Saturday, 10/28 | Grand Theater, Wausau
I will admit, I get a little excited when I hear the opening bars to Thriller – it’s just so darn fun. Meeting people on a trip who knew the dance and taught it to us, makes it even more special. Fortunately for all of you I won’t be on stage for this production, but the talented dancers of the Wausau Dance Theatre will be, and they always put on a spooky good show. 1:30 pm and 7 pm. $20, $17 for children. Grandtheater.org
Feed the Dog & Joseph Huber
Thursday 10/26 | Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau
Joseph Huber is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Milwaukee. Huber’s music has evolved and developed over the years. He was a singer and banjo player in .357 String Band, an outfit that combined folk, bluegrass and punk in a style they called “streetgrass”. Huber has since released six solo albums; all of which he wrote, recorded and produced himself. His music is just as individual. He brings a distinctive songwriting voice to a range of quintessentially American musical forms. “A Northwood Waltz” is a standout folk song.
Huber is supporting Feed the Dog, a Wisconsin-based act that combines elements of bluegrass, jazz, and humor in a distinctive jam-band style. $20. Details at whitewatermusichall.com/events (DW)
Día de Muertos Celebration
Wednesday 11/01 | Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau
The entire community is invited to take part in the Day of the Dead, an important and popular celebration in Mexico and across the region. During this holiday, observers remember their departed family members and friends. But instead of a somber day of mourning, the Day of the Dead is joyful and festive. Come dressed in costume and paint a sugar skull, design a papel picado and help to paint an alebrije mural with local artist Stephanie Kohli. Food vendors will be on site. This event is part of the Blossom of Lights, a walking light show featuring artistic light sculptures placed throughout the Monk Botanical Gardens. $5 or $1 if you come dressed in traditional ‘Día de Muertos’ costume. Details at blossomoflights.org (DW)
NEW Dueling Pianos
Friday 10/27 | bantr, Rothschild
If you enjoy one piano, you’ll probably love two pianos. That’s the idea behind NEW Dueling Pianos, an interactive live musical performance. Two pianists play a wide range of music by request and encourage the audience to dance and sing along. NEW Dueling Pianos have performed at events across Wisconsin, including an earlier performance at Bantr in September. Come to hear your favorite songs and share some laughs. The performance will be followed by karaoke. $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Details at https://www.bantrrothschild.com/events (DW)
Haunted Corn Maze
Thurs-Sat 10/26-28 | Willow Springs Garden, Maine
Corn mazes at night are, frankly, scary enough as it is. But what if they’re haunted! Willow Springs Garden is gettin’ spooky with its Haunted Corn Maze this weekend. Prepare to park yourself by the round barn and let the spooky scary experience start as you wind your way through the maze with no flashlights (they’re not allowed!). Plus, there will be a laser light show. Also, Willow Springs has a party in the round barn and a less scary corn maze for those 10 years old and under 1-4 pm Sunday. $15 per person. www.willowspringsgarden.com… if you dare!
Moonshine Bingo: Halloween Edition
Saturday 10/28 | Eagles Club, Wausau
Hey, this isn’t your grandma’s bingo hall, OK? This is Moonshine Bingo, which is full of flashing light strobes and blacklight shenanigans. Plus your grandma is already in bed! This particular event is special because it comes with a Halloween theme, with a costume contest with prizes for top finishers. Did we mention there is loud music? Anyway, start putting your costume together and get those lucky troll dolls ready for a pretty wild bingo experience. Hall opens 5 pm, bingo starts at 7 pm. $20 per person. Gotta be 21 to join in. Wausau Eagles Aerie & Auxiliary No. 251 on Facebook.