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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Nov. 7, 2013

OK, fair warning, Volume One and The Local Store are officially fully geared up for the holidays. Not only do we have our huge holiday catalog inside this very issue (starting on page 27), but I’m also almost embarrassed to say the ...

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Opening Letters

Coming in Third

we’ve all got work and home, but Eau Claire is the perfect ‘third place’

The notion of a third place has always enchanted me. The concept – and I am in no way being original here – is that our lives are anchored to home and work which are our first and second places. The third place travels beyond those two ...

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The Rear End

Your Hay Bales Are Dumb

no longer will this seasonal decoration go uncriticized

Why do you people have little bales of hay on your doorsteps? Why do you have dried-out cornstalks bundled together next to your mailbox? I understand you are a fan of the autumn season ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Nov. 7, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Barbara Shafer

"Until a few years ago, the only subjects of Barbara’s paintings were dancers, the result of her interest and involvement in both the visual arts and modern dance and her early experiences as a sculptor. Three-dimensional form, energy, spatial ..."

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Opening Shots
Music

A New Semester

new duo hopes to build on past success

Eau Claire has a new band in town that everyone can relate to. Kyle Culver (guitar, songwriter, electronics, and other instrumentation) and Matt Hasenmueller (vocals and guitar) are The Millenium, a two-piece band that is all about staying young ...

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Local Jazz Dream Team

Liscio’s veteran musicians tackle traditional styles

Whether it’s funk bands playing at the bars, college jazz combos playing in coffee shops, or even a live big band playing the hits of the ’40s, in a musically enlightened area like the Chippewa Valley you can find just about any style of jazz ...

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The Missing Ink

Zorn Arena to host nationally touring hip-hop artist

Los Angeles-based rapper Kid Ink may be a relative newcomer to the national hip-hop scene, but he’s already leaving an indelible mark among fans, especially on the Internet ...

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Stage

A Big Plus for Comedy

open mic offers right vibe for local stand-up comics

Stand-up comedy begins with Barry White. It’s tradition at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire. The host introduces each comic in his best Barry White impression (with help from the sound equipment) ...

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Caught in the Web

UWEC alum tackles online dating in comedy series

“Love is complicated, Match is simple.” “Live. Love. True love could be right around the corner.” Online dating sites like Match, True, eHarmony and more use dating slogans like these, grabbing the attention of singles looking for love ...

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Words

Tale of Wood and Water

northwoods experiences key to writer’s latest novel

A few short years ago, Peter Hubin was submitting stories to The Country Today newspaper and writing for the History of Washburn County and the Washburn County Historical Society ...

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Visual Art

Still Life Unbound

Barbara Shafer branches out with plant paintings

This month, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is showing “Plant Forms,” an exhibit of new work by award-winner local artist Barbara Shafer. Shafer is a long-standing artistic presence in Eau Claire ...

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Local Lit
Local Look

'Unexhibited'

pair of CV Museum exhibits closing after two decades

Starting in 1991, when visitors have entered the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park and looked to their left, they have seen the long-running “Paths of the People” exhibit ...

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A Vote of Confidence

Eau Claire City Council pledges $5 million to Confluence Project

While the idea for the Confluence Project has been debated, promoted, altered, panned, and praised for more than a year and a half, it is has essentially remained just an idea ...

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Food / Drink

Brewing a Fair Trade

A local nonprofit connects Wisconsin with coffee farmers around the world in a way that helps farmers and gets us the best beans.

In the uber-caffeinated world of coffee, dozens of buzzwords, like “organic,” “local” and “fair-trade” exist. But, the local Farmer to Farmer project has thrown a new one into the mix by being one of the first non-profit coffee companies ...

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Special Sections

Turned Upside-Down

guitarist who overcame condition headlines epilepsy gala

Finger-picking acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin is noteworthy for more than the albums he has released, the awards he has won, and the tours he has undertaken. The Minnesota-based New Age musician ...

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Brewing a Fair Trade

A local nonprofit connects Wisconsin with coffee farmers around the world in a way that helps farmers and gets us the best beans.

In the uber-caffeinated world of coffee, dozens of buzzwords, like “organic,” “local” and “fair-trade” exist. But, the local Farmer to Farmer project has thrown a new one into the mix by being one of the first non-profit coffee companies ...

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Coffee Sins

Many of us make our own coffee in the morning (or evening), but what are we messing up when we don’t leave it to the pros?

DON’T LET IT SIT THERE. “The biggest sin is probably leaving it on the burner,” says Scott Rogers of Gloria Jean’s Coffees in Eau Claire. “Once coffee is brewed it will deteriorate in quality in about an hour and a half.” ...

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Sipping Seminar

Gloria Jean’s can help you hone your coffee palate

Back in the old days, when Midwestern coffee was often indistinguishable from dishwater, everyday coffee drinkers weren’t too picky ...

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Drip, Drop, Drip

Half Moon Tea & Spice might specialize in the leaves, but they’ve also got beans roasted around the region for “pour over” coffee.

For most, coffee isn’t a very complicated process. You throw some grounds into a pot and boom! You’ve got a little watery kick to get you through the day ...

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