Sunday, Jan. 17th, 2010

Weekly Shakedown:
The Stuff You Maybe Missed

Here’s a fantabulous assortment of Volume One website goods that you may have missed last week.

Enjoy your Sunday, one and all.

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Saturday, Jan. 16th, 2010

Saturday: Melon Legend Gallagher

Listen up as I dole out the truth: As far as melon-based humor goes, it just don’t get no bigger than friggin’ Gallagher, baby. With over 100 shows per year and countless watermelons destroyed, comedy legend Gallagher, best known for his prop comedy with his Sledge-O-Matic hammer, aims for a smashing time at the Ramada Convention Center in downtown Eau Claire. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets cost a juicy$23.50/$30.50, but hey, as I said, it’s friggin’ Gallagher.

Also on Saturday: Planetarium Show, Brian Bethke + Leiah Webb, No Better Cause, Barefoot in the Park, Rudy's Holidaze Reunion, and Desolatevoid + Marked by Failure + The Parrish + Electric Wagon Burner.

Art shows: Anatomical Autonomy (Sammy Jean Wilson); Eric Lee & Jason Lanka Art Exhibit; Holy Mackerel: The Artwork of Ivy, Emma and Sandra Klinbeil.

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Friday, Jan. 15th, 2010

The Valley shoots Farms

A Farms show is more than music. The energy expelled by these two musicians is equal or greater to that of the raging coal fire powering your computer right now. Drummer Andy Todryk’s arms beat like a turbine, leaving your eyes (and our camera lenses) a blur where limbs should be present. Nothing about this session is clean, crisp, or safe. It’s not supposed to be, because where’s the fun in that?

... for more videos and photos of Farms, check out The Valley.

  • The Valley is a collection of musical performances with the Chippewa Valley as a backdrop. The project is headed by three students at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire who may have only minimal experience, but a passion for their community and the art that surrounds it. (The Valley is inspired by Vincent Moon's Takeaway shows, available at La Blogotheque.)

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Thursday, Jan. 14th, 2010

Wanna rent a "luxury" ice fishing shack?

The Chippewa Herald’s got the scoop on Mark McIlquham’s 3-room, $3,000 ice fishing shack out on lake Wissota – which is available to rent. From

  • McIlquham’s shack is just one story, but it has three rooms. That includes an 8-by-18-feet main kitchen/fishing area, a 6-by-12-feet room with four bunk beds off to the side and the small bathroom.
  • It’s big enough for a dining room table by the 6-feet-by-32-inch picture window (with tasteful drapes, or course). There’s a little kitchen area with an electric grill. Fish is on the menu a lot.

There’s even a high-def flat screen TV (local channels only). The shack is heated by propane, powered by “a 12-volt battery recharged by a 20-watt solar powered trickle charger,  with a 750-watt inverter providing the 110 power.” McIlquham also installed hinged trap doors for, you know, ice fishing. Unfortunately, the Chippewa Herald doesn’t provide many pictures.


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