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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | Dec. 13, 2012

You’ll notice in the opening letter for this issue that we’ve added a new voice to the staff of Volume One. As of this week, we’re excited to welcome Tom Giffey to our staff of editors. While he’s new to our pages, there are a number of ways ...

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Opening Letters

Why Bother

a veteran journalist reflects on why we need local media

About 10 years ago, as I waited for a concert to begin in the Twin Cities, I struck up a conversation with a fellow fan. I learned he was a medical student from Chicago, and I told him I worked for a mid-sized daily newspaper in Wisconsin.

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The Rear End

Sounds of the Season

it’s beginning to sound a lot like lo-fi Christmas

Here’s a startling confession for you. I’m not really into stereo systems. I’m not an audiophile. I don’t geek out over sound reproduction equipment – not for music, not for TV or movies, not for NPR live streams featuring that foxy Jean Feraca ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Dec. 13, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Angela Clark

"This character is number two in a continuing series of holiday-themed squirrels. I decided on squirrels as a tribute and inside joke for my grandpa and his love but mostly hate relationship with them. I remain fueled to complete this series ..."

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Opening Shots
Athletic Aesthetic

Getting Too Big?

how changing NCAA conferences could affect the games

A co-worker of mine recently made an observation about the Big Ten Conference logo. The logo is stylized as “B1G” – no reference to the number “ten” included. The Big Ten – I mean, B1G – has been de-emphasizing “ten” since the conference expanded ...

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Country Fest 2013: Here Comes the Country

Despite the shortening days, we now have something to be looking forward to next summer: Country Fest has announced its lineup for the 2013 iteration of the massive festival. Headliners include Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, Toby Keith and ...

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The October Session

Local music juggernaut Brian Bethke is releasing a new recording called The October Session. The new seven-track release officially comes out January 1, but is available now online at The songs are sparse and simple, but ...

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New on the Scene

new EP on the way from Eau Claire folk rockers

You can hardly take a walk down the street without bumping into a talented, emerging musician or band these days in the Chippewa Valley. It’s truly one of the great things about being an Eau Clairian. And, the Valley’s creative womb has borne ...

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They’re Back: Peter Wolf Crier + Jeremy Messersmith

two big names return to UWEC for winter concert

Do you own an ugly sweater? Do you like cookies and hot chocolate? Do you like combining these things with perfectly mellow music in a wonderfully crafted Holiday Show? Then look no further than UAC’s concert featuring Jeremy Messersmith and ...

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A Rudy Revival

Fanny Hill stages original farce for holiday showing

When you think of a Christmas show, you normally think of the same boring play put on every year… not an exciting comedy that will give you a good chuckle and really get you in the spirit.

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Batman Smells!

Junie B. Jones to visit Children’s Theatre

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are heading to Christmas concerts, shows and parties and leaving the kids with babysitters for the evening. But there is a play that is coming to town that is not only aimed at the kids’ ...

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The Dance Exchange

UWEC’s dance program holds a winter show

As the community continues to see more art, in particular more dance through Movement Arts Day and talk of new state of the art dance studios in the proposed Confluence Project, UWEC offers their own appetizing evening program ...

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Decades of NOTA

UWEC’s biannual lit/arts zine hits 40-year milestone

This month NOTA is celebrating its 40th anniversary. First starting in 1972 the biannual publication has come a long way from its inception. Once just a glorified newspaper leaflet it has now flourished into a National Print Awards Certificate of ...

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The Christmas Village

If you’re thinking your life is missing a hint of magic, check out Monica Holtz’s new book. The Eau Claire author just published her book, The Christmas Village, about the 25th anniversary of the Irvine Park Christmas Village. Through fun rhymes ...

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Visual Art

Hybrid Artwork

new hybrid buses to get their looks from local artists

The people on the bus shout “Go Green! Go Green!” all around the town. Eau Claire is about to get a bit greener with the arrival of three brand new hybrid buses due to arrive in mid-2013. According to Eau Claire’s 2012 budget book, buses that are ...

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Local Look

Moving Up?

JAMF Software looking to build on N. Barstow lot

As developers continue to build up the North Barstow/Phoenix Park neighborhood, a new company has entered the mix in competition over a plot of land on the corner of Barstow and Wisconsin Streets. JAMF Software – a start-up company founded in ...

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RCU Officially Abandons Plans for Second Building

Plans had been in the works for more than a decade to build a second downtown office for RCU, but they have now been slashed. The decision was made earlier this year because it was determined that the current downtown building will be ample for ...

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Nice Threads

Good & Sturdy Vintage opens doors on Water St.

As an aging hipster in what is factually considered the mecca of culture in Western Wisconsin, I am for the most part very happy with my commerce selections. Whether I need a fair trade latte, ironic tattoo or a Violent Femmes record I have a ...

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$100k Added to Business and Entrepreneur fund

It looks like businesses and eager entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley could be getting a boost soon thanks to a recent grant of $100,000 from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The money was awarded to Innovation Foundation of Western ...

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Broomball Fever

a different take on hockey, without the skates

I know your dilemma. You love watching hockey and may like to try it, but you aren’t very comfortable skating around on a razor thin blade of metal ...

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