Music for the Overly Sentimental

Parker Reed evolves on brand new EP

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  author & photographer by Nate Cooksey

As 2019 waned, local music mainstay and alt-rock singer-songwriter Parker Reed released his second solo EP, Music for the Overly Sentimental, a title perfectly befitting this ...

Making a Splash in Wilson Park

water feature slated to replace fountain downtown

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Tom Giffey

A new plan for downtown Eau Claire’s Wilson Park features a splash pad-style cluster of in-ground bubblers surrounded by boulders, benches, and berms to ...

Opening Shot | Feb. 19, 2020

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  photos by Andrea Paulseth

TOWERING FUN. The Best Night is Volume One’s annual party celebrating the Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll and the Chippewa Valley Vanguard Awards. 2020’s sold-out event took place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Lismore in downtown Eau Claire.

On the Cover | Feb. 19, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Karen Clark

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020

“Winter at Bear’s Grass is a combination of a digital photograph and an original alcohol ink painting. The two were combined digitally into a double exposure, mixing and highlighting elements from each ..."

Survival Story

Minneapolis-based Eau Claire grad explores Hmong experience on film

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Lauren Fisher

From a cinematic perspective, Minneapolis-based filmmaker Bryan Vue found that Gran Torino, the 2008 Clint Eastwood and Bee Vang film in which ...

Sounds and Emotions

Home Within provides international insight

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Barbara Arnold

“Home Within” is a 60-minute performance in which Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad creates charcoal and watercolor drawings in front of the audience while responding to the ...

Peters Stepping Aside

Eau Claire city manager to retire in May

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After 30 years with the City of Eau Claire – the last four of them as city manager – Dale Peters announced recently he will retire in May. “Eau Claire has a thriving and bright future, and I look forward to ...

Artists Invited to Muralize Downtown

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Lauren Fisher

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire invites artists of all ages and experience levels to submit designs to the first ColorBlock Mural project, which will create a new kind of art gallery in Eau Claire opening in ...

Mindfulness at Work

speaker: truly listening can improve health and business

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  Pam Powers, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Taking a few moments to breathe and being mindful of that breath helps employees focus, be less stressed, and become better ...

Indigenous Approaches

exploring the wellness movement in Indian Country

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2020  |  James Johonnott

In the search for insights on wellness for both mind and body, sometimes the best answers can be found by looking to the past. Marcus Red Thunder, race director of ...

What Will I Do?

Wed. Feb. 12th, 2020  |  David Mell

What will I do when you leave me, // when the candle I read by’s put out?

A McCurdy Good Time

touring cabaret singer returns for Valentine’s show

Fri. Feb. 7th, 2020  |  V1 Staff

Pat McCurdy is a touring cabaret singer/songwriter from Milwaukee. His shows usually consist of just him and his guitar and include improvised interaction with ...

Green Thumbs & Better Homes

Home & Garden Show will stoke your fix-it-up dreams

Fri. Feb. 7th, 2020  |  V1 Staff

If it’s time to spruce up your yard, plant the seeds, and start a home project, then the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association is here to help. Back for its 42nd year, the annual Home & Garden Show features more than ...

The Dark Side of Winter

how loving winter means accepting the gritty parts

Fri. Feb. 7th, 2020  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Shannon Sorenson

Let’s get one thing straight, Chuck. I like winter. I like winter a lot. And I think all you Wisconsinites out there who complain about the snow and the cold and the ...

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