Articles in this Issue

Opening Letters

Fathers, Sons, and Storms

defying rain, lightning, and familial fear to get the perfect photograph

‘I think it would be a good idea if you got out of the water,” Dad implored as lightning brightened the dark sky above me. “Just a few more minutes,” I responded, as if this conversation had occurred 30 years earlier and

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The Rear End

The Stars Grow Brighter

you’ll see things changing if you bother to look up

The stars grow brighter. Standing here in Wisconsin on this half of the planet, the part we (for no good reason) call the top, the stars are getting easier to see. But it’s just beginning ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | Sept. 19, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Kristin Kastein

“Seducktive” is a mesh of Kristin’s loves for nature, happy hour, and the beautiful state of Wisconsin. “Seducktive” was created as she envisioned a beer-drinking feathered friend in northern Wisconsin ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | Sept. 19, 2018

TOWER OF POWER. In case you didn’t know by now, Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area is a 707-acre unit of the Wisconsin state park system near Menomonie. A network of trails provides access to wooded hills, prairie, and wetlands – and a 60-foot observation tower.

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Women’s Bodies, Women’s Selves

UWEC student finds women of all ages are dissatisfied with their appearance. They shouldn’t be.

‘It looks like you’re filming a porno in here,” remarked my friend Hailey when I brought her to the lab.“It’s not a porno, oh my God,” I replied, utterly scandalized. “It’s for research.”

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‘Too Easy’

Mr. Pizzy and Mistah connect on infectious collab album Game Changers

Two of the Chippewa Valley’s finest and most prolific hip hop artists are aiming high and ready to change the game ...

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New Home, Fun Home

CVTG first to tread Jamf stage with Fun Home

Picking a familiar show may have been an easy win at the box office for the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, according to director Keith Lorasch, but the theatrical group’s selection committee had something else in mind for its debut performance at the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

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Pragda Spanish Film Festival Returns

Get ready for some fascinating, enlightening and downright funny films at the Pragda Spanish Film Festival in Menomonie. This is the third year UW-Stout has collaborated with Pragda, an independent Spanish film distribution company, to present the Festival ...

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The Stuff of Life

Taylor tackles Poetry Sex Love Music Booze & Death

As a professor emeritus of English and former poet laureate of the City of Eau Claire, Bruce Taylor is no stranger to the Chippewa Valley’s literary scene.

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Taking the Long Way

local author recounts globe-trotting trip in Leaving Detroit

The story of adventure told in Leaving Detroit is all the inspiration you need to pack up a bag, and begin a journey of your own. Local author Louise Barfknecht recounts her remarkable decision to travel from Detroit to Italy ...

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Pablo Will Host Big Book Festival Events

The new Pablo Center at the Confluence will host theatrical and musical events, of course, but it also will provide new opportunities for the region’s literary scene. This part of the Pablo Center’s mission will begin next month ...

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Visual Art
Local Lit

My List

Climb a mountain. // Ride a motorcycle. // Grow my hair long. // Wear patent leather shoes with taps on the toes. // Have a collection of silver dollars. // Roll pastry dough with my mother ...

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Local Look

Reflecting on Renewal

Schatz looks back on role in economic, downtown development

From the closing of Uniroyal to the development of Phoenix Park to the blossoming of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, Mike Schatz has been near the center of nearly every major event that has impacted Eau Claire’s economy over the past three decades.

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Vision on the River

Pablo Center concourse named in honor of the late Dan Clumpner

Following the opening of the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Sept. 22, the best view of the actual confluence where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers meet will arguably be from the landing between the second and third floors of the arts center’s massive lobby.

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City Again Seeks Plans for Block 7, Liner Site

The Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority is once again accepting proposals from developers for two pieces of downtown property: The so-called Block 7 at the corner of North Barstow and Wisconsin streets and the lot in front of the city parking ramp on North Barstow.

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Invitation by Owl

get your Harry Potter on at Hogwarts After Dark

Bewitching brews and Muggle food will be available for purchase from an enchanted food truck. Dressing up as your favorite Harry Potter character is encouraged. A photo ID with proof of age, such as a driver’s ...

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Glowing Terms

Girls On The Run hosts glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt

Girls on the Run has offered young women in the Chippewa Valley empowerment through physical activity and youth development groups for more than 12 years now.

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Food / Drink

Celebrating & Building Our Restaurant Scene

join the return of Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week, featuring nearly 50 restaurants

Ladies and gentlemen, start your palates! Thursday, Sept. 20, is the kickoff of Volume One’s second annual Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week, brought to you in partnership with Time Federal Savings Bank. The First Taste Culinary Crawl at River Prairie Center

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Run Into This Sandbar

bar and grill offers fun, food, drink – and paddles

The SandBar & Grill outside Chippewa Falls has generated all kinds of buzz as it has grown into a hot spot on the Lake Wissota scene, becoming known for quality food and drinks as well as a great time ...

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The Marigold Café

Elk Mound sisters dole out choice paninis and authentic gelato

The Marigold Café may be a local food truck, but it certainly offers a global taste. Run by retired Elk Mound sisters Susan Miller and Joy Falch, the “definitely girly truck” combines Italian cuisine with a floral aesthetic...

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