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Following the Current

an ambitious new museum exhibit explains how cultures have intersected over four centuries of Chippewa Valley history

There’s an old adage that you can never step into the same river twice. Even if the river appears unchanged, the chaotic flow of billions of water molecules, the impact of the elements, and the relentless passage of time mean ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Dec. 11, 2014

If you’ve been in our office/store during the holidays, or heck, if you’ve even driven by, you can see that Volume One is fairly obsessed with Christmas decorations. Which really means I am obsessed with Christmas decorations. And as with many ...

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Opening Letters

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Confluence Project momentum is building, and we’re now halfway there. But could we be dropping the ball?

For more than two years we’ve followed the initial progress on the biggest development proposal in the history of Eau Claire – the wobbly three-legged stool known as the Confluence Project. We’ve all watched it teeter back and forth ...

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The Rear End

Hating Homemade Christmas

the classic struggle of crafting your own Christmas gifts

The English language contains very few phrases capable of tearing a family completely apart in mere seconds. But there are a handful. And chief amongst them is the following series of five words: “Should we do Homemade Christmas?”

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Dec. 11, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by C.J. Conner

“The name of the piece is ‘Cardinals and Baling Twine,’ an acrylic painting done about 1994. I always learn something from each painting because I am a stickler for markings and such on animals and birds - but in this particular piece ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Dec. 11, 2014

A LIGHT BRIGHT FOR CHRISTMASTIME. On Thursday, Dec. 4, a host of locals gathered in Phoenix Park to see the lighting of the downtown Eau Claire park’s majestic new winter tree lights.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Hearing About Spearing

pop song stirs memories of 1980s treaty rights controversy

Not often does hearing a Mike + The Mechanics song remind you of a turmoil-ridden sports-related incident in our neck of the woods.

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Music

A Little Lighter

Sarah Krueger’s newest LP shines with unique voice, impressive supporting cast

It has been three years since Duluth-based (Eau Claire-born) Sarah Krueger’s debut full length Dancing with Phantoms twined listeners ‘twixt the tension of fixed and floating, with a cache of songs conceptually coalesced around the evocative ...

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Anna Covers Elsa

Chi-Hi grad to perform Frozen hits with symphony

Anna Johnson and Frozen: two great reasons to step out for the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Jubilee concert on Dec. 13 (not to mention the extraordinary 63-member orchestra from all walks of life led ...

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The Kings Are (Re)Born

bluesy Kingsnakes plan holiday revival show at The Plus

The day after Christmas, instead of chucking the tree onto the front curb and tangling up all your holiday lights, why don’t you head down to Pizza Plus for some sweet tunes from The Kingsnakes and South Farwell? The Kingsnakes are ...

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Stage

Back On Stage

new troupe to revive theater at Fanny Hill

When I heard earlier this year that the Fanny Hill was closing its dinner theater I felt that maybe the world had changed irrevocably for the worst: There was no longer a place to bring significant others for significant food while being ...

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Words

Facing the End Head On

former UWEC professor tells terminal teen’s story

Juggling the fine line between writing non-fiction and fiction simultaneously can be difficult for any writer. But for CeCelia Zorn, an Eau Claire local and former UW-Eau Claire nursing professor, it’s one she’s been embracing later ...

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LISTEN NOW: New fiction from Michael Perry

Perry’s to-be-released novel for adults shows a town reeling when the face of Jesus appears on a cow’s hide

Michael Perry is the kind of author who makes you scrap your lead sentence five times when you write about him. His prose is so full of poignant adjectives it’s like a silage-stuffed silo at the end of autumn – warm, pungent, and ready to nourish ...

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Visual Art

A Seasoned Theme

the art of Christmas at the Galaudet Gallery

Since mid-summer, siblings Vicki and Mike Milewski have been busy transitioning from a big-city Chicago art scene to the quieter Chippewa Valley environment. The duo are ambitious proprietors, sellers, and creators stationed at their ...

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Local Look

Home for the Holidays

new EC post office preserves tradition of locating downtown

It may be smaller, but the home of Eau Claire’s new post office feels familiar – and not just because of the crates of mail, the stacks of packing boxes, and the posters advertising Christmas stamps. It’s also familiar because ...

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Rhodes Less Traveled

UWEC senior only second in school history to win prestigious scholarship

UW-Eau Claire senior Tayo A. Sanders II recently achieved something only one other student in the university’s 98-year history has: He was named a Rhodes Scholar. Sanders, a materials science major from Neenah, is among the exclusive ...

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Following the Current

an ambitious new museum exhibit explains how cultures have intersected over four centuries of Chippewa Valley history

There’s an old adage that you can never step into the same river twice. Even if the river appears unchanged, the chaotic flow of billions of water molecules, the impact of the elements, and the relentless passage of time mean ...

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Food / Drink

Roll Out the Barrel

Menomonie wine bar fills nightlife niche

If you’re looking for something new to do in the Menomonie area, check out the Barrel Room, 320 Main St. E. The Barrel Room isn’t just your run-of-the-mill cocktail lounge: It’s a cozy and inviting wine bar, perfect for unwinding after a ...

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