At The Phipps Center for the Arts

Organ accompanies silent film 

Buster Keaton’s silent film comedy “Sherlock Jr.” and a Laurel and Hardy short, “That’s My Wife,” will be accompanied by Clark Wilson on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

In the 1924 silent film comedy “Sherlock Jr.,” Keaton is a cinema projectionist who dreams of being a famous detective, like Sherlock Holmes. In love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire), he presents her with chocolates and a ring, but another suitor (Ward Crane) also vies for her affections. The projectionist unsuccessfully tails his romantic rival, a deceitful sort who has stolen a watch from the girl’s home and pawned it to buy her a larger box of candy. Falsely accused of the crime by his girlfriend’s family, the heartbroken young man falls asleep at work while exhibiting a movie. He dreams that he walks into the screen and interacts with the characters in the film — now the players in the stolen watch imbroglio.

In the 1929 Laurel and Hardy comedy, Oliver stands to inherit a large fortune from his rich Uncle Bernal, with the condition that he be happily married. But when Mrs. Hardy walks out just before Uncle Bernal is due for a visit, Laurel is pressed into duty to impersonate Oliver’s loving spouse. He is convincing enough to earn a pass or two from a drunk at a nightclub, but when a stolen necklace gets dropped down his dress, attempts to recover it disclose Laurel’s true gender.

Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America today. He works exclusively with the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film. Wilson has been organ conservator and resident organist at the Ohio Theatre for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts since 1992 and is responsible for all music during the annual classic movie series, which also features one or more major silent films each season.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409. The Phipps is located at 109 Locust Street in Hudson, Wis.


Ballroom dance parties planned

Ballroom dance parties will be offered on the first and third Saturday of every month from 7-10 p.m. (Feb. 1 and 15) in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. Swing and triple swing will be featured on Feb. 1 along with a live band, and the rumba and waltz will be taught on Feb. 15 with a DJ. 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. Admission is $15 per person with a live band or $12 per person with a DJ.

Larson has taught at The Phipps since 2003 and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for five seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.

The Phipps is located at 109 Locust Street in Hudson, Wis. For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.


Digital photography class starting

A beginning digital photography class for students age 16 through adults will be offered on four Mondays, Feb. 3 through March 3 (no class February 17), from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

The goal of this class is for students to yield photographs suitable for framing. Students will be encouraged to use their photographic equipment to its fullest, rather than rely on the automatic settings. To take this class, students must have a basic knowledge of the menu operations of their camera and an ability to navigate simple operations such as adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO level. Because of the numerous camera brands and models, class time will not be used to show students how to use their specific camera. Students may hire the instructor for personal instruction by contacting him directly at 801.718.1906.

In this class, students will gain a basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and how these elements can be used to create a balanced exposure. The instructor also will address depth of field and its role in composition through an examination of photographic subjects such as landscape, close-up (macro), sports, architecture, and patterns. Assignments will be given at the end of each class, and this work will be reviewed at the beginning of the next class meeting.

Instructor Bob Lyksett has worked as a news photographer for an ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, a freelance photographer, and a photographic instructor for the Park City School District, Utah. He enjoys photographing sports of all kinds. His work was most recently published on the cover and accompanying the cover story of the national magazine Rodeo News. Lyksett also has contributed outdoor and nature photography to other publications.

The class fee is $119. The Phipps is located at 109 Locust Street Hudson, Wis. 54016  For more information or to register, go to, call 715.386.2305, or stop by the center.


Knitting classes

Two beginning knitting classes for adults will be offered in February at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Beginning Knitting 1 will be offered on two Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and 12, from 1-3 p.m. each day. In the first class, students will learn the knit stitch and knit a scarf. In the second class, they will learn to cast on and bind off. Students will also knit a washcloth by learning and practicing the purl stitch. The class fee of $55 includes needles, yarn, and pattern.

Using the basic skills learned in Beginning Knitting 1, students in Beginning Knitting 2 will learn how to knit a hat. In this class, which will be held on two Wednesdays, February 26 and March 12, from 1-3 p.m. each day, participants will learn circular knitting, decreasing, and finishing the hat with double-pointed needles. Yarn and pattern are included in the class fee of $45.

Instructor Diane L. Augustin draws upon her graphic arts experience in the publishing world, many years of knitting and crocheting, and her love for all things fiber and bead to explore yarn, stitch, and bead relationships, as well as construction techniques to compose unique designs along with patterns to share with fiber artisans. Some of her patterns are featured in the 2013 Fiber Art Almanac, published by Wildwood Press in the Minneapolis area. Augustin’s designs are published in the Knitting as well as Crochet: 100 + Patterns Throughout the Year: 2013 Day-to-Day Calendars.

For more information or to register, go to, call 715.386.2305, or stop by the center located at 109 Locust Street Hudson, Wis.


Oil portrait painting class

Students will learn to draw and paint a portrait of a loved one, friend, or family member from a photograph in an oil portrait painting class for teens and adults of all skill levels on six Tuesdays, Feb. 11 through March 25 (no class March 18), from 9 a.m. to noon each day at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Participants will learn how to make a detailed sketch, create an under-painting, and finish the painting using a glazing technique. Using modern methods, students will capture a likeness in the Old Masters style. Participants should bring a photo enlarged to 8” x 10”, which can be made at a copy shop. All other materials and supplies are included in the class fee of $167.

Instructor Gloria Adrian received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995. She has been teaching, painting, and exhibiting her work ever since. Adrian is interested in creating images that express the magic and beauty of the world around us. To learn more about her, go to

For more information or to register, go to, call 715.386.2305, or stop by the center located at 109 Locust Street Hudson, Wis.


New ceramics workshop

“Creating Assembled Forms,” a new four-day ceramics workshop for teens and adults, will be offered Feb. 12-22, on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturdays, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

In this workshop, students will explore a variety of methods of working with clay, including wheel-throwing and hand-building, to create singular cohesive pieces from the assembly of individual parts. This intensive workshop will also address how other aspects, such as decorating and glazing, can affect the entirety of a piece. The fee for this workshop is $105, including all materials and supplies.

Instructor Andy Rineck has worked for many years creating functional pottery forms as well as sculptures in a variety of firing methods. He enjoys throwing, hand-building, and brush decorating. He recently completed his bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

For more information or to register, go to, call 715.386.2305, or stop by the center located at 109 Locust Street Hudson, Wis.


Disney’s ‘Mulan Jr.’

Disney’s “Mulan Jr.,” based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci, will be performed by The Phipps Children’s Theater from Feb. 14 through March 2 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Loosely based on a fifth century Chinese poem, “The Ballad of Mulan,” this retelling of the classic Asian tale with its themes of gender equality and a fighting spirit became an instant Disney hit. According to Disney’s background material, the story of Mulan is as familiar in Asia as Cinderella is in Western cultures. The story of this brave Chinese woman has been told for nearly 2,000 years, and many believe that Mulan was a real person, it explains. Although there is no proof that Mulan actually existed, there are legends regarding Mulan in almost every Asian community.  “The tale of Mulan appeals to a broad audience because of its universal themes – that often the individual must sacrifice for the greater good and that the path to personal discovery lies in that sacrifice.”

Performances will be given from Feb. 14 through March 2 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students age 13 and older as well as seniors, and $15 for children age 12 and younger. The play is recommended for children age 4 and older.  Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at