July 31--Here is a roundup of entertainment news and events for the week of July 31-Aug. 6.
Comedy, blues fight MS
Two comedians--including Janesville native Pete Lee--and blues musician Dave Potter will lend their talents tonight to a fundraiser for Team CCC, a biking team that participates in Bike MS, which raises money to fight multiple sclerosis.
Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Armory, 10 S. High St., Janesville. Comedians Vince Maranto and Lee perform at 6:30 p.m., with Potter taking the stage at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets are $25. Call the Armory at 608-741-7400.
Main Street makes merry
Whitewater's Main Street will come alive from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, during the Main Street Festival, which features art booths, food, family activities and downtown sales.
Families can create chalk art throughout the day, and birdhouses and art will be visible downtown in support of the city's bid to be named a Bird City USA.
Among the artists performing on First Street are Carl Cole at 10 a.m., Brian Lucas at 11:40 a.m., a dance performance at 1 p.m., Derek Amin and Earthtet at 1:30 p.m., and Jay Craggs at 3:20 p.m.
Splash with orchestra
Lake Geneva's oldest summer mansion--the 1856 Maxwell Mansion--will be the venue for Summer Splash, a benefit event for the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
The evening features short musical programs, light snacks and a cash bar from 6-8 p.m. at the mansion, 421 Baker St., Lake Geneva. Tickets are available at LakeGenevaOrchestra.org; the suggested donation is $20.
If you missed your local July Fourth concert, the orchestra will perform "A Salute to the Armed Forces" at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Lake Geneva'sFlat Iron Park and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Delavan'sPhoenix Park band shell. Other groups will perform prior to the orchestra. Admission is free.
Audition for farce
Lakeland Players will hold auditions for "Sex Please, We're Sixty" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11-12, at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center, 15 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn.
The show needs men and women ages 45 and older. Each participant should prepare a song and wear shoes for dance. Call 262-728-5578 or 630-205-4722.
--Ann Fiore, Gazette staff
Butterflies are back
Olbrich Botanical Gardens'Bolz Conservatory is full of free-flying butterflies for its annual Blooming Butterflies event, which runs through Aug. 10. Visitors can walk among the colorful creatures at the exhibit, which features hundreds of butterflies representing more than a dozen species.
Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at the gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Cost is $7 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12 and free for 2 and younger. Because the life expectancy of butterflies varies, some will remain after the exhibit officially closes.
--Andrea Zani, Wisconsin State Journal
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