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Luong Huynh


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Music Quick Hits | July 22, 2020

some super short updates on the Chippewa Valley music scene

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Them Coulee Boys are back with a new single called “Idiot,” taken from the sessions recording their latest full-length Die Happy at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota. The band worked with producer ...

Weekend Events Will Continue Conversation on Race, Policing

Organizers aim for awareness, discussion in EC, Menomonie

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Luong Huynh

David Carlson – the Eau Claire County Regional Organizer for the ACLU’s Rights for All Campaign – is among those slated to present at “Rights for All: A Conversation on Race and Mass Incarceration,” a live discussion ...

Stay Booked With Some Summer Reads

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Luong Huynh

If there’s one thing the Chippewa Valley does right, it’s writing. (Pun intended.) Especially when it comes to local favorites like Michael Perry, Nickolas Butler, and B.J. Hollars, who ...

2020 Midwest Weirdfest Film Festival

photos by Luong Huynh

The 2020 Midwest Weirdfest Film Festival, headquartered at Micon Downtown Cinema, happened at locations around downtown Eau Claire March 6-8. The fest features cutting edge genre ...

Fire Ball Is Hot Stuff

Pride Is A Riot will heat up Ojibwe Ballroom

author & photographer by Nate Cooksey, photos by Luong Huynh

Each year, UW-Eau Claire’s Fire Ball brings drag performers from around the country to Eau Claire for the largest drag ball fundraiser in the Midwest. Participants celebrate the individuality, self-realization and ...

Charlie Berens Show Sells out Real Quick Once – Ope – Twice!

Briana Novacek, photos by Luong Huynh

Oh my gosh, Charlie Berens is going to perform at da Pablo Center on April 5! Well wouldn’t ya know, it was the fastest-selling show in Pablo history, selling out in under an hour! So they added a ...

Late Night Fire at The Metro

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

The Metro in downtown Eau Claire (201 E Lake Street) sustained some fire damage Monday night around 10pm.

Blue Ox Unleashes 2020 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Today, the Blue Ox Music Festival lineup arrived for the sixth annual fest happening June 11-13, 2020 among the trees at Whispering Pines Campground, with some cool new facets this year.

Jang-mi Presents: Adoptee Performance Showcase

photos by Luong Huynh

Jang-mi presented an Adoptee Performance Showcase on Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence. The showcase celebrated the creative talents of adoptees of all ages with special ...

A Voice in Music

seeing the Eau Claire music scene through Jerrika Mighelle's eyes

Maddy Mortimer, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh

“Eau Claire was home base,” local musician Jerrika Mighelle said. “Part of the reason I still live in Eau Claire is because of the support for music.” She started playing ...

Keep Calm and Listen

concert series puts the emphasis on really listening

Maddy Mortimer, photos by Luong Huynh

With the seasons changing and the weather growing colder, it just doesn’t sound like summer anymore, and Eau Claire locals might find themselves missing warm ...

Amanda Grace + Adelyn Rose @The Oxbow Hotel

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday, October 18, Adelyn Rose (formerly of Eau Claire, now of Minneapolis) joined singer/songwriter Amanda Grace in the gallery at The Oxbow Hotel in downtown Eau Claire.

Kardemimmit at SHIFT

photos by Luong Huynh

On Tuesday, Sept 17 Kardemimmit performed at SHIFT. Kardemimmit (Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Leeni Wegelius and Anna Wegelius) come from Finland, and play the national instrument of Finland, kantele (quite close to zither).

Converge Radio Presents: Elizabeth Moen

photos by Luong Huynh

With a sultry and intoxicating voice, Elizabeth Moen lures you in. Paired with introspective lyrics that echo both bitter and sweet, her music will captivate you then stay with you. Photos are from her show at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire on Tuesday, September 17.

Dessa Live @The Metro

photos by Luong Huynh

Minneapolis singer/rapper/writer Dessa took over the stage at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire on Thursday night, Sept. 5 with special guest MONAKR.

Them Coulee Boys at The Pablo

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday, August 23, local favorites Them Coulee Boys took to the Jamf Theatre in The Pablo Center to release their new album, Die Happy. The Driftless Sisters opened the show.

Emily Blue @The Plus w/ Two Castles

photos by Luong Huynh

Chicago "glitch pop" artist Emily Blue stopped into The Plus on Friday, June 21. Her musical catalog's been compared to "a phone call to another universe." Local favorite Two Castles opened the show ...

4 Health Tips for Music Fest Season

photos by Luong Huynh

Attending local or regional music festivals is an annual tradition for many people and can be a fun time to reconnect with friends while enjoying great music. I have staffed many first aid tents at music festivals ...

PHOTO FEATURE: 24 hours. Six photographers. One day of life in the Chippewa Valley.

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Branden Nall, Luong Huynh, Taylor Smith, Timothy Mather, Lee Butterworth

On Friday, May 31, we sent a team of photographers out into the many nooks and crannies of the Chippewa Valley to document one full day – from midnight to midnight – with help from our friends at CoLab. Through snapshots of local life, we hope this feature communicates the people and places of this area ...

Opening Shot | May 15, 2019

photos by Luong Huynh

ONE OF THE EDGIEST PHOTOS VOLUME ONE HAS EVER PUBLISHED. On Saturday, May 11, locals rappelled down the side of Banbury Place on Galloway Street near downtown Eau Claire to help raise money for the Children’s Dyslexia Center ...

Over The Edge

photos by Luong Huynh

On Saturday, May 11, locals rappelled down the side of Banbury Place on Galloway Street near downtown Eau Claire to help raise money for the Children's Dyslexia Center ...

Chastity Brown @The Pablo

photos by Luong Huynh

On Thursday, May 2, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Chastity Brown played in the Jamf Theatre in the Pablo Center at the Confluence. An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Brown melds folk, pop, and soul.

Anna Wang @The Cabin

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday night, April 5, Madison-based singer/songwriter/electronic musician Anna Wang performed in The Cabin, inside the Davies Center at UW-Eau Claire.

Rachel Hanson and Greg Gilbertson @Forage

photos by Luong Huynh

The Listen series invites attendees to eat, drink and socialize at Forage in Eau Claire's Banbury Place and then adjourn to a cozy listening area for live music. March 21's installment featured Rachel Hanson (of The Last Revel) and Chippewa Falls singer-songwriter Greg Gilbertson.

The 3rd Annual Midwest Weirdfest

photos by Luong Huynh

Midwest Weirdfest returned to downtown Eau Claire March 8–10 for its annual celebration of the fantastic, frightening, offbeat, and just plain weird, exploring this season's original horror, sci-fi, underground, and documentary films ...

Odd x Odd Humyns Grand Opening Weekend Bash

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, downtown Eau Claire's Odd Humyns and Odd Brand Strategy held a grand opening for their new shop/space, complete with coffee and waffles from SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar, prizes, and live music.

Opening Shot | Dec. 26, 2018

photos by Luong Huynh

HAVING A SLAY OL’ TIME. UW-Eau Claire’s production of She Kills Monsters ran in the Jamf Theatre at the Pablo Center at the Confluence Dec. 11-16. The dramatic/comedy relied on homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and plenty of ’90s pop culture to tell a tale of grief and Dungeons & Dragons.

Clear Water Comedy Presents: The Roast of 2018

photos by Luong Huynh

Staged on Thursday, Dec. 20 at The Plus in downtown Eau Claire, Clear Water Comedy's "Roast of 2018" said goodbye to the previous year as local comedians poked fun at the stuff that happened and people who did it.

UWEC Theater: "She Kills Monsters"

photos by Luong Huynh

In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and '90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright ...

Visitors Power Valley Economy

Eau Claire has added ‘tourist town’ to its identity

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

Throughout its history, Eau Claire has been a lumber town and an industrial town, and more recently a center of medicine, education, and art. Is it a tourist town, too? ...

Opening Shot | Oct. 31, 2018

photos by Luong Huynh

REALLY NEW ON THE SCENE. After forming to learn songs over two days of workshops at the Girls Rock Band Experience, two bands took to the stage at The Metro to perform at Sawdust City Limits No. 5. The high school rock band above – Histrionic Creature – plans to make more songs, and they’ve already got a Facebook page ...

Girls Rock (Sawdust City Limits No. 5)

photos by Luong Huynh

After forming to learn songs over two days of workshops at the Girls Rock Band Experience, two bands took to the stage at The Metro to perform at Sawdust City Limits No. 5 on Saturday, October 27.

Book Fest Q&A: Nickolas Butler

noted local author to give taste of his latest at UW-Stout

V1 Staff, photos by Luong Huynh

While it draws authors from all over the United States, one of the strengths of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival is it’s ability to spotlight some of the talented scribes who live in our own backyard ...

Opening Shot | Oct.17, 2018

photos by Luong Huynh

HOO THINKS WE SHOULD JUST WING IT? Northern Saw-whet Owl migration is underway and the Beaver Creek Bird Banders are once again opening the banding station at Beaver Creek Reserve, allowing you to see the charismatic night flyers ...

Owl Banding @Beaver Creek Reserve

photos by Luong Huynh

Northern Saw-whet Owl migration is underway and the Beaver Creek Bird Banders are once again opening the banding station at Beaver Creek Reserve, allowing anyone to see ...

Three Cheers for 30 Years

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre hosts anniversary open house

Lauren Fisher, photos by Luong Huynh

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre has been a staple of the Chippewa Valley arts community for three decades, and they’re throwing a party to celebrate that achievement. On Saturday, Sept. 15 ...