Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. “A Real Super Time: A Post-Superhero Play” (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at The Grand Theatre, 102 W. Grand Ave. $15 general admission, $10 students. Recommended 12 and older): While we all love a good classic, original theater is as important as any in the community theater world, and Logan Toftness’s Speck of Dust Theatre Company is a great example of what original theater can do.
This show follows superheroes created from Toftness’ imagination as they come to grips with losing their powers and create a new life for themselves. It has a good dose of humor and some great messages of friendship, community and dealing with loss. You’ll smile, you’ll laugh and you’ll think — all things a good play should make you do.
2. Ashley for the Arts (grounds open at 4 p.m. today and noon Friday and Saturday at Memorial Park, 551 Memorial Park Drive, Arcadia. $10 for weekend. ashleyforthearts.com): The price tag on this festival blows my mind. $10 gets you access to Dan and Shay, arguably the country group with the best vocals right now (in my opinion). That alone makes it worth it. But you’ll get to see seven more national acts over the weekend, and all are equally, if not more, impressive in their own way. Top it off with some talented regional musicians, and you’ve got yourself a weekend.
Plus, the money goes toward nonprofits, and the festival is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for many of these organizations. There also is a wide variety of entertainment to stumble upon during the day. I’m not sure you could ask for a better way to spend a summer weekend.
3. Oktoberfest release party (5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Leinie Lodge, 124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls. 21 and older.): If summer has to end, at least it can end with Oktoberfest, Leinenkugel’s iconic Marzen-style beer.
The barrel-tapping event also will include live music and Bubbles BBQ food truck, which will have Oktoberfest-style food on its menu. Leinie’s website suggests the beer pairs well with bratz, spaetzles, pork chops, soft pretzels and spiced apple cake, so we should be in for a treat.
4. Regis Community Theatre presents “The Miracle Worker”(7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Regis High School, 2100 Fenwick Ave. $10): Come check out the first production from this new group, which was formed by Regis Catholic Schools to invite alumni and the public to return to the stage and better utilize the high school’s auditorium.
The group is kicking things off with the play based on the true story of Helen Keller and her teacherAnnie Sullivan.