Fire Ball returns to UW-Eau Claire UW-Eau Claire’s annual drag event The Fire Ball returns at 6:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday to the Davies Student Center’s Ojibwe Ballroom. This year’s theme is “Revolution.” The show features local and national drag performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race. They are complemented by several drag queens and drag kings. Saturday’s event is already sold out, and tickets for Friday’s are going fast.
I sat in my theater seat in the large, dark room, watching the action of the science fiction thriller movie “Star Wars” play out on the big screen before me. The first film in that series that garnered international acclaim and spawned ongoing sequels that continue today involved whole other galaxies and planets, spaceships shooting lasers, fights involving highly trained Jedis armed with lightsabers and more characters of all sorts than my 7-year-old brain had
Disney’s “Pinocchio” is a classic tale in which a puppet comes to life after his maker wishes it to be so. Pinocchio, the puppet-turned-boy, learns lessons of honesty and truth as he navigates the real world. Many are familiar with the boy whose nose grows when he lies and his friend Jiminy Cricket. But what about Gepetto, the man who created the puppet? That’s what Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of “My Son
Hazardous weather has forced the postponement of tonight’s the readers theater production of “What Happened to Brian?” The backstage production, which had been scheduled Monday, has been rescheduled for 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., according to the theater’s Facebook page. The performance focuses on the impact of the 1992 shutdown of Eau Claire’s Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. plant on workers. A film version
Event combines history, music Guitarist and vocalist Derick Black will join spoken word performer Ken Szymanski to tell the story “Searching for Mike Teclaw: An Unauthorized Biography” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St. Black and Szymanski recreate the life of Teclaw, a long-gone small-town cheesemaker and tavern owner. The two will use interwoven gospel, blues, stories and songs to “turn a tombstone back into a man,
Dennis Miller knows firsthand about the traumatic impact on local families when Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. closed its Eau Claire plant in June 1992. Miller, an electrician at the plant for 15 years, was one of about 250 workers who chose to transfer to another Uniroyal Goodrich plant rather than lose his benefits and be thrust into unemployment. He ended up working at the company’s tire factory in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for seven years until he reached age 55, qualified for his pension and
After releasing its first single in nearly 20 years, the country music group Shenandoah is picking up where it left off with its original lead singer, Marty Raybon, and making a stop in Eau Claire. Shenandoah started its 30th anniversary tour at the end of 2017 following a “Reloaded” tour in 2016 that featured the return of Raybon. Their new album is set to release in March. “The name of the album is also called ‘Reloaded,’ with the reason being I