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Willow River Players will present a free holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the New Richmond High School auditorium. This free event is open to the public and provides an opportunity for WRP to say thank you to the community for supporting theatre and the arts throughout the past year. Food shelf donations will be accepted accepting donations for the local food shelf and the intermission's free-will contributions will benefit the annual Carla S.
Auditions for The Phipps Children's Theater production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr.," based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney film, will be held for area students in grades 10 through 12 on Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 27 and 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. each day, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Phipps Festival Chorus will perform its annual holiday concerts on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The chorus, directed by Thomas Dahle, will perform a variety of seasonal songs, including a number of selections new to the choir's repertoire. Some of the new selections include "Northern Light," by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, "Make We Joy Now in this Fest," by British composer Malcom Archer, and "Stars I Shall Find," by David Dickau, Minnesota composer and director of choral activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau annual Christmas Tour of Homes & Craft Sale is Friday thru Sunday, Nov. 16-18. The craft sale is Saturday, Nov. 17. Chamber Director of Communications & Programs Andrea Jorgenson said the weekend is perfect for girls getaway. "Husband going hunting?" Jorgenson asks. "Sounds like the perfect time for a Girls Getaway" The popular event is again offering three tour options: Traditional Tour The traditional tour is Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, from noon to 4 p.m.
Motorists travelling on I-94 near the Roberts interchange (WIS 65) construction project should prepare for lane closures this week as the project is nearing completion for this season. Lane closures can be expected on westbound I-94 today through Wednesday. In addition, light snow today is making for slippery conditions. Motorists should drive with extra caution in the area-prepare to slow down or stop, and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
Now that the election is over I thought I might stir the pot a bit with mention of a new book that's been receiving attention. It's "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court," by Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday, $28.95). A writer for the New Yorker magazine, Toobin has written a red hot book about the conflicts between two young movers and shakers, Barack Obama and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.
Mu Daiko Taiko Drumming is the next Wyman Series event set at UW- River Falls on Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The event is free and open to the public. Mu Performing Arts produces intentional performances born of arts, equality, and justice, from the heart of the Asian American experience. Mu Daiko drumming ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works, ranging from traditional taiko repertoire to original pieces composed by its members.
"It's a Wonderful Life," by James W. Rogers, based on the film by Frank Capra and an original story by Philip Van Doren Stern, will be performed Nov. 9 through Dec. 2 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. This timeless story of dreams, disillusionment, and the power of love is an uplifting chronicle of the importance of the individual. George Bailey (Bruce Bell-Myers, Stillwater) puts his dreams on hold to take over the family business.
Gorden Hedahl directs "It's a Wonderful Life," by James W. Rogers, based on the film by Frank Capra and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The show will be performed Nov. 9 through Dec. 2. Hedahl wants the audience to experience a live version of the heartwarming and uniquely American holiday story of George Bailey, Mary, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the citizens of Bedford Falls as they face the trials and joys of life from the Great Depression through World War II.