Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Clear Water Comedy presents “The Roast of 2018” (doors at 8 p.m. today at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $3. Recommended 18 and older): I’m sorry for not giving you more advanced notice, but this show by our very own comedians is a local take on the classic comedy roast.
According to the event’s Facebook page, they’re going to tackle “wildfires. Russian hackers. Celebrity deaths. Another year, another slog through misery. Beat it, 2018!”
If you can make this, I know you won’t be disappointed. Plus, tickets include a free domestic tap beer, rail drink or soft drink, so you can’t go wrong.
2. “A Night to Remember” Christmas concert with Sue Orfield and Emilie Menz (4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E., Menomonie. $25 adults, $20 students/seniors.): Enjoy an evening of Christmas tunes curated by talented local musicians, all while raising money for an important cause.
The concert is intended to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness in the Menomonie area, and the talented musicians are just a bonus. Enjoy a mix of Christmas carols and new arrangements, with proceeds going toward Stepping Stones of Dunn County. The nonprofit aims to provide food, shelter and support to those in need.
3. The Bodeans (doors at 7 p.m. Friday at The Metro, 201 E. Lake St. $25 in advance, $30 at door. volumeone tickets.org): Chances are you grew up with this high-energy band or you’ve been lucky enough to be introduced to them by your parents. Even if you haven’t heard the group, you should give this show a shot.
With so much experience under their belts, you can bet they know how to connect with audiences.
4. “Nutcracker in Wonderland” ballet (7:30 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. Saturday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E., Menomonie. $30 adults, $25 students/seniors. 715-235-9726): Kick back with the St. Paul Ballet and put yourself in the holiday spirit with this take on the classic “Nutcracker” tale.
In this ballet, Clara has grown up and is home from college for the holidays. She rediscovers parts of her childhood while finding new parts of herself on this journey through Wonderland.
Perhaps you’ll find a little of your own childhood too.