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UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery announces its current exhibition, "Unusual Message," which features work by 64 artists and designers from 12 countries. The exhibit is on view through Oct. 2.

Cirque Italia will bring its newest production to Eau Claire Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22, under the grand, swirling white and blue tent outside Oakwood Mall, 4800 Golf Road.

“Reflection and Contemplation,” an art exhibit of photographs and video by Mitchell Spencer, can be seen through Monday, Nov. 4, at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

Deborah Tobola, author of the memoir "Hummingbird in Underworld -- Teaching in a Men’s Prison," will give a reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St.

Join local writers for back-to-back events on rejection and how to turn this dispiriting moment into an opportunity on Thursday, Sept. 19, at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

The Heyde Center for the Arts will partner again with culinary award-winning artist Jason Tepaske of Sweet Clarisse for the inaugural Dinner Over the Duncan at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, on the historic Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge in downtown Chippewa Falls.

Take an in-depth look at the work of Milwaukee-raised writer and actor Ayad Akhtar on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

ALMA -- The 17 annual Alma Music and Arts Festival, with food, original art and music, will be from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at Alma Beach and Recreation Area on the Mississippi River, 125 Beach Harbor Road.

HUDSON -- “Population 485,” by Michael Perry, adapted from his book “Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time,” will be staged next month at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St.

Rob Ferrett, host of “Central Time,” and Al Ross, host of “Spectrum West,” will be among the Wisconsin Public Radio staffers who will meet listeners at a free event to say thank you to WPR’s audience between 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the River Prairie Center in Altoona.

Like any group of longtime friends, Brian Moen, Justin Vernon and Phil Cook get together when their busy schedules allow. Fortunately for Chippewa Valley music fans, sometimes those meetings involve performances by The Shouting Matches.

A three-day musical event featuring 20 regional artists/bands will take place Sept. 6-8 at Stones Throw to raise donations to aid Duane “Danno” Kebschull of DMi Sound as he recovers from multiple surgeries following a severe accident.

Justin Hayward, known as the singer, lead guitarist and composer on the Moody Blues' biggest hits, will perform an intimate concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Pablo Center at the Confluence's Jamf Theatre, 128 Graham Ave.