learn about this issue's cover art by Kevin Krueger
“I’ve been fascinated by how dynamic the river is since I moved to Eau Claire a year and a half ago. I wanted to do a piece that dealt with that energy and flow in a fun way. This piece, like much of my work, is a blend of traditional media and ...”
the state of the Chippewa Valley's computer gaming scene
It started in 1997 as a simple birthday party. Monty Peterson and his friends got together to celebrate by networking their computers and beating the crap out of each other inside some of their favorite video games ...
landmark Downsville eatery/inn on the hunt for new owner
The Creamery, in Downsville, was a noted and worthy landmark for decades. Dining or resting there, well it was one of those experiences you saved up for, a date you marked on your calendar. It was Midwest dining and architectural charm at its finest.
new Japanese eatery offers sushi, traditional dishes
The Eastridge Center is housing a delicious secret. In driving by the large building, it would be easy to miss the relatively small space set aside for Ninja Japanese House. But you would surely be the one missing out.
arguments against beer-serving movie theaters get a bad review
In early June, Volume One’s managing editor Trevor Kupfer wrote a blog post on VolumeOne.org detailing local movie theater owners Mike and Connie Olson’s desire to serve beer and wine at their downtown Eau Claire second-run movie theater.
having a prosthetic hand comes with more discrimination than you’d think
I remember vividly coming home from a morning’s play in the low-income housing project. I was five years old. We had a foyer where the sole phone was located. My mother sat by the phone, crying uncontrollably.
after 23 years, 42nd Street returns to Heyde Center
Twenty-three years after its first debut at the Heyde Center for the Arts, the Tony Award-winning musical, 42nd Street is set to return to the stage, complete with the refreshing camaraderie of a familiar cast and crew.
Studio 123 in Banbury Place is the latest local shop to hit the Eau Claire community. Lisa and Kathy Seitz, previous owners of Stone Tree on Water Street, were invited to set up the new shop with Paul Brehm of Fat Bottom Glass.
Steve Betchkal is a man on a mission. The local television journalist, ornithologist, and writer wants to create nature books that are actually fun to read. “The first thing I think is, ‘If I were reading this, what would entertain me?’ ”
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. Justin Patchin, just got a new book published, his second on the subject of cyberbullying. Released in June, the book Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives
Basley himself has been active in the local music industry for many years as a musician, manager, agent, engineer, writer, and producer. In addition to his current band, The Tony Basley Band, he has worked with many local groups like ...
In its splashiest out-of-town acquisition to date, Chippewa Valley-based Amble Down Records signed Halloween, Alaska and announced the upcoming release of the band’s fourth studio album, All Night the Calls Came In.
violin studio offers repair, restoration, and lessons
Offbeats Violin Studio has been open in Eau Claire for more than 10 years now, but it has just recently relocated and expanded to fit a wider range of string instrument needs and provide a whole new experience for Chippewa Valley musicians.
I walked along the south bank of the Eau Claire River between the Dewey Street bridge and the S-bridge by Banbury. I had heard there was a cave on the north bank, but I couldn’t see it. Do you know where it is?
There’s no need to tell you about the state of the economy, budget cuts, and the state’s political hullabaloo. Suffice it to say, it’s easy for these big-picture things to add up (or maybe “pile on” is more suitable) and make individuals feel small.
new momentum has me falling in love with downtown Menomonie
Growing up, going “to town” was big excitement. It involved heaps of candy, cheap bottles of bubbles to blow (and inevitably spill in the car), the park with all its intriguing adventures, and the humming bustle of a thriving downtown.
As Baby Boomers hit retirement, what can the rest of us expect?
On January 1, the earliest set of Baby Boomers – the most infamous American generation, born between 1946 and 1964 in post-World War II merriment – turned 65. And the timing, some argue, couldn’t be worse.
The rigging at the State Theatre (ropes, wires, pulleys, pipes, and weights above the stage) is being replaced. The huge project (it costs about $120,000) has been on their “to do list” for quite a while as the current system was donated in 1986