Issue #276 March 18, 2015

Opening Shot | Mar. 18, 2015

Taking the “lumbersexual” trend to frightening new levels, Nate “Bones” Knoeck covers Nirvana with local metal band Caveat for (the fantastic) Decadent Cabaret 2015 (Mar. 5–7) at the House of Rock.

Issue #275 March 4, 2015

Opening Shot | Mar. 4, 2015

A FIREY FUNDRAISER. On Feb. 27, The Fire Ball – UW-Eau Claire’s annual drag-tastic fundraiser for the Women’s & LGBTQ Resource Center – brought together fierce local drag performers and headliners from RuPaul’s Drag Race ...

Issue #274 Febuary 18, 2015

Opening Shot | Feb. 18, 2015

“SEE HERE, WATSON, YOU OWE ME £35 FOR THESE CALLS TO MANCHESTER.” James Finn (left, as Sherlock Holmes) and Ned Gannon (as Dr. Watson) star in the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which runs ...

Issue #273 Febuary 4, 2015

Opening Shot | Feb. 4, 2015

THE FAST AND THE 4-WHEELED FURIOUS. The Northwest Wisconsin Winter Fest and Games sprawled across Lake Altoona Jan. 23–25, featuring all manner of frosty fun, including ATV/motorcycle races.

Issue #271 January 7, 2015

Opening Shot | Jan. 7, 2015

EQUINOX YOUR SOCKS OFF. The Equinox Jazz Group played the Acoustic Café in Eau Claire on Friday, Jan. 2 – with Karl Anderson, who’s all about that bass.

Issue #270 December 23, 2014

Opening Shot | Dec. 23, 2014

CRANE AS IT EVER WAS. Currently one of downtown Eau Claire’s tallest structures, a big ol’ construction crane appeared last week to help build the Haymarket Landing project.

Issue #269 December 11, 2014

Opening Shot | Dec. 11, 2014

A LIGHT BRIGHT FOR CHRISTMASTIME. On Thursday, Dec. 4, a host of locals gathered in Phoenix Park to see the lighting of the downtown Eau Claire park’s majestic new winter tree lights.

Issue #268 November 27, 2014

Opening Shot | Nov. 27, 2014

CROON TIME. Brooke Nicole Sjoquist was among the performers on Nov. 14 when Eau Claire Jazz Inc. (in partnership with UW-Eau Claire) presented Gatsby’s Gala at the Davies Center. The jazz age-themed dance took cues from The Great Gatsby’s ...

Issue #267 November 13, 2014

Opening Shot | Nov. 13, 2014

RUFF WEATHER. Even the cold, snowy weather on Monday, November 10 couldn’t dampen the spirits of Phoenix Park’s beloved canine statue, who still told passersby to “Have a Great Dane!”

Issue #266 October 30, 2014

Opening Shot | Oct. 30, 2014

GUITAR HERO. On Friday, Oct. 24, living guitar legend Buddy Guy visited the State Theatre. Guy’s body of work has had a fundamental impact on multiple generations of blues and rock ’n’ roll guitarists.

Issue #265 October 16, 2014

Opening Shot | Oct. 16, 2014

TRICK-OR-TRICKED-OUT. Brent Knutson and his family take Halloween pretty seriously. With the entire place (and yard) decked out in the spookiest stuff, kids flock to it on Halloween. He said last year they had more than 500 kids stop by ...

Issue #263 September 18, 2014

Opening Shot | Sept. 18, 2014

KEEPING UP THE CURB. A man waters his front yard plantings as a young girl scoots by near Manz Elementary on Eau Claire’s south side. Something as simple as keeping your yard looking nice and tidy goes a long way toward making a neighborhood ...

Issue #262 September 4, 2014

Opening Shot | Sept. 4, 2014

A LENGTHY DINNER. Roughly 120 people (only about half of them are shown here) gathered for dinner on the Grand Avenue Footbridge over the Chippewa River on Wednesday, Aug. 27. It was the first ever Grand Evening on the Bridge, a fundraiser ...

Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Opening Shot | August 21, 2014

Featuring over 700 cars (such as the sweet truck above), the 2014 Indianhead Swap Meet & Car Show was August 3 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds.

Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Opening Shot | August 7, 2014

CHALKING UP ANOTHER YEAR. Nearly 150 artists and thousands of connoisseurs of concrete art descended on Wilson Park in downtown Eau Claire on Saturday, Aug. 2, for Volume One’s annual Chalkfest.

Issue #259 July 24, 2014

Opening Shot | July 24, 2014

HANKY SELFIE. Eau Claire Express fans at a recent game in Carson Park (left to right): Andrea Phan, Sarah Morgan, Danielle Schweiss, Anne Brennan, and JJ Smieja. Photo by Janelle Krause.

Issue #258 July 10, 2014

Opening Shot | July 10, 2014

YEE-HAW, Señor Kitty. Just some of the fans seen at Country Fest 2014 out near Cadott. See more photos from June 26 & 29 with headliners Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line ...

Issue #257 June 26, 2014
Issue #256 June 12, 2014

Opening Shot | June 12, 2014

CURRENT STANDINGS. Just a little stand-up paddleboarding on the water of Braun’s Bay in Eau Claire’s Carson Park – an activity filled with (surface) tension.

Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Opening Shot | May 29, 2014

THE PAGODA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. On May 22, crews detached and removed the iconic pagoda from the former Woo’s Pagoda restaurant on Hastings Way. It now belongs to the Chippewa Valley Museum.

Issue #254 May 15, 2014

Opening Shot | May 15, 2014

STONE COLD INSTALLATION. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire installed its fourth round of sculptures downtown on May 6 and 7. This hefty beauty can be seen on the corner of Madison and North Barstow Streets.

Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Opening Shot | May 1, 2014

ON WITH THE BOW! No Brand Con 2014, the Chippewa Valley’s premiere event for Anime, cosplay (above), tabletop and video gaming, and general geekery ran April 25–27 at The Plaza Hotel & Suites.

Issue #252 April 17, 2014

Opening Shot | April 17, 2014

POP STAR. UW-Stout student Bryce Smith pops a glitter-filled balloon on the catwalk during UW-Stout’s annual Fashion Without Fabric show April 12. Smith and fellow student Taylor Jacobs created the outfit ...

Issue #250 March 20, 2014

Opening Shot | March 20, 2014

On March 6, Tiit Raid (above) and Peter Phippen played “Shading” at UWEC’s Foster Gallery – a visual/auditory piece by Australian artist Catherine Schieve. The piece combines hieroglyphics as musical score and art – various forms of music ...

Issue #249 March 6, 2014

Opening Shot | March 6, 2014

SHROUDED IN DANCE MYSTERY. On Sunday, February 23 friends and students of dance artist Barry Lynn celebrated his 100th birthday with a dance concert at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls.

Issue #248 Feb. 20, 2014

Opening Shot | Feb. 20, 2014

AMIRIGHT? The latest installment of Volume One’s grown-up storytelling series – Let’s Be Honest – happened at The Local Store on Feb. 13, with four featured yarn-spinners and an open mic.

Issue #247 Feb. 6, 2014

Opening Shot | Feb. 6, 2014

At the US National Snow Carving Competition in Lake Geneva, Wis. (Jan 29-Feb. 1), local artists Steve Bateman and Jason Anhorn teamed up with Wauwatosa’s David Andrews to take home First Place ... again.

Issue #246 Jan. 23, 2014

Opening Shot | Jan. 23, 2014

WISCONSIN ESKIMO. V1 photographer Tim Mather caught this shot of his son Heinz out on the ice of Lake Menomin in Menomonie while ice skating earlier this winter.

Issue #245 Jan. 9, 2014

Opening Shot | Jan. 9, 2014

I SURE HOPE THE SAFETY’S ON! Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s production of Steel Magnolias runs Jan. 9-12 and 16-19 at the Grand Theatre.

Issue #244 Dec. 19, 2013

Opening Shot | Dec. 19, 2013

S. CAREY DEBUTS A NEW MUSICAL INVENTION, THE DRUMPIANO. Sean Carey and Jeremy Boettcher of S. Carey played at the Volume One Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 14, as part of the Jingle Jams series.

Issue #243 Dec. 5, 2013

Opening Shot | Dec. 5, 2013

A group of friends enjoy open skating at Hobbs Ice Center on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Open skating is available for adults and children nearly every Sunday and Wednesday through the end of March. Call 715-839-5040 for details.

Issue #242 Nov. 21, 2013

Opening Shot | Nov. 21, 2013

REACHIN’ FOR THE ROCK. On Saturday, November 16, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts hosted “Power Balladz: The Ultimate ‘80s Sing-Along” – a loving tribute to the heyday of the hair band.

Issue #241 Nov. 7, 2013

Opening Shot | Nov. 7, 2013

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre presented the Broadway blockbuster Les Misérables at the State Theatre, Oct. 24–27.

Issue #240 Oct. 24, 2013

Opening Shot | Oct. 24, 2013

“RAWR” SAYS CAPTAIN SPACE KITTY. UW-Eau Claire’s mixed-media exhibition “Animal Skins: Visual Surfaces” explores the many layers of taxidermy – as museum object, photographic subject, sculptural interpretation, and cultural phenomenon.

Issue #239 Oct. 10, 2013

Opening Shot | Oct. 10, 2013

IT AIN’T ALL APPLES. On a recent sunny Saturday, volunteers and staff gathered at River Bend Winery in Chippewa Falls to harvest some grapes.

Issue #237 Sept. 12, 2013

Opening Shot | Sept. 12, 2013

ALL THAT PRE-KICKBALL YOGA TRAINING FINALLY COMES IN HANDY. Sept. 6 and 7 saw the return of the Chippewa Valley Rock-n-Roll Kickball Classic on Altoona’s Cinder City Park. Sixteen teams started the two-day kickball battle/live music party, but ...

Issue #236 August 29, 2013

Opening Shot | August 29, 2013

Kids, you wheelie shouldn’t try this at home. On Friday, Aug. 23, a motorcycle stunt show was hosted by Midwest Mayhem Motorcycle Club and Wesleyan Church in Eau Claire.

Issue #235 August 15, 2013

Opening Shot | August 15, 2013

The US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship took place Aug. 8-11 at Carson Park, pitting artists in a competition that combined art and power tools.

Issue #234 August 1, 2013

Opening Shot | August 1, 2013

“The balloon called me yeller.” The annual Eau Claire County Fair took place July 24-28 at the EC County Expo Center. This year’s festivities included a “Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition.”

Issue #233 July 18, 2013

Opening Shot | July 18, 2013

KUBB ... IT GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN. The 2013 U.S. National Kubb Championship took place in Eau Claire on July 13 and 14, with Eau Claire teams placing first (Kubbsicles) and fourth (Kubbitz). Above: Chris Hodges of Team Knockerheads from Des Moines, Iowa, which took third place.

Issue #232 July 4, 2013

Opening Shot | July 4, 2013

LOOKING FOR A SIGN? Several additional bicycle and pedestrian signs were installed in late June throughout parts of Eau Claire’s paved trail network. The trails wind around the city and on several paths throughout downtown along rivers and lakes ...

Issue #231 June 20, 2013

Opening Shot | June 20, 2013

The 2013 USAF Unified National Armwrestling Championship took place at America’s Best Value Inn in Eau Claire, June 14–16.

Issue #230 June 6, 2013

Opening Shot | June 6, 2013

The first day of the South Barstow Street reconstruction (Tuesday, May 28) in downtown Eau Claire greatly changed the familiar streetscape. The most notable change was the removal of Barstow’s canopy of trees.

Issue #229 May 23, 2013
Issue #228 May 9, 2013

Opening Shot | May 9, 2013

On May 3 the opening reception for “Elemental Grace, Reflective Homage” – a collaborative show between Tracy Chipman and Hope Larsen –was hosted by Menomonie’s Raw Deal.

Issue #227 April 25, 2013
Issue #226 April 11, 2013

Note from the Editor | April 11, 2013

Things are starting to feel pretty good at the Volume One office, in much the same way I’m sure many of you are feeling. The thaw has finally arrived. There is sun. There is warmth.

Opening Shot | April 11, 2013

ROOTY TOOT TOOT. The horns of Grammy-nominated trumpet master Claudio Roditi were out in force on Friday night, April 5 for Jazz Fest 2013. The headliner show also featured EC native Geoffrey Keezer and local writer Michael Perry.

Issue #225 Mar. 28, 2013

Opening Shot | Mar. 28, 2013

NOT SURE WHY EVERYONE’S SO UPSET ABOUT ALL THE SNOW THIS YEAR. WHAT DID IT EVER DO TO YOU? This snow beastie was recently spotted on the 2200 block of Eighth Street in Eau Claire.

Issue #223 Feb. 28, 2013

Opening Shot | Feb. 28, 2013

MIXING UP SOME SUPER SWEET RAIL JAM FOR YOUR TOAST. On Saturday February 16, The Dunn County SnowPark hosted their annual Rail Jam and Big Air Contest.

Issue #222 Feb. 14, 2013

Opening Shot | Feb. 14, 2013

HIGH ON ART. Artist Raymond Kaselau (smiling in the background) was one of dozens of local artists to display their work at the 2013 Banbury Art Crawl, held Feb. 8 and 9 in Building 13 of Banbury Place.

Issue #221 Jan. 31, 2013

Opening Shot | Jan. 32, 2013

WHY SNOWMOBILE WHEN YOU CAN FLY? Brackett Bar near Fall Creek hosted Snow Biz 2013 on Jan. 26, featuring their annual snow-cross race to benefit United Cerebral Palsy.

Issue #220 Jan. 17, 2013

Opening Shot | Jan. 17, 2013

Attack of the Ice Nessie! Spotted on Wednesday, January 9, the “Loch Chip Monster” – the mysterious Nessie-shaped concrete sculpture that appeared last summer – returned to the Chippewa River for a brief time. This time made of the frozen water ...

Issue #219 Dec. 27, 2012

Opening Shot | Dec. 27, 2012

HERE WE GO A-LAUNCHERING. The first-ever Clearwater Winter Parade was held Saturday, December 15. Roughly 5,000 people turned out at 5pm to watch 48 light-covered parade entries make their way down Water Street in Eau Claire. Seen here is ...

Issue #218 Dec. 13, 2012

Opening Shot | Dec. 13, 2012

One of Eau Claire’s many holidazzled homes, this one is in the Abbe Hill area. All those decorations sure look better after 14.7 inches of snowfall (from Dec. 9).

Issue #217 Nov. 29, 2012

Opening Shot | Nov. 29, 2012

For the third year in a row, Billy Angell organized Stage Fright: A Tribute to The Last Waltz – The Band’s legendary Thanksgiving Day concert from 1976, starring a cast of area musicians.

Issue #216 Nov. 15, 2012
Issue #215 Nov. 1, 2012

Opening Shot | Nov. 1, 2012

One of many mechanical wonders at reception for the John & Aren Lawler show in the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.

Issue #214 Oct. 18, 2012

Opening Shot | Oct. 18, 2012

The “big tunnel” under the State Street hill is just one of the wonders you’ll witness while walking along the gravely road that is Putnam Trail.

Issue #212 Sept. 20, 2012

Opening Shot | Sept. 20, 2012

On the Eau Claire River between Dewey and Barstow Streets. That’s the Dewey Street bridge with Banbury Place in the distance.

Issue #211 Sept. 6, 2012

Opening Shot | Sept. 6, 2012

Local dogs recently invaded a local swimming pool, traversing the water using some sort of canine paddling technique. (Fairfax Pool held its annual Doggie Swim Fest on Sunday, August 26.)

Issue #210 Aug. 23, 2012

Opening Shot | Aug. 23, 2012

A variety of colorful old-school airplanes criss-crossed the skies of Eau Claire for much of the August 18 weekend for the American Barnstormers Tour, held at the Chippewa Valley International Regional Airport. Rides (to try and see your house ...

Issue #209 Aug. 9, 2012

Opening Shot | Aug. 9, 2012

CHALKQUAKE! Chalkfest 2012 (August 4, Wilson Park, Eau Claire) enjoyed a beautiful day, a record number of artists, and hundreds upon hundreds of wide-eyed spectators.

Issue #208 July 26, 2012

Opening Shot | July 26, 2012

Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, shooting some b-ball on First Avenue. Eau Claire’s 2012 installment of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament happened up and down First Avenue July 13-15.

Issue #207 July 12, 2012

Opening Shot | July 12, 2012

Despite the recent heat wave (or because of it) and a rash of buckling asphalt, the Chippewa River in Eau Claire remained as busy as ever with area tubers letting the current take them wherever it pleased (which is mostly from Phoenix Park to ...

Issue # 206 June 28, 2012

Opening Shot | June 28, 2012

On Saturday, July 16, the Eau Claire Express played the Green Bay Bullfrogs at Carson Park, defeating Green Bay 7-4. Check out the rest of the Express home game schedule at

Issue # 205 June 14, 2012

Opening Shot | June 14, 2012

One of Irvine Park Zoo’s less modest residents shows off for the kids. The white peacock is a genetic variant of the Indian Blue Peafowl.

Issue #204 May 31, 2012

Opening Shot | May 31, 2011

On Saturday, May 19 Main Street of Menomonie organized Summer Daze, which is a new festival focusing on the community and embracing its heritage. They had activities for all ages throughout the weekend, including a Lumber Jack competition.

Issue #203 May 17, 2012

Opening Shot | May 17, 2011

Local youths, shown here en route to a pot of gold. A rainbow bursts skyward, as seen from Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire, immediately following evening downpours on Tuesday, May 8.

Issue #202 May 3, 2012

Opening Shot | May 3, 2011

On April 21, the Great Hall of Memorial Student Center saw UW-Stout’s 2012 installment of Fashion Without Fabric, where design students make and model wearable creations fashioned from pretty much anything but normal textiles ...

Issue #201 Apr. 19, 2012

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.

Issue #199 Mar. 22, 2012

Opening Shot | March 22, 2012

Despite the amazing warm temperatures of late, those crazy “sprite” statues on UW-Eau Claire’s lower campus recently found t-shirts necessary.

Issue #196 Feb. 9, 2012

Opening Shot | Feb. 9, 2012

This weather's for the dogs! Amiright?! On a chilly day in downtown Eau Claire in late January, a local pooch kept its kibble-n-bits warm via the latest in cold weather doggy wear.

Issue #195 Jan. 26, 2012

Opening Shot | Jan. 26, 2012

Part of the Janet Carson Gallery’s current art exhibition, “Brigit” is some sweet mixed media from local artist Kathleen Seitz. The exhibit showcases the work of 2010’s Confluence of Art winners.

Issue #194 Jan. 12, 2012

Opening Shot | Jan. 12, 2012

An “AcoustiHoo” show on Jan. 7 at Obsession Chocolates featured Sue Orfield on sax, Luke Fisher on guitar, Olaf Lind on fiddle, and Randy Sinz on bass.

Issue #193 Dec. 22, 2011

Opening Shot | Dec. 22, 2011

On a recent Sunday afternoon, patrons of Wagner’s Lanes in Eau Claire were able to witness the mad bowling skillz of Father Christmas. Taking a break from his elf management duties, Ol’ St. Nick was in town for a Boys & Girls Club event.

Issue #192 Dec. 8, 2011
Issue # 191, Nov. 25, 2011

Opening Shot | Nov. 24, 2011

From Nov. 17-19, BareBones Ensemble Theatre presented Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Hunter Gatherers at The Grand Theatre, a play about a dinner date gone awry with sex, violence, wrestling, and animal sacrifice. Kinda like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf...

Issue #190, Nov. 10, 2011

Opening Shot | Nov. 10, 2011

Foster Gallery’s newest exhibition, Hidden Fortress, is a collection of 10 artists’ works under the theme of “hidden performance,” and it’s a pretty cool show. Visit the show at UWEC’s Haas Fine Arts Center anytime before Nov. 22.

Issue #189, Oct. 27, 2011

Opening Shot | Oct. 27, 2011

On Oct. 15, a zombie mob gathered in Eau Claire’s Wilson Park and then shambled forth, filling the streets (and local taverns) with undead fun – the Zombie Pub Crawl.

Issue # 188, Oct. 13, 2011
Issue # 186, Sept. 15, 2011

Opening Shot | Sept. 15, 2011

The Grand Little Theatre played host to an original stage adaptation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in early September. The Chippewa Valley’s own Miss Dee-Lovely played the unlikely heroine.

Issue #185, Sept. 1, 2011
Issue #184, Aug. 18, 2011

Opening Shot | Aug 18, 2011

Despite a late afternoon, sidewalk-washing downpour, Chalkfest 2011 (Aug. 6) made for a fantastic Saturday of art and community. Pictured here is one of the Jury Award winners, Peter Davidson, at work.

Issue #183, Aug. 4, 2011

Opening Shot | Aug. 4, 2011

The 2011 Eau Claire County Fair took place July 27–31 at the County Expo Center, featuring many fair favorites, including the death-defying Lawnmower Races.

Issue #182, July 21, 2011

Opening Shot | July 21, 2011

Every week after the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park, the High Octane Fire Troop takes the labyrinth to entertain the crowd at dusk.

Issue #181, July 7, 2011

Opening Shot | July 7, 2011

The rigging at the State Theatre (ropes, wires, pulleys, pipes, and weights above the stage) is being replaced. The huge project (it costs about $120,000) has been on their “to do list” for quite a while as the current system was donated in 1986

Issue #180, June 23, 2011

Opening Shot | June 23, 2011

The Chippewa River set the stage for another legendary FATFAR (Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta) on June 19, starting in Chippewa Falls and ending where ever ya hit shore.

Issue #179 June 9th, 2011
Issue #178 May 26th, 2011
Issue #177 May 12th, 2011
Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011
Issue #175 April 14th, 2011
Issue #174 Mar. 31st, 2011
Issue #172 Mar. 3rd, 2011
Issue #171 Feb. 17th, 2011
Issue #170 Feb. 3rd, 2011
Issue #169 Jan. 20th, 2011
Issue #168 Jan. 6th, 2011
Issue #167 Dec. 16th, 2010
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