Of course, there are many great programs happening throughout winter that are neither outdoors nor physical. Again, far too many things happening than we have room for, so check out www.visitoshkosh.com and www.downtownoshkosh.com to see what is all happening in the area.
The arts world at UW Oshkosh continues to offer a tremendous volume of intriguing and skillful performances open to the broader community. The Theater Department is putting on a production of Bus Stop, written by William Inge and directed by Bryan Vandervender. The romantic comedy is set for Feb. 12-15, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16, 2014, 2 p.m. On March 6-8, 2014, the Experimental Theatre comes to life with student one-act plays, which offer an opportunity for students to experiment and practice the skills they have learned in the theatre program.
The Chamber Art Series is bringing in OC Times, a Barbershop Quartet from Orange County, California on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. The music of OC Times is inspired by artists like Michael Buble, Sinatra, and Elvis and includes favorite swing standards and rock ‘n roll classics blended with traditional barbershop harmony, jazz and swing.
UW Oshkosh ensemble performances also fill the stage of the Music Hall in March, with the UW Oshkosh Choirs scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on March 16, UW Oshkosh Bands also on March 16 but later in the evening at 7:00 p.m., and the UW Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra on March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
On February 22, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra (OYSO) are teaming up for a concert featuring the music of Hollywood favorites. OYSO returns on March 23 at 3pm for their Spring concert at UW Oshkosh Music Hall.
Jolly Jester Children’s Theater – 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Jolly Jester, the Oshkosh Rec Department’s children’s theater. Auditions were completed in October 2013, and rehearsals have been preparing the crew for performances at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium on Feb 21 (7:00 p.m.), Feb 22 (2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.), and Feb 23 (2:00 p.m.). Tickets are $4 for adults and will be available at the door.
The Grand will be hosting performances of the musical Les Misérables March 7 -15 presented by Hysterical Productions. This staging of the full Broadway version of LES MISÉRABLES marks the company’s first mainstage production at The Grand. The production is directed by Angela Ferlo with Amanda Petersen Fails.
Other events that should be on your radar include Rooms of Blooms at the Paine Art Center and Gardens on February 28 – March 3 and March 7 – 10. The event includes bursting floral arrangements designed by local floral artists and accompanied by multiple workshops, a brunch and reception. For more information, visit www.thepaine.org/events/RoomsOfBlooms13.html.
The Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake continues to offer outstanding cultural programs at affordable prices in the intimacy of their beautiful facility. On Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m., The Duhks bring their creative folk roots music that has prompted a Grammy nominee and a JUNO award. On Saturday, January 25 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the Missoula Children’s Theatre features Pinocchio, with over 50 local children staring in this beloved children’s story (www.thrasheroperahouse.com).
The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton has a plethora of upcoming events, including two nights with Judy Collins on February 7 and 8, as well as the immensely popular Wicked, on stage February 12 through March 2.
Keep an eye open for upcoming information on Martin Luther King Jr Day events, Hops N Props at the EAA Museaum, and the Heart of Winter Celebration in downtown Oshkosh.
Don’t forget about the Winter Farmers Market (1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays) at Washington Hall, 405 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market features a wide variety of food and craft goods as well as games and musical performances. The Time Community Theater in downtown Oshkosh is also celebrating an extended season, with upcoming movie nights on December 7 featuring Nightmare Before Christmas and the 14th showing Home Alone. Make sure you also visit the Backlot Comedy House at 424 N Main Street during the winter season, with shows every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
Finally, if you are feeling the itch for warming weather, Wild Ones is hosting their 18th Annual Conference on January 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Oshkosh Convention Center. The event is focused on the role of the garden and urban landscape (www.towardharmonywithnature.org).