Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Bailey Berg


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Locals Hope to Break Hula Hooping Record

Bailey Berg

While you probably can’t break the fastest underwater handcuff escape (10.66 seconds), Chippewa Vallians have the opportunity to help break the Guinness World Record for “Most People Dancing with a Hula Hoop.”

Memorial's Evening of Jazz

Bailey Berg

Memorial High School’s Jazz Ensemble I is heading off to the highly regarded Essentially Ellington competition in New York … again!

Painting Outside of the Box

local artist Helen Peterson

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Imagine your favorite children's books winding up the legs of a wooden chair, nestled into a decorative bowl, or splashed across the surface of a coffee table.

Star-Crossed Stage

UWEC’s Romeo and Juliet bends The Bard’s gender roles

Bailey Berg

Under the direction of Illinois Shakespeare Festival veteran and UWEC professor, F. Reed Brown, a handful of Blugold actors and actresses will take on The Bard’s prized story.

Menomonite Completes His Fist Iditarod Race

Bailey Berg

Kaduce and his team of 11 dogs started their grueling 1,161-mile race on March 6 and finished after 10 days at the celebrated annual Alaskan event.

Chetek Artists Organize Own Art Venue

Bailey Berg

With very few artistic avenues in Chetek, a handful of artists are teaming up in a collaborative effort to start the Area Artists Emporium.

Design Student Makes Award-Winning Chair

Bailey Berg

A chair designed for a class at UW-Stout has earned Ben Fullerton first place in a national competition and an all-expense-paid trip to New York.

Dunn County Apprentices to Showcase Their Talent

Bailey Berg

When people think of The Apprentice, generally they think of the primetime show, but thanks to Dunn County’s entrepreneurial program students have the opportunity to experience operating a business without getting “Trumped.”

Eau Claire Jazz Fest

four days packed with national acts, locals, and students

Bailey Berg

To anyone who has ever said jazz is dead, prepare to eat your words. Eau Claire’s 43rd Annual Jazz Festival is a two-week celebration of all things – you guessed it – jazz.

Corks Corks Corks ... Corks

Bailey Berg

Got a ton of corks laying around? Many Chippewa Valley businesses are joining forces to keep corks, both natural and synthetic, out of the waste stream.

Harmony Corner Café

new downtown café features organic, fair trade fare

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Armed with the motto, “Eat Local, Eat Well,” the new Harmony Corner Café offers everything they had before and a whole lot more.

Design the Rock Fest Logo

Bailey Berg

From now through April 22 anyone can design and submit a new logo for Rock Fest 2010.

Arts Board Seeks Artists for Residency Program

Bailey Berg

The Wisconsin Arts Board, Edenfred, and Overture Center for the Arts have announced a new performing artists residency program designed to help Wisconsin artists take their ideas to production.

The Bacchae

UW-Stout’s Theatre Department tackles story of Dionysus

Bailey Berg

You may have read The Bacchae in your high school English class, but UW-Stout’s University Theatre will be performing it in a slightly different way.

The Yarn Tree

a Putnam Heights artist makes front yard nature her canvas

Bailey Berg

For five months a year, Wisconsin trees sit naked, void of leaves and color, giving our world a gloomy vibe. Local artist Gail Schellinger is working to combat that at her Trimble Street home.

Ron White

everyman comedian breaks State Theatre record

Bailey Berg

When news broke that comedian Ron White was coming to the State Theatre on March 25, the show sold out in six hours.

EC Middle School Artwork on Display at State Capitol

Bailey Berg

Having your art exhibited in an important building – say, the state capitol – is something many artists would jump at the chance for. This is a reality for four talented young locals.

Memorial Jazz Heads to Essentially Ellington (Again)

Bailey Berg

For the third consecutive year Eau Claire’s Memorial High School has won the prestigious honor of being selected to compete at Essentially Ellington in New York from May 8-10, proving once again that their Jazz is a force to be reckoned with.

Seeing the Sign (Language)

twice monthly gathering promotes talking with your hands

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“Come when you can; leave when you must.” This is the motto of the American Sign Language group.

Art That Moves

CV Montessori Charter School opens doors for ‘kinetic sculptor,’ public

Bailey Berg

“We just want them to see so many different things, so that they know they’re all artists on some level.” – Montessori teacher Melissa Kleven, who helped start the monthly art shows

Grey Gardens

UWEC faculty play lead roles in historical musical

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

UW-Eau Claire music and theater professors Richard Nimke, Toni Poll-Sorensen, and Mitra Sadeghpour have teamed up to bring the acclaimed Broadway musical Grey Gardens to the local stage.

Your Daily Dose of Fiber

Fiber Arts Festival to showcase 20 fiber artist/demonstrators

Bailey Berg

Until recently, the contemporary art world politely dismissed fiber art as “traditional,” “practical,” or “domestic” art. The Fiber Arts Festival is attacking that viewpoint.

Alice in Eau Claire

Children's Theatre channeling Lewis Carroll

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you haven't ventured down the rabbit hole lately take the opportunity to see this unique classic live.

Dynamic Ceramic

Jennifer Thomas’s unique approach to pottery

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“I looked at it and thought, ‘well this is so pretty, maybe I should stop eating out of it and starting wearing it.’”

Poetica Grandma-tica releases sixth edition

Bailey Berg

Co-editors Nancy Clark Scobie and Judith Bredeson have compiled, edited, and published their sixth edition of Poetica Grandma-tica, a book of, about, and by grandmothers of the Chippewa Valley.

The Sue Orfield Band Presents

Bailey Berg

The Sue Orfield Band is hosting a new guest artist series at The Red Parrot in Eau Claire.

Playing It Fast and Suess

two unrelated local groups stage the musical Seussical

Bailey Berg

It’s zany, and cartoony, and not that abstruse, all from the mind of a man named Seuss.

It's Getting Chili Out

three upcoming events show how much we love our chili

Bailey Berg

You know what Wisconsinites love about this time of year? One word. Chili. You know what else we like? Eating a crapload of chili for charity.

Carmike Gets Indie Again

Bailey Berg

Carmike Cinemas in Eau Claire’s Oakwood Mall is once again hosting an Independent Film Series.

An Urge for Change

speaker to discuss hope in the hardest of places

Bailey Berg

Mason has served as an advocate for woman and children suffering as a result of abuse, neglect, poverty, and crisis for nearly 20 years.

Holly Henson

“irreverently upbeat” comedian to laugh off cancer

Bailey Berg

Holly Henson, a self described “irreverently upbeat” comic, is a one-woman show and a comedic sledge hammer, never coming up short on targets or laughs.

Asia Palace

the Valley’s newest Asian buffet adds a sushi chef to the mix

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Step inside, and behold the tremendous fountain just inside the door, venture around the corner and see the full-service bar, made of jade stone ...

Raw Photography

Bailey Berg

Four local artists have conjured up a show with the idea of dichotomy in mind.

Local Strokes

well-traveled artist loves painting local

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“I think too many artists today feel that everything they do is precious at every moment. I try to fight that. I dirty it up, make it un-precious.”

Reducing Shakespeare

complete works of Shakespeare to be staged ... all at once

Bailey Berg

This ain’t your great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother’s Shakespeare, baby!

Spotlighting the Art Makers

Regional Arts Center puts art on stage with liveART 2

Bailey Berg, photos by Jesse Johnson

liveART consists of about 20 visual artists, each of whom will take the stage and over the course of five hours will be confined to their own personal eight-by-eight-foot “art studio,” and challenged to create their own unique piece of art

Getting into the Game

Stout major taps booming video game market

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“If anyone comes in saying ‘Oh I like playing video games, so I must like doing this,’ they’re in for a surprise. It’s a lot of work.” – Diane Christie

It's a Kubb-olution!

US Midwest Kubb Championship tossed into Boyd Park

Bailey Berg, photos by Drew Kaiser

Over 40 teams, from five different states, will be swarming Boyd Park on August 8 to compete in the 2009 U.S Midwest Kubb Championship.

Mary Mack Attack

Last Comic Standing semifinalist coming to town

Bailey Berg

Mary Mack is coming to town! No, not the one from the rhyme, silly – the Last Comic Standing semifinalist.

The Bar Out Back

Moke’s Bar and Grill in Hallie offers outdoor fun

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“It’s not a college bar; not an old person bar; it’s an everyone bar. It’s a place everyone can feel welcome.” – Nate Moquin

Bilbo Comes to Eau Claire

Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild Stages The Hobbit

Bailey Berg

While 2012 might seem like an insurmountable amount of time to wait for the Peter Jackson/Guillermo de Toro feature film, fortunately the epic tale is coming to Eau Claire in July.