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Opening Letters

Giving (And Receiving) the Gift of Music

an overflowing calendar and a profusion of tickets makes this fan thankful for the Valley’s scene

‘Tis the season to think of music! But I’m not talking about the fa-la-la-la-la stuff (although, I love that, too). I’m talking about the get-up-off-your-couch and go catch the live music scene. The other morning ...

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The Rear End

What’s Pine Is Pine

keeping it real during the jolliest time of year

There used to be a place on the north side of Eau Claire where you could go out into the woods and cut your own Christmas tree. I don’t remember much about the place except you bought the tree from ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Nov. 28, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Beth Peck

“This illustration is from The Thanksgiving Visitor written by Truman Capote. I think this is a terrific story. Beautifully written and crafted. There is an emotional twist to the story which resonates with me. It is a little painful, and very human, and feel true to the human experience ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Nov. 28, 2018

SCREEN TIME. Volume One brought True North: Real Wisconsin Stories Unfolding Live On Stage to the Pablo Center for two sold-out shows on Nov. 16 and 17. The unique show – which blended live storytelling, original live music, a wide variety of multimedia produced by local artists – was Volume One’s first stage production.

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Athletic Aesthetic

Looking Good Out There

geography shapes our fandom, but so do sartorial preferences

Six-year-old me would have been envious of 40-year-old me.I fell in love with sports as a first-grader. I summarily began picking favorite teams, collecting baseball and football cards, and going to games. Gazing at pictures of NFL teams in action, one in particular ...

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Music

A Pine Hollow Homecoming

Bri Murphy and Ben Shaw team up for in-studio show

There’s something special about coming home. On Dec. 14, two musicians who both sprouted their musical roots in Eau Claire are returning to perform at the very studio where they recorded their most recent albums. Bri Larson graduated ...

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Stage

Q&A: Comedian Sean Patton talks Comedy and Eau Claire

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that Sean Patton is one of the funniest working comics in the country. For years, this man has been making the world bust a gut with his one-of-a-kind act which celebrates the goofiness of existence and the absurdity of life itself ...

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Holiday Triple Play

December offers three chances for Christmas spirit on stage

Get the holiday hype up by attending some community theater productions of Christmas classics and new holiday favorites. The Menomonie Theater Guild, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, and Eau Claire Children’s Theatre are each producing wintry plays for families and children to enjoy ...

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No Holiday Cheer? Improvise!

“Eat This!” show combines storytelling, improv to create holiday hilarity

The holiday season invites all sorts of memories into our minds: the good, the bad, and the awkward. Local storytellers and improv performers will poke fun at this tumultuous yet festive time of year on Thursday, Nov. 29 ...

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Words

New NOTA Drops at Shift

The UW-Eau Claire student publication None of the Above (NOTA) will host bi-annual book release party at SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar on Dec. 14 at 7:30pm, with live music from local musician ...

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Business

Flowers Done Green

local flower shop keeps it unexpected & seasonal

September, as autumn settles into Menomonie, might seem like an odd time to open a shop that deals in flowers, but in the case of Sarah Lambert Freeman’s Hive & Hollow, it’s the perfect chance to show locals what makes her floral services unique in the Valley ...

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North DECA's Diamond Hunt

Eau Claire North High School’s DECA Club is sponsoring an all-ages “diamond” scavenger hunt throughout downtown Eau Claire that will take place Dec. 4-12. DECA student officers and Jim Maier, head of North’s Marketing & DECA, began planning in July ...

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Salt Collective: The Beauty of Giving

unique jewelry maker takes home Red Letter Grant

‘Salt, in small amounts, is essential for human life. We think jewelry is a lot like salt,” reads the website of Salt Collective, a local jewelry boutique Andrea White opened in February. White attended ...

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Local Look

Free Clinic Finds a Home

charitable medical provider poised to move into permanent space

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, which provides free medical services to people unable to afford them in the Chippewa Valley, will open the doors of its new and forever home ...

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Visitors Power Valley Economy

Eau Claire has added ‘tourist town’ to its identity

Throughout its history, Eau Claire has been a lumber town and an industrial town, and more recently a center of medicine, education, and art. Is it a tourist town, too? ...

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Food / Drink

So, What Makes a Craft Cocktail?

Let’s cut to the chase here: We’re going to spend a lot of time here just talking about booze. But booze plays an important role in our culture. We gather in bars to watch sports and talk politics and go on first ...

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The Eau Claire Old Fashioned

New York Times cocktail writer mixes brandy-laden tribute to city

A new book by New York Times cocktail writer (and Wisconsin native) Robert Simonson memorializes Eau Claire is a way that local imbibers will appreciate: through the name of a cocktail ...

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Inside a Professional's Liquor Cabinet

in his own home, bartender favors high-quality, simple ingredients to mix classic drinks

Cody Maciosek, who has been bartending at The Lakely in Eau  Claire for a little over a year, has five years of cocktail mixing under his belt and a dedication to quality of ingredients. Maciosek takes inspiration for his drinks ...

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3 Christmastime Cocktails and How to Make Them

share a cup of holiday cheer with these Wisconsin winter favorites

The holidays are a great time of year to try out a new drink (or two!) while celebrating with family and friends. We asked our own family and friends about their favorite Christmastime cocktails ...

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More Than Just a Drink

Menomonie bar manager knows cocktails are about experience

'Oh, that looks so good!” 10-year-old Ivy Meier thought when she saw a Grasshopper – after all, the cocktail’s main ingredient was ice cream. She was at a supper club with her mother, sister, and grandmother ...

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Picking the Ideal Tree

seasonal trimming tips you needle to know

Wondering how to pick the perfect Christmas tree without having a Clark Griswold experience in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? ...

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