Local business holds art reception
An artists’ reception for the exhibit “Art Cartel” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Tangled up in Hue, 505 S. Barstow St., Suite B.
The exhibit features work by artists Brian Duerkop, Josh Dolan-Neill, Trevor Ostendorf, Mariah Knepper, Benny Haas and Steve Bateman.
The reception will feature live music, snacks and the opportunity to meet the artists as well as a theatrical performance by Barebones Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Blues musicians return to the river
DURAND — Local and national blues musicians will gather Friday through Sunday at Memorial Park in Durand for three days of Blues on the Chippewa.
Throughout the weekend, bands and musicians will perform on two stages in the park. Headliners include: Ghost Town Blues Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday; Hamilton Loomis at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and David Bromberg Quintet at 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
The event kicks off with local band Left Wing Bourbon at 5 p.m. Friday.
This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.
For a complete lineup and more information, visit bluesonthechippewa.com.
Music to benefit mental health
Local musician Anastasia Vishnevsky will perform original music during “Lost and Found,” a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at Stones Throw, 304 Eau Claire St.
Vishnevsky will share stories about her songs’ origins and meanings as well as play new covers and read free verse.
She invites the audience to explore her personal journey from mental illness to healing with the help of her creative outlets.
Special guest Eric Thompson will join Vishnevsky to play guitar.
There is a suggested $5 cover charge or free-will offering at the door.
Proceeds from the show will be donated to The Wellness Shack, a mental health recovery center in Eau Claire.
The Phipps to hold auditions
HUDSON — Students in grades seven to nine are encouraged to try out for The Phipps Children’s Theater’s production of “Tomie de Paula’s Strega Nona.” Auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Thursday, Aug. 16, at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St.
The show is based on the books by de Paola that follow the beloved “Grandma Witch” of Calabria, who opens applications for people to help her. She hires Big Anthony, who wants to learn magic from the witch but ends up learning the lesson “be careful what you wish for.”
Students should prepare one minute of any song and come dressed to dance. They also are asked to bring a list of all conflicts they may have during rehearsals, which will be held 3 to 4 times a week and some weekends.
There is a $40 performance fee for each actor selected. For more information, call The Phipps at 715-386-2305.