Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

Opening Shot | Oct. 2, 2019

photos by Andrea Paulseth

PICTURE THIS. Check out the back of Skin Prints (403 S. Farwell St.) in downtown Eau Claire for another great mural project. This one – visible from Main Street – was created in late September by Eric Schultz (of Skin Prints) and artist Salt Rock (from southern Wisconsin).

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Issue #393 Sept. 18, 2019

Opening Shot | Sept. 18

photos by Branden Nall

A FLIPPING AWESOME TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. Downtown Eau Claire’s annual International Fall Festival took place on Saturday, Sept. 14, shutting down N. Barstow Street for food vendors, booths, a petting zone, and of course, the big parade.

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Issue #391 Aug. 21, 2019

Opening Shot | Aug. 21, 2019

photos by Michael Bartsch

THE LOOK THAT SAYS “BLUEGRASS.” The WHYS Radio Bluegrass Festival returned to Lake Altoona County Park on Saturday, August 17, featuring the Seeger Boys (pictured), Olive Sings, The Lowest Pair, the Root Tappers, Noah John, Woodland Spring, and the No Man’s String Band.

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Issue #391 Aug. 21, 2019

Summertime Souvenirs

the gold we find on summer vacation

Ken Szymanski, illustrated by Taylor McCumber

We went searching for gold, and we came home with a rock. It was the classic Wisconsin family road trip – the longest that my family would ever take – to the Badlands of South Dakota. With my parents in the front, my two brothers ...

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Issue #389 July 24, 2019

Opening Shot | July 24, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

FEAR THE ROCKING DEAD. Despite some sketchy weather, Rock Fest 2019 took place Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20, in Cadott. This massive rock ’n’ roll fest featured such artists as Rob Zombie (pictured), Marilyn Manson, and P.O.D., with many other performances throughout the weekend.

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Issue #388 July 10, 2019

Opening Shot | July 10, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

FIELD OF BEAMS. Eau Claire’s annual Independence Day fireworks display popped off on July 4 (of course) just after 10pm. As usual, ground zero for the show was the Carson Park baseball stadium, with thousands of locals watching from the park and around the entire city.

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Issue #387 June 26, 2019

Opening Shot | June 26, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

LIGHT IT UP. Eaux Claires Music Festival favorite Francis and the Lights came to downtown Eau Claire’s Pablo Center at the Confluence on Saturday night, June 15 for a special show called Microphone and a Spotlight, which sold out the Pablo’s RCU Theater ...

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Issue #386 June 12, 2019

Opening Shot | June 12, 2019

photos by Adam Smith

RUFF SUMMER SO FAR. Volume One’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series draws music lovers of all kinds to Phoenix Park each Thursday evening all summer. Girl Band kicked off the 2019 series on June 6. Upcoming headliners include Cait McGarvey, the John Buxton Experience, and Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers.

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Issue #385 May 29, 2019

Opening Shot | May 29, 2019

photos by Andrea Paulseth

DARING GREATLY. On Saturday, May 18, the long-anticipated opening of The Brewing Projekt’s new brewery and taproom, 1807 Oxford Ave., was celebrated with food trucks, special beer releases, and live music from headliner 4onthefloor. It was also the brewery’s fourth anniversary ...

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Issue #383 May 1, 2019

Opening Shot | May 1, 2019

photos by Mike O'Brien

PHONING IT IN. Musician, singer, songwriter, arranger, and clinician Grace Kelly was one of Jazz Fest 2019’s headliner acts (along with New York Voices), playing shows on both April 26 and 27 in the RCU Theatre at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, as well as leading clinics for student musicians ...

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Issue #382 April 17, 2019

Opening Shot | April 17, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

A SHARPLY DRESSED STUDENT TAKES TO THE RUNWAY ... Fashion Without Fabric is UW-Stout’s annual event where art and design students showcase unique fashion creations built from creative materials – anything but fabric. The show took place Saturday night, April 13, in UW-Stout’s Great Hall ...

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Issue #381 April 3, 2019

Opening Shot | April 3, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

THIS PERFORMANCE IS BLOWING UP. Staged in the RCU Theatre at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Wednesday, March 27, Air Play was a modern spectacle that brought the very air we breathe to life with flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, and a massive snow globe.

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Issue #379 March 6, 2019

Opening Shot | March 6, 2019

photos by Koobmeej Xiong

SPREAD YOUR WINGS. The Fire Ball is UW-Eau Claire’s annual drag extravaganza featuring local and national performers. All proceeds fund student social justice advocacy efforts through UWEC’s Gender & Sexuality Resource Center. 2019’s The Fire Ball: Apoqlypse was Feb. 22 and 23.

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Issue #376 January 23, 2019

Opening Shot | Jan. 23, 2019

photos by Taylor Smith

EMBERS TO REMEMBER. A bonfire on a frigid day was well-received at the 133rd Silver Mine Invitational ski competition, held Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, just outside of Eau Claire. The Silver Mine complex celebrated its 50th anniversary of hosting the event, as locals enjoyed the ski jumpers, food, drink, and more.

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Issue #375 January 9, 2019

Opening Shot | Jan. 9, 2019

photos by Lee Butterworth

Downtown Eau Claire rang in 2019 with its annual New Year’s Eve celebration, complete activities for all ages all evening long, including the “Dragons of the North” lantern parade, live music at multiple venues, a party at The Lismore Hotel (above), and a midnight fireworks display ...

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