Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Goo Maid

this punk band is marked with contradictions that work

Back to the Roots

Once local singer-songwriter, turned Nashville star, Anna Johnson has a new album entitled, Here. Since moving to Nashville in 2009, Johnson has produced three professional albums. She has had the opportunity to play with artists such as ...

Music of the Mid West

Though it’s across the border and on the other side of the Mighty Mississip’, Winona, Minn. isn’t actually that far away. And that’s good for us because every year the small college town plays host to the homegrown Mid West Music Festival ...

This Time

This is the forever day, / the one you want to hold in your pocket / like  a lucky penny, / when you leap out of bed before sunrise / and throw those curtains open anyway ...

Issue #250 March 20, 2014

Viennese Ball

annual social event brings elegance to Davies Center

Showdown Lowdown

The year is 1889 in an old gold mining town called Gold Town. Locals spend their day panning for tiny flecks of precious gold, not knowing they’re sitting over the mother lode of all gold veins. In nearby Fandango, greedy railroad baron Bart ...

Talking In (Lots of) Tongues

Admit it, how many of you – besides the hordes of creative writing majors at UW-Eau Claire – actually read poetry? It’s some scary form of writing that your high school English teacher made you dissect and wring out every possible meaning ...

Get Gone

Letters From Earth unleashes new tracks

High School Musical

For 10 years now Wisconsin high schoolers have had an outlet to get some pretty sweet attention, studio time and gear from the statewide Launchpad Battle Of The Bands. The competition pits high school bands of all varieties (rock, metal, ska ...

Tapes Before Lions

Hounds Before Lions has been creeping up in the Eau Claire music scene, bringing its contemplative indie rock to venues around town. The group finished its first recordings late in 2013, but now they have a physical release ...

Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Eight-Foot Squid Preps Newest Film, Telemarketer

Your pals over at Eight-Foot Squid have something up their sleeves. The film production company that has brought the Chippewa Valley a variety of films over the last few years (Grand Theft Matrimony, Fenris Unchained) is beginning work ...

Arts West Hits 35 Years with a Bang

ArtsWest is the annual showcase of some of the best artists in the Chippewa Valley and it’s back this year in full force. The 35th iteration of the art show at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire runs until April 4 ...

UW-Barron County Launches Fest for Writers

UW-Barron County up in Rice Lake wants to talk to you, Chippewa Valley writers. Yeah, you. This May 10 the college is planning the Northwest Wisconsin Writers Festival and it’s asking local writers and authors to attend. The festival will ...

Forging a Dream

new cross-country metal supergroup Terraform creates spacey soundscapes

Heart of the Matter

Eau Claire music veterans Jonathon Seeley, Adam Thoms and Alyssa Rieper have banded together to create a new expansive folk/country group, Heart Of The Heart. The three-piece – with the help of a handful of other EC musicians including ...

EC Native Makes Friends with Oscar

He may not be an A-list Hollywood celeb, but Eau Claire-native Peter W. Anderson got more hardware from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences this year than Leonardo DiCaprio or Sandra Bullock did. Anderson, a 1960 Eau Claire Memorial ...

Excerpt from A Wild, Cold State

At a museum just off Main Street you enter a door in the middle of what – if your imagination leaps – is the silver underbelly. Inside, a display of antique lures, tackle boxes, outboard motors, stuffed specimens of not only muskie but bass ...

Issue #248 Feb. 20, 2014

Wonka vs. Wonka

Menomonie, EC groups offer dueling productions of children’s classic

Decadent Cabaret 'tis on the way!

Break out the wigs and bell bottoms, ladies and gentlemen: It’s time for Decadent Cabaret. The weekend-long festival at House Of Rock will turn 35 this year and will celebrate with 35 sets over three nights March 6-8. Oh, what’s that? You’ve ...

Listening to the Rivers

The word “rivers” can mean a lot in Eau Claire, but another meaning is three years in the making. Rivers consists of experienced local musicians Dexter Wolfe (Sky Lion), Pat Kuehn (Adelyn Rose, Thresher Shark) and Colin Carey (Dust Of Men) ...

Issue #247 Feb. 6, 2014

Lunchtime in the Gallery

The Furlong Gallery at UW-Stout has launched “Middle Mondays,” an ongoing series of speeches that complement artwork in the gallery. Each Monday at lunchtime the gallery will feature a speaker whose work is in one of the shows currently on ...

Dressed to Impress

CVTG production explores the lives and wardrobes of generations of women

Lunch Date

The drive to Madison only took 70 minutes, but it felt like hours. Her feet rustled in the garbage that littered the bottom of Dan’s Prius, greasy McDonald’s bags and bits of stale Kwik Trip hotdog buns mixed with the vague stench of old fishing ...

Still Tangled After All These Years

Tangled Up in Hue on Barstow Street has become a fixture and major part of the downtown Eau Claire experience since Erin Roesler and Jamie Kyser opened its doors five years ago. Its website describes it as “one-of-a-kind art collective ...

Season of Frost

roundabout journey brings priceless poetry collection to UWEC

Ready, Aim

genre-defying Heart Pills go West in second album

Music of America

Think you know the musical landscape of America? Well, the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra will have you think again with its upcoming concert “American Music, Through the Years.” American music is as diverse and ever changing as our history ...

Issue #246 Jan. 23, 2014

Edible Book Fest Seeks Appetizing Literary Fare

Ever read a story that was good enough to eat? The first-ever Clearwater Edible Book Festival at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library invites patrons to (literally) cook up something inspired by a book and to bring in their creations on ...

North House Preps New EP

Eau Claire electronic musician North House is a workhorse. Alex Tronson, the 20-something UW-Eau Claire student behind North House, keeps his Bandcamp page active, constantly posting new tracks, remixes, and mixtapes that show a surprisingly ...

Sad Ewok Infiltrates House of Rock

While this might be one of the weirder stories of the year, it’s not too surprising considering who it comes from. Minneapolis experimental band Marijuana Deathsquads (headed by Eau Clairian Ryan Olson) has a new video for their song ...

Issue #245 Jan. 9, 2014

War Bride, 1944

When the phone rang that night / my heart skipped a beat. / It was the voice of my beloved— / I can hear it yet. / “I’m being shipped out. / Are you going to marry me or not?”

Elephant Noises

chamber orchestra gig features Babar, instrument petting zoo

The Shafers take over Volume One Gallery with new show

A true power couple in the world of Eau Claire art will be joining forces at the Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St., with a new show in January and February. Anders and Barbara Shafer, both professors emeriti at UW-Eau Claire, will present ...

The Teacher

i am an old tractor / when i steam ahead / my cleats bruise earth / making the way ready / for seeds to meet sun

Issue #244 Dec. 19, 2013

Dwarfcraft Adds to Its Stable of Pedals

Dwarfcraft Devices has been serving up fuzz and noise to the world from right here in the Chippewa Valley for years, but a recent acquisition might branch them out even more. The Eau Claire-based guitar pedal company recently took over ...

Off Like a Shot

debut novel generating international buzz, Hollywood interest

Get the Party Started

Sometimes the only thing to do in winter is throw a party. That’s exactly what three artists are doing at the Acoustic Café, 102 Main St., in Menomonie all through the month of December. Art Party is a show featuring the work of local artists ...

Meet Barry

Broadway performer, a UWEC grad, writes album of original songs

Issue #243 Dec. 5, 2013

Effort Offers Photo Portraits to Those in Need

Know a senior citizen, military family, veteran, or child who has never had a portrait taken? Go to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St., in Eau Claire on Saturday, Dec. 7, when Help-Portrait Eau Claire will shoot smiles ...

Romance: A Parable

I live in a garden apartment. Upstairs, a woman I rarely see, / who keeps a huge leggy dog and a green parrot. Every day / an hour after she walks to work, the parrot calls from its cage

Fantastical Follow-Up

In 2010 local author Travis Ludvigson released Yaré Darkness Bound, the first book in a three-part fantasy series, The Nephilim Chronicles. Now Ludvigson has unleashed the second book, Iron Song ...

Issue #242 Nov. 21, 2013
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