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Singer-Songwriter Dennis Warner, Summer Shorts Film Screenings Up Next for UW-Eau Claire's Summer Events Series

RELEASED: June 16, 2008

Dennis Warner
Dennis Warner

EAU CLAIRE — Americana singer-songwriter Dennis Warner will kick off the fourth week of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Events series with a free outdoor show Monday, June 30.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Cabin of Davies Center). The audience is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to the concert. Free popcorn will be available.

Well regarded for his interpretations of songs written by others, Dennis Warner is also a respected songwriter. His greatest honor was being invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as part of a concert series spotlighting the best of the "unknown" songwriters. He is also a three-time "New Folk" finalist for songwriting at the internationally acclaimed Kerrville Folk Fest (co-founded by producer Rod Kennedy and performer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary) — the award that helped launch the careers of Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, David Wilcox and many others.

Warner possesses crafty wit, skillful musicianship and the special ability of captivating an audience. Accompanying his smooth vocals with his 6- and 12- string guitars, he has performed his family-oriented concerts throughout the country, drawing inspiration for songs that appeal to the universal aspects of our lives.

The Summer Events series also will present the debut of the Summer Shorts film series on Tuesday, July 1. Summer Shorts will present local, regional and international short film compilations. "The Best of the STIFFE," a series of award-winning short films by UW-Eau Claire independent filmmakers submitted for The Student Independent Film Festival, will screen Tuesday and Wednesday, July 1-2, in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Theatre and at the State Regional Arts Center Gallery in downtown Eau Claire Thursday, July 3. Films will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free and the screenings are open to all. The Student Independent Film Festival has been presented annually since 1999 by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

With the theme "Welcome to Our Backyard," University Centers Summer Events continue through July 31. A complete schedule is available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727.

The eight-week series is funded by UW-Eau Claire students and coordinated by the University Centers. For more information contact Paula Stuettgen, senior coordinator for assessment and special projects, at 715-836-4803.

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JS/JP

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