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Editor's Notes

A Winter Surge for the Valley's Cultural Landscape

Hot on the heels of the Banbury Art Crawl, which was Feb. 5-6, the Chippewa Valley’s arts and culture scene is about to step it up even further this February. And that’s above and beyond the usual list of music, theater, comedy, literature, and art events that take place at venues across the valley every week. This surge is in large part due to a few major developments ...

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The Rear End

We Use Shovels Here

snowblowers are for people with no sense of place

Well, it took a while, but the Chippewa Valley has finally gotten what I consider to be real shovelin’ snow. That is to say, we’ve finally gotten snow that probably won’t melt on its own within a day or two, excusing me from having to physically remove it from my driveway. The most recent “snow event,” as the city is fond of saying ...

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Cover Art

On The Cover | February 10, 2016

“Ballerina” Mixed Media 11” x 17” by Charles Davis Charles Davis is a self-taught artist who started drawing comic books and branched into other genres. This piece, which has been displayed at Acoustic Cafe, was inspired by a photo he ran across at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | February 10, 2016

HIGH AND LONESOME. A recent shot of the High Bridge in Eau Claire on a chilly night. The new-ish pedestrian bridge has continued to be a popular spot for walkers and sightseers throughout winter.

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Music

Music Quick Hits | February 2016

For local people who bought presale tickets to the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, Feb. 6 was kind of like Eaux Christmas. For those people only, the festival snail-mailed custom-printed mixtapes – yes, actual cassette tapes – featuring B-sides and rarities from some of the artists on the 2016 lineup. In addition to a never-before-listened-to Bon Iver B-side ...

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The Doks Are In

Doks Robotiks polish live hip-hop energy on studio LP

Doks Robotiks, born among young music majors during their early years of dorm life at UW-Eau Claire, started loose. A chicken-scratch note on a dorm whiteboard from drummer and jazz student Rick Haneman to rapper Stephen Sutherland – who raps as Konstant Movement – said something simple like, “Hey man, we should make some live hip-hop.” ...

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Stage

A Hookup You Won't Regret

legendary Second City troupe laughs in the face of love

The iconic comedy club that brought America comedic champions such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, and many, many more is coming to Eau Claire for a live performance ...

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Animal Extravaganza

ZooZoo show melds mime, acrobatics for family fun

Kids love zoos. Kids love goofy costumes. Above all, kids love to laugh. Unfortunately for us in the Chippewa Valley, the zoo is very cold in the wintertime, and our favorite goofy costumed creature – the Eau Claire Express mascot, Trax – is on vacation until baseball season begins. Fortunately, we can still laugh – but at what? Easy: Get down to the State Theatre ...

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Chuckling With Chekhov

new play at CVTG pokes fun at Russian playwright’s themes

Believe it or not, Anton Chekhov – the bespectacled, tubercular Russian writer of short stories and plays whose characters suffered, loved in vain, and frequently died – was a humorist. No, really.

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Words

Starting from the Bottom

author offers encouraging words for those struggling

Local author and motivational speaker Julie Court has recently published Incredible Life Makeover, a step-by-step guide to making over a person’s life. The book is filled with stories, quotes, thoughtful insights, and prayers to help guide readers as they overcome whatever adversity or ailment plagues them and transform into their best selves ...

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Glowing in the Deep

W.H. Beck writes a science book for children

‘They glow to hunt. They glow to hide. They glow to find a friend. They glow to lose an enemy.” Eau Claire children’s author W.H. Beck’s latest book, Glow, is a picture book with stunning colorful photographs on pitch-black backgrounds featuring “animals with their own night-lights.” Many creatures use bioluminescence to survive in their habitats ...

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Little House, Only Littler

EC author uses erasure to create new work out of children’s lit classics

Emily Anderson spent an undisclosed amount of time as a child walking around with a long brown skirt over her blonde head, pretending to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. As an adult, she owns not one, but two actual sunbonnets, and is heading to Laurapalooza by her own free choice. A dedicated lover of the log cabin, butter churn, and calico life ...

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Visual Art

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Comic Art Exhibit!

From blockbuster movies to Netflix, comics are ever more fully entrenching themselves in our current culture, but what about where it all began? What about those painstakingly drawn still frames and those all-caps exclamations that you swear you can hear? UW-Eau Claire invites you to take a behind-the-scenes peek ...

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Top UW-Stout Design Work on Display

Some of the best design work by UW-Stout students will be on display through Friday, Feb. 19, at the university’s Furlong Gallery in Menomonie. The Best of Design juried exhibit features outstanding creative work by about 35 UW-Stout undergrads, including interactive design, interior, industrial, comics, game, animation, and film ...

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A Variety of Talent

homemade steampunk comic is the result of tons of work

For the last three years, Chris Spiegel of Chippewa Falls has worked to make his passion for art and comics into something tangible: A comic book series ...

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Local Lit
Local Look

New Crime Stoppers Group Wants Your Tips

You don’t need to be a superhero or a police officer to stop crime: Anonymous tips can make sure the bad guys get what they’ve got coming, and now making these tips is easier than ever. Eau Claire Crime Stoppers, a brand-new nonprofit organization, is here to help community members anonymously report crimes to law enforcement ...

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City of Eau Claire Launches Eco-Awards

In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, it ain’t easy being green – but at least now it may get you an award. The City of Eau Claire’s Advisory Commission on Sustainability is seeking nominations for the first-ever Sustainable Eau Claire Awards. The awards – which will be given out on Earth Day (April 22) – will recognize “individuals, businesses, and ...

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Eau Claire Curler Wins National Title

A top Eau Claire curler has put another national championship on ice – literally. Geoff Goodland, a member of the Eau Claire Curling Club, and three teammates from Minnesota defeated the defending national and world champions recently at the Senior Men’s National Championships. Goodland was skip ...

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Valley Part of National Arts Economy Survey

The Chippewa Valley’s arts community will again be part of a nationwide survey measuring the economic impact of the nonprofit arts sector. The Eau Claire Regional Arts Council will be one of nearly 300 partners in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a nationwide study conducted by Americans for the Arts. ECRAC will gather financial data ...

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Mini Golf at the Library?

fundraiser in Chippewa Falls will let you swing inside

With the warm-up in weather experienced recently, don’t your thoughts just turn to … golf? Well, now you can cure the cabin fever that starts to set in about the third weekend in February. FORE! Grab your chip and wedge, and maybe an iron or two, and head over to the Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St., for its first-ever CHIP-Shot Mini Golf fundraiser ...

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Food / Drink

Blue Marble Express serves up wood-fired pizza

Blue Marble Express serves up wood-fired pizza

There’s a new pie-tossin’ joint on the block, and it’s serving up slices from an era of the past. Arriving on scene from the Roaring Twenties, the Blue Marble Express recently opened its doors near Lake Wissota as the hub for specialty wood-fired pizzas ...

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