Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

Finding Our Way

Northern Wisconsin adventure tests faith

When Conrad reaches for the gas pump, his jacket spreads to reveal a Green Bay Packer sweatshirt. The emblem is bigger than a watermelon. Above it, in lightning font, are these words: You Gotta Believe.

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The Rear End

The Other Side of Winter

loving winter means embracing its dark side ... meaning dirty snow

Let’s get one thing straight right away, Chuck. I like winter. I like winter a lot. And I think all you Wisconsinites out there complaining about the snow and the cold and the ice and the, um, snow ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 3, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Kim Vaughter

“During the cold winter month of January in 2010 whilst on break from intense schooling I sat in a sewing circle with some of my friends. This was where the first ‘Beastie’ was born. I wanted to create whimsical characters that were sewn together..."

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Opening Shots
Athletic Aesthetic

A Favre Cry

how leaving the Pack meant a Super Bowl spot, and joining the Viks meant a spot in the gutter

The definitive Green Bay Packer of the past two decades, a man so beloved in this state that I watched my radio station co-workers go into a panic at the mere rumor of his retirement over the last decade ...

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Music

Double Dose of Dubs

two new albums from Breakneck the Mage

Breakneck the Mage has been a busy man. After spending much of his time mixin’ beats and laying down tracks at Green Street Studios, his personal studio located in Chippewa Falls, Breakneck is ready to bless his fans with two new full-length ...

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Tasting the Bourbon

from blues to Zeppelin, Left Wing Bourbon has got you covered

This isn’t a band that hits soft or slow. Everything about their performance is full. ... These guys are polished, and they feed off each other as you might expect from a group that’s this closely knit.

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Frost Byte 2.0

massive jungle/Drums-n-Bass event invades Menomonie

Josh G. of One Love Productions summed it up best when I asked him why people should attend OLP’s Bass-Gasm 3 Pre Party.

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A Beastly Show

Backstage Concert Series to feature Laarks, Zoo Animal

Whoever said, “too much of a good thing is a bad thing,” must have had his good things and bad things all mixed up. Or he was tricking people so he could hoard good things for himself.

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Stage

Save Time, Next Year

Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild offers stage-full of romance

Forbidden romance is on the agenda for the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s production of Same Time, Next Year.

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Words

Shine On

Colfax author releases faith-based book

Those looking for divine inspiration and comfort may be able to find it in Christian author Alaine Sonnenberg’s new religious self-help book Shine On, published by Tate Publishing.

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Into the Mainstream

professors create book of essays on Queer Cinema

When two UW-Eau Claire faculty members went to a 2007 Midwest Modern Language Association to co-chair a panel on “New Queer Cinema,” they returned with a project that culminated recently in a book called Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema

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Visual Art

UWEC Gallery Digitizes

The Foster Gallery is opening the spring semester with a bang, as their current gallery exhibition features six artists from around the globe – artists whose works you may have already seen ...

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The One Room Gallery

former Downsville schoolhouse transformed into gallery

A former Downsville one-room schoolhouse that’s taken on various purposes since the 1950s has gotten its biggest facelift yet – and a new home. Its newest identity is a beautiful showroom for pottery and local craft works. It will also serve ...

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Banbury Art Crawl Returns

Banbury studio tour adds live entertainment, activities, food

For those who know, the Banbury Swan is more than just a work of art guarding the river. It marks a place of artistic gathering.

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Cinema

UWEC Lines Up Spring Films

UW-Eau Claire has officially kicked off its spring film series with popular releases from the past year (District 9 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), but there’s plenty yet to come.

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Local Look

Ticket to Adventure

an affordable tour of the area’s cultural offerings

Let’s say you haven’t experienced the cultural offerings of the Chippewa Valley – maybe you’re financially strapped, are debating whether it’s worth the cost, or are new to the area.

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Shortcuts | Feb. 3 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

Bad timing and lack of funding are to blame for the Eau Claire Area School District board’s rejection of a proposal to develop ENGAGE Public Creative Arts & Culture Charter School.

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Food / Drink

A Mountain of Flavor

Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse offers taste of teppanyaki

Chalk one up for Asian cuisine on the Chippewa Valley’s smorgasbord of dining options. Allow me to introduce Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse, a brand-new Japanese restaurant that has ...

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Recreation

Ice, Ice Boating

local father and daughter warm up to chilly sport

Ice boats are equipped with runners that skate over the ice three to four times the speed of the wind. After a short push, the sail catches the wind and the ice boat quickly takes off. Reaching speeds of 70 mph (some ice boats can top 100 mph).

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Punt Pass Kick Dominic

local teen wins NFL contest

As if it weren’t fantastic enough that the Packers made it to Super Bowl XLV, Eau Claire’s very own Dominic Berlin won the National NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition in the 14-15 age group.

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