Some Assembly Required

Jan Carroll

The kit comes free of its script // not having shipped with instructions, // only a tip line to call in distress, // a site to log into in the middle ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Opening Shot | Jan. 22, 2020

photos by Gabbey Piper

HOP TO IT. The 7th Annual Eau Claire Improv Festival (Jan. 18 at The Metro) featured Chicago’s Second City group performing “Immediate Musical” (a whole musical based on one audience suggestion), along with Memorial High School Improv, Shambles, and Minneapolis-based Glassworks Improv.

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

He’s Not Alone

Miles Blvd explores isolation on new ep

Parker Reed, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Isolation can be a dangerous place for an artist to reside, but an update from isolation from a local hip-hop artist makes it clear he is back and better than ever. Miles Blvd is a locally sourced hip-hop project from ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Beyond the Soul

Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing to perform at The Plus

V1 Staff

The force behind seminal ’90s band Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty, is an accomplished solo artist and author, and he’ll tell your future at The Plus. Doughty, along with long time ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Chicken Dreams

CF author turns bedtime story into published work

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Christopher Thielen, an engineer from Chippewa Falls, recently self-published his first children’s book, The Chicken from Czechoslovakia. The story was originally told by Thielen to his four (now adult) children ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Terribly Close to Home

book details women’s KKK history in Chippewa Falls

Briana Novacek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

John E. Kinville was apprehensive while writing his book. “There was a part of me thinking, ‘Do I really want myself associated with the Ku Klux Klan for the rest of my life?’ ” he said. Kinville’s book ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Facing the Unknown

Hemma’s latest EP sparkles in lifelong musical journey

Eric Christenson

The way Hannah Hebl talks about music makes you believe she knows something that the rest of us don’t. She doesn’t just play music, she metaphysically embodies it. In her world, music is elemental ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Singing a New Song

brand new local choir preps their first concert

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new community choir has recently started up in Eau Claire, offering yet another great opportunity for people to raise their voices in a musical ensemble. Kate Larson, an Altoona native who recently returned ...

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