HIGHLIGHTS: Top PICKS for Nov. 10-17


Sebastian Bach

Thursday 11/10, Q&Z Expo Center, Ringle

If you grew up in the 1980s, you remember Skid Row, that badass band so popular back then. Sebastian Bach is no longer with Skid Row (the band is still around, believe it or not) but Bach is still touring and looks badass as ever. He formed a band The Last Hard Men, with members of Smashing Pumkins, The Breeders and Frogs, for one. He also headlined a rock music based Broadway show. Lately Bach has found success with solo work, which you’ll hear at this show. Also playing are bands Loveblast and Killing Rupunzel. Advance tickets $25 at showclix.com. Open to all ages. Show at 7 pm.


Circle of Heat: Rage Against Malarkey’s

Thursday 11/10, Malarkey’s Pub, Wausau

Two days after the election, let out some steam. Circle of Heat has been billed as an intelligent jam band, and it’s easy to see why. The finger-popping bass drives a funky jam that makes you want to get up and move. The cool thing about this set? Not only will the band play two sets of its own music, but it will jam out an entire tribute set to Rage Against the Machine. This is a band loaded with talent. Imagine Primus and Phish got together. 10 pm. 715-819-3663

Random Moments of Verse

Thursday 11/10, Marathon Co. Library, Wausau

Get ready to gather your inner Ginsberg. The library has started a monthly poetry jam. Each starts with an hour of open readings from any local poets who would like to read their work, followed by readings from guest poets from around the Midwest. The Nov. 10 poet is A.J. Binash of Wausau and FlowPoetry of Madison. Binash calls himself a post-post-post-modernist poet with a book Cautionary Tales of an American Boy Out Past Curfew, and has been featured in the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Muse–Letter and Murmurmations Magazine. Following will be FlowPoetry, a one-man, spoken word performance reflecting the themes of the American music festival experience. Dust off your sonnets and sharpen your free verse. 6–8 pm. Free, no registration. 715-261-7230.


Beauty and the Beast

Thurs.-Sat. 11/10-12, The Grand, Wausau

The Wausau Community Theatre is at it again with their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The lush musical, based on a French fairy tale published in 1740, is the tale of a beast searching for the love that will free him of the curse that keeps him a furry monster. And who could forget the number “Be Our Guest” anyway? $22 adult; $18 college, senior or active military; $14 high school & younger. $3 more at the door. Shows Thurs. 6:30 pm, Fri. 7:30 pm. Sat. 2 pm & 7:30 pm. Advance tickets at 715-842-0988 or grandtheater.org.

Last chance for Birds in Art events

Thurs. 11/10-17, Woodson Art Museum, Wausau

Birds in Art runs through Nov. 27, but this is the last week of the special programs tied to the famed exhibit-notably the Thursday soirees, Night Out at the Woodson, Nov. 10 and 17 at 5:30 pm. Stroll through the gallery to classical music performed by Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra ensembles, see demos and presentations. On Nov. 10, Gene Reineking shares his journey as a sculptor and demonstrates soapstone carving 5:30-6:30 pm.

Other Birds in Art programs to catch:

Creative Writing and Visual Art Workshop Fri. 11/11. For adults and teens 13+, Birds in Art artist Gene Reineking invites writers to share personal narratives and consider how writing enhances an appreciation of visual arts. 5:30–6:30 pm, register at 715-845-7010.

Stone Carving Sat.-Sun. 11/12-13. For adults and teens 13+, Reineking guides you through using hand tools to carve soft soapstone. 1–4 pm Sat., 10–4 pm Sun. (lunch included). $65 members, $80 general. Register at 715-845-7010.

Art 101: Human Impact on Avian Communities Wed. 11/16. Alan Haney and Eric Anderson of the UW-Stevens Point discuss the ecosystems and shifting biodiversity of the upper Midwest and how changes affect birds and the forest. 12:15-1 pm. Free.

The 39 Steps

Thurs.-Sun. 11/17-20 , UW-Marathon Co. Veninga Theater, Wausau

Based on the 1915 adventure novel by John Buchan and the 1935 Hitchcock film, this humorous thriller calls for some actors to play numerous parts, which makes for plenty of quick character changes and humor throughout. It’s a spy drama with villains and complicated romantic relationships. Presented by the UWMC Theater Dept. $15 general, $10 seniors and students. Thurs.-Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 2 pm. 715-261-6100, uwmc.uwc.edu.

Grinding up Granite

Saturday 11/12, Rib Mountain

You don’t have to be Les Schwartz, Wausau’s 80-year-old plus super athlete, to make it up Granite Peak. In this event you can choose your poison, er, method of exercise: rollerski your way up, pound the pedals on bike, or in running shoes. Rib Mountain is considered hardcore training for area athletes. The road is 2.5 miles up, and nearly 700 vertical feet. The roadway was redone several years ago, and not only is there a nice paved path for runners and walkers, but great pavement for bikers and rollerskiers. Feel the burn and help support the Wausau East/West Nordic Ski Team. Bib pickup starting at 8:30 am. Run/walk at 10 am, skate rollerski at 11 am, bike at 11:45 am, classic rollerski at 12:30 am. Register online at runsignup.com or search Grinding up Granite on Facebook.


Dryland Sled Dog Race

Sat.-Sun. 11/12-13, Willow Springs Garden, north of Wausau

It’s not winter yet, but hey, those dogs are ready to run! Watch the hard-working dogs scramble around the Willow Springs grounds, and make a day of it with dog-related craft items, food, and education about the sled dog racing. Racing 10 am-4 pm Saturday, and 8 am-4 pm Sunday. Races are all held at the round barn. Also as part of the day’s activities, Willow Springs hosts a Running with the Dogs 5K trail run at 9 am Saturday. Run the same path the dogs will take later. Your dogs are welcome too, as long as they’re on a leash. Free admission. willowspringsgarden.net.

Warren Miller Event: Here, There & Everywhere

Thursday 11/17, The Grand, Wausau

For decades, legendary extreme sport adventure filmmaker Warren Miller, now in his 90s, combined the sport of skiing with the art of filmmaking. This 67th film from Warren Miller Entertainment commemorates legendary skier Stein Eriksen, considered the founder of modern skiing, who died in December 2015. For over 35 years Eriksen was the director of skiing at a resort in Deer Valley, Utah, which is now named after him. Deer Valley is just one of many locations in this film. Others featured show skiers getting big air in Alaska, Greenland, Switzerland, Colorado and even Boston’s Fenway Park. Along with the film, find local sports vendors and raffles to celebrate the start of winter sports. For more information about the film, go to skinet.com/warrenmiller. 6:30 pm. $20. 715-842-0988, grandtheater.org.