Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Emcee vs. Emcee

No Coast rap battle returns to backroom at The Plus

by Natalie Rosenkranz

Guess who’s back? Back again? Mr. Pizzy and Romes are bringing No Coast Raps back to The Plus! (Tell a friend.) On Sept. 23 in the Plus backroom on Graham Avenue (a.k.a. The Venue), No Coast Raps is holding ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Ibsen, Explained

Norwegian playwright the focus of director’s presentation

by Doug Pearson

Current readers of crime fiction have discovered that some of the most interesting work is coming from the Nordic countries. Joe Nesbø, Norwegian musician and writer, has been selling millions ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

An Above-Average Evening

radio legend Keillor brings one-man show to State

by Tom Giffey

While public radio legend Garrison Keillor may have recently retired from hosting A Prairie Home Companion after more than four decades, the word “retiree” does not apply to the 74-year-old Minnesotan once billed ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

This Is Land Is My Land

new local art show Land:Mine explores our precious land

by Hope Greene, photos by Kelsey Smith

Land is a solid that extends down as rock until rock becomes fluid. Land is an idea, a memory, a promise – evoking borders, blood, and belonging. Land is the word for arriving at the edge of an unnamed ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Mideast & Midwest

annual book festival sheds light on global conflicts

by Lara Bockenstedt

The 17th annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival will feature many familiar elements: a variety of genres and authors, writing workshops, and inclusion of all ages. In years past, there have been everything from ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Little Bits of Grace

new Michael Perry book compiles best Roughneck Grace columns

by Mike Paulus, Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you ever called him a “celebrity” to his face, area writer and humorist Michael Perry would probably reply with his trademark humility, his deep voice murmuring something about pig farming or raising chickens. Over the years ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Faux Fab Four

1964 The Tribute bringing Beatles to life at the State

by Tom Giffey

Short of inventing a time machine, I’m resigned to the sad fact that I’m never going to see the Beatles live in concert. My last chance was when they climbed onto to the roof of the Apple Corps building ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Game On!

community TV preps a new gaming-focused program

by Amelia Kimball, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As a child, Wyatt Biegel dreamed of playing video games for a living. His younger self would definitely be proud of him today. Biegel is on staff at Chippewa Valley Community Television. Starting the month, they will be airing a new gaming show called ...

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Blazing the Stage

Perry’s breakout book gets theatrical treatment

by Denise Olson, photos by Luong Huynh

Don’t panic just yet if you missed two sold-out previews at UW-Eau Claire, or the canvas-wrapped Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua stage adaptation of Michael Perry’s best-selling book ...

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