"Steel Magnolias," a comedy-drama by Robert Harling, runs April 17-May 3. The play is about a group of gossipy Southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor deal with a series of events that are alternately hilarious and touching, and in the end, deeply revealing of their strength, love and purposefulness. Performances are April 17-May 3 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students, with a $2 discount for the opening weekend, and a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees.
Private violin lessons
Private violin lessons for students ages 7-adult are offered throughout the year by Sarah Bertsch, (715) 381-5735.
Private voice lessons
Elizabeth Hawksford Schaefer offers private voice lessons for ages 12-adult. Adults and homeschooled teenagers are especially welcome to call for available daytime openings. For more information, call The Phipps center at (715) 386-2305, ext. 101.
Ballroom dance parties
Tom Larson will offer ballroom dance parties Saturday, April 18 and May 16, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio. Larson will offer a ballroom dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:30. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Refreshments are provided. Admission is $10 per person.
Vinyasa Flow yoga classes continue Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Beginning yoga is offered Tuesdays and Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m.
Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchased for $120 per 10 classes. Punch-cards are good for any of the three classes offered each week. Students only pay for the classes they attend. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Tai chi continues
Tai chi classes continue Thursdays, April 23-June 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., eight sessions for $96.
The Western Wisconsin Photographic Club meets regularly at The Phipps. Photographers of all levels of ability and experience are invited to these meetings. For more information, contact Margaret Strehlo, (715) 386-5048.
Local mosaic artist Wouterina "Riana" de Raad is offering a Mosaic Workshop ($145) on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Students will learn how to cut and break glass and ceramic tile, grouting and more.
Marlys Hammer is teaching Beginning Rosemaling on March 27 and 28 and Advanced Rosemaling April 17-19. For more details, visit www.ThePhipps.org or call (715) 386-2305.
Theater classes for children
Claudia Haas is teaching theater classes for students in grades 1-6 are offered on four Saturday mornings, April 4, 18, 25 and May 2.
Flights of Fancy, for students in grades 1-3, runs from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Characters Wanted, for students in grades 4-6, runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Each class fee is $39.
Summer theater camps
Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital
Currently on display are the works of Teita Amberg, Chuck Avery, Robyn Stoller Awend, Bernel Bayliss, Barbara Bend, Patricia Lange, Andrea Larson, Susan McDonald, Tom McGregor, Chris Meyer, Gregg Rochester and David Sebberson.
The annual Area High School Art Exhibition runs April 4-26. The reception is April 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with a program at 2. Galleries hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.
The Gift Gallery
The Gift Gallery offers unique fine art and traditional crafts by noted area artists. Gift certificates are also available.
For more information, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) or www.ThePhipps.org.