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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | March 20, 2014

We talk a lot in big, sweeping community terms in Volume One – usually about and for the broader population and readership. But right now I’m going to get personal. I know you’re sick of hearing/talking/reading about the Confluence Project ...

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Opening Letters

Neighborly Debate

after the April 1 election, our commitment to this community will remain

Recently a neighbor asked me what I thought about the proposed Confluence Project. He didn’t ask if I was “for it,” or “against it.” He just wanted to discuss it. I liked that ...

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The Rear End

He's Busting Out

my kid really loves making things ... and hitting those things

My four-year-old son is obsessed with making piñatas. He had his first memorable thwack at one last summer at a friend’s birthday party, and ever since he’s maintained a healthy love for constructing his own version of the festive party ...

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Cover Art
Opening Shots

Opening Shot | March 20, 2014

On March 6, Tiit Raid (above) and Peter Phippen played “Shading” at UWEC’s Foster Gallery – a visual/auditory piece by Australian artist Catherine Schieve. The piece combines hieroglyphics as musical score and art – various forms of music ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Cool Running

EC teen among Flying Eagles with sky-high ski-jump dreams

While you were spending the Winter Olympics watching 10-hour-old prime-time replays of the action on TV and fretting over how to shovel seven inches of some of the most dense snow we have seen around here in some time, 15-year-old Fred Running ...

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Music

Natural Instincts

S. Carey’s sophomore album connects with the world around us

Coming into S. Carey’s sophomore full-length (and third release), you’d expect a record with more poise and maturity. And he absolutely delivers. The Eau Claire-based singer/songwriter/jazz player/Bon Iver member blends his influences ...

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Tapes Before Lions

Hounds Before Lions has been creeping up in the Eau Claire music scene, bringing its contemplative indie rock to venues around town. The group finished its first recordings late in 2013, but now they have a physical release ...

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High School Musical

For 10 years now Wisconsin high schoolers have had an outlet to get some pretty sweet attention, studio time and gear from the statewide Launchpad Battle Of The Bands. The competition pits high school bands of all varieties (rock, metal, ska ...

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Get Gone

Letters From Earth unleashes new tracks

Have you ever felt the need to fly through space, while rocking out and dancing to some of the most epic music you could get your hands on? Me neither. But Eau Claire band Letters From Earth would be the perfect music choice if you ...

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Viennese Ball

annual social event brings elegance to Davies Center

The “Kaiserball” in Vienna, Austria, is a huge social event known for its grand elegance, and for 40 years that atmosphere has been reflected at UW-Eau Claire’s own annual Viennese Ball. Dressed in formal gowns and tuxedos, those attending ...

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Stage

Showdown Lowdown

The year is 1889 in an old gold mining town called Gold Town. Locals spend their day panning for tiny flecks of precious gold, not knowing they’re sitting over the mother lode of all gold veins. In nearby Fandango, greedy railroad baron Bart ...

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The Grand Illusion

magician duo brings its tricks to the State Theatre

From Harry Potter to magicians pulling rabbits out of their hats, we have all had a little magic in our lives whether or not we believe in it. Come March 21, Eau Claire is about to get a little mystical. Award-winning illusionists The Spencers ...

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Words

Talking In (Lots of) Tongues

Admit it, how many of you – besides the hordes of creative writing majors at UW-Eau Claire – actually read poetry? It’s some scary form of writing that your high school English teacher made you dissect and wring out every possible meaning ...

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Songs In the Key of Life

sisters share inspirational stories in joint book

In the touching story of two sisters growing up in a life of musical and spiritual fulfillment, Moira Kneer and Helen Gierke’s Singing My Sister to Sleep: Life Songs is an inspirational read that takes the reader on their path through ...

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Visual Art

Monstrously Beautiful

exhibit explores how we perceive what’s ‘ugly'

The Janet Carson Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Imagining Otherness: Catching Sight of Monstrosity,” seeks to explore the theme of monstrosity in its various forms. It will be open through April 25, so make sure to check it out before it’s gone ...

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Cinema

Feasting On Tomfoolery

a Q&A with the Found Footage guys on their latest prank

Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have made a career out of weird, awkward videos. The UWEC grads now based in New York created the Found Footage Festival in 2004, which collects VHS tapes of public access shows, infomercials, self-help tutorials ...

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Thrown Together

EC-produced kubb film follows journey to championship

The U.S. National Kubb Tournament has called Eau Claire home since 2008, and the community has really embraced the Nordic lawn game as a proud aspect of our culture. Certain enthusiastic community members have played a major role ...

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Local Look

Native Land

Ho-Chunk, UWEC partnership will create cultural learning community

Going away to college can be disruptive for any student, and that’s especially true for Native American young people who may be leaving tight-knit tribal communities to live within mainstream American culture for the first time. UW-Eau Claire ...

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Questioning the Locals | Chue Xiong

get to know your neighbors, one question at a time

Chue Xiong hadn’t been out of school for many years himself when he mounted a successful campaign last spring to be elected to the Eau Claire school board. “There are a few motivators,” Xiong says when asked about why he ran for office ...

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Realityworks Lets Sparks Fly with State Award

Eau Claire has another reason to be proud of its businesses: Local company Realityworks Inc. has won the 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Special Award for Innovation Excellence for its newest product, the teachWELD Welding Simulator ...

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Food / Drink

That’s A Tasty Burger: 3 Local Favorites

the best of grilled goodness in the Chippewa Valley

A BURGER IS A BLANK CANVAS. The medium can be shaped and shifted into a small, thin, 69 cent McD’s snack or a grass-fed, organic, fancy entrée. So being the best burger joint in town has nothing to do with how much it costs or whether there’s ...

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Local Eats by The Numbers

a few stats and tidbits we found interesting while we contacted every one of the Chippewa Valley’s restaurants and bars

A few stats and tidbits we found interesting while we contacted every one of the Chippewa Valley’s restaurants and bars when compiling our 2014 dining/tavern guide.

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5 of Eau Claire's Timeless Taverns

exploring the stories behind of some of the Chippewa Valley’s historic watering holes

In a place with so much history, it’s no surprise that many of our drinking establishments – and the buildings they call home – have long and fascinating stories. The places where we now gather with friends for a few beverages ...

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Kid Culture

The Cuddle Season

Govin’s Farm to host annual lamb and chick extravaganza

th snow still on the ground, thinking spring right now is a challenge. Enter John and Julie Govin’s ninth annual Lambing Time at the Farm. Located just east of Menomonie on Interstate 94, you can see Govin’s from the highway. This year’s events ...

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Recreation

Thrown Together

EC-produced kubb film follows journey to championship

The U.S. National Kubb Tournament has called Eau Claire home since 2008, and the community has really embraced the Nordic lawn game as a proud aspect of our culture. Certain enthusiastic community members have played a major role ...

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Other Stuff

Viennese Ball

annual social event brings elegance to Davies Center

The “Kaiserball” in Vienna, Austria, is a huge social event known for its grand elegance, and for 40 years that atmosphere has been reflected at UW-Eau Claire’s own annual Viennese Ball. Dressed in formal gowns and tuxedos, those attending ...

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