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Saturday Events (March 19)

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This Saturday's a pretty fine day for live music,with The Gentle Guest, Rust Street Blues Band, Andy's Doomsday Device, and South Farwell being only a few of the bands you can check out in the eveningtime.

Shortcuts | Mar. 17, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

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We’ll know on March 26 if Stout is destined to repeat as Rube Goldberg champions as they defend their title in the national championship at Purdue University. Last year’s Egyptian-themed machine has been replaced by a southern ...

Visualizing the Budget Debate

during a divisive time, we pause to seek commonalities

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Our Facebook page alone totaled more than 15,000 words of comment on the topic. That’s equal to roughly half of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Or 13 times the length of Edgar Allen Poe’s ...

Sunday Events (March 13)

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Sunday's a day for the blues, chocolate, dungeons, symphonies, and ... sundaes.

Saturday Events (March 12)

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Elton John said that Saturday night's alright for fighting, but we at Volume One think it might be better for you to explore other cultures or check out some live music instead.

Sunday Events (March 6)

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Here you'll see just a fraction of the good stuff happening on Sunday, March 6 – fine events all of them. To see the rest of what Sunday has to offer, go ...

Saturday Events (March 5)

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Here you'll see just a fraction of the good stuff happening on Saturday, March 5 – fine events all of them. To see the rest of what Saturday has to offer, go ...

Shortcuts | Mar. 3, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

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The Eau Claire Police Department recently released the 2010 statistics, with crime instances totaling 2,396 compared to the very low 2,198 in 2009. The upswing may be credited to rises in burglaries (408 compared to 249), thefts (1,446 from 1,403)

Questioning the Locals | Robert Giede

Get to Know Your Neighbors!

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Robert’s roots began in Menomonie via UW-Stout. His interests currently include outdoors activities like hunting and fishing, which have inspired his unique jewelry pieces with Elk Ivory.

Sunday Event Picks (February 20)

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So Mother Nature can't make up it's mind about the weather? No big. Neither sleet nor snow nor rain nor hail will stop V1 from telling you about Sunday's awesome events.

Saturday Event Picks (February 19)

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Saturday's a pretty heavy day, with barstool races, big bands, science, chocolate and midget bowling all competing for your love. We think you can handle it though.

Volume One's Fresh Factoids

things we learned while making the mag

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An estimated 7 million people take a vacation day the Monday after the Super Bowl. Another 1.5 million call in sick.

Shortcuts | Feb. 17, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

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Not surprisingly, the Eau Claire school board has officially announced that there will be a referendum on the April 5 ballot. A referendum has been rumored since before last fall, but on Feb. 7 the board officially set the date.

Sunday Event Picks (Feburary 13)

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Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, you know that Volume One loves you! So let us show you the love on Sunday – ohh yes there's enough love to go around.

Saturday Event Picks (Feburary 12)

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From nine in the morning until after midnight – a constant stream of in-your-face events occurring on Saturday. Wanna know what they are? Of course you do.

Sunday Events (Feburary 6)

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The scent of a Superbowl Champion is in the air and Packer fans will be flocking to local restaurants to watch the game of the year. The "who's got what when and where" is here – look for the Packer logo.

Saturday Events (Feburary 5)

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Pardon Fashion Show "A Feral Affair", Kenzie Joy, Brass Monkey, Sammy's Comedy Night, Irie Sol, Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest & Raffle, Left Wing Bourbon, Charlie Parr, Midwinter Music Meltdown ...

Shortcuts | Feb. 3 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

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Bad timing and lack of funding are to blame for the Eau Claire Area School District board’s rejection of a proposal to develop ENGAGE Public Creative Arts & Culture Charter School.

Sunday Events (Janurary 30)

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No amount of TV watching, chip eating, soda drinking, or pajama lounging can complement the events that are going on Sunday. See for yourself: Meat Raffle, Learn to Skate, Live & Kicking with featured guest Howard "Guitar" Luedtke ...

Saturday Events (January 29)

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Whether you like to read, snowshoe, watch a theater performance, or just sit and listen to some relaxing music, Saturday has something for everyone. Just look at these events: Cabaret XXXIII ...

Is V1 a Good Fit for You?

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We're rearranging some roles and souping up our staff – creating an eclectic new full-time position to work on everything from events to promotions to retail.

Monday Night: ECASD Board Votes Against ENGAGE Charter School

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The upcoming referendum weighed heavy at last night’s lengthy Eau Claire Area School District board meeting. First up: the ENGAGE chart school contract. Generally supporting the concept – but citing bad timing and a lack of funds ...

Sunday Events (January 23)

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Sunday offers the best entertainment for your dollar and your minute – here's a brief overview of why: While a Lumber Baron tangles himself into an unfortunate series ...

Saturday Events (January 21)

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Don't doubt the entertainment value of Saturday. Beware the following events are bodacious: Robotics Tournament, Tristan Crist, Billy Krause + Chuck Roll & Jeff White Community Table Benefit Show ...

Shortcuts | Jan. 20, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

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UW-Eau Claire recently selected a construction company for their massive student center project, and they expect to begin building in late winter.

Sunday Event Picks!

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Today is the day that you make it to the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, Live & Kicking - Classic Rock and Rhythm & Blues, Come Slide with Us, and Brian Bethke and Leiah Webb because ...

Saturday Event Picks!

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Try saying this five times really fast: Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, Menomonie Winter Farmers Market, I Am Daniel + Misgenre Mixtape + Make History, Blues Clues Lives: Blue's Birthday Party ...

Looking for something to do on Saturday?

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If you’re looking for something to do Saturday, how does live music, live music, live music, live music, live music, and a cribbage tournament sound?

On the Cover | Jan. 6, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by John Houseman

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“Company is done in gouache (opaque water color). The three figures in the background are anonymous, while the face in the foreground is a friend. The hat he is wearing is my design. I’ll bet it would sell like hotcakes were somebody ... "

Shortcuts | Jan. 6, 2011

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Alright, so it’s not a bed and breakfast or a cultural center, but the city is still considerably pumped that 2 S. Barstow may finally rejoin the tax roll.

Volume One's Fresh Factoids

things we learned while making the magazine

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One’s “Sad Ales Coordinator” on Facebook, as no one should know we have one of those. Mentioning the Ad Sales Coordinator is OK, though.

Questioning the Locals | Bob Lesniewski

Get to Know Your Neighbors!

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Bob Lesniewski has been ingrained in the Chippewa Valley through his 36-year directorship of Special Olympics. He has also officiated basketball and football games for high school and college teams regularly for the past 30 years.

TONIGHT: Support ENGAGE arts charter school

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Last Thursday the board members and planning committee for ENGAGE, Eau Claire's public creative arts and culture charter school, gave a presentation to teachers and administrators on the prospect of opening the project-based school in September 2011

On the Cover | Dec. 16, 2010

learn about this issue's cover art by Odin Pitts

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"My medium of choice today is pen and ink. The pen I use is called a sharpie. I’ve always felt the arrangement and designs in this medium differ from other ink drawings, and therefore may have more value in a fine art sense. I want to give ..."

Local flute god nominated for Grammy

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Well, you can add Grammy nominee to local Native American flute god Peter Phippen’s already hefty resume. The 53rd Grammy Awards have nominated Phippen in their Best Native American Music Album (vocal or instrumental) category.

On the Cover | Dec. 2, 2010

learn about this issue's cover art by Christine Style

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“Mischievous Heart is part of a series of woodcuts that refer to inner stories of the heart. As with other works in this series, a figure is shown opened up and on display, referencing the vintage medical diagrams I collect ..."

Deciding What & How to Rent

Deciding between a home or apartment and Deciding between mom-n-pop or rental company

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If a fire were to break out or a burglar entered your place, an apartment has the added safety of extra eyes/ears to prevent or stop them.

Tales From the Rental

local landlords share their odd and horrific tenant stories

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"When they were moving out we went to the basement and when we opened the furnace it was filled with empty beer bottles and plastic cups filled with urine."

What Landlords Look for in a Renter

personal qualities and background info that’s important to landlords

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“We hope for people interested in the property as a place to live, not just camp.

Landlords’ Pet Peeves

a smattering of things that grind area landlords’ gears

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“Not getting along, and being petty about what the neighbors are doing. In a duplex, say if they’re running down the hallway too fast … don’t call the landlord.”

IMPORTANT: Save the rail on Wednesday

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Wednesday’s High Speed Rail open house in Eau Claire is absolutely crucial to future of train travel in Wisconsin. I’m not sure how else to say it. Wisconsin DOT officials will actually be there ...

Interview with “The Big Guy”

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For the past four years, the role of downtown’s jolly old soul has been filled by John Curtis for Christmastime in the City.

A Buy Local Gift Guide (2010)

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Here’s an idea: why not pepper this year’s “gifts to buy” list with a number of fine items crafted right here in the good ol’ Chippewa Valley? It’s fun, thoughtful, and it helps contribute to the place you call home.

Oh Snap!

last second ideas for your holiday card

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Go to Hope Gospel, Savers, or Goodwill and find bad holiday sweaters, turtlenecks, vests and/or large prescription glasses.

The Worst Gifts Volume One Contributors Have Ever Received

consider our painful memories of gifts-gone-wrong

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I had an aunt who used to give my sister and I her used lingerie for Christmas. “For dress-up!” she’d say, but it was hardly the sort of clothing young girls should be wearing!

Hire local singers or musicians

area schools and the university make it easy to book a group for the holidays

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Instead of throwing in a totally familiar Andy Williams album at your holiday party this year, consider adding some extra vigor with live (and local) musicians.