German-American Heritage Institute To Be Featured On Spectrum West

May 1, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

German-American Heritage Institute to be Featured on Spectrum West

The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies will be featured on Spectrum West from Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network, this Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. Other topics include the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of “Next to Normal,” spring art tours and a Japanese garden celebration.

Host Al Ross welcomes Johannes Strohschank, a German language expert and presenter at the 2013 Friends of the Max Kade Institute Annual Meeting and Dinner to be held in Eau Claire on May 4. The Institute supports scholarly research, documentation and outreach of German-American history, culture and language. The event includes a tour of the Chippewa Valley Museum, presentations by local German heritage specialists and a German banquet.

“What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin” with special correspondent Jim Oliver features the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s presentation of “Next to Normal” opening May 9 at The Oxford. Oliver welcomes Wayne Marek, executive director of ECCT.

Artist David Demattia will preview the “Earth Arts” spring art tour happening May 4-5. “Earth Arts” features 27 different stops and more than 40 artists in the upper St. Croix Valley.

Lee Friederich, event coordinator and associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Barron County, will share the details about “The Friendship Garden Festival: An Evening of Music and Japanese Food.” The event celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Japanese garden on the UW-Barron County campus in Rice Lake.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in Western Wisconsin.  The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more.  It is heard weekly on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.

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