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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Feb. 17, 2011

I continue to be amazed at the Menomonie fashion scene. I know that might sound ridiculous. To put the words “fashion” and “scene” together in reference to any of the communities in our coverage area is probably amusing to anyone in the know.

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Opening Letters

Walking into Winter

the frosty reflections of a ‘clean’ commuter in the wintertime

There is an outlaw feel to being a winter pedestrian/biker in America. To not drive is to strike out and be different. People are outwardly supportive, but I get the feeling that many wonder why I don’t just get back in my car.

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The Rear End

My Super Bowl Snack Time

while much of Wisconsin chowed down on cheese doodles, I had a different plan

If I was going to sit down and watch the most important football game since the late nineties, I was going to do it while munching on toasty little horns o’ plenty – plenty of salty goodness, that is.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Feb. 17, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Steve Tomashek

“This piece was made specifically for a group show about unicorns.  I carved the figure from two pieces of wood, then staged and photographed it in a setting that I constructed out of wood, paper and paint.  It is an over-the-top idealistic ..."

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Opening Shots
Reader Letters

Reader Letters | Feb. 17, 2011

"Whilst perusing your feature article [Jan. 20] on health and wellness the other day I noticed that you chose not to include information on the social and environmental benefits of eating food rich in animal fats and protein."

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Electrolyte Empire

Eau Claire rockers release Underfoot EP

“I love my family, I love my kids, but sometimes I need to jam with my friends, sweat, and have a blast playing rock ‘n roll.” – Justin LeMay, drummer for Electrolyte Empire

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A Taste of Appalachia

the Stoop Singers deal in old time, roots music

There is no doubt the Stoop Singers have found “IT” – the new recording showcases some of the finest fiddling and clawhammer banjo this side of Clinch Mountain.

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THIS WEEK: Decadent Cabaret 2011

annual festival of rocking tributes returns to House of Rock

Decadent Cabaret exemplifies itself in three ways. One is that they have the best adjective-noun combinations for describing an event. Just take a second and think about what you expect from a cabaret that is decadent.

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Roster McCabe

local funky favorites to jam at the House of Rock

Let’s get past one thing right now: This Wednesday night business. Wednesday nights do not regularly inspire thoughts like most excellent concert experience or whiskey a-go-go, but both are happening at the House of Rock on March 2.

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The Magic Flute

Mozart classic to debut on UW-Eau Claire stage

“What I love about opera is the collaboration between such a large number of artists from different disciplines who all work together to make one final, exciting product.” – Mitra Sadeghpour, director of UWEC’s production of The Magic Flute

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UWEC continues ‘Monologues’ tradition

It’s time once again for the annual production of The Vagina Monologues. Every spring the VDAY organization on the UW-Eau Claire campus produces this show to raise awareness about violence against women and donations to help fund local groups and she

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Hunter Gatherers

BareBones goes primal with dinner party play

The improv ensemble that has been making a ruckus with its comedy shows, BareBones Ensemble Theatre, is once again taking the stage and this time with Ben Richgruber in the director’s seat.

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From Fanboy to Filmmaker

a talk with the man who brought Batman to the silver screen

Mark your Bat-Calendar for March 8, because UWEC is bringing Michael Uslan, the executive producer behind the modern Batman movie franchise (and yes, that list includes both Batman and Robin and The Dark Knight, and no, I don’t know how that works ei

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Visual Art

Lone Not Alone

local artist relying on comic book community for support

“If you’re thinking about drawing, what I’d say to do is just go to as many conventions as you can and ask them what you can fix. I’ve just been amazed at how many of these guys have got your back.” – burgeoning comic artist Mark Lone

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Urban Critters Focus of Art Exhibit/Concert

In a unique concerto, the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will team with a different kind of soloist. At the upcoming performance at Grace Lutheran Church on February 26 artist Joe Maurer will exhibit a small series of work featuring urban critters.

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More Like ArtsBEST!

annual juried show exhibits best of the Valley and beyond

Never let local talents go unacknowledged (and boy, do we really have it in this area). Now in its 32nd year, the annual ArtsWest juried show at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library is about to be underway again, featuring a wide range of local artists

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Local Look

Mixed Use Menomonie

downtown revitalization ideas swell in Menomonie

There is a trend, a movement across the land, to revitalize, reclaim, and reconnect to what was once the heart of every community – it’s downtown. Downtowns are rising up.

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Thanks for Asking | Feb. 17, 2011

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

Somebody called me and said he’d read on the internet that the first snowman ever made was made in Eau Claire. Could it be? No, it could not.

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Shortcuts | Feb. 17, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

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.

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Food / Drink

Kim Chi Café

new eatery offers up a taste of Korea

The Dol-sot bi-bim-bap is served in a hot stone bowl with a half-cooked egg on top. When it arrives at the table, you must stir it in with some flavored sauce and that makes it crackle and snap as the egg continues to cook in the bowl.

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Teddy’s Tube Steaks

this isn’t your ordinary hot dog shop ...

It’s the weekend. You’ve been at the bars, and you’re hungry. Where to go? If you’re gracing Broadway Street in Menomonie, the only logical answer would be Teddy’s Tube Steaks (617 S Broadway).

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Special Sections

Shadow of a Doubt

local hunting product may sound weird, but it’s picking up momentum

There’s no shortage of infomercial gimmicks for hunting apparel and products nowadays. With their clever names and hilarious advertisements, they suck you in for only $19.95 plus shipping and handling.

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Make Like an Outdoorsman and Leave No Trace

tips to minimize your impact in the bush

Leave No Trace is not just for outdoor hippie extremists. The national and international program educates outdoors-lovers about the impact they have on nature as well as provides tips on how to prevent and/or minimize such impacts.

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There and Back Again

a four-day biking trip from Menomonie to Bayfield

It happens every mid-August; panic sets in. I realize that summer is almost over, three-fourths of the home projects are not even started, the garden is overflowing with veggies that need canning, and there’s a ton of yard work to be done.

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