Monday, March 19, 2018

Local Entertainment

Main Events 2/22/18

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. General admission is $25 or $30 for a DIVA pass. 

Tickets and more information can be found by calling the service center at 715-836-4636 or visiting

Show parodies ‘Game of Thrones’ 

Fans of HBO’s popular television show “Game of Thrones” can get their fantasy fix on a live stage with “Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St. 

Join Daenerys, Tyrion, Jaime and other members of the Lannister and Stark families on a journey through seven hilarious seasons of “Game of Thrones.” 

The show is composed by Jon and Al Kaplan (also behind “Silence! The Musical”), who leave no joke unturned and serve up the show’s notorious violence, power struggles and manipulation. 

Tickets are $25 to $45 depending on seat location and can be purchased by calling 715-832-2787 or visiting the website

Radio show features folk artist

Grammy Award-winning folk artist Tom Chapin will discuss his upcoming Chippewa Falls concert on Wisconson Public Radio’s “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. today on 88.3 WHWC-FM and 88.7 WRFW-FM. 

Chapin will join host Al Ross to talk about his musical lineage as a recording artist, performer, Broadway actor and work on television and radio. Chapin will perform Saturday at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls.

The show will also discuss UW-River Fall’s upcoming production of “Silent Sky” that opens today and runs through March 3 in the university’s Kleinpell Fine Arts Building and a concert Sunday at UW-Barron County that will support a Rice Lake area free clinic. 

“Spectrum West” is a weekly program that explores the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. It airs weekly on Thursdays and can also be live-streamed at Archives are available by searching “Spectrum West” at 

Chippewa Falls writer wins Movieguide Award

Andrea Polnaszek of Chippewa Falls was honored recently with the Kairos Pro Prize for her screenplay “Switched” at the 26th annual Movieguide Awards that were held Feb. 2 in Los Angeles. 

The prize is awarded to beginning screenwriters who produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually-uplifting scrips that result in an increase in either man’s love or understanding of God. 

Polnaszek is the author of “The Elijah Project” and co-produced the films “Wish for Christmas” and “Catching Faith,” which were partially filmed in Chippewa Falls.

Producer Alexandra Boylan and director-producer John K.D. Graham, her sister and brother-in-law, respectively, were co-recipients of the prize and also helped complete Polnaszek’s other films. 

The team’s fourth screenplay, “The Inheritance,” was also up for this year’s Kairos Pro Prize. 

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