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"Frostbite Follies," an eclectic new vaudeville show featuring guitarist/fiddler/singer Pop Wagner and ragtime pianist Butch Thompson, will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Wagner and Thompson frequently appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" during the formative years of the show.
MADISON -- The widow of a legendary Milwaukee civil rights leader slammed Wisconsin Republican policies Monday at the state's official celebration of Martin Luther King Day. With Gov. Scott Walker just a few feet away, Margaret Rozga said anyone who tries curtail collective bargaining by workers, or suppresses the right to vote "doesn't stand with us." Her comments drew cheers from the hundreds who attended the King Day ceremony at the Capitol. Rozga was the wife of Fr.
SUPERIOR -- After being missing for two days and two nights in bitter cold, a snowmobiler from Superior has been found alive and taken to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth for treatment, according to the Superior Fire Department. A plow operator on County Road W found Craig W. Friebe, 52, on foot on the ice of the Nemadji River at about 8:50 a.m. and called 911 for assistance.
The Argyle arson and murder suspect who reportedly said he wanted a fresh start in life is one step closer to getting it. Armin Wand's wife Sharon filed for divorce this week in Lafayette County Circuit Court. Armin and his younger brother, Jeremy Wand, are accused of destroying Armin's home in a fire last September. The couple's three kids died. Sharon was badly burned after escaping the blaze, and her unborn child died. Armin Wand is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 25.
It's not a very good pickup line, but a Hayward man will go to prison unless he tells any woman he meets that he's a convicted felon and that he owes past-due child support. John Butler, 28, was recently ordered to stop fathering children until he has caught up with his support payments for the kids he has. And Circuit Judge Eugene Harrington ordered Butler to tell women about his felony matter within three minutes after he meets them. Butler must also keep a job, get counseling and stay sober.
Squire House Gardens in Afton, Minn., is presenting a series of Saturday afternoon gardening presentations during January and February. The Winter Weekend Garden Talk and Tea series will feature discussions moderated by landscape artist and shop owner, Martin Stern. Complimentary tea will be served. The schedule includes: --Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m.: Photo presentation on Vita Sackville-West and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. --Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m.: Newly introduced perennial plants. --Saturday, Feb.
The Phipps Oratorio Society is a regional community chorus that annually performs major works for chorus, orchestra, and soloists. Membership is open to any interested singer of high school age and older without audition. Prior singing experience as well as basic musicianship skills are helpful. A membership fee of $25 helps to defray the costs of the performance. The 2013 performance will include Antonio Vivaldi's joyful "Gloria" and J. S. Bach's cantata "I Will the Cross Gladly Carry" for baritone soloist, orchestra, and chorus on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
The Old Gem Theater invites students to join the next session of performing arts classes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22. The Young Performers Ensemble class, for students eight years old and up, will rehearse and perform the poignant drama "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." In 1941 thousands of Jews were forced out of their homes and into the ghetto at Terezin to await their fate at the hands of the Nazis.
Aerialists Rachel Butler (above) and Gemma Kirby are featured in "Frostbite Follies, an eclectic new vaudeville show featuring guitarist/fiddler/singer Pop Wagner and ragtime pianist Butch Thompson which will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Heads up! We've got a book about heads this week, "Heads in Beds," by Jacob Tomsky (Doubleday, $25.95). But first a brief dissertation on what I like to call the "insider" novel, which has been around for centuries. One of the first is "Moll Flanders." In which Daniel DeFoe gets inside the life of a prostitute and con artist to tell readers what goes on in the life of Moll. Tons of such novels have followed.