Issue #307 June 1, 2016

Gem of a Story

fantasy princess tale tackles issue of anger

by Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire author Debra Manzella is back with her second book, a fantasy tale for children titled Dragon’s Breath. While her first book, The Dwarf’s Treasure, served as an introduction ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

Keep Your Defenses Up

new group Stare Across comes with major heaviness

by Andrew Patrie

The bar is milling with people out on a warm, mid-May Tuesday night, so we (bassist Jackson McMahon, guitarist Rich Till, and drummer Joseph Gunderson) follow Tony Stamm (vocals) ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

2016 Summer Music Schedule

all the wheres and whens for summer music in the Chippewa Valley

by James Johonnott, photos by Mike O'Brien

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is Volume One’s Thursday night gig in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park. Local bands play to crowds each night on the banks of the Chippewa ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

One Night Only

a couple of summer one-off shows to which we're really looking forward

by Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Swedish-born indie folk artist The Tallest Man On Earth will play The State Theatre in Eau Claire on July 16. Kristian Mattson’s once-sparse solo folk project has now bloomed into a full band experience ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

2016 Concert Series

here in the Valley, we like our tunes outside

by Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Life in the north isn’t for the faint of heart. We endure lengthy winters, and our summer skies are short-lived. Our northern lifestyle looks like toughness, but it’s not just being tough. We believe hard work leads to good times ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

2016 Music Festivals

take some of the biggest names in the music industry, and make a weekend of it

by V1 Staff, Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh, Caitlyn Berlin

Last year’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (pictured above) was shrouded in mystery all spring. “Is Kanye West gonna be there?” “The name seems kinda confusing...” “What’s all this art stuff all about?” “Seriously, WHERE’S KANYE?!” It wasn’t until they opened the gates on the first day of the festival that we could get the full scope of everything ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Bold Brushwork

Mayhew-Hamm's colorful creations at the Janet Carson

by Nikki Lanzer

One area artist has found her canvas calling and is ready to share her creations with the community. The newest exhibit in the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center ...

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Show Me a Hero

by Tim Brennan

Welcome back to Division Street: the campfires, / a walk along the Beach Road, somewhere / between words lost or spoken from a wooden patio bench ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Can You Hear It? It Sounds Like Summer

we're ready for more sunny, summery local tunes in Phoenix Park

by V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wow, 11 years is a long time. 11 summers ago, the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series was born in the heart of Phoenix Park. What started as a fun way to celebrate our beautiful park and hard-working local musicians ...

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Issue #305 May 4, 2016

Air Brushing

Durand is the canvas for ‘plein air’ painting event

by Eric Christenson

The week of May 15 will be a great one for lovers of art and the great outdoors. The riverside community of Durand and its surrounding area will host the fourth annual GoPaint! plein ...

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