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Last weekend in the valley

Sue Orfield
August 10, 2018

A few pictures from last weekend in the Chippewa Valley. Saturday was the ever-popular Dragon Boat races in Eau Claire, and all wekeend Blues on the Chippewa rocked Durand. Yours truly spent Sunday afternoon in Durand volunteering to sling beer to the thirsty Blues crowd. Anyway, these are a few views of both events.

Pablo Center announces initial schedule

August 9, 2018

The Pablo Center at the Confluence has announce the initial schedule for their opening season. The schedule includes a mix of local peformance groups, films, and performers brought in from far and wide. Highlights for me are likely to include Ailey II, Kate Lindsey and  Baptiste Trotignon, Cassel/Block, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. The complete Pablo schedule brochure is linked below.

Chasing Mabel at Music Over Menomonin

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Chasing Mabel at Music Over Menomin Summer Concert Series

July 24, 2018

Music Over Menomin at the has had a rough summer as many of the music events have needed to be canceled due to the wildly unpredictable summer weather. This week (Thursday - details below) local favorite band is playing. In honor of that the band has made a video asking you to come out.

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson
April 29, 2018

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

April 20, 2018

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

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Howl: Howl - Part II

March 27, 2018

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

March 22, 2018

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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March 1, 2018

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

January 31, 2018
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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

September 24, 2017

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.

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    The final session of the fall 2020 Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series will feature Dr. Jessica Wofford of the UWEC-BC English department and it will occur on Thursday, December 10th from 12:30-1:30. The title of her talk is “And the Horse he Rode in on: Spectacle, Storytelling, and Professional Wrestling.” Theorist Roland Barthes wrote that wrestling is the “spectacle of excess.” This talk looks at how professional wrestling utilizes classical storytelling methods to create a spectacle that keeps its audiences watching. Professional Wrestling, despite being a sporting event, can be discussed and analyzed in a similar fashion to theater – a good match is all about the roles the actors play and the story that they tell. Wofford earned her Doctorate degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2017. She lives in Rice Lake with her husband and daughter. Jessica has taught at UWECBC since 2018. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series has been held entirely online. To access the live-stream of Wofford´s talk, visit the Thursdays from the U webpage at at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as news releases for each previous talk, and archived recordings. The series is free and open to the public thanks to financial support from the UWEC-BC Foundation.

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    Of course, the primary goal of our schools is to provide a basic education. But how can kids focus on history when they are hungry? How can they think about a math equation when they are being taunted because their clothes are very much out of style? A Rice Lake School District social worker, Joshua Morey, will tell us more about the services schools provide to students living in poverty. Also, he will discuss the educational definition of homelessness and talk about how schools seek to assist this population. His talk is entitled “Poverty in the Rice Lake School District,” and it is part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture Series. Mr. Morey has also taught sociology at the UW Eau Claire Barron County campus. Joshua and his wife reside in Rice Lake with their 2 children. Morey´s presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday, December 3rd. Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be held entirely online.To access the live-streamed lectures, visit the Thursdays from the U webpage at at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. The series is sponsored by UWEC-BC Foundation.

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    The Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series is being held online during fall 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The speaker on Thursday, November 19th from 12:30-1:30 will be Dr. Heather Ann Moody, an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. She has taught American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2007. Her work centers around her background in teaching and learning in relation to the incorporation of accurate American Indian curriculum in K-12 and beyond. She also works with surrounding school districts to implement Act 31, leads Domestic Intercultural Immersion experiences to Native communities and co-advises the Inter-Tribal Student Council at UW-Eau Claire.In this live-streamed event, you will learn about the Tribal Nations of Wisconsin and UWEC's most recent land recognition statement as well as strategies for incorporating it into your life or professional practice. Based on personal experiences within classrooms at UWEC and K-12 classrooms in the Chippewa Valley, Dr. Moody, will offer insights on common misperceptions. She will provide time to answer any questions you may have in a safe space. To access her talk, “What Do You Know About Your Neighbors? Recognizing the Native Land and People in Your Community” visit the webpage at at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWEC-BC Foundation.

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