(First published in the April 19, 2018 issue of City Pages)
Pair of Puccini Operas
FRI.-SAT. 4/20-21 | UW-STEVENS POINT NOEL FINE ARTS CENTER
On the 100th anniversary of their debut, a of pair of operas by the famed Italian composer Giacomo Pucchini will be performed for the UWSP Music Department’s annual Opera Workshop. Originally performed in Italian, Pucchini’s operas Suor Angelicaand Gianni Schicchiwill be sung in English. Both stories are reimagined in a 1920s Wisconsin setting. Suor Angelicais a heartbreaking tale of motherhood denied, and Gianni Schicchiis a hilarious tale of how far a family will go to inherit riches. Nearly 40 student singers perform in this double bill along with cameo appearances by two local arts supports. 7:30 pm. $19 adults, $18 seniors, $14 youth. Tickets.uwsp.edu.
SATURDAY 4/21 | ARROW SPORTS CLUB, WESTON
They’re known as Wisconsin’s ultimate party band, playing the biggest hits from 70s and 80s rock bands crammed into one full show that keeps everyone singing and dancing. The five-member band formed by seasoned central Wisconsin musicians has played all over the state including the Fall Ride in Tomahawk and Rock USA in Oshkosh. You’ll hear songs from Guns N’ roses, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue, Aerosmith and many more. With two shredding guitars, bass, drums and vocal harmonies, these guys provide fun, high energy. 8:30 pm. 715-359-2363.
Mutts Gone Nuts
SATURDAY 4/21 | CAMPANILE, MINOCQUA
Expect the unexpected during this collision of comedy and canines. These dogs have moved from shelters to show business and perform crazy, action-pack stunts and comedy in this spectacular and hilarious show. You’ll see high-flying Frisbee catching, tight wire walking, dancing dogs, magic dogs and even a talking dog. The show was deemed “A Must See” by the Washington Post, and former First Lady Barbara Bush said “I laughed until I wept” when she saw these four-legged performers. There’s also an important message: All these Mutts Gone Nuts were adopted from shelters and rescues. 2 & 7 pm. $28 adults, $18 students. Campanilecenter.org.
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