Issue #201 Apr. 19, 2012

Articles in this Issue

The Rear End

Mow to Anger

exactly what does Mother Nature think she's doing?


How to Celebrate Record Store Day Around Here

Record Store Day is kind of like Black Friday, except for music lovers. And on a Saturday. It’s an international event where musicians put out exclusive vinyl for independent record stores only. Revival Records will be the only place in the ...

Legit Music to Beat on Mount Simon

Techno beats and drops will shake Mt. Simon Park and avid local technophiles with “Legit Music.” The “Legit Music” event will shuffle various techno beat masters from the Eau Claire area. Those interested in what they hear can pick up the ...

Electrolyte Empire Releases Debut EP via Digital Download

It was about a year ago Electrolyte Empire wrapped up recording the seven-song Underfoot EP. The 90s-inspired hard rockers spent six grueling months with local sound engineer Jaime Hansen, but never got around to producing any sort of physical ...

Pale Kid Who Raps Fast Headed to UW-Eau Claire

The winner of the Brave New Voices award for the 2006 National Poetry Slam, George Watsky, will be spouting lyrics at super-human speed at UWEC on April 24. Watsky, “a versatile lyricist who switches between silly and serious, technically ...


An Odd Take on the Odd Couple

Menomonie Theater Guild is putting on a rendition of The Odd Couple … with a female cast. “I think that there’s still this sort of mistaken idea and assumption out there that men are funnier or better at comedy,” said Blaine Halverson, executive ...

Explore Fashion Without Fabric

Tasked with creating clothing without using fabric of any kind, UW-Stout design students have their work cut out for them. Every spring, the university’s Art and Design Department puts on its popular “Fashion Without Fabric” fashion show. “A lot ...

Bubble Mania!

bubble artist comes to town by way of Cirque de Soleil


D&D Meets the Hodag in Medieval Fantasy Book

What happens when you mix Dungeons and Dragons and a Rhinelander lumberjack myth about a dragon called the Hodag? The answer involves a local Eau Claire man named Joseph Beaufeaux, and his book Eternal Knights, the first in a planned trilogy ...

Visual Art

UWEC, Stout Showcasing Newest Crop of Artists

It’s Local. It’s Fresh. It’s a Smorgasbord of UW Student Art Shows. Around here, we make artists. Grab your plate and see what the newest of the new have been cooking up. Running now, UWEC’s Foster Gallery presents its show of current student art ...


Stout Students Recreate Menomonie Drive-In

Starting April 20, Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie will host a new exhibit about the city’s former drive-in movie theater. Created by Stout design and construction students from testimonials and a Google maps image, the exhibit ...

Local Look

Phoenix Gardens to Get Swanky Pavilion this Summer

This summer the Phoenix Community Gardens and North River Fronts Neighborhood will get a multi-faceted structure that seeks to be a community gathering space, place to store gardening tools and process crops, and collect rain water to irrigate ...

Glimpse | Area Girl Scouts Bust Out Local Lore Merit Badge

Local Girl Scouts have an old idea for a new badge. The fourth- and fifth-grade troop at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School, led by Kim Lien and Lissa Ziehr, is introducing a “local lore” badge to their repertoire. “I love choosing ...

Glimpse | Local Man makes a Jeopardy Run

Though he racked up $15,200 during the game, Eau Clarian Michael Tvaruzka finished in third place during his Jeopardy! appearance on April 4. The 43-year-old Stout research specialist employee got on the show through 50-question online contests ...

Food / Drink

Downtown Durand to get Artisan Bakery

An artisan bakery is coming to downtown Durand, and will be headed by two bakers from the former Creamery in Downsville. River Valley Bakery (as it’s intended to be called) is slated to open in late May at 216 W Main St, producing bread, rolls, ...

Kid Culture
Special Sections

No-Mow Lawns

a new movement away from the traditional grass yard

Other Stuff

Note from the Editor | April 19, 2012

"Well we had a great couple of weeks, and we want to thank the many people and organizations that reached out to congratulate us on our 10-year anniversary, special issue, and upcoming move. The warm fuzzies were abundant for our staff as we ... "

Opening Shots

Opening Shot | April 19, 2012

RETURN OF THE THROW: On Thursday, April 5, The Improv Lab hit the Stones Throw in downtown Eau Claire for one of their monthly gigs – a stripped-down, free form presentation of improvised theater and comedy.

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