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Winter After Hours 2011

mini winter wonderland returns to Boyd Park in January

We’ve all done it. We’ve complained for four months a year about the cold. And the ice. And the bleak darkness. And the misery. But now it’s time to put all that behind us and embrace winter.

The Big New Year's Show

House of Rock slates mix of genres, plus two new bands

When everyone’s looking for a place to gather and ring in the new year, the best thing a venue can do is bring in variety – a mixture of acts that can appeal to a big cross-section of our music-loving public.

Orfield & Perry

Sue Orfield collaborations return with Mike Perry show

As a self-proclaimed experimental band, it’s only fitting that the Sue Orfield Band should look beyond their four members to increase the eclecticism and evade any genre thrown their way.

Pedal Like Hell

local cyclist brings popular race event to Valley bars

“The races have become an international phenomenon in recent years, but until recently there was a void in Wisconsin for people interested in giving them a shot.”

Field of Daydreams

I get the feeling not all parents share our laid-back approach to elementary athletics

Even before the game started, it was clear that the opposing coaches had vastly different approaches to motivating their teams. The other team’s coach – his methods reminded me of the sensei from the Cobra Kai dojo in The Karate Kid.

Decking the Halls

Christmas has demanded that I stop doing housework

Not getting a tree means you go to hell – a special kind of hell for parents where you must listen to an electronic, Fisher-Price version of Mary Had a Little Lamb on really crappy speakers. On repeat. Forever.

Fifth Found Footage

infamous VHS series releases new edition, plans tour

Between their prominent role in Winnebago Man and a new regular feature for The Onion, is there anyone who doesn’t know about the Found Footage Festival at this point? Really?

Beyond Chocolate

Obsession Chocolates explodes into new location

After 20 months of extensive renovations, Obsession Chocolates has leapt onto the Eau Claire café scene – and brought their artistic chocolates with them. The space at 18 S. Barstow ...

Smiling Moose Deli

Colorado sandwich shop opens in Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park scores again. The downtown area, with its scenic riverside property and stylish new architecture, recently welcomed a new deli to the neighborhood.

Amping It Up

Altoona’s Phish Haus youth center focuses on music

Just behind the tennis courts in Altoona City Park, an unassuming rectangle-of-a-building has been given a name and some fresh coats of dark green paint. The Phish Haus – a reincarnation of a youth arts center that expired in 1996 – is back.

Thanks for Asking | Dec. 16, 2010

our local jack-of-all-facts tells you how it is

Thanks for asking! You’re right: easily the smallest house in Eau Claire. Easily. I bet it’s not 200 square feet. It originally sat in the woods between Rock Falls and Meridean.

Rumblings | Reaching for the Star Farm

Fall Creek farmland hopes to house self-sustaining commune

Raise your hand if one of the following applies: you garden, raise chickens, make a point to buy local, and/or take time regularly to connect with nature.

Reason One

Rice Lake rockers infiltrate Eau Claire

The hard rock group Reason One has been around for several years – opening for bands like CCR, Nazareth, and Eddie Money – but recently took on new members, a new sound, and extended its roots to the Chippewa Valley.

Delong Teacher Takes Over Local Vocal Group

The Chippewa Valley Community Chorus has passed the baton (director’s wand, perhaps?) to Cathy Reitz, talented choral director at Delong Middle School.

Local Bands Cover Holiday Favorites for Annual Mixtape

Eau Clairian Andy Plank is a huge fan of Christmas, and not just on Facebook. For the last four years Plank has been organizing local musicians to record Christmas songs; he then releases the tunes in a compilation. He’s brought together artists ...

Yare' Darkness Bound

local author releases first book in fantasy trilogy

“I had this folder full of ideas, and this one just kind of moved to the forefront over time. I decided to just finally write it.”– writer Travis Ludvigson

Infinitea Tries a Poetry Slam on for Size

It’s been a little quiet on the poetry front in Eau Claire lately, so Infinitea owners Drew Seveland and Jeff Mares have decided to shake things up.

Art Crawl Trolling for Artists

In February of 2009, Eau Claire experienced the inception of the Art Crawl at Banbury Place’s building 13.

Arts Board Mentorship Program Looking for Applicants

In order to further develop Wisconsin as a cultural and artistic hub, the Wis. Arts Board Mentorship Program was created to pair budding artists with mentors who can help develop their skills.

The Driven Snow

a local winter memory

I desperately held on to my aunt, simultaneously trying to stay on the back of the swerving snowmobile and hoping to keep my lunch down. Something was wrong ...

Over the Hill and Still Skiing

a local winter memory

As a kid, my idea of a great way to spend a winter afternoon consisted of curling up behind the couch with a handful of cookies and a volume or two of the World Book Encyclopedia.

A Nice Day for a White Sledding

a local winter memory

It was 1989. I was growing up on the edges of Eau Claire’s Forest Hill Cemetery, the best playground any hyperactive, adventurous young kid could dream of.

Repetition Made New

A friend loans me some snowshoes and I learn what our ancestors had discovered some 4,000 years ago. I float with ease across the snow, leaving a wake of large duck foot impressions behind me.

Life Inside a Snow Globe

Snowflakes were so big that even a 3 year-old atop his dad’s shoulders could throw back his head and catch them in his mouth. It’s the closest I’ve come to feeling the tranquility of life inside a snow globe.

Coldstruck: Smitten by the River in Winter

The “brutal” bridge had always been common ground – literally, but also figuratively. A space of mutual complaint. The epitome of winter’s chokehold.

The Snow Architects

When I was young and it snowed, my older brother and I became the Greatest Snow Architects Under the Age of 10. You may have heard of our greatness.

On the Cover | Dec. 16, 2010

learn about this issue's cover art by Odin Pitts

"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 ..."


events for the State Theatre, the Heyde Center, the Mabel Tainter Theater (2010-2011)


upcoming Chippewa Valley music events (2010-2011)


upcoming Chippewa Valley theater events (2010-2011)


upcoming Chippewa Valley art exhibitions (2010-2011)


upcoming Chippewa Valley film events (2010-2011)


various upcoming events at Chippewa Valley universities (2010-2011)