Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Kelsey Smith


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UWEC Grad Maierhofer Releases Two New Books

while working on his solo-authored book, "Works," Maierhofer's work on a collaborative title was a "nice change of pace."

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Kelsey Smith

UW-Eau Claire grad Grant Maierhofer is releasing two books, Works and a collaborative title Collected Voices in the Expanded Field . . .

Eau Claire Keys up for 52nd Annual Jazz Festival

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Kelsey Smith

The 52nd Eau Claire Jazz Festival is set to swing into Eau Claire from April 26 to 27. “It is a jazz festival, but it’s really a music festival,” said Breanna DeNure, the communication coordinator of Eau Claire Jazz Inc. ...

Dancing with the Eau Claire Stars celebrates 10 years

Broc Seigneurie, photos by Kelsey Smith

There’s a buzz around town as everyone gears up for this year’s All-Star edition of Dancing with the Eau Claire Stars! Inspired by the hit ABC television show, this will be the 10th anniversary of the benefit held by the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre.

FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

Tom Giffey, design by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

Dragon Boat Festival Fundraises to Fight Cancer

Emilee Wentland, photos by Kelsey Smith

Come one, come all to watch the fourth annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival. The one-day event raises funds to fight against cancer, donating to charities such as Joshua’s Camp, the American Cancer Society ...

5 Common Mistakes Runners Make

and how to avoid them

Adam Condit, photos by Branden Nall, Kelsey Smith

You’re all fired up and ready to run! In fact, you might have a longer term goal you’re working towards and want to make this year your fittest year yet! Motivation is at an all-time high and you have daydreams ...

Taking a Drink in Stride

World Beer Races combine running, brew-fest

Kendra Lamer, photos by Kelsey Smith

The 2018 World Beer Races are here to put some extra hops in your stride. The timed races will kick off Saturday, May 19, in Altoona. Runners have the option of completing a 5K or 10K and will receive ...

It Keeps You Running

EC Marathon turns 10 with no plans of slowing down

Samantha Kobs, photos by Kelsey Smith

This year marks the 10th anniversary of one of Eau Claire’s most exciting events: the Eau Claire Marathon. On Sunday, May 6, entire streets will be shut down and taken over by a flash mob of over 4,700 ...

6th Annual Improv Festival Gives Eau Claire a Taste of the Second City

Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

The Eau Claire Improv Festival is back for its sixth year with a new location and a big headliner. For the first time, the festival will host Chicago-based Second City Improv, a world-renowned organization that comedians ...

Get the Family Jazzed up for the Eau Claire Jazz Fest

Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

For more than half a century, Eau Claire has welcomed spring with big band standards and wandering improv riffs. This year, families will be able to enjoy the rhythm of 52nd Street as they wander South ...

THIS WEEK: Decadent Cabaret Moves to the Metro

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith

The Metro – downtown Eau Claire's newest live music venue – is the new host of legendary Eau Claire festival Decadent Cabaret, where dozens of local bands come together and play tribute sets of their favorite artists. The organizers just released the full lineup of bands for the 39th installment of the weekend-long event on March 1-3.

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks

yes, it’s Christmastime in the City (of Eau Claire!)

Emily Kinzel, photos by Kelsey Smith

Soon enough “Jingle Bell Rock,” Santa Claus paraphernalia, and glittery ornaments will engulf each American city in a Christmas tidal wave ...

Drag Queens & Dessert

photos by Kelsey Smith

At Drag Queens and Dessert, hosted by performer Alotta Shots, patrons enjoyed an evening of entertainment, two bottles of complimentary wine per table, and a complimentary dessert bar. Photos are from Saturday, September 16 at The Oxford.

Buckshot's Big Birthday

Eau Claire’s original run celebrates 35 years helping Special Olympics

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Buckshot Run – an event that originated in the Chippewa Valley, is exclusive to the Chippewa Valley, and is named after a Chippewa Valley notable. The anniversary is cause for special celebration ...

June 21: Parfaits with a Princess (and Alice in Dairyland!)

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

On June 21 The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire will host a special event called Parfaits with a Princess from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Crystal Siemers-Peterman, the 70th Alice in Dairyland, will join kids.

Cinder City Heats Up

Altoona kicks off summer with annual festival

Haley Wright, photos by Kelsey Smith

The one and only Cinder City Days, one of the first of the area summer festivals, runs June 8-11 in Altoona’s Cinder City Park. The festival, put on annually by the Altoona Lions Club, has been a draw for locals for more than four decades, offering a little something for everyone ...

2 Can't Miss Big Local Shows

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

Earlier this month, it was announced that The House of Rock, the long-running rock club staple of the Eau Claire music scene, will be shutting its doors for good. The venerable Water Street venue has long been home to Decadent Cabaret ...

Rock No More

The House of Rock will shut its doors in July

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith, Lee Butterworth

One of Eau Claire’s longest running music venues, the House of Rock, is closing this summer, its owner announced in early May. The Water Street rock club’s owner, Steve Geitz ...

House of Rock: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

celebrating our creative economy while examining the loss of a mainstay music venue

Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig, photos by Kelsey Smith

However, somewhat simultaneously, music fans in the area are processing last week’s announcement that a mainstay live venue for the last 17 years, The House of Rock on Water Street in Eau Claire, will permanently close its doors in July ...

Opening Shot | April 19, 2017

photos by Kelsey Smith

IT GROWS ON YOU. At Fashion Without Fabric, UW-Stout’s art and design students showcase unique fashion creations using anything but fabric. This year’s show was April 8 ...

Fashion Without Fabric 2017

photos by Kelsey Smith

Fashion Without Fabric is a yearly show at UW-Stout unlike any other, with Stout’s art and design students showcasing unique fashion creations using anything but fabric ...

JE Sunde Album Release @The Oxbow

photos by Kelsey Smith

J.E. Sunde is the solo project of Jonathan Sunde. Before striking out on his own, Jon spent years making beautifully unusual music with The Daredevil Christopher Wright. On March, 3rd 2017 he released ...

5th Annual Eau Claire Improv Fest

photos by Kelsey Smith

The 5th Annual Eau Claire Improv Fest hosted two days of side-splitting shows on March 10 and 11 – made up on the spot, of course. Improv comedy headliners converged on The State Theatre ...

Big Plans Are A-Brewin' at Lazy Monk

Phase 2 will consolidate the brewery and bier hall – and Phase 3 is a German / Czech restaurant

Hillary Bell, photos by Kelsey Smith

Lazy Monk Brewing, a local brewery and popular German-style bier hall in Eau Claire, will soon begin Phase 2 of its transition from its previous location in Banbury Place to its new, spacious home ...

Spontaneous Laughs

Eau Claire Improv Festival gears up for year five

Hannah Mumm, photos by Kelsey Smith

Eau Claire has long been a small city with a big personality. Its citizens pump out Grammy-winning albums, bestselling literature, and events that draw people from across the world ...

Decadent Cabaret 2017 (Saturday)

photos by Kelsey Smith

The Eau Claire House of Rock hosted the city's largest celebration of local musicians, Decadent Cabaret 2017 (the 38th annual installment), across March 2, 3, and 4 ...

Rebuilding Pinehurst

local nonprofit, volunteers turning vision into reality

Brendon Paucek, photos by Kelsey Smith

The former ski hill at Pinehurst Park has steadily evolved into a fresh and exciting new recreation area. Led by local nonprofit OutdoorMore Inc., Pinehurst Park is on its way to becoming not only ...

Flying Into the Future

Garrett Denney, photos by Kelsey Smith

While we’re still weeks away from regular snowfall, a flurry of fundraising activity is underway at a local ski club. Eau Claire’s Flying Eagles Ski Club recently kicked off its first-ever capital campaign. Dubbed “Flight into the Future,” the fundraising ...

Slide Into Winter Break 2016!

V1 Staff, photos by Kelsey Smith

The holidays are approaching, which means the kiddos are going to be filled with holiday cheer and delight (or – if you are surrounded by teens – waning enthusiasm)...

No Joke! Big Comics on the Way

check out Clear Water Comedy’s awesome fall 2016 lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith

About a year and a half ago, a group of local standup comedians started throwing weekly shows every Thursday night at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire. And already they’re booking some pretty huge, nationally-recognized comedians ...

This Is Land Is My Land

new local art show Land:Mine explores our precious land

Hope Greene, photos by Kelsey Smith

Land is a solid that extends down as rock until rock becomes fluid. Land is an idea, a memory, a promise – evoking borders, blood, and belonging. Land is the word for arriving at the edge of an unnamed ...

"​Land:Mine" Art Exhibit at The Heyde Center

photos by Kelsey Smith

Co-curated by Lori Chilefone and Jyl Kelley, the inspiration for the Land:Mine exhibit is to provide a diverse platform for visual, musical or performance art bearing witness to the transformations of the area’s natural surroundings ...

2016 Buckshot Run for Special Olympics

photos by Kelsey Smith

The 34th annual Leader Telegram Buckshot Run took place in Carson Park on Saturday, Sept. 3. This annual run benefits the local Special Olympics ...

The Tallest Man on Earth

photos by Kelsey Smith

The Tallest Man on Earth features Eau Claire natives guitarist Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), pianist/pedal-steel player Ben Lester (S. Carey) and drummer Zack Hanson. The performance took place on Saturday, July 16 at The State Theater.

Knowing What's in Season Is Key to Farmers Market Success

Claudia Cater, photos by Kelsey Smith

Shopping at the local farmers market is a great way to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs! The produce is harvested at the best time for freshness, which improves both the nutritional quality ...

The Fairest of Them All

the Northern Wisconsin State Fair's fun and fried food

Sammy Gibbons, photos by Kelsey Smith

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair features everything you and the family can hope for in a summer day. Your favorite carnival rides, an abundance of fried food and cold beverages ...

Eau Claire Bike Week: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

photos by Kelsey Smith

Part of Wisconsin Bike Week, guided bike rides for kids and parents took place on the trails at Lowes Creek Co. Park on Saturday, June 11. Bike skill activities and a family cookout were hosted by the Chippewa Off Road Bike Association.

Blue Ox Music Festival 2016 (Mega Photo Set)

photos by Mike O'Brien, Kelsey Smith

The second annual installment of the Chippewa Valley's new three-day outdoor music festival celebrated the best of bluegrass, roots, and Americana music right outside of Eau Claire on June 9–11.

Veteran Dog Trainer Offers Advice on Picking a Pooch, Breeder

Karen Rude, photos by Kelsey Smith

Selecting a pet for your family is a major life decision. And as with any major life decision, it warrants some planning, family discussion, and thoughtfulness. Here’s a quick guide to get you on your way. Things to think about when selecting a dog: Most important: Make sure if you have children, you pick a breed of dog that is good with kids ...