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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Jan. 17, 2013

We recently started a new thing at the Volume One office for 2013. It’s called TED Talk Tuesdays. The first Tuesday of the month, late in the day, our staff gathers in the V1 Gallery to have a beer and watch a “TED Talk” or a similarly interesting...

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Opening Letters

Rightly Placed

reflections on six generations of Chippewa Valley locals

When my son, Frank, was born last year, he became the first member of my family’s sixth generation to reside in the Chippewa Valley. Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to say that I live in the same place that my family has lived for so many generations...

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The Rear End

Serious Like an Art Attack

that funny feeling we feel when we try to talk about art

I have never received any kind of training in art appreciation. When I see a piece of visual art that I enjoy, for whatever reason, on whatever level, I don’t take the time to really analyze the situation. I don’t say much. I don’t explode out ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Jan. 17, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Anna Kaiser

“Friendly Neighbor is one of five three-dimensional bird pieces on display in the Two Lives in Art show at the Volume One Gallery.  Inspiration for the bird series was brought upon by my desire to build a large-scale bird feeder.  When I began ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Jan. 17, 2013

Attack of the Ice Nessie! Spotted on Wednesday, January 9, the “Loch Chip Monster” – the mysterious Nessie-shaped concrete sculpture that appeared last summer – returned to the Chippewa River for a brief time. This time made of the frozen water ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Club Lambeau

fervent fans and a frosty field like none other in the NFL

I recently finished reading a book on the U.S. Senate called “The Most Exclusive Club.” For many of us, that term applies to those fortunate enough to get tickets to a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field. You may know the gargantuan ...

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Music

High Concept

Our Judgment returns with ferocious second album

Sophomore years tend to suck. Cocky and callow, it’s a tough grade to teach. As a college student, I found myself in the proverbial slump, raw and disconnected from my peers, Propagandhi’s “Middle Finger Response” caterwauling in my brain on ...

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Chorus of Huskies Converge for Commencement

Eau Claire’s North High School recently turned 50 years old, and to celebrate five decades of education, the school is getting the band back together. Well, more like the choir. North will be celebrating its birthday throughout 2013, and to ...

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Stage

Drug Fueled

UWEC Players explore drug culture, sandwiches

Three people are working in a sandwich shop when, in an act of defiance, someone is dosed with a hit of acid. Sound interesting? That’s the story told in Drop, a new play presented by the UWEC Players, whose productions are completely written ...

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Cabaret XXXV

UW-Eau Claire’s annual cabaret celebrates 35 years

Happy birthday, Cabaret! UW-Eau Claire’s annual faculty-supervised, student-organized variety show celebrates its 35th anniversary this year with the theme “School Day.” Featuring five groups of student musicians, “Cabaret production has evolved ...

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Words

A Poetic Position

EC writer Max Garland named WI’s new poet laureate

It is poetic justice that someone named Max Garland would win a top prize in his field; it’s even more poetic when that field is poetry. Garland, an Eau Claire resident and UW-Eau Claire English professor, was named Wisconsin’s poet laureate in ...

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Writers and Readers

local wordsmith event comes to the Mabel Tainter

If you like writing, reading, or both, the Mabel Tainter has an event for you! The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie will host A Mid-Winter Gathering of Writers and Readers from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. The gathering will be...

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Visual Art

Erik & Anna

new exhibit from Menomonie artist duo

Local artists Erik Christenson and Anna Kaiser have put on several art shows in the Chippewa Valley and the Twin Cities. To them, every show is exciting. But their latest show includes a touch of something more special than usual ...

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Local Look

Grocery Money

closing of Charly’s prompts questions about economic development incentives

Since the creation of the Phoenix Park neighborhood began nearly a decade ago, the Camelot of downtown development has been a grocery store: a mythical, mystic locale spoken of in hushed tones by starry-eyed dreamers.

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Food / Drink

Lazy Monk Brewing Dances the Can-Can

Eau Claire’s own Lazy Monk Brewing is busting at the seams. The not-quite-two-year-old brewery opened a tap room last year in Banbury Place and is already expanding, doubling in size over the next few months and putting in a new bar. Lazy Monk ...

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Building the Empire

Cicione’s reinvents itself, puts focus on beer

Sitting behind the bar at Empire American Bar & Grill is a sign that simply reads, “If you don’t like the food, drink more beer.” The good news is that you’ll probably like the food. Regardless, you’ll probably find yourself drinking more beer.

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