Issue #278 April 15, 2015

A Clown, Not a Criminal

one-man show describes unintended brushes with the law

by Katy Macek, photos by: Andrea Paulseth

After training at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, performing various circus acts around the world, and guest-starring on various national talk shows, a Menomonie native has returned to his roots to share those stories ...

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Issue #278 April 15, 2015

The Gibson Sessions

lots of local musicians strum the same guitar to raise funds for addiction counseling

by James Johonnott

A coalition of local designers and musicians, including Pedals Music, Draft Design House, Revival Records, and Life Songs Counseling has formed to produce The Gibson Sessions, an album to support addiction counseling services ...

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Issue #278 April 15, 2015

Annual Art-Splosion

students’ work takes over school administration building

by Tom Giffey, photos by: Nick Meyer

Eau Claire’s biggest visual art exhibit of the year is upon us, and unless you’re a participant or the parent of one, you might not have even heard of it. If that’s the case, you’re reading this just in time to enjoy an amazing display of ...

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Issue #278 April 15, 2015

Something Funny's Going On Here

Eau Claire comedian and V1 Editor Eric Christenson gives an inside look at the local standup scene, from its desolate beginnings to its explosive growth

by Eric Christenson

Eau Claire comedian and V1 Managing Editor Eric Christenson gives an inside look at the local standup scene, from its desolate beginnings to its explosive growth.

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Issue #278 April 15, 2015

All's Faire with Art in Store

annual fine art sale part of SpringFest at CF fairgrounds

by Tom Giffey

Feeling like enjoying fine spring weather and getting your fine-art fix? Then make your way to the Valley Art Association’s Fine Art Faire April 25-26 in Chippewa Falls. The Fine Art Faire is one of the attractions at the Fifth Annual SpringFest ...

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Issue #278 April 15, 2015

Hoppping Into Kid Lit

local author pens kangaroo tale for children

by Barbara Arnold

Joey Roo’s Outback Adventure is a delightfully written and colorfully illustrated 24-page, seven-by-six inch children’s book that can be appreciated by young and old alike. The book is Darlene Prickett’s first in this genre, although she has ...

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Issue #278 April 15, 2015

Enduring Mystery

Eau Claire author explores Wetterling abduction

by Tom Giffey, photos by: Andrea Paulseth

Like almost everyone else who was living in the Upper Midwest – and much of the United States – in 1989, Robert Dudley remembers the abduction of Jacob Wetterling well. The 11-year-old’s kidnapping sent ripples that radiated far from the tiny ...

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Issue #278 April 15, 2015

Bedroom Kingdom

Christenson’s latest is lo-fi electronic pop EP

by Zack Katz, photos by: Serena Wagner

Two Castles refers to a pair of paintings that hung in Ron’s Castle Foods (now Gordy’s) once upon a time, signifying little more than “you’re in Ron’s picking up some avocados.” When multi-instrumental tinkerer Eric Christenson came across the ...

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Two Orchards

by Deetje J. Wildes

Waves of apple blossoms / invade our senses. / We spread a plaid blanket / for our picnic. Soon / a noisy army intrudes.

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

A Little Goodnight Music

cozy up with musical take on classic picture book

by Katy Macek, photos by: Andrea Paulseth

Watch a popular piece of children’s literature come to life in a new and inventive way in Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of Goodnight Moon, a beloved kids’-book-turned-musical. Wayne Marek, director of ECCT and many of the company’s ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

A Year with Frog and Toad

by Eric Christenson

The classic kids books Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel are about two friends who are very different from one another, but they make it work. And now it has it’s own musical adaptation for the stage coming to Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

Coming to You Live

liveART brings artists’ studios to theater stage

by Tom Giffey, photos by: Nick Meyer

If you’ve never experienced it, the easiest way to describe the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center’s liveART event is an on-stage art tour or art crawl – without the touring or crawling parts. Now in its fifth incarnation (it was last held two years ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

You Can Take It to the Bank

gift from former boss inspires locally themed historic tale

by Barbara Arnold, photos by: Andrea Paulseth

The gift of two books from an admired boss took Rebecca Oatman on a two-year journey to research and write her latest book that weaves history and fiction into a novel about six generations of a family in the Chippewa Valley. The books were ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

Familial Verses

Garland’s poetry discussion series explores family life

by Barbara Arnold, illustrated by: Andrea Paulseth

The latest poetry discussion series hosted by Wisconsin poet laureate emeritus (and UW-Eau Claire English professor) Max Garland draws its inspiration from an insightful line penned by a legendary Russian novelist. ...

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Issue #277 April 1, 2015

All That Jazz

Eau Claire to burst with jazz during annual fest

by Alex Tronson

Alright everybody, it’s almost time to get those fedoras and vests looking spiffy for a night out on the town. The 48th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival is gearing up for a springtime weekend of concerts, competitions, and more, all taking place ...

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