Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Luong Huynh

photographer - from: Eau Claire

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Oddball? No, V Ball

I always wondered what the fuss was about the Viennese Ball – now I understand

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Luong Huynh

‘So, what’s the deal with the Vietnamese Ball?” “VIENNESE Ball. It’s the Viennese Ball.” At the time, this made no more or less sense to me. This was back in the spring of 2014, when I was teaching my second semester at UW-Eau Claire, and had heard rumblings about some kind of adult prom ...

Woo's Pagoda Needs Help ... SOON

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

It looks like the fabled 18-foot tall pagoda which used to adorn the now gone Woo's Pagoda restaurant on Hastings Way in Eau Claire needs a new storage facility by May 15 or ...

Eaux Claires Festival Seeks Artists' Installations

Hannah Mumm, photos by Luong Huynh

Eaux Claires wants you: Once again, the creative team behind the annual art and music festival is putting out a call for artists. Curators, designers, and creative directors will review all submissions ...

IN STOCK: Nickolas Butler's The Hearts of Men

Local Store Shopkeep , photos by Luong Huynh

We've never seen anything like it. Last Monday's reading and book release from Nickolas Butler was one of the biggest events The Local Store has hosted – the place was packed with readers and fans ...

Nickolas Butler's "The Hearts of Men" Book Release

photos by Luong Huynh

On Monday, March 6, Volume One and The Local Store were proud to host local author Nickolas Butler for a release and reading of his brand new book The Hearts of Men - an epic novel of intertwining ...

CWC Presents Boy Kisses @The Plus

photos by Luong Huynh

Individually, the four core members of Minneapolis-based Boy Kisses Comedy — Turner Barrowman, Collin Klug, Robert Fones, and Drew Janda — are phenomenally talented ...

Red Light Poetry Reading @Red's

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday, February 10, as a precursor to Valentine's Day, Red's Mercantile in Eau Claire hosted a poetry reading to get your your heart pumping. Crimson hues will streamed on local authors ...

Seasaw + LASKA @The Lakely

photos by Luong Huynh

The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely played host to Seasaw and LASKA on Thursday night, Feb. 9. Seasaw is a folk pop band from Madison, while local favorite LASKA is a sister trio out of Eau Claire.

Vienna on the Chippewa

get your tickets now for UWEC’s annual V-Ball

Pan Thao, photos by Luong Huynh

It may still be two months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about UW-Eau Claire’s annual Viennese Ball. Tickets are already on sale for the elegant soiree, and they promise to be as hot as ever ...

The Pines @The Oxbow

photos by Luong Huynh

Minneapolis-based band (by way of Moonrise, Iowa) The Pines played a set at The Oxbow Hotel in downtown Eau Claire on Friday night, January 6.

JE Sunde + Kalispell @The Oxbow

photos by Luong Huynh

J.E. Sunde is the stage name of Jon Sunde, founding member of seminal Eau Claire band The Daredevil Christopher Wright. Kalispell's (Shane Leonard) newest album explores jazz and minimalist ideas while keeping with Paul Simon-infused songwriting sensibilities. The two played ...

Poliça + Stargaze @Schofield Hall

photos by Luong Huynh

On Saturday, Nov. 19, UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Hall hosted Music for the Long Emergency – a collaboration between Berlin-based chamber ensemble Stargaze and Minneapolis-based electro-pop outfit Poliça.

The Staves @Pine Hollow

photos by Luong Huynh

On Sunday, November 6, English folk rock trio The Staves performed an intimate show at the Pine Hollow recording studio outside of Eau Claire.

War of the Worlds Radio Reenactment

photos by Luong Huynh

In celebration of the 78th anniversary of Orson Welles' classic radio drama, "War of the Worlds," locals enjoyed a reader's theater reenactment of the infamous show on Friday night, October 28 at The Local Store in downtown Eau Claire. ...

Skin-Crawling Local Tales

an extra-spooky take on Volume One's storytelling series

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

At Let’s Be Honest – Volume One’s grownup storytelling series – some of the area’s best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. For each installment, multiple ...

Mary Mack at The Plus

photos by Luong Huynh

Recently featured on Conan, Mary Mack performs her sometimes-musical comedy at festivals, colleges, clubs, casinos and anywhere you can find ...

Bon Iver's '22, A Million' Listening Party in Downtown Eau Claire

photos by Luong Huynh

Bon Iver's much anticipated new album, 22, A Million releases to the world on Friday, Sept.. 30, but hundreds of fans got their first full listen of the album Wednesday evening (Sept. 28) at 6:30pm in front of the Bon Iver mural ...

Haley Bonar Backstage at The State Theatre

photos by Luong Huynh

On Saturday evening, Sept. 24, Minnesota songstress Haley Bonar played a special show backstage at The State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire with local group Waldemar opening things up.

Blazing the Stage

Perry’s breakout book gets theatrical treatment

Denise Olson, photos by Luong Huynh

Don’t panic just yet if you missed two sold-out previews at UW-Eau Claire, or the canvas-wrapped Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua stage adaptation of Michael Perry’s best-selling book ...

Celebrating 100 Years With a UWEC Storytelling Festival

Zach Schultz, photos by Luong Huynh

Rob Reid is a local legend for his efforts with children’s literacy and storytelling, his work as a senior lecturer at UW-Eau Claire, and his many books and articles ...

Population: 485 at Big Top Chautauqua

photos by Luong Huynh

Author Michael Perry and guests presented a stage adaptation of Perry’s sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking bestselling memoir Population: 485 at Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 28. Featuring a host of local actors ...

Let's Be Honest: Your Best Story

photos by Luong Huynh

At Let's Be Honest – V1's grownup storytelling series – some of the area's best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. For each installment, multiple storytellers ...

Eaux Claires 2016: The Grounds

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Crafted by creative director Michael Brown, the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (August 12 & 13) set out to be a unique experience for fest goers. It mixed a diverse lineup of music with ambitious art installations, striking stages, and a beautiful natural setting next to the Chippewa River.

Eaux Claires 2016: The People

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Over 20,000 people showed up for the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (August 12 & 13). Attracted by the diverse lineup; headliner shows from Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, James Blake, and the all-star Day of the Dead tribute; and the promise of memorable art installations ...

Eaux Claires 2016: The Music

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

With multiple stages and a diverse lineup of performers hand-picked by festival curators Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (August 12 & 13) provided two days of fantastic live music ...

Eaux Claires 2016 Recap: Unapologetically Bold

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

With a handful of stages pumping out tunes from a stunning expanse of genres, interactive art installations scattered in every nook and cranny of the grounds, secret stages, collaborative performances, noise, circuitry, and experimentation – the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival went bold this year, and never looked back ...

Eaux Claires 2016 – Day Two

photos by Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth

Here's a quick look at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival from Saturday, August 13. Keep your eyes open – we'll be posting more photos soon!

Eaux Claires 2016 – Day One

photos by Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth

Here's a quick look at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival from Friday, August 11. Keep your eyes open – we'll be posting more photos soon!

Arcadia Hearts the Arts

Ashley for the Arts returns with top name talent

Barbara Arnold, photos by Luong Huynh

Where can you spend $10 for three days of world-class entertainment, art and crafts, and family fun while benefiting countless charities? Answer: At the Ashley for the Arts festival ...

Opening Shot | August 10, 2016

photos by Luong Huynh

"HOW MUCH WOOD COULD A CHAINSAW SAW? Takao Hayashi of Japan won first place at the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship in Eau Claire’s Carson Park, Aug. 4-7."

US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship 2016

photos by Luong Huynh

Top chainsaw artists from around the world competed for prizes as they turned simple logs into stunning works of art August 4–7 in Eau Claire's Carson Park. Takao Hayashi of Japan took first place. Photos are from August 6 and 7.

Summerfest 2016

photos by Luong Huynh

On Saturday, August 6, downtown Eau Claire shut down S. Barstow Street for its Summerfest 2016 celebration with music, street vendors, food, a classic car show, a petting zoo, and more.

Return to the River: Justin Vernon Talks Eaux Claires

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Since he debuted the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival last summer, Justin Vernon has kept busy. He’s helped shape the vision for a new hotel in Eau Claire called The Oxbow, collaborated on new tracks with big name musician pals like James Blake and Kanye West, and played four unforgettable nights at the Sydney Opera House with Bon Iver – all while planning and keeping the gears turning on Eaux Claires year two ...

Brush off Your Boots: Florida-Georgia Line, Aldean lead Country Jam lineup

Florida-Georgia Line, Aldean lead Country Jam lineup

Hailey Novak, photos by Luong Huynh

As if you needed another reason to roll your windows down and cruise this summer, Eau Claire’s Country Jam music festival barely a week away! For its 27th anniversary, Jam has headliners Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell ...

S. Carey + Kalispell @Pine Hollow

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday, July 1, S. Carey and Kalispell played an intimate show at Pine Hollow Audio outside of Eau Claire.

Right Here In River City

CVTG preps its massive production of The Music Man

Gigi Roelant, photos by Luong Huynh

The Music Man is coming to town! From June 23-26, you can catch this six-time Tony award-winning musical comedy at the State Theatre. Traveling salesman Harold Hill ...

2016 Music Festivals

take some of the biggest names in the music industry, and make a weekend of it

V1 Staff, Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh, Caitlyn Berlin

Last year’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (pictured above) was shrouded in mystery all spring. “Is Kanye West gonna be there?” “The name seems kinda confusing...” “What’s all this art stuff all about?” “Seriously, WHERE’S KANYE?!” It wasn’t until they opened the gates on the first day of the festival that we could get the full scope of everything ...

Let's Be Honest: Overdoing It

photos by Luong Huynh

At Let's Be Honest – V1's grownup storytelling series – some of the area's best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. For each installment, multiple storytellers ...

Vicarious Roller Grrrl

roller derby is an exercise in empowerment – for fans as well as competitors

Laura Lash, photos by Luong Huynh

As we enter the sports center, the matchup has already begun. The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls are hosting the Keweenaw Roller Girls from ...

Turning the Page

Bruce Taylor retires as Eau Claire’s poet laureate

Doug Pearson, photos by Luong Huynh

As soon as he became the City of Eau Claire’s Poet Laureate in 2011, Bruce Taylor established a series of monthly open mic events ...

Fashion Without Fabric: 125 Years of Art

photos by Luong Huynh

Fashion Without Fabric has become the UW-Stout School of Art & Design’s yearly sensation. Fashion Without Fabric: 125 Years of Art featured work inspired by artist movements ...

Wizards on Wheels

CV Roller Girls’ latest bout has Harry Potter theme

photos by Luong Huynh

The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls are presenting a double-header Harry Potter inspired event called Hit It and Quidditch on April 9. The bout at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center starts ...