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The Rear End

Steak and Fake Lobster

breaking bread with my family supper club style

Poor man’s lobster. It’s more than a great name for a funk band. Poor man’s lobster is what my mom usually ordered when ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Sept. 18, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Nishant Jain

Sneaky Art is the practice of drawing beauty from the world around you, without drawing attention. In this piece, Nishant has pulled together various figures and scenes drawn at Phoenix Park ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Sept. 18

A FLIPPING AWESOME TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. Downtown Eau Claire’s annual International Fall Festival took place on Saturday, Sept. 14, shutting down N. Barstow Street for food vendors, booths, a petting zone, and of course, the big parade.

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Music

Long Beds on the Long Road

for Perry, writing lyrics brings him close to his first literary love: poetry

Michael Perry has never sounded more at home in a song. “Long Road to You,” the title track of the new EP by Michael Perry and the Long Beds, plays like ...

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Digging In, Digging Out

Luray’s new album thrives despite life’s challenges

A roots-laden songwriter is making her way back to where things all started for her. Luray is the musical moniker for Wisconsin native and current Richmond, Virginia-based musician Shannon Carey, who released her ...

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Stage

Infinity, Revised

updated version of retired prof’s play staged in Twin Cities

The historical characters included in Jack Bushnell’s one-act play, The Infinity Monologues – Stephen Hawking, Amelia Earhart, and Lawrence Oates – were all trailblazers of ...

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Words

Strange States

exploring the paranormal in the most normal of places: the Midwest

As the rest of my family peered out the minivan windows trying to spot bison, elk, and prairie dogs during a late-summer trip out West, my mind and imagination drifted closer to home ...

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Dream Big

Maureen Mack discusses debut novel Wild Dreams

Deirdre Moran is a young woman who has one leg planted in Cork, Ireland and the other in the dance world of Chicago. She is born in Cork and grows up on a rather antiquated ...

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Book Fest Q&A: Dorothy Chan

new UWEC prof brings ‘poetic tsunami’ to reading

Dorothy Chan – the newest assistant professor of creative writing at UW-Eau Claire – is a widely published poet whose latest collection, Revenge of the Asian Woman, was described as a “poetic tsunami” ...

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Learning to Write Your Life Story

Patti See and Bruce Taylor lead an upcoming memoir workshop series

Writing is how we capture our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and express them to others. Veteran Chippewa Valley writers Patti See and Bruce Taylor understand the importance of that process ...

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Visual Art
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Local Lit

Family Reunion

Every summer Uncle Frank and Aunt Marcella invited us to their cottage on Delavan Lake for a family reunion. This was my late father’s side of the family. I was only seven when he ...

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Business
Local Look

Fly Your FREAQ Flag

UWEC’s freaQweek a celebration of LGBTQ+ identity

This Oct. 7-12, UW-Eau Claire campus organizations are partnering with community groups to launch freaQweek, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. FreaQweek is a push to reclaim history, to reclaim identities ...

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Building New Stories

library seeks $7 million to upgrade aging building

Declaring that the existing 43-year-old building needs upgrades so it can continue to serve the community for generations, supporters of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire have launched ...

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Showing They Care

more than 900 volunteers will spend their Friday working on community projects

Sept. 20 won’t be a typical Friday for more than 900 workers from dozens of Chippewa Valley employers. Instead of punching the clock as usual ...

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Food / Drink

Sweet Comfort

Waffle Shack on Water St. aims to cure cravings at all hours

For many, waffles are a morning staple – a delicious way to start the day with family or friends. One local man enjoys ‘em so much he made waffles the focus of his new ...

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Fest With the Best

Lazy Monk celebrates Oktoberfest with week-long party

An entire week of Oktoberfest shenanigans awaits at the end of September at Lazy Monk Brewing in Eau Claire. The Porter Brothers kick off ...

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Recreation

Fest With the Best

Lazy Monk celebrates Oktoberfest with week-long party

An entire week of Oktoberfest shenanigans awaits at the end of September at Lazy Monk Brewing in Eau Claire. The Porter Brothers kick off ...

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Other Stuff

An Aquatic Spectacle

Cirque Italia showcases ‘European-style’ circus arts

Daring stunts, incredible acrobatics, feats of strength, and 35,000 gallons of water. The circus is coming to town! And while many may associate a circus ...

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Setting a Spooky Mood

ParaNomiCon celebrates all things otherworldly

Most often, “haunted” is the first word that comes to mind when The Mabel Tainter is mentioned, and the theater not only lends itself well to the rumor but also leans into its history of ...

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