Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Emily Kinzel


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Light Moves: Incandescence is next step in local dance evolution

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Much like Eau Claire’s musical culture, the city’s dance culture is ever-growing. Emily Emerson, founder of Eau Claire Dance Festival, plans to light up the winter months with Incandescence ...

Party With the Fam

New Year’s celebrations offer fun for the whole gang

Emily Kinzel, photos by Kelly Whitman

For one day out of the year, people around the world throw parties with confetti, champagne, and screenings of the ball dropping in Times Square to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. However, for those who have procreated ...

Tag Team For the Table

top chefs pair up to support The Community Table

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tis the season of giving, and throughout Eau Claire, not all residents have food to spare. To spread a little joy to families in need, The Community Table is teaming up with local chefs for a fundraising event ...

Elemental Evolution

UWEC a cappella group adds first female singer, drops album of ’80s classics

Emily Kinzel

Entering their 20th year, UW-Eau Claire’s very own a capella group, Fifth Element, has embraced change. With the debut of their most recent album, Neon, and the addition of the group’s first female singer ...

Laugh Off the Old Year

nationally known comic Palascak stops at The Plus

Emily Kinzel

To bid a farewell to 2017, Clear Water Comedy has invited comedian Michael Palascak to Eau Claire. Stop by The Plus for Palascak’s set at 8:30pm Thursday, Dec. 28. Sides will split, snorts will be expelled, and comedy-induced tears will spill ...

Sweet, Sweaty Sweaters

Ugly Sweater 5K offers exercise, fashion failures

Emily Kinzel

As the Christmas season begins, some are excited for eggnog and presents, while others enjoy trimming the tree next to a cozy fire. Yet in recent years there has developed a country-wide mania for “ugly” holiday sweater ...

Lots of Dots

Eau Claire-founded network connects dynamic women in business

Emily Kinzel

Women nationwide and beyond are banding together in the community-based organization, Polka Dot Powerhouse. This women’s network, founded in Eau Claire by Shannon Crotty, allows members ...

Pop Into Good Reads

Emily Kinzel

During the cold winter season, we all fantasize about a lazy Sunday, warming ourselves by a fire while the snow falls outside. A hot cocoa occupies one hand, while a book rests in the other. If your bookshelf ...

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

yes, it’s Christmastime in the City (of Eau Claire!)

Emily Kinzel, photos by Kelsey Smith

Soon enough “Jingle Bell Rock,” Santa Claus paraphernalia, and glittery ornaments will engulf each American city in a Christmas tidal wave ...

Warm the Winter with Some Sci-Fi Scares

Emily Kinzel

For those who channel Jack Skellington more strongly than Santa Claus, here’s a film event right up your alley. The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents a unique ’50s-inspired sci-fi flick ...

Art Scene: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Emily Kinzel

Join the artsy scene Thursday, Dec. 7 for the Art Industry Roundtable hosted by Artisan Forge Studios, LLC, and Artisan Forge Metalworks. From noon-1pm, all creators and art aficionados ...

ArtsWest 39 Accepting Entries for Juried Show

Emily Kinzel

Local artists, meet your springtime ally: Eau Claire welcomes the 39th annual Wisconsin ArtsWest exhibit Feb 25-April 6. Hosted and sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library ...

Folk and Flowers: Galaudet Gallery Hosts Dual Art Exhibit

Emily Kinzel

Eau Claire is growing new branches in the creative community. Contributing to the art scene is Galaudet Gallery with two completely unique art exhibits. Owners and artists Vicki and Mike Milewski ...

Feminine Melodies

Menomonie Singers to feature compositions by women

Emily Kinzel

“Woman up” with powerful pieces by female composers presented by the Menomonie Singers on Nov. 19 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Enjoy the music ...

Valley Will Host Two Nutcracker Ballets for Holiday Season

Emily Kinzel

Get ready, because it’s tutu season! Ballerinas are taking the Chippewa Valley by storm, offering us all the gift of holiday spirit. In the upcoming months, two performances of the Christmas classic ...

Furlong Gallery Features Two Print Exhibits

Emily Kinzel

Looking for some Wisconsin culture? Through Dec. 16, UW-Stout is presenting two printmaking exhibits at the Furlong Gallery. This can’t-miss artistic event is a two-for-one, showcasing prints from both local ...

Ink & Paper Print Sale Spotlights Local Art

Emily Kinzel

Sick of Urban Outfitters’ meaningless wall prints of cheesy quotes and unoriginal palm tree patterns? Want art that screams Wisconsin and creativity and will make you look like a professional curator?

Stage Fright 8 to Be the First Show at the Metro

Emily Kinzel

The Rhythm Posse presents the eighth year running of Stage Fright 8: a tribute to The Last Waltz. The Waltz was a remarkable concert in musical history, marking The Band’s farewell show on Thanksgiving Day ...

Eaux Claires Alums yMusic to Perform at the Lakely

Emily Kinzel

Many Eau Claire residents have Eaux Claires mania due to the festival’s unparalleled musical selection. The Oxbow Hotel encourages this local musical mania with the third installation of the Lakely Limited Series ...

Nacho Average Chip and Dip

Together Farms and Chip Magnet pair up for cheesy gig

Emily Kinzel

What’s better than Taco Tuesday? Nacho Friday! Join local companies Together Farms and Chip Magnet for a nacho-filled event, Nacho Night Six Ways Cooking Demo. Release yourself from your Netflix ...

EC Writer Contributes to World-Record Anthology

Emily Kinzel

What do an 8-foot man, a teddy bear collection, and a skateboarding dog all have in common? They’re all documented in the Guinness Book of World Records. The book’s latest contributor ...

Wisconsin Writer's Contest Is Looking for Your Words

Emily Kinzel

Dust off those typewriters and haul out your calligraphy pens because the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters is hosting its annual literary contests. Two contests are held, offering Wisconsin-based writers the opportunity ...

So Many Little Lanterns Lighting up Downtown Eau Claire

Children’s museum will host New Year’s Eve celebration for families

Emily Kinzel

The second annual Light Up Eau Claire Little Lantern Parade will be on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 4:30pm. Attendees toting small, lighted lanterns will parade from the museum down Grand Avenue and across the footbridge before circling back.

River Prairie Event Center Hosts First Ever Concert

Emily Kinzel

The Chippewa Valley is proud of our local music talents, and Altoona City Administrator Mike Golat couldn’t agree more. “Part of the greater Prairie vision, music has always been an integral part,” he said. The River Prairie Center is hosting its very own and very first concert, River Prairie Revelry ...

A Taste of Literature

Kitchens of the Great Midwest author headed to book fest

Emily Kinzel

J. Ryan Stradal has a true knack for the literary arts. His first novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, earned a spot on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2015. This novel is filled with foodie culture ...

Meet Dunn County’s Restless Spirits

Minnesota paranormal group to present findings from Menomonie ghost hunt

Emily Kinzel

‘Tis the season for fun – and a little fright. You’ll get both – as well as a healthy dose of history – during the Halloween-themed Ghosts of Dunn County event Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie.

Oh, the Horror (Show)

ECCT encourages participation at Rocky Horror show

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When I say “Rocky,” you say “Horror!” Don your best fishnets, squeeze into some gold booty shorts, and break out those binding bustiers to embrace your inner “Sweet Transvestite.” The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is producing a campy classic, The Rocky Horror Show, which opens Oct. 19 ...

There's No Escaping History

Schlegelmilch House becomes spooky Halloween puzzle

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Think back to the early 2000s: You have questionable highlights and you’re on your Dell computer, viciously pounding on the arrow keys on your keyboard. There’s a timer in the upper right-hand corner ...

Beer the Walking Dead

drag yourself out on the town for EC’s Zombie Crawl

Emily Kinzel

Don’t get too ahead of yourself. It isn’t quite the Christmas season, but it is time to haul out fake spider webs, drink gallons of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and watch those classic 1980s slasher movies ...

Eau Queer Fest Features Nearly 20 Free LGBTQ Films

Emily Kinzel

The Eau Queer Film Festival focuses on celebrating our diverse community – specifically its LGBTQIA+ branches – at UW-Eau Claire and beyond. Eau Queer embraces the art of film, screening almost ...

River Reads

Chippewa Valley Book Festival features fiction, food, and fun

Emily Kinzel

Hey there bookworms! The 18th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival is almost here. Starting Monday, Oct. 16, and running through Thursday Oct. 26, the festival will feature 30 authors ...

Master Singers Celebrate Silver

2017-18 season marks 25th anniversary of the renowned local choral group

Emily Kinzel

Many musical happenings take place in our lovely Eau Claire, however this year marks the Silver Anniversary of the Master Singers. Happy 25 years guys! Director and Conductor Gary Schwartzhoff ...

Finding That Someone

Sarah Lou Richards releases fourth studio album

Emily Kinzel

UW-Eau Claire graduate Sarah Lou Richards is releasing not her first, not her second, not even her third, but her fourth album of spellbinding folk pop tunes. Now based in Nashville ...

All About Eau Claire

actress will create impromptu, one-woman local show

Emily Kinzel

Comedy is taking over UW-Eau Claire as actress, author, and storyteller Lauren Weedman crosses our city limits. As part of the university’s annual Artists Series, Schofield Hall welcomes Weedman ...

Eau Claire World Film Festival 2017

Emily Kinzel

Joining Chippewa Valley’s handful of film festivals, the Eau Claire World Film Festival is diving into their first year taking you “Around the World in a Weekend,” according to their slogan ...

The Wisconsin Film Fest Wants Your Movie

Emily Kinzel

Calling any and all Wisconsinite filmmakers: You’ve scripted, directed, edited, and perfected. Now it’s time to share your creations with the Wisconsin Film Festival 2018. The festival will celebrate ...

The Furlong & Short of It

fall exhibits planned at UW-Stout’s campus gallery

Emily Kinzel, photos by Jesse Johnson

UW-Stout provides the community with an array of opportunities and experiences, from guest speakers to theatrical productions. This fall, UW-Stout’s Furlong Art Gallery has a full schedule of exhibits featuring ...

Viva Wisconsin, Part Deux

Violent Femmes relive memorable 1998 tour with Eau Claire show

Emily Kinzel

Eau Claire, get ready to rock with Sconnie pride as the legendary Violent Femmes set their sights on the State Theatre Oct. 25 as part of their five-city Viva Wisconsin 2017 tour ...