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FEATURE: A Dying Art

the increasing importance and decreasing presence of the arts and creativity in our schools

Exploring the the increasing importance and decreasing presence of the arts and creativity in our schools.

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Editor's Notes
Opening Letters

Just Like Home(coming)

times may change but the Water Street lifestyle remains the same

“Oh, to be that careless and carefree,” I thought. “Not to mention getting the party started before noon. I don’t remember the last time we were able to do something crazy like that.” We went home after the parade and took a nap.

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The Rear End

A Bat Story

it’s a good time of year to talk about bats. so let’s do that

I calmly turned to my wife, and in a calm voice I calmly said, “Get out of the room. Now.”

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Opening Shots
Reader Letters

He Are the Willows

A Collection of Sounds and Something Like the Plague is Eau Claire native-turned Minneapolis-citizen Peter Miller’s most focused and impressive solo offering yet.

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Mark McElwain

dark period yields new album, book for local artist

When you meet Mark McElwain for the first time, you get the idea that something interesting is about to happen.

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Geoffrey Keezer

former local-turned jazz extraordinaire to tickle ivories

The State Theater is hosting a hometown jazz classic in which former local-turned jazz extraordinaire Geoffrey Keezer returns to wow the home crowd.

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The Blanks

the real version of Ted’s Band from Scrubs comes to town

If you’re a true fan of the hit television show Scrubs, you should know what I’m talking about when I mention Ted’s Band, the a cappella group that has appeared on many episodes.

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Monster of a Show

locals stage original Frankenstein adaptation

“As soon as you walk into the building, it’ll be like stepping into the story ... and that just gives me chills.”

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Booked Up

annual book fest mixes local and national writers

For the 10th year in a row, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival will bring authors from around the world to share their experiences with Chippewa Valley residents.

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Visual Art

Cell-ing Out

big-time comic artists with local ties exhibit work

We can now add two comic book artists to our list of locals who have gone on to do great things.

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Local Look

Hot Plots

a community garden association sprouts up

“Being a part of this effort is being part of a greater effort of greening our city. In my opinion there’s nothing bigger than that.” – City council member Andrew Werthmann

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Special Sections
Other Stuff

An Urge for Change

speaker to discuss hope in the hardest of places

Mason has served as an advocate for woman and children suffering as a result of abuse, neglect, poverty, and crisis for nearly 20 years.

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