Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Getting Handy With the Arts

Fiber Arts & Folk Life Festival combines cultures

by Amanda Foxcroft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Attention all textile artists and fiber arts enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 18, and get down to the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park to celebrate ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Vienna on the Chippewa

get your tickets now for UWEC’s annual V-Ball

Pan Thao, photos by Luong Huynh

It may still be two months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about UW-Eau Claire’s annual Viennese Ball. Tickets are already on sale for the elegant soiree, and they promise to be as hot as ever ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Chopper Charm

EC native spins a tale of airborne adventure in India

Justine Childs

Rifle fire. Disease. Toxic moonshine. Lava-spiced curry. Homicidal drivers. Jungle-dwelling rebels. It sounds like the latest action movie starring the latest action hero. But the action hero is Mike Sobotta ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

The Demon Barber of State Street

UWEC goes macabre with operatic Sweeney Todd

Hannah Mumm, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Did you know that Johnny Depp was not the original Sweeney Todd? In fact, Broadway actor Len Cariou was the first to yield the demon barber’s deadly shears. Sweeney Todd was never intended to be a movie. Almost 30 years before Tim Burton ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Telling Tales

children’s book illustrator Peck puts career on display

Haley Wright

Beth Peck, a well-known children’s book illustrator who lives in Menomonie, is showcasing some of her best work in an exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Art Center’s Janet Carson Gallery called Tell Me A Story, which runs weekdays through March 10 ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

It Might Get a Bit Nasty

EC grad’s new brass band impresses the homestead

Barbara Arnold

Louie Armstrong meets Prince. That’s how Eau Claire native and saxophonist Elliott Wachs, one of the founders of the McNasty Brass Band of St. Paul, describes the group’s sound: a fusion of New Orleans-style jazziness with the funky new-wave swagger of the late Prince ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Deserting the Big City

Ian Alexy’s new EP takes on a Valley perspective

Eric Christenson

Before he transplanted himself to the Valley, songwriter Ian Alexy was gallivanting all over the Minnesota music scene in the past decade with his rootsy folk duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, alongside his brother Teague ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Just Peachy

ECCT brings musical version of James and the Giant Peach to The State

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

James and the Giant Peach, a musical version of the beloved children’s novel adapted for the stage, is being presented by the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre Feb. 3-5 at the State Theatre in Eau Claire ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Musical Ox-Cellence

the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival brings together rootsy greatness

Eric Christenson

The lineup for the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival was released last week, and it definitely keeps up its trailblazing trend of curating one of the finest roots and bluegrass festivals ...

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