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Cues From Katy: P10 Fest highlights weekend

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    Katy Macek

    Dan Reiland

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

1. P10 Festival (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at River Prairie Park, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona.): There is going to be so much happening in one spot this Saturday I’m not sure I’m going to be able to handle it. 

This inaugural festival aims to incorporate a variety of activities and interests at the newly completed River Prairie Park — and I think it’s succeeded. 

There is going to be a farmers market, artists’ market, live music throughout the day at the amphitheater, a plethora of food trucks alongside a beer garden, literary readings from the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, dance performances, a comedy show, kubb and cribbage tournaments and more. 

In addition, there are opportunities to learn. Educational sessions on topics including year-round gardening, collaboration as seen in bee hives, bicycle basics, maple sugaring and birding will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those will take place in the board room across the street from the park. Birding walks will meet at the River Prairie Center and last 45 minutes.

If you can find time, take a moment to pause and savor the beautiful scenery this park along the Eau Claire River has to offer. You won’t be disappointed. 

2. Jerrika Mighelle (2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Autumn Harvest Winery, 19947 Highway J, Chippewa Falls.): If you’d prefer a quieter, more relaxed Saturday afternoon with a glass of wine in hand, listening to the eclectic, soulful sounds of Indie folk, singer-songwriter Jerrika Mighelle will satisfy that need. 

Her music is striking and poignant and will leave you swaying along to the beat. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Autumn Harvest’s new Pinot Grigio while you’re there.

3. ECCT presents “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswoman’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery” (7:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Sunday at The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Ave. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $14 students, $8 youth. ecct.org): Even if you can’t remember the name (I have to double check each time I write it), this comedy is sure to get you roaring with laughter. 

The five cast members will take on 18 roles as a theater guild that is presenting an opening night where everything goes wrong. 

The cast is made up of talented veterans such as Jeanne Kussrow-Larson and Dan Ekblad, who know how to play a room. Be sure to get there early, as there will be cast interactions before (and during) the show. 

4. Orchid Eaton, Sloslylove and Al Church (music starts at 9 p.m. Friday at The Mousetrap, 311 S. Barstow St. 21 and older.): Newcomer Orchid Eaton will be debuting its first record, “Start of the Dream,” at this show. The band, which hails from Eau Claire and Minneapolis, will be joined by Eau Claire favorites Sloslylove and Minneapolis-based Al Church. 

Each of these musicians is talented in their own right, but putting them together for one show should be a delicious musical treat. 

5. Music With Purpose Hip-Hop (8 p.m. Saturday at The Metro, 201 E. Lake St. $5. 18 and older.): I can’t say I know too much about Eau Claire’s Music With Purpose, but the poster for this show caught my eye. 

The group will be hosting and headlining this hip-hop show, complete with performing some of their new, unreleased music alongside fan favorites. 

The event promises local talent will also be performing, so if you’re interested in checking out something new (or you’re already a big fan of this group), be sure to add this event to your schedule.


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