Sunday, August 19, 2018

Local Entertainment

Main Events 2/08/18

The Big Wu returns to The Metro

Rock-blues band The Big Wu is celebrating 25 years together with a return to Eau Claire Saturday at The Metro, 210 E. Lake St. 

The group performed just about 20 years ago at the old Metro in the same location. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door the night of the show. Doors will open at 9 p.m.

The Big Wu describe themselves as a Midwest American roots band playing everything from rock to country to bluegrass and funk. They blend free-flowing improv with vocal harmonies. 

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, 

WPR show discusses kids cross country skiing 

The Outdoor Guys will join Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Monday on 88.3 WHWC-FM and 88.7 WRFW-FM to talk with host Rich Kremer about the upcoming eight-week cross country ski program for kids in Eau Claire.

Dave Carlson, creater and former host of the TV show “Northland Adventures,” and Joe Knight, former outdoor editor for the Leader-Telegram, will discuss the Eau Claire Ski Striders Kickin’ Kids Program. Knight is one of the instructors of the program and he will share its goals to teach winter safety, group participation and other skiing techniques to kids. 

The show will also discuss the potential decrease in the ruffed grouse population in western Wisconsin.

“The West Side” is a call-in program that focuses on issues in western Wisconsin. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615. A live stream can be found at Archives are available by searching “The West Side” at 

Applications open for art festival

HUDSON — Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival that is organized by The Phipps Center for the Arts and Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

This is a juried art fair that features 90 artists of fine arts and traditional crafts for sale. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, in Lakefront Park and is expected to draw more than 8,000 visitiors. 

The early application deadline is March 1, with a second deadline on May 1. Applications will be considered until the fair is full. The applications can be found at

For more information about the festival or how to apply, contact The Phipps’ visual arts director Anastasia Shartin at 715-386-2305, ext. 103. 

From staff reports

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