Issue #246 Jan. 23, 2014

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

Take a Ride

Amery artist pairs bicycles with landscapes in a unique show at the EC library

Issue #241 Nov. 7, 2013

Family Delicacy

One night when I visit Dad, he’s got Mom’s cookbooks laid out on the table ...

Issue #240 Oct. 24, 2013

Concrete Vision

engineer-turned-artist wants to share sculpture with students

UW-Stout Professor Short-Listed for Artprize

“The World’s An Untranslatable Language II (for Charles Wright)” is the 3-D piece that UW-Stout art professor Charles Matson Lume entered in this year’s ArtPrize contest – a massive art ...

Ink & Paper Returns with Scores of Local Artists

For a second year, almost 100 local artists and designers will come together for the Ink & Paper Print Sale at the Volume One Gallery at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St. The annual art show and sale ...

Michale Perry Broadcasts New Book of Essays

From radio show host to nurse to firefighter and even to New York Times bestselling author, Michael Perry has done it all and kept busy. As a humorist, he hosts Tent Show Radio and as a musician he tours with his band, the Long Beds. Tent Show ...

Navigating Home

new music from alt folk songstress, Eau Claire transplant Lizzy Diane

Free Flow

Hounds Before Lions tweak their sound for new album

Weird Hop

hip-hop duo releases Dream Feast album

New Poliça Album Features Local Ties

Poliça’s sophomore record, Shulamith, starts with a bang in the opening track “Chain My Name” – staccato synth notes ride above a heavy bed of bass and drums that create a ready-made dance track. The new album from the Minneapolis-based indie-pop ...

Issue #239 Oct. 10, 2013

Flyway Film Festival Returns

The Flyway Film Festival is back this year. It will take place Oct. 17-20 in the western Wisconsin burgs of Pepin and Stockholm. This annual festival features more than 50 film, filmmakers ...

Damned Good Print Show Rockin' at UW-Stout

Rock ’n’ roll may be damned, but judging by a UW-Stout print show influenced by 1970s and ’80s album art, it will never die. With the skills of 21 artists from across the nation, many ...

Chasing Death

Eau Claire native’s novel follows the search for a Nazi-hunting killer

District Co. Changes Tune

The District Company is trying something new. First opening as a coffee and sandwich shop trying to appeal to entrepreneurs, it has evolved into an all-ages music and performance venue. For all of the readers who were fans of the countless flavors of soda that The District Company was known for, do not fret ...

Hear In There

sound installation project puts twist on ‘Ode to Joy’

From the Farm

Almost Halloween and the wind / rattles the kitchen door as old / Maude Rose sits and visits ...

Issue #238 Sept. 26, 2013
Issue #237 Sept. 12, 2013

Raise Your Paws Up

Canine lovers, meet art lovers. Actually, you’ve probably already met since there seems to be vast overlap between the love of our four-pawed pals and a love of all things artistic. Tangled Up In Hue is combining those passions once again in the ...

Together Now

Heyde gathers works from top Chippewa Valley talent

Double B Plus

Double B’s songs have a certain bounce to them. The Menomonie rapper has a throwback style reminiscent to late ‘90s hip-hop, laying down narrative lyrics over live instrumental beats. These classic elements have gained Double B – or Brady Benn ...


library art committee tries to attract new talent by exposing itself

Issue #236 August 29, 2013

Chippewa Falls Writer Wins Award for Thriller

There is a fine line between love and hate, or in this case, murder. Chippewa Falls author Laurie Norlander’s novel Mirror Images follows a young woman named Maddy, who suspects that her former boyfriend, Nic, may be more violent than she ever ...

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