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Opening Shot | May. 13, 2015

Soulful Stylings. On Saturday, May 9, Minneapolis’s Caroline Smith (above) brought new music to The House of Rock, with Ashley DuBose (Minnesota) and Lizzy Diane (Eau Claire) opening.

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On Not Having a Cabin

It’s easy to envy folks who have hideaways in the woods. Instead, we should be praying for them.

It’s May, the time of year when people who have cabins start going up to their cabins, and then come back and start talking about what it was like to be at their cabins. As a non-cabin owner, a person hears a lot secondhand about what that experience is like ...

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Athletic Aesthetic

Bucking into View

our state’s NBA team may finally be getting the attention it deserves

A funny thing happened as the state sports scene segued into spring. Two of our national professional teams, both from Milwaukee, switched positions in terms of the impalpable “buzz.” Switched-up: the Bucks. Switched-down: the Brewers. The potential exists that no switching the opposite way may occur for quite some time ...

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Locals Pen Rootsy Folk Ode to Brett Favre

“Old Number Four,” a new single from the folk/roots duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, finds the Minnesota blues-brothers crooning over everybody’s favorite NFL superstar, Brett Favre. It’s a nice homage to Favre, who’s named only by jersey number during the course of the two-minute-forty-second track, which plays out a bit like a Bob Dylan ballad ...

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Rush River Folk Festival Brings Locals Along

The Midwest must be in some kind of music festival fever dream. This year we get to add the second annual Rush River Folk Festival to the calendar, which starts on May 23 at 1pm and continues all the way until sundown. The festival will see some already established and returning acts like Heatherlyn, a Minneapolis-based crowd favorite from last year’s festival ...

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Sayth Goes 90s in 'Rare Candy' Video

the Eau Claire rapper goes to Pokémon heaven, then to the mall

Eau Claire rapper Sayth – the moniker of Eric Wells – has put out a video for “Rare Candy,” a catchy tune off last year’s excellent Bad Habitat EP. Directed by Peter Eaton and Spencer Wells, the video is shot all around Eau Claire with Sayth and his crew of bored mallrats ...

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Rock 'n' Roll on the Road

after a solid record, Sleep Signals is set to travel

Sleep Signals, a Minneapolis via Eau Claire post-hardcore band, are set to tour the Midwest in support of their album, Open Your Eyes, which was released in February. The album is chock full of chugging guitars, fierce drums, and a blistering hardcore vibe, but Sleep Signals ...

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Sounds Like Summer: The 10th Season

this year, our little concert series turns 10 – and kicks off with our 100th concert

It’s a special year for the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, because of some notable milestones. The 2015 season of Sounds Like Summer is its 10th, and our kickoff concert on Thursday, June 4, is officially our 100th summer show in Phoenix Park. We’ve got loads of amazing (and local!) musical acts lined up for every Thursday night this summer, including The Gentle Guest, Them Coulee Boys, The Millenium, Pit Wagon, Michael Perry and the Long Beds, Meridene, JE Sunde, The Dust of Men ...

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Willkommen, Bienvenue

ECCT explores grown-up themes in musical Cabaret

The Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret is many things, but The Cat in the Hat it is not. Nor is it anything like Goodnight Moon, or Mary Poppins, or many of the other uplifting, family-friendly shows produced in recent months by the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre ...

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Hearing from Home

real-life letters tell farm family’s tale

In an era of text messages, emails, and Snapchats, it’s becoming increasingly uncommon to pen the long, detailed letters of decades past. Communication is snappier, broader and, as former-local author Sarah Deluca argues, not as deep. But her latest book ...

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Blood, Bone and Verse

UWEC alum’s poetry collection is an apocalyptic fever dream

If you creep and search through shelves and stacks in the University of Iowa library, you might be able to find what would become UW-Eau Claire alum Heather Knox’s Dowry Meat. What was once a creative thesis is now a collection of poems from Words Dance Publishing ...

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A Series of Adventurous Flops

a look behind the scenes of Michael Perry’s first adult fiction novel, The Jesus Cow

Michel Perry’s newest book, The Jesus Cow, is his first adult novel and features a bachelor farmer named Harley Jackson. Harley lives in a northern Wisconsin village called Swivel, not too far north of the university town Clearwater (that’s right, Clearwater) and even closer ...

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Visual Art

Justin Dancing Hawk: A Little Bit of Magic

local painter finds spiritual catharsis in his art

A broadly smiling face loudly calling out “Welcome!” over the sound of two happily excited dogs met me when I visited Wind Beneath My Wings Studio to speak with local artist Justin Dancing Hawk. The studio fills a small house on Eau Claire’s Upper West Side. Dancing Hawk ...

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The Artistic Harvest

family farm history inspires mixed-media work

When siblings Vicki and Mike Milewski were growing up in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, they traveled to the Milewski family dairy farm in Thorp to help with the planting and harvesting of alfalfa, corn, and hay. Vicki, a fifth generation artist on her mother’s Galaudet side of the family, now lives and creates her art on the farm which has been in the family for more than 150 years, well before Wisconsin was even a state ...

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Strangely on Screen

indie film starring Chi-Hi grad screens at Micon

Roll out the red carpet in Chippewa Falls. Michelle Lang, star of the indie romantic comedy Strangely In Love and a Chippewa Falls native, will be attending a premier screening of the film at the Chippewa Falls Micon Cinemas. Strangely In Love tells the story of Fyo, a man-child ...

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Local Look

Confluence Roadblock

backers seek way forward after budget decision

If backers of the proposed Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire want $15 million in state funding, it will be difficult to get in the next state budget. On May 7 the state Legislature’s powerful ...

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Clear Vision Eau Claire a Finalist for National Honor

An organization dedicated to getting Eau Claire residents more engaged in their community is a finalist for a national good-government award. Clear Vision Eau Claire, a civic engagement and community planning group, is one of four finalists for the Ash Innovations in Public Engagement in Government Award, which is given annually by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University ...

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Reroute Your Route: Lake Street bridge first of three to be fixed

Built as it is around two rivers and several other bodies of water, Eau Claire has been called a “city of bridges.” This year may be remembered as the one in which we realized how much we depend on those bridges: Three of them – on Lake Street, Madison Street, and Water Street – will undergo repair (or, in the latter case, replacement) in 2015 ...

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UWEC Chief Outlines Budget Cutting Strategy

Faces with an estimated $13.6 million reduction in UW-Eau Claire’s budget over the coming year, Chancellor James Schmidt has outlined several strategies to balance the university’s books. In a May 5 blog post, Schmidt said the university wants to avoid across-the-board cuts and hopes to preserve academic programs ...

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Food / Drink

Ice Cream Via Tricycle

CVTC student takes treats to the streets on three wheels

Remember the days when the ice cream truck drove through town, loudly blaring a children’s song while all the kids chased after it? Minus the music, a local student plans to put a new twist on a very old concept. Instead of a truck, Vangjel Kapbardhi will be riding a tricycle ...

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The Nucleus Expanding to New Storefront

with growth comes more seating, same delectable brunch

You’ll soon have more space to sit if you’ve got a hankering for decadent stuffed French toast, a hearty Yeti Skillet, or simply some exquisite espresso: The Nucleus Café, 405 Water St., will soon be expanding into an addition storefront. The Eau Claire City Council recently approved an expansion of the café’s liquor license to include 407 Water St., a space most recently occupied by Artisan Tattoo (which relocated to Barstow Street) ...

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Kid Culture

A Day in the Past

CV Museum marks International Museum Day

History lovers of the Chippewa Valley make your way to the Chippewa Valley Museum on May 17 for International Museum Day. The museum will offer a buy one adult and get one at half price admissions special from 10am to 5pm, as well as a scavenger hunt to test the powers of observation throughout the various exhibits ...

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Lil’ Gardeners

the kids at Lily Pad Lab have a small plot in the Southside Community garden

Apparently 14 hours of television a day no longer makes for a constructive summer, so community kids and parents are thankful that the Lily Pad Lab has teamed up with the Southside Community Gardens to host several classes.

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Here Comes the High Bridge

restored bike-pedestrian bridge will be open for use by the end of the summer

Walking across Phoenix Park’s footbridge (or driving on the Madison Street bridge), a towering iron fixture can be seen as the last in the succession of bridges sprinkled down the Chippewa River before Xcel Energy’s dam. Soon, that 80-foot tall bridge will be more than part of a picturesque view in the distance: It will also provide one ...

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A Mud Run from the People Behind Country Jam

Country Jam may be known as a party-fueled weekend of cut-off jean shorts, cowboy hats and country tunes, but come Sept. 19, it will also be known for its equally wild Mud Jam for charity. While the biggest obstacle Country Jam attendees face is racing to beat the ...

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Disc Golf Tourney Open to Everyone, Including Kids

Wisconsin’s 17-event Disc Golf Tour spans the course of seven months, and the next stop happens to be in our own backyard. Held May 16-17, the Tower Ridge Disc Golf Open is a three round tournament (two on Saturday, one on Sunday) sanctioned by the PGDA. And, as fancy and official as the event sounds by name, it’s open to all walks of players – including kids – looking to get involved in the action ...

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Special Sections

Adrienne Dorig: Next Level Design

award-winning interior designer takes home prestigious awards for kitchen/bath project

Adrienne Dorig is a interior designer and California transplant who moved to the area after her husband got a job teaching at UW-Eau Claire. She specializes in artfully designing kitchens and bathrooms with sophistication and functionality. A seasoned designer with ...

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Hosta la Vista, Baby

the Witt family nurtures elaborate gardens chock full of hostas

After moving to Eau Claire to continue their education, Richard and Karen Witt also wanted to continue another tradition of theirs: their big, beautiful gardens. However, they found the climate in Eau Claire to be completely different from their previous home just a ...

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Building Something New

if you’re looking to buy, remodel, or just ogle, the Parade of Homes has something to offer

Whether you’re in the market for a new house, hope to remodel your existing one, or simply want to check out some of the area’s most beautiful new homes, mark your calendar for the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association’s 41st Annual Parade of Homes ...

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8 Tips for Injury-Free Gardening

having a green thumb shouldn’t give you a pain in the neck - or back

Stay injury-free and gardening all season long! Do this by taking the passion you have for all things green and tempering it with respect and appreciation of the body. This is often a massage therapist’s busiest time of year as people get outside and attack their yards ...

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