By Kayla Zastrow
Brewery Comedy Tour
FRIDAY 1/6 | MOSINEE BREWING COMPANY, MOSINEE
This nationwide comedy tour has already been to over 3,000 venues across the United States. As they make their stop in Mosinee, you’ll see these stand-up comedians from New York to L.A. provide the finest and funniest in comedy and entertainment. This show features comedians whose credits include top festivals, TV, and major club appearances and sends them out on the road to tell jokes throughout the country. Treat yourself with a night of hysterical laughter. For ages 18+. Starts at 7:30 pm. $17 general admission, $20 at the door. Tickets at purplepass.com; details on Facebook.
Champions of Magic
THURSDAY 1/12 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU
It’s an evening of impossible illusions and spectacular special effects, described by the press as “The Avengers of magic.” Catch the only team of magicians in the world as they present their original, phenomenal ensemble illusions. They’ve sold out across the globe, been featured on every major U.S. television network, and racked up over 50 million views online. But you haven’t seen magic until you’ve seen it live! The Champions Of Magic cast present incredible interactive magic, a daring escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above stage, and a finale beyond explanation. The show happens all around the theater and features spectacular illusions that can’t be seen anywhere else. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $35. Details at grandtheater.org.
SATURDAY 1/7 | BLACK BEAR BAR & GRILL, MINOCQUA
Get ready for an exciting evening of rock music with Bogfoot! Based out of Sugar Camp, Wis. straight off the bog on Indian Lake, this band plays seven decades of rock ‘n roll. So it’s safe to say they have something for everyone. You’ll hear rock and country tunes from Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Vance Joy, Santana, The Lumineers and many more. You’ll love the chemistry this group brings and you’ll enjoy watching them have fun together just as much as you’ll enjoy listening to them. 9 pm. 715-358-2116.
Wisconsin Fighter Pilots Presentation
THURSDAY 1/12 | MARATHON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, WAUSAU
Head to the Marathon County Public Library’s Wausau Headquarters for a compelling presentation on ace fighter pilots from Wisconsin through WWI up to the Vietnam War. Author Mike O’Connor shares his new book “Badger Aces: Wisconsin Fighter Aces 1917-1972.” You’ll learn how O’Connor used combat and squadron records, personal reminiscences and more to tell the tales of skilled pilots who downed five aircraft in battle, becoming air aces. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. Details at mcpl.us/events.
ON VIEW NOW THRU JAN. 29 | WOODSON ART MUSEUM, WAUSAU
The idea of the Midwest as a geographic region with fluid borders in the mid-twentieth century when artists navigated, negotiated, and incorporated international and regional influences, is at the heart of this exhibition drawn from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition highlights how artists embraced modernism in its many forms, while anchoring their imagery in local landscapes and avian themes. Through more than forty artworks, the exhibition explores how New York City-centered modernism is fractured and translated into multiple art movements with distinct regional characteristics. Museum open Tues.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm, first Thurs. of each month 9 am-7:30 pm, Sat.-Sun. noon-5 pm and closed Mon. and holidays. Free admission. Details at Lywam.org.
THURSDAY 1/5 | MONK BOTANICAL GARDENS, WAUSAU
SATURDAY 1/7 | RIB MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, WAUSAU
It’s the perfect time of year to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and admire the beautiful snow. You’ll find two snowshoe walks happening in the area this week. On Thursday, go for a luminary snowshoe walk through Monk Botanical Gardens and enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. Bring your own marshmallows and sticks. Optional snowshoe rental is available for $2. Starts at 5:30 pm. $5 per person or free for ages 3 and under and members. Cash only. Details at monkgardens.org.
Then on Saturday, go for a snowshoe hike by candlelight and explore Rib Mountain State Park. Afterwards, enjoy treats, hot chocolate, cider and marshmallows. Bring your own snowshoes, flashlight or headlamp. Annual or daily park admission sticker required for park entry.. Starts at 5 pm. Hosted by Friends of Rib Mountain. Details at ribmountain.org.