Issue #278 April 15, 2015

Bedroom Kingdom

Christenson’s latest is lo-fi electronic pop EP

by Zack Katz, photos by Serena Wagner

Two Castles refers to a pair of paintings that hung in Ron’s Castle Foods (now Gordy’s) once upon a time, signifying little more than “you’re in Ron’s picking up some avocados.” When multi-instrumental tinkerer Eric Christenson came across the ...

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Two Orchards

by Deetje J. Wildes

Waves of apple blossoms / invade our senses. / We spread a plaid blanket / for our picnic. Soon / a noisy army intrudes.

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

A Little Goodnight Music

cozy up with musical take on classic picture book

by Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Watch a popular piece of children’s literature come to life in a new and inventive way in Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of Goodnight Moon, a beloved kids’-book-turned-musical. Wayne Marek, director of ECCT and many of the company’s ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

A Year with Frog and Toad

by Eric Christenson

The classic kids books Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel are about two friends who are very different from one another, but they make it work. And now it has it’s own musical adaptation for the stage coming to Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

Coming to You Live

liveART brings artists’ studios to theater stage

by Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

If you’ve never experienced it, the easiest way to describe the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center’s liveART event is an on-stage art tour or art crawl – without the touring or crawling parts. Now in its fifth incarnation (it was last held two years ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

You Can Take It to the Bank

gift from former boss inspires locally themed historic tale

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The gift of two books from an admired boss took Rebecca Oatman on a two-year journey to research and write her latest book that weaves history and fiction into a novel about six generations of a family in the Chippewa Valley. The books were ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

Familial Verses

Garland’s poetry discussion series explores family life

by Barbara Arnold, illustrated by Andrea Paulseth

The latest poetry discussion series hosted by Wisconsin poet laureate emeritus (and UW-Eau Claire English professor) Max Garland draws its inspiration from an insightful line penned by a legendary Russian novelist. ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

All That Jazz

Eau Claire to burst with jazz during annual fest

by Alex Tronson

Alright everybody, it’s almost time to get those fedoras and vests looking spiffy for a night out on the town. The 48th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival is gearing up for a springtime weekend of concerts, competitions, and more, all taking place ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

The Wordly D. Janakey

transplant remembers hard times with roving folk songs

by Eric Christenson, photos by Eric Christenson

Sometimes a folk singer’s strongest attribute is the places they’ve been and D. Janakey (the pen name of singer David Janecke) has already lived all over the world. Born in Kenosha, Janecke and his family moved to Bolivia when he was only seven ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

Starring Aero Flynn

with Josh Scott’s Amateur Love days behind him, he moves on with Aero Flynn

by Eric Christenson

The way some people in Eau Claire talk about them, it’s clear that Amateur Love have a sacred spot of the music scene’s history. A dozen years ago, the four-piece band would routinely pack the Stone’s Throw or the House of Rock with fiercest ...

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Nights East

by Erna Kelly

Night, back East, is cool and soft, / With air so thick it can't wait / Until morning to drop its dew. / Heavy grass brushes ankles,

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Issue #276 March 18, 2015

Let's Get the Ball Rolling

UWEC’s Viennese Ball tickets are nearly sold out

by Katy Macek, photos by Luong Huynh

An evening of romance, traditional dancing and entertainment awaits at the 41st annual Viennese Ball, put on April 10 and 11 by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Transforming all three levels of Davies Center, guests are sure to be in awe ...

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Issue #276 March 18, 2015

A Friend of Anne Frank

multimedia show features appearance by survivor

by Mike Seitz, photos by Tim Mather

Anne Frank is one of the most recognize-able victims of the Holocaust, and her diary is one of the most well known pieces of literature produced as a result of World War II. And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank is an ...

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Issue #276 March 18, 2015

Sophisticated Stone Age

original musical explores prehistoric caveartistry

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Imagine a small community where the arts are highly valued. People gather to enjoy wine and food together and to experience the visual, dramatic, and musical expression that helps them explore important aspects of the human experience. ...

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Issue #276 March 18, 2015

Dark Visions

inspired by Old London, this paranormal tale has many sequels on the way

by Alex Tronson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Many Chippewa Valley authors tackle the more poignant aspects of Midwestern living, but for Delaney Green, author of the recently self-published novel Jem: A Girl of London, things are a bit more … thrilling. With 18th century London as the ...

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Issue #276 March 18, 2015

Lining Up the Rock

Rock Fest lineup features Nickelback, Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold

by Eric Christenson

Every July, right in our backyard, Rock Fest brings some serious heat to the area with the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll, hardcore, and classic rock. In 2015, the Fest aims to melt faces with the likes of Nickelback, Avenged Sevenfold, ...

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