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On the Cover | Nov. 7, 2013

learn about this issue's cover art by Barbara Shafer

"Until a few years ago, the only subjects of Barbara’s paintings were dancers, the result of her interest and involvement in both the visual arts and modern dance and her early experiences as a sculptor. Three-dimensional form, energy, spatial ..."

Note from the Editor | Nov. 7, 2013

OK, fair warning, Volume One and The Local Store are officially fully geared up for the holidays. Not only do we have our huge holiday catalog inside this very issue (starting on page 27), but I’m also almost embarrassed to say the ...

Opening Shot | Nov. 7, 2013

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre presented the Broadway blockbuster Les Misérables at the State Theatre, Oct. 24–27.

Your Hay Bales Are Dumb

no longer will this seasonal decoration go uncriticized

Why do you people have little bales of hay on your doorsteps? Why do you have dried-out cornstalks bundled together next to your mailbox? I understand you are a fan of the autumn season ...

Family Delicacy

One night when I visit Dad, he’s got Mom’s cookbooks laid out on the table ...

The Missing Ink

Zorn Arena to host nationally touring hip-hop artist

Los Angeles-based rapper Kid Ink may be a relative newcomer to the national hip-hop scene, but he’s already leaving an indelible mark among fans, especially on the Internet ...

Turned Upside-Down

guitarist who overcame condition headlines epilepsy gala

Finger-picking acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin is noteworthy for more than the albums he has released, the awards he has won, and the tours he has undertaken. The Minnesota-based New Age musician ...

Caught in the Web

UWEC alum tackles online dating in comedy series

“Love is complicated, Match is simple.” “Live. Love. True love could be right around the corner.” Online dating sites like Match, True, eHarmony and more use dating slogans like these, grabbing the attention of singles looking for love ...

A Big Plus for Comedy

open mic offers right vibe for local stand-up comics

Stand-up comedy begins with Barry White. It’s tradition at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire. The host introduces each comic in his best Barry White impression (with help from the sound equipment) ...

Still Life Unbound

Barbara Shafer branches out with plant paintings

This month, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is showing “Plant Forms,” an exhibit of new work by award-winner local artist Barbara Shafer. Shafer is a long-standing artistic presence in Eau Claire ...

This Ain't Your Grandma's Silver Service

Kevin O’Dwyer, international silver artist, has been described as an “alchemist” when transforming silver into objects of art and fashion ...

Tale of Wood and Water

northwoods experiences key to writer’s latest novel

A few short years ago, Peter Hubin was submitting stories to The Country Today newspaper and writing for the History of Washburn County and the Washburn County Historical Society ...

Local Jazz Dream Team

Liscio’s veteran musicians tackle traditional styles

Whether it’s funk bands playing at the bars, college jazz combos playing in coffee shops, or even a live big band playing the hits of the ’40s, in a musically enlightened area like the Chippewa Valley you can find just about any style of jazz ...

A New Semester

new duo hopes to build on past success

Eau Claire has a new band in town that everyone can relate to. Kyle Culver (guitar, songwriter, electronics, and other instrumentation) and Matt Hasenmueller (vocals and guitar) are The Millenium, a two-piece band that is all about staying young ...

A Vote of Confidence

Eau Claire City Council pledges $5 million to Confluence Project

While the idea for the Confluence Project has been debated, promoted, altered, panned, and praised for more than a year and a half, it is has essentially remained just an idea ...


pair of CV Museum exhibits closing after two decades

Starting in 1991, when visitors have entered the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park and looked to their left, they have seen the long-running “Paths of the People” exhibit ...

Coming in Third

we’ve all got work and home, but Eau Claire is the perfect ‘third place’

The notion of a third place has always enchanted me. The concept – and I am in no way being original here – is that our lives are anchored to home and work which are our first and second places. The third place travels beyond those two ...