Green Bay City Pages Highlights: Nov. 25 – Dec. 3, 2021

Midwest comedy, lots of lights and hard rock are among the standout of this week’s highlights

By Rachel Sankey

Let the Garden of Lights commence

Friday, Nov. 26

Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay

Green Bay Botanical Garden celebrates its 25th year of festive lights and outdoor displays.

Garden of Lights features more than 325,000 lights across nearly 40 scenes which stretch out at just under a mile. 

The night will also feature the chance to ride in a horse-drawn wagon ride through the lower level of the light show. which goes through the lower-level section of the lights show. Dazzling Daisies will be available for purchase, adding an extra little light show to the walk.

In addition to the light show, there will be extra features that are a part of the event, such as Letters to Santa, Natural Holiday Trees and gifts. 

The show runs from 4:30 pm-9:30 pm starting on Nov. 26. For more information, head to

The Nutcracker

Friday, Nov. 26

Weidner Center, Green Bay

The Weidner Center Philharmonic performs its 16th annual Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet this year with support from the Northeast Wisconsin Dance Organization. 

The Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization (NEWDO) is a nonprofit that advocates for dance throughout the greater Green Bay area. In addition to NEWDO, the Weidner Philharmonic is joined by four guest dancers from Carolina Ballet.

The Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet is the only play in Green Bay that has a live orchestra.

The first show starts on Nov. 26 at 7:30 pm. There will be two performances on Nov. 27, with one at 2 pm and one at 7:30 pm.

For more information, head to

Digging into truth with Common CAHSS

Monday, Nov. 29

Weidner Center, Green Bay

UW-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) premieres its third annual Common CAHSS Conference.

Within the last few years, the line between truth and misinformation has blurred.

This year’s Common CAHSS conference aims to dig into a higher educational institution’s responsibility in supporting the constant search for truth.

Heightened political and informational tensions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic caused conspiracy theories, fake news and unsupported claims to plague verified and vetted news.

Continual misinformation causes topics such as discrimination, climate change and more to be questioned on their validity.

The conference spans Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 with a multitude of different presentations starting at 10:35 am.

 The event is free. For more information, head to

James Taylor and His All-Star Band

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Resch Center, Green Bay

Grammy-award-winning, singer-songwriter James Taylor heads to the Resch Center.

James Taylor’s sound ranges from folk to rock, with singles such as “Everyday,” “Carolina on My Mind” and “Fire and Rain.” The singer-songwriter has been creating music for over 50 years, with the release of his debut self-titled album in 1969. He has accumulated over 80 songs and 20 albums.

Jackson Browne, of the Eagles and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame, will perform as a special guest. Browne began songwriting in his teenage years and his debut self-titled album was released in 1972. His most recent album, “Downhill From Everywhere,” came out in July 2021.

The tunes kick off at 7:30 pm. More information can be found at

Theory, 10 Years, Eva Under Fire

Wednesday, Dec. 1

EPIC Events Center, Green Bay

Radio station Razor Wisconsin and EPIC Event Center welcome Theory of a Deadman and the return of Edgefest. 

Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian rock band that started in 1999. Some of the group’s popular songs include “Rx (Medicate),” “Bad Girlfriend” and “Hate Myself.” The group recently released its seventh album, “Say Nothing.”

Hard rock band 10 Years also started in 1999 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The quintet is known for songs such as “Wasteland,” “Novocaine” and more, with a collection of 10 albums over the last two decades.

Eva Under Fire also joins the bill. The group started in 2015 in Detroit’s local rock scene. The band is made up elements of alternative rock, metal, pop and classic rock.

The all-ages concert kicks off at 7:30 pm. More information can be found at

Hey der guy! Charlie Berens is coming to da Resch

Friday, Dec. 3

Resch Center, Green Bay

Wisconsin native and comedian Charlie Berens performs in Green Bay as a part of his Midwest Survival Guide Tour after the release of his book. 

Berens’ claim to fame started in 2014 when he worked on the CBS Sports Network game show “You’re So Money.” Since then, he has collaborated with “Funny or Die,” an independent comedy studio, and released his online comedy series “Manitowoc Minute.” 

The online video series went viral in 2017 and since then Berens spends his time depicting stereotypical Wisconsinites, brats, beer, da Packers and the other Midwestern familiarities and oddities in a humorous light. He started touring in the United States after gaining even more traction from the videos.

The good times start rollin’ at 7:30 pm.

For more information, head on over to

Rachel Sankey is an Arts and Entertainment Reporter for Green Bay City Pages. She can be reached via email at [email protected]

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