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The Picks: Sandbar Storytelling Festival in Winona, Local Theater and Musical Performances & More Weekend Picks!

The Picks: Sandbar Storytelling Festival in Winona, Local Theater and Musical Performances & More Weekend Picks!

October 13-19, 2022

New local picks every Thursday evening to get your weekend started! Check back each week to see La Crosse Local’s picks and to make sure not to miss out on events throughout the year.

Photo by Pearl Street Brewery

All Month

Pearl Street Brewery Hop Collection – Do you grow hops, or know someone who does? Pearl Street Brewery is bringing back its annual “Community Harvest” Ale, made from local, backyard hops from around the region. A Pearl Street tradition for over 15 years, PSB invites hop growers to bring in their crop to be included in this year’s batch, which is always brewed exclusively from locally grown hops. After the beer is brewed it will be distributed at PSB and other local participating restaurants and bars, and proceeds will be donated to the Sprout for Kids Foundation per every pint sold. Donate your hops, and for each pound of fresh-picked hop flowers brought in, the grower will receive 1lb of beer (pint) at the time of donation and 1lb of Harvest Ale beer after it is brewed.

Photo by Sandbar Storytelling Festival

All Weekend

Sandbar Storytelling Festival – The Sandbar Storytelling Festival, a three day storytelling event held in Winona, Minnesota, is here this weekend on the 14th and 15th. The festival will bring exciting storytelling performances and chronicles, food, and workshops to Winona that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community. The performances will celebrate and preserve varied cultural traditions and human experiences while promoting the art of storytelling for all ages.

Murder on the Orient Express – Come down for the opening weekend of Murder on the Orient Express at the Toland Theatre on campus by the UWL Department of Theatre and Dance. There will be performances all weekend with the show starting at 7:30 pm on the 14th and 15th, and 2:00 pm on the 16th. This classic theatrical show follows the Orient Express, stuck on the tracks by a snowstorm, and the shocking revelation that there has been a murder on the train. Come along for the ride as train passenger Detective Hercule Poirot attempts to unmask the murderer and solve the mystery of “who done it.” Get your tickets now!

Photo by Charlie Berens


Andy Hughes Johnny Cash Tribute – Broken Wrist Records presents Cash in Hand: The Best Johnny Cash Tribute in the World! by local singer and songwriter Andy Hughes. Head to Leo and Leona’s this Friday at 6 pm to catch this amazing tribute act to one of the greatest country music singers of all time. Stop in to enjoy a few drinks and hear the Man in Black’s music like never before.

Sinatra: Dan Ferris and the Chicago Jazz Quartet – Get your tickets for Martinis and Sinatra: Featuring Dan Ferris and the Chicago Jazz Quartet presented by the Cappella Performing Arts Center this Friday evening. Starting at 7:30pm and lasting until 9:30pm, the show will be led by vocalist Dan Ferris, and backed by some of the best musicians in Chicago. Martinis & Sinatra will showcase the music of Sinatra-era composers—the artists that provided the musical soundtrack for midcentury America.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Presented from October 7th to October 23rd, come down and see the La Crosse Community Theatre’s rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical based on the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl. This performance is perfect for families and kids of all ages, but it will be a treat for anyone who goes to see it. Featuring an original score, the musical will be new to all, even those who have watched the movies based on the same novel. But you may recognize some songs from the 1971 movie like “Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and “Pure Imagination.”

Photo by Alpine Inn


Charlie Berens at the La Crosse Center – There are still a few tickets available to see Midwest favorite Charlie Berens at the La Crosse Center this Saturday night! Berens is a viral comedian, most known for his Manitowoc Minute videos, who also hosts podcasts, creates videos, and just released a best selling book. The show starts at 7:30pm, and regional musician Adam Greuel from Horseshoes and Hand Grenades may even be making an appearance.

Photo by Eric Bachmann

Coming Up

2023 La Crosse Winter Roots Festival – The La Crosse Winter Roots Festival is back this February at the La Crosse Center! The festival will take place next year on Saturday, February 11th. In continuation with the festivities from last year’s festival, locals and visitors alike are invited to celebrate favorites from Wisconsin, including music, cuisine, local beer and spirits. There will be regional musical favorites covering a variety of genres, a makers market, lots of delicious food and drinks, great community, and much more to come as the date draws closer. In addition, the festival will again be donating a portion of the proceeds to The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, who will also be hosting a variety of fundraising activities during the event. Stay tuned for more details!

Eric Bachmann Undertow Shows – See Eric Bachmann live in La Crosse on October 22nd, as he plays an intimate living room show with the help of Undertow Show starting at 8 pm. Undertow Shows are intimate events hosted by fans in private spaces. Each show is unique and held at a secret location hinted at with the area zip code, with the true address revealed when you buy your ticket. Eric Bachmann is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. You may know him as the frontman of Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers. Bachmann’s music is distinctive for its creative and innovative arrangements, and it is sure to be an epic show for all.

Phantom Of The Opera (1925 Silent Film) Featuring: The Mighty Moller Organ – Presented by the Cappella Performing Arts Center, come and see the Phantom Of The Opera, the 1925 silent horror film on October 31st at 7:00pm. The film will be accompanied by the Mighty Moller Cappella organ played by Peter Krasinski. A film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, The Phantom Opera stars the Phantom played by Lou Chaney who haunts the Paris Opera House in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star.The La Crosse Chamber Chorale Presents Come to the Woods – Join the La Crosse Chamber Chorale for their fall performance of their 2022-2023 season, Awake My Soul. The fall performance is called Come to the Woods and will feature both old and new music that reflects the beauty and serenity of nature. The La Crosse Chamber Chorale is a volunteer, community-based choir that was founded in 1986, and the choir singers, staff and board of directors are committed to bringing professional and creative programming to the region. The fall performance will have two performance dates, Saturday, November 5th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 6th at 3:00 pm.

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