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FEATURE: When Oakwood Changed Everything

thirty years later, Eau Claire’s biggest mall remains a commercial and cultural touchstone

Among the most well-known commercial jingles of the Chippewa Valley is a tune that debuted in 1986, one of the last vestiges of those 1980s-era ads with a chorus of singers, an optimistic message ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Oct. 19, 2016

Back when our offices were on Barstow Street, each year during the (absolutely massive) downtown Trick or Treating event, the Volume One staff would pull together to transform our entire office into the “Tunnel of Terror.” It was a chance ...

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Opening Letters

Lights Out

there is nothing to fear but …

Shhhhh. Listen to this. My story is brief. You’re lucky it’s brief, though, because you’ll be scared out of your mind. If, at some point, you need to toss this magazine aside and run for daylight, there’d be ...

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The Rear End

Halloween Scenes

stories of yore from Octobers in Eau Claire

A boy in 1980s Eau Claire is so excited by his He-Man Halloween costume he can’t stop looking at it. It includes a stiff plastic mask with a thin elastic string tied around the back, with holes for each eye and each nostril ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Oct. 19, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Debra D’Souza

‘Andamento’ is the visual movement or rhythm produced by mosaic elements, similar to the patterns formed by leaves, ridges in a tree’s bark, or a series of clouds in the sky. By leading the viewer ..."

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Opening Shots
Thinkpieces

Clown Theory

this year’s clown phobia is rooted in something serious

Everybody loves clowns, right? They do tricks, they twist balloons, juggle, do magic, and make people laugh. Good, right? So when, how, and why did it all go bad?

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Music

Uke Can't Handle It

a new EP and show from Bischoff’s new project

Travel back to a 1920s-1930s-era jazz club not with a full orchestra and jazz singer but with a six-piece ensemble that just might have the power to transport you back in time.

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Poliça Comes to Campus

Minneapolis band hits UWEC on November 19

The Music Capital of the North is about to host yet another tremendous musical experience. On November 19 at Schofield Auditorium on the UW-Eau Claire campus, an incredible fusion of electronic ...

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Party Like It's the 90s!

Children’s Museum plans nostalgic shindig for grownups

Grab your Hammer pants from your closet, dust off your oval-rimmed glasses, leave your angst at home, and head over to the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire for the After Dark 90s Party! This 21-or-older ...

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Stage

Skin-Crawling Local Tales

an extra-spooky take on Volume One's storytelling series

At Let’s Be Honest – Volume One’s grownup storytelling series – some of the area’s best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. For each installment, multiple ...

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Ghoul Is in Session

Ski Sprites create haunted (school) house for Halloween

During most of the year, the cement-block building at 415 S. Dewey St. in downtown Eau Claire is used to store motorboats for the Ski Sprites water ski team. When the leaves begin to turn and the night air becomes chilly ...

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Prepare for an Alien Invasion

Writers Guild hosts readers theater performance of War of the Worlds broadcast

What would it be like to experience Orson Welles’ radio drama, War of the Worlds – to feel the fear the nation felt in 1938?

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You Won't Escape This Time

Tactical Escape collaborates on escape room in the Schlegelmilch House, a historic Eau Claire landmark

A spooky opportunity to engage in some serious team work and use your problem-solving and math skills to get out of a haunted room in a historic ...

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A Time of Fear

The Crucible tackles tale of witchcraft, hysteria

The subject matter of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play The Crucible – the Salem witch trials of the 1690s – seems timely, considering that Halloween is just around the corner. However, what’s really scary ...

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Words

Wild Art

students create mural at Irvine Park tiger exhibit

The tiger exhibit at the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls, which was built in 2008 in plain concrete and remains in plain concrete, is about to get a makeover courtesy of some Chippewa Falls Middle School students ...

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Local Lit

The Last Halloween

I had a feral childhood, and my best friend, Joe, was also a feral kid. We lived near the edge of my small hometown and we ranged on foot or bicycle for miles. We spent most of our time exploring the bluffs, caves, sloughs ...

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Local Look

Farming & Charming

locally produced WPT show returns for season four

Popular locally produced TV show Around the Farm Table has launched its fourth season this fall on Wisconsin Public Television. A true fan favorite – this show has excelled at providing glimpses into life at Wisconsin farms ...

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FEATURE: When Oakwood Changed Everything

thirty years later, Eau Claire’s biggest mall remains a commercial and cultural touchstone

Among the most well-known commercial jingles of the Chippewa Valley is a tune that debuted in 1986, one of the last vestiges of those 1980s-era ads with a chorus of singers, an optimistic message ...

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Food / Drink

The Lakely: A Taste of the Upper Midwest

new eatery pushes the creative culinary boundaries of regional Wisco classics

On a recent Saturday night, the first night of live music at The Lakely, who should pop in to spin some old country records and jam with friends on his OP-1 synthesizer but musician Justin Vernon ...

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Coffee on Draft

new N7 Café offers nitro coffee on wheels

Attention all caffeine fiends of the Chippewa Valley: Eau Claire has another coffee outlet wheeling its way into town, and I’m not just waxing lyrical about it. That’s right: N7 Café is a mobile café that offers cold brew coffee as well as nitro coffee on draft ...

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Brewing Up Oktoberfest

an overview of our locally made Oktoberfest beers

October is the best. The intense heat and packed schedule of the summer finally gives way to cooler days, beautiful fall foliage, and a more relaxed routine. It’s historically been a time for harvest festivals around the world, and one doesn’t ...

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