the state of the Chippewa Valley's computer gaming scene
Matt Ledger, photos by Marisa Wojcik, Andrea Paulseth
It started in 1997 as a simple birthday party. Monty Peterson and his friends got together to celebrate by networking their computers and beating the crap out of each other inside some of their favorite video games ...
Once an eon, there comes an invention that becomes something mankind cannot live without. A team of UW-Stout packaging majors has created what will no doubt be the next of these inventions: the recyclable, reusable pizza box.
All you loyal Volume One readers have, of course, heard of guerilla gardening, but have you heard of guerilla dining (aka the “popup restaurant” phenomenon)? It’s all the rage in Madison, at least according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
In one of the best-titled news articles of the week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has leaked information about a black-ops mission to be undertaken in Saukville later this month. The objective? To find and eradicate the emerald ash borer.
Second City Touring Company returns to State Theatre
So here’s what you need to know about The Second City: they’re based out of Chicago and they’re in the business of being funny. They’ve been in that business for 50 years now, and in that time the sketch comedy group has counted people with names ...
Osseo musician Brian Bethke recently brought his Underdog Radio station online. Its mission? To bring independent music to the masses, and it wants to do that by accepting YOUR submitted tracks and playing them on the digital air.
It seems it’s not quite as impossible as it once was to get noticed by the folks at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. The Daredevil Christopher Wright has been nominated for Best Alternative Band – and they're actually playing the awards show.
a great opportunity to get youths involved in golf
The re-tooled Chippewa Valley Golf Association Junior Tour is only in its second year, but those involved believe it’s on track for greatness. Which is easy to see given the low price and great courses...
Dorks! Nerds! Geeks! Suffer in silence no longer, for there are those who have heard your cries for a podcast having covering all manner of geekitude. It's called Dork Nerd Geek and Freak of the Week, and it's here for you, straight outta Menomonie.
We all know massive cuts are coming for the funding of the Wisconsin Arts Board and other state arts programs, but the question now is this: what can we do about it? That’s exactly what the Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin is looking to discuss.
UW-Stout’s been offering compostable takeout containers for two years now, but this February the school decided to take it a step further and offer takeout containers that are completely reusable as well. The containers cost students $5 a piece ...
It’s rare to turn your hobby into something that wins you international acclaim, but it’s probably even rarer when your hobby is taking photographs of dead deer. Try telling that to UW-Stout art professor Amy Fichter, though.
V1 is prepared to unleash something so horrible, so dreadfully awful, that none who enter our store will be able to resist. That’s right, on March 16, our Local Store will play host to … a cute little Girl Scout selling delicious Girl Scout Cookies.
Did you know that this Friday is the first Friday of March? What, you did? Oh. Well, Mr./Ms. Smarty-Pants, did you know that downtown Eau Claire plans to make the first Friday in March into the most exciting Friday in March? And so is Volume One.
Given the chance to submit to Folgers’ 2011 jingle contest, Michael Rambo created what he calls the “anti-jingle,” aiming to promote fair trade and economic sustainability over people's desire to drink a cheap cup of coffee.
Our local library is offering a downloadable music service that’s completely legal – and completely free! It gives library card holders access to the entire Sony Music Entertainment catalog. That’s thousands of artists across fifty record labels.
Are you a savvy consumer looking for deals on everything from retro office chairs to 17-foot boat hulls? Well, have we got an auction for you! Chippewa Valley Technical College is holding a Surplus Auction this Saturday, Feb. 19, in which they ...
Holy apparition-loving shrines, Batman! According to The Huffington Post, the Catholic Church has recognized the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis. as an official apparition site of the Virgin Mary. After years of investigation ...
a talk with the man who brought Batman to the silver screen
Mark your Bat-Calendar for March 8, because UWEC is bringing Michael Uslan, the executive producer behind the modern Batman movie franchise (and yes, that list includes both Batman and Robin and The Dark Knight, and no, I don’t know how that works ei
local artist relying on comic book community for support
Matt Ledger, photos by Andrea Paulseth
“If you’re thinking about drawing, what I’d say to do is just go to as many conventions as you can and ask them what you can fix. I’ve just been amazed at how many of these guys have got your back.” – burgeoning comic artist Mark Lone
Hey, art educators and local artists. It’s time to get creative, because the Wisconsin Arts Board is once again accepting applications for its Creative Communities grant program. The program, which offers as much as $10,000 in matching funds ...
Do you think Eau Claire’s the best arts and entertainment town in Wisconsin? Feel like no town’s history can compete with Osseo’s? Think Chippewa Falls has the best food in the state? Well people, it’s time to let your voice be heard.
from blues to Zeppelin, Left Wing Bourbon has got you covered
Matt Ledger, photos by Mike O'Brien
This isn’t a band that hits soft or slow. Everything about their performance is full. ... These guys are polished, and they feed off each other as you might expect from a group that’s this closely knit.
It’s no Grammy, but I’m sure Justin Vernon is honored nonetheless to have been named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Tweeters in Music. Vernon, who is known to his loyal tweeties as J.Vern or @blobtower, came in at number 20, sandwiched between ...
Don Gilbertson’s third book examines family life during tough time
Matt Ledger, photos by Andrea Paulseth
Some of the stories, such as the time his eighth grade classmate drove his father’s ’42 Hudson to school, are funny. Others, such as when he pleased his father by perfectly reciting his confirmation hymn, are moving.
at what point do you embrace university students as one of your own?
How can you complain that students often leave the community upon their graduation... if you never let them feel they’re a part of the community in the first place? The truth is, students are everywhere in this town.
It’s slightly ironic that James Ignacio’s first solo CD, About a Block Down Wilson, centers on feelings of home, because the California native has definitely found one here in the music scene of the Chippewa Valley.