Saturday, October 20, 2018

Main Events 3/1/18

‘ArtsWest’ returns to city library

The major juried exhibit for regional artists, “Wisconsin ArtsWest 39,” is on display at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St., through April 6 and features 41 pieces created by 36 artists. 

An artist reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the gallery on the library’s mezzanine. 

Madison-based artist Cameron Anderson juried the work for this exhibit, and he will select prize winners after viewing the exhibit prior to the reception. 

The winners’ awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today. 

For more information about the exhibit, visit 

Decadent Cabaret returns for year 39 

Eau Claire’s Decadent Cabaret, a local music and art festival featuring area artists, will take place today through Saturday at The Metro, 201 E. Lake St. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. tonight, 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. 

Each night will feature a different set of eight to 12 area bands including Chamber Noise, Orenda Fugue, Pit Wagon, Irie Sol, Giants of Midgard and many others.

Bands are encouraged to try something different at this event instead of their regular sets. 

The Torch Sisters also will do a performance each night.

Decadent Cabaret is in its 39th year and has been held at various venues throughout Eau Claire. 

This year’s event also will feature displays and installations from artists at Artisan Forge Studios. 

This event is for those 18 and older. There is a $10 cover per night, or $25 for a wristband that covers all three nights.

For more information about the event, 

Symphony Orchestra performs

The Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform “Landscape Lullabies” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St. 

The concert will pay homage to the natural beauty of the Chippewa Valley, with music such as Bedrich Smetana’s“The Moldau” and Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 7.” 

Tickets to the event are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 for those under 40 or $7 for youth and students. More information can be found by visiting or by calling 715-832-2787.

Literary journal opens submissions

Eau Claire’s newest literary journal, “Barstow & Grand,” is now accepting submissions for its second issue. Writers with any sort of connection to the Chippewa Valley are encouraged to submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry and hybrid text genres to be considered for the journal.

Journal editors also will be hosting a “submissions are open” party at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St. 

There will be short readings from staff members, a panel of editors available to answer submission questions and more. 

For more information about submitting to “Barstow & Grand,” visit

Theater guild to hold auditions

MENOMONIE — The Menomonie Theater Guild is holding auditions for “The Glass Menagerie” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater guild, 502 W. Second St. 

Roles are available for two young adult to adult males, one adult female and one young adult to adult female. 

More information about the roles can be found at the Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road. Auditions will include readings from the script, and people should be prepared to try a mild southern/​Missouri accent. 

Eight performances are scheduled throughout the last weekend in April and first weekend in May. 

Questions about auditions should be emailed to director Seth Berrier at

Theater director speaks at UW-Stout

MENOMONIE — The founding director of the Penumbra Theatre of St. Paul will present from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in UW-Stout’s Harvey Hall Theatre, 721 Third St. E. 

Director Lou Bellamy will speak about his association with playwright August Wilson and answer questions at that time.

The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at

Reggae band comes to The Mousetrap

Minnesota reggae band Irie Minds will perform with Durand’s own Left Wing Bourbon at 10 p.m. Friday, March 9, at The Mousetrap Tavern, 311 S. Barstow St.  

Irie Minds is a four-piece band that fuses their own style with the sounds of Southern California, drawing inspiration from Sublime and Rebelution. The group is currently working on its first EP, which is scheduled to be released alongside their spring tour. 

Left Wing Bourbon is a blues, soul band based in Durand that is made up of vocalist Faith Ulwelling, bassist Jacob Ulwelling, Tim Caswell on the keyboard and John Neitz on the guitar. 

The event is free and open to anyone who is 21 or older. For more information about the show, visit

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