Monday, March 19, 2018

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Cues from Katy: Some ideas for things to do this weekend

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Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.

1. Sounds of Eau Claire History Harvest (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Chippewa Valley Museum, 1204 E. Half Moon Drive): My guess is hundreds of people are going to turn up to this event to have musical artifacts, photos and memories digitized by UW-Eau Claire students and Chippewa Valley Museum staff members for an eventual online exhibit that aims to share the Chippewa Valley’s music history. 

Even if you don’t have something to donate, I’d recommend checking it out. There are going to be some interesting speakers (UW-Madison folklorist James Leary, an “Echoes of Eau Claire” panel discussion and UW-Eau Claire’s Music Department chair Gretchen Peters) and live music throughout the day.

2. Menomonie Theater Guild’s “Company” (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 4, Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E., Menomonie. $20, $18 for seniors/​students/​military): This musical comedy is supposedly hilarious but also centers on something we all should value as humans: the company you keep. At its core is a story about how relationships are fundamental to what it means to be a person.

You’ll get a life lesson, a reminder to cherish the ones you love and some great music and side-splitting comedy to boot. Plus, the show takes place in the beautiful Mabel Tainter. 

3. Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party (9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, CVTC Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.): If you’ve got kiddos, celebrate a great children’s author by spending a morning devoted to all things Dr. Seuss. 

There will be interactive games and activities created by UW-Eau Claire’s ECLIPSE and CVTC’s Kids Club, a story time, book giveaways and, of course, an appearance by the Cat in the Hat. Spend some time incorporating learning and entertainment with your children for a morning they won’t soon forget.

Oh, and costumes are encouraged, so be sure to have the whole family dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. 

4. The Millenium (8 p.m. today, UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center Terrace, Menomonie): Sorry this is so last minute, but if you’re a fan of local bands who have gone on to see success, you’ll want to check out this group (or see them again). 

The Millenium got its start in February 2014 in Eau Claire, and has since opened for artists such as 3OH!3, Quietdrive and Now Now. The group incorporates elements of indie, acoustic, electronic and pop styles in to their music.  

Also, UW-Stout’s Blue Devil Productions puts on this show (and most of their shows) for free to the general public. That’s a deal you can’t get everywhere and worth taking advantage of.

5. Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook” (7:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave. $14 adults, $8 youth/​students. If you grew up reading the Junie B. Jones children’s book series, you’ll get a nostalgic kick out of watching this cast of kids (and two adults) recreate the 1990s character and her classmates as Junie learns lessons between right and wrong.  

It also might make you happy to know the cast of 8- to 14-year-olds are, for the most part, mostly still avid readers of the series, which produced books from 1992 to 2013. 

— Katy Macek

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