Issue #299 February 10, 2016

Chuckling With Chekhov

new play at CVTG pokes fun at Russian playwright’s themes

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Believe it or not, Anton Chekhov – the bespectacled, tubercular Russian writer of short stories and plays whose characters suffered, loved in vain, and frequently died – was a humorist. No, really.

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

Animal Extravaganza

ZooZoo show melds mime, acrobatics for family fun

by Tom Giffey

Kids love zoos. Kids love goofy costumes. Above all, kids love to laugh. Unfortunately for us in the Chippewa Valley, the zoo is very cold in the wintertime, and our favorite goofy costumed creature – the Eau Claire Express mascot, Trax – is on vacation until baseball season begins. Fortunately, we can still laugh – but at what? Easy: Get down to the State Theatre ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

Top UW-Stout Design Work on Display

by Tom Giffey

Some of the best design work by UW-Stout students will be on display through Friday, Feb. 19, at the university’s Furlong Gallery in Menomonie. The Best of Design juried exhibit features outstanding creative work by about 35 UW-Stout undergrads, including interactive design, interior, industrial, comics, game, animation, and film ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

Little House, Only Littler

EC author uses erasure to create new work out of children’s lit classics

by Hope Greene, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Emily Anderson spent an undisclosed amount of time as a child walking around with a long brown skirt over her blonde head, pretending to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. As an adult, she owns not one, but two actual sunbonnets, and is heading to Laurapalooza by her own free choice. A dedicated lover of the log cabin, butter churn, and calico life ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

Glowing in the Deep

W.H. Beck writes a science book for children

by Rob Reid

‘They glow to hunt. They glow to hide. They glow to find a friend. They glow to lose an enemy.” Eau Claire children’s author W.H. Beck’s latest book, Glow, is a picture book with stunning colorful photographs on pitch-black backgrounds featuring “animals with their own night-lights.” Many creatures use bioluminescence to survive in their habitats ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

Starting from the Bottom

author offers encouraging words for those struggling

by Haley Wright

Local author and motivational speaker Julie Court has recently published Incredible Life Makeover, a step-by-step guide to making over a person’s life. The book is filled with stories, quotes, thoughtful insights, and prayers to help guide readers as they overcome whatever adversity or ailment plagues them and transform into their best selves ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

Music Quick Hits | February 2016

by V1 Staff

For local people who bought presale tickets to the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Feb. 6 was kind of like Eaux Christmas. For those people only, the festival snail-mailed custom-printed mixtapes – yes, actual cassette tapes – featuring B-sides and rarities from some of the artists on the 2016 lineup. In addition to a never-before-listened-to Bon Iver B-side ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

A Variety of Talent

homemade steampunk comic is the result of tons of work

by Katie Robertson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

For the last three years, Chris Spiegel of Chippewa Falls has worked to make his passion for art and comics into something tangible: A comic book series ...

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Issue #299 February 10, 2016

The Doks Are In

Doks Robotiks polish live hip-hop energy on studio LP

by Eric Christenson

Doks Robotiks, born among young music majors during their early years of dorm life at UW-Eau Claire, started loose. A chicken-scratch note on a dorm whiteboard from drummer and jazz student Rick Haneman to rapper Stephen Sutherland – who raps as Konstant Movement – said something simple like, “Hey man, we should make some live hip-hop.” ...

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Issue #298 January 27, 2016

A Family's Best Friend

remembering her childhood dog, one page at a time

by Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire resident Mary Heimstead recently penned a tale about the beloved dog her family had when she was growing up. The book, A Prince of a Dog, was recently awarded the 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The national award came with a huge celebration ...

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Issue #298 January 27, 2016

Raising the Curtain

dancer/singer/actor LaGuardia returns home to teach master class

by Tom Giffey

Eau Claire’s theater and dance scene helped launch Anthony LaGuardia’s professional career as a dancer, singer, and actor. Now he’s come home to return the favor. LaGuardia, a 2009 Memorial High School graduate who has performed in Broadway-level international and national touring companies, will teach a Musical Theatre Master Class ...

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Issue #298 January 27, 2016

It's Snow Time

Children’s Theatre brings classic fairy tale to life

by Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Get your singing voices ready and prepare to join the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre this winter in their upcoming musical rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Performances of this song-filled adaption of the Brothers Grimm classic will take place at Eau Claire’s State Theatre from Feb. 4 through Feb. 7 ...

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Issue #298 January 27, 2016

Museum Can Boost Your Fiber Intake

if you’re dyeing to work flax or hoop rugs, the Fiber Arts Festival is for you

by Gigi Roelant

The linguistic shift from craft to art is an intentional one. Things considered crafts are often undervalued and seen as unworthy of being featured in a museum. The Chippewa Valley Museum believes in that value and is celebrating ...

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Issue #298 January 27, 2016

Painting in Numbers

social art classes offer a chance to socialize, drink, and create beautiful art

by Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Social art classes, a creative and fun way to spend time out with friends, have taken the Chippewa Valley by storm. A variety of social art classes are currently offered at places ...

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