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The Rear End

Snow and Behold

this winter has been ... um ... who cares anymore?

I believe the weather outside has transcended the physical reality we all share and experience here in northwestern Wisconsin. The weather has escaped its normal confines, and it has clearly invaded ...

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Cover Art

On the Cover | March 6, 2019

learn more about Volume One's cover art from Kim Vaughter

Kim Vaughter is a graphic designer and painter living in Rochester, Minnesota. She enjoys colorful things, pinball machines, and red lipstick. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a BFA in painting in 2011 and continued her education at Western ...

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Opening Shots

Opening Shot | March 6, 2019

SPREAD YOUR WINGS. The Fire Ball is UW-Eau Claire’s annual drag extravaganza featuring local and national performers. All proceeds fund student social justice advocacy efforts through UWEC’s Gender & Sexuality Resource Center. 2019’s The Fire Ball: Apoqlypse was Feb. 22 and 23.

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Singing in Memoriam

UWEC Alumni Choir plans trip to commemorate D-Day

France is probably most famous for its art and cuisine, but it’s a well-kept secret that the French also really love choral music. Most cities and towns, including Paris, boast cathedrals and churches ...

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Music Quick Hits | March 2019

Chippewa Valley native Johanne Swanson – who makes excellent heart-wrenching tunes as Yohuna – has announced a new album called Mirroring, set to drop via Orchid Tapes on June 7. Now based in Brooklyn, Yohuna has gotten some well-deserved accolades for her first album ...

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The Business of Satire

Menomonie Theater Guild takes on workplace comedy

Follow the story of J. Pierrepont Finch as he faces the perils of being a company man in the Menomonie Theater Guild’s performance of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying this weekend ...

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Talent From Inside

literary and art publication helps incarcerated artists find their voices

Most artists and writers can readily find places to show off their work, whatever their aspirations. Social media, blogs, local and national publications ...

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How Eau Claire Became a Textbook Example of How Citizens Can Work Together

author and activist Harry Boyte talks about Clear Vision Eau Claire

Eau Claire’s Clear Vision initiative – which is currently working on a new 10-year plan for the community – has not only brought about lasting change and increased civic engagement in the Chippewa Valley. It is also now serving as a model for how other communities can involve citizens of all stripes ...

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Visual Art

Painting a New Path

with your help, Eau Claire artist can bring work to prestigious festival in Italy

The Eau Claire art community is banding together to raise $15,000 to support local artist Eric Lee, who recently received an invitation to display his work at a prestigious international gallery exhibit that runs in partnership with the Venice Biennale in Italy later this year ...

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Inspiring Alumni Art

Pablo Center exhibit features work by UWEC grads

Wandering through the UW-Eau Claire Department of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition in the Hanson Gallery of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, you’ll see a variety of installations created ...

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An Artful Song

Gallery hosts Hope Greene’s Eau Clair de Lune

Local artist Hope Greene is bringing her fascination with the infinitely varied natural world to the Volume One Gallery March 8 with the opening of her latest show: “Eau Clair de Lune.” She uses modern ...

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All Things Weird and Wonderful

MidWest WeirdFest screens dozens of films for third year

Now in its third year, the MidWest WeirdFest is ready to hit the big screen again March 8-10 at Micon Downtown Cinema, 315 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire. With a dozen full-length films, more than 30 shorts ...

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Local Lit

The Public Library

an essay by writer Nickolas Butler

Come inside here, stranger – the doors are open now. You’re safe. It is warm here, in this library. I want you think about that word – warm. I want you to hold it in the palms of your hand like a spark nested ...

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Local Look

Xcel Dam Lights up Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls is hoppin’ this week with a new look and a reason to check out local shops. Look out to the Chippewa Falls hydro dam from Riverfront Park as the sun sets to watch a new LED display burst ...

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Loft Living

a peek inside a Chippewa Falls loft-dweller’s digs

Living in downtown Chippewa Falls has its perks, says Kyle Knutson, who works at Bridge Street Brew and Nurturing Nature Massage. He’s enjoyed his loft apartment nearby the coffee shop and Bird’s Nest for nearly ...

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6 Bits of Downtown Data

a glance at the numbers and figures that define Eau Claire’s urban core

It’s no big secret that downtown Eau Claire has been evolving – mostly for the better – in recent years. Redevelopment has brought new dining, entertainment, and recreation options, and these changes ...

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Chippewa Planning Sesqui Times

city prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary

March will bring the kick-off of a year-long celebration of the Chippewa Falls sesquicentennial – or, more pronouncably, the city’s 150th anniversary. The logging-turned-tech town was granted a charter ...

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Choosing the Right Landlord

the ups and downs of dealing with private landlords and management companies

Nestled somewhere among hundreds of factors renters consider when searching for a place to live is a very important consideration. Nothing can make or break a rental experience quite like the person ...

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Ager Ages Well

weekend of events to celebrate 150th birthday of famed writer and cultural advocate Waldemar Ager

The Waldemar Ager Association is partnering with area organizations to commemorate the 150th birthday of Ager with a weekend-long symposium March 22-23 called “Waldemar Ager at 150: Conversations about Immigrant Identity” ...

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Public Help Sought for Veterans Tribute

Ground will be broken this summer on a $2.2 million project to create a Veterans’ Tribute Trail along the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire. A site plan for the project – which will be built north of Madison Street ...

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Downtown Eau Claire Lot Eyed for Redevelopment

A city-owned parking lot between North Farwell and North Barstow streets could be the next redevelopment site in downtown Eau Claire. The Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously in February to declare the so-called Railroad Lot, 100 N. Farwell St., as excess property ...

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$1 Billion, You Say?

common tax mistakes leaves $1 billion on the table each year

Each year, the IRS reports it has roughly $1 billion in unclaimed refunds just from people who didn’t file a return. That is an expensive mistake. Many people don’t realize that they may be able to claim refunds ...

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