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FEATURE: Dodging the Down Economy

numbers suggest the Chippewa Valley has skirted national economic woes

We looked into some recent economic statistics about the Eau Claire Metropolitan Area, and to our untrained eyes, it appears as though there’s evidence we’re on the economic rise (and frankly, that things were never all that bad here to begin with).

Pottery Displayed Despite Home Explosion

How would you react if you came home from a vacation in Switzerland to find your house completely destroyed? Now imagine that your home is also your workshop. This was exactly where artists ...

Racy's to Host Cycling Snapshots

A one-day art exhibition at Racy’s (on Eau Claire’s Water Street) will celebrate the ever-rising cycling scene in the city. Organized by bike enthusiast and former Local Independence anchor David Smuhl ...

Chalking It to the Streets

North High School marketing students are gaining valuable skills and helping out local businesses with a fundraiser they are calling “Chalk It Up.”

Arts & Crafts to Rock the House of Rock

On November 12, from 2-7pm, MargieAnn Goin, along with several other local artists will be displaying a multitude of arts and crafts. At the House of Rock. For real.

On the Cover | Oct. 27, 2011

learn about this issue's cover art by Danielle Schmitz

"This photo is part of a of night photography series taken in Eau Claire during the fall. I have done night series for each season but especially love the fall. I am intrigued by the way artificial lighting illuminates the natural world ..."

Snowshoes: Lace 'Em Up

Beaver Creek's upcoming snowshoe workshops and hikes

Before Scandinavians immigrated to America in the early 1800s and introduced winter skis as a form of transportation, people used snowshoes, made by hand. These days, snowshoes have been pushed aside for not only skiing...

Goin’ Surfin’ ... in Wisconsin

yes, we have a freshwater surfing scene – thanks to the Great Lakes

When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Perhaps white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, tropical flowers, huge ocean swells, and Point Break? How about potlucks, Cheeseheads, and the chilly, freshwater shores of our very own Lake Michigan?

Going Public

Wisconsin has hundreds of thousands of acres of public land you can hunt and/or fish on

That’s right. We have approximately one crap-ton of land (both public and private) you can legally hunt on, and the DNR has the resources listing all of it. That’s 308 wildlife areas, 52 state parks, 653 natural areas and a total of 1,482 properties.

“Where the deer at?”

lots of you probably head up north to hunt, but is that the best spot?

Maybe it’s just me, but the vast majority of my family, friends, and acquaintances who hunt tend to do so “up north.” I don’t know if it’s because they know someone with land “up there,” or if it’s become a tradition...

Scare Raising

tracking the area’s fastest-moving Halloween scene

As far as I can tell, the zombies are just gonna keep a-comin’ and there’s little we can do to stop them. The Chippewa Valley’s zombie mania is hitting a bloody crescendo, and it’s been a long time coming.

Reflecting on a Rival

why do I still hate the Atlanta Braves after all these years?

I have developed a respect for the rivals of my favorite teams, understanding that it makes games more enjoyable, and have come to realize that sports are, well, just sports, and not worthy of negative obsession.

Acclaimed Mover & Shaker to Speak on Social Change

One of the 25 inaugural members of the White House Council for Community Solutions, social architect and visionary, Bill Strickland, is scheduled to speak as part of the UWEC Forum Series in November.

Nici Peper

St. Croix Valley singer/songwriter headed to the B&B

In a world where female singer/songwriters are a dime a dozen, Nici Peper captures attention and shines bright with her honest lyrics and sultry smooth singing voice. Peper, a St. Croix Valley native, originally started singing in local church choirs

Zorongo Flamenco

a rare chance to experience a Spanish Cabaret

The romantic exoticism of Spain’s flamenco dance can be experienced at the Mabel Tainter when the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company recreates the “Café Cantante,” or Spanish Cabaret club setting, characteristic of early 20th century Spanish culture.

International Folk Fair

annual UWEC event features foods from around the globe

Imagine yourself hungry for adventure on a slightly chilly Sunday afternoon .. maybe you’re just out of church, or just out of bed. But this day is a basketball, and you are compelled to give it a backboard-shattering slam dunk with fist pump finish.

Saturday: Found vs. Found

Found Footage Fest returns with Found Magazine in tow

This show promises hilarious videos, written notes, and a two-on-two battle of epic proportions between Found Footage Festival and Found Magazine, so it’s safe to say fans of comedy (and cool stuff in general) won’t want to miss it.

Taste of the North Year Six

The sixth annual Taste of the North is bringing all the music, fun, and food of the Northwest to Chippewa Falls on Nov. 5. Set in the beautiful Heyde Center for the Arts, this spectacular evening affair will take place from 6pm to 9pm.

Documentary to Premiere in Chicago, LA, New York, and ... Menomonie?

Menomonie is giving people around the country something to be jealous about. Director/producer Steven Meyer will visit the city and Stout campus for three days in early November, culminating with the world premiere of his award-winning documentary...

Eau Claire the Scene of CSI: Live Stage Production

If you love murder mysteries, lasers, and TV’s Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), you’ll love CSI: Live! Presented by Mad Science, this live-action stage production is coming to The State Theatre on Nov. 10.

Building the Whale House

experimental electro-rock band sports new lineup, EP

Local experimental indie rock band Whale House is back with a brand new drummer and a renewed vigor. The band, comprised of original members Clayton Brice and Caleb Price, acquired Bryant Bohachek after months of waiting.

Urges From Elsewhere Are Headed to Here

A fun night of music is in store for you when the group Urges From Elsewhere comes to the House of Rock on Oct. 28 to impress you with a unique style. Categorized as “Drunkabilly,” their style features a blending...

A Nobu Among Us

educator and conductor Nobuyoshi Yasuda

The humble, yet charismatic Yasuda, affectionately known as “Nobu,” has proudly served as the conductor of both the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the UW-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades.

John Raymond Returns for Backstage Concert

The John Raymond Project is coming to The State Theatre as part of the Backstage Concert Series to bring you their UWEC-alumni filled band featuring Raymond on trumpet, Vinnie Rose on guitar, Scott Currier on piano, Jeremy Boettcher on bass and...

Going Long(Board)

group of Menomonites challenge longboarding ordinance

Fun fact: A longboard is simply a skateboard, but longer. While skateboarders are usually caught doing ollies, kick flips, and crazy-spinny-madoddles, longboarders are more often found cruising around as a mode of transportation.

Shortcuts | Oct. 27, 2011

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

“Think New, Different, Better.” That’s the motto of the Idea Challenge, a project created by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation. Its goal is to help fund new and innovative products, services, and business ventures through ...

Questioning the Locals | Jon Thorpe

get to know your neighbors!

Jon has a lot of hats. He’s a graduate of Memorial and Stout (interior design). He’s a husband to OB/GYN Suzette Peltier and father of two. He’s an interior designer (kitchens, mostly) and corporate arts consultant.

Designing Downtown

our eyes now turn to the library and city hall area

With the Eau Claire City Council’s recent approval of the preferred alternative for the Downtown Riverfront District the biggest question marks in the design phase now surround the area of LE Phillips Memorial Public Library, U.S. Bank and City Hall.

My First House Show

a newbie’s introduction to a unique type of music venue

“At the moment of truth, we almost chickened out, but something told me to throw all inhibitions to the wind and take a leap of faith. And, boy, am I glad we did.”

Opening Shot | Oct. 27, 2011

On Oct. 15, a zombie mob gathered in Eau Claire’s Wilson Park and then shambled forth, filling the streets (and local taverns) with undead fun – the Zombie Pub Crawl.

Note from the Editor | Oct. 27, 2011

Right now the Volume One staff is trying to decide if we can pull off another “Tunnel of Terror” outside our office during this year’s Downtown Trick or Treating event on Friday, October 28. This is where our entire staff spends most of the day...

Doodle Jokes

a healthy outlet for classmate hatred

Breaking the Law (And The Bank)

common ordinance violations at UWEC and what they cost

The rising cost of tuition will look like nothing if you manage to get a few of these violations under your belt.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.