Monday, September 24, 2018

Local Entertainment

Main Events 8/5/18

The Swampers salute farmers

CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls-based theatrical collective known as the Swampers will pay tribute to farmers in its latest production, “The Farmer Feeds Them All,” which the group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St.

The musical chronicles the joys and hardships of life on a family farm in Wisconsin, dating from pioneer families in the mid-1800s to the present. The show features an original script and music by Jerry Way, one of the group’s founding members.

The show coincides with Chippewa Falls’ annual Pure Water Dayscelebration. This summer also marks 17 years ofproductions by the Swampers. 

Members of the group include Amanda Schafer, Kathy Danielson, Judy Brist, Rob Kuchta and Way. They will tell local stories, sing harmonies and play a wide variety of folk instruments. 

The show also will include photographs from historical archives projected onto a screen behind the production. 

Tickets to the show are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for youth and $32 for a family of four. 

For more information, call 715-726-9000 or visit 

Theater guild to hold auditions

MENOMONIE — The Menomonie Theater Guild is opening auditions for its fall production of “Dracula” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the guild’s building, 502 W. Second St. 

The guild is looking for six men and two women to fill a variety of roles. Those auditioning should prepare to tell a 1- to- 2-minute story about the scariest supernatural thing they or someone they know experienced. There will also be reading from the script. 

This version of “Dracula” closely follows the plot of the novel by Bram Stoker that recounts Count Dracula’s journey to England, his stalking of two young women and his pursuit by the heroine’s suitors and associates. 

The play was written in 1924 by Hamilton Dean and revised in 1927 by John Balderston. It is the first authorized adaptation of Stoker’s novel. 

Eight performances will take place Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 12 to 21, at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. 

For more information, email director KateBrophy at

Concert features pipe organ

SPOONER — Retired local music teacher and organ enthusiast Tim Kern will present “August Airs: A Pipe Organ Concert” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, in the Spooner High School auditorium, 801 Highway A. 

Kern will perform on the 340-pipe Wicks pipe organ, which he helped bring to the Spooner school district. He will be joined by a number of other local performers for this concert. 

There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go toward the Spooner Education Foundation’s Organ Fund. 

There will be a reception before the concert beginning at 3 p.m. on the high school’s veranda. 

The Lakely event highlights brunch

The Lakely restaurant inside The Oxbow Hotel, 516 Galloway St., will hold a Brunch Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the restaurant’s courtyard and patio. 

Admission to the event is $35 for a single ticket or $65 for two and includes five brunch drinks and five “courses” of brunch foods, as well as beer sampling from local brewers and Kickapoo Coffee tastings. 

There also will be live music and yard games such as Kubb. 

This is a 21-and-older event. ID’s will be checked at the entry. 

Participating establishments include The Lakely, Stacked Eatery, The French Press, Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar, Dessert First Bakery, Big T’s Saloon, Milwaukee Burger Company, Lazy Monk Brewing, K Point Brewing and Modicum Brewing Co.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets,

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