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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Feb. 4, 2015

If you follow local headlines it’s been a fascinating last couple of weeks. One day we get news that the UW-System is likely getting gouged (again), this time to the tune of $300 million. The next, we get word that the governor’s budget proposal ...

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The Rear End

Hands Down

there’s a price for grabbing onto life

The skin on my knuckles has been dry and cracked for weeks. My fingertips, too. I’ve got little scabs from all the little places my skin has split open, letting little drops of blood slip through. It hurts to type.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 4, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art by Jenna Kippes

Jenna Kippes is a Midwest native who emulates her love of nature and the human form through ink, charcoal, and water media. Jenna’s body of work ranges from playful illustrations to ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Feb. 4, 2015

THE FAST AND THE 4-WHEELED FURIOUS. The Northwest Wisconsin Winter Fest and Games sprawled across Lake Altoona Jan. 23–25, featuring all manner of frosty fun, including ATV/motorcycle races.

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Music

Arms Abroad

local pop-punk sensation, Arms Aloft, reflects on their handful of European tours.

Exposed pipes, concrete floors, bad P.A.’s, crowds of sweaty kids squeezed in next to the washer and dryer, the weird and unidentifiable smells of an old basement: These things are all too familiar to the four guys in Arms Aloft, a punk band that ...

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Hitch Your Booze Cart to Pit Wagon

drinking songs long in the making find their home on self-titled debut album

Remaining as a small blip on the radar of the Chippewa Valley music scene for several years demonstrates a sort of genuine acclimation with the area – worthy of a Wisconsinite “G-pass” in the truest sense. It’s earned by playing the towny bars ...

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Terminate Any Expectations

semi-one-off free-jazz/noise-rock trio make it weird

When local musicians Dave Power, Ben Hinz, and Pat Kuehn got together a couple of months ago, none of them knew exactly what the end result would be. What happened was the formation of a new experimental noise-rock band ...

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A Night Full of Elvises (Elvisi?)

the King – or a bunch of Kings – come to town for an all-encompassing tribute to Elvis’ life, career, and music

The king will live and rock again. Elvis Lives, a touring Elvis tribute concert series, will bring the best of the best to Eau Claire’s State Theatre this February. The show will feature an all-star lineup of Elvis tribute artists ...

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Stage

Scorching Dance

Torch Sisters bring all-new kind of performance to local audiences

Eau Claire has seen its fair share of impressive talent but with their blazing hula hooping, acroyoga, aerial, fire, and dance skills combined, The Torch Sisters are bringing a new show to the stage that could very well be ...

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Two Directions

Last Five Years tells love story backwards, forwards

Remember when you could go to Fanny Hill and get brunch or dinner with your significant other, then finish the evening off with an enjoyable show? Well, beginning this month, dinner theater will return to Fanny Hill in the form of ...

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A Night Full of Elvises (Elvisi?)

the King – or a bunch of Kings – come to town for an all-encompassing tribute to Elvis’ life, career, and music

The king will live and rock again. Elvis Lives, a touring Elvis tribute concert series, will bring the best of the best to Eau Claire’s State Theatre this February. The show will feature an all-star lineup of Elvis tribute artists ...

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Friendship Despite Injury

award-winning play illustrates a lifelong friendship

Friendships have a track record of blossoming in strange places. Maybe it happens in the deli line, or outside a nightclub, or in the aftermath of a fender bender. Maybe, for Doug and Kayleen, characters in the Rajiv Joseph penned stage-play ...

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Words

Historical Harvest

EC native’s novel inspired by orphaned ancestor’s life

About a year and a half ago, Eau Claire native turned Floridian Steve Turk released a gripping historical thriller, Solomon’s Executioner, with great success. This past October, he released a new novel with a different, uplifting tone ...

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Read, Write, Love

17 romance writers plan V-Day gathering

Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of romance and love, and what a better way to spend it than meeting 17 local romance authors from10am to 1pm at Camille’s Sidewalk Café, 1120 122nd St., Chippewa Falls. Each hour will bring something new ...

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Essay: Finding Fannie

on an obsessive journey, Eau Claire writer B.J. Hollars roams from antique shop to headstone

While antiquing one day in Eau Claire, author B.J. Hollars came across a wedding certificate belonging to a Fannie H. Ingram. Driven by no more than obsessive curiosity, Hollars retraced her steps ...

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Visual Art

UW-Stout Showcases Work at Furlong Gallery

As a college student, it’s important to know a bit about your professors, their motivations and what influences them. The 2015 UW-Stout School of Art and Design Faculty Art Show can help you help with that. The show runs through Feb. 20 ...

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Crawling for the Confluence

Banbury Art Crawl artists have option to donate

The Banbury Art Crawl is a huge event during which members of the Chippewa Valley art community take over the spacy halls of Banbury Place to showcase and sell their work, but this year, they might feel an additional sense of purpose...

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Early Art Learners

UW-Stout’s AIM program targets early art education

A new art integration program has UW-Stout in sight. Over the next two years AIM (Art Integration Menomonie) will work to infuse art into the curriculum of kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. To do this, AIM will provide support ...

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Cinema

Dinner at the Movies?

Downtown Cinema’s fancy expansion will allow them to serve food and booze

Right now, if you look through the glass front doors of Eau Claire’s Downtown Cinema, you’ll just see one sad, solitary port-a-john and not much else. But beyond that, an exquisite renovation is underway as the twin-cinema mainstay tears down ...

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Local Look

Walker: $15M to Confluence

budget will include state funds for arts center, governor says

While proposed university funding cuts have caused anxiety in the Chippewa Valley, Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget includes one very bright spot for the region: a pledge of $15 million for the performing arts center proposed ...

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Food / Drink

Acoustic Café: Still Rocking

downtown EC hangout celebrates 20th year

Tucked on a corner in downtown Eau Claire, a well-known café where people of all ages and backgrounds gather for a refreshing meal, a cup of coffee, or to listen to some good music and catch up with friends, is celebrating its 20th anniversary ...

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A New Deal

Raw Deal reboots with menu, decor changes

The anthropology of a community space: embraced subtleties and their thoughtfulness can go unnoticed when you are the incredibly comfortable person, slinking into a plush chair with a hot cup of joe. One year ago, the Raw Deal family began ...

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Feelin’ Saucy: The Valley's hot new edible

from Chip Valley Salsa Co. comes Bulldog Hot Sauce, GMO-free – and hot

Bulldog Hot Sauce owner Alexis Lucas says her hot sauce is named after her husband, Jim, who is known to family and friends as a “bulldog” in the kitchen. However, I suspect that anyone who meets Alexis will see her as a bit of a bulldog as well ...

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Kid Culture

The Natural Approach

Bradley Method of childbirth training emphasizes role of father, value of drug-free labor

When Amanda and Tim Gunderson were preparing for the arrival of their first child four years ago, they became interested in an approach to natural childbirth known as the Bradley Method. No one taught it locally, however, so the couple ...

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Recreation

The Real Ice Bowl

the Devil’s Punchbowl is a winter paradise

Say “Ice Bowl” to Wisconsinites, and you’ll inevitably conjure images of the legendary 1967 Packers-Cowboys football game. But there’s another Ice Bowl, this one in the Chippewa Valley, and each winter it’s far more tangible than the grainy NFL ...

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Birthing Options: A Rundown

having a baby is an intensely personal experience, but there are numerous kinds of professionals who can guide and help expectant parents through a successful birth

Childbirth isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. Today, parents-to-be are increasingly able to personalize it to fit there needs and desires. Here in the Chippewa Valley, there are a growing range of options ...

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Special Sections

The Natural Approach

Bradley Method of childbirth training emphasizes role of father, value of drug-free labor

When Amanda and Tim Gunderson were preparing for the arrival of their first child four years ago, they became interested in an approach to natural childbirth known as the Bradley Method. No one taught it locally, however, so the couple ...

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