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Features

The Value of Wilderness: A Hunter’s Perspective

My son and I sit motionless in our tree – two shallow-breathing shadows – shoulder to shoulder above an invisible world. Bright stars move, as if pushed by a gentle breeze, across the inky black. Andromeda and Cassiopeia slip in gentle arcs; there are times when we can almost hear the earth rolling on its belly ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | October 28, 2015

Big news, Volume One is hiring! If you’ve got a background in English and an eye for detail, this might be your chance to join the Volume One team. We’re hiring what we call our Resource & Listings Editor – a core part of our team that manages vast reservoirs of information including listings of events, businesses ...

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Opening Letters

Ode to the Gemini

it’s easy to be nostalgic about our legendary drive-in theater’s unbeatable atmosphere

My friend and former neighbor, B.J. Hollars, posted a photo to Facebook in late September with a photo of his young son’s silhouette in front of the huge 90-foot movie screen showing Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) framed in the dusky, dark blue sky. “Last night at the drive-in,” it read ...

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The Rear End

Probable Gobble

an unsolicited tour through my holiday dinner

My dad occasionally shoots turkeys, but I’ve never eaten one of them. I’m not against eating wild turkey, I’ve just never been at the house when they’ve cooked one. Turkey hunting is something my dad took up well after I’d left home, so I’ve never tried it. He’s got the big tail feathers up on the wall in the sun room ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | October 28, 2015

learn more about this issue's cover art from Alexis Delve

Alexis is the owner of Red Tea Photography in Eau Claire. Determined to be poor forever, Alexis graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in photography and a certificate in women’s studies. Undeterred from putting her education to good use, Alexis specializes in “fun and stress-free photography” ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | October 28, 2015

WELL, THAT’S JUST GRATE! Scenes from the ‘Harvest Celebration’ at Forage – a kitchen incubator, startup space, and workshop center in Eau Claire’s Banbury Place. Celebrating recent expansion and remodeling, the dinner featured a local seasonal a la carte menu prepared by Chef Nathan Berg.

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Thinkpieces

"I Am Teaching"

changing seasons and shortening days can be a drag, but leading a classroom again is a joyful experience

I hate winter. My joints bark. It’s dark before dinner. More deer are attempting suicide by Honda. Fresh produce lies frozen solid in the garden. My bicycle hangs useless on the red hook in my garage. My black leather sandals have been relegated to the far corner of the closet. I love summer: swimming in warm lakes ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Parallel Partnerships

Eau Claire’s Confluence Project, Milwaukee Bucks’ arena have much in common

The cities of Eau Claire and Milwaukee do not have all that much in common. Sure, they are both Wisconsin municipalities with a lot of people who cheer for the same teams and vote for the same elected figures, and many folks in both cities drink a lot of beer. One somewhat unexpected way the cities’ ...

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Music

Eaux Claires Plants Seeds for 2016

Vernon-curated fest will be back next August

Hot off being named one of the “Top 10 Music Festivals in North America” by Consequence of Sound, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will officially be back in 2016 on Aug. 12 and 13 at the festival grounds just outside Eau Claire. The first round of pre-sale tickets are already sold out, and they did so within mere minutes they went on sale ...

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Putting on Your Dancing Ears

Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra features dance music

Classical music lovers have a chance to “Dance with ECCO” at 7:30pm on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave. Guest Conductor Kevin Peters will lead the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra for the concert. Peters was recently named artistic director of the Red Cedar Symphony in Rice Lake ...

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On the Local Music Grind

grassroots group bolsters area artists with savvy booking, promotion

Behind every great gig is a ton of work that involves booking, promotion, and event management. Most of the time, what a band really needs is a professional hand in the matter, and that’s where Midwest Mayhem comes in. Founded by Lance Katcher in 2014, Midwest Mayhem is meant to provide local ...

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Bo's Big Comeback

Colfax native polishes Kickstarted pop record

From musically inept to solo pop artist – Colfax native Bo Weber has proven he has what it takes to latch on to a passion and roll with it … all the way to California ...

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The Roaring '20s Come Roaring Back

after hugely successful first year, Gatsby’s Gala returns

Step back in time to the enticement and allure of the roaring ’20s at the 2nd Annual Gatsby’s Gala, hosted by UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire Jazz Inc. As a celebration of the history and the culture of the Flapper Era, Gatsby’s Gala invites ...

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Stage

Starting a Movement

world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater arrives in EC

Sure, Pilobolus is a fungus, by definition. But it is also the name of a world-renowned dance company that will be stopping into UW-Eau Claire on Nov. 12. Pilobolus Dance Theater, named after the light-loving fungus that propels its spores with incredible strength and speed, has visited more than ...

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A Holiday Tradition

The Great Russian Nutcracker, straight outta Moscow

Get ready to lace up your dancing flats. The Moscow Ballet is coming to town to kick off this year’s holiday season. The touring company will give two performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker Nov. 9-10 at The State Theatre. Whether it’s the whimsical costumes, the spirit-filled music, or the world-class ...

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Words

"Malcolm" is Back

children’s author pens sequel to critically acclaimed novel

Eau Claire author W.H. Beck recently returned from Kansas where she was treated like royalty. Her children’s novel Malcolm at Midnight (Houghton Mifflin, 2012) was voted by 30,000 Kansas students as their favorite book (grades 3-5) for that state’s William Allen White Book Award. Several departments ...

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Visual Art

Hundreds and Hundreds of Local Art Prints for Sale

There are so many more artists in the Chippewa Valley than the ones whose work is displayed at our local galleries. Volume One’s Ink & Paper print sale is designed to showcase local art, and allow artists to sell their work to tons of people at an affordable rate (usually $15-$50). For this year’s sale, with our new co-sponsor ...

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Think Small ... Really Small

It’s the little things in life, right? This fall, one art exhibit hopes to showcase all that is small in the world of creativity. The Think Small art show opened at Accola Gallery (502 Second Ave. East, Durand) in early October and will run through Nov. 21. The idea for the exhibit came from gallery owner Jean Accola ...

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Windy City Sculpture

Foster show features works by Chicago sculpture group

The Foster Art Gallery will be hosting a new show entitled “CSI: Themes in Contemporary Sculpture.” The invitational exhibition is composed of works done by members of the Chicago Sculpture International. A part of the International Sculpture Center, the CSI seeks to advance the understating ...

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Cinema

Ode to the Gemini

it’s easy to be nostalgic about our legendary drive-in theater’s unbeatable atmosphere

My friend and former neighbor, B.J. Hollars, posted a photo to Facebook in late September with a photo of his young son’s silhouette in front of the huge 90-foot movie screen showing Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) framed in the dusky, dark blue sky. “Last night at the drive-in,” it read ...

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Oh, Great ... Another Film Fest

despite its tongue-in-cheek name, CTV’s independent film fest will screen dozens of films – old, new, big, small

The name of a new film festival put on by Chippewa Valley Community Television implies that when they start screening films on Nov. 13 and 14 in Eau Claire, they’ll just kinda be your everyday run-of-the-mill film festival. But the upcoming Another Independent ...

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Man of Myth

locally made musical expands on beloved Robyn Hood tales

Take from the rich and give to the poor? That’s what the original Robin Hood always said ...

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Business

Home Goods, Hometown

EC native returns to roots with chic home goods store

Fresh exterior paint and newspaper-covered windows mark the birth of a new store at the corner of Dewey and Wisconsin streets, right up the block from the Volume One World Headquarters ...

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Local Look

The Time is Now

anonymous challenge grant will push Confluence fundraising toward goal

What once seemed a nearly impossible challenge – raising $13.5 million in private donations for the proposed Confluence Arts Center – is nearing reality, and fundraisers are optimistic that the goal can be reached soon. The campaign recently passed $10 million, and a critical challenge grant will bring ...

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TED Talkin' at UW-Stout TEDx

event showcases big Chippewa Valley ideas

Many of you have probably seen a TED Talk. Some kind of expert – be it a scientist, artist, professor, citizen, etc. – gives a short presentation on one of his or her own big ideas. TED Talks are designed to get people thinking about what kind of positive impact they can have on the world and in their communities ...

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Trojan Horse Wins EC Sculpture Tour Vote

With the stealth of the Greek soldiers who filled the belly of its legendary predecessor, Trojan Horse sneaked into our hearts this year, winning the Sculpture Tour Eau Claire’s People’s Choice Award. The looming equine, which has stood sentinel since the spring outside the Mayo Clinic Health System Pharmacy ...

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UWEC Gets Grant for STEM Internships

In today’s job market, getting an internship (or two or three) in one’s chosen field is a virtual necessity for college students if they hope to be gainfully employed after graduation. For UW-Eau Claire students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, getting such internships ...

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Five Idea Challenge Finalists Announced

The Eau Claire Economic Development Corp.’s Idea Challenge always highlights a host of creative ideas from Chippewa Valley entrepreneurs, and – with products ranging from skin powders to smartphone apps – this year is no exception. The EDC recently unveiled the five finalists in the competition ...

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Starting a Movement

world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater arrives in EC

Sure, Pilobolus is a fungus, by definition. But it is also the name of a world-renowned dance company that will be stopping into UW-Eau Claire on Nov. 12. Pilobolus Dance Theater, named after the light-loving fungus that propels its spores with incredible strength and speed, has visited more than ...

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A Holiday Tradition

The Great Russian Nutcracker, straight outta Moscow

Get ready to lace up your dancing flats. The Moscow Ballet is coming to town to kick off this year’s holiday season. The touring company will give two performances of The Great Russian Nutcracker Nov. 9-10 at The State Theatre. Whether it’s the whimsical costumes, the spirit-filled music, or the world-class ...

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Good Reason to Light the Night

Bolton fundraiser gala supports domestic violence victims

Eau Claire’s Bolton Refuge House, Inc will be hosting their annual “Light the Night Gala,” on Nov. 7 at the Westgate Sportsman’ Club. The fundraising event will be an exciting evening lavished with live musical performances from UW-Eau Claire’s all-female a cappella group, Audacious ...

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Food / Drink

Northwoods Brew Pub Moving to Osseo

For those who love to dine and drink at Northwoods Brew Pub & Grill in Eau Claire, we’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that the microbrewery/restaurant, which has operated since 1997 at 3560 Oakwood Mall Drive, is closing its doors effective Nov. 1. The good news is that the business is relocating ...

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Downtown's New Sweets

Butter B Bakery keeps your sweet tooth on its toes

Eau Claire sweets lovers can celebrate in the news that a new bakery opened downtown in early October. Liz Zea, owner of Butter B Bakery, 309 E. Grand Ave., is already excited about what her bakery is going to bring the greater Eau Claire community. “I want to have a place where people ...

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The Coffee King: the UWEC grad behind Seattle’s Best

Jim Stewart didn’t always love coffee. In fact, as a UW-Eau Claire student in the 1960s, he generally avoided the stuff. “It was just nauseating,” he recalls now. “I didn’t like it.” He does remember one cup he enjoyed, however, a mug of java he drank in his kitchen ...

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Recreation

The Value of Wilderness: A Hunter’s Perspective

My son and I sit motionless in our tree – two shallow-breathing shadows – shoulder to shoulder above an invisible world. Bright stars move, as if pushed by a gentle breeze, across the inky black. Andromeda and Cassiopeia slip in gentle arcs; there are times when we can almost hear the earth rolling on its belly ...

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