Articles in this Issue

Features

FEATURE: Sisters on Separate Trails

as her twin sister – a first-time skier – tackles the American Birkebeiner, writer Katie Venit ponders the very different paths their lives have taken

Breathless from half-jogging, half-skating from the parking lot, I squeezed between two people ringing cowbells to peer over a rope line. Skiers rounded a bend a few hundred yards away, leaving thick woods behind as the trail straightened into the finish gates ...

Add a Comment »

Editor's Notes
The Rear End

The Facewash

walking with worry in the wintertime

I was in the second grade, and my walk home from school was often fraught with peril. Not real peril, but scary peril all the same. When I think about my current mental health, and when I take a good ...

Comments 1

Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 8, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Cari Raynae

“My collages start by painting a canvas, sometimes adding texture paste for dimensional interest. My subjects are often fashion illustrations, as I love to interpret the folds of a draping garment using several..."

Add a Comment »

Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Feb. 8, 2017

MADE IN THE SHADE. If the sun hasn’t been too cruel, you’ll still be able to find this delightful snowman on North Dewey Street in Eau Claire. Unexpected additions such as an umbrella and a small flock of birds really ramp up the whimsy on this guy.

Add a Comment »

Music

Deserting the Big City

Ian Alexy’s new EP takes on a Valley perspective

Before he transplanted himself to the Valley, songwriter Ian Alexy was gallivanting all over the Minnesota music scene in the past decade with his rootsy folk duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, alongside his brother Teague ...

Add a Comment »

It Might Get a Bit Nasty

EC grad’s new brass band impresses the homestead

Louie Armstrong meets Prince. That’s how Eau Claire native and saxophonist Elliott Wachs, one of the founders of the McNasty Brass Band of St. Paul, describes the group’s sound: a fusion of New Orleans-style jazziness with the funky new-wave swagger of the late Prince ...

Add a Comment »

Vienna on the Chippewa

get your tickets now for UWEC’s annual V-Ball

It may still be two months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about UW-Eau Claire’s annual Viennese Ball. Tickets are already on sale for the elegant soiree, and they promise to be as hot as ever ...

Add a Comment »

Stage

The Demon Barber of State Street

UWEC goes macabre with operatic Sweeney Todd

Did you know that Johnny Depp was not the original Sweeney Todd? In fact, Broadway actor Len Cariou was the first to yield the demon barber’s deadly shears. Sweeney Todd was never intended to be a movie. Almost 30 years before Tim Burton ...

Add a Comment »

Words

Telling Tales

children’s book illustrator Peck puts career on display

Beth Peck, a well-known children’s book illustrator who lives in Menomonie, is showcasing some of her best work in an exhibit at the Eau Claire Regional Art Center’s Janet Carson Gallery called Tell Me A Story, which runs weekdays through March 10 ...

Add a Comment »

Chopper Charm

EC native spins a tale of airborne adventure in India

Rifle fire. Disease. Toxic moonshine. Lava-spiced curry. Homicidal drivers. Jungle-dwelling rebels. It sounds like the latest action movie starring the latest action hero. But the action hero is Mike Sobotta ...

Add a Comment »

Visual Art

Your Art Could Be Turned Into an Award

If you’re a visual artist, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center is interested in your work – and not for an exhibit this time. ECRAC has put out a call to regional artists to create awards for its annual Jubilee ...

Add a Comment »

Getting Handy With the Arts

Fiber Arts & Folk Life Festival combines cultures

Attention all textile artists and fiber arts enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 18, and get down to the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park to celebrate ...

Add a Comment »

Local Lit
Business

Streamlined Streaming

pass the aux cord no more – a local music app encourages friendly playlisting

On March 1 of this year, a locally-developed music app called SoundsQ will hit the Android App Store. Its purpose lies in music sharing. SoundsQ aims to allow a group of people, using their smartphones ...

Add a Comment »

Local Look

Eau Claire Is Pretty Cheap (in a Good Way)

au Claire doesn’t just seem like an inexpensive place to live – it actually is inexpensive, at least according to the number crunchers at the Council for Community and Economic Research. Since 1968, the council has calculated the cost ...

Add a Comment »

Kid Culture
Recreation

FEATURE: Sisters on Separate Trails

as her twin sister – a first-time skier – tackles the American Birkebeiner, writer Katie Venit ponders the very different paths their lives have taken

Breathless from half-jogging, half-skating from the parking lot, I squeezed between two people ringing cowbells to peer over a rope line. Skiers rounded a bend a few hundred yards away, leaving thick woods behind as the trail straightened into the finish gates ...

Add a Comment »