Grand Opera House

Author: Michaela Branagan

5 Fun Outdoor Spots 

As the weather warms, make sure to hit up these outdoor destinations   Deer Mural This mural by Appleton artist Chad Brady is on the side of The Ambassador in downtown Appleton, which is home to many works of public art. Brady says the mural is somewhat hidden, being located on a “one-way street facing READ MORE

Art of the Book: Creative Art Formations

Art of the Book, an exhibition opening March 29 in the Wriston Art Center Gallery at Lawrence University, will highlight the Seeley G. Mudd Library’s growing collection of artist books. Artist books are works of art that use books as the medium. “This exhibition is an opportunity to see unique and exciting examples of artist READ MORE

Exhibit Opening: Masterpieces of the Valley

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

Wildwood Film Festival

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

Milestone Season: newVoices Choir 

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

Fox Cities Amplified: RJ Nordlund

I met acoustic singer/songwriter RJ Nordlund at Ambassador, downtown Appleton, at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 4. He would be playing a show later that night there. Once he and his girlfriend arrived with his equipment, they ordered drinks and the three of us sat down on some cushy chairs and couches near the back READ MORE

Fox Cities Amplified: Scarlet

A few weeks back, I stopped into Triple P’s in Grand Chute, making a pact with my friend to only stay for one drink. Upon entering the bar, we noticed a band setting up, waiting to start their set until the end of the Badger football game. Still sticking to our guns, we ordered our READ MORE

Up Next: Menominee Nation Arena

The Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh will be the practice area and home court for Milwaukee Bucks’ minor league affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. This fall, the Menominee tribe purchased the naming rights for the arena located in a city named after the tribe’s chief. “That’s been really exciting to partner with [the Menominee tribe] and READ MORE

Holiday Magic 

On Saturday, December 16, downtown Appleton will come alive with holiday hustle and bustle at Holiday Fun Fest, hosted by Appleton Downtown, Inc. Enjoy games, children’s activities, visits with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, the One Stop Elf Shop and Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market inside the City Center Plaza as a special feature of READ MORE

Fox Cities Amplified: Kurt Gunn

I rushed toward Tandem Wine and Beer on College Avenue in Appleton a few minutes late to my interview with acoustic singer/songwriter Kurt Gunn, where he would later be playing a show. I was greeted outside the door by Gunn himself. The first thing he said to me was “maroon and white stripes.” I messaged READ MORE

Ray Fehrenbach

Name: Ray Fehrenbach Residence: Oshkosh Medium: Etching & Drawing “My vision is really just to do a lot of work. In doing a lot of work, I feel like I learn a lot about what I’m doing, and it’s really kind of about the learning process for me. When I do something that I like, then READ MORE

The Friday Fish Fry: A Fox Cities Tradition 

The 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter are supposed to be a time of spiritual reflection and piety. Ironically, Lent also ushers in one of the most festive times of year for Fox Citians – fish fry season. In the 1930s and ‘40s, restaurants, supper clubs and taverns began hosting fish fries to accommodate READ MORE

State of Transition 

Transitional design is the blissful marriage of classic & contemporary style Transitional design gives homeowners the best of both worlds, mixing modern elements with traditional ones. Making up for the shortcomings of either philosophy, transitional design offers a cohesive, clean look that’s easy on the eye and accessible for interior design newcomers. “Because of this, it READ MORE