Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

STEVENS POINT — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has a host of events coming up during the next several weeks.

A new work that layers dance, wearable art, film and music to explore chain reactions will debut at Danstage 2019 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point May 8-10.

Photo courtesy UWSP. UW-Stevens Point student dancers perform “Everything Breaks” from Danstage 2018. Photo courtesy UWSP.

Performances of the annual dance concert will be held 7:30 p.m. The UW-Stevens Point Department of Theatre and Dance production will be held in the Studio Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center.

For the second time, “Danstage” will be presented in the round, with the audience seated on four sides. This gives the audience a chance to see the dances unfold with multiple fronts and the choreographers an expanded approach.

Danstage 2019 tickets are $23 for adults, $13 for youth and $11.25 for students with UW-Stevens Point ID. First Nighters tickets, which includes dinner, also are available. Get tickets at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, by calling 715-346-4100 or

Several nature programs will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve in May.

Enjoy the trails of UW-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve this May at several free programs and the annual Spring Candlelight Hike Festival. Photo courtesy UWSP.

The reserve’s last two public programs of the semester will be taught by UW-Stevens Point students and held at the reserve’s Visitor Center:

“Fox Tales,” 6-7 p.m. May 9. Hear tales of red and gray foxes and look back on Wisconsin history. Dress for the weather.

“Bold Badgers,” 1-2 p.m. May 12. Dig up the dirt on the strong-willed badger and learn why they make Wisconsin “The Badger State.”

For more information, call 715-346-4992.

NEW! The 16th edition of “Mush,” the literature and art magazine from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Wausau, will be unveiled during a public release party, Thursday, May 9. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union, in the Main Academic Building, 518 S. Seventh Ave., Wausau.

“Mush,” which features prose, art, poetry and more, includes contributions from former and current students, area high school students and community members. Victoria Huff served as editor-in-chief of the 2019 edition, and current student Natalie Vilter designed the magazine’s cover.

Admission to the release party is $2 for community members. UW-Stevens Point at Wausau students may attend for free. The event includes free food and readings by some who authored works in the publication. Participants also will receive a copy of “Mush.” Additional copies may be purchased for $5 at the event. Remaining copies will be available for $7 at Janke Book Store, 505 Third St., Wausau.

NEW! The last “Decades” series concert, “To the Future,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point. The university’s Percussion Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor Brian Baldauff, will perform the world premiere of “Kaleidoscopic” by Michael Treder, a UW-Stevens Point student, as well as works current composers Marc Mellits, Elliot Cole and Joe Tompkins.

Baldauff also directs a percussion component of the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra program. Members of this group will join the concert with the Percussion Ensemble for an arrangement of the Brazilian classic “Agua de Beber.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

Children ages 3-6, along with a parent or guardian, will enjoy hands-on nature experiences as well as games, crafts and snacks as part of new series of programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve.

The new Preschool Discovery series at UW-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve offers young children free nature activities, games and crafts. Photo courtesy UWSP.

Preschool Discovery programs will be offered select Friday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m., taught by UW-Stevens Point students. All begin at the reserve’s Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point, and will include outdoor activities, weather permitting. Registration is not required. Children must attend with a parent or guardian and dress for the weather. The programs are open to the public free of charge.

The programs will include:

May 10, Bugs in our Backyard – Learn about all the bugs in backyards, including some that glow in the dark, glide and buzz around flowers.

May 17, Rambunctious Reptiles – Sing, craft and play the reptile way while learning about turtles, snakes and other reptiles at the reserve.

Located on the north end of the UW-Stevens Point campus, Schmeeckle Reserve is a 280-acre conservancy area with five miles of trails and boardwalks, a 24-acre lake and a Visitors Center with hands-on exhibits, Browse Shop and the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. For more information, call 715-346-4992.

Photos courtesy UWSP.