Zach Oliphant


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Tue. Aug. 21st, 2018

The Gentle Guest Plans New Album Unholy Mess

Eric Christenson, photos by Zach Oliphant

Eau Claire band The Gentle Guest – who used to actively slay the local scene with their firebrand style of country punk – has been relatively quiet for a couple years. Frontman Eric Rykal has been focusing ...

Wed. Mar. 23rd, 2016

Listen to Sniffle Party

Jordan Duroe, Christina Wolff, photos by Zach Oliphant

local ‘sad girl pop’ project thrives with a stirring voice

Wed. Dec. 23rd, 2015

Up, Up, and Away!

Tom Giffey, photos by Zach Oliphant

international cup competition adds new layer to Silver Mine Ski Jump tourney

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

Something Funny Is Going On Here

Eric Christenson, photos by Zach Oliphant, Lee Butterworth

Eau Claire comedian and V1 Editor Eric Christenson gives an inside look at the local standup scene, from its desolate beginnings to its explosive growth

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. May. 28th, 2013

TONIGHT: Laarks unveils Fiat Lux

Thom Fountain, photos by Zach Oliphant

It's been over three and a half years since we heard Laarks' debut album, An Exaltation of Laarks and that's a long wait for new music from Eau Claire's premiere indie rockers. The four-piece has spent that time meticulously working on their ...

Tue. Mar. 26th, 2013

All That Jazz

Sam Clark, photos by Zach Oliphant

One of the biggest jazz festivals in the Midwest happens right here in our back yard. Jazz Fest returns this year April 5-7 at locations around the Chippewa Valley. The festival includes performances and classes and brings in hundreds of...

Thu. Nov. 15th, 2012

Making It Up

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Zach Oliphant

a rise in improv from all directions has formed a true, homegrown scene in the Chippewa Valley

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. May. 3rd, 2012

Laarks set to release new album, video

Ken Szymanski, photos by Zach Oliphant

It’s been over two years since local indie band Laarks released An Exaltation Of Laarks. Now with a new CD – Fiat Lux – completely recorded and mixed, the band is shopping for a new label and hoping to have the CD available this summer ...

Wed. Apr. 18th, 2012

Opening Shot | April 19, 2012

photos by Zach Oliphant

RETURN OF THE THROW: On Thursday, April 5, The Improv Lab hit the Stones Throw in downtown Eau Claire for one of their monthly gigs – a stripped-down, free form presentation of improvised theater and comedy.

The Improv Lab @The Stones Throw (4-5-12)

Wed. Apr. 11th, 2012

On Thursday, April 5, The Improv Lab (an offshoot of BareBones Ensemble Theatre) hit the Stones Throw in downtown Eau Claire for one of their semi-regular shows – a stripped-down, free form presentation of improvised theater and comedy.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Wed. Apr. 4th, 2012

Millie is a young bride living in 1850s Oregon whose plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. This Eau Claire Children

Bella Ruse @The Cabin

Mon. Mar. 12th, 2012

Minneapolis folk-pop duo Bella Ruse stopped by The Cabin in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center on Friday, March 9.

Decadent Cabaret 2012, Saturday Night

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2012

Saturday, March 3 closed out the 2012 installments of Decadent Cabaret at the House of Rock. It was the third night of Eau Claire's longest-running locally-focused rock music festival, notorious for landmark moments and phenomenal performances in the

89.7 WUEC-FM Local Showcase Concert

Wed. Feb. 29th, 2012

On Saturday, February 25, UW-Eau Claire's student radio station held a local showcase concert which featured artists from the area: The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Zoo Animal, Kalispell, Adelyn Rose, and Backward Thinker's Society ...

BareBones Theatre: God of Carnage

Tue. Feb. 28th, 2012

God of Carnage, presented by BareBones Ensemble Theatre, was staged at The Grand Theatre February 23-25. The play asks you, "What happens when civilized parents meet to discuss their children’s destructive behavior?" The 2009 Tony award ...

Sun. Feb. 26th, 2012

Decadent Cabaret Returns

Trevor Kupfer, photos by Zach Oliphant

celebrating local bands with wigs, fishnets, and cover tunes

Gaelic Storm at The State Theatre (2-15-12)

Thu. Feb. 16th, 2012

On Wednesday, February 15, local favorites Gaelic Storm returned to the State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire. Gaelic Storm's last release Cabbage held the #1 spot on the Billboard World Music Album Chart for three consecutive weeks in 2010 ...

The Island of Dr. Lee @The Mousetrap (2-10-12)

Mon. Feb. 13th, 2012

On Friday, Feb. 10, The Island of Dr. Lee played one of their first live shows, this time at the Mousetrap in support of The Perennials and Electrolyte Empire. The band is local sound engineer and musician Jaime Hansen's latest experiment, tapping...

Day Old Bread Reunion Show 2012

Mon. Feb. 6th, 2012

Local jam band legends Day Old Bread reunited on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Mousetrap on Barstow Street. Bill, Billy, Dave, Nate and Dan cordially invited fans and friends to a night of righteous guitar riffs served with a side of awesome.

Winter After Hours (1-26-12)

Fri. Jan. 27th, 2012

On Thursday, January 26 Winter After Hours finally kicked off at Boyd Park with ice skating, snowshoeing, ice sculptures and much more. Winter After hours continues every Thursday evening until Febuary 23.

126th Annual Silver Mine Invitational

Tue. Jan. 24th, 2012

The 126th annual Silver Mine Invitational was held on January 20th and 21st at the Silver Mine Hill in Eau Claire, WI. For the first time this year, a pond hockey tournament was also held.

Leave Me Tender: Artwork by Daniel Atyim & Jill Olm

Mon. Jan. 23rd, 2012

The paintings and drawings in this exhibit are works that “entertain abstraction while flirting with representation,” in the words of the artists. The exhibition runs at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library through Friday, Feb. 17.

Mon. Jan. 23rd, 2012

New Album Built By Wisconsin Built Builders

Aryn Widule, photos by Zach Oliphant

Technology can do some wonderful things. Take, for example, the latest release from indie lo-fi rockers Wisconsin Built. Rest Less, a project from Thom Fountain and Eric Charles Christenson, was recorded in a deliciously do-it-yourself manner ...

Mon. Jan. 23rd, 2012

Opening Shot | Jan. 26, 2012

photos by Zach Oliphant

Part of the Janet Carson Gallery’s current art exhibition, “Brigit” is some sweet mixed media from local artist Kathleen Seitz. The exhibit showcases the work of 2010’s Confluence of Art winners.

Wed. Jan. 11th, 2012

NOTA Expands to Include Music Accompaniment

Tuesday Wustrack, photos by Zach Oliphant

NOTA, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s literary and arts publication, began in the 1970s and was designed to showcase exceptional pieces of writing and art. But as recent as this past fall, the publication introduced a new element ...

Embrace the Ice: Eau Claire Curling Club Open House

Tue. Jan. 10th, 2012

On Sunday, January 8 the Eau Claire Curling Club had an open house at the Eau Claire County Expo Center. The purpose was to give you a chance to grab some friends and give curling a try, totally free and with no strings attached. Experienced local c

Wed. Dec. 21st, 2011

Opening Shot | Dec. 22, 2011

photos by Zach Oliphant

On a recent Sunday afternoon, patrons of Wagner’s Lanes in Eau Claire were able to witness the mad bowling skillz of Father Christmas. Taking a break from his elf management duties, Ol’ St. Nick was in town for a Boys & Girls Club event.

Laarks + The Gentle Guest (12-15-11)

Tue. Dec. 20th, 2011

On Thursday, December 15, Local electro indie pop rockers Laarks played their first show in Eau Claire in about nine months (we think). However long it was, welcome back Ian, Brian, Kyle, and Zach to the House of Rock. Also featured were ...

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2011)

Tue. Dec. 13th, 2011

This Christmas favorite was stage by the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild (December 1-18). Adapted from the classic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life, this play is performed as a 1940’s, live radio broadcast in front of a “studio audience.”

Tue. Nov. 22nd, 2011

Opening Shot | Nov. 24, 2011

photos by Zach Oliphant

From Nov. 17-19, BareBones Ensemble Theatre presented Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Hunter Gatherers at The Grand Theatre, a play about a dinner date gone awry with sex, violence, wrestling, and animal sacrifice. Kinda like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf...