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UW-Marinette presents mystery play

“Menominee River Mysteries: The Summer of ’27,” a new play written by Menominee resident Anthony LaMalfa, is running through Sunday at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the campus of UW-Marinette, 750 W. Bay Shore St., Marinette. Saturday’s performance will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2 p.m.

This Theatre on the Bay premiere is set during Prohibition in the 1920s.

“The play is a hysterically fictional, yet historically factual, murder mystery which sees Marinette County’s bootleggers making a name for themselves — until a corpse washes ashore the bank of the Menominee River and they’re to blame. Local law enforcement takes sides, and unlikely heroes emerge,” LaMalfa said.

Based on local historical figures with recognizable names such as Harvey Higley, Jab Murray, Charlie Goldberg, Luella Axtell and Arold Murphy, the story takes place in 1927 Marinette.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students, and free to current UW-Marinette students with ID. Reserved seats are available at marinette.uwc.edu/theatre. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office one hour before each show. For ticket information, contact the main office at 715-735-4300, ext. 4301.

For more information about the play, visit www.menomineerivermysteries.com.

Birder Players present ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Birder Players will perform “A Christmas Carol” from Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 at Broadway Theatre, 123 S. Broadway Ave., De Pere.

The cast features Chad Lemerande as Scrooge, Tim Olejniczak as Mr. Cratchit, John Shier as Mr. Fezziwig, Sallie Petty as Mrs. Fezziwig, Alex Sabin as Marley, Ana Lissa Bakken as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Bill Frailing as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Ann Preiss Gray as the Ghost of Christmas Future and Isaac Helstad as Tiny Tim.

Ticket and other information about the production are available by calling 920-445-5669 or e-mailing boxoffice@birderstudio.org.

Birder Players is a troupe of talented adult performers from northeast Wisconsin established in 2012 in an effort to present quality music theater productions, cabaret performances and family time theater.

Concert series recreates ‘Birth of the Cool’

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 6:30 Concert Series continues with ‘Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool’ on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. This event is free and open to the public.

Performers will recreate the 1957 album “Birth of the Cool” — a creative collaboration between then up-and-coming trumpeter Miles Davis and innovative arranger Gil Evans. Drawing upon the influences of bebop and European impressionism and scored for an unusual instrumental nonet, this recording imagined a new future for jazz. An ensemble of UW-Green Bay music faculty and friends will recreate the album live from the restored manuscript. UW-Green Bay historian and Associate Provost Clif Ganyard and UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Adam Gaines (music/trumpet), will provide commentary on the music.

The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the campus with the community through the exploration of music. Performances feature insightful presentations by performers, composers and special guests in Fort Howard Hall, and they typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. Shows are free, but donations to UW-Green Bay Music are accepted. To learn more, visit www.weidnercenter.com/630series.

UW-Marinette presents ‘Christmas at the Movies’

The Continuing Education Department at University of Wisconsin-Marinette will present a concert of Christmas songs featured in classic and popular holiday movies. Songs have been selected from a variety of family favorites, such as “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Polar Express” and many more.

This concert features singers of all ages. Performances are Dec. 8-9 at 7 p.m. at UW-Marinette’s Theatre on the Bay, 750 W. Bay Shore St., Marinette. Concessions will be provided, and there will be a special appearance by Santa Claus. Children are invited to take pictures with Santa following the performance.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting http://marinette.uwc.edu/theatre, or by calling 715-735-4300, ext. 4342.

Railroad museum hosting Holidays on the Rails

Holidays On The Rails will take place at the National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway St., Green Bay, Dec. 5-9. The program features a variety of holiday activities and crafts as well as stories, cookie decorating, train rides and a visit with Santa.

Activities take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Dec. 7 will include evening hours from 4:30-8 p.m. Train rides are scheduled for 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. each day, and will also take place during the evening.

This program is designed for children in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. Admission is $5. Children younger than 2 are free. Advanced tickets are preferred and can be purchased by going to www.nationalrrmuseum.org.

WFRV hosts night with Bob Harlan

Former Green Bay Packers President Bob Harlan has been a pillar in the foundation of football in Green Bay, and at 7 p.m. Jan. 5, you can hear from the Packers Hall of Famer during a unique opportunity at the Meyer Theatre, 117 S. Washington St., Green Bay.

From Harlan’s early days at Marquette, to helping build the Packers into the crown jewel of the NFL, Harlan will reflect on his experiences running a professional franchise in the smallest city in the league.

Join WFRV Sports Director Burke Griffin for an intimate evening of life, family, fun and football.

Tickets are $30 and are on sale at www.MeyerTheatre.org, the Ticket Star Box Office in the Resch Center or by phone at 800-895-0071.

Gaelic Storm at Meyer in March

No meteorologist is needed to accurately predict Gaelic Storm will return to the Meyer Theatre, 117 S. Washington St., Green Bay, for its annual appearance March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and are now on sale at www.MeyerTheatre.org, the Ticket Star box office in the Resch Center or by phone at 800-895-0071.

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever. Their most recent release, “Matching Sweaters,” mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.

From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock and rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. “Matching Sweaters” helps explain the broad appeal. Rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the album moves from drinking songs (“Another Stupid Drinking Song”) to energetic instrumentals (“The Narwhaling Cheesehead”) to rootsy pop/rockers (“Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out”), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that’s spent close to 20 years on the road.