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Reed honors recitals set for Sunday at UW-L
 Randy Erickson
 10.05.17

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will host Reed Music Studios’ 27th annual Honors Recitals on Sunday.

A large portion of the studio’s 400-plus students playing piano, strings, flute and guitar competed for spots in the recital, which will highlight the talents of dozens of young musicians. The state piano competition winners will be highlighted: Logan High School senior Ben Smith, Onalaska Middle School sixth-grader Lucas Go and fifth-grader Andre de La Rosa, a student at Holmen’s Prairie View Elementary.

The recitals will take place in the Annett Recital Hall in UW-L’s Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St., with instrumental and piano duet recitals starting at 1:30 p.m. and solo piano and state competition winner recitals starting at 4 p.m.

Both recitals are free and open to all. A pizza and cake reception will follow the recitals.


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Viterbo to present Menotti operas this weekend at Weber Center
 10.05.17

Viterbo University music students will perform a pair of contrasting short operas by Gian Carlo Menotti this weekend at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

“The Medium” tells the story of Madame Flora, her daughter and a mute servant boy in two acts. During a bogus séance, the intoxicated Madame Flora feels a phantom hand around her throat, and subsequent events lead to a shocking conclusion.

In “The Telephone,” Ben (Drew Larson) makes several attempts at Lucy’s apartment to interrupt her telephone conversations with her friends in order to propose to Lucy (Leah Wons). His last attempt comes as he leaves the apartment and decides to phone Lucy from a telephone booth.

“Opera provides excellent singing and acting experience for our students,” said director David Richardson. “The music of both these operas is very accessible for listeners, and several of the arias are well known. The music carries the plot for both stories.”

Richardson is joined by guest stage director and friend Brent Wilson of Los Angeles.

“The Telephone” and “The Medium,” which will be sung in English, debuted as a double bill Feb. 18, 1947, in New York.


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Mark L. Walberg to host live game show at La Crosse Center
 Randy Erickson
 10.05.17

Mark L. Walberg, host of “Antiques Roadshow,” will be the master of ceremonies when “The Price is Right Live,” the stage version of the popular TV game show, comes to the La Crosse Center on Nov. 8.

Walberg, who has hosted game shows for the past decade, started his television career as an assistant at Dick Clark Productions. He quickly moved in front of the camera as the announcer for the “Shop Til You Drop” game show and then as host of “Burnt Toast,” a sports magazine show on ESPN.

It was there that the late Brandon Tartikoff noticed his work, and that association produced the nationally syndicated “Mark Walberg Show.” Since then, Walberg has hosted and been featured in an array of popular talk, reality competition, and game shows.

“The Price Is Right Live” gives eligible individuals the chance to “come on down” and play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel, and the fabulous Showcase.

Tickets to the show cost $31.50, $41.50 or $51. Tickets are available in person at the La Crosse Center box office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.


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THIS WEEKEND IN ENTERTAINMENT
 Randy Erickson
 10.06.17

Arts

First Friday artist reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Gallery La Crosse, 320 Main St., 608-782-4278.

La Crosse Luna Story Slam, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Pearl Street Brewery, 1401 Saint Andrew St., $5 to $8, 608-784-4832.

Dance

Top Notchmen, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Concordia Ballroom, 1129 La Crosse St., $10, 608-782-7049.

Karaoke

Karaoke, 9 p.m. Saturday, Features Sports Bar & Grill, 504 N. Holmen Drive, Holmen, 526-3848.

Karaoke, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Boondocks Locker Room, N14433 Hwy. M, Galesville, 608-582-4401.

Music

Bear Creek Band, 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Nub’s Pub, 308 N. Washington St., Melrose, 608-488-2100.

Spike and April, 4 p.m. Friday, Elmaro Vineyard, N14756 Delaney Road, Trempealeau, 608-534-6456.

Don Scott Blues, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, The Verse Lounge & Grill, 717 Rose St., 608-782-1650.

The Tequila Brothers, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Boot Hill Pub, 1101 Saint Andrews St., 608-782-3826.

Rosedale with Midwest Voltage and Wood Chickens, 6:45 to 8 p.m. Friday, The Warehouse, 328 Pearl St., 608-784-1422.

Paul Leithold, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Charmant Hotel, 101 State St., 608-519-8825.

Them Coulee Boys with LASKA, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Driftless Books and Music, 518 Walnut St., Viroqua, 608-638-2665.

Colin Marshall, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Trempealeau Hotel, 11332 Main St., Trempealeau, donations, 608-534-6898.

Pat Ferguson, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern, 328 S. Front St., 608-782-5400.

Seven Ravens Band, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Robins Nest, 328 Goddard St., 608-784-4847.

Lou Shields, Luke Callen and Anna Jo Banjo, 8 p.m. Friday, Leo & Leona’s Tavern and Dance Hall, W1436 Hwy. 33, Bangor, 608-452-3637.

The Sonic Beats, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, The Dugout 47, 1305 Bainbridge St., 608-784-3390.

The Stays, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, The Brickhouse, 228 Fifth Ave. S., 608-790-5739.

Burnin’ Whiskey, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, N4985 Hwy. M, West Salem.

The Mayfield Experience, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Popcorn Tavern, 308 S. Fourth St., 608-782-9069.

Pigtown Fling, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Ecker’s Apple Farm, W27062 Hwy. 54/35, Trempealeau, 608-539-2652.

Old Towne Hootenanny family jam, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Old Towne Strings, 1218 Caledonia St., 608-782-1222.

David Hartman, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Ferguson’s Orchard, N17543 Grover Lane, Galesville, 608-539-4239.

Rick Sampson and Mark Christiansen, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Elmaro Vineyard, N14756 Delaney Road, Trempealeau, 608-534-6456.

Open jam hosted by Ann Christoffer (bring your own equipment), 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, The Verse Lounge & Grill, 717 Rose St., 608-782-1650.

Country jam session, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, French Island American Legion, 700 Fisherman Road.

Hawthorne Heights with Sweetalk and Yearless, 6:45 to 10:45 p.m. Saturday, The Warehouse, 328 Pearl St., 608-784-1422.

Pigtown Fling, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, The Wine Guyz, 122 King St., 608-782-9463.

The Couleegans, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Timmer’s 10 Mile, W4516 Eddie Avenue, 608-796-2270.

JCat and Skeeter, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Freighthouse Restaurant, 107 Vine St., 608-784-6211.

Doug Collins with Jake Stephens, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Driftless Books and Music, 518 Walnut St., Viroqua, 608-638-2665.

Avey/Grouws Duo, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Moxie’s Pub, 1835 Rose St., 608-781-7070.

The Tom Gullion Trio with the Frank Wildingway Trio, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, The ARK Cultural Center, 401 E. Jefferson St., Viroqua, $10, 608-637-7824.

Johnsmith with Dan Sebranek, Radoslav Lorkavic and Larry Dalton, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Leo & Leona’s Tavern and Dance Hall, W1436 Hwy. 33, Bangor, 608-452-3637.

Dean Saner (benefit for Viroqua Community Theater), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rooted Spoon , 219 N. Main St., Viroqua, $10, 608-632-2120.

Guitar Logic, 8 p.m. Saturday, Red Pines Bar and Grill, W7305 Hwy. Z, Onalaska, 608-779-2800.

Moniker, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Smokey’s Bar and Grill, 112 Mill St., Holmen, 608-526-4984.

Tommy Bentz Band, 9 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Trempealeau Hotel, 11332 Main St., Trempealeau, 608-534-6898.

Spare Parts Project, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Our Corner Bar, 2104 George St., 608-783-9847.

Horrible Redenbacher, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Popcorn Tavern, 308 S. Fourth St., 608-782-9069.

Simple Roots music series, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, The Root Note, 115 S. Fourth St., 608-782-7668.

Crooked Willow, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Elmaro Vineyard, N14756 Delaney Road, Trempealeau, 608-534-6456.

Reed Music Studios 27th annual Honors Recitals, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Annett Recital Hall, UW-L Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St., 608-783-6382.

Natty Nation acoustic show (and video shoot), 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Driftless Books & Music, 518 Walnut St., Viroqua, $10 to $15, 608-638-2665.

Alex Elvin and Justin Urness, 10 p.m. Sunday, Popcorn Tavern, 308 S. Fourth St., 608-782-9069.

Theater

ACT production of “Buying the Moose,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Area Community Theatre, 907 Kilbourn Ave., Tomah, 608-372-6608.

Improv class, with The Webernauts, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 S. Front St., 608-784-9292.

“The Medium” and “The Telephone,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 S. Front St., $14, 608-796-3100.


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AT THE MOVIES
 Randy Erickson
 10.06.17

“American Made” (R): Tom Cruise stars as an unlikely pilot flying secret undercover missions for the CIA. Four stars. (Marcus)

“Battle of the Sexes” (PG-13): Steve Carell and Emma Stone play tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, who squared off in 1973 in a tennis match/cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the court. Three stars. (Marcus)

“Blade Runner 2049” (R): Ryan Gosling plays a blade runner who discovers a secret that could plunge the world into chaos and sets him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner missing for 30 years. Four stars. (Marcus)

“Despicable Me 3” (PG): Supervillain-turned-hero Gru and his family return in this animated comic-adventure, which features the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews. Three stars. (Rivoli)

“Dunkirk” (PG-13): Christopher Nolan wrote and directed this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Four stars. (Rivoli)

“Flatliners” (PG-13): The fine line between life and death becomes a dangerous obsession for five medical students. One star. (Marcus)

“It” (R): When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise. Three stars. (Marcus)

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (R): In the second “Kingsman” installment, our heroes face a new challenge when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. Two stars. (Marcus)

“The Lego Ninjago Movie” (PG): This big-screen Ninjago adventure features an epic showdown that tests a fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas. Two stars. (Marcus)

“The Mountain Between Us” (PG-13): Kate Winslet and Idris Elba play strangers who must forge a connection to survive perilous journey through a wintry wilderness. Two stars. (Marcus)

“My Little Pony: The Movie” (PG): A dark force threatens Ponyville and sends our equine heroes on a quest beyond Equestria to save their home. Not yet reviewed. (Marcus)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (PG-13): A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero, living with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) under the watchful eye of his new mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Three stars. (Rivoli)

“Wind River” (R): A rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) teams up with a game tracker with a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the baffling murder of a girl on a remote Native American reservation. Three stars. (Rivoli)

“Wonder Woman” (PG-13): After rescuing a pilot (Chris Pine) on her remote island, an Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) learns that war is engulfing the planet and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. Four stars. (Rivoli)