Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. UW-EC Theater presents “She Kills Monsters” (7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Jamf Theatre, 128 Graham Ave. $22 adults, $16 students. pablocenter.org): Hearing director Arthur Grothe describe this show — ”fantastical at some moments ... grounded and realistic in others” and the cast fights “a number of fantastical creatures like a giant gelatinous cube, a five-headed dragon ...” — was enough to convince me I had to see it.
I encourage you to do the same. The show is a journey through a young woman’s grief and healing after the death of her parents and sister in a car accident. It focuses mostly on the sisters’ relationship and, get this, it’s told through a “Dungeons & Dragons” lens.
2. “Twas the Night: A Christmas rock ’n’ roll benefit concert,” (5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Peace Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. $20. tinyurl.com/yaswb j2l): If you like Christmas music, rock bands with a purpose and supporting a local cause, then have I got the show for you.
Local musician Jon Peterson put this event together to raise funds for his pal Zach Caterer, a junior at Eau Claire Memorial High School who suffered a severe spinal cord injury this summer.
Peterson wants to give Caterer and his family an escape from the stress of medical bills, and what better way to do that than a holiday rock concert?
3. Orenda Fugue’s CD release show (music starts at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Mousetrap, 311 S. Barstow St. 21 and older): This group has been working on music for awhile, and its debut album, “Revel” promises to be good (if the first single released, “Hard Learner,” is any indication).
The night promises a plethora of local talent, with Eau Claire-based bands We’re Wolves and the Broken Eights also set to perform.
4. “Shedding Light” artists’ reception (5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave.): If the winter blues have got you down (and the fact that it’s pitch black by 5 p.m.), this art exhibit should be able to bring some light and warmth into your life.
The theme promises images of balmy beaches and long, lazy summer days, so escape from the shortest days of the year inside Pablo Center — and remember, Friday, Dec. 21, is the winter solstice, so the days only get longer from there.
If you can’t get to the reception, the exhibit is up through Jan. 25.
5. CVTG presents “Closed for the Holidays” (7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Theatre, 102 W. Grand Ave. $25 adults, $12 youth and students. cvtg.org): Looking for something to lift you into the holiday spirit but not something you can recite the plot from memory?
The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s holiday show can help with both. Take away all the warm, fuzzy feelings a holiday theater show should evoke without the awareness of how it’s going to end in “Closed for the Holidays.” (Though, OK, you can probably guess.)
The show centers around a community center in which strangers find themselves stuck with one another on Christmas Eve following a blizzard.
Fall in love with a few new characters this holiday season.