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The Picks: UW La Crosse ArtsFest, Winter Days in Downtown La Crosse, Local Theater and Music & More Event Picks!

The Picks: UW La Crosse ArtsFest, Winter Days in Downtown La Crosse, Local Theater and Music & More Event Picks!

February 24 – March 2, 2023

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.

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Photo by UWL ArtsFest

Featured Event

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse ArtsFest – The annual ArtsFest event is back at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28th. Festival goers can look forward to performances, exhibits, presentations, workshops, and open studios. Visit the Facebook page for more information on specific events, dates, and times.

Photo by La Crosse Community Theatre

All Weekend

The Vagina Monologues – The La Crosse Community Theatre is welcoming back The Vagina Monologues after a successful first run last season. The Black Box show will run from February 17th to February 26th, with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday afternoons. Both witty and irreverent and compassionate and wise, audiences are in for a wonderfully wild and eye-opening performance.

Winter Days in Downtown La Crosse – Head downtown on Friday and Saturday to celebrate the snowy season with Winter Days. Enjoy family activities, shop specials, a cocktail trail, photo contest, and more! The Cabin Fever Cocktail Trail is a great event happening every day, and there will also be live musical performances at various venues across town.

Photo by Willy Porter

Friday 2/24

UWL Theatre Department Presents The Secret in the Wings – Be sure to catch a performance of Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings presented by the UWL Theatre Department. Filled with dark mystery, fairy tales, and Zimmerman’s signature wit and humor, audiences are sure to be captivated by the story and the acting. There will be shows on February 24-25 & March 2-4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26 & March 5, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Purchase your tickets now.

Willy Porter Band Live at the Pump House – The Pump House Regional Arts Center presents the Willy Porter Band live on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm. With over two decades and 11 albums, guitarist, singer and songwriter Willy Porter is known for guitar-driven and soulful live performances that range from folk and bluesy Americana to alt and progressive rock. The doors open at 7:00 pm, and tickets can be purchased online.

Cappella Performing Arts Center Recital: Katherine Weber & Anna Betka – Stop by the Cappella Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 24 to see the musical duo Katherine+Anna. Consisting of soprano Katherine Weber and pianist Anna Betka, the pair performs works by women composers paired with pieces on the fringe of standard repertoire. The recital starts at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased online.

Carrie Sue and the Wood Burners at PSB – Live music and great beer, stop into Pearl Street Brewery this Friday night for Carrie Sue & The Wood Burners starting at 6:00 pm. Hailing from Urbana, Illinois, the band creates a blend of folk, bluegrass, country and Americana music and puts on a great live show full of melodies and harmonies.

Photo by Dig Deep

Saturday 2/25

Pearl Street Brewery BEER SHOP Tap Takeover – Make your way to the Beer Shop in Sparta for a special Beer Shop Tap Takeover with Pearl Street Brewery on Saturday, February 25. The event will feature specials from the 24th Annual Winter Ball, plus Dub’s Sausage will be onsite offering tasty food for purchase throughout the day. The event starts at 2:00 pm and runs until 6:00 pm.

Photo by TAKE3

Coming Up (3/3 – 3/9)

There will be Rest Presented by La Crosse Chamber Chorale – Come and see the La Crosse Chamber Chorale’s spring production, There will be Rest on March 4th and March 5th at the Saint Rose Convent. The chamber chorale will be singing some lesser known music, including works by Lithuanian composer Vytautas Miškinis and English composer Robert Pearsall, as well as more familiar classics such as the iconic “Miserere” by Gregorio Allegri.

Take 3 at the Cappella Performing Arts Center – TAKE3 is a nationally recognized act that captivates audiences around the country with their performances of top pop hits, Americana, and classical favorites. You can see the genre-defying trio perform live at the Cappella Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 4th with songs from Bach and Beethoven to Bieber and The Beach Boys. Buy your tickets now, and use promo code MUSIC for $5 off the ticket price!

Save the Date Events

Dig Deep LIVE @ Alpine! – Purchase your tickets now to see Dig Deep live at Alpine Inn on Saturday night (3/25)! Starting at 8:00 pm, the live show is sure to be entertaining with a combination of traditional bluegrass and country music and rock and roll. Dig Deep is a unique and powerful force in the roots world, and has played punk/metal scenes, local bars and roadhouses, and regional festivals.

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