James Johonnott

Editorial - Resource & Listings Editor

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Fri. Jul. 28th, 2017

Stealing the Stage

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UWEC alum returns to produce original comedy in Eau Claire

Tue. Jul. 18th, 2017

Roll Into These Local Skateparks

James Johonnott

Looking for a new place to shred? With skate parks in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie, there are plenty of great, safe places to hang out, practice your moves, and meet some fellow skaters.

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

25-Cent Flicks Offer Summery Savings

James Johonnott

Looking to cool off during the dog-days of summer? Just scoop between the couch cushions and find a handful of quarters, then head to Micon Cinemas in Eau Claire or Chippewa Falls for 25-cent movies this summer.

Fri. Jun. 30th, 2017

Back in Session: School Start Times for Fall

James Johonnott

We know, it's STILL summer. But just in case you are ambitious and want to mentally prepare yourselves. Here are the start dates for local schools in the Chippewa Valley!

Fri. Jun. 30th, 2017

Everyone Out! Here's When Local Pools Close

James Johonnott

Summer's not over yet, and neither is the public pool season. You can still get plenty of use out of the public pool season pass. Be sure to check out the events, discount days, dog swims, and other happenings that go on at your local public pool.

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

8 Kid-Friendly Spots You Can Eat at With No Worries

James Johonnott

If dirty looks could kill, many parents would never have made it out of certain dining experiences, especially in establishments where Happy Meals aren’t on the menu ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

6 Chippewa Valley Farmers Markets

James Johonnott

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who actually grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Grab your shopping lists and canvas carrying bags ...

Wed. May. 10th, 2017

3 Chippewa Valley Swimming Pools

James Johonnott

You don’t have to go far this summer to cool off. Outdoor pools make for a great way to socialize, exercise, and of course have some wet fun!

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

Raising Visibility

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UWEC students’ immersive theater presentation highlights homelessness

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Life's a Cabaret

James Johonnott, photos by Anna Mateffy

UWEC’s theatrical extravaganza thinks outside the box

Wed. Dec. 28th, 2016

Who Do You Believe?

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

with Doubt, CVTG tackles tough questions

Wed. Dec. 14th, 2016

'Nun' of Your Business

James Johonnott

the goofy nuns from Nunsense stage a holiday musical

Thu. Dec. 1st, 2016

Staging the Holidays: Local theater groups bring Christmas to life

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and the holiday season ahead, the urge to get out of the house for an evening will be greater than ever. If you’re looking for a night out at the theater or an afternoon show for the kids ...

Mon. Nov. 21st, 2016

Kid-Friendly Holiday Plays Take the Stage

James Johonnott

Let’s face it – with the holiday season on the doorstep, there’s only so much time indoors you and your kids can take. But just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night out. Check out one of the many holiday plays put on by local talent...

Tue. Oct. 4th, 2016

Fall Into Freshness

James Johonnott

explore western Wisconsin byways on the Fresh Art Tour

Fri. Jul. 15th, 2016

Gamer Haven: The District Company triples the size of its kingdom

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The movement to think and buy local is nothing new to gamers. “Support your local game store” is a phrase that has been passed around gamer culture for years. Gamers are the first to understand that having a friendly local game store at the center ...

Wed. Jun. 1st, 2016

2016 Summer Music Schedule

James Johonnott, photos by Mike O'Brien

all the wheres and whens for summer music in the Chippewa Valley

Thu. Apr. 7th, 2016

On (and Off) the Rails

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

circus train crash inspires experimental play at UWEC

Fri. Feb. 26th, 2016

Overcoming Enormous Odds

James Johonnott

Dragonfly throws benefit for instructor hurt in car accident

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 16th, 2015

Wisconsin's Most Popular Liquor Brand

James Johonnott

Business Insider determined the most popular brand of liquor in each state. Given the Sconnie love for Old Fashioneds, Wisconsin's most popular brand is a bit surprising ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Sep. 15th, 2015

4 Eccentric 19th Century Wisconsinites

James Johonnott

The 19th century was weird. Really weird. Consult any book of historical accounts from the time period and you'll find sea monsters, "zombies," ghosts, cattle monstrosities, and Hodags. The people were weird too, and 19th century Wisconsinites were no exception. Every town from Madison ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Aug. 10th, 2015

The Most Popular Book Set in Wisconsin

James Johonnott

There's a certain joy in reading fiction set in a place you know like the hairs on your hand (that's a phrase, right?). The protagonist might pass through a town you recognize. If the place is fictionalized, you might know exactly where the writer was when they ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Aug. 3rd, 2015

How Wisconsin "Lost" the Upper Peninsula

James Johonnott

It's (kind of) common knowledge in Wisconsin that what is now Michigan's upper peninsula was once part of America's dairyland, and was somehow ceded our eastern neighbors. But just like most common knowledge, this isn't quite as true ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 30th, 2015

You Can Own a Lion in Wisconsin but You Shouldn't

James Johonnott

As you may have heard, there seems to be a lion of some kind prowling the streets of Milwaukee. Police were initially skeptical that a big cat was wandering the streets, but 14 phone calls, two police sightings, and one grainy cell phone video later ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 29th, 2015

Bumblebees Are Awesome: Local Short Film Showcases the Buzz

James Johonnott

"Native Pollinators: The Bumblebee" is a short film created by Joe Maurer to draw attention to the plight of the bumblebee in the Midwest. The film also appears in "Prairie Enthusiasm! Protecting Our Natural Heritage", a feature length documentary also directed by Maurer.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jul. 28th, 2015

The Most Widely Available Beer in Wisconsin

James Johonnott

Wisconsin may consume more beer than the rest of the country, but that hardly makes us alone in our love of the stuff. Every region has its tastes; from the big three macrobrews, to the blue ribbon, to beers so obscure that no one's even heard of them yet. When visiting an unfamiliar bar or ...

Thu. Jul. 23rd, 2015

Catching a Screening

James Johonnott

Catching Faith, an indie movie filmed in the Chippewa Valley last summer, is coming back to premiere in Chippewa Falls. The Christian-themed sports movie stars Lorena York, Garrett Westton, and Bill Engvall, and features extras from around the Valley ...

Wed. Jul. 22nd, 2015

Wisconsin Sessions

James Johonnott

a chat with Brad Kolberg about his WPR show, which highlights Wisco musicians

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jul. 14th, 2015

Jumping Worm

James Johonnott

Wisconsin soil has a new guest and it’s as stubborn as it is unwelcome. The most recent entry in a slew of invasive species to make it to Wisconsin, the jumping worm was first found in the state in 2013 around Madison ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jul. 10th, 2015

Eau Claire Music Featured on WPR Summer Series

James Johonnott, photos by Lee Butterworth

Eau Claire music hits the air waves this summer on WPR. The popular afternoon talk show Central Time is hosting Set List, a summer music series set to air through early September. Set List will bring featured Wisconsin musicians into the WPR studios to perform their music and talk to the hosts ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 6th, 2015

Wisconsin's Most Distinctive Cause of Death Isn't Exciting Enough

James Johonnott

Every state is different, and in them, people die in different ways like special, accident-prone snowflakes. The CDC has issued this map charting the most "distinctive" causes of death in each state. I expected Wisconsin's to be something like "snowmobile collision with deer while eating ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 2nd, 2015

We Stuck an Intern in a Stunt Plane

James Johonnott

Editor's Note: Volume One was lucky enough to be offered a ride in a sweet-looking stunt plane, courtesy of the Chippewa Valley Air Show. So we stuffed our intern James into it and said, "Good luck, man!"

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 2nd, 2015

Wisconsin loves frozen pizza. A lot.

James Johonnott

America might be an increasingly sedentary culture, but that doesn't mean we need to see the numbers to prove it. The Washington Post's Wonkblog put together an index of American couch potato habits. The index features charts ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jul. 1st, 2015

Wisconsin Drinks the Most ... Hooray?

James Johonnott

It's common knowledge among Wisconsinites that we're the biggest drinkers in America. What with the state's surplus of bars and breweries and its strong German heritage, this should come as little surprise to the rest of the country. But, in case there are any doubts that Oregon's menagerie of microbrews ...

The Daily Shakedown

Sat. Jun. 27th, 2015

America: Messing with the Lines

James Johonnott

At the intersection of three of my great loves—maps, fiction, and American history—sits this map. Neil Freeman, artist and urban planner, developed it in 2012 as part of a suggestion to redraw the state lines of America. No joke. ...

The Daily Shakedown

Sat. Jun. 20th, 2015

What the heck is a Whoopensocker?

James Johonnott

Based in Madison, the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE, not to be confused with D.A.R.E.), has set out to save some of America's colorful colloquialisms from obscurity. In its quest, DARE visited 30 Wisconsin towns from Algoma to Wautoma to track down the state’s regional words ...