This weekend will be an exciting one for downtown Eau Claire and The Local Store! On Friday (Feb. 7), its 'First Fridays' in downtown Eau Claire and the first day of the Banbury Art Crawl (3-9pm). The Local Store will be open until 9pm Friday with BUY ONE GET ONE HALF OFF OFF ALL V1 ART, the Ukelele Klub of Eau Claire performing in the V1 Gallery at 7pm – and FREE Right Way Shuttle rides between The Local Store and the Galloway entrance of the Banbury Art Crawl (shuttles run 5-9pm). And that's only Friday!
On Saturday (Feb. 8), the Banbury Art Crawl continues from 9am to 3pm, as do the free shuttle rides between there and The Local Store. We'll be open early at 9am Saturday to coincide with the Art Crawl – and to host the Legacy Chocolates Coffee & Chocolate Lovers' Tasting event in the V1 Gallery from 9am-12pm. If you can't visit us at the store, look for The Local Store booth at the art crawl itself all weekend, offering various artwork and prints, local books, Valentines Day gift ideas, and more!
Chippewa Valley skateboarders have lost a venue for perfecting their ollies: The Eau Claire YMCA’s Skate Park has been permanently closed, the group’s board of directors announced recently. The skate park, 299 Moore St. (next to the Y’s tennis and gymnastics facility), opened in 1999 to provide a place where skateboarders could skate safety without damaging public or private property. However, attendance has been gradually declining, especially since the opening of a city-built skate plaza in Lakeshore Park last summer. According to a YMCA press release, this attendance decline, as well as rising maintenance costs and the existence of a new city facility, caused the Y’s board to decide to pull the plug. One bright spot: If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of the park’s ramps, contact the Y.
When you need an artist, who can draw real good, who ya gonna call? Erik Evensen!
Last fall, UW–Stout art and design professor Erik Evensen received a call from “Ghostbusters,” and being a big fan of the classic 1984 comedy, he couldn’t refuse their offer. Evensen was asked to assist with the illustration of the most recent “Ghostbusters” comic book, which came out on Wed., Jan. 29, the 30th anniversary of the film.
The comic is by IDW Publishing, who owns the rights to “G.I. Joe,” “Star Trek,” “Transformers” and many more. This is the first time that Evensen has worked with IDW and writer Erik Burnham. The duo’s 6-page story is titled “The Field Trip” and takes place at a spooky natural history museum. Is there any other kind?
“There’s always a little bit of pressure when you’re working on a property that’s been loved by so many people for such a long time,” Evensen said. “I’ve been a lifelong ‘Ghostbusters fan myself, so I understand how tricky this is.”
For more information on Evensen and the “Ghostbusters” comic, go here.
Last weekend at the United States National Snow Carving Competition in Lake Geneva, Wis. Eau Claire artists Steve Bateman and Jason Anhorn teamed up with Wauwatosa artist David Andrews to win First Place (in the country, y'all) … again. They're also the 2013 champions. And since that's clearly not enough awesomeness, they also took home the competition's "People's Choice" award. So a huge congratulations to these fine guys, representing both Eau Claire and Wisconsin. The final piece is truly fantastic.
S. Carey might be known by many as a Bon Iver off-shoot, but that’s dismissing a lot of what this local singer / songwriter / composer / all-around-great-guy brings to the table. His first album was a gorgeously organic, jazz-inspired record that showed Carey’s musicianship and his ability to surround himself with the best in the business (most of whom happen to live right here in the area).
S. Carey’s second full-length, Range Of Light, is released Tuesday, April 1 on Jagjaguwar and luckily this hometown hero is celebrating right in Eau Claire. On April 2, he’ll be sitting down for a live interview and listening session here at the Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St., at 7pm. Then, on the backswing of his national tour he’ll stop at UW-Eau Claire on April 26 for a full-on blowout local performance, with label mates White Hinterland opening. You can pick up tickets for that on campus, online, or at the Volume One Gallery during the Conversations event. More details below.
You can pick up Range Of Light on April 1 locally at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St., or Revival Records (in their new location), 128 S. Barstow. Or pre-order the album at Jagjaguwar.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 2 at 7pm
WHERE: The Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St.
WHAT: A chat with S. Carey about his record, with a listening session.
HOW MUCH: FREE
WHEN: Saturday, April 26 at 8pm
WHERE: Schofield Auditorium, UW-Eau Claire
WHAT: A homecoming show with S. Carey coming off his national tour
TICKETS: On sale now at the Davies Student Center, UW-Eau Claire or at the Conversations event at the Volume One Gallery, or online here.
HOW MUCH: $10 advance, $12 door, no limit
Do you have cribbage skills? Do you enjoy testing them out in bracketed-style competitions? The Local Store is gearing up to host the first Volume One Cribbage Championship, right in the Volume One Gallery at the Volume One headquarters on Saturday, February 22. Interested in playing? Here's what you need to do:
1. Click here to sign up! We are accepting up to 32 registrations on a first-come first-served basis.
2. Practice. Let's face it, you're a little rusty, and you don't want to be caught missing points.
3. Show up on Saturday, February 22 between noon and 1 pm to check in.
And that's all! All game materials are being provided by the Chippewa Valley Cribbage Club, and the top three finishers will receive Local Store prizes. All participants are guaranteed at least two games, high-fives, and a peggin' good time.
It looks like at least one creative Minneapolis guy has caught the cheese fever we Wisconsinites know so well. Chank Diesel is an alphabetician – a creator of fonts – and he makes a lot of them, often using a wide range of everyday, organic objects to inspire and create his fonts.
And one of his most recent font creations was inspired by, yup, cheese. Not just any ol' cheese either, oh no. He stopped by a nearby cheese maker, Holland’s Family Farm over in Thorp, and chose their homemade Gouda, called Marieke (“mah-ree-kah”), which he named the font after. It was created during a workshop held at UW-Steven’s Point for their nowHERE Design Conference. With the local cheese in hand, Diesel and attendees created capital letters for the new font. And the rest is cheesy history.
I guess inspiration really can come from anywhere – delicious, delicious anywhere. Now excuse me while I go get some cheese curds to munch on.
Many of them criticized it – some of them vigorously – but the majority of Eau Claire City Council members nonetheless voted Tuesday evening to put a Confluence Project-related referendum on the April 1 city ballot. The referendum won’t explicitly deal with the proposed public-private project; instead, it will ask citizens whether or not they should have to give approval any time the city wants to spend $1 million or more on a performing arts building. If it passes, a second referendum would be held on whether or not the city can spend $5 million on the project, an amount the City Council already pledged in October.
Before the final 9-1 vote to go forward with a referendum, council members held a lengthy, tangled discussion about the wording and the legality of the proposed referendum, which was initiated via a petition drive led by Confluence critics. Eventually, the majority of council members begrudgingly accepted the fact that they had little recourse other than allowing the initiative to go before voters.
“I will do everything I can to fight its passage in April, because I served (in the military) to protect us from this kind of bad law.” – City Councilman Eric Larsen
“I will do everything I can to fight its passage in April, because I served (in the military) to protect us from this kind of bad law,” said City Councilman Eric Larsen, responding to a prior comment by Councilwoman Monica Lewis that Americans had fought and died for their right to such self-government. Before the meeting, Larsen distributed a statement to the media condemning the “proposed ordinance as divisive and fundamentally unfair” because it singles out only arts-related facilities and not other projects – such as those involving sports or recreation – that the city might fund in the future.
The referendum, if it passes, would alter the city’s charter ordinance, essentially amending the local constitution. Unless it were repealed at some point in the future, it would require a referendum whenever the city wanted to spend more than $1 million on any art-related facility, including the Confluence Project ...