Puddle Jump

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

learning from unexpected winter warmth

Here in February, the sun’s been pushing a cosmic blob of heat against Wisconsin like a sponge, scrubbing away much of the scuzzy snow and ice we’ve been tiptoeing around for weeks. It’s been melting away our cold wintry scowl, softening our cheeks into a smile ...

Out of His League

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

Luc Anthony

columnist learns lessons about teamwork and hustle in tryout for Chippewa Valley Predators

How many times have you been watching a football game, saw a defender whiff on a tackle, and said out loud, “That guy’s terrible, I could do better than that.” ...

WATCH: Haymarket Plaza Concept Video

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

Mike Paulus

A week after releasing new concept images for the forthcoming Haymarket Plaza, planners have produced a video to match. Downtown Eau Claire Inc. posted it to their Facebook page Friday, Feb. 24. Check it out ...

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

Kalispell - Live at Hive Studio (Eau Claire)

As locals know, Shane Leonard has been playing and touring as a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist with several bands for the past few years like Field Report, The Stray Birds, and not to mention ...

Fight Hunger, Bowl by Bowl

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Emily Kinzel

food bank fundraiser Empty Bowls pairs charity, art

your schedule for Thursday, March 2, and join the community for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Florian Gardens. Not only will you get to chow down on delicious soup in a bowl handcrafted and donated

Spoken Art

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Hannah Mumm

award-winning writer Loeb hosts reading, discussion

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 ...

Forging New Things

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Barbara Arnold

Artisan Forge open house offers peek at artists, expansion

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 ...

Fab Lab for Everyone

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Zach Schultz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Children’s Museum’s latest gets creative with science

‘A ship in harbor is safe,” author and professor John Augustus Shedd once wrote, “but that is not what ships are made for.” Those core concepts of being willing to make attempts and risk failure have led the leadership ...

Let's Get Weird: MidWest WeirdFest doles out horror and sci-fi gems

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

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 ...

Under the Covers

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Lee Butterworth

Decadent Cabaret bringing a wild weekend of music

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 ...

Sunde Squad: J.E. Sunde's lush new album succeeds with teamwork

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Eric Christenson

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

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

Eaux Claires Puts Lineup in Print

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Eric Christenson

Wilco, Paul Simon, John Prine, Chance The Rapper grace EXC year three

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced this year’s full lineup of artists in typically underground fashion. Last fall, the festival put a small amount of tickets on sale just a few short weeks ...

UWEC Fundraising Campaign Blows Past Goal

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

UW-Eau Claires News

From a new campus-community arts center to the launch of the Chippewa Valley’s first indie rock radio station, there’s no question that the UW-Eau Claire Foundation’s recently completed ...

Planning the Plaza

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Tom Giffey

design revealed for public space at the confluence

What is now a muddy construction area where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet will soon be transformed into an eye-catching community centerpiece – and for once we’re not talking ...

On the Cover | Feb. 22, 2017

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Daniella Painter

“Fluid belongs to a series that began as an abstract expression of the body. However, the work evolved into a controlled and methodical study of material and process. Using powdered charcoal, water ..."

Opening Shot | Feb. 22, 2017

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

photos by Chaia Kochendorferlseth

JOUST ANOTHER BIKE RACE? Competitors snag a shiny ring – just one challenge found in the 9th Annual St. Valentine’s Day Hustle held Feb. 9 in Menomonie. Bikers raced around scenic Lake Menomin in this friendly alleycat-style bike race. A portion of the proceeds went to the Dunn County Humane Society.

Our Public Plaza Takes Shape

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Nick Meyer

The latest images of what the public plaza next to the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire could look like have just been released and it seems things are going in the right direction ...