Quick Kicks for week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014

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Ann Fiore
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This is a roundup of entertainment news and events for the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3.


Looking beyond Labor Day

Local residents have a lot to look forward to this weekend. The Walworth County Fair opens this week; the Thresheree starts Friday in Edgerton; LaborFest gets underway Sunday and offers the year's biggest parade Monday in Janesville.

Yes, school starts after Labor Day. Yes, things get busier. But there's still a lot of fun left in the summer. For example:

Beloit's Festival on the Rock features carnival rides, music, sports tournaments, and kart, boat and adult tricycle races Sept. 5-7 to raise money to improve Preservation Park, 3444 S. Riverside Drive. Festivities run from 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Check out patchproducts.com/k/festival-on-the-rock.

Chili cooks head to downtown Edgerton on Saturday, Sept. 6, for Chilimania, home of the state championship chili cook-off, a traditional chili contest and a salsa competition. Live music and food will be offered all day starting at 11 a.m.; don't miss the public chili tasting promptly at 3 p.m. Admission: $7. Learn more at chilimania.com.

If you're hungry this weekend (and in Madison), the annual Taste of Madison will feature food from about 80 Madison restaurants around Capitol Square. Hours are 2-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30-31. Samples are not free, but the live music is. Visit tasteofmadison.com for details.


Variety show in Beloit

New York musician Susan Aquila, local actor Zack Ward and Hollywood casting director Cheryl Faye Kloner will be in the spotlight Saturday, Aug. 30, for a variety show at Beloit's newest performing arts venue.

Greg Gerard will host “The Not-So-Late Variety Show” at 7 p.m. at The Castle, 501 Prospect Ave., Beloit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The venue is located in the former First Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $15 and include dinner; call 608-362-1583 for reservations.

Kloner also will lead an auditioning seminar at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at The Castle. Call the phone number above to sign up.


Archaeologist at Hoard

Katherine Sterner-Miller, an archaeologist and doctoral candidate at UW-Milwaukee, will describe the search for artifacts on the north shore of Lake Koshkonong during a program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Hoard Historical Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson.

“Stone Tool Use at Lake Koshkonong” will delve into excavation activities at Crescent Bay Hunt Club. Sterner-Miller says the artifacts found there date to the Oneota cultural period from 1000 to 1650 A.D. The program is free.


Museum has fall reception

Four new art exhibits will be unveiled during a fall reception Thursday, Aug. 28, at Beloit College's Wright Museum of Art, 700 College St., Beloit.

Among the highlights: a copy of the world's first art magazine, screen prints by Andy Warhol, an American Landscape painting from the 1860s and work by Michiko Itatani, a Japanese-American painter and professor at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The reception starts at 4 p.m. To learn more, see beloit.edu/wright.


Join a couple of choirs

Singers are invited to “test drive” the UW-Rock County Concert Choir and UW-Rock County Jazz Singers at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Kirk Denmark Theatre on campus, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville.

Those who attend can try singing with the choirs, learn about the program and eat pizza.

For more information, contact Bryson Mortensen, at 608-758-6565, ext. 754, or e-mail bryson.mortensen@uwc.edu.

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