Articles in this Issue

Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Nov. 27, 2014

We’re wrapping up this issue just in time for Thanksgiving. And while hopefully most of us have the opportunity to pause and think about the things we’re personally thankful for this time of year, I also want to mention a list of things ...

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Opening Letters

Big Local Chuckles

thanks to a unique open mic experience at The Plus, the local standup comedy scene is beautiful, growing

I climbed out of bed with a splitting headache, no clean socks, and shoes so beat up they’ll mainly be tape and glue until my next payday. But today is a great day – I get to see live comedy ...

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The Rear End

This Is What We Know About the Cold

exploring this thing that's so central to our wintertime life

Old Man Winter came to us early this year. Fast and quiet beneath a starlit sky, he slipped down the streets of our city, dragging his skinny ice-capped fingers across our windowsills, his diamond-hard eyes scanning for cracks ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Nov. 27, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Jen Clausen

“I wanted to create a funny and paradoxical situation evocative of Midwestern culture. I decided on incorporating whitetail deer because hunting season has long been ingrained into the natural heritage of our area and was drawing increasingly ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Nov. 27, 2014

CROON TIME. Brooke Nicole Sjoquist was among the performers on Nov. 14 when Eau Claire Jazz Inc. (in partnership with UW-Eau Claire) presented Gatsby’s Gala at the Davies Center. The jazz age-themed dance took cues from The Great Gatsby’s ...

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Music

Music Quick Hits | Nov. 27, 2014

some super short updates on the Chippewa Valley music scene

Local indie-pop stalwarts Meridene are in the process of recording a new full-length, the first truly new album since their yearlong hiatus ...

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More True Than Trippy

Wealthy Relative finds a way to be a person

There’s a lanky figure with a mess of bleached hair standing on stage alongside his longtime cohort Sayth at an open mic event at The Plus, and without so much as a “hello” he begins his set by slipping an anomalous icebreaker ...

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Turning the World Around

Civil Rights Pilgrimage inspires student’s album

Singer songwriter Adam Schneider’s project Turning Away is a compelling and powerful set of 10 songs laden with meaning and soul. Adam’s rich music is complimented by apple-butter-on-warm-toast smooth vocals ...

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Two Nights In Taxi Town

Love Taxi throws it in gear for two-night Mousetrap gig

Eau Claire’s youngster big band, Love Taxi, is gonna take you around the block a couple of times before they’re through playing their two-night Love Taxi Weekend Spectacular at the Mousetrap. Featuring big band renditions of classic ...

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Stage

Off the Top

Improv Fest organizers ‘Yes, and...’ their way to bigger and better festival

Two years ago I wrote a feature story in this magazine about Eau Claire’s burgeoning improv scene, and at the time, it was just that. Burgeoning. There were a couple of teams here and there. Eau Claire Memorial High School’s ...

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Christmas Chaos

Theatre Guild’s Pageant showcases young talent

A very funny and charming play that will be great for the whole family is how director Kimberly Butnick described The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the next production in the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s season. Butnick is very excited ...

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Ingalls On Stage

theater presents Christmas with Little House family

A play that demonstrates how the bonds of family can overcome hardship, the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas will be the perfect show to attend if you’re looking from some quality time with ...

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Words

Chaos Theory

retired UWEC professor’s book explores the role of chance in our lives

One small, seemingly insignificant action could change your life forever. For example, you leave your house a little later than usual for work and drive by a car accident. You get that weird feeling that if you would have left on time, maybe ...

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Season's Readings

children’s book explores a Wisconsin Christmas

Mid-November may have seemed too early for Christmassy weather, but it wasn’t too early for Christmassy books. In fact, it’s almost too late for them, at least in publishing industry terms. Eau Claire author Caroline Akervik says ...

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Visual Art

Beads of Brousseau

Twin Cities beadwork artist endures life’s trials with art

Brenda Brousseau was about 10 years old when her grandmother took her to an exhibit of Native American beadwork at the Grout Museum of History and Science in Waterloo, Iowa, her hometown. The exhibit featured all sorts ...

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Local Lit

The Dark Season

"In our closest neighbor’s field winter wheat has come up, a desperate, violently green blanket. / Further down the road they’ve left last year’s corn stubble all season, not bothering to plant. / There was no spring fug of “old gold” being ..."

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Local Look

Turning A New Page

groundbreaking ceremony marks start of downtown’s biggest project ever

After two and a half years of planning, public debate, political campaigning, demolition, and preparation, ground was broken – at least symbolically – on Nov. 11 for the first phase of the Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Food / Drink

Fresh From the Oven

catering business owners will soon open bakery, deli

Eau Claire residents are opening up a new catering business turned bakery and deli, offering a wide variety of homemade baked goods and delicious breakfast and lunch items.

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Recreation

Whoya Think You Are?

party game designed to elicit humor, insights

If you don’t know Justin Hertz, you probably should. The Eau Claire native is a sweet guy, which is evident in his “Kindrally” group on Facebook, his encouraging words to those connected with him, and his music (which you can check ...

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Undead On Arrival

best friends create zombie-battling role-playing game

Grab a plant or a coffee pot: It’s time to pick a weapon and prepare for a zombie invasion. Do you think you and your friends could use everyday objects to defeat the dead? Now is your chance to give it a shot and get creative.

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