Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Local Entertainment

Katy's Cues: Quiet weekend offers family fun

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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. CollECtive Choir at Sounds Like Summer (6 to 8 p.m. today at Phoenix Park, 330 Riverfront Terrace): Maybe you’ve heard about CollECtive Choir, maybe you’ve seen — or even joined in — their practices Monday nights in Phoenix Park or maybe you have no idea who I’m  talking about. 

No matter which of the above categories you fall into, you should come see this show. This is a community choir open to any and everybody, and the group recently completed its first album, “Deep Love of Jesus,” which they’ll debut at this event. It’s entirely original music composed by director Mike Rambo and sung in a beautiful arrangement. 

Plus, they will be joined by gospel hip-hop artist Tru Serva, based out of Minneapolis, who is also featured on the album. 

Musicians The Over Unders and Sage Leary will also perform. If you only make it to one Sounds Like Summer concert this year, make it this one. 

2. “State Fair” (7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St. $23 adults, $10 youth and military. cvtg.org): Come for Rogers and Hammerstein tunes such as “Our State Fair” and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” and stay for the laughs. 

Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s production is the perfect send-off for the guild’s final show at The State. It’s also got a 40-plus cast of talented people, including father-son duo Geof and Gary Liddle, who play the lead son and father, respectively, in the show. 

The show is a humorous trip back in time to the 1946 Iowa State Fair Midway and features everything there is to love about a state fair. 

3. Magician and comedian David Harris (7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Plus,208 S. Barstow St. $7 in advance, $10 at door): Get your laughs with a side of awe at this show. Clear Water Comedy is bringing in this nationally touring and regional Emmy Award-winning comedian, who also goes by actor, magician and host. 

Harris hails from Minneapolis, where he won the 2017 Minnesota’s Funniest Person Contest and performed in its 10,000 Laughs Festival two years in a row. He’s traveled the U.S. and Canada performing at clubs, colleges and other venues for more than 20 years. 

4. Family Day in Downtown : With live music, a Doll and Pet Parade, performances by Swan Lake Ballet, the Torch Sisters and more, downtown Eau Claire is going to be bumping Saturday. (1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Phoenix Park, 330 Riverfront Terrace)

Things officially kick off with a pre-parade picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Owen Park, but most events will take place in and around Phoenix Park. 

Other activities include fishing demonstrations, nature-oriented activities and water activities in the Family Outdoor Zone. The Family Health and Fitness Zone will have a variety of classes and activities throughout the day and the Family Fun Zone will feature a petting zoo.

Plus there will be live music from local bands from 2 to 7 p.m. at the labyrinth in Phoenix Park. This is a full day of activities for families of all ages, so come prepared for a goodtime.

5. Northwoods Blues FestivalThis event grows each year since it moved to the fairgrounds in 2017 from its former location in Spooner.  State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls. $35 one-day admission, $60 two-day. Campsites also available. northwoodsbluesfest.com):(music starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Northern Wisconsin

This year features Saturday night headliner Coco Montoya, a passionate guitarist and vocalist whose latest album, “Hard Truth,” is perhaps his best yet.

But the festival also includes other talented artists such as Jimmy Thackery, Shaun Murphy and Albert Castiglia. Keeping with tradition, local legend Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and Blue Max will kick off the festival at 1:30 p.m. Friday. 

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