Issue #282 June 10, 2015

City Council Not A-Verse to Literary Job Change

by Tom Giffey

Eau Claire no longer has a poet laureate. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean incumbent municipal scribe Bruce Taylor is out of a (totally voluntary) job. A few weeks ago, the Eau Claire City Council voted to change the name of the poet laureate position to “writer in residence,” a step that City Council President Kerry Kincaid ...

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Issue #282 June 10, 2015

An Imminent Face Lift for Chippewa Falls Murals

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The murals that run along River Street and the Wagner Street hill on Chippewa Falls’ west side – a landmark to some – could get a new paint job this summer or early next fall. The existing paint on the walls is chipping and peeling – it’s in pretty rough shape. “It looks like it has a disease,” Mayor Greg Hoffman told the Leader-Telegram recently ...

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Issue #282 June 10, 2015

Physics in Paint

UWEC student portrays science through art

by Judy Berthiaume

Michelle Gervais has always loved to solve problems, but she also has had a lifelong passion for art. “In math classes, I loved that moment where it suddenly clicked and I was able to figure out the problem,” says Gervais, a UW-Eau Claire senior. “But I also love art." ...

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Issue #282 June 10, 2015

Easy Release

Todd Barneson re-enters Eau Claire’s music scene with old friends and folk

by Zack Katz

There’s a long, eventful 15-year stretch separating Todd Barneson’s first solo record and his upcoming sophomore joint Lay Low. Not long after the prior’s release, the singin’-songwritin’ Eau Claire veteran married and found himself skipping town for Philadelphia – leaving ...

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Issue #282 June 10, 2015

Blue Ox to Roll with Bluegrass Legends

fest's inaugural year already has some un-toppable names

by Eric Christenson

With no shortages of large-scale music festivals in the Chippewa Valley this summer – being that there’s Country Jam, Rock Fest, Country Fest, Eaux Claires, and more all happening right on our doorstep – maybe Blue Ox can kick off what should be an amazing summer of music ...

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Issue #281 May 27, 2015

This One Is Special

by Ken Szymanski

Like an old photograph, the events took time to develop. I was an undergraduate working as an usher at yet another 1990s UW-Eau Claire commencement ceremony. The jobs were standard: Don’t let anyone use this door, keep this aisle clear, don’t let people congregate here, etc. But before the ceremony started, they called an audible. The photographer’s assistant was sick. They asked me to take his place ...

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Issue #281 May 27, 2015

Summery Screenings

themed nights, big movies at UWEC’s Summer Cinema

by Mike Seitz

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means; it’s time to stop freezing our bums off and take part in our favorite summer activities. Going to the beach, playing a little disc golf, enjoying a picnic with the family, or maybe watching a movie. Don’t think watching a movie is a summer activity? It is when the big screen is outside ...

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Issue #281 May 27, 2015

Education Publisher Scores Book Award

by V1 Staff

Eau Claire-based PESI Inc. is known nationwide as a provider of continuing education – seminars, conferences, and the like – in the health care and behavioral health fields. But the nonprofit organization has a publishing arm as well, and back in April PESI Publishing and Media won three awards ...

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Issue #281 May 27, 2015

Big Changes for Chalkfest 2015

annual summer chalk art event relocating to UWEC campus, adding amenities

by V1 Staff

This summer will see an entirely new approach (plus a new date and new location) for Chalkfest, Volume One’s classic chalk art event in downtown Eau Claire which thousands of people have been attending since 2008. To take the event to the next level and build its strength ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Strangely on Screen

indie film starring Chi-Hi grad screens at Micon

by James Johonnott

Roll out the red carpet in Chippewa Falls. Michelle Lang, star of the indie romantic comedy Strangely In Love and a Chippewa Falls native, will be attending a premier screening of the film at the Chippewa Falls Micon Cinemas. Strangely In Love tells the story of Fyo, a man-child ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

A Series of Adventurous Flops

a look behind the scenes of Michael Perry’s first adult fiction novel, The Jesus Cow

by Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Michel Perry’s newest book, The Jesus Cow, is his first adult novel and features a bachelor farmer named Harley Jackson. Harley lives in a northern Wisconsin village called Swivel, not too far north of the university town Clearwater (that’s right, Clearwater) and even closer ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

The Artistic Harvest

family farm history inspires mixed-media work

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When siblings Vicki and Mike Milewski were growing up in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, they traveled to the Milewski family dairy farm in Thorp to help with the planting and harvesting of alfalfa, corn, and hay. Vicki, a fifth generation artist on her mother’s Galaudet side of the family, now lives and creates her art on the farm which has been in the family for more than 150 years, well before Wisconsin was even a state ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Willkommen, Bienvenue

ECCT explores grown-up themes in musical Cabaret

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret is many things, but The Cat in the Hat it is not. Nor is it anything like Goodnight Moon, or Mary Poppins, or many of the other uplifting, family-friendly shows produced in recent months by the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Blood, Bone and Verse

UWEC alum’s poetry collection is an apocalyptic fever dream

by Alex Tronson

If you creep and search through shelves and stacks in the University of Iowa library, you might be able to find what would become UW-Eau Claire alum Heather Knox’s Dowry Meat. What was once a creative thesis is now a collection of poems from Words Dance Publishing ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Hearing from Home

real-life letters tell farm family’s tale

by Bailey Berg

In an era of text messages, emails, and Snapchats, it’s becoming increasingly uncommon to pen the long, detailed letters of decades past. Communication is snappier, broader and, as former-local author Sarah Deluca argues, not as deep. But her latest book ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Sounds Like Summer: The 10th Season

this year, our little concert series turns 10 – and kicks off with our 100th concert

by V1 Staff

It’s a special year for the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, because of some notable milestones. The 2015 season of Sounds Like Summer is its 10th, and our kickoff concert on Thursday, June 4, is officially our 100th summer show in Phoenix Park. We’ve got loads of amazing (and local!) musical acts lined up for every Thursday night this summer, including The Gentle Guest, Them Coulee Boys, The Millenium, Pit Wagon, Michael Perry and the Long Beds, Meridene, JE Sunde, The Dust of Men ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Rush River Folk Festival Brings Locals Along

by Alex Tronson

The Midwest must be in some kind of music festival fever dream. This year we get to add the second annual Rush River Folk Festival to the calendar, which starts on May 23 at 1pm and continues all the way until sundown. The festival will see some already established and returning acts like Heatherlyn, a Minneapolis-based crowd favorite from last year’s festival ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Locals Pen Rootsy Folk Ode to Brett Favre

by Alex Tronson

“Old Number Four,” a new single from the folk/roots duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, finds the Minnesota blues-brothers crooning over everybody’s favorite NFL superstar, Brett Favre. It’s a nice homage to Favre, who’s named only by jersey number during the course of the two-minute-forty-second track, which plays out a bit like a Bob Dylan ballad ...

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