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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | April 19, 2012

"Well we had a great couple of weeks, and we want to thank the many people and organizations that reached out to congratulate us on our 10-year anniversary, special issue, and upcoming move. The warm fuzzies were abundant for our staff as we ... "

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The Rear End

Mow to Anger

exactly what does Mother Nature think she's doing?

As I write these words, I’m faced with a stark decision. I was hoping to have put off even thinking about it for another month or two, but the forces of nature have conspired against me, and now I am compelled to act. This early spring has forced ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | April 19, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Kristen Berger

“I love the medium of collage for its ability to change the meaning of an image by juxtaposing it with something completely unrelated.  I enjoy how it allows for spontaneity, and also gives me an excuse to sit and read vintage magazines, sheet ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | April 19, 2012

RETURN OF THE THROW: On Thursday, April 5, The Improv Lab hit the Stones Throw in downtown Eau Claire for one of their monthly gigs – a stripped-down, free form presentation of improvised theater and comedy.

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Hope May Indeed Float

every spring I get the strong urge to find a vessel and traverse the river

Every spring I am overcome by a recurring fantasy, and this last spring was no exception. My fantasy has to do with owning a boat so I can travel up and down the Chippewa River. Having grown up on and in the river, and living within a stone’s ...

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How to Celebrate Record Store Day Around Here

Record Store Day is kind of like Black Friday, except for music lovers. And on a Saturday. It’s an international event where musicians put out exclusive vinyl for independent record stores only. Revival Records will be the only place in the ...

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Legit Music to Beat on Mount Simon

Techno beats and drops will shake Mt. Simon Park and avid local technophiles with “Legit Music.” The “Legit Music” event will shuffle various techno beat masters from the Eau Claire area. Those interested in what they hear can pick up the ...

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Out of the Woodwork: Oliver Snare Drums

Eric Lee’s custom snare drum operation

Eric Lee is a long-time drummer (Franklin Airmen, I Torrent, Oliver Humanzee, and Bon Iver’s drum tech last summer), but before he landed back in Eau Claire he was moving around so frequently that he decided to ditch his drum set. When his living ...

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eclectic collaborative project releases first album

FireFlyForest has an eclectic musical style that “tiptoes the boundaries” of genres and holds influences from folk, classical, and jazz. The band, comprised of UWEC graduate Steven Hobart and about 10 other musicians (Kip Jones – violin, Felicia ...

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Yellow Tooth Grin

new local rock duo releases debut CD

This catchy mash of punk and metal, with substantial inspiration from bands like Tool and Green Day, accompanied by upbeat, catchy compositions and you basically have Yellow Tooth Grin. The Eau Claire band’s debut album, Good Grief, was written, ...

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Pale Kid Who Raps Fast Headed to UW-Eau Claire

The winner of the Brave New Voices award for the 2006 National Poetry Slam, George Watsky, will be spouting lyrics at super-human speed at UWEC on April 24. Watsky, “a versatile lyricist who switches between silly and serious, technically ...

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Not Your Average Hip Hop

No Bird Sing & AK (from Do or Die) soar to Eau Claire

Through my many experiences in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene, I have had the pleasure of witnessing a plethora of genre-bending and unique acts emerge from the shadows of the Rhymesayers and Doomtree powerhouses. I don’t remember exactly when it ...

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A Gypsy in the Valley

everything’s coming up Sondheim for CVTG

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild is bringing vaudeville back to The State Theatre. Seventeen years ago director Ron Kreinke put on the musical Gypsy for the Guild, and now he’s doing it again! Based on the life of dancer and actress Gypsy Rose ...

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An Odd Take on the Odd Couple

Menomonie Theater Guild is putting on a rendition of The Odd Couple … with a female cast. “I think that there’s still this sort of mistaken idea and assumption out there that men are funnier or better at comedy,” said Blaine Halverson, executive ...

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Explore Fashion Without Fabric

Tasked with creating clothing without using fabric of any kind, UW-Stout design students have their work cut out for them. Every spring, the university’s Art and Design Department puts on its popular “Fashion Without Fabric” fashion show. “A lot ...

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Bubble Mania!

bubble artist comes to town by way of Cirque de Soleil

Bubbles aren’t just for little kids anymore. On April 29, Casey Carle will bring his all-ages show, Bubblemania!, to the Heyde Center. Carle is a professional “bubble entertainer” who has performed all over the world. He has a Bachelor of Arts ...

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D&D Meets the Hodag in Medieval Fantasy Book

What happens when you mix Dungeons and Dragons and a Rhinelander lumberjack myth about a dragon called the Hodag? The answer involves a local Eau Claire man named Joseph Beaufeaux, and his book Eternal Knights, the first in a planned trilogy ...

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A State of Flux

exploring Jason Splichal’s fifth book of poetry, Flux

After self-publishing four books of poetry in seven years, local author and teacher Jason Splichal reached a breaking point. In his last book, 2005’s The Disappeared, he actually killed off his flash-fiction characters as a way to put aside his ...

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Visual Art

Sculpture Tour, Part Deux

new sculptures will be on display by May 7

If you’ve been downtown any time over the past year, you may have noticed sculptures of varying shapes and sizes dotting Barstow Street. The second season of sculptures for Sculpture Tour Eau Claire are set to take the stage on May 7. This year, ...

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UWEC, Stout Showcasing Newest Crop of Artists

It’s Local. It’s Fresh. It’s a Smorgasbord of UW Student Art Shows. Around here, we make artists. Grab your plate and see what the newest of the new have been cooking up. Running now, UWEC’s Foster Gallery presents its show of current student art ...

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Beyond the Skin

Janet Carson Gallery features Eau Claire tattoo artists

Paul Brehm is known in our community as the first glass blower around, and he has a long history of working with the first tattoo place in town, Skin Prints. When serving his duty as a visual arts committee member for the Janet Carson Gallery, he ...

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Stout Students Recreate Menomonie Drive-In

Starting April 20, Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum in Menomonie will host a new exhibit about the city’s former drive-in movie theater. Created by Stout design and construction students from testimonials and a Google maps image, the exhibit ...

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A Look Behind the Veil ...

locally screened documentary looks at sex slavery

To many, slavery may seem like a problem we solved a century ago, but believe it or not still today there are 27 million enslaved people around the world. The hard-hitting documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls seeks to tell the story of those ...

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Local Look

A Chancellor's Final Words

an exit interview with UWEC Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich

At the helm of UW-Eau Claire for nearly six years, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich is moving on next month to become president of Westminster College, a private liberal arts institution in Salt Lake City, Utah. He came from Eastern Washington ...

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Thanks for Asking | April 19, 2012

our local Jack-of-all-Facts tells you how it is

Savvy readers often send additions and corrections. In my last column (March 8) I’d answered a question from Karl Markgraf about O’Neill Creek cemetery near Eagle Point. After the issue came out, V1 reader Duane Popple reminded me that Daniel ...

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The Center of Attention

join the major events facility discussion, people

There was a full house on March 29 at the RCU Headquarters for the first public discussion of a new events center in Eau Claire. The forum was led by a panel from Clear Vision, including Mike Rindo from UW-Eau Claire, Linda John from ...

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Shortcuts | April 19, 2012

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

Sacred Heart Hospital is getting a major upgrade to its exterior to the tune of $20 million. The three-year undertaking includes replacing the windows, framing, and colored panels that have been there since 1964. It also includes heating and ...

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Glimpse | Local Man makes a Jeopardy Run

Though he racked up $15,200 during the game, Eau Clarian Michael Tvaruzka finished in third place during his Jeopardy! appearance on April 4. The 43-year-old Stout research specialist employee got on the show through 50-question online contests ...

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Food / Drink

Downtown Durand to get Artisan Bakery

An artisan bakery is coming to downtown Durand, and will be headed by two bakers from the former Creamery in Downsville. River Valley Bakery (as it’s intended to be called) is slated to open in late May at 216 W Main St, producing bread, rolls, ...

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Pizza Plus

downtown eatery re-opens after revamp

I’ve always been amazed by business owners who re-launch an establishment. They have a distinct advantage and disadvantage over their contemporaries: name recognition. While name recognition can be a great thing when you want to get customers ...

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On Wisconsin Street

former Harmony Corner Café gets new name, location, and menu

Kathy and Greg Brice, the champions of all things organic and local, are back and bigger then ever. The duo recently launched their new restaurant, Wisconsin Street Café and Bakery, and are already hard at work concocting a new list of ...

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Kid Culture

Touring Tiffany Bottoms

all aboard for a mini-train tour of a spectacular Wisconsin wetland

As the Chippewa River flows downstream from Eau Claire, it threads through a landscape of steep bluffs, expansive floodplains, and other habitats that call home to 125 rare species, more than any other area in Wisconsin; including massasauga ...

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Special Sections

No-Mow Lawns

a new movement away from the traditional grass yard

It wasn’t the mowing that drove Linda Soltis to an alternative lawn – it was the moles. Mole tunnels riddled the postage-stamp-sized patch of grass that she labored over watering, weeding, and fertilizing, and she was tired of it. Her solution? ...

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'Old' is the new 'New'

local hotspots for antique furniture and decor

This past summer while hitting up local rummage sales with my husband and parents, I made the find of the day when I stumbled across a magnificently old but perfectly solid chair. I loved it immediately; with its very worn but original yellow ...

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Using Plants for Interior Design

local plant experts lend their advice

Remember that surge of warm weather we had recently and maybe you thought this would be a great time to get a head start on beautifying your home’s exterior with the flower garden? That warm weather ended and now it’s back to normal spring ...

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Other Stuff

The Great Wis. Geek-Together

NoBrandCon bring new levels of anime awesomeness

Attention self-proclaimed nerds, anime buffs, and gamers: NoBrandCon is back. And it’s bigger and better than ever, co-directors Christopher Sturz and Amy Quinlan said. Eau Claire’s own anime convention and “three-day celebration of nerd culture” ...

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Bee Artists & Thorny Singers

activist art groups create as they educate on major issues

The Raw Deal will be buzzing as it hosts a traveling group of activist artists called the Beehive Design Collective on their tour for Earth Week. This group of volunteer activists based out of Maine, traveling by bike, has a mission to ...

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