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Come On An' Join the Convoy

annual Eau Claire Big Rig show adds tractor attractions

The earth-shaking, night-illuminating, eardrum-rattling truck-pocalypse you may have witnessed on an August evening last year wasn’t some sunstroke-induced fever dream: It was the annual Light Show Truck Parade, a highlight of the Eau Claire ...

U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship

carvers compete by crafting chainsaw-ed wonders

Carvers, start your chainsaws! Eau Claire will live up to its nickname Sawdust City at the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship Aug. 7-10 at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Carson Park for the fourth year in a row. Ten of the world’s ...

Note from the Editor | August 7, 2014

There’s some exciting news in this issue (page 8) about a major donation of land and money to UW-Eau Claire in the name of building a major event facility on Menomonie Street along the Chippewa River. It would be the kind of space that could ...

Opening Shot | August 7, 2014

CHALKING UP ANOTHER YEAR. Nearly 150 artists and thousands of connoisseurs of concrete art descended on Wilson Park in downtown Eau Claire on Saturday, Aug. 2, for Volume One’s annual Chalkfest.

On the Cover | August 7, 2014

learn about this issue's cover art by Matt Duffenbach

"This locally designed art can be found on shirts and prints available at Wintership Tattoo and Art Gallery either in-shop or online at www.wintership.com ..."

Fun By the Truckload

amazing childhood memories about uncomfortable transportation

At one time, my entire family could fit into the cab of my dad’s mid-’80s Ford F-150 pickup truck. My dad, my mom, my sister, and myself – all of us nestled in, side by side on the truck’s vinyl-clad bench seat.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Don’t think auto racing is worth watching? A visit to the track can change that.

Wisconsin is home to plenty of sports fandom subcultures. We have our kubb hotspot in Eau Claire, and you have to imagine there would be an audience for organized curling and speed skating leagues ...

A Sustainable Show

Local food and music are converging into a debut benefit for the UW-Eau Claire Foodlums, a group devoted to local foods and sustainable agriculture education.

Getting Fresh with Menomonie

farmers market is more than fruit and veggie

By their nature, trends are transient, moving to the trash bins of our past once society deems them uncool (I betray my youth, but those oh-so-not-lovely neon colorblock jackets of the early ’90s come to mind).

Getting Artsy At the Y

Young Artists Studio provides an art ed alternative

Realizing that they already had quite a plethora of sports programs, the Y decided to add more arts programs this year.

Ten Years of Funny Finds

Found Footage Festival celebrates a decade of long-lost VHS gold

Former local dudes Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been collecting weird and hilarious VHS tapes for more than 20 years, and for the last 10, they’ve traveled around the world showing their edited collection in theater shows ...

The Art's All Over

uncommon galleries around the Chippewa Valley

We know there are some great galleries around the Chippewa Valley, but what about when you blow through all those in a weekend and just need to see more art? Luckily, many public spaces have also been turned into full-on galleries.

Sacred Heart Hospital Celebrates 125th with Submitted Art

Calling all creative peeps. Sacred Heart Hospital is having an art contest for the hospital’s 125th anniversary. The theme: Faith, Hope, Light, and Joy, based on the Prayer of St. Francis, the hospital’s founding order.

‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ film has a director

film on track as awards pour in for local novel’s author

Since Eau Claire native Nick Butler debuted Shotgun Lovesongs at V1 headquarters in March, he has won two prestigious awards and racked up miles on tour in the Midwest. We caught up with Nick by phone on his recent whirl through upper Michigan ...

True-to-Life Characters

collection of short stories puts Twin City life on page

In the midst of trying to publish her newest weave of short stories Six Months in the Midwest, author, blogging busy bee, and teacher Darci Schummer is on a roll of establishing herself as a veteran storyteller of the human experience.

Important Storms

stormy kids’ read has environmental message

Karen Wise, author of the newly released book Freebee the Grebe (pronounced “greeb”), knew she wanted to put the story of the grebe down on paper the minute it came into her head.

Pit Wagon Rolls In

boozy folk trio keeps it simple and harmonious with songs invoking the countryside

The beer-soaked songs of new Eau Claire band Pit Wagon exist in the space where country, folk, and the blues all intersect. “It’s music made for porches,” said Matthew Vold, the primary songwriter for the band.

Softly, Dear Won't Settle

genre-defying indie rockers travel, learn, and get better

When I sat down with three of the members of Softly, Dear, I gave them a softball — albeit cliché — question: “How do you define your music? What genre?”

Election Season Heats Up with August Primary

Mark your calendars, citizens: Tuesday, Aug. 12, is the fall primary election for partisan offices in Wisconsin. (Until a few years ago the primary was in September, so it’s still called the “fall” primary.) Consider the primary ...

Searching for a Center

LGBT group raising funds to re-open community center

The Chippewa Valley LGBT Community Center wants to come out of the closet – quite literally.

Reflecting On the Past

retiring UW-Stout chancellor recalls highs, lows of 26-year tenure

Outgoing UW-Stout Chancellor Charles Sorensen once lost 25 pounds in a single month. He mentions this not to brag about some extreme weight-loss technique, but to explain the stress caused by the biggest crisis of his professional career ...

Finding Solid Ground

UW-Eau Claire gets $10M donation for event center with capacity of 7,500

A $10 million donation from a pair of UW-Eau Claire alumni will be a literal and figurative game-changer for the university and the community, providing a location for a privately funded 7,500 capacity multipurpose venue that will eventually ...