HIGHLIGHTS: October 19-20

(First published in the October 18, 2018 issue of City Pages)

Chinese Warriors of Peking



Be transported back in time to ancient China with dazzling costumes, highflying acrobatics, and live stage combat demonstrations with the Chinese Warriors of Peking, a group of Chinese acrobats and martial artists founded in 1958. Their stage show is set during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and tells the story of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking. It’s not only entertaining, it’s also a culturally enriching experience filled with traditional acrobatics, weapons handling, juggling and more. You’ll leave this performance awestruck at the abilities of these performing artists. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $35. Grandtheater.org, 715-842-0988.

Dave Arcari



This Scottish bluesman tours all over the world and visits Wausau during his 2018 USA tour. Arcari’s sound incorporates an array of genres including country, punk, rockabilly and pre-war Delta blues. He’s released ten internationally-acclaimed solo albums including his 2017 album Live at Memorial Hall.Known mainly for his slashing slide guitar work, he also showcases banjo playing and some mellow songwriting. He performs regularly at festivals around the world including Glastonbury in the UK, Moulin Blues in the Netherlands and NxNE in Toronto. You’ll love his deep rugged and soulful vocals that leave a lasting impression. He is opened by the Wausau-based indie folk band Folklore Shroud. 10 pm. 715-845-6184.

Open House Learn to Curl



Curling totally rocks, and can be traced back to the late 1800s in Wausau, which means this winter sport tradition goes back generations. Learn more about the broom-sweeping sport this Saturday when the Wausau Curling Club opens to the public and instructors supply equipment and step-by-step curling techniques that will get your ready to curl after just one day. Bring a separate pair of clean, soft rubber-soled athletic shoes for the ice and dress in layers to stay warm. 1 pm. $10 adults, free children. Pre-registration required: 715-573-4665, [email protected].

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