Michael Bartsch


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Chippewa Valley Theater Guild: Agatha Christie: A Murder is Announced

Wed. Jan. 15th, 2020

An announcement in the local newspaper states the time and place a murder is to occur. What follows is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle with twists and turns, mixed motives and concealed identities that only the amazing Miss Marple can uncover. Photos are from Sunday, Jan 12th at The Grand Theater.

Wed. Nov. 27th, 2019

Opening Shot | Nov. 27, 2019

photos by Michael Bartsch

IT’S A ZOO IN THERE. The 3rd Annual UWEC GeekCon took place on Saturday, Nov. 23 at UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. GEEKcon is “a celebration of talents, hobbies, and passions, including everything from legos to essential oils, music to video games, and comic books to knitting.”

GeekCon 2019

Mon. Nov. 25th, 2019

The 3rd Annual UWEC GeekCon took place on Saturday, Nov. 23 at UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. GEEKcon is "a celebration of talents, hobbies, and passions, including everything from legos to essential oils, music to video games, and comic books to knitting." There were 50+ vendors, and over ...

Wed. Aug. 21st, 2019

Opening Shot | Aug. 21, 2019

photos by Michael Bartsch

THE LOOK THAT SAYS “BLUEGRASS.” The WHYS Radio Bluegrass Festival returned to Lake Altoona County Park on Saturday, August 17, featuring the Seeger Boys (pictured), Olive Sings, The Lowest Pair, the Root Tappers, Noah John, Woodland Spring, and the No Man’s String Band.

Wed. Jun. 26th, 2019

The Kids Are on Wheels

Tori Johnson, photos by Michael Bartsch

youth cycling program starts ‘em young

2nd Annual Kite Festival

Tue. May. 7th, 2019

On Sunday, May 5 the 2nd Annual Menomonie Kite Festival took place at Tanglewood Greens in Menomonie. Guests were welcome to bring their own kites or purchase them there for an afternoon of kite flying out on the driving range ...

UWEC Artists Series: Poet Paul Tran

Mon. May. 6th, 2019

On Thursday evening, May 2, poet Paul Tran performed in the Riverside Theatre at UW-Eau Claire as part of the UWEC Artists Series. Tran is the poetry editor for The Offing, and has published work in Poetry ...

Wed. Apr. 20th, 2016

Planetary Jams

Gigi Roelant, photos by Michael Bartsch

Earth Day celebration features music, speakers, more

Midsommar Celebration

Mon. Jun. 17th, 2013

On Saturday, June 15 the Midsommar Celebration took place at the Ager House. Featuring flower crowns, strawberries and cream, free tours, Kubb, Rosemaling sales, crafts for kids, and book sales.

2013 NOTA Book Release Party

Sun. May. 12th, 2013

Featuring live music from Dexter Wolfe, enjoy food, drinks, buttons, and camaraderie with NOTA contributors in celebration of the release of the 2013 NOTA book. This event took place at the Volume One Gallery on Friday, May 10.

Silhouettes Fashion Show 2013

Mon. Apr. 22nd, 2013

Clothing that runs the gamut from formal to casual to children’s, all designed by students, hit the runway this week at UW-Stout. The annual Silhouettes Fashion Show showcases original designs by 60 apparel design and development students. Photos are

Erik Christenson Art Reception

Tue. Dec. 11th, 2012

Erik Christenson will display his work throughout the month of December at Tangled Up in Hue. Photos are from the reception on Friday, December 7 which included, live music, live glassblowing and in-store specials.

Pert Near Sandstone & White Iron Band

Mon. Nov. 19th, 2012

Minneapolis-based Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. Thi

John Hildebrand Gallery Reading

Sat. Nov. 17th, 2012

John Hildebrand is the author of three nonfiction books, the most recent of which is A Northern Front (2005), a collection of essays that previously appeared in such magazines as Harper's, Audubon, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Manoa, and The Missouri

Tue. Jul. 24th, 2012

Opening Shot | July 26, 2012

photos by Michael Bartsch

Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool, shooting some b-ball on First Avenue. Eau Claire’s 2012 installment of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament happened up and down First Avenue July 13-15.

Daredevil Christopher Wright album release show

Mon. Jun. 25th, 2012

On Friday, June 22 at the Grand Theater, the Daredevil Christopher Wright played an all ages show to celebrate the release of their new album, The Nature of Things. Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps and Prairie Empire opened things up.

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. May. 23rd, 2012

Wisconsin drops to #6 best state for bicycling

Mike Paulus, photos by Michael Bartsch

The Wisconsin Bicycle Federation informs us that the great state of Wisconsin has dropped to sixth place in the League of American Bicyclists’ 5th annual rating of the bicycle friendly states. "Sixth out of fifty" sounds none too shabby, but we ...

Thu. Aug. 4th, 2011

Kid Tip | Petting Zoo Pictures

Mike Paulus, photos by Michael Bartsch

Petting zoos abound in the summertime, such as the one at downtown Eau Claire’s Summerfest. Kid photo tip: pre-focus – guess where the action is about to happen ...


Mon. Jun. 20th, 2011

The Chippewa River set the stage for another legendary FATFAR (Frenchtown Annual Tube Float and Regatta) on June 19, starting in Chippewa Falls and ending where ever ya hit shore.

Thu. Jun. 17th, 2010

Farms to Plow East Coast

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Michael Bartsch

Come July, Ben Larson and Andy Todryk will be taking their loud prog-rock out of the home and out to the East Coast.

Thu. Jun. 3rd, 2010

Eau Claire Triathlon

Bailey Berg, photos by Michael Bartsch

first-ever local endurance event may become an annual happening

Thu. May. 6th, 2010

The House Show Redefined

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Michael Bartsch

loud prog-rockers Farms host sleepover party shows