Issue #293 November 11, 2015

"Aunt" Lucy

by Thomas Smith

The oldest residents of Cameron, Wisconsin, remember “Aunt” Lucy St. Louis, my grandparents’ next-door neighbor, who died at one hundred in the house where, in the prime of her womanhood, she’d raised her widowed brother’s eight children. Some unecumenical Lutherans in my family to this day begrudge Catholics ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Give The Gift of Local Art

16th annual art fair in Menomonie makes great gifts

by Raquel Dorf

Away with the jack-o’-lanterns, black cats and fake spiderwebs! A new autumn month is dawning, and it’s time to get a head start on your holiday spirit and – more importantly – your holiday shopping. With November comes the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, hosted by the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in downtown Menomonie ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Country Confessional

rising star Jason Isbell to take State Theatre stage

by Raquel Dorf

Alt-country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell is riding a wave of critical and commercial success into his one-night-only gig at the State Theatre in Eau Claire Nov. 13. The artist, a former member of Drive-By Truckers, is celebrating the release of his fifth solo studio album, Something More Than Free ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker

pursuing your moviemaking dreams one view at a time

by Justine Childs

Former local Justin Johnson has been making short films and viral videos for the past 15 years. A graduate of Memorial High School, he now calls Los Angeles home. Justin will be screening his brand new documentary Double Digits: The Story of A Neighborhood Movie Star at Eau Claire’s Downtown Cinema on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7pm and 9pm ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Sit! Stay! Love! Learn! Roll Over!

B.J. Hollars's new book explores the slobbery world of being a pet-owner

by Eric Christenson

Owning a dog means taking on a lot of different things. You get the good (wet kisses), the really good (unconditional love), the bad (persistent messes), and the really bad (dealing with death). And you might not realize all the things you learn from the experience of being a pet-owner ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Penny for Your Ears

by Tom Giffey

If you’re looking for a relaxing listen that’s easy on the ears and offers lush arrangements of many familiar melodies, look no further than Notes of Love, a new CD from pianist and singer Penny Lynn of Eau Claire. Penny has more than 40 years of experience as a vocalist and pianist as well as master’s ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Give Your Brain a Boost

you can improve your mind, even as you age, author says

by Pan Thao, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Most, if not all, of us have had moments when we’ve walked into a room to grab something only to find that we can’t remember what we came to get. Why is it that our brain, this amazing organ that keeps us breathing at all hours of the day, cannot recall why we are standing in the kitchen? ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Sweet Sisterly Songs

three sisters from Baldwin share the mic on debut EP

by Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Put down the Bon Iver and explore the sounds of new and upcoming local artists, the Morton Sisters – three sisters making alternative folk-pop music. The singing trio from Baldwin is currently celebrating the release of Neap Tide, their debut EP ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

A Holiday Tradition

The Great Russian Nutcracker, straight outta Moscow

by Nicole Lanzer

Get ready to lace up your dancing flats. The Moscow Ballet is coming to town to kick off this year’s holiday season. The touring company will give two performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker Nov. 9-10 at The State Theatre. Whether it’s the whimsical costumes, the spirit-filled music, or the world-class ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Starting a Movement

world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater arrives in EC

by Brianna Willer

Sure, Pilobolus is a fungus, by definition. But it is also the name of a world-renowned dance company that will be stopping into UW-Eau Claire on Nov. 12. Pilobolus Dance Theater, named after the light-loving fungus that propels its spores with incredible strength and speed, has visited more than ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Oh, Great ... Another Film Fest

despite its tongue-in-cheek name, CTV’s independent film fest will screen dozens of films – old, new, big, small

by Eric Christenson

The name of a new film festival put on by Chippewa Valley Community Television implies that when they start screening films on Nov. 13 and 14 in Eau Claire, they’ll just kinda be your everyday run-of-the-mill film festival. But the upcoming Another Independent ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Windy City Sculpture

Foster show features works by Chicago sculpture group

by Raquel Dorf

The Foster Art Gallery will be hosting a new show entitled “CSI: Themes in Contemporary Sculpture.” The invitational exhibition is composed of works done by members of the Chicago Sculpture International. A part of the International Sculpture Center, the CSI seeks to advance the understating ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Think Small ... Really Small

by Nikki Lanzer

It’s the little things in life, right? This fall, one art exhibit hopes to showcase all that is small in the world of creativity. The Think Small art show opened at Accola Gallery (502 Second Ave. East, Durand) in early October and will run through Nov. 21. The idea for the exhibit came from gallery owner Jean Accola ...

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