Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend.
1. Michael Perry — “So Where we At?” (7:30 p.m. Friday at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. $15 adults, $14 seniors, $6 youth. cvca.net): A monologue by our beloved author Perry is like sitting down next to your favorite uncle at a holiday dinner and laughing until you cry — but you don’t realize until you’ve left that you’ve learned something too.
Enjoy “a night of laughter and who knows what” from our favorite humorist, who will share tales and insights on living in rural Wisconsin.
2. “Where is the Love?” a gospel and hip-hop Christmas concert (7 p.m. Sunday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St.): Eau Claire’s CollECtive Choir is holding a holiday show that’ll have you toe-tapping along and feeling all fuzzy inside. This group aims to use music to spread love and togetherness by targeting a genre not often thought of as “loving” or “together.”
They’ll be joined by local nonprofit and band 513FREE as well as Minneapolis-based gospel rap artist Tru-Serva.
3. Rick Pendergast’s “Stoney Lonesome Road” reading (2 p.m. Saturday at the Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St.): Pendergast’s debut novel draws on his wealth of experience as an Eau Claire Police Department officer, lawyer and attorney. It’s crime fiction that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, connected to the main character Jack Delaney, as he works to solve a murder 35 years after the fact.
If you haven’t yet added this to your list of local lit, you’ll want to after attending this reading.
4. Jingle Ball (doors at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls. $50 per person, $90 per couple. cvca.net): Perhaps you’re tired of the same old Christmas routine and are looking for something a little, shall we say, fancier?
Heyde Center’s new formal Christmas ball should be memorable. Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar beginning at 6:30 p.m., with ballroom dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
The night will include waltzes, foxtrots, salsa, merengue, swing and tangos courtesy of a full band comprising UW-Eau Claire’s music department students and alumni. Discounts also are available for students up to age 25.
5. Matt and Suzie K.’s Christmas Soiree (doors at 7 p.m. Saturday at River Prairie Center, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona. $18, or $12 for students. 18 and older.): This couple will perform their own musical stylings of Christmas tunes along with friends Kat and Ryan Sherman and Cathy Reitz. Jazz musicians from UW-Eau Claire’s jazz department also will be on hand to provide that big-band sound.
Grab your best dress and tuxedo for this formal event, and get out on the dance floor. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time at beinit.org.