Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Margo Lenmark book reading and signing (2 p.m. Saturday at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St.): Lenmark’s debut memoir, “Light in the Mourning,” explores how growing up an undertaker’s daughter has shaped her views on life and death as she’s endured the death of loved ones.
It’s a weighty topic, but Lenmark handles it with grace and humor, and her bubbly personality will make you feel a little more optimistic by the end of the reading (at least, that’s how I felt after getting off of the phone with her). She’ll share some of her background as well as read an excerpt from the book at this event.
2. Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival (races begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Half Moon Lake, Whipple Street. Free to watch.): If you’re not part of the 40 teams racing, feel free to come and go as you please, watching these teams race across Half Moon Lake to win prizes while raising funds and awareness for Joshua’s Camp, Wig Bank, American Cancer Society and Mayo Clinic Health System’s Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center.
It’s for a good cause, but equally entertaining to see these historic dragon boats gliding effortlessly (hopefully) across the water. There are races throughout the day, with the first heat kicking off at 9 a.m.
Bonus: You’ll get to watch the Leader-Telegram team (myself included) debut their paddling skills.
3. “Friends” trivia (6 p.m. today at Ivory Piano Bar, 2526 Golf Road): I can mimic episodes of this iconic television show by heart — and have strangers repeat the next line of dialogue back to me because this show is that well-known. ... Or is it?
Test how much you really know about this group of pals in the lovely atmosphere of this piano bar. Whether you win or lose, you’ll have Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey and Chandler (and your beverage of choice) on your side.
4. Blues on the Chippewa (music begins at 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at Memorial Park, Durand. bluesonthechippewa.com): If you love live music, being outside and the beauty of the Chippewa River, you probably want to attend this event.
There will be a plethora of local and national acts taking over two stages to provide three nights of bluesy, soulful music.
The event is free, but you wouldn’t expect that from listening to talented artists including local band Left Wing Bourbon, which will kick off the festival at 5 p.m. Friday.
5. “Art Cartel” artist reception (6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Tangled up in Hue, 505 S. Barstow St., Suite B): Holy cannoli there is going to be a lot of local talent in one building Friday night.
Not only does this exhibit feature the work of six local and regional artists who will be in attendance, but Barebones Theatre founders will also do a theatrical performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. and there will be live music by The Procrastinators, Jim Pullman and Ben Shaw.
You’ll have the opportunity to speak with the exhibit artists about their work and enjoy snacks.