MAILED: July 10, 2000
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Brenda Weiler will present a free outdoor concert July 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain: Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
Only 18 years old when she opened a concert by folk legend Richie Havens ("So you're the little girl with the big voice!"), Brenda Weiler was already a distinctive songwriter and performer. With nominations for 1999 Minnesota Folk Artist of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year, Weiler took her place among her better-known contemporaries.
"Brenda Weiler is someone to watch," wrote Dirty Linen, the leading contemporary folk and acoustic magazine. Exploring universal issues of identity and relationships, Weiler's songs resonate with striking images, wry lyrical twists and direct sincerity. "Trickle Down" (1997), her debut CD, and "Crazy Happy" (1999), her latest release, are rich collections of original songs that showcase her voice and guitar work.
Brenda Weiler tours full time throughout the Midwest and West Coast, performing at colleges, festivals, clubs, galleries and coffeehouses, and she has performed with acclaimed national artists including Greg Brown, Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams.
Also on campus during the week of July 24 are these free Summer Session Programs:
Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 10. More information is available from the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.
- "Green for Danger" (1946), the first of two classic British mysteries screening this week, will be presented at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday in Davies Theatre. At an emergency wartime hospital near London, a flying bomb casualty inexplicably dies on the operating table. Later that day a nurse declares that it was murder and is murdered herself. Enter the droll Inspector Cockrill (Alistair Sim) of Scotland Yard, who suspects one of the five nurses and doctors in the operating theatre to be a killer. Sally Gray, Trevor Howard and Leo Genn co-star. The 90-minute film was directed by Sidney Gilliat.
- Wednesday at noon, a UW-Eau Claire jazz combo, under the direction of Jason Craft, will provide lunchtime entertainment on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). Refreshments will be sold.
- "Hue and Cry" (1946), the first of the famed Ealing comedies, will screen at noon and 7 p.m. Thursday in Davies Theatre. In early postwar London, "The Blood and Thunder Boys" working-class kids who are fans of a boys' suspense magazine stop at nothing to discover how a secret underworld code has crept into their favorite action weekly. Alistair Sim is an easily frightened writer of juvenile detective stories in this mystery-farce with a rousing finale on the bombed-out docklands. Charles Crichton directed the 82-minute film.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 11, 2000