Issue #252 April 17, 2014

Taking Comedy to the Street

On Friday, April 18, starting at 5:30pm the Eau Claire Comedy Crawl is taking over Barstow Street. This stand-up/improv comedy event will span five different locations including all ages venues Revival-Records and Pizza Plus, and 21+ venues ...

B.J. Hollars Honored

Time to fit another feather in the cap. The Council for Wisconsin Writers has named B.J. Hollars, a recently well-decorated and prolific writer and assistant professor of English at UWEC, the recipient of the 2014 Norbert Blei/August Derleth ...

A Collection of Stories

Singer and songwriter Mike Quick released his fourth album House of Dreams last December. This collaborative work showcases many local talents, such as Yata and Dixie Duffey. Being able to draw on so many different musicians allowed Quick to ...

Jon Sunde Goes It Alone

For years, The Daredevil Christopher Wright was one of Eau Claire’s most beloved bands – both within and outside our boundaries. Though the group has all but disbanded, frontman Jon Sunde is embarking on his own, recently announcing his debut ...

Issue #251 April 3, 2014

Dessa On the Mic

The Twin Cities’ first lady of hip-hop, Dessa – a solo artist and member of the Doomtree collective – is bringing a taste of the Midwest’s finest flow to Eau Claire on Thursday, April 17, with a performance that includes Rhymesayers special ...

Jazz It Up!

47th annual Jazz Fest features outstanding soloists, ensembles

Local Filmmakers Seek Funds for Festival Entries

Local film company Whiskey Neat Productions has recently finished its newest short film titled Tonight Was. This film is about a woman named Julia who goes on a blind date one night, but it doesn’t end as she expects it to. Tonight Was was ...

City Poet Laureate Hosts Lit Events

City of Eau Claire Poet Laureate Bruce Taylor, now in his second term, is hosting ongoing events for poets and writers, readers, and listeners. Writers Read occurs at 7pm the second Tuesday of each month ...

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 ...

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