Ten regional and national bands are convening at UW-Eau Claire Friday for a cause close to everyone’s hearts: Fighting cancer. Abby Maliszewski, community events organizer for Chippewa Valley Music Festivals (Rock Fest, Country Fest), said her organization started Night for the Fight last year in order to raise funds to go toward people in Wisconsin. “It’s something that touches everyone, and we can also associate that idea with music,” Maliszewski said.
Old-time radio drama gets new life Wisconsin Public Radio will perform a family-friendly adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” at 7 p.m. Friday at The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St. The show brings the radio drama to life with comedy, period costumes, sound effects, music and more. “The Canterville Ghost” is hosted by WPR’s Norman Gilliland and the 9XM Players. There will also be a special musical guest performance to introduce
Editor’s note: Listen Up is a Q&A featuring locals in the arts and culture community. This week: Jerry Way, playwright and co-director for “Class Reunion — A Mystery Musical Comedy.” The show runs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., in Chippewa Falls. The Thursday through Saturday shows also have a dinner option. What is “Class Reunion — A Mystery Musical Comedy”
“What would happen if...?” That question usually begins the formation of a new idea. And around Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Writers Guild founder B.J. Hollars thinks if you ask the right people, you can find your answer. “That’s sort of the beauty of Eau Claire is if you have an idea, it’s just a matter of getting the right people in the room to make it happen,” Hollars said. Following a live reader’s theater of Orson
Hudson High School’s vocal music teacher knew applying for a $10,000 high school theater department grant was a pipe dream. Then again, the NBC television show “Rise,” which sponsored the grant, is all about pipe dreams. So Kari Heisler, who also directs the school’s theater productions, reached out to some of her students about filming the required two-minute video, and they submitted an application. Last week, Heisler was with her show choir students on spring
Editor’s note: Cues from Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 1. WHYS Radio’s St. Patrick’s DayCelebration (7 p.m. Saturday at Acoustic Cafe, 505 S. Barstow St.): If you’re looking for a little more than your typical bar-with-green-beer celebration this holiday, WHYS Radio’s annual celebration offers a chance to “wear your heritage” in addition to live music and Irish pub-style
Today • Table top game night, 6 to 8 p.m., L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St. 715-839-1648. • Author event with Gail Francis, 6:30 p.m., Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St. 715-723-1146. • Barstow & Grand submissions are open party, 7 p.m., Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St. 715-552-0457. • Brett Hendrix, 7 to 9 p.m., Acoustic Cafe, 505 S. Barstow St. 715-832-9090. • CVTG presents “Driving Miss Daisy,” 7:30 p.m.
OneFest releases first lineup CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Valley’s first Christian music festival, OneFest, has released its inaugural lineup for the festival, which will take place July 28-29 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St. Main stage acts will include Sanctus Real, Cloverton, Love & the Outcome, Citizen Way, Mandisa and Tenth Avenue North. A side stage will feature local and regional artists such as Light 45, 513Free, Brayton Meyer,
Since Lukas Hoffland joined Eau Claire’s Master Singers in 2001, he has watched the choir’s caliber grow in its sound and music quality. With the choir’s upcoming Easter concert, Hoffland said that talent is on full display. “Sometimes I step back and go, ‘Wow, we were able to do this?’ These are challenging songs,” Hoffland said. “It’s a bit humbling to know you are part of an ensemble bringing this level of
Editor’s note: Listen Up is a Q&A featuring locals from the arts and culture community. This week: Ben Johnson, WHYS 96.3 FM radio volunteer who helps organize the station’s 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration that takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Acoustic Cafe. A short parade going toward Acoustic Cafe will start at 6:30 p.m. at 405 S. Farwell St. How did this celebration start? We’re always looking for fun ways to make money and to get people