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Last Call: Prohibition in the Valley

almost a century ago, wets and drys battled on cultural lines over prohibition in the Chippewa Valley

The Chippewa Valley has a rich and frothy history when it comes to beer and other alcoholic substances and the breweries and saloons where said substances were, of course, fermented and imbibed. In fact, if you happen to pick up ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Oct. 30, 2014

People here really love their local history. I have to imagine that’s true many places, but it sure seems like the Chippewa Valley citizenry might love to talk about the past a bit more than most. Especially former local businesses. With that in ...

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The Rear End

Carve It Out

spotlighting local pride via the humble jack-o-lantern

There is power in pumpkins. A few weeks back, a Volume One reader was looking for something local to carve into this year’s jack-o-lantern, and they had a hard time coming up with any kind of iconic imagery ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Oct. 30, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Laura Middlesworth

“This piece is part one of two created for an album recently released by local band Dames. The guys – Dan, James, and Evan – were most interested in a one-of-a-kind piece to use for the album’s cover and let me run with a casual mention ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Oct. 30, 2014

GUITAR HERO. On Friday, Oct. 24, living guitar legend Buddy Guy visited the State Theatre. Guy’s body of work has had a fundamental impact on multiple generations of blues and rock ’n’ roll guitarists.

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Music

Going Free-Style

CF native drums for ex-Ween member’s band

The growing tangle of branches on the music tree that links the Chippewa Valley to some of the most well-known rockers around the Midwest and the country has sprouted yet another notable limb.

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Like Gang Busters

UWEC Jazz pulls out stops for Gatsby’s Gala event

Somewhere along the line of a silver platter-bearing butler knocking at your door with an invitation addressed from “Jay,” to climbing through a rustic, password-protected entranceway, you’ll find the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble’s take ...

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ECCO takes on Handel’s Messiah

staging of holiday epic will mirror its 1742 original debut

Handel’s Messiah will be performed much like its premier in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, with a small choir and chamber orchestra at the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s “Glorious Vibrations” concert on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30pm ...

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The Embellishment Reunites for One-Off Show

If Pavement can do it, what the hay! Eau Claire band The Embellishment may have disbanded nearly 15 years ago, but that’s not stopping them from assembling a one-time reunion show at the House of Rock (422 Water St.) Saturday, Nov. 22 ...

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Chigliak Preps 12 Rods Vinyl Reissue

12 Rods were a pop group from Minneapolis who called it quits after their last album, Lost Time, which was released – as coincidence would have it – 12 years ago. Now with the help of Justin Vernon’s “lost art” record-revival label ...

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Four Friends Finding Folk

Them Coulee Boys release homegrown debut album

I love a good summer camp movie. You got Heavyweights, you got Wet Hot American Summer … they’re all great! (OK, they’re not all great.) They’re all just about a bunch of casual friends whose short, limited time together creates a very ...

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Reporting Back

Field Report, Aero Flynn House of Rock gig marks homecoming for both

Chris Porterfield has a way with words. There’s probably a better way to say that, but after the 45-minute trip through Field Report’s excellent second album, Marigolden, it’s more tempting to let him speak for himself ...

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Stage

The Truth On Trial

dialogue dominates in CVTG’s A Few Good Men

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild is back with its newest production, A Few Good Men. The play-turned-film was written in 1989 by Aaron Sorkin, who went on to create The West Wing and The Newsroom. The play centers on the ...

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A Play of Their Own

middle school commissions script from L.A. playwright

University and community theater groups in the Chippewa Valley have brought to life many wonderful productions over the years, bringing the region well-deserved acclaim as an exciting place to get involved in the theater. At the moment ...

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Words

Below the Knees

Eau Claire author pens a cute lost-and-found tale

Summer may have faded into memory, but it’s never too late for a good summertime children’s story. Eau Claire author Joanne Linden offers just that in her new book Ben & Zip: Two Short Friends. Ben & Zip is a cute lost-and-found tale that ...

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Visual Art

Stark's America

our culture defined through the eyes of artist Larry Stark

Something Old and Something New is a photography-based show about culture in America as seen over decades by conceptual artist and printmaker Larry Stark. An important local artist, Stark has made interesting, intelligent, nationally ...

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Cinema

Space On the Screen

CF Micon gets sneak peak of Nolan flick on 35mm

Turns out Christopher Nolan, the director and producer of psych-thriller films like Memento, Inception and of course, the hugely popular Dark Knight trilogy, is a bit of a classic film nerd. Starting Nov. 4, Nolan’s newest effort ...

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Local Lit

Ode to the Lovers Upstairs

Just one floor above us, they pound the joists / with such intensity our windows shake / and our plaster ceiling reverberates / with each groan and turn and spring-loaded creak.

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Local Look

Celebration & Relocation

spurned by Water Street, winter parade shifts to Grand Avenue

After it was evicted from its original home on Water Street earlier this year, things were looking bleak for the Clearwater Winter Parade. And while the decision to keep it going nonetheless isn’t exactly a Christmas miracle, it’s good news ...

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Development Plans Sought for Downtown Sites

The Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority is looking for developers who’ve got good ideas for the future of the former post office and a nearby parking lot on North Barstow Street. The RDA, which owns the two downtown parcels, recently ...

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Coworking Collaboration

UW-Eau Claire partners with WorkSpace to give entrepreneurship students a taste of coworking

The business world is in the middle of a transition from giant, elaborate corporate structures to smaller, entrepreneurial ventures and innovative startups. With that change comes a shift in work mentality as well. No longer is business ...

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Food / Drink

That’s the Spirit

What do you get when you distill beer into whiskey? Beerskey, of course.

Ask a college student about the perils of mixing alcohol – namely spirits and beer – and you’ll likely be treated to a little ditty proclaiming, “Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.” But, what happens ...

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Back to Life

Chippewa Falls’ legendary (and legendarily haunted) Sheeley House reopens

After serving customers for well over a century, the closing of a local business with history dating back to the Civil War era felt strangely sudden. In hindsight, the Sheeley House Saloon in Chippewa Falls embodies an element of permanence ...

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History Served Hot: Evolutions in Coffee

Why do we love coffee so much here in the Chippewa Valley? It could be in the water – literally.

Long before words like “espresso” and “latte” entered everyday English, long before there was a coffee shop on every corner, and long before every gas station featured a “cappuccino” dispenser, coffee was an integral part of Chippewa Valley ...

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Ugly Muggin’

We scoured Valley thrift and antique stores for the cheesiest and weirdest coffee mugs around.

We scoured Valley thrift and antique stores for the cheesiest and weirdest coffee mugs around.

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Last Call: Prohibition in the Valley

almost a century ago, wets and drys battled on cultural lines over prohibition in the Chippewa Valley

The Chippewa Valley has a rich and frothy history when it comes to beer and other alcoholic substances and the breweries and saloons where said substances were, of course, fermented and imbibed. In fact, if you happen to pick up ...

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Kid Culture

A Play of Their Own

middle school commissions script from L.A. playwright

University and community theater groups in the Chippewa Valley have brought to life many wonderful productions over the years, bringing the region well-deserved acclaim as an exciting place to get involved in the theater. At the moment ...

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Longfellow Kids Set Course for Adventure

Longfellow Elementary School teachers Sarah Duerre and Carrie Gee, along with Holly Larson and UW-Eau Claire, have created Adventure Kids, an outdoor learning experience for their school’s 60 fifth graders. Additional leadership comes ...

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Recreation

Time to Hit the Sheets (of Ice)

in Eau Claire, learning to curl is just a stone’s throw away

Curling doesn’t get much exposure. Sure, folks get intrigued by it when the Winter Olympics roll around. But it’s not a featured scholastic sport. It’s not a spectator sport. But is it a full body workout? Jeff Thompson of ...

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DVD Mixes Cardio, Core – and Indie Rock

Every good workout needs a great soundtrack, and a new locally created exercise DVD will do just that. Jeff Rogers of Rogcity Fitness, sometimes known as “Bon Iver’s personal trainer,” has been working on his second music-infused workout ...

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Other Stuff

International Fabrics

annual campus culture fair celebrates the world’s cloth

“Fabrics of the World” is the theme of UW-Eau Claire’s International Folk Fair on Sunday, Nov. 2, from noon to 4pm in the Davies Center. The event will feature the patterns, styles, and textures of fabrics, textiles, and artifacts ...

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