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FEATURE: Back to the Front

reclaiming your front yard and you sense of community

For decades, the public interest in community involvement, neighborhood building, and placemaking the nation over was in decline. Quite simply, our sense of community was dying. So a bunch of experts got together and decided to ...

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Editor's Notes
The Rear End

Hitting the List

exactly what did you think you’d do this summer?

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year you start hearing people talk about their “summer do-do lists.” Which is to say, you start hearing a lot of people complain that it’s already the middle of August and there was so much they were ho

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Aug. 18, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Sarah Denis

"The image 'Spitfire' combines my love of vintage transportation and my enduring dream to fly off in old fashioned style. Over the ages, we have come up some fantastical modes of motion and the pedal plane and the bicycle are easily two of my ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Aug 18, 2011

Despite a late afternoon, sidewalk-washing downpour, Chalkfest 2011 (Aug. 6) made for a fantastic Saturday of art and community. Pictured here is one of the Jury Award winners, Peter Davidson, at work.

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Carnivore Rock

Jim Pullman Band releases Jackals and Wolves LP

If The Jim Pullman Band’s last album, 2008’s The End of the Beginning, aimed a new rock ‘n roll energy following a stark lineup change, the brand-spankin’ new release Jackals and Wolves aims for Jim Pullman at his most essential and honest ...

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Good for the Sol

Irie Sol’s second album takes a raw approach to their dancetastic sound

If you’ve lived in Eau Claire over the last seven years, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve either heard of, witnessed, listened to, or played in Irie Sol. Eau Claire’s very own reggaejazzohiphoppaska band is releasing its second album. Known for...

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Just Peachy

Red Cedar Youth Stage presents Roald Dahl classic

Kicking off its 53rd season, the oldest theater guild in western Wisconsin is presenting the 50-year-old Roald Dahl classic James and the Giant Peach.

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Picturing Tolkien

local experts edit Lord of the Rings essay collection

No matter how far your quest may take you – perhaps even to Middle-Earth – you would be hard-pressed to find two people more knowledgeable about all things Tolkien than local scholars Jan Bogstad and Phil Kaveny.

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Visual Art

Woodcut Warriors

ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi

The Janet Carson Gallery at The State Theatre will soon be filled with a wealth of art from 19th century master ukiyo-e woodblock printmaker Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

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Shoe Box Show Art Auction

library art reception raises funds to improve its gallery space

If good things come in small packages, which package is best suited to works of art? According to L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, a shoebox should be just about right.

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Local Look

Digital Democracy

Eau Claire locals to launch online town hall forum

Starting in September, the Eau Claire community will now be able to log in to, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization, and participate in an “online town hall” from any location, at any time.

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Questioning the Locals | Brent D. Skinner

get to know your neighbors!

There’s a weird art exhibition going on at Menomonie Public Library in August, and it in particular caught our eye because of the artist behind it. By day Brent is a straight-arrow attorney, and by night he’s an humorous and edgy artist.

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An electric car station in Eau Claire?

B&B Electric is looking into it

It’s electric! Some of you may or may not have heard the gossip about an electric car charging station being brought to Eau Claire. Well, B&B Electric wants to turn this station from rumor to reality.

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Shortcuts | Aug. 18, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

The City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County have made good efforts to get public input on budget concerns, opinions, and new ideas. Unfortunately, public meetings tend to go unattended and surveys are hard to find.

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Kid Culture

Saddled Up

Memorial High School has an Equestrian Team?

Horses have not figured into the lives of many Americans for a very long time. Thanks for nothing, cars. At this point, horses mainly serve two purposes for most city-dwellers.

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Get Your Freak On

Warrior Dash-style ‘Freak 5k’ returns to Chippewa Falls

Prepare to get your “freak on” at this debut Warrior Dash-style event. Beginning near Irvine Park at noon, the Freak 5k was created by Fit Elite of Eau Claire, a workout facility on Mall Drive.

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Special Sections

Supplies for the Hyper-Nerd

School supplies used to be simple. Grab a few highlighters and some Post-Its and you were golden. But gone are the days of sharpening pencils and tearing the fringe off your notebook paper.

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Back in Style

retro school supplies for hipsters

Trying to pull of that 1990's middle school vibe? Check out this comprehensive list of items to send you back to the days of Vanilla Ice and awesome live-action Ninja Turtle movies.

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Quite a Pairing: Art Classes for Any Major

art class suggestions to help you broaden your mind & prospects

Unless it’s your major, the arts tend to slide under the radar for most college students. When you’re in finance, you don’t really have to think about Ruben or Monet. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

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Dorm Room Poster Rules

the do's and don'ts of college decorating

If you get Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, Audrey Hepburn, or Jim Belushi you have to consume what they created.

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Rejuvenation Joints

the places you should go when you need to take a break

So let’s say it’s finals week. Or midterms. Or maybe you just have three papers, four tests, and an art project due by Friday.

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Mapping Your Napping

With all those late-night cramming sessions and the inevitable Scantron nightmares that follow, not to mention the fourth floor versus third floor Halo tournaments, students need to catch up on sleep during those lulls between classes.

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