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RELEASED: July 1, 2009

Tommy Bentz Band
Tommy Bentz Band

EAU CLAIRE — A performance by the Tommy Bentz Band July 6 and the introduction of the new summer series, Shakespeare and Others in the Park, July 8 will highlight the fifth week of Summer Events at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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

Monday's Music on the Mall performer, Tommy Bentz, is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed and composed several album projects and commercials. In addition to owning and operating Brickhouse Music in River Falls, Bentz has recorded two albums of original music with his band and has shared the stage with the Temptations, Rufus Reid, Clark Terry, David Baker, Ira Sullivan, Willy Porter, Tim Mahoney and the Pat McGee Band. The Tommy Bentz Band was selected as Icelandair's second annual "Ticket to Fly" winner, as judged by The Pete Best Band. The band recently finished a third album, "Point of View," featuring some of the newer tunes from live shows and showcasing its tightly focused jams and diverse songwriting ability.

The Shakespeare and Others in the Park series, scheduled for Wednesdays in July, celebrates the spoken word through short plays, prose and poetry. The first performance will be "Laundry and Bourbon" by James McLure, directed by Rose Dolan-Neill and presented by BareBones Ensemble Theatre.

The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth's home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth (Elizabeth Gengenbach) and her friend Hattie (Rhiannon Schaub) are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets that are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee (Rose Dolan-Neill), who, among other tidbits, can't resist divulging that Elizabeth's husband has been seen around town with another woman. The short play contains adult language and content, and mature themes not appropriate for children.

The Fresh Start Farmers Mart is presented on the Central Campus Mall every Thursday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. through July 30.

Flutist Tim Lane and Friends will perform July 12 at 2 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. The light classical Summer Sounds concert is presented in cooperation with the department of music and theatre arts.

With the theme "Welcome to our Backyard," the Summer Events series continues through July 30. A complete schedule is available online or by request through the Service Center at 715-836-3727. The eight-week series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and coordinated by the University Centers.

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