The Neighborhood Swingers

by Arlene Lee

Enjoying breakfast on our comfy front porch, and / taking in the beauty of the early morning freshness; / me with my fresh blueberries and Greek Yogurt and / him with his Heart Healthy Cheerios and dark roasted Java.

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Local Film "Jaywalking" Is the Real Deal

local director, local actors, local everything ... and they need your help

by Eric Christenson

Filmmaker and Eau Claire native Peter Eaton spent the better part of the last few years working and making movies on the West Coast. Now back in the area, he’s teaming up local actors, and a local crew to bring his screenplay Jaywalking to life ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

It's All About Guinevere

original play puts heroine in the center spotlight

by Sammy Gibbons, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’ve gone to the theater and seen productions such as West Side Story, Wicked, or any other big-name show, you may think you have seen and heard it all. Fall Creek-based theater company, Scene and Hurd, begs to differ ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

An Art Show With a Little Flower Power

ECRAC's annual Fabulous Florals and Fine Arts show invites visual artists and florists to collaborate

by Sammy Gibbons

Come mid-January, our frosted eyes will yearn to gaze upon the colors of summer, especially the natural vibrant colors of flowers and plants. Luckily, Eau Clairians will have the opportunity to not only experience ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Harmonious Legacy

after 25 years with UWEC music program, Schwartzhoff says goodbye

by Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thirteen international tours. Some 30 juried performances. Hundreds of concerts. Thousands of faces. That barely scratches the surface of Gary Schwartzhoff’s time as a professor of music ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Student Art on the Move

to commemorate UWEC's centennial, two students design special bus wrap

by Hailey Novak, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire turned 100 this year and while some would cringe at celebrating any birthday coming in at triple digits, the celebrations are happening all year for a university that I must say has aged quite well ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Learning to Strum Along

fundraising efforts to bring more ukuleles to Flynn Elementary music class

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When Liz Soules, music teacher for Flynn Elementary School, starts her two fourth-grade music classes with 25 to 26 students in each room, there’s a lot of moving around. But not for rhythmic reasons ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Summer Night

by John Hildebrand

The sun has gone down and with it the heat. At the other end of the farm, the moon has yet to rise, though enough light remains to see dark rows of raspberry bushes and a pale field road climbing into a darker forest ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

A Rail of a Tale

Swampers kick of Pure Water Days with musical revue

by Tom Giffey

Last year, Chippewa Falls’ favorite – and possibly only – “swampgrass” band presented an original show dedicated to the mighty, Valley-carving Chippewa River. This year, the Swampers will use their instrumental (including violin, banjo, guitar, and even kazoo) and vocal (they promise “4 ½-part harmony”) talents to explore another historic means of transportation ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Friday Nights in Eagle River

football, love, and betrayal collide in local writer’s romance novel

by Katy Macek

The bright stadium lights illuminate the crisp, fall Friday night. The high school’s star quarterback launches the ball downfield, where it lands magnetically into his wide receiver’s hands ...

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Method Writing

area writer’s thrillers come from real life experiences

by Hailey Novak

When I first dialed Alexi Venice, she sounded strong and sure of herself, much like her fictitious character Pepper McCallen. “There’s no doubt that Pepper was my alter ego in the first book,” Venice tells me.

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Issue #312 July 27, 2016

Ain't Worried 'Bout It

rap crew Big Business make a grand statement on new 19-track album

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The name Big Business isn’t as capitalistic as it seems, but the sounds and effort pouring out of the Chippewa Valley-based hip hop crew is anything but small. The dedicated group of rappers ...

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