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Keep Independent Venues in business

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July 9, 2020

Independent performance venues around the country are really hurting since the responsible ones have been closed and are struggling with the concept of re-opening.

Eaux Claires, Ashley for the Arts canceled for 2020

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May 8, 2020

Both the Eaux Claires festival and Ashley for the Arts announced this morning that they are canceling their musical events for the summer of 2020. 

Eaux Claires had previously worked out an agreement with the city of Eau Claire to hold their festival downtown this summer rather than at the prior more rural location. Ashley for the Arts will take place August 12-14 2021.

Menomonie Theater Guild Postpones Black Friday Production

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March 17, 2020
#202020; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding: 0px 18px 9px;" class="m_-4250491404000045419mcnTextContent">Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and our commitment to safety for our actors and audiences, we have moved Black Friday from our spring show slot in May to our fall opener in October.

Pablo Center to host Eaux Claires Hiver - Update

Eaux Claires Hiver

October 8, 2019

This afternoon the announced (via Twitter)  a new smaller version of Eaux Claire, to be held this winter at the Pablo Center. The event is called Eaux Claires Hiver, once again showing Justin Vernon's need to massacre the French language. At least in the video they make fun of it this time. At this point all we know is that tickets go on sale on the 15th.

Kardemimmit tonight in Eau Claire


Kardemimmit - Hius heliä - Fair Hair

September 16, 2019

Tonight and tomorrow present an opportunity to listen to Finnish music, something that does not often come to the area.

Music, Music, Music

"Dizzy" - Joyann Parker Band - Live Video - Soul Music

June 4, 2019

It's summer in the Chippewa Valley, which can only mean one thing - Music Festivals.  There will be no Eaux Claires this summer, but that won't mean there's any shortage of music.  Two are coming up in the next few weeks, and they're some of my personal favorites.

The Blue Ox Music Festival runs June 13-15, bringing you some of the best in  Bluegrass and related genres. This year's lineup includes Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, The Del McCoury Band, and a whole lot more.

Mabel Tainter Board conducts community survey

March 27, 2019

The Mabel Tainter Theater Board is conducting a to guide them in developing their next strategic plan. The survey takes less than 5 minutes. If you care about the direction of the theater, it would be great if you could take the time to complete the survey.

Dark Money airing on PBS Monday Night

DARK MONEY (2018) | Official Trailer HD | PBS Distribution

September 30, 2018

Wis.Community recently held a screening of the film Dark Money in Downsville. This film will be shown Monday, Oct. 1 on PBS stations nationwide (the first showing will be at 9 PM Monday night). The film will also become available for streaming after the national premiere. 


Aretha  Franklin

Aretha Franklin - Think (feat. The Blues Brothers) - 1080p Full HD

August 17, 2018

As you all know by now, Aretha Franklin  has left us. Many knew her as an angel of a performer, and sometimes a difficult and unpredictable person when off-stage. All that may be, but we are left with an amazing trove of performances, both as a singer and an under-rated piano player, whose subtle keyboard work was often the core of spectacular arrangements. She was a continual voice during my life, both as a singer and as a defender of everyone's rights.

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    Acclaimed One Man Show Comes to Thursdays from the ULadysmith, WI - On Thursday, November 12, Kevin McMullin will be performing excerpts from his one man show, Into the Black Sea, Stories of Darkness and Light, that will be livestreamed from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday, November 12th as part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series. To access this event, visit the webpage at at least 5-10 minutes prior. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the entire fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWEC-BC Foundation.McMullin’s childhood playgrounds ranged from the housing projects of Chicago to the suburban neighborhoods haunted by Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright. He embellished his somewhat unusual upbringing with an education at Northwestern University where he studied tuba with brass demigod, Arnold Jacobs. He tossed in a couple of years learning old time fiddle with Chicago Barn Dance icons, Mark Gunther and Mark Ritchie. The whole pastiche went with him to Seattle, Washington, where McMullin began playing the Pike Place Market and movie lines. With a somewhat addled sense of career opportunity, he decided to make a home in Sarona, Wisconsin. There he shed his urban ways, added storytelling to his bulging bag of tricks, and launched a trajectory of playing, telling, writing, educating and in general plying a trade for which there is no appropriate box on any federal tax form. Things were going pretty well. He cofounded Duck for the Oyster, one of the hottest folk dance bands in the upper Midwest. He cut a CD with jazz jock, Randy Sabien. He toured Chile. Then Mexico. Then Peru. He was sought after as a teacher and a performer. It all came crashing down in 2015 when he was diagnosed with a vestibular schwannoma, a non-malignant brain tumor that left him deaf in one ear, and struggling with chronic dizziness, tinnitus and fatigue. While he was recovering from the surgery, his father was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. So McMullin moved to Chicago where he cared for his father until his father’s death 8 months later. “Let’s just say it threw my life into some disarray,” McMullin says. The abilities he lost forced him to do a lot of letting go. “I’d just lost my father. My music career was toast. Playing by myself is hard. Playing with others is not an option. I was grieving and exhausted and I had no idea where to go next.”But those years of illness, recovery and loss were fecund with stories. His own stories as well as the stories of others’. “I realized at some point that I could tell these stories. That I needed to tell these stories,” he says, “Stories of people walking in dark places and finding or making some kind of light in the most unlikely ways. And once I started telling them, I...

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