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Eric Christenson

Managing Editor

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2018 Vanguard Awards - Becca Cooke

Eric Christenson, video by Joel Pearish

Owner of Red’s Mercantile, active member of community boards and business-centric workshops and programs

Rock Fest Reveals 2018 Lineup

Eric Christenson

It’s an extremely huge year for Rock Fest, one of the Valley’s craziest music festivals that celebrates that most powerful of musical genres and the culture of fans that make it great ...

Music Quick Hits | January 2018

Eric Christenson

Milwaukee-via-Eau Claire band Field Report dropped a sunny new single called “Never Look Back” last week and announced a brand new record called Summertime Songs releasing on March 23. The new ...

The Valley's Favorite Sledding Slopes

3 hills where you can make priceless winter memories

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Picture this: The sun is shining, there’s a crisp blanket of snow on the ground, and you’ve got the day off with the kids. What, are you just going to sit indoors, eyes glued to the TV, twiddling your thumbs ...

Off-Kilter Genius of Rory Scovel

comedian’s gleefully absurd act comes to Eau Claire

Eric Christenson

One of my favorite late-night standup appearances was seven years ago on Conan. Yeah, I still remember it. To introduce it, Conan flatly tells the camera that the show made a mistake and they accidentally ...

'We Can Do This, Right?'

EC natives band together to create ambitious web series

Eric Christenson

Ben Beckley (Kreibich), a schizophrenic, and her friend Alex Aldin (Alex Raney), a recovering pill addict, are sharing a moment both fresh out of treatment and therapy. The unlikely duo bond over their shared ...

Music Quick Hits | Jan. 2018

Eric Christenson

A rare treat from the northwoods of Minnesota is coming to Eau Claire for a one-night-only concert with some of the richest folk music ever to tingle your heartstrings. Classically trained violinist ...

Music Quick Hits | Dec. 13, 2017

Eric Christenson

It’s been a hot minute since we heard the sweet sounds of Idle Empress’ debut self-titled EP, but now – having recently relocated to the Twin Cities – the trio is back with two brand new singles, “Envy” and “Habits.” The songs, which premiered ...

Blue Ox Unleashes 2018 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

For its fourth year, the Blue Ox Music Festival is back with a loaded lineup of rootsy greats to come play some tunes in the pine and hardwood forests just outside of Eau Claire. Hosted by Minneapolis band Pert Near Sandstone ...

Orchid Eaton: Eau Claire born-and-bred

Eric Christenson

You’re gonna want to keep tabs on Orchid Eaton, a new project from Eau Claire born-and-bred native Matthew Leavitt, formerly of EMOT. It’s a stark basement pop project that features another local native ...

FEATURE: Getting to Know Eau Claire One Sketch at a Time

after living all over the world, Nishant Jain uses a sketchpad to familiarize himself with the people and places in his new home

Eric Christenson

Nishant Jain could’ve been a mechanical engineer or a neuroscientist, but his true passion lies in his artwork. He’s been all over the world: Born, raised, and educated in India, he moved to Europe and got his master’s degree in the Netherlands ...

A Force of Artists

Artisan Forge Studios goes all in on ambitious art event

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When you drive down Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire, you pass universities, hospitals, restaurants, chain stores, banks, hotels, and a plethora of businesses tucked in front of an expanse ...

FEATURE: Have You Brunched Lately?

with a bunch of dynamic new restaurants in Eau Claire, the weekend brunch scene is popping off with cocktails, live music, and good vibes

Olivia Lockwood, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Hard-Earned Laughs

the great Sean Patton returns to Eau Claire for more

Eric Christenson

One of the funniest working comedians in the country is returning to Eau Claire for yet another night of world-class storytelling and gut-busting jokes. Since he toured through the city in 2015, Sean Patton liked what he found ...