By Kayla Zastrow
Life’s full of choices! Here are some events to keep you occupied this weekend:
Levitt Amp Concert Series: Making Movies
THURSDAY 7/7 | PFIFFNER PARK, STEVENS POINT
Known for an innovative approach to music inspired by American and Latin cultures, Latinx rock and rollers Making Movies are “breaking down walls in the U.S” according to Rolling Stone. Panamanian brothers Enrique and Diego Chi, on electric guitar and bass respectively, are joined by Mexican-American percussionist and keyboardist Juan-Carlos Chaurand, and drummer Duncan Burnett. The foursome showcases their Latin American roots by incorporating traditional instruments like the Panamanian mejorana, and swapping drums and percussion for a dueling zapateado huasteco. Starts at 6 pm. Createportagecounty.org.
SATURDAY 7/9 | NORTH STAR MOHICAN CASINO RESORT, BOWLER
Get ready for an evening of laughter with comedian Jeff Foxworthy. One of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, Foxworthy is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best-selling author of more than 26 books. In 2014, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s. Starts at 7 pm. $99. Details at northstarcasinoresort.com.
Concerts on the Square: Johnny & The Motones
WEDNESDAY 7/13 | 400 BLOCK, DOWNTOWN WAUSAU
Hometown musical heroes John Altenburgh and Mitch Viegut’s bluesy rock band returns! Mosinee-based musician and producer John Altenburgh has recorded and performed jazz, blues, rock, Latin and even classical music. His Christmas concerts at the Grand Theater are annual sellouts, and his performances on the square—he’s the longest-running Concerts on the Square act—tend to attract the biggest crowds of the season. The band plays a variety of genres including blues, rock, and R&B. Watch for special guest musicians adding to the fabulous fun. Free. 6-8 pm. wausauevents.org.
Taste N Glow Balloon Fest
FRI.-SUN. 7/8-7/10 | 141678 STETTIN DR, WAUSAU
It’s a weekend full of tasty food, fun activities and hot air balloons at this second annual event. More than 40 hot air balloons will participate in morning and evening balloon launches, balloon glows, and tethered balloon rides. But the weekend is more than just balloons, there will be professional log rolling, lumberjack shows, live music, children’s activities, a beer tent and more than 30 food vendors! Gates open at 11 am Friday; 6 am Saturday and Sunday. $1 admission or food donation to support local food pantries. Details and full schedule of events at tasteandglow.com.
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
SUNDAY 7/10 | WILLOW SPRINGS GARDEN AT WILLOW SPRINGS GARDEN, WAUSAU
Enjoy a delightful Alice in Wonderland themed tea in the beautiful setting of Willow Springs Garden. An elongated tea table will be set up in the shaded Walnut Grove for a tea party with Wonderland-themed foods like card deck sandwiches, strawberry toadstools and cat tail marshmallows. Fun chairs, mad hatters, white bunnies, and quite possibly a cat will await you. Dress up as Alice for a chance to win a prize! Starts at 11:30 am. $14 per person, $5 ages 11 and under. Details at Willowspringsgardens.com.
TUESDAY 7/12 | DOWNTOWN WAUSAU
Children’s entertainer Randy Peterson is back with a whole new set of songs and fun! His new program “Henry and the Treasure Chest” is a sailing adventure on the high seas. Henry is this young pirate’s name, and seeking treasure is his game. In this musical program, the enchanting story unfolds with loads of audience participation and fun songs. Please bring lawn chairs, blanket, sunscreen, etc. Hosted in partnership with the Marathon County Public Library and Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. 400 Block at 11 am; Marathon Co. Library 2 pm. Free. 715-443-2775.
Painting the Figure Now
ON VIEW JULY 7-OCT. 1 | WAUSAU MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
It’s all about the people in Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art’s newest exhibition, Painting the Figure Now. WMOCA director David Hummer, chief curator Didi Mendez from the art magazine PoetsArtists and guest Dr. Samuel Peralta have brought in paintings from some of the finest figure painters in the world. The exhibition includes over 30 works international artists, showcasing humans in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. Museum open Tues.-Sat. noon-5 pm. Free. Details at wmoca.org.
Iola Car Show
THURS.-SAT. 7/7-9 | 350 CHROME PLACE, IOLA
The Iola Car Show, one of America’s largest auto events, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It’s a big event for central Wisconsin, and Governor Tony Evers even proclaimed July 3-9 as Iola Car Show Week through the state of Wisconsin! You’ll see over 2,500 show cars, 4,000 swap spaces, live music, raffles, and delicious food. Starts at 6 am daily. $15 one day pass, $23 three-day pass. Details and full schedule of events at Iolaoldcarshow.com.