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Arts & Culture

Q&A: Michel Padrón, Asere & Havana Cuba All-Stars


Padrón is the leader and musical director of Asere & Havana Cuba All-Stars, an amalgam of top Cuban musicians who will be performing at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on November 1.  Asere & Havana Cuba All-Stars are made up of various musical artists. What was the inspiration behind bringing these musicians together? READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: Wisconsin’s John Muir


“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”  – Wilderness World of John Muir This fall, the Neenah and Menasha Public Libraries will be hosting “Wisconsin’s John Muir: An Exhibit Celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service.” This traveling exhibit on loan from the Wisconsin Historical Society will be on display READ MORE

Reinvented Classic: Art of Time Ensemble


On October 11, the Art of Time Ensemble will take the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center stage to perform a re-imagined rendition of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Art of Time Ensemble is a collective of Canadian-based classical, jazz and pop musicians who fuse high art (classical music) with pop READ MORE

Q&A with Hillary Reynolds of Peridot


Hillary Reynolds, of folk/pop group Peridot, shares the background on her upcoming concert “An Evening with Peridot & The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra” on October 29. The concert will raise money for The Trina Fund which supports local women who travel for breast cancer treatment. The fund was created by Hillary’s mother who passed away READ MORE

Escape Party


Need to get away from it all? Head to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan tomorrow, Saturday, October 1 for an artful escape from reality. The event is meant to feel like a mini-vacation, allowing guests to abscond the pressures of 21st-century living through new exhibitions, live music, musings, food, libations and more. READ MORE

Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra turns 50


Fifty years ago, a group of teachers and students came together to form a community orchestra. Now, after a half-century of bringing classical music to the Fox Cities area, the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra is set to celebrate its landmark anniversary in style. Esteemed guest artists Edgar Meyer, Eileen Ivers and the legendary Itzhak Perlman READ MORE

Bazaar After Dark: An Open Air Night Market


Come nightfall on Wednesday, September 28, Wisconsin Avenue in Appleton will look a little different. The street, from Oneida to Drew, will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Valley’s first open air night market. Bazaar After Dark, sponsored by Tundraland, will feature diverse food and art vendors as well as live music and performances. READ MORE

Octoberfest 2016


An event that has made its presence known in the Fox Valley, Octoberfest returns for its 35th year on September 23 and 24 in downtown Appleton. Octoberfest features music, vendors, booths, volunteerism, philanthropy and fun. The weekend kicks off with the annual License to Cruise classic car show on Friday evening and continues with a READ MORE

Rent a Ukulele


The Neenah Public Library, in partnership with Heid Music, has established a ukulele lending collection. Library patrons are now able to check out one of eight ukuleles for four weeks at a time, the same as they would a book or DVD. The ukulele kits include a Kala soprano ukulele, a gig bag, an electronic READ MORE