Issue #259 July 24, 2014

End of Days

The United States will slide into the ocean at 3:45,
 / says my friend’s older brother, and he shows us the pictures / 
of land crumbling like a cookie dunked too long in milk.

A Floral Collaboration

The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, inspired by the Art in Bloom event held in Minneapolis, is hosting the Fabulous Florals and Fine Art event in the Janet Carson Gallery Aug. 7-10. The event called for submitted works from local artists ...

Local Artist’s Bill Murray Tribute Gets Big Attention

Starting out as a privately commissioned project for a family friend, a Bill Murray tribute piece has turned into quite the conversation starter for Eau Claire comic artist Mark Lone. Jason Held came to Lone in early 2012 with the idea ...

Post EP, Stay Strong Drops Video for Big Single

Despite their debut EP’s name, Eau Claire pop-rockers Stay Strong know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to catchy guitar rock. That three-song EP, What The Hell Are We Doing? came out late this winter, and the band has now followed up ...

Yata Rocks

longtime singer/songwriter takes new direction

Eau Claire Bands Bound for Rock County Folk Symposium

Starting in 2010, the Rock County Folk Symposium used to be sort of a private thing. The Janesville arts and music festival used to cater to friends and such pretty exclusively. But this year, the organizers pushed to sell around 250 tickets ...

Issue #258 July 10, 2014

A Single Sunde

J.E. Sunde unveils debut solo album, post-Daredevil C. Wright

On the Make

exploring Menomonie’s new ‘maker space’

Field Reporting In

Former Eau Clairian Chris Porterfield made some waves with his first album as Field Report, picking up national press and touring the country many times over.

Timber Tales

lumberjacks are the action heroes of Eau Claire author’s young adult novel

Issue #257 June 26, 2014

Taking the Initiative

Sick and tired of the United States’ political system? Fed up with our two national parties? Well, does Richard L. Freitag have a deal for you. The retired Eau Claire businessman’s newest book, The Citizens Initiative Party, details Freitag’s ...

Issue #256 June 12, 2014

Wine with a Side of Batik

What do a rooster, a Holstein cow, and elephants have in common? They are just some of the subjects of 16 batiks done by Chippewa Falls artist Sandra Churness on display through June 30 at From the Vine Wine Room, 2526 Golf Road, Eau Claire ...

Back Again

Meridene returns with b-sides EP, talk of new full-length

School's Out for Summer – Unless You're a Rockstar

Calling all rockers: The Eau Claire Music School is raising awareness about its latest project, “ECMS Rock Experience!” The two-week workshop, inspired by a similar program run by Mike Olson and the Madison Music Factory, offers a chance to ...

Out of the Dark

A steady fusion of horns, woodwinds, and acoustic guitar binds together Eau Claire local Tony Rongstad’s debut album, Dark Third. Released March 1, the folk-inspired LP features all original songs and delivers an earthy, natural sound throughout ...

Of Dusk

Rivers releases thoughtful full-length debut

Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Dave Powered

longtime local drummer hammers out his first solo

Freshen Up with Art Tour

With spring finally here (and summer just around the corner) it is officially day-trip season. It’s a time to get your family and friends together, pile in the car, and get out of town for the day. What better way to kick it off than ...

Issue #254 May 15, 2014

Plein as Day

visual artists will descend on Durand for week of outdoor painting

Reid Writes Compendium of Biographies for Kids

Want to share an exciting true story with the kid in your life? UW-Eau Claire lecturer (and former children’s library) Rob Reid’s latest book, Biographies to Read Aloud, can help. The book, the second in a series by Reid (the first ...

Smith's Stacker Songs

Terry Smith of Cornell who has been playing music for more than 45 years. It all started on February 9, 1964, when his brother dragged him to their grandparents’ house to watch The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. After this, he ...

Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Great Scott

alt-rock icon Weiland still alive and grunging

Out-of-This World Sequel

Who doesn’t love a good story that challenges traditional beliefs and has a slightly apocalyptic tone to it? That’s what Chippewa Valley author S.E. Meyer offers in his new book, The Crossing. A sequel to his debut novel, Origins, which was ...

Book Details St. Croix Riverway Hikes

The pristine waters that shape the state border may define the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, but the area offers recreation to more than just paddlers. A new book describes more than 70 hiking trails along the riverway, with an emphasis ...

UWEC Prof 'Walks' to Victory in Fiction Contest

Once again, UW-Eau Claire professors have been proven to be awesome. This time the honors are going to English professor emerita Karen Loeb for her new fiction story “The Walk to Makino.” Loeb won first place in Wisconsin People and Ideas ...

Rock Kings

Pullman’s EP Monarchs features new band lineup

End Notes

symphony season’s final concert features last works

Run Amok

Waiting in the express line at Copps, I read the latest tabloid / headlines and learn that the world’s monsters are out of control, and / while top scientists can’t explain it, I think I know why Nessie has ...

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 ...

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