Quick Kicks for week of Aug. 7-13, 2014

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Ann Fiore
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Here is a roundup of entertainment news and events for the week of Aug. 7-13, 2014.


Boats and heritage in spotlight

As summer winds down, the Lake Geneva Jaycees prepare for one of their city's biggest annual celebrations—the Venetian Festival—which this year is Aug. 13-17 downtown.

The five-day event features a carnival, craft fair, music, food and a water-ski show. It's capped by a lighted boat parade and fireworks at dusk Sunday, Aug. 17.

A variety of bands will offer live music: Bella Cain on Wednesday, Cherry Pie on Thursday, The Toys on Friday, Fresh Hops and Too White Crew on Saturday, and Lake Geneva House of Music and Megan Ruger on Sunday. For a schedule, visit lakegenevajaycees.org.

Delavan's Heritage Fest also offers lots of live music—from Dixieland jazz to mariachi—Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 14-17, at the Phoenix Park band shell, 111 E. Wisconsin St. 

But the real highlights of Heritage Fest are the opportunities to learn more about Delavan, from its circus past to its arts colony, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and rich ethnic diversity. Check out delavanheritagefest.com.


Library sets summer finale

Taking a cue from Comic Con, San Diego's entertainment/comic book extravaganza, Hedberg Public Library has planned its own summer celebration: Quest Con.

Quest Con will feature interactive stations celebrating books, movies, games, TV, comics and pop culture from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Janesville library, 316 S. Main St. Young and old can create comic strips, origami and custom buttons relating to shows such as “Dr. Who” and “Game of Thrones,” movies such as “Star Wars” and books including the “Divergent” series. Children also get to make superhero capes.

Costumes are welcome but not required. See HedbergPublicLibrary.org/questcon for a list of activities.


'Stop Kiss' auditions set

Stage One will hold auditions for its October production, “Stop Kiss,” at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Aug. 10-11, at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St.

Actors must be 21 or older. To schedule an alternate audition time, contact director Michael Stalsberg at Mike@StageOneWi.org or 608-346-5509.


Artists have day in sun

More than 80 artists will be in Lake Geneva this weekend for Art in the Park, the Geneva Lake Art Association's annual fine art fair.

Visitors can check out everything from woodcarvings to metalwork from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9-10, in Flat Iron Park, located at Wrigley Drive and Center Street. Art association members will exhibit their work in a separate tent.

Also on tap are children's activities, live music and refreshments.


Cut! Learn how to direct

The Janesville Performing Arts Center and Bower City Theatre Company will kick off a series of master classes with a course on theatrical directing.

The course, targeted at ages 14 and older, will run from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, at JPAC, 408 S. Main St. Ray Pritchard is the instructor.

The fee is $30. A matching grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board will help cover costs. For details, call 608-758-0297 or visit Janesvillepac.org.

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