Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Clear Water Comedy presents Cullen Ryan (doors at 8:30 p.m. today at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $5; $3 with student ID. Recommended 18 and older): You know Ryan as the co-founder and producer of our local comedy crew, and this is the last time you’ll see him headline before he retires from his position.
In addition to being a driving force behind our city’s comedy scene, Ryan has a comedic viewpoint all his own. He’ll be joined by Menomonie native and nationally-known comedian Tim Harmston for this show, effectively doubling the laughter for the evening.
2. Bastille Day on the Lawn (5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Park at South Farwell and Emery streets): Celebrate France’s national independence day with a picnic put on by the World Cultural Center.
Guests are encouraged to bring a culinary dish to share in a buffet-style meal. Plates, cutlery, glasses, water and cake will all be provided.
I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than by enjoying good food, French music and games in an outdoor setting.
3. “Always ... Patsy Cline” musical (runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through July 29 at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson. $27 adults, $20 students. thephipps.org): Cline was more than just a country music legend, but also a friend, as seen in this based-on-real-events musical about her friendship with her fan Louise Seger.
With a storyline as good as the 24 hit Cline songs that will be performed, this is one musical you’ll want to check out.
Make a day trip out of the excursion and explore downtown Hudson, one of my favorite places to spend a summer afternoon. Its new brewery, Hop and Barrel Brewing, is well worth a stop for any craft brew enthusiasts.
4. Northern Wisconsin State Fair (grounds open at 9 a.m. through Sunday at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls. $10 adults, $5 youth. Doesn’t include admission to main stage acts. nwsfa.com): Between a slew of awesome main stage acts (Frankie Ballard, Chris Lane, Martina McBride and Cheap Trick), a ton of family-friendly rides and entertainment during the day and the Lambeau Field Live experience marking the team’s 100th anniversary, the 121st edition of this fair is shaping up to be a hit.
Going to the fair is a quintessential summer tradition, and this one ensures the family won’t get bored all day long. So grab yourself some cotton candy and start exploring.
5. Ski Sprites Water Ski Show (6:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Altoona County Beach, 604 Beach Road, Altoona. $5 for parking): Is a summer in the Chippewa Valley complete without an evening spent watching the Ski Sprites on Lake Altoona?
The answer to that question is always no. So get yourself there this Sunday to close out the weekend with some talented performers giving you their all on the water. You’ll be fascinated by some of the tricks these gals and guys can do while on waterskis.