Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Spoken Art

award-winning writer Loeb hosts reading, discussion

Hannah Mumm

Karen Loeb’s work spans genre, style, and form. At once a writer of riveting short fiction and terse yet impactful poetry, the stories she tells garner intense emotional reactions from readers ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Forging New Things

Artisan Forge open house offers peek at artists, expansion

Barbara Arnold

Artisan Forge Studios is opening its doors for “A Night at the Forge” on Saturday, Feb. 25. The purpose: To host an evening for Chippewa Valley residents to meet the studios’ talented denizens ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Let's Get Weird

MidWest WeirdFest doles out horror and sci-fi gems

Hillary Bell

It’s almost here; a film festival that will look into the strange, the frightening, and the unbelievably weird – MidWest WeirdFest – the first ever in the area. This special film festival will be taking place on March 3-5 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Under the Covers

Decadent Cabaret bringing a wild weekend of music

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Lee Butterworth

A tradition of fishnets and memorable musical performances is approaching its 38th year! Decadent Cabaret – which features local bands dressing up and performing tribute sets – is the longest-running music festival in Eau Claire ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Sunde Squad

J.E. Sunde’s sophomore album finds lushness and strength in its collaborators

Eric Christenson

ter many years of crafting and performing meticulously gorgeous folk music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright, the legendary local band ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Unraveling the Heart

best-selling local author Butler explores fathers, sons in powerful new novel

BJ Hollars, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Entering the Court-n-House late one Wednesday night, I scan the room to spot best-selling author Nickolas Butler punching his selections into the jukebox along the far wall. Bearded and baseball-capped ...

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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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