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2018 Sidewalk Poetry Program Accepting Submissions

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The City of Appleton’s Department of Public Works is accepting submissions in its annual sidewalk poetry program. Five poems by Appleton residents will be selected for stamping in sidewalks throughout the city in 2018. Sidewalk poetry is stamped in sidewalks on city-owned property and public sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout Appleton. The program, now in its READ MORE

Five Not-to-Miss February Exhibits

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Make sure to check out these shows this month The Nostalgia Awakens Thru February 28 See a massive collection of original Star Wars action figures, spaceships and play sets made from 1978 to 1985. Items belong to local collector David Wentworth. Kimberly Public Library. 788-7515. Surface Archaic: Joshua Albers and Craig Clifford February 1-22 This READ MORE

February Must-See Music

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Three musical happenings to attend this month  Imagine: the Peace Concert February 10 Appleton Boychoir brings their message of friendship to the Chapel stage along with Japanese cellist Eru Matsumoto. Imagine dancers, narrators and music with a powerful message will make this spring concert a significant event, softening hearts one great song at a time. READ MORE

Exhibit Opening: Masterpieces of the Valley

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Masterpieces of the Valley, opening February 10 at The Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, is an exhibit of artworks from the collections of the Paine and several regional institutions. The exhibit will include European and American paintings from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries, which is the period when founders Nathan and Jessie READ MORE

Exhibit Opening: Broken Hearts 

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Celebrate the seedy side of love this Valentine’s Day at “Broken Hearts,” an art exhibition debuting February 1 at artlessBastard in De Pere. The show will present 2-D and 3-D works of art in all mediums, from painting to mixed media to drawing. Themes will revolve around love lost, found and abandoned; young love and READ MORE

Wildwood Film Festival

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The 17th Annual Wildwood Film Festival will take place at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton on February 16 and 17. The festival features Wisconsin films only; all projects have direct ties to the state, whether it’s the primary creative personnel (producer/director/writer), the actors or the locations. After their original film submission was READ MORE

History in the Making 

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For the Appleton Historical Society, establishing a museum to encapsulate and preserve the city’s history has been a dream since before they first formed in 2011. After years of planning, that dream came true on July 20, 2017. “In 2010, a group of us said the Outagamie County Society is fine, but that’s the whole READ MORE

Milestone Season: newVoices Choir 

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The newVoices Choir continues celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018. On April 28, a collaboration with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, called U.S. Venture Masterworks: Gift of Life & Rutter Requiem, will honor the organization’s past, present and future with two works by renowned choral music composer and conductor John Rutter. U.S. Venture and READ MORE

Dance & Performance Events

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Celebrate the art of movement at these events Kamikaze Fireflies January 27 You won’t believe your eyes as you watch this captivating duo perform amazing acrobatics and circus feats. The Kamikaze Fireflies unchained performance includes juggling, hula hoops, German wheel, whips and other circus tricks – with a big side of comedy. 2pm. The Grand READ MORE

We Are Here

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Artist Rob Neilson has been commissioned to create two permanent public art pieces inside the new Fox Cities Exhibition Center, which will debut January 11. The first piece, titled “We Are Here,” is an installation made from 10,000 photographs of Fox Cities residents. From a distance, the 7- by 10-foot installation will appear as the faces READ MORE