Spectral Microcinema 04: Sky Hopinka

IDEA Center (map)

For our next screening, we'll be turning on the projector to explore the beautiful experimental documentaries of Sky Hopinka. We hope you can make this very special event as the director will be on hand to personally present and discuss his work. 

Milwaukee based artist Sky Hopinka will be presenting films that largely concentrate on expresisons of place, culture, language, motion, and color. Born in Ferndale, Washington, Hopinka is of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. His work centers around personal positions of homeland and landscape, designs of language and the facets of culture contained within. Dennis Lim, the director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, has written that Sky Hopinka's work is driven by "the mission to reclaim the ethnographic gaze that has dominated the representation of indigenous cultures and to bring the indirection of poetry to an exploration of Native identity both past and present."

His award-winning work has screened in a range of venues including the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival among others. His recent work, ‘Visions of an Island’ (2016) was selected to be part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial. This screening and discussion is part of the COFAC Creates: Expressions of Place series of events. For updates and additional information, please click here.

Following the screening, Sky will be on hand for a talk back. We hope you can make it!

A special thanks to our sponsors that make this event possible.

Presenting Sponsors: Blenker Building Systems and Ellis Construction

Supporting Sponsors: Boldt Company, Donaldson Company, Ki Mobility, Nummelin Testing Services, and Team Scheirl Companies

Director Sponsors: Wipfli CPAs and Consultants

The Second City Comedy Show

Sentry Theatre @1800 (map)

The Second City, Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater group, returns Saturday, April 8, 2017 with "We're All In This Room Together." Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can't provide, this must-attend show features improvised comedy, audience interaction, and of­-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. Never the same show twice, join us in the “Room” where it happens during this special one-night engagement.

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting­ edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.

Tickets for the Second City are available online here or by calling CW Tickets at 715-498-2339.

Thank you to our generous sponsors...

ArtsWalk and MGI

Downtown Stevens Point (map)

ArtsWalk is an annual community celebration of artistic expression. ArtsWalk will take place Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5 - 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The evening includes performing street artists on Main Street and the Square, and art displays in storefront windows throughout downtown.  

At 7:30 p.m., community guitar players gather in the Square to participate in Mass Guitar Incident. Guitar players of all ages and levels are invited to perform together.

More information coming soon!

White Dinner

Pfiffner Building (map)

The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and CREATE Portage County are excited to present the second annual White Dinner, a celebration of the summer solstice!

Diners plan their table decorations and meal, then gather outside amidst luminaries and twinkling lights. The White Dinner will take place in Pfiffner Park just outside the building on Thursday, June 22 starting with table setup at 6:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress in white attire and plan their own elegant culinary creations, beverages, table decorations, and service. 

CWSO and CREATE Portage County will provide entertainment, tables, chairs, and a radiant atmosphere. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. 

Table preparation will be open between 6:00 and 6:30, immediately followed by a toast at 7:00 pm. The evening will also include a raffle and prizes awarded to the most elegant and creative tables. 

Tickets are $25/person for the event and available online at www.cwso.org, by calling 715-345-7726, or in person at the CWSO office located at 800 Main Street, Stevens Point.

The White Dinner is a fundraising event for CWSO and CREATE. For more information, call 715-345-7726.

Trivia Unplugged

Noel Hangar (map)

Trivia Unplugged 2017 will take place Saturday, September 23 from 3-9pm at the Noel Hangar in Stevens Point with registration and tailgating starting at 1pm. Teams may have up to ten members in the competition area and unlimited reserve players in the spectator area. The total number of teams allowed to register is limited, therefore early registration is encouraged. 

What is Trivia Unplugged? Presented by CREATE Portage County, Trivia Unplugged is an old-school trivia contest with a twist. Competitors are challenged to rely on their own brain power and teamwork to answer questions - no internet, books, or notes of any kind are allowed. Quizmaster Jim "The Oz" Oliva will host the event, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point campus radio 90FM. The Mid-State Sisters of Skate roller derby team will collect trivia answers, Rockman's Catering will have a buffet available for purchase, and participants have the chance to win prizes by entering the Booze Raffle.

Additional information on Trivia Unplugged is available here.

Fire Works

Whitefeather Organics (map)

In partnership with the Central Rivers Farmshed and Whitefeather Organics, this family-friendly event provides participants with the unique opportunity to make and take art. Each attendee will receive randomly assigned coordinates that correspond to an original work of art (displayed on grids and lit only by bonfire) that they will get to take home! If you love it, this art is yours to keep. If you prefer to swap it, exchange it as many times as you like at our Trading Wall. This experience is fun for the whole family and will include fresh farm-to-table brick oven pizzas available for purchase.

Individual and family tickets will become available September 2017. The individual ticket includes admission to the event and one original piece of art. The family ticket includes admission and two original pieces of art. 


Fire Works 2017 will take place Saturday, October 14 at Whitefeather Organics. Stay tuned for more information.