Issue Archive

past magazine issues by year


rail cost is a valid concern and one that cannot be ignored

Sweet Smell of Success

I’ve finally gotten a whiff of victory – thanks, Express

We – Eau Claire – had won it all, right in front of me. Meanwhile, the crowd clapped along to the first song played after the final out: Dancing On The Ceiling? I’m sure even Lionel Richie would be surprised by that choice.

This Percussive Life

passing a love of sweet drum solos on to my children

My living room is home to a growing collection of lilliputian musical instruments, from a little tambourine to a tiny triangle to a wee pair of cymbals. Seriously, I have maracas coming out my djembe over here.


a breakdown of transportation types and travel times


some quick tidbits on what it’d be like


Montreal metalheads on tap for big House of Rock show

When DRI takes the stage, we have a tantalizing wayside stop in the shape of Montreal’s Blackguard.

Take a Hike

see the leaves, feel the sun, suck some of the crisp autumn air

NOW ONLINE: Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030

A few days ago (Oct. 1, I believe) the Wisconsin Department of Transportation began the second phase and started the 45-day countdown that is the comment period.

LISTEN: Something Like Blood

Meridene’s second LP is the best stuff they’ve done

“The one thing I was surprised about was how proud I am of the record. I really do wear it like a badge of honor.” – Meridene frontman Trevor Ives

Ill-Fitting In

firmly stuck between recently ended college life and ... Eau Claire

I’ve outgrown campus, but apparently haven’t grown into the real Eau Claire either. ... I’m wondering if it has enough to offer a young, contemporary lady such as myself.

At the Center of It All

UWs Stout and Eau Claire to expand student centers

The $19 million renovated student center will adjoin the new $43 million science building – Jarvis Hall – to create a “central hub” on Stout’s campus.

Thanks for Asking | Sept. 9, 2010

answering your questions to the very best of Frank's considerable ability

Is there some safety/legal/economic/carbuncle reason that prevents Eau Claire from developing public river fun spots?

Shortcuts | Sept. 9, 2010

UWEC sophomore Kurtis Polishinski recently returned home after becoming the Drum Corps International World Class Section Champion for solo tubists.

A Hero in All of Us

international group the Real Life SuperHeroes

One glance at Rascón Córdova – overweight, middle-aged, and by all means slower than a speeding bullet – and it’s clear that, by traditional standards, he’s far from super.

New Savannah Smith Album

Savannah Smith is no ordinary recording artist. Her music started randomly with the purchase of a cheap ukulele ...

Kaptivating Condemnation

hard rockers Kaptivating Kate release debut LP

Say what you want about Kaptivating Kate, a band that has made it very clear since their start in 2008 that they play to a very specific audience.

A Dark Art Show in the Chippewa Valley

Obscuritas 2010, a Dark Art Show in the Chippewa Valley, will be hosted at the Eagles Club in Chippewa Falls on Sept. 11 at 6pm.

The Vision and the Word

local collaboration between art and creative writing returns

Since their conception of The Vision and the Word, every three or four years several area artists and poets develop artistic relationships where they talk, share, and create works through a union of their expressive media.

Milwaukee Fest to Debut Comedy Filmed in Wisconsin

The annual movie extravaganza known as the Milwaukee Film Festival is approaching quickly. Starting Sept. 23 and ending Oct. 3, this event features more than 150 films from all over the world.

John Prine

State Theatre scores major show with folk superstar

Dylan called his songs “Midwestern mind trips to the Nth degree.” His lyrics have been covered by Johnny Cash, George Straight, and 10,000 Maniacs.

Roll Out the Oktoberfest

Germaniacs flock to Chippewa Falls festival for 8th year

It all began with a royal wedding: Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Theresa of Sachsen-Hildburghausen were married in Munich in October of 1810.

Back to Mack

the crazy-voiced comic from northern Wisconsin returns

The northern Wisconsin native will bring her unique musical talents and her skewed observational humor to the stage of the Heyde Center.