Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Mike Seitz


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Unfolding History

mobile lumber museum to debut in Chppewa Falls

Mike Seitz

The Past Passed Here has become an annual event coordinated by the Chippewa County Historical Society where folks can learn about local history. For years, this event has included reenactments ...

Of the North

local folksters Reservoir release new EP

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You may have noticed the band Reservoir making its mark on Eau Claire’s indie/folk scene this past year ...

Difficult Postures

EC native’s novel traces struggles of literary life

Mike Seitz, photos by Kelsey Smith

Grant Maierhofer, the Eau Claire native currently attending graduate school in Idaho, kicked off his writing career with his novel The Persistence of Crows, published in 2012. His latest novel, Postures, was a result of getting his first book published. “I wrote it while waiting and feeling hopeless that it might go anywhere,” ...

No Place Like Home

artist remixes living spaces from around the world

Mike Seitz

For Michael Borowski, the concept of “home” has always been an important part of his work and something that he’s always examining. This remains the case for “Home Reports,” his most recent exhibit. “Home Reports” – one of his first exhibitions in Eau Claire ...

Carve It Up! Every winter, local snow sculptors haul in the awards

every winter, local snow sculptors haul in a bunch of awards for their chilly work

Mike Seitz, photos by Caitlyn Berlin

Steve Bateman and Jason Anhorn are a couple of local artists who have a wide range of abilities: graphic designing, airbrushing, and making murals are just a few ...

Under the Dome: Wagner’s new Complexx offers year-round volleyball

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you’ve been to Wagner’s Lanes recently or have just driven down Brackett Avenue, then you probably noticed the giant white dome – 35 feet tall at its highest – sitting next to the bowling alley in the parking lot that used to be the unofficial shortcut between Brackett and Fairfax Street. This is The Complexx, Wagner’s ...

Hometown Harmonics

Biesterveld mixes styles on new album Somewhere In Durand

Mike Seitz

When Jim Ulwelling started his solo project, Biesterveld, and recorded his first album, he thought one would be enough. Now Ulwelling is releasing a second album, Somewhere in Durand, and the reason is simple: The first time around was so much fun that he couldn’t resist the idea. His new album is a mix of songs ...

Green Mountain Rebels Go 'Round One Last Time

Mike Seitz

Green Mountain Rebels, a local country group that formed a little over a decade ago, got together for one last recording, and the result was Move On. This EP features four of their old songs and a new one, brought to life by the original core members of GMR: Jered Shaw, David Koenig, and Susan Renee-Thiede ...

Illustrious Activity: UW-Stout grad’s comic adapted for big screen

Mike Seitz

When Mitch Gerads received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UW-Stout 10 years ago, he never dreamed he’d end up illustrating comic books. With an emphasis in graphic design, his first job out of college was designing cereal boxes for General Mills in Minneapolis ...

On the Local Music Grind

grassroots group bolsters area artists with savvy booking, promotion

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Behind every great gig is a ton of work that involves booking, promotion, and event management. Most of the time, what a band really needs is a professional hand in the matter, and that’s where Midwest Mayhem comes in. Founded by Lance Katcher in 2014, Midwest Mayhem is meant to provide local ...

Artistic Anniversary

UW-Stout’s Art & Design School celebrates 50 years

Mike Seitz

In 1964 William J. Micheels – president of what was called Stout State University at the time – and John Furlong proposed the idea of an art and design program at the institution. A year later, their dream would become a reality and the university gave birth to its first art and design degree ...

Common Ground

connecting students, permanent residents is goal of new neighborhood group

Mike Seitz

Many college towns struggle to balance the needs of students and permanent residents living in the same neighborhoods, and that’s certainly true for the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood in the heart of Eau Claire ...

Traveling Public Art

kids' art get displayed on Eau Claire city buses

Mike Seitz

If you’ve ever tried to avoid awkward eye contact with a stranger on the bus by looking up, then you’ve probably noticed art that is on display instead of the regular old ads. “Art on the Bus” is a community public arts project that was started in 2000 by Paula Gorski ...

Make Your Escape

getting out of these escape rooms takes teamwork

Mike Seitz, photos by Luong Huynh

As the door was locked behind us, the one-hour timer started ticking down. My friends and I began searching every nook and cranny of the room for any clues to help us accomplish the goal before us: Find the key to unlock the door before time ran out. Over the next hour, we solved many puzzles ...

The Perfect Study Spots

with these secluded spots at UWEC, CVTC, and UW-Stout, you should find the serenity you need to blast through your schoolwork

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Cramming. Hitting the books. Putting your nose to the grindstone. Whatever you call studying, it’s something every college student is familiar with. Whether you treat it like a part-time job or try learning everything an hour before the big test, you don’t get through college without studying ...

Turtle Jazz

Equinox Jazz Group debuts their first album, Blue Turtle

Mike Seitz

Freddy Sklenar, a designer, artist, musician and founder the Equinox Jazz Group, is about to release the group’s first album, Blue Turtle. This straight-ahead jazz album features eight tunes that cover an array of emotions and includes cool jazz, standards, and blues ...

Now with More Heroes

Eggplant Heroes’ new album features bigger sounds, new members

Mike Seitz

It has been about five years since the Eggplant Heroes released their debut album After This Time, and now the local folk band has released a follow-up, Better Weather. A collection of songs that travels through a series of seasons and emotions, this album is a testimony to how the band has changed ...

Honing Their Craft

UW-Stout hosts conference for Midwest's small brewers

Mike Seitz

UW-Stout has two great programs in Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management and Food Science. This complementary pairing was one of the main reasons that Anna McCabe, who works in of Professional Education Programs and Services at UW-Stout, thought that a craft brewery conference ...

Challenging Normal

exchange program to bring young people from Alabama to Eau Claire\

Mike Seitz

Everyone has a “normal,” whether we think about it or not. Our day-to-day routine is full of things we become used to, so much so that we might not recognize aspects of our society. This month a new program will take place that might shake up the “normal” for folks in the Chippewa Valley ...

Let the Sun Shine In

two Chippewa Valley utility companies launch solar power programs

Mike Seitz

Most people love summer for the same reason: the sun. It warms us up after the harsh winters our state is notorious for – at least for a few months. But that great big burning ball of gas in the sky gives us more than a free tan: Many people are recognizing its ability to provide us with a renewable ...

The Pros of Cons

a new table-top gaming convention fills a new niche

Mike Seitz

Some of you may have been disappointed hearing that No Brand Con won’t return to Eau Claire next year. After growing too large, it was decided that the convention would take place in Wisconsin Dells, but don’t worry! Coming up on July 25, Clearwater Con will be coming to Eau Claire ...

Three Days of Fun, Five Dollars

three distinct headliners have nothing in common

Mike Seitz

Want to have a lot of fun and only spend five dollars? Ashley for the Arts, the three day festival in Arcadia, is coming up on August 6, 7, and 8. All three days are packed with an assortment of music and entertainment, which will feature some great headliners. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will be performing on Aug. 7. The esteemed music group which has an estimated 100 million records ...

Chock Full of Rock

Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown lead Rock Fest lineup

Mike Seitz

It’s that time of year once again; when rock ’n’ roll fans from all over the Midwest come together and burn off a few calories head banging to their favorite bands. Rock Fest, the four-day music festival held 30 miles from Eau Claire in rural Cadott, is returning for its 22nd incarnation ...

Group Harmony

diversifying the scene with choral groups and music clubs

Mike Seitz

When we talk about Eau Claire’s music scene, there is plenty of activity to cover. We always hear about local bands and the gigs they’re playing, but another aspect that often goes under the radar is the profusion of nonprofit organizations and clubs. ...

The Valley's Grammys

locals who grab recognition in the industry

Mike Seitz

Eau Claire is an area bursting with local talent in the music industry. Whether you enjoy the sublime sound from a record or the energy of a live show, the quality of music Eau Claire offers is high. So high, in fact, that some of our own have been noticed on a national scale. ...

Just Plane Brilliant

air show shenanigans include a jet engine in a truck

Mike Seitz

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird … It’s a Blugold … nope! It’s the 2015 Chippewa Valley Air Show! The show takes flight at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport on July 4 and 5 with a first class (heyo!) line up of performers. Among the performers will be none other than the Blue Angels, with their stunning twists and flips. Making up a total 16 ...

Stars Align for Country Fest

Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Keith Urban are headlining

Mike Seitz

Let’s face it; country music and winter just don’t mix. Luckily, we’re in the thick of summer and that means there will be plenty of gigantic country music concerts coming up. Can’t afford the gas to drive hours away for a concert? Well luckily, there is one is taking place right down the road in rural Cadott ...

Now in Technicolor

Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild tackles classic tale

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As I sat in the back staircase of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild with Katie Schumacher, we talked about the upcoming production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, which she is directing. While we chatted, the sound of 60 cast members warming up their singing voices drifted through the staircase ...

Ready to Go Nova

EC native’s sci-fi debut has national publisher

Mike Seitz

In the midst of an intergalactic war, 500 POWs are being sent home as part of a cease-fire; among them is Lia Johansen. A young woman whose parents died in front of her eyes, Lia is just a scared refugee uncertain of who she is or what she will do next. Or is she? Shortly after reaching New Sol Space Station, Lia’s memories coming ...

Summery Screenings

themed nights, big movies at UWEC’s Summer Cinema

Mike Seitz

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means; it’s time to stop freezing our bums off and take part in our favorite summer activities. Going to the beach, playing a little disc golf, enjoying a picnic with the family, or maybe watching a movie. Don’t think watching a movie is a summer activity? It is when the big screen is outside ...

Crown for Connell's

supper club owner wins prestigious award

Mike Seitz, Andrea Paulseth

Lynn McDonough has been running Connell’s Supper Club for over 25 years, so he definitely knows a thing or two about the business. Also, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association just named him Restaurateur Of The Year, a huge award from the entire ...

The Older the Better

the community of the Indianhead old car club preserves and honors all kinds of old automobiles

Mike Seitz, photos by Sam Boos

The Indianhead Old Car Club is another automotive group that started in the 1960s. Back then, the club had nine members; that number has grown to 75 members today, four of whom have been involved since the club’s beginning in 1965. The club ...

Precision Course

chippewa valley sports car club's autocross puts enthusiasts behind the wheel

Mike Seitz, photos by Frank H. Robinson

What we drive is often just a means of transportation, giving us a way to get from point A to point B. For members of the Chippewa Valley Sports Car Club, a car is something that becomes a lot of your personality, explains Steven Andringa. Steven ...

Your Top Chippewa Valley Drink Picks

let our poll help you find a Bloody (Mary) good night on the town

Zack Katz, Mike Seitz

With more than 180 bars, taverns, pubs, saloons, taprooms, and other assorted watering holes in the Chippewa Valley, our readers have plenty of places to wet their whistles. Amid all of this variety, some places stand out and become winners in ...

A Friend of Anne Frank

multimedia show features appearance by survivor

Mike Seitz, photos by Tim Mather

Anne Frank is one of the most recognize-able victims of the Holocaust, and her diary is one of the most well known pieces of literature produced as a result of World War II. And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank is an ...

The Magic of Mary Poppins

ECCT production is much more than a replica of the classic Disney film

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Odds are when you read that to yourself just now, you also recited the classic melody from one of Disney’s most classic films. Mary Poppins, the magical nanny we all know and love, will soon be flying ...

Fractured Fairy Tales

Menomonie troupe presents Into the Woods

Mike Seitz, photos by Tim Mather

Fairy tales almost always end the same way: Prince Charming saves the day, defeating whatever stereotypical villain came along to ruin everybody’s life, and they all live happily ever after. What they never do, however, is show what happens after ...

Two Directions

Last Five Years tells love story backwards, forwards

Mike Seitz, photos by Timothy Mather

Remember when you could go to Fanny Hill and get brunch or dinner with your significant other, then finish the evening off with an enjoyable show? Well, beginning this month, dinner theater will return to Fanny Hill in the form of ...

Noteworthy Stitching

exhibit of fiber artists’ work evokes jazz

Mike Seitz

If the visual representation of jazz through a unique and interesting medium of art is something that piques your interests, then the Janet Carson Gallery’s newest exhibit will be perfect for you. The exhibit is titled Got Jazz and features ...

The Spirit of Art

Christ Church Cathedral residency program houses, inspires local artists

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Cathedrals are often a source of breathtaking art, whether it be depictions of events in the Bible through stained-glass windows or the architectural style of the building itself. When photographer Hope Greene and her husband came ...

Ingalls On Stage

theater presents Christmas with Little House family

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A play that demonstrates how the bonds of family can overcome hardship, the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s production of A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas will be the perfect show to attend if you’re looking from some quality time with ...

Christmas Chaos

Theatre Guild’s Pageant showcases young talent

Mike Seitz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A very funny and charming play that will be great for the whole family is how director Kimberly Butnick described The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the next production in the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s season. Butnick is very excited ...

Web Series Gets Couch Potatoes Ready for Deer Hunting

Mike Seitz

Deer hunting season is upon us and as folks get ready to head into the woods, most are thinking more about bagging that 30-point buck than about the strain the unusual physical activity will put on their couch-bound bodies ...

Getting In Touch With Your Artistic Side

Mike Seitz

Releasing your inner artist isn’t something that many establishments offer, but Craving Canvas & Ceramic Studio, 2759 London Road, can do just that and much more. This new studio gives anyone the chance to experience the artistic process ...

DVD Mixes Cardio, Core – and Indie Rock

Mike Seitz

Every good workout needs a great soundtrack, and a new locally created exercise DVD will do just that. Jeff Rogers of Rogcity Fitness, sometimes known as “Bon Iver’s personal trainer,” has been working on his second music-infused workout ...

Bye the Willow: Open and Ready For Business

Mike Seitz

If you need a spot to host your private party, or are simply looking for a good way to spend the night with some friends, Bye the Willow, 501 N. High St., Chippewa Falls, is just the place you’re looking for. Need a venue for your wedding ...

Sage Leary: a debut album at age 14

Mike Seitz

How many people can say they released a debut album at the age of 14? For the young and very talented Sage Leary, this is something he recently accomplished with the release of his first album, Feel the Sound. This instrumental album ...

Trailing Off

tour through art and spaces of western Wisconsin

Mike Seitz

Feel like taking a nice drive with the family or some friends, following a trail dotted with local artists and various attractions to fill your day? You will get that chance during the inaugural Yellowstone Art Trail on ...