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Bee Gee’s tribute, snowshoeing and more Wausau events this weekend

Stayin Alive – A Bee Gee’s Tribute

Thursday, 1/11 | Grand Theater, Wausau

This is a traveling tribute show that celebrates all things Bee Gee’s, that eponymous band from the 70s that has come to symbolize all things disco. And with good reason: they collected numerous hits in their time, including Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever and To Love Somebody, to name a few. This is the definitive tribute act, which can range in size from a small six-piece to a large 62-piece orchestra, depending on the venue. If you love the Bee Gee’s, this is where you will be. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $30. (BCK)

Mark Weller: “The Infinite Effect of Time on Clouds and Water… Never in Reruns” Opening Reception

Friday, 1/12 | Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

“Timestacking” is the word Mark Weller uses to refer to his unique approach to photography. His compositions involve layering many different exposures in order to incorporate the passage of time into an image. The results could be compared to the Impressionist paintings of Monet, the abstract expressionist paintings of Jackson Pollock and the photography of Aaron Siskind. Through his photographs, Weller hopes to give viewers a different way of looking at the familiar world around them. The exhibit opened on January 5th and runs until March 30th, but WMOCA will be hosting an opening reception on Friday. This is a good chance to check out an award-winning Wisconsin artist’s work and maybe meet the artist. Free. 6-8 pm. More info at

Ka Lia Universe

Friday, 1/12 | Grand Theater, Wausau

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Ka Lia Universe is a St. Paul musician. A daughter of Laotian Hmong immigrants, her music blends pop, hip-hop and R&B styles in service of a culturally hybrid sound. The part you may have never heard before is the blend of Hmong and English lyrics that she refers to as “Hmonglish”. All of Ka Lia Universe’s most popular songs move back and forth between the two languages, a hybrid creation that speaks to the Hmong-American community largely concentrated in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It might not be what you’re used to, but make no mistake: this is original Midwestern music. Opening the show will be the 14-member Hmong dance troupe Seev Yuj Yees, made up of members from across Wisconsin. Best of all, this show is completely free! 7:30 pm. Free. More info at

Nature’s Still Life
Saturday, 1/13 | George W. Meade Wildlife Area, Milladore
Are you looking for something fun and creative to do during these winter months? Artists of all levels of skill and experience are invited to come to Nature’s Still Life, an event the Stanton W. Meade Education and Visitor Center. Artists can make art in whatever medium they choose, based upon an arrangement set up in the Center. There will be guidance available to beginner artists as well, so even if this will be your first time making art, you are very welcome to join. Still life artwork depicts an arrangement of inanimate objects. 9:30-11:30 am. Free.

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, 1/13 | Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau

A hike on Rib Mountain by candlelight is another great opportunity to get outside and socialize during these cold winter months. Friends of Rib Mountain are hosting this evening snowshoeing event that goes along a route in the park that is lined with candlelit lanterns. Organizers will be providing hot chocolate and hot cider as well as marshmallows to roast around the campfire. This hike is the first of two that the Friends of Rib Mountain have planned for this winter, so if you can’t make this Sunday’s hike, keep an eye out for the second one happening in February. Some snowshoes will be available, but the number is limited so you are encouraged to bring your own. 6-8 pm. Free with donations accepted. More info on Facebook at Friends of Rib Mountain.