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Phipps Calendar Dec. 17-25

For more information, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) or www.ThePhipps.org.:

Luce plays organ Saturday

Lance Luce will play holiday selections on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Luce's program will include "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas," "Silver Bells," "O Holy Night," "Brazilian Sleigh Bells," "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "Mary's Little Boy Child," as well as sing-alongs to popular favorites and beloved carols. In addition, Luce will accompany Laurel and Hardy's short silent comedy "Big Business," in which the boys try to sell Christmas trees in sunny California.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409.

"Greater Tuna" performance

"Greater Tuna," a comedy by Jayston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, will be performed Jan. 15-24.

"Greater Tuna" is an outrageous comedy about Texas's third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up the town of Tuna are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants -- men, women, children, and animals.

Five performances will be given Jan. 15 - 24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. as well as Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinee.

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 party

A ballroom dance party will be offered on Saturdays, Dec. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Tom Larson will offer a ballroom and Latin dance lesson during the first hour. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is $12 per person.

Yoga classes

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 classes

Tai chi classes continue on Thursdays from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchases for $96 per eight classes and are good for four months. Students only pay for the classes they attend.

Theater classes

Theater classes for students in grades 1 - 6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, Jan. 16 through Feb. 6.

Creating the Characters of Beatrix Potter will be offered for students in grades 1-3 from 9-10 a.m. Participants will study the work of the beloved children's author and adapt her memorable animal characters for the stage. Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny will leap off of the page and onto the stage as students use their imaginations to determine how these characters walk, talk, and behave. An informal presentation for parents will be held the last half of the final class. The fee is $35.

Fairytales Come to Life will be offered for students in grades 4-6 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Young actors will adapt their favorite fairytales for the stage. Participants will learn to communicate ideas through dialogue as well as how to use character building techniques to show, not tell, aspects of setting and plot. Students will dive into such questions as: "What is the weather like in Snow White's enchanted forest?" and "How can I show an audience what it is like without telling them?" An informal presentation will be held for parents the last half of the final class. The fee is $40.

Photography club

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.

Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital

The work of Martin Corbett, Toni Easterson, Lindsy Halleckson, Margaret Holmes, Peter Landherr, Douglas K. Limon, Michael McGraw, David Mngodo, Jodi Reeb-Myers, Elisabeth Paper, Odessa, Victoria Demos Stevens, Hazel Stoeckeler, Michon Weeks, and Terry Zenk is currently on display.

The Galleries

A series of exhibitions featuring work by area artists Barbara Riegel Bend (New Richmond), Ron Germundson (St. Paul), Robert James Kelly (Eden Prairie), Christopher Copeland (Stillwater), and Joseph Haid (Hudson) is on view through Jan. 17 in The Galleries.

Also on view in the Atrium Gallery through Jan. 3 is "Working Systems: What are Sustainable Artmaking Practices?," an exhibition by artists who participated in a series of seminars organized by The Phipps on the role of art and sustainability. Participating artists are Gloria Adrian (Cushing), Barbara Riegel Bend (New Richmond), Sheila Bergman (Prairie Farm), Mary Bergs (Minneapolis), Karla Faith (New Richmond), Patty Kuebker Johnson (Roberts), Amy Klein (St. Croix Falls), Bernard Marks (Somerset), and Teri Power (Amery)

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Nov. 26, and Dec. 24 through 27.

The Gift Gallery

The Gift Gallery offers unique fine art and traditional crafts by noted area artists. Gift certificates are also available.

Gift Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps

"A Gift by the Hand," the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists, is going on now through Dec. 31. Members of The Phipps receive a 10 percent discount throughout the remainder of the sale.

"A Gift by the Hand" hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Nov. 26, and Dec. 24 through 27.

Give the Gift of Creativity

This holiday season, consider giving your loved ones - children and adults - a class or workshop offered at The Phipps Center. This winter and spring, there are many art classes to choose from including, pottery, watercolor, traditional rosemaling in acrylics, concrete sculpture, and mosaics for adults and teens, as well as weaving and pottery for children ages 7 to 12. For those who enjoy using new technology, The Phipps will offer a class to learn how to paint using the Brushes Program on the iPhone/iTouch. For those who find inspiration in the culinary arts, The Phipps and River Market offer a series of Healthy Indian Cooking classes.

The class fees range from $20 to $207, and most include materials and supplies. Gift certificates are available. For more information, visit The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016; call (715) 386-2305 to register with a Visa or MasterCard; or go to www.ThePhipps.org. A $3 processing fee will be charged for all mail, phone and online registrations.

The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed December 24 through 27.

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