Issue #356 April 18, 2018

6 Horrible Ways to Park Your Car

honking a metaphorical horn at all you awful parkers

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

It will surprise you to learn there are things at which I am slightly below average. For instance? Frisbee golf. I am not so good at that. Waterskiing? Just awful. C++ computer programming? Laughable. Freestyle rap battling? Don’t get me started ...

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Issue #356 April 18, 2018

Taking Action for the Earth

Eau Claire’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby exemplifies grassroots tradition of original Earth Day

Taylor Limberg, Dr. Kate Hale Wilson

The first Earth Day in 1970, conceived by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, used the model of anti-war teach-ins to draw attention to and catalyze action on the environment. The archives of UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library ...

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Issue #356 April 18, 2018

Pop or Classical? Why Choose?

In a musically rich area like the Valley, we should take pride in enjoying different styles of music

Johannes Strohschänk

There are times when nothing tastes better than a generous plate of spare ribs straight from the grill slathered in barbecue sauce, a cob of corn oozing with salted butter, and a heap of tangy coleslaw, accompanied by a pint of Lazy Monk’s Bohemian Lager ...

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Issue #356 April 18, 2018

On the Cover | April 18, 2018

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Alicia Hash

“'Suspended Thoughts' was made to create a statement using timeless colors such as black and white and manipulating them with different blowing and torching techniques to give the piece a soft texture and smoke-like effect. The added gold leaf comes from the artist’s love ..."

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Issue #355 April 4, 2018

It’s a Yard Knock Life

as spring arrives, frozen shame begins to thaw

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Huzzah. Spring is all but here. The snow will soon be gone. And like most of you, I long for warmer weather. I can’t wait to slip on my very masculine sandals, and the prospect of busting ...

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Issue #355 April 4, 2018

For Brewers, the Future May Be Now

the Brew Crew’s rebuilding process is proceeding faster than anticipated

Luc Anthony

In sports, sometimes you have to bottom-out to top-off, though such a process does not guarantee that you will get back to the top. Lately, some teams in Major League Baseball have realized that their current ...

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Issue #355 April 4, 2018

Baseball Springs Eternal

season’s arrival a reminder of the sport’s history, and Eau Claire’s place in it

Timothy Dolan

As I shoveled the ice off my driveway on a recent Sunday, I was listening to the Brewers and Indians spring training game taking place in hot Arizona. It reminded me that so often baseball ushers in ...

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Issue #355 April 4, 2018

Opening Shot | April 4, 2018

photos by Joel Pearish

WINDOWS TO THE FUTURE. The floor-to-(almost)-ceiling windows in the main art gallery of the Pablo Center at the Confluence overlook the Chippewa River. The gallery is just one of the many airy spaces to be found within the new art center, which is slated to open September 22.

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Issue #355 April 4, 2018

On the Cover | April 4, 2018

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Jan Killian

“I love color and alcohol ink is color! I am having so much fun working with this fluid medium which is unpredictable and exciting. My painting style continues to grow as I create techniques for painting with ink and combining it with other mediums ..."

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Issue #354 Mar. 21, 2018

Think Libraries Are Passé? Think Again

despite claims to the contrary, libraries are still vital to our communities

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If your image of public libraries is like that new Jennifer Garner “What’s in your wallet?” commercial – the one where the librarian is shushed by disgruntled library patrons trying to read – then you probably ...

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Issue #353 Mar. 7, 2018

Surface Tension

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

As soon as he drilled the holes something felt wrong. When we shuffled between them, water would blurble up through the openings and spread out over the ice, forming deep puddles ...

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