Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Ben Shaw’s “Bonita” CD release (8 p.m. Friday at Stones Throw, 304 Eau Claire St. $8 in advance, $10 at door. 21 and older.): This UW-Eau Claire alumnus returned to the city and used local musicians — his bandmates and friends — to produce his latest album, and it promises to be good.
With five heads working together instead of one, Shaw said he was able to give his lyrics new life in the songs on this album, which took a whole different direction when he got into Pine Hollow Studios and worked with Evan Middlesworth (engineer), Adam Harder-Nussbaum (drums), Paul Brandt (keyboard) and Eric Thompson (bass). They’ll play the album straight through at this show to amplify its cohesiveness.
2. Tonks and the Aurors band (7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $10 or $5 for trivia players.): The magical world of Harry Potter descends on The Plus Saturday night, with this famous wizard rock band as well as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” trivia — for those wanting a challenge. Brush up on your HP knowledge or just come prepared to enjoy a wicked show.
3. BaredFeet Dance Company performance (1 p.m. Sunday at Owen Park band shell, First Avenue.): This band shell has been used for many things, but, at least recently, dance hasn’t been one of them. Until Sunday.
Led by dancer Lynn Buske, BaredFeet is ready to debut its dance company, and they’ve been working hard. They’ll perform a variety of contemporary pieces with the help of local musicians. A guest group of modern dancers that practice under the instruction of Barbara Shafer in Banbury Place will join them for this performance.
4. Festival in the Pines (grounds open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Carson Park. $5, or $4 seniors. Free 11 and under. festivalinthepines.com): With live music throughout the day — extended until 10:30 p.m. Saturday this year — and more than 200 food, art and craft vendors, Carson Park will have it all this weekend.
Enjoy a day spent discovering a new favorite piece of art or home decoration, or just come for the live entertainment and rides for the kids.
New this year, Festival of Wines in the Pines will allow guests to try a variety of wines in five wine tasting lounges with local musicians. This is an additional $10, but it sounds worth it to me.