Jan
25
Sat
Missoula Children’s Theatre – The Snow Queen @ Thrasher Opera House
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm

Performance of
THE SNOW QUEEN
3:00 pm
Doors open at 2:15 pm
Sponsored by Steve’s Quality Painting, Ken Folberg; KSF/CPA Services, Bright Orthodontics & 2019 PFA Donors.

Although set in a “land of colored ice,” this classic tale will warm your heart in its illustrative retelling by a group of fun-loving, imaginative hobgoblins. As they depict the journey of a young girl and her quest to find her best friend, you may just find yourself believing in malevolent mirrors, yetis, talking reindeer, and snow chickens! Blizzards can come at any moment, so strap on some snowshoes and get ready to discover what it takes to overcome chilling obstacles, keep resilience alive, and melt down the Snow Queen’s icy walls.. Follow the original twist on this familiar story as it weaves its way through a landscape full of surprises!

Please join us for this adventure when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and more than 50 local students present THE SNOW QUEEN. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairy tales . . . a twist on the classic stories that we know and love.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jan
30
Thu
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library

Weekly storytime for children 2-5, with readings, singing and crafting.

Jan
31
Fri
Gina Chavez at Thrasher Opera House @ Thrasher Opera House
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm

Gina Chavez
Sponsored by Steve’s Quality Painting!

“Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez has a gift for emotional connection, with a radiant voice that’s both warm and bold. At the Tiny Desk, Chavez trotted out her terrific band for a grabby star turn.” — NPR’s Top Tiny Desk Concerts of 2015
7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:45 p.m) Ticket price(s): $22.00
https://www.ginachavez.com/

Feb
6
Thu
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library

Weekly storytime for children 2-5, with readings, singing and crafting.

Feb
8
Sat
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Thrasher Opera House – Two Shows, 4 pm & 7:30 pm @ Thrasher Opera House
Feb 8 all-day

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Sponsored by Steve’s Quality Painting and Frank & Virginia Pollock

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Over the years, they played together most visibly in the Sparrow Quartet alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen and informally at a pickin’ party here, a benefit there, or occasionally popping up in each other’s solo shows. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Béla & Abigail would begin making music together as a duo.Date(s):
4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 3:15 p.m. ) & 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:45 p.m. )
https://www.belafleck.com/

Feb
13
Thu
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library

Weekly storytime for children 2-5, with readings, singing and crafting.

Feb
15
Sat
Willy Porter Trio at Thrasher Opera House @ Thrasher Opera House
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

Willy Porter Trio
Sponsored by Steve’s Quality Painting.

Willy Porter has been turning first-time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades.

Willy’s most recent project is the EP mnemonic, which features several new songs, including the instrumental “Bears Ears & The Great Law” along with several catalog classics revisited and reimagined.

Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, his songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events–equal parts grit, soul, and muscle–that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Willy’s voice blends and fuses with his dizzying fretwork.

Whether in the studio or on stage, Willy Porter gifts listeners with an unforgettable ride, embodying the very best of what live music has to offer. In addition to making a life in music, Porter finds ways to make an impact on local and international levels. He is an active supporter of Advocates of Ozaukee, a shelter and treatment facility for victims of domestic violence and abuse in Mequon, Wisconsin. His annual benefit concerts have raised more than $100,000 for this organization to date. He is also an Ambassador for Guitars for Vets, a Milwaukee-based International organization that works to improve the lives of veterans by providing them with guitars and music lessons.
Willy will be bringing up and coming artist, Luke Jackson, to open the show this year. Luke Jackson is an un-pidgeonhole-able (is that a word?) singer songwriter who has travelled a fair few thousand miles around the British Isles, initially with his dad Paul into pubs and bars, well run house concerts and more recently into folk & blues clubs, venues and festivals.

Luke’s songwriting draws on his experiences, family life, poignant stories he’s been told and fortunately, they’e all written in English as in his own words, he’s dreadful at languages! His performance style and songwriting skills are constantly developing and improving as confirmed by him winning the Male Artist Of The Year from Fatea in 2014 and 2016 and being nominated in 2013 for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Emerging Talent and Young Folk Categories. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm Show at 7:30pm

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Feb
20
Thu
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library

Weekly storytime for children 2-5, with readings, singing and crafting.

Feb
27
Thu
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime for Preschoolers @ Princeton Public Library

Weekly storytime for children 2-5, with readings, singing and crafting.

Feb
29
Sat
Velvet Caravan at Thrasher Opera House @ Thrasher Opera House
Feb 29 @ 7:30 pm

Velvet Caravan
Sponsored by Steve’s Quality Painting!

Velvet Caravan’s unique ability to subtly shift musical gears without sacrificing their integrity as composers and performers is rare indeed. This has resulted in an envelope-pushing group that’s just as successful at dazzling jaded cocktail drinkers as they are at commanding the rapt attention of serious music aficionados in whisper-quiet recital environments. Of late, the band has even taken things a step further, by mesmerizing and inspiring even the most finicky of schoolchildren through fun and engaging music educational programming.
Since it’s beginning, Velvet Caravan’s journey has continued to gain momentum, as its reputation for top-notch virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s unique global brand. Praised for its “compositional whimsy and ferocious technique” (The Austin Chronicle), Velvet Caravan “brings together musicians from as close as Austin and as far away as Venezuela and Slovenia. The quintet’s varied lineage contributes to its eclectic sound, as the group weaves thick threads of Latin and gypsy music into acoustic swing jazz” (The Austin Chronicle). Whether on the big stage with a full orchestra or in an intimate jazz club, the band remains “tight and vibrantly free. Velvet Caravan pours violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, accordion, keyboard and percussion into a gumbo of lively swing music.” (Creative Loafing, Atlanta)

As a national and international touring ensemble, the band still calls Savannah, Georgia it’s home, bringing a bit of southern charm and coastal coolness to their music. If one were to name one Savannah-based musical act that most exemplifies this time-honored, eclectic and adventurous city, they’d be hard to find a more appropriate ambassador than Velvet Caravan.

This unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet has, over the past few years, emerged as one of the shining lights of the Coastal Empire’s burgeoning music scene. In that time, the band has grown to perform as an instrumental combo which routinely drew enthusiastic and loyal followers at raucous restaurants and jazz clubs to a respected and admired touring act that’s comfortable in an attentive listening room or large concert hall. They have recently built their show to occasionally collaborate with vocalists, orchestras, and a variety of featured musicians.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.