Named for the mythical bird famous for its fiery rebirth, the Green Bay Phoenix shares its spirit with many esteemed sports programs, including a women’s basketball team that has been ranked as high as 16th in the NCAA Division I and a men’s squad that has made the NCAA Tournament four times. One of only four Division 1 schools in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Phoenix is a member of the Horizon League and their teams––including men’s tennis and women’s swimming and diving––have brought home a total of 29 league championships over the past decade.
Celebrating their fifth anniversary, the Green Bay Bullfrogs field a roster comprising some of college baseball’s finest batsmen and mound tenants. A member of the Northwoods League, a baseball summer league intended to prepare college players for professional ball, the team battles other collegian-laden clubs from June 1 to August 14, when baseball players around the world go into hibernation. This season’s team is stocked with quality players ranging from infielder Joe Betcher, a member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Newcomer Team, to 1.67 ERA pitcher Greg Blohowiak. Chant, clap, or gape in stunned silence as the team assaults rival squads such as the Battle Creek Bombers and Madison Mallards with feats of athleticism and punishingly good sportsmanship.
For 97 years, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra has entertained and enriched the community with masterful performances, captivating collaborations, and powerful world-premieres from its professional 60-member ensemble. The orchestra has been taking steps to determine their next music director, allowing music mavens to participate in the search through a series of candidate-conducted concerts. Baton-brandisher Stephen Squires will audition his ictus by leading pieces from Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Symphony No. 1 of Brahms, while pieces penned by the likes of Berlioz and Beethoven will be led by Donato Cabrera on April 9. Become acquainted with England’s Fab Four— John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Harrison Ford —on February 26, as Music of the Beatles will feature rock group Jeans 'n Classics performing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety with symphonic accompaniment.
The Lyric Room at Keggers creates a lively atmosphere for casual parties and get-togethers. Its seasonal outdoor beer garden hosts live music events, and for more intimate gatherings, the Lyric Room is available for rental as an event space with a 100-person capacity and entertainment capabilities for bands, DJs, or your fledgling mime act.
In its 16th season, the Civic Symphony of Green Bay streams the symphonic sounds of three master composers through the historic halls of Meyer Theatre. Conductor Seong-Kyung Graham opens the evening's program by summoning Reznicek's overture to Donna Diana with the help of a baton that's part Ouija board planchette. The Czech composer then gives way to the stirring sounds of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major. UW-Green Bay associate professor and trumpeter Adam Gaines' solo horn sends a clarion cry through the hall's gold-flecked plasterwork and below the star-studded ceiling. For the final piece, Schubert brings the symphony back together for his masterwork of melody, the Symphony no. 9 in C Major. The Civic Symphony's corps of volunteer and professional musicians arrive in their chairs from all walks of life, from students to long-established soloists to court musicians of just-deposed kings.
Despite its veteran status as Wisconsin's oldest comedy club, Comedy City maintains the sharp wit and punchline-rattling agility of a toddler at its new Sports Corner location. The 90-minute shows are made up of short and long bursts of improvisational comedy, with the troupe of comedians channeling their inner Thalia or Super Dave Osborne on the fly, without the aid of a script or Internet commenters. Audience members will shout out key words or phrases to prompt a theme as the cast crafts an entire skit around the suggestions, similar to the process for creating legislation. With up to five performances each weekend, no show is ever quite the same. Pub grub, such as pizza, wings, cheese curds, potato skins and chicken tenders (all under $8), and a full bar are part of the fun of an impromptu night out with friends. Stretch your cheek muscles and bend your funny bone into a pretzel at Comedy City at the Sports Center. Go online to check out the schedule or reserve your tickets.