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  • 26th annual Jazz Festival will feature international musician

    Called “one of today’s best young jazz musicians” by the Boston Globe, bassist and composer Ben Allison will perform with guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Allison Miller at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) as part of the Music Department’s 26th annual Jazz Festival.

    The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center. The public performance caps a day of jazz study by more than 700 high school and middle school students from around Wisconsin.


  • Art event to ‘Bring Back the Bash’ with creativity, food, fun

    A night of creativity in the visual arts, design, dance and theater is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in February.

    The 13th annual Arts Bash, “Bring Back the Bash,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at UWSP’s Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point.


  • cwACT’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will really be something

    For the first time, Central Wisconsin Area Community Theater (cwACT) will tackle one of the greats – William Shakespeare – in his popular romantic comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

    “The desire to produce Shakespeare is strong in every theater, even in community theater groups,” said director Susan Edgren. “I think it’s important for an amateur organization, in order to grow in popularity and performance quality, to take on some Shakespeare, at least occasionally.


  • WWI’s Admiral Grant among those remembered linking city’s past and present

    As a child, he played (and worked) in Stevens Point, attended the Old White School, and as he grew older, Albert W. Grant perhaps was influenced by his father, E.B. Grant, and the elder Grant’s subsequent time in the infantry during the Civil War.

    On June 4, 1873, at age 17, Albert Grant started out from Stevens Point for Annapolis, appointed to the Naval Academy. The Stevens Point Journal foresaw his greatness, reporting “he … has the requisite ability to become a leader in his class.”


  • Model railroad show to display routes of hobby

    Railroads offer more than just an engine and some tracks, in fact they provide an outlet for nearly every interest: building, designing, engineering, models, transportation, people and community, artwork, creativity, scenery, and the list goes on for miles.

    It is one of the messages Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders hope to show people at the 20th annual Arctic Run Model Railroad Show and Sale Jan. 21 and 22.


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