No Holiday Cheer? Improvise!

“Eat This!” show combines storytelling, improv to create holiday hilarity

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Catey Leonardson

The holiday season invites all sorts of memories into our minds: the good, the bad, and the awkward. Local storytellers and improv performers will poke fun at this tumultuous yet festive time of year on Thursday, Nov. 29 ...

New NOTA Drops at Shift

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Rayna DeJongh, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The UW-Eau Claire student publication None of the Above (NOTA) will host bi-annual book release party at SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar on Dec. 14 at 7:30pm, with live music from local musician ...

A Pine Hollow Homecoming

Bri Murphy and Ben Shaw team up for in-studio show

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Bonni Knight

There’s something special about coming home. On Dec. 14, two musicians who both sprouted their musical roots in Eau Claire are returning to perform at the very studio where they recorded their most recent albums. Bri Murphy graduated ...

Salt Collective: The Beauty of Giving

unique jewelry maker takes home Red Letter Grant

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Abby Norton, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Salt, in small amounts, is essential for human life. We think jewelry is a lot like salt,” reads the website of Salt Collective, a local jewelry boutique Andrea White opened in February. White attended ...

North DECA's Diamond Hunt

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Breana Good

Eau Claire North High School’s DECA Club is sponsoring an all-ages “diamond” scavenger hunt throughout downtown Eau Claire that will take place Dec. 4-12. DECA student officers and Jim Maier, head of North’s Marketing & DECA, began planning in July ...

Public Library Seeks Input on Expansion Plans

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  V1 Staff

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is seeking public input on a proposed renovation and expansion project. Preliminary plans for the library, which was built in 1976, include adding a third story ...

Kansas Man Will Lead EC Economic Development

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

The City of Eau Claire has hired an economic development professional from Kansas as its new economic development manager. Aaron J. White will start with the city on Monday, Dec. 10, replacing Mike Schatz ...

Giving (And Receiving) the Gift of Music

an overflowing calendar and a profusion of tickets makes this fan thankful for the Valley’s scene

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Bonni Knight

‘Tis the season to think of music! But I’m not talking about the fa-la-la-la-la stuff (although, I love that, too). I’m talking about the get-up-off-your-couch and go catch the live music scene. The other morning ...

Opening Shot | Nov. 28, 2018

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  photos by Andrea Paulseth

SCREEN TIME. Volume One brought True North: Real Wisconsin Stories Unfolding Live On Stage to the Pablo Center for two sold-out shows on Nov. 16 and 17. The unique show – which blended live storytelling, original live music, a wide variety of multimedia produced by local artists – was Volume One’s first stage production.

On the Cover | Nov. 28, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Beth Peck

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018

“This illustration is from The Thanksgiving Visitor written by Truman Capote. I think this is a terrific story. Beautifully written and crafted. There is an emotional twist to the story which resonates with me. It is a little painful, and very human, and feel true to the human experience ..."

Holiday Triple Play

December offers three chances for Christmas spirit on stage

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Get the holiday hype up by attending some community theater productions of Christmas classics and new holiday favorites. The Menomonie Theater Guild, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, and Eau Claire Children’s Theatre are each producing wintry plays for families and children to enjoy ...

February Gray

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018  |  Nickolas Butler

Today i just want to be an old wooden chair // or the patient barber // whose broom is always pushing piles // of very white hair ...

Flowers Done Green

local flower shop keeps it unexpected & seasonal

Wed. Nov. 28th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Timothy Mather

September, as autumn settles into Menomonie, might seem like an odd time to open a shop that deals in flowers, but in the case of Sarah Lambert Freeman’s Hive & Hollow, it’s the perfect chance to show locals what makes her floral services unique in the Valley ...

Visitors Power Valley Economy

Eau Claire has added ‘tourist town’ to its identity

Wed. Nov. 28th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

Throughout its history, Eau Claire has been a lumber town and an industrial town, and more recently a center of medicine, education, and art. Is it a tourist town, too? ...

Free Clinic Finds a Home

charitable medical provider poised to move into permanent space

Wed. Nov. 28th, 2018  |  Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Joel Pearish

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, which provides free medical services to people unable to afford them in the Chippewa Valley, will open the doors of its new and forever home ...

Q&A: Comedian Sean Patton talks Comedy and Eau Claire

Tue. Nov. 27th, 2018  |  Eric Christenson

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that Sean Patton is one of the funniest working comics in the country. For years, this man has been making the world bust a gut with his one-of-a-kind act which celebrates the goofiness of existence and the absurdity of life itself ...


Fri. Nov. 23rd, 2018  |  Yvette Flaten

That’s what her three sons // called her. Just Ma.