A free outdoor concert June 10 by Green Tea opens the Summer Events program, an eight-week series that returns after a one-year hiatus due to campus construction and moving to the new Davies Center. Summer Events will feature concerts Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Owen Park bandshell, and movies Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on the lawn west of Haas Fine Arts Center. All events are free and open to the Chippewa Valley community.
Other artists featured on the Monday-night concert series are Davey J and the Jones Tones (June 17), Boiled in Lead (June 24), Maudlin (July 1), The Ericksons (July 8), Sue Orfield Band (July 15), Eggplant Heroes (July 22) and Kids from Wisconsin (July 29). Shows run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Owen Park bandshell; Davies Center is the rain location.
Absent from the Summer Events schedule since 2007, a series of feature films will begin June 12 with Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). The PG-rated Disney fantasy stars James Franco as a small-time magician who is swept away to the enchanted land of Oz and is forced into a power struggle between three witches (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz).
Other Summer Events movies include Singin’ in the Rain (June 19), North by Northwest (June 26), Lincoln (July 3), American Graffiti (July 10), Wreck-It Ralph (July 17), Rear Window (July 24) and 42 (July 31). In the event of rain, films will screen in Woodland Theater of Davies Center.
Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Summer Events series is coordinated by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office.
Presented by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Association, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation and the University Centers, the University Student Excellence Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in areas that reflect the core values of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The 2013 awards were presented at a reception Wednesday, May 8.
Singer-guitarist Phillip Phillips — winner of the eleventh season of the Fox television series American Idol — was to appear in concert May 6 with special guest Gin Wigmore. On May 5 the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was notified that Phillips had cancelled the remainder of his spring tour due to illness. All 1,100 tickets for the May 6 show were purchased by UW-Eau Claire students. To receive a cash refund, original ticket purchasers must present their tickets and Blugold Card at the Service Center no later than Friday, May 31, 2013.
The Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby is now selling discount tickets for Valleyfair, the amusement park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Tickets are $30 — a savings of $14 off the price of admission at the gate — and are valid for any public operating day in 2013. The largest amusement part in the upper Midwest, Valleyfair opens May 11. The park is closed May 13–15 and May 20–22, with daily operation beginning May 23 and continuing through Labor Day. ValleySCARE, featuring the Halloween Haunt and Planet Spooky, is open weekends September 22–October 27.