Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Backwards Thinkers Society’s Improv Battle (7:30 p.m. Friday at the Grand Theatre, 102 W. Grand Ave. $20 adults, $10 students.): Watch members of UW-Eau Claire’s improv troupe battle it out in one night of hilarious entertainment. The audience gets to choose the winner, so make sure to pay attention.
Check out our campus improv team and support a good cause with this event, where all proceeds will go toward the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild.
2. Adelyn Rose, Elvessa and Ghost in the Good Thing (7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $5.): Where can you go to hear great local musicians, local poets and peruse local artwork all in one place?
This Sunday that event takes place at The Plus, featuring musicians Rose, Ghost in the Good Thing and Elvessa.
The evening’s poets include Elias Monty, Kessa Albright and Derek Dahlk. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and live music and poetry begin at 8 p.m.
Throughout the evening, also enjoy artwork by Morgan McCandless of Ghost in the Good Thing, Clarice Hable and Mark Lone.
3. Comedian Robert Baril (7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $7 in advance, $10 at door. Recommended 18 and older.): If you need more laughter to fill your weekend, come down to The Plus Saturday night to see “one of the fastest rising comedians in the Twin Cities” (according to the event’s Facebook page).
Baril recorded his first album at The Plus in 2017 and will now be returning with new material.
He’s got his own radio show, “Laughing Matters with Robert Baril,” on 950 AM and draws on his experiences as a philosophy and political science major as well as his time as a substitute teacher.
He’s described as having a “trademark brand of smart, lacerating humor.”
4. ECCT presents “Cinderella” (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s RCU Theatre, 128 Graham Ave. $24 adults, $20 seniors, $14 students and $10 youth 12 and under. ecct.org): Enjoy this contemporary take on a classic that features a drag queen stepmother and some not-so-witty stepsisters, as well as all your favorite characters from this Disney classic.
Songs run the gamut from classic Christmas carols to Whitney Houston, making it a “Cinderella” like you’ve never experienced before.
5. Volume One’s “True North” (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s Jamf Theatre, 128 Graham Ave. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. pablocenter.org): We’ve gotten used to collaborative events here in the Chippewa Valley, and now we can add another to that list.
Local writers will perform live storytelling, either sharing true stories from their own lives or local history and folklore, all done over the backdrop of a live score written and performed by Sean Carey of Bon Iver.
Stories range from humorous to serious and will be presented alongside videos, photos, original film or live performances such as acting and dancing.