to Mabel MENOMONIE — Madison’s gypsy swing jazz band Harmonious Wail will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E. The group is an acoustic Americana-infused gypsy jazz trio that features a mandolin player, vocalist and cardboard box player and a bassist. In 2017, Harmonious Wail celebrated its 30th anniversary as a working band and released its 9th CD “Holiday Spirits” in
Today • Two Rivers, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Foster Cheese Haus, E10934 Highway H, Foster. sueorfield.com. • Bowl painting party for Empty Bowls fundraiser, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, 316 Eau Claire St. $5. 715-832-2787. • Winter After Hours, 6 to 8 p.m., Pinehurst Park, 3523 Delbert Road. volumeone.org/winter. • ECCT’s “Team Jeopardy” trivia challenge, 7 p.m, The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave. 715-839-8877. • Guest speaker: author
CHIPPEWA FALLS — It started as a school project and turned into an original artistic medium. Chippewa Falls artist Alexandria Mooney Jones was working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2007. One class project involved creating a war-related book. Per the theme, Mooney Jones was attempting to make it look burned by charring the edges. At the time, she was at a Fourth of July party at her then-home in Kansas City. Feeling frustrated