Eric Christenson

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Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

Oh, Great ... Another Film Fest

Eric Christenson

despite its tongue-in-cheek name, CTV’s independent film fest will screen dozens of films – old, new, big, small

Wed. Oct. 28th, 2015

Hundreds and Hundreds of Local Art Prints for Sale

Eric Christenson

There are so many more artists in the Chippewa Valley than the ones whose work is displayed at our local galleries. Volume One’s Ink & Paper print sale is designed to showcase local art, and allow artists to sell their work to tons of people at an affordable rate (usually $15-$50). For this year’s sale, with our new co-sponsor ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Oct. 21st, 2015

Eaux Claires Announces 2016 Festival Dates

Eric Christenson

Hot off being named one of the “Top 10 Music Festivals in North America” by Consequence of Sound, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will officially be back in August of 2016 at the festival grounds just outside Eau Claire. The first round of pre-sale tickets goes on sale Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10am CST at www.eauxclaires.com.

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Honestly Spooked

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

V1’s storytelling series revels in scary stories

Mon. Oct. 5th, 2015

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Boldest URL

Eric Christenson

A URL is a potential customer’s window into your business, a portal to your business’ web presence. Do you want that URL to be simple? Yes. Should your web address be catchy? Absolutely. Boring? No. Leave to Eau Claire’s Geno’s Pizza, purveyors of both slice and ice (they have fresh ‘za and an all-year outdoor ice rink) ...

Fri. Oct. 2nd, 2015

Best of 2015 - Staff Pick: Most Nostalgic Former Shortcut

Eric Christenson

Recently, we had to say goodbye to a true Eau Claire legend: The Wagner’s Lanes parking lot shortcut – a lovely little jaunt that would let you easily breeze past a busy Brackett Avenue/Hastings Way intersection (now complete with a Walgreen’s AND a CVS). For decades, it’s been a popular way ...

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

New Grub on Campus

Eric Christenson, photos by Serena Wagner

UWEC farmers market brings community veggies directly to students

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

To Eau Queer and Beyond

Eric Christenson

6th annual Eau Queer Film Festival to be its biggest yet

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

Fathom Bringing Big Name Rappers to House of Rock

Eric Christenson

It’s gonna be a big couple of months for hip-hop at the House of Rock. Veteran hard-hitting EC rapper Fathom is at the center of a couple of big bookings that will bring the likes of Sadistik and Cage to the House of Rock this fall. It all starts on Sept. 18 with Sadistik, a Seattle rapper ...

Thu. Sep. 10th, 2015

Get a Sitter: Laugh it off with local standup comedy

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith

In the last 18 months or so, the standup comedy scene in Eau Claire has exploded into something rib-ticklingly legitimate thanks to Clear Water Comedy, a collective of seriously funny local comics.

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

Autumnal Goodness at Beaver Creek Reserve

Eric Christenson

Wisconsin autumns are uniquely special. We see vibrant fall colors arrive with chilly weather. It’s important to enjoy autumn times in our state because you never really know when we’ll be blindsided by five inches of snow out of nowhere and the season is over in a snap. Luckily we have cool local places ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Colorless Stimulus

Eric Christenson, photos by Tina Doffing

UWEC grad’s art show – “STIMULI.” – threatens to disconnect in black & white

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Cold Country Gets Raw on Debut Hip Hop Effort

Eric Christenson

On his brand new debut album as Cold Country, rapper Steven Lundy isn’t pulling any punches. The album, titled Life As A Drifter: The Love & Hate Project finds Lundy raw and unrelenting behind the mic. From harsh breakups to lonesome nights, Lundy uses dark imagery and lightning fast ...

Wed. Sep. 2nd, 2015

Hard-Earned Perspective

Eric Christenson, photos by Serena Wagner

Sayth and North House take art rap into the future

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015

Renowned Musical Teamwork

Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

Sue Orfield teams up with Ellen Whyte for CVCTV show

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Brian Bethke shares new album, Ghost Songs

Eric Christenson

Local singer-songwriter Brian Bethke has a brand-new album out this month called Ghost Songs. Before this album came together, Bethke was really starting to feel the mundanity of songwriting, but when he ceded some creative control to Evan Middlesworth at Pine Hollow Studios ...

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | August 2015

Eric Christenson

UW-Eau Claire’s activities commission just announced the brand new Local Aire Music Festival, a one-day concert event on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Ojibwe Ballroom in Davies Center on campus, featuring some really awesome music acts with Eau Claire ties and roots ...

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Building on Ambience

Eric Christenson, photos by Mariah Hamm

Ambient Inks and Knorth Studios upgrade their HQ

Thu. Aug. 6th, 2015

Say Cheese!

Eric Christenson

a delegation of Wisco cheese producers showed their stuff in China

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

Crackle Pop

Eric Christenson, photos by Jesse Johnson

local dude Pat Keen folds his jazz background into short, lo-fi pop songs

Wed. Jul. 22nd, 2015

Thinking of Waldemar

Eric Christenson

Reverii frontman plunges the depths of solo work

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 20th, 2015

Recapping Eaux Claires 2015

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Eaux Claires is the coolest festival in the country and it’s ten minutes from my house. The sights and sounds were unlike anything this area has seen before, with 22,000 attending the music and arts fest at the festival grounds, just southwest of Eau Claire. Yeah, there were bands. They were playing on stages ...

Wed. Jul. 8th, 2015

Music Scene Role Models

Eric Christenson

six awesome and successful music / community projects from festivals to venues to decision-making music commissions

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Underground Sound

Eric Christenson

D.I.Y. house shows play a significant underground role in the development of new artists – and they're all ages

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Setting the Stages

Eric Christenson

different venues cover Eau Claire's musical moments

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Endless Alphabet: fun with the ABCs

Eric Christenson

In Endless Alphabet, kids can learn their letters and a whole bunch of new words in a fun and imaginative way. The app functions like a puzzle in which letters for a certain word such as “alarm” are scattered around the board. As you tap and drag each letter to its proper place in the word, it bursts to life with its own ...

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

An Exciting Change-Up for Chalkfest 2015

Eric Christenson

Since 2008, thousands of Chippewa Valley folks and their families have made Chalkfest – Volume One’s annual mashup of visual art and sidewalk chalk – a summer staple at Wilson Park in downtown Eau Claire. Now, to take the event to the next level, Volume One ...

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

A Little Piece of Marlene

Eric Christenson, photos by Eric Christenson

a whole life’s worth of art for her family and friends

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

Best in the Midwest

Eric Christenson

EC reaches Final Four in ‘Best Town’ tourney

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015

An Imminent Face Lift for Chippewa Falls Murals

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The murals that run along River Street and the Wagner Street hill on Chippewa Falls’ west side – a landmark to some – could get a new paint job this summer or early next fall. The existing paint on the walls is chipping and peeling – it’s in pretty rough shape. “It looks like it has a disease,” Mayor Greg Hoffman told the Leader-Telegram recently ...

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015

The Millenium Video to Make Waves on MTVU

Eric Christenson

There’s a hilarious outtake from The Millenium’s video shoot for their song “Take Me” off their debut album, It’s So Much Friendlier With Two, in which singer Matt Hasenmeuller is in the middle of a passionate verse, surrounded by bright gold confetti, when he chokes a little on an errant ...

Thu. Jun. 4th, 2015

Rolling Toward a New Skate Park

Eric Christenson

“I’ve been a skater for almost 21 years now,” Gabe Brummett tells me over the phone, and then he pauses for a long time. “… Sorry. I’m eating.” As a father of two, a full-time UPS driver, and a lynchpin in Eau Claire’s growing skate scene, Brummett is a busy guy – so we chatted during his afternoon lunch break ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

Eaux Claires Festival Releases Day-to-Day Lineup

Eric Christenson

This week, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced which days – July 17 or 18 – the musical acts and art performances from its impressive lineup will fall. As far as time of day, there’s no exact schedule just yet, but $75 single-day general admission passes go on sale at ...

Fri. May. 29th, 2015

Celebrating Our Nature

Eric Christenson

Birds, Bugs & Blooms Bash kicks off with 30+ field trips

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. May. 20th, 2015

UPDATE: Eaux Claires Announces Ambitious Lineup of Art Installations

Eric Christenson

Festivalgoers who bought tickets to the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival expecting to just enjoy the music from its impressive who’s-who lineup will get a lot more than they bargained for after witnessing all the crazy, calculated, experiential visual art installations and performances at the two-day fest.

Thu. Apr. 30th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | April 2015

Eric Christenson

Local pop superstars The Millenium have released a new video for their song, “Take Me” off their debut album It’s So Much Friendlier With Two. The video puts the band in an empty room – just like the lyrics reference – and with the burst of the infectious tune’s last chorus, a burst of gold confetti flies around the band. ...

Wed. Apr. 29th, 2015

Bluegrass, New Grass

Eric Christenson

Evergreen Grass Band keeps evolving, puts priority on new album