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Weekend Happenings: March 7-9

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

This week in River Falls:

Friday:

  • St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra concert: At noon, at the Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building at UW-River Falls. The concert feature Guest Conductor Layton “Skip” James from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Vocalist Margaret Jane Wray, plus violinists Kristin Cassada and Sharon Zietrath. Join the SCVSO as they celebrate the “Year of Germany” with music by Mozart, Wagner, and Mahler including Mozart’s "The Magic Flute Overture," Bach's "Double Violin Concerto," Mozart's "Masonic Funeral Music," Wagner's "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral," Mahler's Song Cycle, "Ich bin der Welt," "Ich atmet einen linden Duft," "Blicke mir nicht" and an arrangement of "You'll Never Walk Alone." The concert is supported by Kast Productions/UWRF Music Department/Friends of UWRF Music and is free to the public. For further information, contact Director Kristin Tjornehoj at 715-410-7416 or the UWRF Music Department at 715-425-3183.
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  • UWRF seniors present art exhibition: UW-River Falls seniors Lauren Forsythe, Nicole Pederson, and David Steinmetz will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building from March 6-13. The exhibit is free and open to the public. A reception for the artists is set for 6-8 p.m., in the gallery. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact the Art Department at 715-425-3266.
  • Falls Theatre: Mr. Peabody and Sherman at 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
  • ‘Vinegar Tom:’ At the Syse Theatre in Kleinpell Fine Arts building. 7:30 p.m. Focuses on women of the 17th century who were suspected, charged or even hanged for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Given the subject matter, the play is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets $11/adults, $9/seniors 60+ and $6/students. Tickets can be purchased at the University Theatre Box Office in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, beginning Feb. 17, and one hour prior to performances. For more information or to order tickets by phone, call the box office at 715-425-3114.
  • Library lower level exhibit: Quilts from traditional to trendy. No longer just for the bed, the annual quilt exhibit showcases careful stitchery, amazing designs, and vibrant colors through April 20.
  • Saturday:

    • Free community breakfast: River Falls United Methodist Church, 127 South 2nd St., will host a free community breakfast from 8-10 a.m. on  the second Saturday of the month. There are also free rides to the church for the breakfast, contact United Methodist at 715-425-6233.
    • Green Skills event: Will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the River Falls High School. There will be opportunities to learn about fermented foods, green remodeling, cheese-making, homemade personal care products, spinning wool and more. $10 registration fee includes four class sessions, continental breakfast, and complimentary childcare. If you would like childcare, please email rflocalfood@gmail.com with the names and ages of your children. Register online at the Community Education website www.rflearns.org or register at the door. Complete class descriptions at www.localfoodpartnership.org. For more information email rflocalfood@gmail.com.
    • Falls Theatre: Mr. Peabody and Sherman at 2, 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • UWRF women’s hockey game: At 2:05 p.m. versus Steven’s Point at W.H. Hunt Arena on the UWRF campus.
    • St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra concert: At 3 p.m., at the Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building at UW-River Falls. The concerts feature Guest Conductor Layton “Skip” James from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Vocalist Margaret Jane Wray, plus violinists Kristin Cassada and Sharon Zietrath. Join the SCVSO as they celebrate the “Year of Germany” with music by Mozart, Wagner, and Mahler including Mozart’s "The Magic Flute Overture," Bach's "Double Violin Concerto," Mozart's "Masonic Funeral Music," Wagner's "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral," Mahler's Song Cycle, "Ich bin der Welt," "Ich atmet einen linden Duft," "Blicke mir nicht" and an arrangement of "You'll Never Walk Alone." The  concert has an admission of $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for students. A reception follows each concert. For further information, contact Director Kristin Tjornehoj at 715-410-7416 or the UWRF Music Department at 715-425-3183.
    • ‘Vinegar Tom:’ At the Syse Theatre in Kleinpell Fine Arts building. 6-8 p.m. Focuses on women of the 17th century who were suspected, charged or even hanged for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Given the subject matter, the play is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets $11/adults, $9/seniors 60+ and $6/students. Tickets can be purchased at the University Theatre Box Office in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, beginning Feb. 17, and one hour prior to performances. For more information or to order tickets by phone, call the box office at 715-425-3114.
    • UWRF Jazz Ensemble Concert: At 7:30 p.m. in Abbott concert Hall. Free and open to the public.
    • UWRF seniors present art exhibition: UW-River Falls seniors Lauren Forsythe, Nicole Pederson, and David Steinmetz will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building from March 6-13. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact the Art Department at 715-425-3266.
    • Library lower level exhibit: Quilts from traditional to trendy. No longer just for the bed, the annual quilt exhibit showcases careful stitchery, amazing designs, and vibrant colors through April 20.

    Sunday:

    • Open Skate: From 1-2:30 p.m. at W.H. Hunt Arena on the UWRF campus.
    • Falls Theatre: Mr. Peabody and Sherman at 2, 7 and 9 p.m. See a preview at www.fallstheatre.com.
    • Common Chord Piano recital: Students of Common Chord Piano Studio, instructed by Beth Ray, will present an "Almost Spring" recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library. Performing will be Jacob and Elizabeth Sammon, Hannes Rolf, Sid and Dylan Score, Sophia Schmidt, Arden LaFave, Alton and Alena Lesneski, Kaitlin O'Brien, Shirin Nasery, and Reilly Myklebust. The recital is free and open to the public.
    • UWRF seniors present art exhibition: UW-River Falls seniors Lauren Forsythe, Nicole Pederson, and David Steinmetz will present their Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building from March 6-13. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact the Art Department at 715-425-3266.
    • Library lower level exhibit: Quilts from traditional to trendy. No longer just for the bed, the annual quilt exhibit showcases careful stitchery, amazing designs, and vibrant colors through April 20.

    This week in the local area:

    Friday:

    • Pinkalicious the Musical: At Old Gem Theater. 7 p.m. Call 715-246-3285 for more information. Old Gem is at 116 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond.
    • Morning’s at Seven: By Spring Valley Stagehands. Sweet, heartwarming comedy at 7 p.m. Tickets are available on-line at www.svstagehands.org. Of course, also get a ticket at the door too. Spring Valley Community Theater, S234 McKay Ave, Spring Valley.

    Saturday:

    • Women’s Expo and Holistic Show: From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Hudson House Grand Hotel, 1616 Crestview Drive, Hudson. Free admission. Vendors, crafters and holistic wellness.
    • National wildlife refuge talk: Tom Kerr, manager of the St. Croix Wetland Management District (SCWMD), will give a talk titled “National Wildlife Refuges in Your Local Area,” from 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the Hudson Library. During his talk he will highlight some of the visitor opportunities and projects on National Wildlife Refuges and Wetland Management Districts throughout Wisconsin as well as provide an overview of the programs and habitats on the SCWMD.
    • Organ concert: Award-winning organist Jonathan Ortloff will perform classics from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to famous later compositions, including selections by Stephen Sondheim and the Muppets, on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. As a performer, Ortloff has excelled as a young theater organist, winning the American Theatre Organ Society’s (ATOS) 2008 Young Theatre Organist Competition, and since performing for theater organ groups throughout the United States and Canada, including programs at three national conventions of the ATOS. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.
    • Pinkalicious the Musical: At Old Gem Theater. 7 p.m. Friday,. Call 715-246-3285 for more information. Old Gem is at 116 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond.
    • Morning’s at Seven: By Spring Valley Stagehands. Sweet, heartwarming comedy at 7 p.m. Tickets are available on-line at www.svstagehands.org. Of course, also get a ticket at the door too. Spring Valley Community Theater, S234 McKay Ave, Spring Valley.

    Sunday:

    • Morning’s at Seven: By Spring Valley Stagehands. Sweet, heartwarming comedy at 2 p.m. Tickets are available on-line at www.svstagehands.org. Of course, also get a ticket at the door too. Spring Valley Community Theater, S234 McKay Ave, Spring Valley.
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