Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Signs

by Patti See

Two days after my mom’s funeral, I realize the silver hoop I’ve had in my upper ear cartilage since 1985 is gone. Mom hated the line of six earrings I wore in my left ear. When I was in high school she said, “Talk to your gym teacher about what ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Classical Passion

EC Chamber Orchestra explores Grieg, Sibelius

by Barbara Arnold

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra always “tells” interesting stories. Its upcoming concert, “A Passionate Evening,” is no different. A Norwegian farm boy’s life as a metaphor for the Norwegian people’s identity, a swan that survives the threat of ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Sister Act

humor, sadness mark Little Women musical

by Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The March family is no ordinary family, and Little Women is no ordinary musical. Based on the book-turned-movie, The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild will be putting on its own production of the Broadway musical this month ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

The Magic of Mary Poppins

ECCT production is much more than a replica of the classic Disney film

by Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Odds are when you read that to yourself just now, you also recited the classic melody from one of Disney’s most classic films. Mary Poppins, the magical nanny we all know and love, will soon be flying ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

A Minimal Mark

Brock expresses his vision in charcoal alone

by Hope Greene, photos by Andrea Paulseth

David Brock is finding freedom in limitation. In the small mint-green room at the Haas Fine Arts Center that he calls both office and studio, he has been drawing all winter. In final preparation for the opening of his show at the ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Sign of the Pine

The Millenium strips down tunes for new release

by Alex Tronson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It seems to me that there’s always something curious happening behind the doors of Pine Hollow Studios. It’s a hot spot for local musicians to experiment with new sounds, creative ideas, and work with other artists in the area. For the guys ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Brett Newski

EC native tours globe, works with ex-Violent Femme

by Ally Kann

In 2011, Eau Claire native Brett Newski traveled Southeast Asia on his own, while writing music for his first LP. His tour included Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines. He then lived in Vietnam for two years doing odd jobs such as voice-overs and gu

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Paranormal Romance

magic, death entwine for novel set on UWEC campus

by Zack Katz

Ann Noser graduated from UW-Eau Claire in December of 1993. Last summer, publishing her first novel, How to Date Dead Guys, was in many ways a flashbulb-memory homecoming to the throes and romantics of campus life. For Noser’s undergraduate ...

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Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Wisconsin 'Whydunnit'

book examines infamous 2004 deer hunter murders

by Tom Giffey

Those living in Wisconsin – or anywhere else that deer hunting is a cherished autumn ritual, not a mere hobby – undoubtedly remember the horrifying news that came out of the northwoods on Nov. 21, 2004: Six hunters were shot and killed ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Skatin' the Dream

the Eau Claire Skaters Association is throwing all kinds of shows to help fund a new park

By Spring 2017, Boyd Park could have year-round skating capabilities. Beyond the ice skating community that already inhabits the park, the Eau Claire Skaters Association is championing the construction of a 5,000-square-foot skate park ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

A Whole New Skotty

hard-working rapper finds a unique, lucid voice on Clarity

by Zack Katz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Growing up as a biracial Wisconsinite, bearing down legal issues, even a simple stint of too much tequila at last night’s function: Situational adversity is a horse pill without a choking hazard advisory for rapper Skotty Benz ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

It's Time to Get Decadent Again

Decadent Cabaret is back for three days of tributin’

by Alex Tronson, photos by Jessica Harrison

All right. It’s happening again. One of Eau Claire’s biggest, baddest weekends of music is back, and this time it’s three days long. We’re talking about the 36th installment of Decadent Cabaret which begins Thursday, March 5, and goes strong ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Fractured Fairy Tales

Menomonie troupe presents Into the Woods

by Mike Seitz, photos by Tim Mather

Fairy tales almost always end the same way: Prince Charming saves the day, defeating whatever stereotypical villain came along to ruin everybody’s life, and they all live happily ever after. What they never do, however, is show what happens after ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Can't Stop the Opera

UWEC tests itself by staging Mozart’s Figaro

photos by Andrea Paulseth

The end of February marks the end of months of preparation for UW-Eau Claire’s biannual opera. This year they’re performing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, one of the most popular operas performed in the United States. “It’s a great story,” ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Artswest 36

library’s annual juried art show returns

by Alex Tronson, photos by Anna Mateffy

O.K. all you artists, it’s time to wash the dried paint and clay from your hands and show us what you’ve got. The annual ArtsWest exhibit is back for its 36th installment. For those that don’t know, Wisconsin ArtsWest is a juried exhibit ...

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Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Jotting Joe and Handy Andy

Joe Niese pens book on Cubs, Braves star Pafko

by Scott Morfitt, photos by Andrea Paulseth

In a strange way, I’ve been interviewing local author Joe Niese about his new book, Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story, for almost three years now. And, I haven’t become tired of hearing Niese talk about his love of Pafko yet ...

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Issue #273 Febuary 4, 2015

Dinner at the Movies?

Downtown Cinema’s fancy expansion will allow them to serve food and booze

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Right now, if you look through the glass front doors of Eau Claire’s Downtown Cinema, you’ll just see one sad, solitary port-a-john and not much else. But beyond that, an exquisite renovation is underway as the twin-cinema mainstay tears down ...

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Issue #273 Febuary 4, 2015

Essay: Finding Fannie

on an obsessive journey, Eau Claire writer B.J. Hollars roams from antique shop to headstone

by BJ Hollars, photos by BJ Hollars, Andrea Paulseth

While antiquing one day in Eau Claire, author B.J. Hollars came across a wedding certificate belonging to a Fannie H. Ingram. Driven by no more than obsessive curiosity, Hollars retraced her steps ...

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