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Features

Our Christmas Story

Picking a book for your child under normal conditions is risky business enough, but picking a book to introduce your two-and-a-half-year-old child to Jesus, choosing those words, and, more importantly perhaps, the pictures that will be his ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Dec. 19, 2013

I’m guessing many of you didn’t see this year’s Clearwater Winter Parade down Water Street, in person or on TV. That’s because it was about three below zero outside that Sunday, Dec. 15 (and 15 below with the wind chill), so you probably wisely ...

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Opening Letters

Just Say No to 'Yes or No'

the current petition for a Confluence Project referendum undermines the function of representative government and presents a fundamental, adverse change in how the City may handle future projects

Certain members of our community are circulating a petition for direct legislation that would require a binding referendum to be held for any capital project of $1 million or more relating to the arts. While some may think that this petition ...

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The Rear End

A Cold Winter's Playground

surviving one of Wisconsin’s most hostile environments

One of the dumbest things I’ve ever done was trying to shove my chubby little snowsuit-clad grade school body through a hastily dug tunnel in a snowbank while my friends laid on top and yelled at me.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Dec. 19, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Samual Weinberg

“The spaces that the characters inhabit are psychological sets; they are imagined spaces, and are in large part completely built before anyone or anything is invited in. There are often contradictions, parallels, repetitions, and echos ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Dec. 19, 2013

S. CAREY DEBUTS A NEW MUSICAL INVENTION, THE DRUMPIANO. Sean Carey and Jeremy Boettcher of S. Carey played at the Volume One Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the Jingle Jams series.

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Athletic Aesthetic

The Dome We Called Home

saying goodbye to Minneapolis’ much-loved and much-hated stadium

Saying goodbye to your longtime home, or any place that you frequently visit, is almost always a little difficult. There comes a certain amount of comfort or familiarity, no matter the level of adequacy of the actual building. Perhaps it has ...

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Music

Dwarfcraft Adds to Its Stable of Pedals

Dwarfcraft Devices has been serving up fuzz and noise to the world from right here in the Chippewa Valley for years, but a recent acquisition might branch them out even more. The Eau Claire-based guitar pedal company recently took over ...

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Meet Barry

Broadway performer, a UWEC grad, writes album of original songs

From UW-Eau Claire to Broadway, Barry Anderson has been making his mark. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 2000 with a music education degree, the Osseo native moved on to work on many different theatrical productions such as the Broadway ...

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Über Shows on the Way

Eau Claire House of Rock bringing the hits in coming weeks

The day after Christmas often brings hangovers from candy and cookies and, well, actual hangovers. But you better get your butt in gear because this year it also brings one of the biggest shows of the year: a homecoming of sorts for EC’s own ...

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Words

Off Like a Shot

debut novel generating international buzz, Hollywood interest

Just in case you have ever wondered about this sort of thing, here is how an interview with a western Wisconsin author might go. The author and interviewer meet at the author’s house at a mutually agreed-upon time that allows ...

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Visual Art

Get the Party Started

Sometimes the only thing to do in winter is throw a party. That’s exactly what three artists are doing at the Acoustic Café, 102 Main St., in Menomonie all through the month of December. Art Party is a show featuring the work of local artists ...

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Stout's Muppet Show

students study with Jim Henson Company

It’s tough not to love Jim Henson’s creations. The man behind the Muppets, Sesame Street and plenty of other colorful, scraggly puppet monsters has sewn himself in the cultural fabric of the last five decades, and now a group of 22 students ...

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Local Look

Bringing It Downtown

Visit Eau Claire’s plans add to Confluence Project news

Visit Eau Claire wants its headquarters to be part of the Confluence Project, and the tourism promotion agency is willing to make an investment to ensure the proposed performing arts center/mixed-use development succeeds.

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Food / Drink

Pull Up a Pint at New Eau Claire Ale House

If you are looking for a place for a holiday get-together, a reunion with friends, or a family neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name, get yourself to the Eau Claire Ale House at the corner of Clairemont and Menomonie on Eau Claire’s ...

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Recreation

Catchin’ the Red Eye

IT’S A PRETTY UNIQUE THRILL to be skiing down a mountain, poles up bouncing off the fresh powder as you guide yourself through the pristine winter scene. For the last 40 years, the Red Eye Ski Club has pursued that exact feeling, taking trips ...

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What to Do at the New Pinehurst Park

If you want to ski, sled, snowboard, skate, or snowshoe in the Chippewa Valley, look no further than Pinehurst Park on Eau Claire’s north side. Over the past year a dedicated group of volunteers has put in countless hours transforming ...

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Other Stuff

End of the Adventure

outdoor TV legend Carlson retires with his show

Dave Carlson’s office is much what you’d expect of an award-winning broadcaster and writer who’s been telling outdoor tales for more than four decades. His desk is covered in a profusion of papers, videotapes, and discs; above them hangs ...

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