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    UW-L Chamber Ensemble sets Sunday afternoon concert

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chamber Players will hold a special summer concert. The concert begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20, in Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets.

    The ensemble, along with community musicians, will perform a program of chamber music. The selections include: Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Octet Op. 103,” “Six Romances After Mendelssohn for Ten Wind Instruments” by Stephen Michael Gryc, and Antonin Dvorak’s “Serenade in D minor, Op. 44.” The Chamber Players is directed by Thomas Seddon.

    Admission is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring a canned food item to support local food banks.

    If you go—

    Who:   University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chamber Players   

    What: Chamber music concert

    When: 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20

    Where:  Annett Recital HallUW-L Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets         

    Admission: Free, but those attending should bring a canned food item to support local food banks

    UW-L Theatre Department Announces 2014-2015 Theatre Season

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production presents a season filled with a groundbreaking lawsuit, a Neil Simon comedy, a classic Shakespeare and a fast-paced musical.

    Opening the 2014-2015 season is 8  by Dustin Lance Black Ripped. From the headlines, 8 is a play that re-enacts events surrounding a 2010 lawsuit that overturned California's Proposition 8, a voter referendum that threw out California’s 2008 law allowing same-sex marriage. Written by Academy and Oscar Award winner Dustin Lance Black, 8 utilizes the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which ultimately led to a California federal judge’s ruling that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.

    Next up is the Neil Simon classic, Rumors, which begins at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse; the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

    Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Teenager Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work together.

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare this bewitching play is believed to be Shakespeare's final work. The story concerns Miranda, a lovely young maiden, and Prospero, her philosophical old magician father, who dwell on an enchanted island, alone except for their servants — Ariel, an invisible sprite, and Caliban, a monstrous witch’s son.  Into their idyllic, but isolated, lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter adrift on the ocean. Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first young man Miranda has ever seen. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous harmony.

    The UW-L Theatre Department is also thrilled to present two Frederick Theatre productions including Peter Brook’s The Man Who and the children’s tale In One Basket.  The Man Who offers a series of fascinating doctor/patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings of the brain.  Peter Brook’s hypnotizing new theatrical work is as vast and mysterious as the human imagination and as commonplace as the image of a man trying to shave himself, but failing.  The Man Who is one of the most magically effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever to be attempted on the stage.  The Man Who is funny, inspiring, desperate, and heroic. In One Basket by Shirley Pugh is a fascinating compilation of 12 relatively obscure folktales, told in the storytelling fashion.  Audiences will be captivated by the rare, but not forgotten tales of youthfulness, adventure, and lessons to be learned played out by a cast of silly characters including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a spunky young girl.  Tales include The Three Wishes, Tale of a Mouse, Crown of Dew, and The Kangaroo and the Ostrich.  (Please note:  The Man Who and In One Basket are not part of the season subscription package.)

    Please join the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for another thrilling season!  Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14, 2014 and include ticket vouchers for four season productions, postcard reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season subscriptions are $60 for general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL students/high school students, and $14 for UW-L students and can be purchased by calling the UW-L Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.

    Can You Spell E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-I-N-G?  UW-L Theatre presents A Spelling Bee for All Ages

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts proudly announces its SummerStage production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  This jubilant, touching show celebrates an eclectic group of six teenagers vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28 and Thursday, July 3 & Saturday, July 5. Matinee performances will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29 and Sunday, July 6 in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets.

    At the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, students file into the auditorium in hopes that they will be the next champion of the very prestigious spelling bee. Rona, the host and 3rd annual Putnam champion, introduces the students; William Barfee spells his words correctly with the help of his “magic” waggling foot; Olive, the new girl with the absent parents has a drive to prove herself; and Marcy, a very gifted young lady struggles with an unfortunate lisp. Follow these tweens as they spell their way through a series of ridiculous words, hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.  With each contestant eliminated the pressure rises, and the children must learn what it means to really be a winner.

    Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 23.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and one hour before show times.  Box office will be closed on July 4.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior/non UWL students and $10 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.

    If you go—

    Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts

    What: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin

    Where: Toland Theatre, UW-La Crosse Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets

    When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28 and Thursday, July 3 & Saturday, July 5. Matinee performances will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29 and Sunday, July 6

    Admission: $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $10 UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 23.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before show times.

    Cast: Alex Attardo, Callie Boydston, Lily Cornwell, Olivia Dubiel, Andrew Helman, David Holmes, Quinn Masterson, Aamer Mian, Maddie Napolski, Nirvan Patnaik, Seth Steidl, Kara Shultz, Lewis Youngren

    UW-L Wind Ensemble to Perform June 29

    The UW-L Wind Ensemble, and some community friends, will be performing on Sunday June 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at UW-L on the quad between Main and Morris Halls. This will be an 'Americana' evening of music featuring Charles Ives 'Variations on America', John Philip Sousa's 'The Star's and Stripes Forever and a great Star Trek Medley! Please join us for some great music and bring a picnic dinner or chairs to sit on the lawn! (In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Center for the Arts – Annett Recital Hall.)

    Archaeology center offers summer youth programs June 23-26

    The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center will offer summer archaeology programs for youth grades 4-9 Monday, June 23-26. All programs happen in 312 Wimberly Hall at UW-La Crosse. Advanced registration is required by contacting UW-L Continuing Education and Extension at 608.785.6504 or registering online at

    “Tombs and Temples of the Americas” runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, June 23. Students entering grades 4-6 will discover the Maya, Inca and Aztecs of Mesoamerica and South America. Hands-on activities will include writing hieroglyphics, making a mask and more. Registration is $80. Cancellations prior to June 6 will receive a $40 refund. No refunds after June 6. Students bring a lunch, drink snacks and water bottle. Program Number: 84-43.

    “Introduction to Archaeology” runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.  Students entering grades 5-9 will explore MVAC’s archaeology lab and work with artifacts recovered from area excavations. Students will discover how the first Native Americans in Wisconsin survived using the area’s natural resources. “Introduction to Archaeology” is a prerequisite to “Middle School Field Experience.” Registration is $80. Cancellations prior to June 6 will receive a $40 refund. No refunds after June 6. Students bring a lunch, drink, snacks and water bottle. Program Number: 84-41

    “Middle School Field Experience” runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday–Thursday, June 25–26. Students entering grades 5-9 will work alongside professional archaeologists in the field. Activities may include shovel testing or small-scale excavations. Weather may require alternate activities. Students must have completed “Introduction to Archaeology.” Registration is $200 and includes a travel fee. Cancellations prior to June 6 must pay an $80 cancellation fee. No refunds after June 6. Students should bring a lunch, drink, snacks, water bottle, insect repellent and sun screen. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty.
    Program Number:84-42

    For more information on activity content contact MVAC at 608.785.8454 or email Jean Dowiasch at

    Be an archaeologist this summer

    Archaeological Field School for public starts June 23

    ARC Field Exp Summer 2014

    The public is invited to help excavate, collect, clean and sort artifacts alongside professionals during public archaeology field school in June. Three-day and five-day experiences are available for high-school aged students and adults June 23-27 through the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center.   

    The school is a well-rounded experience for those who want to learn about the process of archaeology. After collecting artifacts in the field, lab work may include washing and sorting ceramics, stone tools and other remains. An experimental archaeology component may explore making stone tools and using an atlatl or spear thrower. Optional lab hours and local field trips will be available after regular field school hours. No previous experience is necessary.

    A registration fee of $350 or $500 includes a one-year MVAC membership. Supervised dorm facilities are available for high school students at an additional cost of $225 for three days and $335 for five days. No refunds for cancellations. Advanced registration required.

     If you go —

    What: Archaeology Public Field School (three-day experience)
    When: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, June 23; 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24–25
    Where: Archaeology Center and Laboratories, UW-L
    Fee: $350
    Program Number: 84-44

    What: Archaeology Public Field School (five-day experience)
    When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 23; 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, June 24–27
    Where: Archaeology Center and Laboratories, UW-L
    Fee: $500 
    Program Number: 84-45
    To register: Contact UW-L Continuing Education and Extension at 608.785.6504
     or register online at:

    For information on MVAC activities contact MVAC's Public Outreach Program at 608.785.8454 or e-mail Jean Dowiasch at

    Wisconsin Regional Art Program sets exhibit at UW-La Crosse

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    Non-professional artists from throughout the region will show their artwork at UW-La Crosse. The Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) will hold its spring 2014 exhibit in the University Art Gallery June 13-21.

    Each year WRAP hangs an exhibit showcasing award-winning artists from its programs throughout Wisconsin. About 200 artists from around the state display their art for about a month. Award winning entries from this exhibition will move on to the annual exhibition in Madison. This year’s guest juror is UW-Marathon County Professor Diana Budde.

    WRAP began in 1940 with John Stueuart Curry as the guiding director. The program consists of regional artist workshop and exhibits held throughout the year. The purpose of WRAP is to encourage non-professional artists to develop their abilities.

    University Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is located in the Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets. An artist and awards reception runs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 21. A related workshop, “To plan or not to plan,” will be presented by Ellen Roles from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 21, in 116 Center for the Arts.

    The exhibit and events are free and open to the public.

    Sponsors are: Mississippi River Artist Association, UW-Madison Continuing Education, Wisconsin Regional Arts Association and the University Art Gallery.

    What: Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) spring 2014 exhibit

    When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 13-21

    Where:  University Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets          

    Admission: Free

    UW-L Recent Grads Exhibit Artwork at Murphy Library 

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    Two recent UW-La Crosse graduates will exhibit their artwork in Murphy Library through September.

                 Megan Jensen, a December 2013 graduate, and Natalie Renier, a May 2014 graduate, will show photography and paintings on the second floor of Murphy Library. "Irish Eyes" and "H 2 O: An Autobiography" are extensions of the library's "Art in the Mug" program. Jensen and Renier were selected to exhibit based on the strength of their portfolios and submitted proposals.

                Jensen's show, "Irish Eyes," contains 30 photographs documenting her study abroad experience to Ireland. She describes the show: "Irish Eyes is a photographic series that captures the wonder I felt while traveling abroad for the first time. Ireland is a place full of life and beauty different from anything I have experienced before. The photographs in this series include images of ancient architecture, local culture, and natural landscapes. With focus on framing, perspective, and portraiture, these color prints feature big-picture subject matter as well as the smaller, detailed elements that I will never forget. "

                Megan remains in La Crosse since graduating to continue creating work. Her most recent studies have been pushing the boundaries of personal adornment and art photography. She is considering pursuing a master of fine arts.

                Renier's exhibition, funded by a university undergraduate research grant, is titled "H 2 O: An Autobiography." The exhibition documents her recent exploration of water-based art processes. Renier uses art and science to tell the story of and scrutinize relationships with water.

                Renier describes her show: "We see right through what we are most dependent on, taking water's natural beauty for granted. Breaking water down into its simplest form reveals the unique properties that arise from hydrogen bonds making life on earth possible. My research investigates the story of water through the dual lenses of art and science."

                A biology major with minors in art and chemistry, Renier plans to continue exploring the connection between art and science through a career in scientific illustration.            

    What : Art exhibit: "Irish Eyes" and "H 2 O: An Autobiography"

    Where : Second floor, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library

    When : Thru Sept. 10 during regular library hours

    Admission : Free; open to all

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