By Kayla Zastrow
Men on Boats
Thurs.-Sat. 4/13-15 | Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau
Pack your gear for this twenty-first century telling of nineteenth-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, This show’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater. Starts at 7 pm. $15 general admission. Details at wausaucommunitytheatre.org.
The Rush Tribute Project
Friday 4/14 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Combining skilled musicianship with exciting performances, The Rush Tribute Project delivers the magic of Rush’s famous live concerts. Covering all 40-plus years of Rush’s amazing career, this group painstakingly recreates the sound and energy that made Rush one of the top-selling rock bands of all time. Using vintage instruments, multi-camera projections, state-of-the-art lighting, and signature virtuosity, audiences will love this unparalleled concert experience whether they are a casual fan or the most discerning Rush loyalist. Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $25. Grandtheater.org.
Fri.-Sun. 4/14-16 & Thurs.-Fri. 4/20-22 | UWSP Studio Theatre, Stevens Point
Based on the motion picture, UW-Stevens Point Theater presents Amélie. The play tells the story of an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner. Starts at 7:30 pm 4/14-15 and 4/20-4/21; 2 pm 4/16 and 4/22. $27 adults; $24 seniors, $16 youth. Details at uwsp.edu.
Saturday 4/15 | North Star Mohican Casino Resort, Bowler
Jefferson Starship is one of the most successful arena rock groups of the 1970s and 80s, earning three platinum and eight gold records, as well as numerous Top 40 singles. While Jefferson Starship continues to tour today, the band has experienced numerous lineup and personnel changes, and each of those members have contributed to the magic and alchemy that make Jefferson Starship iconic. For ages 21+. Starts at 8 pm. Tickets start at $25. Details at northstarcasinoresort.com.
Central Wisconsin Ties to the Titanic
Saturday 4/15 | 100 E. Third St, Merrill
Veronica Hinke, author of “The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable Drinking, Dining & Style” presents a program on Titanic third class passenger Daniel Coxon who once lived in the TB Scott Mansion. Coxon was a popular peanut and popcorn vendor in Central Wisconsin who sadly did not survive when the ship sank in the morning of April 15, 1912. Learn more about Coxon and his ties to Merrill as during this presentation. Starts at 1 pm. Free. Details at merrillhistory.org.
Wisconsin Waters: The Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls
Saturday 4/15 | Woodson History Center, Wausau
Scott Spoolman, author of “Wisconsin Waters: The Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls” invites you to explore Wisconsin’s many and varied waterways and to learn of how they came to be as they are today. From the placid Mississippi, to waterfalls crashing over hard rock ledges near Lake Superior, to life bursting forth in one of the world’s largest freshwater marshes, these waterways each have a fascinating story to tell. Scott will sample a few of the 19 stories and several photographs from his book. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Details at marathoncountyhistory.org.
Artrageous! The Electrifying Art & Music Circus
Sunday 4/16 | Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua
You’ll see art, music, theater, singing, dancing, and audience interaction all on one stage during this show. Combining captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous takes you on a visual journey and a high energy ride of inspiration, creativity, and engagement. The troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres throughout the evening. The result is a uniquely entertaining show culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. Starts at 2 pm. $25 adult, $15 student. Details at campanilecenter.org.