Thursday, September 20, 2018

Local Entertainment

Cues from Katy: Chalkfest returns to UW-Eau Claire

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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. “Bad Roommates: An Improv & Stand-up Show” (doors at 8:30 p.m. today at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $5, or $3 with student ID. Recommended 18 and older): We’ve all had a bad roommate experience — these local comedians will help you laugh about it. 

Featuring a mix of stand-up comedians telling stories and improv comedians responding on the spot, this show should provide a lot of laughs, but also is a look at some of the talented people we have in our community. 

2. Chalkfest (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at UW-Eau Claire’s lower campus, Garfield Avenue): There are so many great things about this event it’s hard to even write about it without getting excited. It has food, fun games and music and talented artists galore. 

The best part? UW-Eau Claire gets a colorful and diverse redecoration of its lower campus. It’s something new every year, and the only thing you’ll be disappointed in upon leaving is your own lack of chalk-drawing skills (or, maybe you’ll be inspired to sign up yourself next year). 

3. ECCT presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (runs at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St. $22 adult, $20 seniors, $14 students, $8 youth 12 and under. Did you need more than a cast of 70-plus talented people performing this classic musical to convince you?

Add in a commemoration of one of the city’s iconic venues. Following Saturday’s show, audience members can purchase an additional ticket to a reception on The State Theatre’s stage featuring refreshments and a chance to explore the space one last time. On Sunday, ECCT alumni will return to perform the show’s final number with the current cast. 

It’s going to be a beautiful, emotional and talent-filled weekend. 

4. Christine Hitt (7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Ivory Piano Bar, 2526 Golf Road): Hitt’s latestalbum, “Magical Kite,” makes you feel like aninnocent, adventurous child all over again, so I’d imagine hearing this Eau Claire resident’s euphoric tunes set inside a piano bar would only amplify the experience. 

Hitt is a trained jazz vocalist and pianist and has traveled the country performing, with most of her experience in St. Louis, Mo. Speaking from personal experience, she’s quirky, funny and amazingly talented.

5. Reggae Fest (8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at The Metro, 201 E. Lake St. $15 in advance, $20 at door. This festival features the legendary reggae band “The Meditations,” founded by Ansel “Meditation” Cridland. 

He has worked with legends such as Jimmy Cliff, Philip Smart, Willie Lindo and others, sculpting the sound of roots-rock reggae music. 

Local favorites Irie Sol will perform their genre-bending tunes. Vocalist and musician Samantha Moon also will join in on the fun.

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