By Kayla Zastrow
Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
Friday 4/28 | Grand Theater, Wausau
This amazing band, anchored by brothers Billy, Matthew, and Ryan McGuigan, perform as themselves and leave the song choices in the hands of the audience! Prior to the show, audience members fill out cards with their name, favorite Beatles song, and the reason they chose that song. Those audience-selected songs make up the set list for the evening, with the band sharing the stories behind each song. Through requests and memories, Yesterday and Today tells the audience’s story through The Beatles catalog. Every show is different. Every show is interactive. Every show has a personal narrative collectively created by individuals in the audience. And with every show, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience proves that the music of The Beatles is the soundtrack to our lives. Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $30. Grandtheater.org.
Saturday 4/29 | Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau
Minneapolis-based singer and songwriter Tony Williams returns to Malarkey’s Pub for an evening of engaging tunes. The solo artist’s songs are a blend of indie and rock, featuring melodic choruses that leave your head nodding, and revealingly honest lyrics that leave your heart aching. His performance features unique mashups and extensive live looping, where songs are built up layer by layer to sound like a full band. 8 pm. 715-819-3663.
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
Tuesday 5/2| Grand Theater, Wausau
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $39. Details at Grandtheater.org.
The Great DuBois
Sunday 4/30 | Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer
This fast-paced, 75-minute circus show will entertain the entire family with breathtaking feats of juggling, hula hoops, unicycle, aerial, circus stunts, contortion, magic and audience interaction, all wrapped up in a blanket of comedy! Simply put, it’s the most unique two-person circus show you’ll ever see! The award-winning combination of Michael DuBois and Viktoria Grimmy have five generations of circus performing experience between them and have appeared in countless shows world-wide. They’re also been seen in Hugh Jackman’s movie, The Greatest Showman, the Tony Award-winning Pippin’ on Broadway and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Kids of all ages are invited to join the performers for a free hula-hoop workshop following the show! Starts at 3 pm. $25 for adults, $15 for youths. Details at lucilletackcenter.com.
Picnic at the Pavilion
Sunday 4/30 | Rothschild Pavilion, Rothschild
For this annual show, you’re encouraged to bring a picnic and stake out a spot for enjoying live music. This show promises to be a crowd pleaser with performances by the Wausau Symphony and Band playing exciting music from films and classic pieces. Pack your own picnic lunch or purchase food from the vendor on site and participate in a fundraiser raffle. All ages are welcome. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 4 pm. Free admission Details at. Wausausymphonyband.org.
The “Last Log Drive” on the Wisconsin River
Tuesday 5/2 |Marathon County Public Library, Mosinee
Head to the Mosinee Branch of the Marathon County Public Library for a fascinating tale told by Ben Clark of the Marathon County Historical Society about a mysterious photograph and the truth behind the photo’s allegations. A curious stereoscopic photograph from the MCHS collection is identified as “The Last Log Drive on the Wisconsin River, 1912.” Was it actually the last log drive? What is a log drive? And why was this particular photograph even taken? This program answers all those questions, and more! Starts at 5 pm. Free. Details at mcpl.us/events.