Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Gatsby’s Gala (8 p.m. Friday at UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave. $35, or $20 for college students. uwec.ticketforce.com): Ladies, don your best flapper dress, and gentlemen, grab your best three-piece suit (Panama-style and fedora hats optional, but strongly encouraged). Then put on your dancing shoes and head to UW-Eau Claire this weekend for the party that takes you back in time.
Featuring live music from the university’s Jazz I and II ensembles, this annual event is something both young and old look forward to year after year. Cheers.
2. Hmong New Year Celebration (events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road. $4, free for seniors and those under 5.): If you identify as Hmong, this event is a great way to celebrate a cultural tradition in an authentic environment, complete with traditional Hmong dress clothing, dance groups and food.
The event marks the end of the harvest year and beginning of a new one.
If you don’t identify as Hmong, this is a great eye-opener for a culture that is all around us in Eau Claire. I learned a lot the first year I attended as a student at UW-EC, and the event has only grown since.
There will be competitions in dance, singing and kwj txhiaj (a traditional vocal art form). No matter your background, entertainment and good food is something we can all appreciate.
3. We are the Willows and Superior Siren (7 p.m. Friday at The Metro, 201 E. Lake St. $10. convergeradio.org): We are the Willows is a six-piece, orchestral indie rock band. Yes, you read that right. Orchestral. Indie. Rock.
They’ll be joined by Duluth, Minn.-based Superior Siren, an all-female “eerie folk” project straight from the shores of Lake Superior. Put those together and you get a live show you can’t see in Eau Claire every day.
4. African Dinner celebration (5 p.m. Sunday at Ojibwe Ballroom in UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave. $12, $6 ages 12 and under. uwec.ticketforce.com): This event is put on by UW-Eau Claire’s African Student Association, and though I haven’t been to it, it sounds like a great way to immerse yourself in several African cultures that are probably unfamiliar to you — or, if you are familiar, to find yourself among others who enjoy and appreciate the culture as much as you do.
The event description promises food, music, fashion and more.
5. ECCO concert: “Baroque Treasures” (7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave. $29, or free for those 21 and under. pablocenter.org): The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s second concert of the season will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Orchestra Suite No. 1 in C Major,” “Es ist vollbracht” from St. John’s Passion and “Mache Diche, mein Herze, rein” from St. Matthew’s Passion, among others.
Gary Don, UW-Eau Claire professor of music theory, also will speak at 6:45 p.m. Saturday in the Clear Water Room.