Reminder: Phoenix Friday 30% off, no foolin’

This Friday (April 1) The Phoenix Bookstore is having a No Fooling sale —30% off everything (see store for exclusions). It’s a great time to get your green on and prepare for the Regents visit next week. Also for Phoenix Friday, check out Cometry at 8 p.m. Friday at Common Grounds — this charismatic duo created a new art form fusing comedy and poetry. Playing at Cheapseats is the thriller film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” Look for a Clothesline Project taking place Friday through Sunday in the Phoenix Rooms. The t-shirts recognizing those sexually abused or assaulted will be on display next week.

‘Once’ upon a time, Lane Lee won a song-writing contest

As people sipped their beverages at UW-Green Bay’s Common Grounds Coffee House during a recent Open Mic Night, they may have listened to a local artist whose voice is as heart-melting as the snow on a spring day. From Suring, a small town just northwest of Green Bay, singer and songwriter Lane Lee has been on quite the musical journey.

Lane Lee
Lane Lee

Lane Lee (his stage name) or Lane Ludtke as he is known by some, has been strumming the guitar since he learned how to walk.

He recently won the “Once” singer/songwriter contest with his original “Runaway Train.” It was a competition, sponsored by the ARTgarage and UWGB’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts to encourage local singer-songwriters to submit an original song to be judged by a panel of local music experts. As the winner, Lee received priority participation at a music showcase at the ARTgarage, an opportunity to record his song at the Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, Wis. and complimentary tickets to “Once,” the Tony-Award winning musical based on the film of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their passion for music, which played at the Weidner Center.

It’s the second time he won a singer/songwriter competition on campus. He won a contest a few years ago sponsored by the University Union. But this contest has showcased his talent on a new level. Lee said he is constantly drumming up song ideas, and thought of “Runaway Train” in his free time.

“I see and hear of so many people leaving to far away places, thinking that it will make them happy, and that they are free from everyone else’s views,” he explains. “However, I never really looked at it in that way, and I like the place that I’m from. So I pieced it together and created a story line for it.”

Lee’s passion for music, which he shares with his mom and sister (who both attented UWGB for music), along with his appreciation for a “country setting,” brought him to UW-Green Bay, where he studies music education. Lee is student teaching this semester and will graduate in May 2016. He aspires to be a music educator.

“I really enjoy being a singer and songwriter and working on original music,” he said. “I hope to expand on it and make it a bigger part of my life. One of my dreams is to make writing and performing my original music a career. It’s something that I really enjoy and work hard at, but teaching is also one of my passions. I enjoy sharing what I know with students and getting them involved with everything music has to offer.”

— Story by Communication Intern Angel Kingsley
— Photo by Dan Moore, University Photographer

Every Friday is Phoenix Friday!

This Friday (Dec. 4) the Phoenix Bookstore prepares for the holidays with a 25% off storewide sale (except textbooks, gift cards, and commencement items). The sale runs Thursday through Saturday. This week’s Aviand’s 10% discount is at the Rosewood Café. Playing at Cheapseats is the new horror movie, “The Visit.” Check out Matt Hires at 8 p.m. Friday at Common Grounds — the Nashville-based singer/songwriter has been on tour with Parachute, Matchbox 20 and The Goo-Goo Dolls. The Green Bay men’s basketball team returns to the Resch Center vs. Toledo (see next item). Go Green Bay!

Phoenix Friday means cold-weather deals

With temperatures taking a turn, it is a perfect time for a Phoenix Friday special at The Phoenix Bookstore which includes 20% off hats, mittens, scarves and gloves! Aviand’s has changes to its Phoenix Friday specials beginning Oct. 9. Those wearing Phoenix apparel will still receive a 10% discount, but locations are rotating. October 9 at Rosewood Café, October 16 at the Garden Café, October 23 at the MACH Cart, and October 30 at the Marketplace. Playing at CheapSeats this Friday is the new Marvel film, “Ant Man.” Show times are at 6:30 and 9:05 at the Christie Theatre. Nelly’s Echo comes to Commongrounds Coffeehouse on Friday at 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter from Nigeria, Africa blends soul, reggae and blues. On Friday the Green Bay volleyball team hosts Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. at the Kress. On Saturday, women’s soccer hosts Cleveland State at 1 p.m. and men’s soccer hosts Belmont at 7 p.m. Both matches will be played at Santaga Stadium. Go Green Bay!

Action-packed Phoenix Friday

Good Times Programming presents Savannah Smith, a quirky, ukulele playing, singer-songwriter in the Common Grounds Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. on Friday, and later, After Hours will be rocking the Union from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Phoenix Bookstore is offering a 20 percent discount on all Jansport items. The Green Bay softball team hosts Wright State in games Friday at 3 p.m. Saturday at Noon, and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra performs a Tribute to Youth Concert on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center. On Sunday, the Weidner welcomes the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band for a 2 p.m. performance. The Lawton Gallery Senior Show 1, featuring the artwork of graduating art seniors in a variety of media, will open on Sunday, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Cheapseats will feature “American Sniper” all weekend in the Christie Theatre.