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Wabeno present ‘Funny Little Thing’

The Wabeno Area Players have teamed up with The Christian Food Pantry in Townsend and the Wabeno High School Band to present “Funny Little Thing Called Love.” Bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to the Christian Food Pantry earns a chance to win tickets to the July production of “The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux.”

The troupe is also raising money for the Wabeno High School Band. visitors may purchase tickets to win a basket worth over $700. Tableside beverage service and free popcorn before each show and at intermission. Afterglow party following Friday’s performance at the Big Easel Bistro.

This comedy is all about that four-letter word: L-O-V-E. Under a full moon on this unpredictable night of romance, four rollicking tales take the audience on an around-the-globe journey of unexpected and hilarious twists and turns.

“Funny Little Thing Called Love” opens Thursday and runs through Feb. 25 at Madonna Hall, 1793 Elm Ave., Wabeno. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 800-838-3006. Show times are 7 p.m. for evening performances and 1 p.m. for Sunday. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. All seating is reserved and patrons can choose the table and seat. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are $15.

Museum hits ‘Replay’ on latest exhibit

Calling all pop culture fanatics, your favorite characters are coming to the Oshkosh Public Museum on Sunday. “Replay” is a one-of-a-kind, multimedia group exhibition that draws inspiration from popular science fiction, movies, comics, and games.

With more than 30 pieces on display, using both traditional and unexpected media, “Replay” is often nostalgic as it harkens back to the stories, games and experiences of this iconic era. A selected group of talented artists featured in this exhibition have put a playful, modern spin on how these iconic characters are seen today. It challenges the way we view the storylines, and at the same time, reflect on the stories we hold dear about our community and its history. A keen-eyed guest will quickly find references to fan favorites, such as Pac-Man, Wonder Woman and Darth Vader.

“This collection of works showcases the inspired energy that drives pop culture and makes geek enthusiasts of us all,” said Debra Daubert, curator of exhibitions. “’Replay’ celebrates these iconic characters and the comic books, stories and animation from which they are found as part of our own modern mythology. Just as folktales, fairy tales and ancient myths say something about the cultures from whence they came — superheroes, mystical warlords and space explorers are our heroes, our stories, and commentary on our society.”

“Replay” will be on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, through May 13. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m. For information, visit, call 920-236-5799 or email

Passion play to be performed at Xavier

The Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play, a musical drama depicting the ministry and passion of Christ through an original script, contemporary Christian score and dance, will be presented March 22-25 at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre, 1600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton. This production is appropriate for all ages. A video sampling of the show may be seen on the production website,

For showtimes and to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 920-733-8840. Phone messages may be left at any time and will be returned the next operating day. The Xavier box office is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-3 p.m. for phone orders and walk up sales.

The Thursday evening performance on March 22 is family discount night, with adult and senior citizen tickets priced at $10 and students $6. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets are priced at $13 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $9 for students.

The matinee performance on March 24 will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Jazz ensembles plan benefit for March 14

Xavier High School jazz ensembles, along with the Xavier Middle School eighth-grade jazz band, will hold a concert with guest artist jazz saxophonist José L. Encarnación, to benefit Dan’s House of Hope at 7 p.m. on March 14 at the Xavier Fine Arts Theatre, 1600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton.

Dan’s House of Hope is dedicated to supporting young adults with cancer. They help with financial burdens and provide a home away from home while receiving treatment at a regional cancer facility located in Houston, Texas. Dan was diagnosed with cancer when he was 17 years old and a student at Xavier High School. He would spend nearly the next four years fighting for his life and wished to have a place for young adults to go during their treatments. After Dan’s death his parents made his dream a reality and Dan’s House of hope was born. To learn more about Dan’s House of Hope, visit

Admission is free, but a donation is encouraged. Tickets are needed for the reserved seating event and are available at or 920-733-8840.

José L. Encarnación leads the jazz improvisation classes, coaches jazz small groups, teaches applied jazz saxophone, and coordinates the jazz performance program at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He has performed jazz, salsa, and Latin music with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble, and others. His pops performances include appearances with the Temptations, Dianne Reeves, Natalie Cole, Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, New York Voices, Brasilia, Ann Hampton Calloway, and the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Rochester, and Green Bay.

Illusionist performing at Weidner Center

Jay Owenhouse the Authentic Illusionist will perform at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Owenhouse is a legendary escape artist and one of the most awarded illusionists in history. He will perform for one night only in “Family Magic!” an intimate evening of grand illusions. Tickets are on sale now at, 800-895-0071 and all Ticket Star locations.

Audiences will experience a night of amazing magic — bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes and inspiring storytelling.

Owenhouse spent 2008 touring China and Japan, where audiences voted the show the Best Touring Family Show in Asia. Now back in the United States, he is working on his new television series and receiving critical acclaim for his live show.

Caught by the magic bug at 4 years old, Owenhouse first performed as a freshman in high school. Since then, in the spirit of “giving it away to keep it,” he’s invented magic effects and designed illusions not only for his show, but also for other magicians of world renown.