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Signature Golf

exploring the signature holes of some great local golf courses

When golf-lovers hear the name TPC Sawgrass Golf Course, many immediately think of their par-three 17th island hole. For Harbour Town Golf Course, the 18th hole comes to mind with its iconic red and white lighthouse. These are the signature holes ...

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Editor's Notes

Note from the Editor | July 24, 2014

I’ve seen a fair number of concerts over the years. I started in high school with a few of the day’s mainstream big names – Dave Matthews, Bush, Live, etc. Arena-level gigs. Quickly after that my interests turned more “indie” and the shows ...

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Opening Letters

Why Art?

arts funding is crucial to the future of Wisconsin

“Art has the power to fill spaces in our souls that nothing else can,” said Alan Nugent, owner of Abode Art Gallery in Stockholm. I recently had an opportunity to learn about art and its impact on Wisconsin ...

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The Rear End

A Double-Edged Sword

finding that magical place where you can love what you love

I do not own a sword. And to be honest, if I possessed enough disposable income to buy and display a truly fantastic dragon-slayin’ blade, I probably wouldn’t. I’m just not a buy-a-sword-and-hang-it-on-the-wall-over-my-family-room-couch kinda guy.

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Cover Art

On the Cover | July 24, 2014

learn about this issue's cover art by Jane Foos

“I bike and run the Chippewa River State Trail frequently and find great inspiration in its quiet beauty. Bear Lake: Mile 28, and Bear Creek Bridge are two of eight scenes I created representing popular sections of the bike trail. Working from ..."

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | July 24, 2014

HANKY SELFIE. Eau Claire Express fans at a recent game in Carson Park (left to right): Andrea Phan, Sarah Morgan, Danielle Schweiss, Anne Brennan, and JJ Smieja. Photo by Janelle Krause.

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The DIY Resilience of House Shows

as two basement venues close, more pop up

This spring, two of Eau Claire’s most active indie basement venues shut down, simply because their tenants moved out – it’s just what tends to happen ...

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Sloslylove’s Haunted Grooves

chillwave producer goes dark and sensual for latest

“The process is the same; just keep making.” For Feng Vue, his new sloslylove record is business as usual. Fitting then, that that business is fixing to take flight … quite literally ...

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Yata Rocks

longtime singer/songwriter takes new direction

If you know Yata Peinovich’s music, the first notes of Y are a real kick in the pants. His newest record adds a true rock direction to Yata’s songwriting, with huge full arrangements and driving melodies ...

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From Surf Rock to Indiepop

growing Ashley For The Arts music fest pulls in big names

You like the Beach Boys, right? I mean, everyone likes the Beach Boys. Now, what if I told you the Beach Boys are going to be here in western Wisconsin. You’d probably lose it, right?

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The ‘Retired’ Poet

Bruce Taylor plays and prays in new collection

Turning the last page on a text: It’s a settling sensation of resolve for readers and writers alike. Most of them, anyway. In the case of Eau Claire’s poet laureate, Bruce Taylor, a thought marked incomplete is nothing much to get broken up over ...

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Visual Art

A Floral Collaboration

The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, inspired by the Art in Bloom event held in Minneapolis, is hosting the Fabulous Florals and Fine Art event in the Janet Carson Gallery Aug. 7-10. The event called for submitted works from local artists ...

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Character-Driven Art

C.J. Conner showcases an intriguing cast of subjects

C.J. Conner’s Characters and Curiosities hangs against the stripped brick and bare white walls of the Volume One Gallery like posters for a carnival, selling stories too good (or too bad) to be true. Conner has traveled all the way from ...

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Grilling and Greening

new Community TV shows highlight meat, gardening

Fans of Chippewa Valley Community Television (CTV for short) attended its first-ever off-site Premiere Party for the season’s new shows at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire on Wednesday, July 9 ...

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Local Lit

End of Days

The United States will slide into the ocean at 3:45,
 / says my friend’s older brother, and he shows us the pictures / 
of land crumbling like a cookie dunked too long in milk.

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Local Look

Park It Here

new parking ramp seen as key to continued DT growth

Continued development around Phoenix Park is gobbling up surface parking in the neighborhood, so – like the new buildings – parking in the North Barstow district will have to rise higher. The city of Eau Claire has long intended to build a ...

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Food / Drink

Sakura Sushi Rolls

housed in an old Wendy’s, Sakura rolls up ready

Part of me was apprehensive about the possibility of the renovated space being plagued with remnants of its mid-tier fast food predecessor, but let me tell you, there were no frosties in sight.

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Signature Golf

exploring the signature holes of some great local golf courses

When golf-lovers hear the name TPC Sawgrass Golf Course, many immediately think of their par-three 17th island hole. For Harbour Town Golf Course, the 18th hole comes to mind with its iconic red and white lighthouse. These are the signature holes ...

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A Different Track for Pinehurst

volunteers whip new bike park amenities into shape

As if the Chippewa Valley wasn’t already an all-you-can-bike buffet, a team of cycling enthusiasts is steadily developing a new dimension in hopes of broadening the region’s pedaling palate.

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Martial Arts Mastery

pankration instructor wins worldwide

I believe in impartial journalism. I really do. But when I got the assignment to interview a local man about to compete for a world pankration title, I had no idea that man was Josh Zimmerman.

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Lasers, Anyone?

Action City preps brand new heist-movie-style laser maze

You’ve all seen the action film cliché, right? After pulling off a daring heist and before he or she can escape, the flexible protagonist is suddenly faced with a room full of ceiling-to-floor laser beams to bend and squeeze through.

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Special Sections

Energy From the Earth

a newly popular way to keep the lights on can also keep our plants growing

Geothermal is exactly what it sounds like: heating using the ground. And it’s becoming pretty trendy for new homes to utilize geothermal technology as a sustainable, green way to heat their homes and save on energy bills.

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Promoting Diversity Underfoot

society and civilization depend on soil, and we ignore this resource at our own peril

I am, by training and education, a professional soil scientist. I don’t, however, feel much like a “scientist.” I lack the ability and the patience to be a scientist. A scientist can tease apart biological ...

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Green Grades

our local universities take the lead on environmental issues

UW-Stout takes recycling seriously – so seriously that it reduced the amount of waste it sent to the landfill by more than 43 tons during the 2013-14 school year.

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Don't Stare at the Sun

CVTC is hosting a conference that's all things solar energy

Solar panels have come a long way since their invention in the United States by three American scientists in 1954. That panel had 6% energy conservation, while today’s panels can have efficiency levels of up to 18%.

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Local Group Lobbys in Washington

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a national organization aimed to encourage lawmakers to take the environment into account with their legislation. Recently, a number of Wisconsin chapters have popped up, including one here in Eau Claire.

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