Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Let it Glow and Clearwater Parade (events begin at 5:30 p.m., parade at 6:30 p.m. Friday, at Phoenix Park, 330 Riverfront Terrace. downtowneau claire.org): We can officially say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and nothing puts me in the spirit more than a good, colorful nighttime parade.
Head to Phoenix Park first for the annual tree lighting ceremony, then walk across the lighted bridge toward West Grand Avenue for the annual parade that will feature floats and Santa Claus himself.
The evening comes to a close with fireworks over the Grand Avenue bridge.
2. MTG presents “A Christmas Carol” (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E., Menomonie. $15 adults, $13 seniors/students/military.): Director Marianne Fieber-Dhara is putting her own spin on this holiday classic with her adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale.
With females in male roles and kids in traditionally adult roles, this cast was hand-picked to get “the best fit for each role, regardless” of gender, Fieber-Dhara said. And she thinks it has paid off.
No matter how many times you’ve seen this show, its themes of redemption and forgiveness are worth being reminded of during the holidays.
3. Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers album release show (music starts at 9 p.m. Friday at The Mousetrap, 311 S. Barstow St. 21 and older.): The culmination of three years of work, Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers is releasing its three-part album, “EPHREM,” during this show.
Anderson said most people have heard parts one and two, but part three should have new tunes for the band’s fans to enjoy.
He described the album as a progression of growth for each of the band members as well as the band itself — each part reflects a “phase” of their lives in the last three years.
Twin Cities-based band the Shackletons and Eau Claire’s own Over Unders also will perform.
4. The Phipps Festival Chorus presents “An American Christmas: Immigrant Roots” (7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., Hudson. $23 adults, $16 students. thephipps.org): Enjoy Christmas classics mixed in with more traditional songs of the season sung originally by immigrants to the United States at this concert.
These tunes, sung by the 40-member Phipps Festival Chorus, will get you in the holiday spirit while teaching you a musical history lesson.
5. “Dark Side of the Yule — Christmas Meets Classic Rock” (7:30 p.m. Saturday at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. $21 adults, $19 seniors, $15 youth. cvca.net): You’ve heard Christmas music before, but chances are you haven’t heard it combined with rock hits from groups such as Metallica and Pink Floyd.
Enter: Classical Blast.
This band is known for blurring musical lines by blending classical music with rock songs, and its Christmas show is sure to be like nothing else you’ll experience this holiday season.