Issue #332 May 17, 2017

House of Rock: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

celebrating our creative economy while examining the loss of a mainstay music venue

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig, photos by Kelsey Smith

However, somewhat simultaneously, music fans in the area are processing last week’s announcement that a mainstay live venue for the last 17 years, The House of Rock on Water Street in Eau Claire, will permanently close its doors in July ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Gust Cause

the answer is not blowing in the wind

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

One thing I didn’t expect when I moved into Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill neighborhood was all the wind. Because sometimes I can be kinda dumb. Maybe I should have expected things to be a little gustier when living in a place with “hill” right in the title ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

How to Win the Eastside Hill Thrift Sale

a step-by-step, yard-by-yard guide to treasure hunting

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

2. Wear comfortable shoes, for you do not live in the Eastside Hill, and you will get lost and spend hours searching for your car in the hot sun. You will be reminded of Sir Henry Morton Stanley searching the Congo for Dr. Livingstone except you are carrying someone else’s Crock-Pot ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Opening Shot | May 3, 2017

photos by Shane Newman

THEY CALLED IN THE BIG DRUMS. One World Taiko came to The Heyde Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 29. One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble featuring Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki, who bring their own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography, and energetic spirit to the ancient art of Taiko.

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Should Leagues Dump the Draft?

pro sports drafts are unfair to players, but getting rid of them could have unintended consequences

Luc Anthony

One of the remarkable aspects of sports in the 2010s has been the challenging of assumed athletic norms. Whether you agree with the alterations or not, a 2009 version of yourself may not have expected ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Oddball? No, V Ball

I always wondered what the fuss was about the Viennese Ball – now I understand

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Luong Huynh

‘So, what’s the deal with the Vietnamese Ball?” “VIENNESE Ball. It’s the Viennese Ball.” At the time, this made no more or less sense to me. This was back in the spring of 2014, when I was teaching my second semester at UW-Eau Claire, and had heard rumblings about some kind of adult prom ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

On the Cover | April 19, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Lukas Carlson

“While a canvas and brush are tools in my repertoire, I often find myself transforming found pieces of paper or printed materials for my drawings and paintings. 'Connect the Dots, Lalalala' is a page from an artist’s book I created by deconstructing ..."

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Grand Little Bridge

some things you may not think about when crossing the river

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

A patchy, crumbling concrete strip stretches from one side of the Chippewa River to the other. You can walk out on it, scuffling over loose pebbles as you go ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Opening Shot | April 5, 2017

photos by Andrea Paulseth

HIGH IMPACT SILLINESS. The Volume One April Fool’s Day Pillow Fight returned in a fantastic five minutes of feathery on April 1 in the courtyard of The Oxbow Hotel in downtown Eau Claire. Pictured: The winner of the adult costume award, pillow fighting like a hunk of burnin’ love.

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Issue #329 March 22, 2017

Life in the Slow Lane

taking a breather from life’s hectic flow allows for more face-to-face time

Jane Jeffries

I’ll admit that I’m old enough to remember the full-service gas station. My mom would drive up to the pump at the DX Station and roll down her window. A man in denim overalls ...

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