Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Local Entertainment

Cues From Katy: Many ways to enjoy weekend festival

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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. Eaux Claires Festival IV (Gates open at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 3443 Crescent Ave. $199 two-day pass, $109 single-day. eauxclaires.com): Without releasing a lineup, this event has been shrouded in mystery since a mural announcing the dates to the festival appeared in November in downtown Eau Claire. 

The only way to really know what’s going to happen is to experience it for yourself. And if you can swing this hefty price tag, you won’t be disappointed. The creative director promises large-scale art installations and untraditional stages. 

And if previous years are any indication, lineup or no lineup, you can bet the artists won’t disappoint.

2. Prex Claires (Events begin at 4 p.m. today at various locations in downtown Eau Claire. Wristbands are $20, which includes access to all venues): If dropping $100 for a festival isn’t your thing, but you still want to be part of the Eaux Claires festivities, Prex Claires is the happy medium you’ve been looking for. 

This lineup boasts a plethora of musical genres, plus a comedy show and Sawdust City Limits 4, which is basically three hours of local bands jamming out at The Plus. Events are spread out over seven different venues in downtown and feature a good balance of local and regional acts, which I believe are just as important to highlight as nationally-known musicians.

Plus, local author Michael Perry is putting on what should be a memorable show at The State Theatre. 

Prex Claires might be Eaux Claires best-kept secret ... but you didn’t hear it from me.

3. ArtFly/​X pop-up art show (noon to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at the empty storefront at 305 S. Barstow St.): Eau Claire’s pop-up gallery ArtFly is back again, collaborating with local artists to curate a show book-ending the Eaux Claires festival. 

The gallery’s founder has turned an empty storefront into an engaging environment with community-based art installations.The event also will feature live music.

4. Chippewa Valley Photographers artistreception (5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls): Check out the work of seven area photographers and maybe even see a favorite spot of yours in a new light at this exhibit, which runs through Aug. 15 at the Heyde Center. 

The photographers range in age and style, offering a variety of perspectives and ideas for viewers to enjoy. The artist reception also will offer attendees a chance to interact with photographers and learn about the process — it’s not as easy as it may seem.

5. Acoustic Beatles music with JerryTeclaw (2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Galaudet Gallery, 618 S. Farwell St.): Wind down your weekend with some classic Beatles tunes performed by guitarist Jerry Teclaw in a room surrounded by artwork.

Teclaw will perform two sets of music in the gallery’s Tower Room. 

While you’re there, be sure to explore the various rooms and pieces of artwork on display from more than 60 local, regional and national artists in the gallery’s current exhibit, “Sense of Place: Here.” 

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