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Country Fest Plans Star-Studded Lineup for 2021

Earlier this summer, as big gatherings – music festivals in particular – were announcing cancellations left and right, Country Fest in Cadott fell in line, moved beyond the lost cause that is 2020, and announced dates for 2021 ...

Sound of Silence: Blue Ox Pulls Plug on 2020 Festival

dates set for 2021 gathering

After doing their best to weather the pandemic by first holding a virtual event and then rescheduling their in-person festival to late August, organizers of the Blue Ox Music Festival have finally decided to ...

LOCAL LIT: ’Hope Is ... A View from the Bridge’

Dogs are the chief beneficiaries of shelter-in-place in my neighborhood. They give us license to move about and expect, in return, longer walks and more of them. So instead of turning around at the river ...

Movie Magic: Red Cedar Film Festival Goes Ahead Despite Virus

second annual fest brings 30+ films to Mabel Tainter

Taking place in the gorgeous Mabel Tainter Theater, this Menomonie festival — which is in its second year — will showcase over 30 films from filmmakers around the world (including Singapore, Ireland, and Sweden — as well as locally made and student-made films) from ...

Children’s Theatre Set to Seize the Day With ‘Newsies’

ECCT will perform movie-turned-musical outdoors at fairgrounds

‘The World Will Know” that the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is slated to stage the hit Disney movie-turned-Broadway musical Newsies — by Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein — at 7:30pm from July 22-24 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds ...

Larry Heagle is Neither Sane Nor Sorry

Chippewa Valley humorist chronicles years of laughs in memoir

Downsville native Larry Heagle recently released his memoir, "Not Really Sane, Not Really Sorry: Tales of an Itinerant Performer." As the back cover proclaims, Heagle journeyed through life ...

Pablo Center Unveils Virtual Concert Series, ‘Pablo Streams’

five concerts, 11 artists coming to you live for the next five Thursdays

Tonight marks the first installment of “Pablo Streams,” a new virtual concert series put on by Pablo Center at the Confluence. Five concerts, eleven artists, eight camera angles ...

Sculpture Tour Overcomes Unique Challenges for 10th Season

The coronavirus pandemic and the remnants of an early June tropical storm were among the unusual logistical challenges faced by Sculpture Tour Eau Claire in its effort to install new sculptures to the city’s streets and public spaces this year. Nonetheless, as of June 17 ...

Heyde Center Plans Summer Concert Series

With many coronavirus-related restrictions lifted and larger gatherings now allowed by public health officials, the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls is taking advantage ...

Student Bands Can Still Rock on With Rockonsin

Rockonsin – the annual garage band competition that takes place every summer at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee – is going virtual this season with the 2020 “Rockonsin at Home.” Applications are ...

Take Pride in Reading

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and L.E. Phillips Memorial Library share LGBTQ+ reading lists

In celebration of Pride Month this June, the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is releasing a list of books by LGBTQIA+ writers . . .

Barstow Street Speakers Blasting Local Tunes

Have you heard the news? Thanks to the South Barstow Business Improvement District’s new partnership with Converge Radio, you’ll be hearing some sweet tunes downtown nearly all the time. For a ...

UWEC Grad Maierhofer Releases Two New Books

while working on his solo-authored book, "Works," Maierhofer's work on a collaborative title was a "nice change of pace."

UW-Eau Claire grad Grant Maierhofer is releasing two books, Works and a collaborative title Collected Voices in the Expanded Field . . .

Two ‘New’ Collections from Michael Perry Span Decades of Writing

"Big Boy's Big Rig: The Leftovers" and "Million Billion" comprise old essays, new takes

“The very best part of working with some of my oldest work and some of my most recent simultaneously was realizing how much I still love the gig,” Chippewa Valley author Michael Perry said about ...

Chippewa Valley Art Gathers Local Works Online

permanent virtual gallery seeks to make art more accessible

The Heyde Center for the Arts is pulling art in a new direction – online – with its permanent virtual art gallery, Chippewa Valley Art ...