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Editor's Notes

Taking a Trip Can Be Time for Relaxation, Inspiration

As the valley awakens from its seasonal slumber, ready to embrace spring, you’ll find more local activities and events popping up every week, all listed within these pages. But in this issue you’ll also find our annual Getaway Guide, which serves as a bit of encouragement to get outside ...

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Opening Letters

Oddball? No, V Ball

I always wondered what the fuss was about the Viennese Ball – now I understand

‘So, what’s the deal with the Vietnamese Ball?” “VIENNESE Ball. It’s the Viennese Ball.” At the time, this made no more or less sense to me. This was back in the spring of 2014, when I was teaching my second semester at UW-Eau Claire, and had heard rumblings about some kind of adult prom ...

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The Rear End

The 5 People You Meet at a 4-Way Stop

All over the city, strange little pockets of insanity are nestled at the intersections of our fair roadways. Few of us seem to understand how to navigate these asphalt obstacles, making out our own rules as we go along ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | April 19, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Lukas Carlson

“While a canvas and brush are tools in my repertoire, I often find myself transforming found pieces of paper or printed materials for my drawings and paintings. 'Connect the Dots, Lalalala' is a page from an artist’s book I created by deconstructing ..."

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Opening Shots
Athletic Aesthetic

Should Leagues Dump the Draft?

pro sports drafts are unfair to players, but getting rid of them could have unintended consequences

One of the remarkable aspects of sports in the 2010s has been the challenging of assumed athletic norms. Whether you agree with the alterations or not, a 2009 version of yourself may not have expected ...

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Jazz-tastic Downtown Celebration

a full schedule of events for Eau Claire Jazz Festival 2017

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival – running April 21 and 22 – is a staple in our community’s robust music scene, bringing world-renowned jazz musicians, talented students, and fans from all over the region ...

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Friendly Revolution

Christian music legend Smith and friends to play Zorn

I still remember that feeling. It was as if the sun was kissing my neck and slowly wrapping its warmth around my heart. Barely out of kindergarten, I couldn’t tell you what exactly gave me that sense ...

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Czech out an evening of squeezebox tunes in Cadott

Are you an accordion aficionado? A concertina connoisseur? Or are you simply craving some kolachy? If you’ve answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, plan a trip May 5 to Cadott ...

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Choice Sounds

EC Chamber Orchestra wraps up season with Haydn, Bach

“Musician’s Choice,” the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s final concert of the 2016-17 season, will be held April 22, at Grace Lutheran Church. Conductor Frank A. Watkins will lead the orchestra in performing ...

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Raising Visibility

UWEC students’ immersive theater presentation highlights homelessness

Homelessness isn’t a glamorous subject to create art about, but that isn’t deterring UW-Eau Claire professor Arthur Grothe or the students involved with the UWEC production of Invisible Truth ...

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Murder and Mystery in Menomonie

Agatha Christie classic The Mousetrap sets trap for theatergoers

London’s longest running play is coming to the Chippewa Valley. Beginning April 28, the Menomonie Theater Guild will stage a production of The Mousetrap, a fast-paced thriller based on an Agatha Christie short story ...

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Precisely Ambiguous

the poetic metamorphosis of a U.S.-Mexico border story

The U.S.-Mexico border. An imagined line far from the mind and consciousness of the Chippewa Valley. The towns that surround it are transactional, commercial meccas exchanging anonymous bodies ...

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Electric City

children’s book brings music, Chicago to life

Vibrant colors, various textures, and one creative story fill the pages of Eau Claire author Nanci Mortimer’s newly released children’s book, Electric Angel ...

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Symposium Explores Poetry Translation

How does one translate a poem? In an effort to find out, the Department of Languages at the UW-Eau Claire will host a symposium, Mission Impossible? Poetry Translation, from Monday, May 1, through Thursday, May 4 ...

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Visual Art

Far-Ranging Festival

film fest screens short flicks from around state, world

Grab your popcorn, your Twizzlers, and your oversized soda because it’s time for the second annual Chippewa Valley Film Festival. The CVFF – April 22 at Micon Cinemas Downtown in Eau Claire ...

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Local Look

A Vision for Veterans

downtown memorial trail would honor vets

A group of veterans and civic leaders are working to create a memorial trail in downtown Eau Claire that would provide a space for people to learn about and honor those who’ve served in America’s wars ...

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Norway's Big Day

Eau Claire celebrates Syttende Mai with flags, songs, and laughter

On the 17th of May about 200 years ago in Eidsvold, Norway, 112 elected men approved a constitution. Article 2 proclaimed, “This Constitution shall ensure democracy, a state based on the rule of law and human rights.” ...

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New Digs for Blugolds

UWEC-affiliated foundation buys apartments in new Water Street building

The apartment building rising in the 200 block of Water Street in Eau Claire has a new owner – or at least most of it does. The Blugold Real Estate Foundation – an arm of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation – announced April 7 ...

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5 Easy Wisconsin Day Trips

an exploration of our state’s beauty is only a short drive away

It’s pretty easy to love the Chippewa Valley. But as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sometimes you need to take a day off and go see the rest of the great state of Wisconsin ...

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Get on the Bus!

new Chippewa Valley travel company offers retiree-friendly motorcoach trips

If you want to take a day trip without the hassle of planning, parking, navigating, and (not least of all) driving, a Menomonie-area entrepreneur’s new business may be just the ticket for you ...

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5 Great Wisconsin Beaches

nearby beaches that offer ocean experiences without the flight

Think you need to travel to the Atlantic or Pacific to enjoy an ocean or beachside vacation? Think again!

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Traveling in Time

1930s guidebook offers a glimpse of what awaited tourists in the Chippewa Valley

Putting yourself in the mind of a visitor to your own city is an interesting exercise: If I didn’t live here, you ask yourself, what would I find interesting? What would I visit? What would strike me as unusual?

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Food / Drink

Ramping Up the Rev

get an early glimpse at the soon-to-open wine bar in downtown Eau Claire, from the owners of The Plus

The owner of The Plus in downtown Eau Claire is finishing up his next project: The Rev. Benny Haas, an entrepreneur and jack-of-all-trades, is planning on opening The Rev at 204 S. Barstow St., the former location of

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Corking Her Career

From the Vine owner wants to put wine bar in new hands

Over the past six years, From The Vine has become so much more than a wine bar: It’s become a part of customers’ lives. FTV will always have a special place in my heart – not because it was the place that sparked my love of sweet reds ...

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Your Favorite Local Winemakers

the top three local wineries from the most recent Best of the Chippewa Valley Readers Poll

In the most recent edition of our annual Best of the Chippewa Valley poll, River Bend, Autumn Harvest, and Infinity Beverages took home to honors in the Best Winemaker category ...

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Kid Culture

Off the Ground – and Off the Hook

Action City’s new zipline, go-kart track opening in May

Eau Claire’s Action City is about to get even more exciting with the addition of a motorized zipline and a larger go-kart track with brand-new, gas-powered go-karts opening in early ...

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Other Stuff

Open Your Mind

Psychic & Wellness Fair features Reiki, readings, more

The annual Spring Psychic & Wellness Fair is blooming with presentations, vendors, readers, and more! Events ranging from spiritual therapy to wellness coaching to healing paraphernalia ...

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