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Entertainment briefs (Sept. 5, 2013)

September 4, 2013


Sept. 04--Theatre schedules released

UW-Eau Claire released its 2013-14 theatre schedule this week.

The department of music and theatre arts will put on five plays this year. "Dracula" runs from Oct. 17 through 27 and is based off of Bram Stoker's classic novel. "Far Away" premiers Dec. 10 and runs until Dec. 15. The show is only an hour long and is described as a "futuristic nightmare" that envisions a world where no one can be trusted. The musical "A Man of Importance" takes the stage from Feb. 20 through March 2 and tells a story of a Dublin bus driver in the 1960s. "Wiley and the Hairy Man" will run at area elementary schools from April 3 to May 8 and is a show geared for children. Lastly, "Skyline" runs from April 17 to 27 and is a new work that depicts the wilds of the imagination.

The theatre department will also put on a Spring One Act Festival from May 8 to 10 at the Kjer Theatre.

The dance department will also put on several shows this year. "The Meeting Place" is this year's Fall Dance Project and will hit the Davies Center from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. The show is free to the public. "The Dance Exchange" is the student dance concert that will be held at Kjer Theatre on Dec. 6 and 7. And "DanceWorks" will feature the department's premier performing groups from May 1 to 3.

All shows -- unless noted otherwise -- are $14 for the public, $12 for senior citizens, $10 for youth, $7 for UW-Eau Claire students and $12 for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff. For musicals, each ticket increases by $2. Call 715-836-3727 for tickets or more information.

Storytellers join radio show

A storytelling festival in Eau Claire will be featured on "Spectrum West" from Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network at 10 a.m. today on WHWC-FM (88.3) and WRFW-FM (88.7).

Host Al Ross welcomes Rob Reid, a well-known storyteller and lecturer in the UW-Eau Claire department of education studies, as well as August Rubrecht, an english professor and storyteller from the university. The two will discuss "The Chippewa Valley Storytelling Festival for All Ages," which is at the Davies Student Center next weekend.

The show will also include a look at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, the production of "The Untoward Generation" coming up in St. Croix Falls and a preview of Michael Augustin's sand painting exhibit at the River Falls Public Library.

"Spectrum West" is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin.

Blugold Radio back on the air

The first broadcast of the year for WUEC-FM's (89.7) Blugold Radio will feature in-depth interviews with UW-Eau Claire's new chancellor and performing artist Teddy Geiger from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

During the first hour, Chi Ab Vang will interview Dr. James Schmidt, who became Chancellor of UW-Eau Claire in July. Schmidt will discuss the challenges and opportunities he sees within the university and community.

In the final hour, Kelsie McMahon will host an in-studio interview with Geiger. Geiger will be performing at Owen Park on Friday and is on tour promoting his album "The Last Fears."

The show will also feature news, sports, arts, the Minneapolis band Step Rockets and changes made to the student newspaper and radio programs.

WUEC student programming is broadcast from Hibbard Humanities Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus. For more information on Blugold Radio, visit or

Jean, Brown headline concert

HAYWARD -- Twin Cities-based Americana-roots artists Barbara Jean and Chastity Brown are co-headlining a WOJB Concert Series event Friday at The Park Theater, 15791 U.S. 63.

Jean is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist who plays a violin, viola and banjo. She also is an award-winning songwriter.

Brown describes her music as Americana soul. She plays guitar, banjo, piano, saxophone and harmonica.

Tickets for the concert cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be bought at or by calling 800-776-3689. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30.

Ben Weaver will also be performing at The Park Theater on Sept. 13. Weaver, a St. Paul-based singer-songwriter, author, poet and cook, will bike to the gig in preparation for an extended bicycle tour next year when he releases his next album.

The show will feature Weaver on the guitar and banjo.

Tickets for his show are $10 and are available online at or by calling 715-634-4596.


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