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When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson

I recently read When the Hills Are Gone - a book about the sand mining activists in Wisconsin during the period of the frac sand boom. The author, Thomas W. Pearson, is an associate professor of anthropology at UW-Stout. A disclaimer - I've known Tom for years, particularly since the frac sand activist period documented in this book. 

Frigg - live in Eau Claire - Don't miss them!


Frigg GLivelab

Folk, fiddles, and fun come to Eau Claire on Sunday. We were planning on heading on over to the cities next week to see Frigg at the Cedar Cultural Center. But this afternoon I was looking at (embarrasingly, my own) calendar on the site and realized they are playing in Eau Claire on Sunday.  Free and open to the public at Schofield Auditorium at UWEC.

Pro Arte Quartet Recital at UW-Eau Claire

Pro Arte Quartet

Howl: Howl - Part II

The music school at UW Eau Claire holds many music events, many from the faculty and students at the University, and some with visiiting performers. One of those opportunities to see a great performance will happen next week as the Pro Arte Quartet holds a recital at the University. It is free and open to the public. April 4, 7:30 PM.  Details are listed at the links below.

Steve Earle performing in Eau Claire

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Steve Earle - Copperhead Road

Musical performer, author, and actor Steve Earle will be performing at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center on June 3.  Tickets are on sale starting tomorrow (March 23) to the general public. Tickets are currently on sale for members. Here's a sample of what you will see and hear.

Northwoods Blues Fest announces lineup

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The Northwest Blues Fest returns again this year to the Northern Wisconsin Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. The Chippewa Valley has become a center for a wide range of music festivals, but this is one of my favorites. It's only been in Chippewa a few years, and presents an amazing assortment of blues. The Fest is June 29-30 and I promise this will be a good time with fantastic music and great food. Here's a video to whet your appetite, and more info is available at the links below.

The education of Ursula Le Guin

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A connection can be made in between Ursula Le Guin’s fiction and her father’s groundbreaking work in anthropology.

The UWEC Campus Films

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A Man Called Ove Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Rolf Lassgård Movie

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.

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

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.  If you have suggestions for people you would like to hear and see, let us know.

Eaux Claires Troix

Walk About Talk About - 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 ---

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    UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend a presentation titled “The Science of Empathy,” to be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Ho-Chunk Room (Room 320E) in Davies Center.Featured speakers are health care practitioners at Mayo Clinic Health System and Jyl Kelley, professor of art & design, who will introduce a collaborative assignment. Mayo speakers are Dr. Todd Wright, an orthopedics physician; Wendy Sheasby, a licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist; and Dr. James Deming, a physician providing hospice and palliative care.The speakers are among the Mayo Clinic Health System professionals collaborating with UW-Eau Claire students in this semester’s “Digital Photography” class taught by Kelley. The presentation is part of a class assignment, “Imaging Empathy: Photo Tableau,” in which students will explore the concept of empathy as it relates to the work of health care providers and create artworks inspired by what they learn from their Mayo Clinic Health System collaborators. Kelley said the theme of empathy was introduced by Dr. Todd Wright and multiple UW-Eau Claire and Mayo staff, who met in early 2019 to brainstorm creative ways to include UW-Eau Claire students and Mayo Clinic Health System staff in exploring the topic.“The department of art & design joins other humanities faculty on campus who also have created recent collaborative projects with Mayo Clinic Health System,” Kelley said.UW-Eau Claire administrators and faculty involved in the project include Kelley, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Patricia A. Kleine, art & design department chair Dr. Karen O'Day, and art & design professor Wanrudee Buranakorn.“As an art instructor, I believe empathy is a very important theme for students to grasp, because empathizing gives us new perspectives that allow us to understand something bigger than ourselves,” Kelley said. “Having professionals from Mayo Clinic talk about the science of empathy is a gift to the students in my photography class as well as the entire university.”

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Yesterday, February 19

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    UWEC-BC is sponsoring a showing of the film “Somali Stories of Family Separation” at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, March 17 in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall, on campus at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake.Somali storytellers featured in the film will be on hand for a discussion following the film, along with Nancy Pike, director of the Immigrant Advocates of Barron County, and Lee and Joel Friederich, co-directors of the movie. Joel Friederich is an Associate Professor of English at UWEC-BC; Lee Friederich is an Associate Professor at Akita International University in Japan. The film shares the stories of Somali refugees who have settled in Barron County and how U.S. immigration policies have directly impacted their families. “This documentary-style film challenges viewers to connect the evolving federal immigration policies with some of the real community members living in our area,” said Dang Yang, UW-Eau Claire Office of Multicultural Affairs director.

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    In celebration of International Women's Day on March 9, the women's, gender and sexuality studies program at UW-Eau Claire will welcome guest speaker Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, distinguished professor and dean's professor of the humanities at Syracuse University.Mohanty will spend the day on campus in various sessions with students and faculty and will end her day presenting a keynote address that is open to the public. Her presentation, titled "Borders and Bridges: Neoliberal Regimes, Anti-Fascist Struggles and Insurgent Feminist Praxis" is set for 5 p.m. in Woodland Theater of Davies Center. All attendees are invited to join Mohanty for a reception immediately following the presentation in the lobby area of the theater entrance. Read more ...

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