Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Little Bits of Grace

new Michael Perry book compiles best Roughneck Grace columns

Mike Paulus, Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you ever called him a “celebrity” to his face, area writer and humorist Michael Perry would probably reply with his trademark humility, his deep voice murmuring something about pig farming or raising chickens. Over the years ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Faux Fab Four

1964 The Tribute bringing Beatles to life at the State

Tom Giffey

Short of inventing a time machine, I’m resigned to the sad fact that I’m never going to see the Beatles live in concert. My last chance was when they climbed onto to the roof of the Apple Corps building ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Game On!

community TV preps a new gaming-focused program

Amelia Kimball, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As a child, Wyatt Biegel dreamed of playing video games for a living. His younger self would definitely be proud of him today. Biegel is on staff at Chippewa Valley Community Television. Starting the month, they will be airing a new gaming show called ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Blazing the Stage

Perry’s breakout book gets theatrical treatment

Denise Olson, photos by Luong Huynh

Don’t panic just yet if you missed two sold-out previews at UW-Eau Claire, or the canvas-wrapped Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua stage adaptation of Michael Perry’s best-selling book ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Hushed, Worldly Sounds

Yohuna embraces her new life with a stunning LP

Eric Christenson

As she blossomed outside of the Chippewa Valley, traveled the world, met knew friends, tried new things, and started writing new songs, Johanne Swanson invented a mantra for herself: “Patientness.” ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Barely Alive, Kicking Hard

Arms Aloft’s new album a pessimistic tribute to how ugly the world can be

Eric Christenson

Up until this point, it was commonplace to find local punk band Arms Aloft, playing loud, sweaty, charged-up songs to sweaty kids in a basement. It’s what they know. This is a band that has sweat it out touring ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

A Name to Remember

donations will ensure that Confluence art collection is named for Laurie Bieze

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For years, Laurie Bieze was the living embodiment of the Chippewa Valley’s artistic spirit. A talented stained-glass artist, a visionary community leader, and a warm-hearted friend to countless people ...

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