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A man called ove poster

We often forget that the opportunity to travel the world is in our own backyard. There are many completely under-used opportunities in the arts in the Chippewa Valley, and it is our intention to point some of those out.

For years my wife and I have subscribed to the UW Eau Claire International Film Series and Campus Films. This is an incredible bargain. Every year the series features films that are compelling, heartrending, or hilarious from around the world, and frankly are films that we get no opportunity to see in theatres in the area. Yesterday we went to see A Man Called Ove, a Swedish film that was nominated for two Academy Awards and is one of the most-viewed Swedish films in history. The film was charming, sad, and rib-ticklingly funny.  I recommend the film highly  but in a larger realm I recommend the film series.

Neil Young releasing new old album

Neil Young, Hitchhiker

In August, 1976 Neil Young went into the studio to record some of the new songs he was working on. Many of them would become standards in the Young catalog like Powderfinger and Pocahontas, which would appear on the Rust Never Sleeps album in full power band style.  Young is releasing the earlier acoustic treatments of these songs as recorded in that 1976 session as the new album Hitchhiker. Some of these have not been heard before, and they are a great example of Young's work in that period. Listen to one of the songs here, and if you'd like to hear the whole album, NPR has it online at the moment at http://www.npr.org/2017/08/31/547036559/first-listen-neil-young-hitchhiker

Music, Music, Music

Richard Thompson

We're partnering with Trebble.FM to bring some music to the site. We'll have a curated set of music that will rotate from time to time.  This week we're bringing you the inimitable Richard Thompson. This is a nice tool, lets you pull together embeddable music players from a lot of on-line sources. It's still in beta and - not quite perfect, but good enough to use as it is. Enjoy.

Eaux Claires Troix

Thanks to Chippewa Valley Community Television for their coverage of Eaux Claires Troix - a great time was had by all. Now if we could just get Justin Vernon to stop mis-spelling French words ---

On the 4th - a quick reminder from Neil Young

One of the things that makes this country truly great is the will of the people.  Don't forget to exercise it.

Title Drops!

I thought you might enjoy this on a warm spring day - 150 clips from films where the title of the film is mentioned. From the editor:

Creative Economy Week Kicks Off

Creative Economy Week Kickoff

Eau Claire's Creative Economy Week kicked off on Saturday with a panel discussion about the state of the creative economy in Eau Claire. The panel included Al Ross from Wisconsin Public Radio as moderator, Mike Schatz, the Economic Development Director of Eau Claire, Kristin Dexter, future owner of Forage in Eau Claire, B. J.

Mothers Day - And Kate Bush

Kate Bush

For Mothers Day we bring you this haunting and touching song from Kate Bush.

Paul Simon at Eaux Claires???

Paul Simon

From my old pal Jay Gabler at The Current - exciting possible news about the Eaux Claires lineup this year - including Paul Simon, Wilco - and more. Or -- Meauxr.

Guess we will find out for sure tomorrow.

Mary Tyler Moore - RIP

I promise we will start to have some arts news soon that does not involve people dying, but I am particularly sad to hear  of the death of Mary Tyler Moore. She is one of the amazing women of comedy who has made me laugh and cry throughout the years.  I leave you with a classically perverse moment from the Mary Tyler Moore show. Love is all around.